Category: Case Study

Case Study | Vauxhall Motors

Vauxhall Motors Ltd (VM) in Luton currently manufactures Peugeot, Citroen, Opel and Vauxhall commercial and passenger vehicles for the European market. At Abbey Industrial Solutions, we have a long standing relationship with VM across their UK sites, providing a tailored sales and service experience to help improve manufacturing processes and efficiencies.

During a routine visit from Abbey, an Assembly Tooling Engineer identified a selection of tools previously understood to be defective and generally in a state of unrepair at VM.

With an enthusiastic response from VM engineers, the Abbey Assembly Tooling Engineer assumed responsibility for the tools, returning to Abbey HQ with intent to repair and make good as many of the assets as possible.

The Abbey Solution

Stripping the entire collection of tools to understand the true nature of the defects, Abbey’s Assembly Tooling Engineer was able to isolate a selection of assets which could be repaired using working elements from those tools identified as beyond repair. Many of the other tools simply required basic repairs and a purchase of new parts, bringing the tools a new lease of life in line with original manufacturer standards.

Why Abbey Industrial Solutions

At Abbey Industrial Solutions, with customer consent, we will adopt a re-use and recycle policy wherever possible. This not only prolongs the lifespan of your tooling investment, but also contributes towards reduced environmental waste as defective tools are re purposed using working elements from tools in a similar state of disrepair.

Restoring tooling in this manner also extends a significant cost saving to Vauxhall Motors Ltd, as a tool repair cost is often considerably lower than the cost to purchase a new replacement asset.

In Conclusion

The team at Abbey Industrial Solutions will always seek to provide a cost effective and considered solution to every site s needs. As a company sensitive to the multiple factors influencing tooling purchasing decisions, we will always provide proactive solutions to help maximise manufacturing productivity.

Re-invigorating assets in this way provides a fleet of reserve tooling options for Vauxhall Motors Ltd at a fraction of the cost typically associated with investment in new assets.

To learn more about our service capabilities, contact the team at Abbey Industrial Solutions today, to learn how we can maximise your manufacturing productivity. | 01924 224240

Case Study | Accelerating Capabilities at Leading Car Engine Manufacturer

At Abbey Industrial Solutions we work with multiple manufacturing specialists to help improve production output and processes. This global engine manufacturer, a long standing client of Abbey, sought impartial, reliable solutions to their tooling headaches.

This leading engine manufacturer wanted to replace existing, expensive DC Tooling assets, which although intelligent, proved extremely cumbersome on manufacturing floors. There was also an added issue in that, the tools were only being used for select functionality when in actual fact, the tools had further capabilities that were simply of no use to this manufacturer. Therefore, the tools were not maximising their operational potential.

Abbey’s clients sought a solution to help reduce tooling investment cost, whilst maximising production efficiency.

The Abbey Solution

Abbey suggested a range of intelligent tooling from American owned Sturtevant Richmont. This range may have select functionality in comparison to the earlier, more expensive counterpart, however, most importantly, it was the only functionality this engine manufacturer was ever seeking. Therefore, the tools performed perfectly against the company’s needs.

The benefits of the Sturtevant Richmont system is that unlike the model being replaced, their ranges are drop tested to be more durable, less prone to factory re-sets and provide enhanced efficiency, traceability and accuracy in manufacturing.

Adding to that, these fully cordless assets overcame the needless operational complexities of the previous tooling systems, whilst connecting seamlessly to existing PLC programmes, thus offering enhanced compatibility with other manufacturer suites.

Why Abbey Industrial Solutions

At Abbey, we maintain multiple exclusive supplier relationships, bringing customers the best solutions to their tooling needs and budgets.

We consider investment cost over the lifetime of a tooling asset, and that is why the systems we promote such as Sturtevant Richmont, prove to be a considered investment. With no payments required for subsequent system upgrades and priced competitively in line with product benefits, the range offers a viable and versatile solution to customer needs.

Implementing Sturtevant Richmont’s robust range of products has helped to improve cost of investment in tooling assets. With smart technology, the tools also offer increased reliability, durability and traceability, factors imperative to the successful construction of a modern engine.

In Conclusion

At Abbey Industrial Solutions, we work closely with our clients to understand individual site needs.

The Sturtevant Richmont systems installed in this north eastern production site, have been met with such success that this engine manufacturer is now seeking to replace all tooling assets for Sturtevant Richmont equipment across many more UK based sites.

Beyond the installation of these intelligent tooling systems, the Abbey Team will continue to liaise with this engine manufacturer for the service and calibration work on these assets.

