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Increasing Women in Engineering at Masterhitch

Women In Engineering

Last week marked International Women in Engineering Day. An international awareness campaign aiming to highlight the fantastic women who are, literally, building our world. Now, more than ever, we’re seeing women dominating what were once heavily male workplaces. Last year, the Women’s Engineering Society recorded that 14.5% of engineers in the UK were women. 

Fast forward to 2022 and that figure has risen to 16.5%. With that in mind, women in engineering are still highly underrepresented within their field. Here at Masterhitch, we design and develop state of the art excavator attachments, quick hitches and bespoke products mainly for our customers within the construction industry.

We are a team of engineering experts, many of whom are women, and today we want to help break down the barriers to encourage more girls and women into engineering careers. This year, International Women in Engineering Day aims to celebrate the amazing work that women engineers around the world are doing to support lives everyday. The event is hosted by The Women’s Engineering Society and this year’s theme is “Inventors and Innovators.”

A recent report from the House of Commons revealed that companies with a higher percentage of female leaders outperformed those dominated by men. In a post-pandemic world, the research shows that women should be supported in pursuing career opportunities in a wide range of industries. 

For years women have been underrepresented in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) university courses and occupations. How can we change this? 

Why is there a lack of women in engineering?

A big role in creating equal work opportunities lies within education. Throughout history, STEM subjects have typically been considered masculine. This has led to a society of young girls distancing themselves with STEM education. 

Data from the Department of Education shows that more girls stated they disliked STEM school subjects than their male peers. In fact, only 33% of girls within this research believed they performed well in STEM subjects, compared to 60% of boys. However, this doesn’t reflect their actual abilities. 

The same research shows that 68% of girls achieved great marks when compared to 65% of the boys. This clearly shows that girls are no less capable of pursuing careers they enjoy. And not just ones they believe they are capable of doing. 

Encouraging girls to take part in STEM subjects at school will pave the way for them to enter construction, engineering and science-lead fields. Alongside this, having more visible female role models for girls interested in STEM would also help. Women in engineering

Even girls who do enjoy STEM subjects at primary or secondary school are often left without any real life examples of women in engineering. Back in the second world war there was a serious problem with the Rolls Royce Merlin engines. Which would cause them to misfire or cut out. 

Despite having a whole team of engineers within the Royal Aircraft Establishment working to fix the problem, no one could. That was until Beatrice Shilling designed a brilliant solution which permanently fixed the engines. Who would have thought that the saviour would be a female engineer rather than her male counterparts? 

For girls and young women considering entering a career in engineering, it is vital for them to have role models they can relate to.

About Masterhitch Europe Ltd

Since being founded over 30 years ago, many changes have been made. However, our core values remain the same. We want to provide our customers with ground-breaking products. All of which are made to the highest standards with safety in mind at all times. 

You can get in touch with our team via mail@masterhitch.co.uk or by giving us a call on 01634 290022.

Alternatively, check out our range of excavator attachments and buckets available!

The Latest Bespoke Engineering Project By Masterhitch!

Masterhitch Steel Table

Masterhitch has been at it again. The skilled team of engineers have been busy preparing another structure, for yet another bespoke project. This time in the form of two strong steel frame table structures. Find out more about our latest project below!

THE PROJECT

Our customer commissioned Masterhitch to create two solid steel frame table structures that were going to be used for display purposes. 

What is the purpose of the table?

A secure, sturdy table was required by our customer as it was going to be used to display a crushed car on top. Once the tables had been successfully delivered, and placed where needed, a crushed car was then put on top. Finally, the next step was to place a Perspex covered over the top of the structure to provide further protection from external sources. 

Our customer also requested that we include a solid flat panel on the front of one of the sides. This was used as a display panel to show an image of the car before it had been crushed, and the reason why it was crushed. 

How big is the table structure?

We aren’t just talking about any display table, this particular structure was the biggest we have made to date. As a crushed car was being placed on top, we had to make the table to be 2 metres x 1.5 metres. 

