The Allendale Group team are looking forward to another year of exhibiting at the London Model Engineering Exhibition on 17th – 19th January 2020. Held at London Alexandra Palace, it’s going to be a big one with over 2,000 models on display. We are excited to see the full spectrum of modelling, from traditional model engineering through to the more modern gadgets including trucks, boats, aeroplanes and helicopters, as featured on “The One Show”.

This is a great day out for all of the family, if you’re an experienced hobbyist or a keen beginner, then this show is perfect for you. There will be lots on offer at our stand (Stand 41), showcasing our Machine-DRO, Allendale Ultrasonics, Cases and Enclosures and lots more products including an exclusive feature of our new measuring tools range, M-SURE.

Come and visit our Technical Product Specialists on Stand 41, we look forward to seeing familiar and new faces. Find out more about the event here.

We caught up with our newest member of the team, Phil the Engineering Products Manager, and asked him some questions about himself. This is what we asked, along with Phil’s answers:

How long have you been working at the Allendale Group?
3 months

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Civil Engineer (don’t ask)

What’s one hobby you’d love to get into?
Keeping a bird of prey

What’s your most used emoji?
Thumbs up

What’s your favourite sport to watch and which team?
Rugby - Leicester Tigers

What’s your favourite movie?
Forest Gump

Do you have a hidden talent? What is it?
None that I can say on here, NO

What’s your biggest pet peeve?
Listening to other people eat

What’s your guilty pleasure?
Galaxy Chocolate

Who’s your favourite comedian?
Kevin Bridges

If you could be any animal in the world, what animal would you be and why?
A bear, so I could hibernate for months

What’s the first concert you ever went to?
Genesis live at Knebworth

What country would you like to visit for the first time?

What is one food/cuisine you can’t give up?
Indian Curry

If you could have dinner with someone famous (dead or alive), who would it be?
Spike Milligan

What would be the title of your autobiography?
No, don’t say thank you!

Stuck on a desert island, what 1 item do you choose?
An endless supply of Sun Cream

What’s the best advice you were ever given?
If you’ve told someone you’ll call them back, do so on time, even if you have no update

Making sure soldiers’ guns are thoroughly cleaned is important to avoid any rust or a reduction in the gun's performance. Scrubbing their guns with equipment such as oil and brushes are now a thing of the past, and now set to be replaced by ‘deep cleaning’ machines such as Ultrasonic Cleaners.

Soon, Ultrasonic Cleaning Tanks may be kept on patrol bases so that soldiers won't have to rely on good old fashioned elbow grease when cleaning the dirt off their artillery. Trials are taking place on selected rifles and machine guns, with the Ultrasonic Cleaners possibly being rolled out to 5 regiments if they prove to be a success.

Sgt Daniel Birks, who will be overseeing the trial, mentioned that this system would give the soldiers more time to focus on the more important aspects of their job and will help them focus more on training, as well as carrying less kit from place to place. “The Armed Forces still clean with oil and metallic brushes, but manufacturers tell us they don’t do it this way anymore. We scrub everything to death, but this can do more damage to the systems – not to mention taking up time that could be better-spent training. We spend hundreds of thousands of refurbishing damaged weapons each year and most of that is down to poor cleaning techniques. Everyone hates cleaning weapons, so why not make things easier?”

(Credit: Daily Telegraph)
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