B&B Precision Engineering | Huddersfield


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Do you want the performance of Inconel but not the cost?

See our case study on how we dramatically reduced the cost of raw materials for our customer using Thermal Spray Coatings

Our experts on…thermal spraying

Thermal spraying can be a fantastic way to apply a coat to your component, but clients at B&B regularly ask our experts for advice on what the different kinds of sprays are and what their respective benefits and negatives are. Let’s start by explaining exactly what it is that makes each process different from each other.

Thermal Spraying: Uses In Industry

With a wide range of different materials to use for coating, you can cost-effectively coat a component to give it the properties you require.

Here’s how different kinds of coatings are popularly being used in different industries.

Thermal Spray Processes: Pros & Cons

The different Thermal Spray Processes have positives and negatives

Thermal Spraying: Metal Coating Properties

We often get asked by our clients as to which coating is going to be best

for them, so here is a quick overview on different metal coatings

and their properties.

Hard Part Turning vs Grinding

Here at B&B Precision we offer both grinding services as well as Hard Part Turning.

Here's our recommendations on where you'd use one or the other.

Our Experts On Hard Part Turning

Hard Part Turning is a fantastic alternative to Cylindrical Grinding, and for the right component can have some great advantages.

Here's an overview on the applications and advantages of Hard Part Turning.

HVOF: The Process

What is involved in the HVOF process that enable such a hard coating?

Our experts explain....

HVOF: The Advantages

If you're looking for a fantastic way to coat your components, then perhaps you need to look into

Thermal Spray Process. This is a new technology that replaces metal spraying and ahcieves high levels

of hardness. Here are some advantages of HVOF.

Should You Invest in HVOF?

HVOF is a great way to increase component life and save money, but is the technology worth investing in?

Our experts discuss...

Hard Part Turning: Using Coolant

One of the selling points of Hard Part Turning is often that you won't have to use any coolant,

and yet considering the speed and heat being generated can this really be best practice?

Here's our advice...

Sub-Contract not Sub-Service

Alongside our coating and grinding services, b&b also offer full sub-contract machining services.

Here's what's on offer

HVOF vs Hard Chrome Plating

Hard chrome plating is already banned in america, and may soon become more restricted in the UK.

As such it's a good idea to start looking at the alternatives.

How does HVOF compare?

Is there such thing as Precision Engineering ?

A quick search on Google and you’ll soon be tripping over engineering companies with precision in the title.

It goes without saying that the very nature of engineering means that work needs to be precise.

After all you can’t imagine employing someone to build a bridge using vague measurements.

So what sets one engineer apart from another?

Hard Part Turning: Soft State Prep

Here's our advice on preparing your components in their soft state in order to get the best possible results in Hard Part Turning.

Why Use Flame Spray?

When might you consider using Flame Spray Applied Coatings?

What are the advantages?

5 Reasons to Sub-Contract

Ball Valves – Stellite 6 Coating

How can Stellite 6 coating applied through HVOF enhance ball valves?

Here's an overview and tehnical data

Ceramic Coating for Exhausts

How can HVOF applied ceramic coatings help improve the part life of exhausts?


We Have A Problem

In fact we have several a month...

Ceramic Coatings In Industry

Ceramic Coatings are used in a wide variety of industries. 

Including but not limited to Oil & Gas, Textiles, Pumps, and Electronics

Our New Year Resolution

Now that 2017 is here B&B have mnade a fresh committment to providing excellent service.

We're featured in Industrial Process News

B&B are featured as on of the top ten exhibitors at last year's Northern Manufacturing.

Is September The End For Hard Chrome?

Rumours have spread since last year that September could be the end of hard cHROME plating which is already banned in America.

Our NEW Grinder Arrives!

B&B are proud to announce that we have recently aquired a new grinder which enables us to work on larger components than ever before.

Hard Chrome Sunset Date is 21st September

Updates on the rumours of a Hard Chrome Ban. We have heard directly from the ECHA.

Quality Assurance for Manufacturers

Here are some ridiculously simple steps to ensure quality assurance across your engineering projects.

Our Relationship With Customers

B&B aim to develop long term relationships with our customers. 