The table itself also weighed 760kg each, which would be suitable to hold the weight of a 1.5 – 2 ton crushed car. How impressive!

Check out the different stages of manufacturing below, or view our YouTube video here.

Steel Table Structure welded

Steel Table Structure

Steel Table Structure painted
Steel Table Structure loaded

All of our other bespoke projects can be viewed here

BESPOKE SERVICES OFFERED AT MASTERHITCH EUROPE LTD

In addition to our core services, we can also offer plenty of bespoke services to suit your needs. 

Bucket rehangs and repairs

Have you ever gone to use an excavator bucket and its fallen apart mid-use? Masterhitch have you covered! Our engineers can carry out bucket repairs and rehanging, if it is cost effective to do so. Alternatively, we can provide you with a quote to get a brand new bucket from Masterhitch. 

Profile Cutting

Profile cutting can be completed using plasma, oxy gas or even water jets. Our machinery can cut out shapes from metal sheets of up to 70mm in thickness. This is also an effective way to get defined, precise parts cut out for excavator buckets and attachments. 

Plate Rolling

Plate rolling involves a sheet of metal up to 22mm thick, being rolled back and forward through various moving plates. We can roll metal into a tube shape with a diameter of 1700mm. With our new plate rolling machine, it’s never been easier! Find out more in our recent blog post.  

All of our bespoke services can be found here

CONTACT THE SKILLED TEAM TODAY!

Get in touch with Masterhitch today if you’re interested in finding out more about our bespoke project services. Whether you’re looking for a digger attachment in a bespoke size or want to make an initial enquiry about an upcoming project, we would be happy to assist.

Give us a call on: 01634 290022 or email the team. We are more than happy to advise you on any of our products and assist where needed, if you aren’t sure.

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What is Plate Rolling?

Plate rolling machine

Plate rolling is incredibly popular within the construction and engineering industries. It is also an essential feature when it comes to metal fabrication. Find out more below, and view the latest plate rolling machine to join the Masterhitch workshop!

WHAT IS PLATE ROLLING?

Plate rolling can be known as various things such as plate bending and even roll bending. Essentially, the machine is used to roll sheets of material in order to manipulate the shape of them. If you’re looking to buy new excavator buckets, then this is the process commonly used to bend the metal into the shape of a bucket.

Additionally, plate rolling is used for the following:

  • Pipes
  • Tanker trailers
  • Pressure vessels
  • Cylindrical parts
  • Car / Transport parts

How does it work?

Whilst there are many types of plate rolling machines, most of which will bend the metal into cylindrical shapes. There are also machines that will do the opposite and create straight pieces of metal! 

The plate rolling machine is made up of 3 or 4 metal rollers as standard. Hydraulics are then used in addition to the rollers in most scenarios to bend the material around the rollers. 

MASTERHITCH’S NEW PLATE ROLLING MACHINE

The team at Masterhitch Europe Ltd have been extremely excited for the delivery of the new Davi MCB 4-Roll plate rolling machine. Since the machine has arrived in the warehouse, it is now our latest bit of kit.Productivity is of the essence at Masterhitch and that’s why our new 4-roll machine was the obvious choice. Using the latest technology, the bottom roll clamps the plate to ensure we have perfect control over the position of the sheet during the whole forming process. 

We can now roll up to a 22mm thick plate of metal, which is 3000mm wide. We can roll this into a tube with a minimum internal diameter of 1700mm. How impressive!

Plate rolling machine

Plate rolling machine

ABOUT DAVI 

DAVI are leaders in Research, Development and Innovation. They are also the world largest manufacturer of heavy duty plate roll, heavy duty angle roll, high productivity lines and customised rolling machines. The Italian company was originally founded in 1966. From here, they have grown massively to offer customers a diverse portfolio of heavy duty plate rolls, angle rolls, plus high productivity 4 roll and robotic lines.

