Secret Behind Continued Success Revealed by PRV Engineering

Secret Behind Continued Success Revealed by PRV Engineering

PRV Mazak machineThe secret behind continued success, no matter what the subject matter, is staying ahead of the game. It’s the difference between being mediocre, and being a leader. It’s also what keeps PRV Engineering at the top of the tree as one of Europe’s top high precision machining and engineering service providers.


Be Proactive not Reactive

But the secret behind continued success is not just keeping up with the latest developments; it’s all about being proactive. The majority of businesses tend to be reactive. When a new demand becomes evident, they respond by adding their services to other suppliers also adding theirs. But forward thinking companies like PRV Engineering, use their proactive ability not simply to respond to demand, but to actually create that demand in the first place. How do they do that you may ask? – And the answer is, through their policy of Kaizen. Continue reading

The Art of Industrial Spray Painting

Industrial spray painting may not require Rembrant’s talent but one still needs a high level of skill to do the job well.

But first we want to answer this question: Why are companies like PRV Engineering needed to paint heavy machinery in the first place?  Why not just leave it the way that it is? Well there are two answers to this question: to ensure that our customers’ machines do not rust, and, of course, to keep the machines generally looking good.

Industrial spray painting differs from other types of painting, for example the type of painting you would do in your home, because there are many different variables to consider.  For instance, industrial painters have to look at aspects like flammability and the temperature.  They need to determine whether the paint is flammable and how well it will preform and last under temperatures that are likely to get very high while the machine is operating.

Aspects of Industrial Spray Painting

Painters use various techniques in conjunction with a variety of sprayers and other technology to apply paint to machinery but here are the main variables that industrial spray painters consider when undertaking a job:

  • Substrate Preparation – Substrate is the preparation of the surface that requires painting. Painters have to ensure that the substrate is cleaned properly for even and proper painting. It is a proven fact that as high as 80% of all paint jobs fail because of improper preparation of the surface before painting.
  • Paint Thinning – There are times in the painting process when the paint needs to be thinned out for proper application and coverage. Thinners are different from each other on the basis of what they can dissolve and heir odor and their flammability. For most paints, mineral spirits, along with an alkyd or oil base, can be used for thinning but there might be other paints that require other types of thinners.
  • Spraying – The actual spraying also requires great care and precision on the part of the painter. Variables in the spraying process include the type of paint finish that is required, the type of paint being used and the substrate type.  There’s a large variety of spraying devices and guns that can be used so industrial painters must consider all the variables and chose the right spraying device to achieve an evenly distributed and smooth finish.  Painters also have the flexibility to choose the amount of pressure that the paint is applied with and this is measured in pounds per square inch.

If you are interested in talking to us about your spray painting requirements, contact us at PRV Engineering as we would be happy to advise you on what would be best for your machinery.

The Railway Industry – Why use PRV Engineering?

When we started PRV Engineering in 1986 we concentrated in three main areas: high voltage switchgear, rail product and the oil and gas industries.  Early on we realised many companies were using the term “one stop shop” to describe their services but failing to deliver on that statement.

We decided to change that by providing an all encompassing service that would offer as much as possible without losing control of the product in manufacture.

Here’s an example of how we put this into practice.

Our first step into the rail industry was when we were approached by Claverham who had developed a revolutionary set of electromechanical points.  Our remit was to examine the design and add value to the product by engineering out cost where possible in order to make it more accessible to the rail industry.

We achieved our customer’s goals with great effect and have now manufactured components consistently for the past few years for thier points systems which have been successfully installed at over 800 locations.

Since then we have added to our rail portfolio by manufacturing for track, track laying and maintenance equipment manufacturers, and more recently we have secured contracts for supplying electrical connections, contacts and other rolling stock product to Transport for London and the Underground Rail Network.  Add to this our involvement working on overhead line equipment with customers such as Hawker Siddeley Switchgear plus we enjoy a successful alliance with the Rail Network and many of their suppliers.

Watch Simon Jones MD of PRV Engineering Ltd talk about a railway project where the original project was highly complex, and whilst it was a lovely product it was just too expensive and didn’t fit into the market place because of its complexity. PRV helped commercialise it away from an aerospace style product at a cost of circa £35k down to roughly £3,500 and now that customer has become a long term ‘partner’ with a couple of hundred now out in track.

Contact us at PRV to talk about how we can be your ‘one stop shop’ for railway engineering solutions across the board.