“TOO BROAD” application to save Hard Chrome

An application by a consortium of manufacturers to continue the use of Hard Chrome has been descrived as 'too broad' adding doubt to its approval.

More than Machining

B&B offer a range of complimentary services which includes CNC Machining, HVOF Coating and CNC Grinding.

Introducing Haigh Coatings

If you’re researching coatings for high wear environments then you’ll have come across a number of brand names for coating.

All of which make the same promise of enhanced corrosion, wear and hardness. Quite often though…they are all actually offering the same thing!

Repair & Rebuild Worn Components

HVOF is an additive processes and as such it's perfect for the reclamation and repoair of parts worn to wear, erosion and corrosion.

New Doosan Turning Machine

We have extended our capacity through investment in a new turning machine. 

Ensuring Delivery Dates

B&B Precision are working hard behind the scenes to ensure that we can meet our delivery dates.

Is your application in?

Did you miss the 21st of March application date to keep using Hard Chrome?

Advantages of High Speed Machining

The idea of producing parts more quickly and therefore more cost effectively is appealing to many manufacturing companies, but the reality is that there is more to it than just a combination of the right tools and higher speeds.

Dis-advantages of High Speed Machining

High speed machining offers more parts, more quickly, meaning less cost. It’s certainly an attractive process to most manufacturers but is not without some challenges.

High Wear? High Corrosion? What Coating?

There are a wide number of options available for manufacturers whose parts are subject to high levels of wear and corrosion, but few are long term cost effective solutions.

Bright Future For British Manufacturing

B&B Precision are proud to fly the flag as a British manufacturer thriving in the current climate, but we see core challenges that must be addressed today in order to secure tomorrow.

Securing Long Term Growth Starts Today

It often seems in manufacturing that we go through periods of boom and bust, but this a trend B&B Precision have bucked. We have built steadily over the last seven years and are putting forward are plans for continued growth.

Trouble Machining In Tungsten?

Tungsten is described as a ‘heavy metal’ due to its hard nature and corrosion resistance properties. It is a very dense metal and is used in a wide variety of industries ranging from radiation shielding to golf clubs. Working with Tungsten represents a challenge in several areas.

Standing Out As A Sub-Contractor

B&B Precision's MD Steven Haigh was featured in Business and Industry.

Quality No Issue

One of the main positives from a recent customer audit was the lack of quality issues our clients had with received parts.

Manufacturers At The Crossroads

Manufacturing seems to be at a cross roads at the moment. Confidence is high in the market and yet growth is fragile.


For a limited time we are offering engineers to try HVOF applied coatings and judge the results for themselves.

What’s Protecting Your Pump?

Any pump application must consider longevity and cost of replacement when it comes to material selection. There are three key areas that need to considered.

New Haas VF6 Machine

B&B are proud to add a new Haas VF6 to our shop floor.

Why OEMs Should Outsource Manufacturing

Should an Original Equipment Manufacturer consider outsourcing their manufacturing capability?

Processes Affected by Hexavalent Restrictions

Hexavalent Chromium has long been on the ECHA’s list of annexed substances due to its carcinogenic nature. This year on September 21st further restrictions will come into play and this means manufacturers across the country have had to look for an alternative. So what processes are affected and how are companies reacting?

4 Tips for Productivity

Despite putting on weekend and evening shifts throughout 2017, sometimes it feels as though there just aren’t enough hours in the day! B&B have been heavily focused this year on improving our internal procedures and lead time through the acquisition of new machines and new staff. Chief amongst these was the appointment of Richard Crowther, our Operations Manager. Here are 5 of Richard's tips to ensure you make the most out of your day.

NEBOSH Certification

Richard Crowther, our Operations Manager has acheieved his NEBOSH certification in Health and Safety.

Hard Wearing Copper Coatings?

Electo-plated Copper is thin and mallebale in nature so what if you want the attributes of Copper but in a more hard wearing environment?

Steel Rolling for Longer

Any Roll whether employed in hot or cold rolling techniques undergoes a high level of wear that affects it’s part life and must also contend with an often hot oxidising environment, corrosion and fatigue.So how cna we protect them?

Another successful year at B&B

Having just completed another financial year, B&B Precision have seen another year of sustained growth which has helped us take on new staff, new machines and new standards.

