Tidyco’s manufacturing facility in Derby is strategically positioned to serve the UK rail industry, Derby has been a centre of train manufacturing excellence for over 175 years and is the last remaining UK production site. Tidyco has been supplying hydraulic and pneumatic products to the Litchurch Lane site in Derby for over 30 years. During that time the site has changed hands several times from British Rail Engineering Limited (BREL) to ABB to Adtranz and is currently owned by Bombardier Transportation.
Tidyco was involved in the early development of the Class 168 named the “Clubman” which evolved into the current family of trains know as the “Turbostar” which are still part of Bombardiers current portfolio. Tidyco’s involvement in the late 1990’s became significant when it was commissioned by ABB re engineered every aspect of the trains hydraulic systems to improve reliability and improve production techniques. This entailed re engineering the Engine coolant system, hydrostatic system, fuel system, body to bogie hoses, heater hoses etc.
Tidyco specified Parker Hannifin rail hose and fittings in the design proposal, firstly for their superior quality, but secondly for their broad but comprehensive product range thus allowing the various hoses and components to be manufactured using only one brand, Parker. The decision to manufacture everything in Parker installed product continuity and improved operating reliability.
To further improve our customer’s reliability, productivity, reduce inventory and streamline the procurement process, Tidyco introduced its parts kitting service whereby the various individual hoses were grouped into like packages and procured as kits of parts. This dramatically cut inventory and increased productivity by eliminating missing parts and simplifying the procurement of material. To further enhance reliability and improve production techniques, Tidyco’s highly trained engineers were commissioned by ABB to fit the newly re engineered hose packages to the vehicles on the production line. Tidyco further enhanced the hydraulic systems by improving hose clamping and routing of hydraulic hoses.
Tidyco has supplied every Turbostar build in Derby which includes Class 168, Class 170, Class 171 and Class 172 and it is still supplied in kit form manufactured using Parker rail hose and fittings.
Parker has recently developed several new hydraulic hoses specifically for the rail industry, such as 441RH which has been developed to incorporate a fire-retardant cover, suitable for medium applications and 372RH for high pressure application.