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by Ben Harden 6 Feb 09:00 GMT
A video showcases the development and production of the new 60mm Dynamic Tii Block © Allen Brothers

The latest offering from performance sailing hardware manufacturer, Allen, is a 60mm Tii on block bringing high performance in a lightweight package for larger boats.

The A2060Tii is designed, developed and manufactured in-house at the company's Essex, UK, factory. "We are so proud of it", explains Liz Adams, Managing Director, "we produced a video to show how we do it."

The following video, which showcases the start-to-finish development and production of the new 60mm Dynamic Tii Block, highlights some of the resources the British manufacturing company has. Below you can also read some case studies about jobs undertaken by Allen for some world class boat builders.

Case Studies: Ovington Case Study / Petticrows Case Study

A2060Tii Details

Allen Tii blocks are designed for soft attachment applications. Ideal for use in systems where weight saving is a necessity, there is no requirement for a metal shackle or maximum performance is demanded. The Tii range from Allen feature a standout difference from their competition. A stainless-steel ring at the head of the block. The ring is designed to strengthen the block so that any cheek splitting loads are dissipated, allowing for higher working loads when compared to competitors tie on blocks in the same category.

Allen in-house resources

Allen is a British family-owned business and 100% of its products are designed, manufactured and assembled in-house at the factory in Essex.

Design & CAD modelling - Using advanced PTC Creo CAD software the Allen design team can quickly develop new ideas and designs into computer models, which can be structurally assessed with their Ansys computer simulated stress analysis software. Prototype models can be seen within hours using the Dimension 3D part printer.

Toolmaking - Finished designs are seamlessly progressed through the tool making stages using the parametric features of PTC Creo tool design and NC machining software. The toolmakers can produce single or multi-impression tools for injection moulding, sheet metal pierce and blank tools, secondary operation form tools, assembly jigs and fixtures.

Component parts - The factory is equipped to manufacture a diverse range of parts and can be particularly flexible in the production of short-run specialist parts, and low to medium volume quantities.

CNC injection moulding - We are experts in the use of advanced engineering polymers and composites such as carbon fibre filled acetals and nylons.

CNC turned parts - 5 axis sliding head lathes produce high precision parts in all materials.

CNC sheet metal forming - Presses produce pierced and blanked parts, with secondary forming.

CNC milled parts - Two HAAS 3-axis vertical milling centers allow us to make precision milled parts in a huge range of material.

Pressure die casting - Included in-house we have the facilities to die-cast aluminum designs using a hot-chamber die cast machine.

Aluminum gravity cast parts - can also be cast in our onsite foundry.

Fabrication - Our versatile and skilled workforce can provide fully assembled products, using a range of techniques such as welding, drilling, riveting, threaded fasteners, adhesives, pad-printing and packing.

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.

Allen Sales Team - - 01621 774689

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