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Jay Dorling inducted as Freeman of the Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire

On the 12th September, our Sales Director Jay Dorling was proudly inducted as a Freeman of the Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire.

The Master Cutler, Mr James Tear, welcomed 21 new Freeman to their Welcome and Induction Ceremony at Cutlers’ Hall. The Master Cutler explained how The Cutlers’ Company work to promote and support modern engineering and manufacturing in South Yorkshire and he went on to say new Freeman are the lifeblood of the Company, keeping it live and relevant in the 21st century.

He presented each new Freeman, with a tie, the book; Mesters to Masters, on the history of the Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire; a certificate (which sadly had to be reprinted on Friday to change the wording to King Charles III) and a beautiful sterling silver lapel pin.



Whale Tankers Ltd established in 1969 are now one of the largest manufacturers of liquid waste vacuum tankers and jetting equipment in Europe and are constantly looking at ways of improving their operational and manufacturing efficiencies.

One such process efficiency was the surface preparation of a range of components that make up the finished tankers prior to their painting operation.

For many years Whale utilised a manual blasting process but as the success of their products increased the demand for them they realised that the manual process although very good was time consuming and creating a production bottleneck.

Along with other major expansion plans at Whale, Manufacturing Manager Matt Broadhurst (pictured) was charged with finding a solution to this issue and turned to a local Surface Preparation company Blastcom UK who along with their sister company Straaltechniek UK began an investigation to speed up this process.

Over a period of several months and arranged visits to customers utilising automatic blasting machines Matt, along with Jay Dorling a Director of both Blastcom & Straaltechniek began to formulate the best and most cost effective solution.

It was decided that the majority of the bottle neck was manually blasting smaller components of different shapes and thicknesses and by utilising one of Straaltechniek’s automatic ‘Y’ Track Hanger Blast Machines with High Performance Long Life Tungsten Carbide variable  speed blast wheels would significantly speed up the operation.

After successful  trials Whale Tankers ordered through Blastcom a new Straaltechniek HK12/18-3 Hook Blast Machine. Matt went on to say that ‘this automatic machine has revolutionised our blasting strategy and the removal of the smaller parts from the manual blast room has allowed our operative to concentrate more on the larger tanks which has significantly improved the quality and output of this part of the process’.

Another win for Whale is the locality of the support from Blastcom based in the West Midlands who along with Straaltechniek as the manufacturers of the machine based in Sheffield are always readily available for advice, service & spares support.


Blastcom (UK) Limited

Unit 16

Waterside Ind Estate

Doulton Road

Rowley Regis

B65 8JG


Tel:  01384 410435

Fax: 01384 567424

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