Redman Series 6 Mk2 Bumper Bar Forming Machine, O/No. W86290, c.1978

Order W86290 for F.A.M.M. SRL, Buenos Aires, Argentina, c.1978

By kind permission of Rhodes Interform Ltd
By kind permission of Rhodes Interform Ltd

The Redman bumper bar machines roll-formed a complete bumper bar from a raised blank in only two operations.  They replaced a number of hydraulic or mechanical presses that were required to achieve the same result.

These machines were extremely complex in their operation, much more so than extrusion presses, employing state-of-the-art (at that time) hydraulics.  Electrical systems were conventional relays (Programmable Logic Control [PLC] had not been introduced then. Tooling required bedding-in and proving employing the exceptional skills of the workforce in Gloucester.

This was the last bumper bar machine produced in Gloucester as, shortly afterwards, the car industry moved towards the use of rubber and plastic components. Consequently, this part of the business was rendered obsolete virtually overnight.

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  • Hi John!  A young Jim Harris in photo number 1.  Chippy Aston.

    Chippy – Many thanks for the info – John B

    By Graham Aston (30/07/2015)

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