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Marine Engineering and Reliable Bench Vices.

typical workshop for marine engineering

Top-quality Machine shops are well-planned. There is room for almost all operations and equipment to be rigid and secure. Access to spares and supplies is a telephone call away and delivery is a matter of hours. At worst a day or two delays. We can phone a friend or call in an expert for advice.

Fresh air and natural lighting ensure comfortable conditions. 

A ship’s engine room is a complex space with multiple systems, each requiring a unique approach to upkeep and troubleshooting. Only through extensive knowledge and on-the-job training can a marine engineer understand the inner workings of his machinery.

The Marine engineering environment is a very different world. None of the above conditions is a given on board ship and there is one more factor to add to the challenge. Things move on board. 

The floor rises and we miss a step and our balance falters. 

We spend more time holding on to walls and rails to stop ourselves from falling. We fight the onset of seasickness. To do any sort of work we need the help of a third hand.

The Complex Role of a Marine Engineer

Marine engineers typically work with associated trades such as Boatbuilders and Marine Electricians and have a strong marine industry understanding.

Marine engineers are defined by their focus, skill set, and drive to succeed for themselves and those around them.

Those in the maritime industry are well aware that the marine engineering books will give you a theoretical understanding of ship mechanics, but what you really need is hands-on experience. Get dirty. 

There are many types of marine machinery systems. The engine, propulsion and auxiliary systems are the three basic systems on a ship. There are also plants for power generation, heating and air-conditioning. Although these systems have standard principles, each class of ship has its own differences in the design and machinery arrangement.  marine engineering. This is why having a versatile and totally trustworthy bench vice is an essential part of any marine engineers life.​

The marine machinery history is a good thing to have. It’ll save you a lot of time and effort when maintaining those machines. Engine rooms are loud places, filled with machinery that can fail in spectacular ways if you don’t know what you’re doing. In order to prevent these failures from happening, it pays to be well-informed, and maintain a solid relationship with your equipment.

Marine Engineering – Help is at Hand.

marine engineering

Maintenance of machinery is a daily part of a marine engineer’s work. He/ she regularly checks the clearances between certain parts of the machinery and their housings, and if these are getting too tight or too loose, does maintenance to bring them back in tolerance. If the tolerances become too large, there may be damage to the machinery. So it is important that he/ she keeps a close eye on any clearances which are out of tolerance especially in the crankpin and piston ring clearances in the generator.​ The Swindens Heavy Duty Vice has a combination of great qualities that makes it the ideal vice for the Marine environment. 

Corrosion is one of the most common problems associated with steel and the sea. Tools are no exception to this and fortunately, the Swindens vice is well protected with its colourful yellow and grey colour scheme. Not only does the coating provide super protection but it goes a long way in making the vice one of the most attractive around. 

The design of the Swindens Heavy Duty Vice provides an added advantage in the fight against corrosion. The enclosed threaded mechanism is protected from the atmosphere resulting in a long-lasting silky smooth operation. 

Naturally, this also protects the mechanism from getting clogged up with various bits and pieces of scrap that may find a way into an open mechanism.

Remember that the Swinden Heavy Duty Vice is made from SG Iron which allows for closer tolerances than the normal vice made from cast iron. SG Iron provides a more accurate fit and this allows for a smoother and more delicate operation.

Versatility is Paramount in Marine Engineering

Vices operating in marine conditions are expected to handle a wide variety of operations. Normally the engine room vice will be expected to handle pipework including cutting and welding as well as being the general hold all for mechanical components. Even very delicate ones.

The Swinden Heavy Duty Vice does all of this with ease. The swivel jaws allow for the easy transition from holding pipes to holding components. There is no need to change inserts. Merely make use of the other pair of jaws. A quick and easy change that saves so much time.

Engine Rooms are filled with Equipment and space is limited. The trouble with a conventional vice is that it is limited by being bolted to the bench and the workpiece can only be held in a single direction. The swivel feature of the Swinden Heavy Duty Vice overcomes that problem.

Not only can the vice swivel through three hundred and sixty degrees in the horizontal plane but it can also swivel in the perpendicular plane. This allows for the workpiece to be positioned exactly as required. Long pieces can be fixed in any position that the space allows in either plane.

Marine Engineering is Tough 

Marine engineering is tough work

Vices get a tough deal. They are expected to handle rough treatment without complaint. They get used as anvils, hammered, and smacked. They need to withstand welding and grinding and everything in between. It’s a tough environment but the Swinden Heavy Duty Vice is up to the task. 

Used extensively in military vehicles they have proved themselves to not only be able to withstand the rigours of military situations but also operate efficiently in all types of conditions.

Great for small engine rooms.

Conditions on larger ships are close to that of the conventional tool room but as we move to motor and sailing yachts space becomes more critical. The versatility of the Swinden heavy Duty Vice really comes into its own in the cramped conditions found on smaller vessels. 

Here the ability of the vice to swivel in both planes with ease provides a great advantage over conventional vices. Longer workpieces can be held in any position dictated by space constraints. 

In the smaller engine rooms of motor and sail yachts, things move a lot more. Not only having to react to movement caused by waves but also needing to deal with conditions other than horizontal, the versatility and assistance of the third hand comes into its own. 

For the long term

The addition of vice to the work area is a long term addition. The vice is expected to outlast most of the equipment in the workshop. The combination of the superior quality SG Iron and the versatility of the Swinden heavy Duty Swivel Vice makes it the vice of choice in marine applications where the requirement for superior quality is paramount. Readers will be reassured that Swindens can be found in every workshop on HMS Queen Elizabeth & in the Royal Navy and in other top maritime workshops around the globe.

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