BMH Feedgear was founded in 1980 by 3 engineers who decided that they had had enough of working for someone else.
Ken Broughton, Alasdair (Mac) McLeod and Colin Hood left Rockware Kingspeed not knowing what, if anything, the future held for them. Between them they had developed a vast knowledge of container handling experience having worked for many years at Kingston Conveyors Ltd which eventually became Rockware Kingspeed Ltd.
In the early years of BMH Feedgear they were glad for any sort of work they could pick up, on the basis that any work was better than no work. As the years passed by they became more and more established within the bottling industry, gaining a first class reputation with regards to Feedworms and Changeparts.
Their reputation grew to such an extent that it became evident that there were only just enough hours in the day to be able to cope with the ever increasing workload of Changeparts and Feedworms. The decision was taken to concentrate solely on Feedworms, Changeparts and the BMH Invertor which at that time had a worldwide patent.
The early years saw BMH Feedgear working from 1 factory unit on the Sutton Fields Industrial Estate which is to the East of the city of Hull. As the years progressed and the BMH reputation grew, the workforce grew with it, the 1 factory unit became 2 units, and then 2 units became 3.
The current workforce, including the partners, Dave Broughton, Paul Hudson & Phillip Hood stands at a total of 13. Ken Broughton sadly passed away in 2006. Alasdair Mcleod and Colin Hood have both retired.
When the BMH Invertor was invented in 1980 it became a patented item, Ken Broughton flew around the world selling licenses to companies far and wide, Japan, Germany, Australia, USA, Sweden and South Africa to name but a few. The BMH Invertor was, and still is manufactured all around the world.
BMH Feedgear was probably one of the very first companies to realise the potential of machining with the aid of computers. With the assistance of the local university, BMH developed a program for manufacturing feedworms on what were basically standard horizontal milling machines. This new system of manufacturing feedworms helped BMH to supply feedworms with an infinite variable acceleration, giving the customer an even better product than had ever before thought possible. The very first commercially viable feedworm ever produced using this new state of the art manufacturing system was sold in February 1985. All BMH Feedworms are stamped with the prefix 'C', the very first was stamped C/100, as of May 2016 we are now at C/29637 and increasing.
As the 1980's drew to a close and the dawning of the computer age really took off in the 90's, BMH Feedgear continued to invest in this new era. BMH Feedgear purchased their first Bridgeport CNC milling machine and moved into the new world of computer aided design. At this time stars and guides were still being manufactured by hand, it soon became evident that more investment was needed to improve upon this side of the business which by now was expanding at a rapid rate of knots. BMH made the decision to purchase a Wadkin CNC routing machine to help with the manufacture of stars and guides. This was possibly one of the wisest investments they ever made. The Wadkin CNC router not only enabled BMH to reduce delivery times and increase production, but it allowed them to move into unexplored avenues.
To date, BMH Feedgear continues to be not only one of the leading manufacturers of changeparts and feedworms, but are also able to supply things from as adverse as polyethylene flooring for swimming pools to nylon brackets for airport luggage handling conveyors. Basically, if it is made from plastic there is a good chance that BMH can manufacture it.
So now as of 2016 some 35 years later we are still a leading supplier to many big name companies yet still do not employ any sales reps or rely on magazine adverts to bring in business. Our reputation is the best sales pitch or advert we could ever hope
Since being established in 1980, BMH Feedgear has become a market leader in the field of bottle and can handling. We supply Feedworms, Starwheels & Changeparts for a vast range of filling, capping, corking, capsuling, gassing, crimping, test baths, labelling machines etc. within a whole host of industries such as food, drink, cosmetic, aerosol, healthcare and pharmaceutical. Any machine needing Changeparts that is new to us will require a site survey, but once on record a container sample is all we will ever require. If you are a machine manufacturer, we will be happy to quote you for your starwheel, guide and feedworm requirements. In fact, regardless of your requirements, if it’s in plastic we can make it, please send us your drawings; you will be amazed at our lead times.
Years of experience enable us to not only produce Feedworms for round containers but also many obscure profile containers. We are able to produce Pause Worms, Combiner Worms, Transfer Worms, Grouping Worms and Orientating Worms (used extensively in the multi-packaging and sleeving industry). All our Feedworms are produced on purpose built CNC machines using a dedicated program written especially for us. This allows us to manufacture Feedworms with true acceleration, giving the smoothest possible container handling.
Our standard material for producing feedworms is U.H.M.W.P but many other materials are readily available, for example, P.V.C, Nylon, P.T.F.E. and Oilon. Although the majority of our Feedworms are produced in either black or white U.H.M.W.P, they can be colour matching insets if required.
Working from customer's drawings, we supply many leading original equipment manufacturers with Feedworms. We also supply many leading brand name end users with their requirements. If you are an end user and are unable to supply us with a drawing, do not worry, we can easily work from a sample feedworm.
Send us a Feedworm with the container it has been handling, along with any new containers you require it to run with. We will take all the necessary details for you, then despatching your sample Feedworm back to you on the day we receive it. If even this is not possible, for a nominal fee we will visit your site to take all the necessary details for you. If you just require Feedworm prices, we can quote you immediately; our database gives us instant access to literally thousands of Feedworms we have manufactured over the years.
The BMH Invertor is a most significant contribution to the improved handling of bottles, cans, cartons, tins and the many other articles in high volume production in all parts of the industrial word. Its design concept and its practical application are so simple and logical that any production process which needs a products normal upright attitude to be changed can now be integrated with smooth continuous flow.
Palletising, De-palletising, Washing, Rinsing, Draining, Drying, Air-jetting, Inspection, Mixing, Coding and Labelling are just some of the operations in which the BMH Invertor can be used in the bottling and packaging fields. These and many other processes in other industries can be added to the scope of this very simple and efficient product from BMH.
The BMH Invertor can be designed to give any change of attitude from upright to inverted (and vice versa) and any intermediate angle the process may need. BMH Invertors can give any required sequence of attitude changes.
There is no practical limit to the size, shape and nature or articles which can be handled. Any component which is already in high volume production is a likely candidate for improved efficiency with the BMH Invertor in the production line. The range of applications throughout all industries is almost infinite
Invertor Features Include
At BMH Feedgear our experience at manufacturing stars, guides, feedworms and associated components has allowed us to diversify into other markets. We are able to manufacture any manner of things from customer's drawings. Over the years we have made things as diverse as flooring for swimming baths, formers for fish cakes & burgers, pivot blocks for airport luggage conveyors, cam tracks for filling valves, peeks for riding hats, to name but a few. If it's made from plastic, chances are we can make it. The range of plastics we have worked with includes Nylon, PVC, Acetyl, Peek, and Glass filled U.H.M.W.P. Apart from plastic we are also able to supply items made in various grades of Urathane for cap chuck linings, anti-spin pocket segments, labeller base cups, etc.,. If you require anything machining in steel, aluminium, brass, bronze or titanium, send us your drawing and we will gladly give you a quote.