Contact the team today to learn how we can help solve your tooling headaches  |  01924 224240

Case Study | Manufacturing the future with tooling innovations


With a strong and established track record in innovation and manufacturing excellence, Abbey have worked with this dedicated MVI Tier 1 Supplier in their mission to transform the future of mobility.

Aiding this firm’s journey towards creating a safer, greener and better connected world, the team at Abbey Industrial Solutions have held a long-standing relationship with this MVI specialist. Offering both a comprehensive sales and service package, Abbey are able to support this progressive company in a multitude of applications.

When this customer sought to upgrade existing tooling suites to be compatible with Industry 4.0 abilities, they turned to Abbey for advice and installation of their tooling advances.

The Abbey Solution

This MVI Tier 1 Supplier very specifically sought improvements in their production traceability which in turn would help to monitor manufacturing output, alongside delivering enhanced error proofing abilities.

Familiar with their production processes, Abbey were able to conduct a full site and tooling assessment. This took into account our customers priorities and needs, to conclusively suggest a range of Mountz tooling solutions as the best fit.

Abbey were trusted to implement a robust range of Mountz tooling solutions including the MD32 range and ADC Robotic Controllers. The result of which brought forward the desired outcome of enhancing production efficiencies alongside delivering full production traceability.

Why Abbey Industrial Solutions

Abbey Industrial Solutions have worked with this MVI Tier 1 Supplier for a number of years, with a team of engineers solely dedicated to completing the firms tooling repairs.

The knowledgeable team at Abbey are not only able to provide tooling solutions to suit individual site needs, but also complete thorough servicing work, that too, to original manufacturer standards. Entrusting Abbey to complete the installation and full maintenance of their upgraded tooling suites, our customer was able to comfortably rely on Abbey to deliver on the outcomes they desired.

In Conclusion

The product installation was such a success in enhancing production capabilities, that impressed managers are now ordering more tooling solutions from Abbey, and again trusting the team to oversee implementation and subsequent servicing.

Abbey Industrial Solutions were successful in understanding this MVI company’s requirements, thanks to it’s long standing and dynamic relationship. From ensuring the compatibility of the new tools to existing suites, through to the implementation of comprehensive service packages in line with tooling usage and optimisation of the Mountz product capabilities, Abbey remain to be a trusted, guiding hand for the mobility manufacturer in achieving their company targets.

Contact the team today to learn how we can help solve your tooling headaches  |  01924 224240

Case Study | Heating Success with Abbey


Operating within a variety of industries for companies both local and global, Abbey maintain a long history rooted in providing dedicated, tailored solutions to meet an array of manufacturing needs. An example of recent success lies with a leading UK based boiler manufacturer. This household name has a long standing relationship with Abbey and rely on the knowledgeable team to help maintain modern, efficient and reliable manufacturing tooling solutions which provide optimum accuracy and traceability.

The Abbey Solution

As master distributor for a range of leading DC tooling solution providers, when the need for our clients to update their existing range of click wrenches arose, the team at Abbey were able to conduct an assessment of the firm’s needs to recommend the Sturtevant Richmont Exacta Digital Torque Angle Wrench.

Providing ultimate control over the most exacting torque specifications, Sturtevant Richmont wrenches enjoy a reputation as being some of the most accurate, reliable and durable digital torque wrenches available in the market, guaranteeing fastening accuracy in production.

The Abbey team recognised that our clients also required operational accuracy with full traceability in a joint critical manufacturing environment, therefore the combined introduction of Sturtevant Richmont wrenches and the Mountz NDC Series allowed our clients to effectively meet their modernisation criteria.

Why Abbey Industrial Solutions

The team at Abbey worked collaboratively with our discerning clients to intimately understand their project criteria, delivering a solution best suited to the heating providers current manufacturing needs.

Fitting in with an existing PLC system, the solutions recommended by Abbey allowed for seamless integration and most importantly, full accuracy and traceability in joint sensitive operations.

Our clients are now able to proudly maintain their optimal production practices and by updating their systems to Sturtevant Richmont and Mountz technology, customers can be assured that industry best tooling solutions are working diligently to produce a boiler backed with legacy, and Abbey intelligence.

In Conclusion

Abbey’s personalised sales and service offer provides new and long-standing clients knowledge on the not only the best solution suited to their individual manufacturing needs, but the comprehensive service plan offered by Abbey also provides complete peace of mind on tooling investments.

Abbey’s longstanding relationship with our client has helped to maintain not only efficient practices in manufacturing for the heating provider but also guarantee constant and consistent operations from their tooling assets thanks to a comprehensive service plan offered by Abbey which minimises tool downtime and inefficiencies in production.

