Your rug dryer journey
Ever wondered where and how these wonderful products get made?
You are about to find out as we go behind the scenes in our engineering facility in Southampton.
In order to create your Heated Horse Rug Dryer preparation is key.
Three different types of material arrive in long lengths of tube. These will form the basis of your rails, the manifold and the wheel axel. All three of these will need to be cut to size in order to become part of the rug dryer. The manifold plays a key role as it houses the heating element and therefore requires a bit more work. Manifolds need to be drilled to produce the openings to fit the rails, and capped to create the seal for the element.
Once cut to size the tube is expertly manipulated by our tube bending team to achieve the bars you see below. Some of these bars will require some extra work due to the need to house the pressure relief value.
Putting the tubes together
A key part of the creation of the heated horse rug dryers is our skilled welding team. Ensuring there are no leaks and a smooth as possible finish to all joins. They are welded by hand to ensure long lasting quality.
Once the rails are ready, they are placed into the manifold and the team get to work welding the bars and the wheel axel into place.
In order to ensure the integrity of the welds a pressure test is performed. When this test is complete the rug dryer is ready to be sent to paint.
As with the majority of our outsourced work, we like to use local suppliers. This not only enables a faster turnaround for you as customers but ensures we are helping with local industry growth.
Once our lovely dryers have been given their pre paint treatment and coated our branded yellow they are delivered back for the next stage.
Creating the masterpiece
As you can see from the image above, the dryers are well protected when they arrive back to base.
The wheels are fixed first and then each dryer is transported into the holding area where they await the pressure relief valve fitting. Depending on the size of the dryer, there could be two fitted.
This has often been mistaken as a bleed valve in the past, we must stress this should never be pulled as it will expel hot fluid all over your hand.
Once fitted they are ready to be filled. Our rug dryers are filled with a water and anti-freeze mix. This naturally prevents the vital contents of the dryer freezing in those cold barns.
The element is placed in the dryer, screwed in and sealed. It’s then time for testing the unit. Ours are PAT tested before being plugged in for 24 hours to check there are no leaks and that all the bars heat properly.
Please note; should you ever need to replace your own element, once filled you may find the pressure relief valve drips. This is perfectly normal and once the balance of fluid in the dryer has been found it will stop.
The final piece of the puzzle
Once the dryer has passed it’s 24 hour test. It is carefully palletized and wrapped ready to go to its new home. To fulfil it’s purpose of drying rugs!
That concludes the journey, we hope you enjoyed coming along with us as we took you through how your dryer is made.
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