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The Big Boy - Allen's Biggest Block Yet!

by Allen 22 Jan 2021 11:00 PST
The 'Big Boy' from Allen © Allen

Around the world, we are known as a company that produces small boat hardware, but this isn't strictly true. Let us introduce to you to "The Big Boy" just one example of what we can do for bigger boats.

This new 150mm block has been designed to fit on the end of an 8-meter hydraulic ram and will be under loads of around 27 tonnes. The Big Boy weighs 5kg and has a plain bearing sheave with ball bearings to cater for side loads.

Here at Allen, we are much more than just marine hardware specialists. We are engineering experts who work with a wide variety of companies in different sectors, such as; medical equipment, automotive parts, window manufacturing, public and defence sector, theatre, advertising, aviation and much more.

We can work with such a wide variety of clients due to our multiplicity of in-house resources. Which includes our close-knit team of engineers and designers who can work to deliver premium solutions for custom or mass-production jobs. Allen is also an ISO9001 accredited business, which means we are capable of mass manufacturing high-quality products as well as ensuring a high level of craftsmanship is carried out for custom items.

"The marine sector, from small leisure boatbuilders to large commercial marine engineers all now face the same issue when outsourcing. We are all in the same boat," explains Liz Adams, Managing Director of Allen. "Sourcing from anywhere outside the UK now carries a higher level of risk to business continuity than it has in the past. Sourcing from multiple suppliers carries the risk they are buying in materials from abroad. The only way to de-risk is to use UK suppliers who, in turn, source from UK suppliers. If you want to see how it should be done, we have produced a video showing how one of our blocks, the A2060Tii, has been designed and manufactured entirely using services we have in-house."

As a British family-owned business, we ensure 100% of our products are designed, manufactured and assembled in-house at our factory in Essex. All our materials, where possible, are sourced from within the UK. We also guarantee a competitive and fair price for any job we undertake.

If you have any custom requirements, big or small, marine or non-marine, don't hesitate to get in touch to see how Allen can solve your problems.

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