ABOUT H.E. SERVICES (PLANT HIRE) LTD

H.E. SERVICES (Plant Hire) Ltd are known for their high quality construction machinery and excellent customer service. They can also provide bespoke digger attachments and buckets, which have been made by us using plate rollers. 

When you choose to hire from H.E. SERVICES you’ll be guaranteed plenty of benefits. For example:

  • The best machinery, that is on average only 3 years old
  • A 24 hour service for account customers
  • The choice to hire a fully qualified operator with the plant equipment

With 10 UK based depots and 2 satellite depots, H.E. SERVICES are the best choice for the job. Additionally, they have over 3500 items of plant to choose from.

CONTACT THE TEAM AT MASTERHITCH TODAY

Get in touch with Masterhitch today if you’re interested in any of our bespoke services, including plate rolling. Give us a call on: 01634 290022 or email the team. We are more than happy to advise you on any of our products and assist where needed, if you aren’t sure.

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The Latest Bespoke Project Completed for Ebbsfleet Engineering

Bespoke Project - Ebbsfleet Engineering Trailer

In this week’s news we are very excited to announce the reveal of the latest bespoke project. Ebbsfleet Engineering have commissioned Masterhitch Europe Ltd to carry out a special project for their client, Kimberly Clark. Find out more about the project below!

THE LATEST BESPOKE PROJECT FOR EBBSFLEET ENGINEERING

Here at Masterhitch we have modified Ebbsfleet Engineering’s existing transport / dolly trailer. How, we hear you ask?

We have extended the trailer in order to take a 33 ton paper mill cylinder out of the Kimberly Clark building. The company will be replacing the cylinder with a brand new one. Due to the size of the cylinder, this project would not have been possible without the custom engineering provided by the Masterhitch team. 

Our expert team had initial plans drawn up and signed off by the two companies. The trailer was then manufactured and painted, ready for delivery to Ebbsfleet Engineering.

Trailer drawings
Bespoke Project - Ebbsfleet Engineering Trailer

ABOUT EBBSFLEET ENGINEERING

Ebbsfleet Engineering Services Ltd specialise in the installation, removal and relocation of industrial, manufacturing machinery and equipment. Based in Strood, only a stone’s throw away from Masterhitch, they were the perfect clients to work with when it came to their bespoke project. 

When you contact Ebbsfleet Engineering, you’ll also be able to benefit from the following services: 

  • Heavy crane hire
  • Project management
  • Pipework services
  • Site services and maintenance
  • Electrical and mechanical services

Get in touch with their friendly team today to find out more: https://ebbsfleetltd.com/

PAST BESPOKE PROJECT COMPLETED FOR EBBSFLEET ENGINEERING

This wasn’t the first project we have completed for Ebbsfleet Engineering and Kimberly Clark. Over the last 12 months we have also assisted with the removal of other cylinders.

We previously made a transport frame to fit an 80 ton cylinder. This was then lifted by a 500 ton crane and loaded onto a lorry.

Additionally, we have worked with Ebbsfleet Engineering and CP Manufacturing. For this bespoke project we were asked to manufacture parts for a recycling centre being installed in Enfield. We assisted making the following parts:

  • The conveyor walls and divert shoots
  • The leg supports for the conveyors
  • A frame to hold the cyclone fans
  • The pit wall and walking floor walls

View the full details of this project here.

Bespoke projects

CP Manufacturing Bespoke Project

Kimberly Clark Bespoke Project

CONTACT THE MASTERHITCH TEAM WITH YOUR BESPOKE PROJECT ENQUIRIES

Get in touch with Masterhitch today if you’re interested in finding out more about our bespoke project services. Whether you’re looking for a one off attachment or want to make an initial enquiry, we would be happy to help.

Give us a call on: 01634 290022 or email the team. We are more than happy to advise you on any of our products and assist where needed, if you aren’t sure.

