Back Engineering – Case 100

SBH Radiators offer a wide range of bespoke opportunities to our customers. it is our resolve to try and back engineer radiators to suit our clients and your customers needs that seperates SBH Radiators from our competitors.

The Remit

Our client required the back-engineering of 9 radiators in total. The end-user did not want to go through the expense of retiling walls and flooring. The original radiators were made from steel chromed and employed round and hexagonal tubing. Two of the radiators are fixed to the wall and floor.
at the customer’s request, we were asked to make the radiators from 316 stainless instead of our normal 304 grade. 316 has a higher nickel content making it more resilient to corrosion.

Step 1

Firstly we were lucky in that the old radiators were made available to us, so I started to make templates for our manufacturing. The process started with laying each radiator on sheets of card to mark out the mounts and importantly the fixing holes. Measurements were taken of the 3 fixing points on each mount in relation to each other. Then the distance to the opposing mounts, each mount had 6 measurements that had to be recorded.

Step 2

All the info gathered had to be transferred to the templates so all measurements were handwritten on each of the templates for the fixing dimensions. These details will be used later to create CAD drawings. Accurate measurements were taken for the plumbing points, again these details were added to the template and later used in a CAD drawing. New mounts had to be designed to accommodate the fact that the old radiators plumbing points formed part of the mounts.

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