Sealand Valves: supplying bespoke valves for sea and land
Sealand began manufacturing in the 1950’s initially supplying valves for the marine industry. Over the decades the familyrun business, Sealand Engineering, became synonymous with solving design solutions, where a bespoke valve design and manufacturing service was required, and they supplied a wide range of valves, including gates, globes, swing checks, tilting disc, across the world.
In June 2017, Acetarc Ltd, an ISO 9001:2015 engineering company who manufacture for the foundry industry, acquired Sealand Engineering, both companies have a similar heritage, family run businesses, with their roots in a time when UK engineering and manufacturing was at the forefront of design and innovation. Over the last two years there has been significant investment in Sealand, they have relocated to a brand-new purpose-built factory adjacent to Acetarc, in Keighley, West Yorkshire.
The acquisition of new CNC machines alongside their existing machines will mean they have the capacity and capabilities to design and manufacture a wide range of valves, Acetarc had provided a sub contract service for machined parts and their workforce were very familiar with the machining requirements of valve manufacturing.
Production and Purchasing Manager Jane Moreman, says “The introduction of the purchasing and quality control system used by Acetarc has greatly improved the management of materials, and more importantly traceability.
Sealand Valves offer a bespoke valve design and manufacturing service, finding solutions when standard and mass-produced valves are not suitable.
We have the capacity to manufacture non-standard and large bore wedge gate valves, globes and swing check in cast iron, carbon steel and bronzes as well as the exotic alloys.
A typical Sealand valve will generally have one or more ‘special’ features; It might be a non-standard bore face, flange drilling, face to face or an unusual trim or a combination of these. Our capabilities range from one off requirements to small batches and we have delivered individual products up to three tonnes in finished weight.”
“Our products are designed and manufactured to order, meeting the material, dimensions and installation and certification requirements of our clients. Not only has there been considerable investment in new machinery and a 3D CAD system, during the last two years, the history, records and traceability of anything that Sealand has manufactured since the 1970’s has been collated and retained.
Sealand Valves are aware that many valve designers and manufacturers have been absorbed into other companies and the knowledge and heritage is lost. At Sealand we can offer solutions to obsolete designs.
Sealand realised that to look to the future we need to have staff that are fully competent not just at a manufacturing level but also with regards to the paperwork and certification of our products, which is why we have sought training and advice via the BVAA, to meet the legal requirements of the P.E.D and international manufacturing standards for all our design and sales staff.
This will enable Sealand Valves to offer a product that is both competitively priced but will also guarantees the buyer reassurances that their valve has been manufactured using the highest quality of materials and workmanship.”
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Published in Valve User Magazine Issue 51
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