Alternatively, sign up to our newsletter to receive the latest news and offers.

We are always completing bespoke projects for companies, so make sure you check out our social media channels. You could see a bespoke attachment suitable for your needs:

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Excavator attachments used for preparing and harvesting

Excavator attachments

Did you know that there are many companies in the agricultural industry that contact us for excavator attachments?

Yes, you heard us right! Not only can we create bespoke products for operators, and construction companies. We can provide an equally exceptional service for those carrying out work such as farming, harvesting, and even caring for livestock.

Find out more about our excavator attachments, and how they could be used for everyday work!

SPRING IS UPON US!

20th March, the day that is considered as officially being spring, is only round the corner. It’s also a busy time of the year for farmers and anyone working in the agricultural sector.  Although harvesting doesn’t take place until the later months of August, September and even October, the prep work needs to be started. 

The majority of the prep work for the upcoming harvest isn’t generally started until March time. During the month, farmers will begin breaking up earth, and fertilising the ground, ready for seeds to be sown. 

In April, potato crops are planted, as well as peas, and cereal crops such as wheat, rye and barley. It is a very time consuming, and strenuous task for farmers to keep up with. The UK grows 61% of the food it eats, according to the National Farming Union (NFU). 

Come May, farmers are still busy enriching land and spreading muck to ensure the survival and growth of their crops. Building and fence repairs are also carried out during this time. These areas are often used to house livestock during the winter, and for shade during the warmer months. It is important that this is done every year. 

Why not complete the jobs at hand, and make it easier and much more time efficient?

GET READY FOR THE HARVESTING SEASON

Any large farming business, and individuals that own a vast amount of land will have already invested in plant machinery to make their jobs easier. They will also have invested in plant accessories in the form of attachments to further develop their land. We understand that a combine harvester is used in most scenarios, but here’s how we have assisted companies in the form of excavator attachments. 

RIPPER

As the name suggests, the ripper is a fantastic attachment that is used to rip materials with ease. Most operators will use the ripper to remove any tough, unwanted tree roots from the ground, and to even break up hard ground. This would be effective when tackling the ground after the cold winter months. Additionally, if a bucket was used to complete the same task, it would save any unwanted stress trying to dig up a solid surface.

Ripper digger attachment

View our recent blog post and find out more about using a ripper attachment. It could be a life changing attachment for farming and agricultural work. 

ROOT PLATES

The Masterhitch Root Plate is a relatively new attachment. Initially, a customer contacted us to create a bespoke root plate attachment to fit their Komatsu PC210. However, since then we have others also show interest in this attachment for the purpose of landscaping. Despite it originally being used to dig below roots and transplant shrubbery and bushes whole, it can also be used for plenty of other tasks including:

  • Moving large loads of livestock feed
  • Picking up and transporting animal faeces
  • Transplanting crops
  • Removing a large amount of ground dirt ready for seeds to be sown

We can make the root plate attachment to fit a range of excavators. Get in touch with us today to get a quote. 

RIDDLE BUCKET

As the ground prepping gets underway, there will undoubtedly be a lot of land to cover. The soil needs to go through rigorous checks and plenty of fertilisation to ensure it is the best quality for growing crops. The Masterhitch Riddle Bucket will efficiently sort through any material that has been dug up. Brick, concrete, stones, vegetation and other debris can be separated from soil using this particular excavator bucket. 

Riddle buckets

We can make these buckets to fit a 7, 14, 21 and 30 tonne excavator. Anything outside of our standard sizes, we can also make a bucket to fit your machinery. All of our buckets are made using the best, top grade components ensuring durability and longevity. 

CONTACT THE MASTERHITCH TEAM TODAY FOR YOUR EXCAVATOR ATTACHMENTS

If you’re looking for some new and exciting attachments to make harvesting easier this year, then get in touch. The team here at Masterhitch Europe Ltd, can create a range of excavator attachments to suit your needs. When you buy any of our plant accessories, you’ll have peace of mind knowing they are made with the highest quality British Standard Steel. They are also reinforced where necessary to promote durability.

