Saturday, 10 August 2019

Humberside Gear Company.

Following on from a recent visit to an engineering company on Grimsby Docks,  I recently visited a local, family run firm, Humberside Gear Company in Cleethorpes.
They make helical gears, sprockets etc and other related gearing products for the food industry, packaging, print & many other applications.

I didn't really know what to expect to be photographing but found the process very interesting.

They make a whole range of gearing products but when I visited they were working 
on these gear wheels (probably an inaccurate description) out of Nylon.

A blank is prepared in a lathe.

Trimming to the correct dimensions.

Here the gear teeth are cut on this machine. 

Final tidying and quality control inspection.

They also make a similar product (as above) in steel,

This was a much larger lathe, written on the wall behind this machine are some
"technical instructions".

This was an impressive machine.

The next few images are my usual "still life" choice of pictures.

The machine that cuts the teeth on the sprocket wheels.

One last view of the workshop at Humberside Gear Company.

I enjoyed my visit, thank you to Andy & his son for allowing me to photograph their workshop,
hope I didn't get in the way too much.

Olympus EM10 Mk2 + 12-100mm Pro Lens.

(Many of the images were taken at 1600 ISO)


  1. Your pictures provide a wonderful and detailed look inside of this interesting business. Small family owned businesses have my greatest respect for their ability to sustain an industry during this time when so many operations struggle against big business. I like the way you have gained access to these places in order to photograph and showcase their work. Well done! I love the light on the colorful dial and the close ups of the gears and tools.

    1. Thank you Ann, I thought you might like these pics. This is my current interest, to get access to interesting trades and businesses.

    2. I will look forward to more posts!

  2. Fascinating to see the photos, David, you have brought the workshop alive. The gear wheels interested me, I guess with new technology these will soon be 'photocopied so you are recording history - superb photos.

    1. Thanks Mike. Yes, I hadn't thought of that, they would be perfect for "3D printing". Only the nylon ones, steel versions not so easy maybe.