News: Selected as supplier to Breedon Group plc

We are delighted to announce that we have been selected as a supplier to Breedon Southern Ltd, part of Breedon Group plc, one of the leading construction materials groups in Great Britain and Ireland.  Breedon produces a variety of grades of bulk and packed cement, in addition to crushed rock, sand, gravel, agricultural lime, and […]

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Static Balancing vs Dynamic Balancing

Balancing: ensuring everything is working as it should be Balancing is the procedure of trying to enhance the mass spread of a body so as to rotate in its bearings without the unbalanced centrifugal forces acting on it. When the machine is running in balance, it is working as it should be. This process minimises […]

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The benefits of regular vibration monitoring

What is vibration monitoring? Vibration monitoring is used to identify changes in the general vibration levels of rotating machinery including fans, pumps, turbines and motors to monitor condition and performance.  These vibrations can be categorised into different levels of intensity, frequency, and amplitude, and used to identify if the vibration is damaging to the machine […]

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Energy Recovery Systems (ERS)

KERS – boosting the F1 Between 2009 and 2011, Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems (KERS), was used by Formula 1 teams to recover the kinetic energy used when a car brakes, for future use. KERS was the first step towards the electrification of power units in F1, making them one of the most efficient internal combustion […]

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UPDATED: WDB Group statement on Coronavirus

Dear Customers, We are all facing uncertain and unprecedented times. The Covid-19 outbreak is affecting all of us – our families, our communities, our businesses, and our ways of life. I wanted to reach out and inform you of how we are operating during this time. Following the latest Government guidelines, as we cannot carry […]

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The importance of impeller balancing and inspection

Impeller balancing and inspection is imperative to the smooth operation of your machine. The extremely high rotational speed of an impeller means that if it is vibrating, this could be the result of misalignment and unbalance, causing critical damage to other components and bearings.  When an impeller is out of balance, the tell-tale signs to […]

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Stourbridge Hybrid Engine Flywheel

  At WDB Ltd, we are proud to have been involved in the original manufacture of the hybrid engine flywheel for the Stourbridge Class 139 Parry People Mover between Stourbridge Junction and Stourbridge Town. The lightweight rail vehicle has been successfully in service for many years, and its flywheel energy storage means it is highly […]

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Rebrand: Industrial Fan Services Ltd

Effective January 2020, the name of our Group company has changed: from: Gas & Industrial Fans Ltd to:     Industrial Fan Services Ltd This is due to a marketing rebrand – we feel the revised name reflects our company more concisely as leading service provider in the design and manufacture of standard and specialist […]

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University research projects

Are you carrying out a university research project in the engineering department?  Does your project involve developing new technologies or rotating machinery such as flywheels, pulleys, electrical rotors or turbines? Developing reliable test rigs using dynamic balancing When it comes to the testing stage of your project, you may be experiencing excessive vibration which can […]

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