Machining Acrylic & PVC Tubes


Bray Plastics are suppliers of machined and fabricated plastic components to industry.

Our customers are diverse and regularly present Bray with manufacturing challenges that helps to seal our future commercial partnership.

Bray have manufactured housings for anti-drone protection systems, heart transplant machines and high speed cameras. This range of product diversity is typical of complete sub-assemblies. However, we also produce single components as illustrated in the video.

These tubular parts both PVC and Acrylic are produced for a medical application with both loose and tight tolerances respectively. They represent typical products that Bray produce for their customers and are provided for you as an example of our abilities.

If you have applications that Bray can help with please call us on 01525 219100.

You already know that Bray Plastics are experts in plastic machining and design solutions, but did you also know that we complete many laser-cutting projects?

Marking or cutting some non metallic materials can be quite problematic. The substrate surface may be disruptive or have adhesive backing. The material itself could be particularly tough or conversely extremely fragile. Overcoming these problems and finding suitable production solutions for our customers is only one part of the value add services that Bray Plastics can offer.

Using our lasers, routers and our expertise, Bray Plastics have found cost-effective manufacturing  solutions for our customers to return again and again. So much so, Bray’s production output is over 80% repeat with longstanding clients across industries, including Medical, Defence, Transport and Automotive.

Here are some videos of the laser-cutting equipment at work – all strangely compelling!

 

Now that Brexit, Covid and COP 26 appear to be shrinking in the rear view mirror, industry is prepping for 2022 and Bray Plastics would like to help and be part of that future, your future.

Bray Plastics has an enviable and varied range of repeat customers in a diverse range of industries. With a history of machining and fabricating with acrylic materials, Bray’s engineering expertise is used by research institutes and scientific laboratories for specialist applications, such as:-

  • X-ray Acrylic panels for isolation cabinets
  • Custom PVC filter housings for chemical and biological filtration
  • Custom x-ray panels in laminated glass and Acrylic combinations
  • Polycarbonate guarding panels for equipment and biological/chemical protection/isolation
  • Vacuum formed containers for bespoke applications in conveying and storage of hazardous materials.

These projects have benefitted from our expertise due to the types of materials involved and the precision of the engineering required. We have the capacity to machine and form in a variety of plastics including acrylics, ABS and Premac®.

Here are some of our projects below.

Clear Acrylic Machining

Acrylic vacuum chambers, cabinets, boxes, doors and windows can be found in hospitals and laboratories around the world. Premac lead loaded acrylic is used for radiation shielding of radio isotopes.

Bray Plastics have extensive experience in working with acrylic.  Machining, fabricating and forming in acrylics under under their various trade names of Perspex, Plexiglas, Acrylite, Altuglas etc.

acrylic machining acrylic moulding for medical industry

Vacuum Formed Trays and Cabinets

Replacing a stainless steel collection tray with a vacuum formed slurry collection tray and and adding vacuum formed panels to a microfocal X-ray cabinet.

xray vacuum formed panels inside fabricated plastic panels for xray enclosure

Glove Port Assemblies

The NHS and research establishments use our glove ports in their chemical and biological isolators.

AES Cirrus glove port manufacture AES Cirrus glove port manufacture

Workstation equipment for hospitals

Working with Performace Storage Systems Ltd to standardise theatre layout with storage units on wheeled trolleys.

Polypropylene, PVC, Acrylic, HIPs and ABS storage equipment for hospitals Polypropylene, PVC, Acrylic, HIPs and ABS storage equipment for hospitals Polypropylene, PVC, Acrylic, HIPs and ABS storage equipment for hospitals

Bray Plastics has an enviable and varied range of repeat customers in a diverse range of industries. One recent example is Performance Storage Systems Ltd for whom we have previously carried out projects for hospitals.  They required workstation equipment being supplied for another Foundation Hospital operating theatre refurbishment project to standardise theatre layout.

Various storage units were designed and fabricated in Polypropylene, PVC, Acrylic, HIPs and ABS, which were then mounted on or in new or existing wheeled trollies to increase efficiency in Theatre and ease cleaning.  These are illustrated in the images below.

 

 

David Duckworth, Design Director at PSSL made these comments recently about Bray Plastics,

“I have worked with Bray Plastics for many years. On this project they were able to steer our thoughts and designs towards the practical and cost effective. All the people involved were knowledgeable and helpful and production was undertaken to a high standard.”

 

Bray Plastics have long been an integral part to many of their customers’ design teams and we would relish the opportunity to offer our manufacturing expertise to a wider market. Please contact us at Bray Plastics if you think we can help.

The most common name used to describe clear plastic would appear to be Perspex, and there are many others, but they are all actually trade names for Acrylic or PMMA (Polymethylmethacrylate).

Acrylic is used in a huge range of products across a wide range of industries from low-tech to high and from low-cost to high budget.