Contact the team for further information on your DC tooling needs today. | 01924 224240

Case Study – CNH


With an enduring and rich history; CNH Industrial is recognised today as a global leader in capital goods which implement design, manufacturing, distribution, commercial and financial activities in international markets. Employing more than 64,000 people in 180 countries, CNH’s global presence and reach allows for optimum capitalisation on key growth opportunities, as the company pursues ambitions to become a leader in all operational sectors.

In the UK; Abbey Industrial Solutions worked closely with CNH at their Basildon site to implement a solution which has helped to improve and secure the manufacturing process of tractors.

The Abbey Solution 

The team at Abbey worked closely with CNH to identify a bespoke, cost effective solution as part of a long term update of products and assembly solutions. CNH emphasised that the suggested product to be installed must improve the output on the number of tractors being produced whilst upholding CNH’s optimal quality standards. The expert tooling team at Abbey suggested Cleco’s DC Systems, more specifically; the In Line Spindles.

The NeoTek fastening system offered by Cleco Tools is outlined to be the next generation of smart tool solutions. The lightweight, ergonomic design has fully programmable features intended to optimise user experience as it decreases operator fatigue whilst increasing productivity.

Why Abbey Industrial Solutions

Abbey are a leading, independent tooling solutions provider with UK wide coverage. The depth of knowledge and supplier resource available to the team at Abbey provides a thorough and sincere sales and service proposition for our customers. The longstanding relationship between CNH and Abbey allows for tacit and implicit understanding of the others needs.

The implementation of Cleco’s technology allowed for improved quality, speed and reliability of jobs completed on the assembly line as the installed tools offer data feedback, helping to ensure critical, safety related joints are firmly in place. This not only ensures traceability but also repeatability, making the production process more robust as the onus is removed from the operator and liability is placed firmly with the machinery, thus ensuring further optimisation.

In Conclusion 

Actioned advice from Abbey has successfully enabled CNH to increase production flexibility, whilst ensuring quality and safety requirements are upheld with the implementation of Cleco DC Tooling.

Benefits of Cleco DC tools include:

  • Ensure quality and repeatability of fastening sequences
  • Ability to record data on torque and angle results with time and date stamps for full traceability
  • Acceleration of the production cycle
  • Control over the tightening process

Contact the team at Abbey Industrial Solutions today to learn how we can help you solve your tooling needs  |  01924 224240

Case Study – Baxi Boilers


Throughout our trading history at Abbey Industrial Solutions, we have long placed emphasis in curating and nurturing lasting associations with both suppliers and customers. And thanks to our continued commitment towards providing optimal, and at times bespoke solutions for our clients individual needs; Abbey today can proudly boast of sustaining many loyal and long standing supplier and customer relationships.

Baxi Boilers are one such company who have been with Abbey for many years. Baxi Heating hosts a portfolio of respected brands in the domestic and commercial heating industry across the UK and Ireland.

Baxi always aim to deliver the best value through reliable, energy efficient products and high quality service and technical support, whilst promoting environmental, social and economic sustainability. Abbey’s complimentary company ethos has helped to ensure a long and successful partnership.

The Solution

Abbey Industrial Solutions are specialist providers of the Sturtevant Richmont (SR) brand. Priding themselves as a provider of accurate, reliable and durable tools, SR are innovators in the torque wrench market.

The first American company to use the microprocessor in torque tool calibration equipment, SR are the only company that wirelessly connects mechanical click, digital and pneumatic tool verification.

The provision of Sturtevant Richmont tools to Baxi’s site in Preston allows for a safer, more traceable assembly of boilers. The SR Execta Digital Torque Angle Wrench helps to ensure that Baxi boilers are consistently built to exacting specifications compliant to stringent health and safety standards and legislation.

Why Abbey Industrial Solutions?

Abbey Industrial Solutions are a leading independent supplier of tooling solutions from commanding industry suppliers.

Our exclusive relationships with the likes of Sturtevant Richmont establishes a distinctive sales and service proposition for customers such as Baxi Boilers.

Abbey are not only exclusive suppliers of market leading products in the UK, but our time served engineers also undertake extensive product training directly from manufacturers to service tools to original manufacturer standards. This in turn, aids a guarantee to customers of a consistently exemplary sales and service experience from the Abbey team.

Abbey’s independent nature guarantees flexible and impartial buying advise, which for Baxi, includes a sustained focus on increasing safety and productivity for the company.

Abbey Industrial Solutions have worked closely with Baxi to provide the optimum tooling solutions for their needs. Sturtevant Richmont’s tools help to ensure a process integrity whilst improving manufacturing quality and processes for Baxi.

Working with Abbey has helped Baxi to achieve increased efficiency and accuracy in production as they operate under a smarter and more connected manufacturing process.

Contact the team at Abbey Industrial Solutions today to learn how we can help you solve your tooling needs  |  01924 224240