A Guide to Flanges

Flanges are the connecting components bringing together Pipes, Pumps and Pressure Vessels. Most often flanges will be made of forged or cast steel, but are increasingly being manufactured in ‘hard’ and ‘exotic’ materials such as Inconel. This is an overview of the basic and most commonly found kind of flanges.

In The Huddersfield Examiner

B&B were proud to be featured in the Huddersfield Examiner. We’ve been bringing you updates as we celebrate another successful financial year and this was highlighted in a fantastic  profile in the paper.
Below is the original article that appeared in the Bsuiness Supplement of the Huddersfield Daily Examiner on Thursday 31st August 2017 by Henryk Zientek

REACH impacts on Hexavalent Chromium

On September 21st 2017 heavy restrictions under the REACH directive on the use of any coating/plating which utilises Hexavalent Chromium (CR6). This means that many traditional metal finishing options will no longer be available and penalties may come into effect for those companies carrying out the process without authorisation.

Machines complement skills in manufacturing

The role of automation and technology within the Manufacturing industry is a hot topic for debate at the moment with many companies embracing an 'industry 4.0' vision.

Past, Present and Future of Hard Chrome Plating

A fantastic read on all Hard Chrome Plating and the future of the process. 

Hexavalent Chromium and You

Throughout 2017, B&B have been updating you as new, tighter restrictions have been placed against the use of Hexavalent Chromium which came into effect on the 21st of September 2017. This new legislation will affect processes such as Hard Chrome Plating, Chromic Anodising, Zinc Plating and Passivation. These changes have not been as widely publicised as we feel they should have been, and we have had a number of customers ask us questions.

Jigs and Fixtures

The creation of jigs and fixtures is a key part of our production and is one of the core skills that allows us to manufacture complex parts efficiently. So what are Jigs and Fixtures and how do we use them?

How Will Brexit Affect UK Manufacturing?

Uncertainty. There are few words more appropriate then describing the effect that Brexit will have on the UK in the months and years ahead. Every industry is clamouring for answers as soon as possible about what a deal might look like and how it will affect their business. “Knowing is half the battle” as they say. Ahead of tomorrow’s GDP figures we look at the UK’s manufacturing industry look like today, and how might Brexit affect us both at home and internationally?

Can You Handle The Heat? High Temp Coatings.

Industrial Processes across a wide range of industries must operate in aggressive environments which contain high temperatures, high pressure and a high level of stress put on individual components. So what materials and processes can help extend the part life in these environments?

Complete Supply of Valve Components

B&B Precision work closely with a number of customers in the valve industry. Our range of complimentary services allow us to supply complete components to your specifications.

Cost Implications of Material Selection

For any component material selection has a crucial impact its life cycle and performance. There are a very wide range of different options to consider when selecting the right materials and processes.

Machining of Magnesium

Magnesium and its alloys are material growing in popularity within the engineering sector. This is primarily down to its attributes as a strong but lightweight material.

Troubleshooting your Thermal Spray Problems.

For many sub-contract machinists, the requirement for Thermal Spray Coatings is a troublesome one. Traditional metal finishing processes are largely standardised, familiar and in the cases of specific brands (for example xylan) there will be a large amount of information available. When it comes to Thermal Spray however it can actually be quite difficult to identify the specification and process required and the process itself may be unfamiliar to many.

Machining of Duplex

Duplex Stainless Steels typically have about twice the strength when compared to their Austenitic counterparts, but how does this affect their machinability?

Plating On/With Inconel

Hard and Exotic Materials have grown in popularity as materials selected for high wear, high corrosion and high temperature environments.

New Year, Old Parts?

While many other businesses were winding down for Christmas most factories and foundries will have been squeezing every minute out of the day in order to fulfil the pre-holiday demand. This often puts extra stress and strain on legacy machinery and may result in failures. For many businesses, January represents a chance to start a fresh and conduct preventative maintenance, but what are your options when a part has come to the end of its life?

Repairing Super Alloy Components

Extending Part life is a key consideration for many industries but in particular the Oil & Gas and Petrochemical sectors in which components need to operate in environments with high levels of wear and corrosion whilst often in high temperature and pressurised environments.

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