It can be moulded, machined, fabricated and is widely available off the shelf as sheet, rod, bar, tube etc. Bray Plastics have extensive experience working with and producing acrylic products for their customers.

One recent example was a vacuum door produced for Leskers UK Ltd that was fitted to a high end vacuum chamber, as illustrated in the image below. The door was machined from 80 mm acrylic and finished by hand.

machined acrylic pmma perspex vacuum chamber door

Please contact us at Bray Plastics if you think we can help.

Demonstration and working models can communicate ideas and concepts far quicker than verbal explanation or the written word.

However, finding a model maker/fabricator who can turn your concept into reality can be an uphill struggle, and that is where Bray Plastics may be able to help.

The images show a working surface drainage model.

 

Manufactured in acrylic and directed by our customer, Bray Plastics provided a cost effective solution that could be used repeatedly as a demonstration and training aid.

Originally created for Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water, the Surface Drainage Model shows the surface drainage problems caused by housing construction and de-forestation.

The model is easy to set up and use. There are three inserts which can be interchanged to give different drainage effects. Water is poured onto the top of the hill, and both reservoirs are measured to see how much water is absorbed by the hill and how much runs down into the town.

www.ecostyle.co.uk/surface_drainage_model

Here’s what our customer had to say:

Bray Plastics have given us consistently high-quality results within the lead times specified, and communication regarding our orders has been very good.

Please contact us at Bray Plastics if you think we can help.

EKA are one of the World’s premier designers and producers of recovery vehicles for the military.

EKA Recovery vehicle

Bray Plastics are pleased to be one of their suppliers, manufacturing a range of products in Nyloil, acetals, and UHMWPE.

The video shows Ram pressure plates being machined and assembled for one particular recovery vehicle from PE (Polyethylene). This is typical of the type of work Bray Plastics provides its customers and we hope it is of interest to you.

Please call us if you think we can help.

In an environment where the level of uncertainty permeates through the whole of our society, it is gratifying to know that we at Bray Plastics are still able to help and contribute in a meaningful way to that society.

The demands that Covid 19 has placed on our infrastructure has meant shortages across the board. Not just of finished product and materials, but also of the efficient management of them and it has been heartening to see local people and organisations stepping in to fill a few of the voids exposed. Our local Rotary Club, working in conjunction with a local school, set about producing parts for the Vandyke Visor (designed by 2 Design Technology teachers at the school), to meet the much needed requirement for face screens from the NHS, Emergency Services, care homes and carers etc in our community.

Bray Plastics were asked if we could help, so we lasered some of the components from PP (polypropylene) sheet that were needed for the headband as illustrated in the video. Several thousand components later we are very pleased to have been able to help our community.

 

 

Stay safe, alert and healthy. From all at Bray Plastics.

We would like to reassure our customers that at present Bray Plastics does not have any employees impacted by the current Coronavirus (Covid 19) pandemic and for now it is business as usual. This may change in the coming days and weeks but we are closely monitoring the situation and following all advice issued by the Government.

As a manufacturer our activities consist of the transportation and handling of goods and at present there is no identified risk from any of the products we handle. We will continue to review our position as more information is provided by the Government.

With regard to the impact from our material suppliers re current stock levels, these are good and will provide several months of availability. Whilst some delays in delivery may occur, as they maintain appropriate stock levels, they anticipate a low risk to customer service at the moment.

Our primary priority is the health and well-being of our staff and customers and to protect them as much as possible.  As such, we have adapted our business operations in the following way:

  • Non critical activities such as team meetings have been suspended
  • Visitors will only be permitted by prearrangement but we would urge communication to be conducted electronically and via the telephone wherever possible.

We will continue to keep all lines of communication open with our customers and suppliers. Should any additional information be sought please call 01525 219100.

When designers and manufacturers have invested their time and expertise heavily into producing a world leading product, they want to ensure it looks as good as it performs.

Specialised Imaging Ltd are industry leaders in the design and manufacture of High-Speed cameras with frame rates between 1 Million and 1 Billion frames per second. The camera housing was initially produced using 3D printing and standard finishing techniques. Although this method met the quality required for the application, it was costly and time consuming.

Bray Plastics were approached to find an alternative method that could maintain function and quality at the same time reducing cost. Working closely with our customer, Bray made suggestions and recommendations that our customer tested and accepted.

As illustrated, the result was a formed and fabricated shell in Polycarbonate, significantly reducing production cost.

 

polycarbonate fabrication camera casing Bray Plastics Bedfordshire

 

If you would like to know more about Bray Plastics or have a project we can assist with, please call 01525 219100.

Polycarbonates are plolymers containing carbonate groups. Polycarbonates are strong, tough materials with high temperature and impact resistance.  They can be both molded and thermoformed making them very useful in a multitude of engineering applications.

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Bray Plastics Ltd
Cherrycourt Way
Leighton Buzzard
Bedfordshire
LU7 4UH
United Kingdom

Phone: 01525 219100
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