Contact the team today to get an initial quote, we would love to work with you. Call us on: 01634 290022 or email us.

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Bespoke Plant Accessories – The New Digger Cradle!

Berryrange cradle

Another week, another new exciting project for the team at Masterhitch. Our latest request comes from Berryrange, who have requested bespoke plant accessories to use for their latest work. Can you guess what it is?

THE NEW CRADLE

Berryrange have commissioned the services of Masterhitch Europe Ltd to design and manufacture a new cradle which will fit a Kobelco SK350 LC excavator. The new cradle will attach to the machine via a quick hitch. An auger or large drill can then be used safely for a new project Berryrange is working on.

In addition to the cradle, Masterhitch has also been asked by Berryrange to design and manufacture a transport storage frame. The frame will safely house the auger drive unit, whilst attached to the cradle. Additionally, this will provide easy coupling and un-coupling of the cradle via the quick hitch.

What is an auger, and what is it used for?

An auger is a larger version of a drill that is used to drill deep into the ground. Due to the spiral shape of metal, this will effectively remove the material from the ground. Leaving the operator with a smooth hole with no obstructions. 

Depending on the type of auger attachment, it can drill into various materials including sand, dirt, clay, rock and even concrete. We would recommend getting a reinforced auger attachment should you wish to drill into tougher materials. 

Augers are often used for the following types of work: 

  • Landscaping
  • Drilling into wood for timber structures
  • Putting up fence posts
  • Making holes for steel piles

They are one of many plant accessories we would recommend having available on any construction site. 

We currently make augers for our sister company, H.E. SERVICES (Plant Hire) Ltd, to hire out to their customers. We make them as standard to fit the following size machines: 3 Ton, 5 Ton, 8 Ton, 15 Ton, 22 Ton.

View the process of creating the cradle below!

Berryrange cradle
Berryrange cradle
Berryrange cradle

ABOUT BERRYRANGE

Based in Medway, Kent, Berryrange are one of the UK’s leading specialist contractors when it comes to Sheet Piling, and other steel pile installations. The company was originally formed in 1990, offering labour and building services to contractors. When you get in touch with Berryrange, you can also make use of their other services:

  • Pile Extraction
  • Marine Piling
  • Silent Sheet Piling
  • Temporary Framing
  • Clutch Welding

Get in touch with the friendly team today to find out how they can help you!

ABOUT MASTERHITCH EUROPE LTD

Masterhitch is dedicated to designing and providing customers with bespoke plant accessories to meet their every need. From buckets to tree shear attachments, we have a range of digger attachments available. Should you need these in a size, out of our standard stocked size, we would be more than happy to assist. 

We have completed a range of bespoke attachments for companies including, Diggerland Theme Park, Kimberly Clark, Robore Cuts and our latest collaboration with Ruskins Tree & Landscapes Ltd. View all of our bespoke projects here. You’ll be in great hands if you decide to work with the skilled team here at Masterhitch Europe Ltd. 

ABOUT BUYADIGGER LTD

Now you know that we can create a safety unit to house an auger attachment in, the next thing you may need is construction machinery. We’ve also got you covered in that area!

Our sister company, BuyADigger Ltd, has a wide range of used plant equipment for sale. Originally owned by H.E. SERVICES (Plant Hire) Ltd and Diggerland Theme Park, you could get your hands on a fantastic machine with low hours, and in excellent condition. 

View all of the available stock on their website, and get in touch with the team to get a quote. 

DO YOU NEED BESPOKE PLANT ACCESSORIES FOR AN UPCOMING PROJECT?

Like what you see? We would love to work with you on your next upcoming project. Contact us today to get a quote, or simply talk through your plans for bespoke plant accessories. 

Feel free to email the team at: mail@masterhitch.co.uk or give us a call: 01634 290022.

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