Captured by confidence
Flame Hardeners’ impressive long roll and shaft hardening machine, with a capacity to handle components up to 500 mm in diameter and up to 7 metres long, has been captured on canvas as the result of a combination of circumstances.
It started with a visit by Flame Hardeners managing director, Roger Haw to an art exhibition where well-known architectural and abstract artist Tony Moss was among the exhibiting artists.
“I observed several of Tony’s works and it struck me how his style would suit a representation of our shaft hardening machine, of which we have always been very proud,” says Roger Haw.
“As it happened, at that time we were undertaking a refurbishment of our reception area, so I commissioned Tony to create an artist’s view of the equipment.
“We are highly delighted with the result, and the painting, which takes pride of place in our reception, has attracted many favourable comments from visitors to our works. It just goes to show how totally unrelated events can come together to create a perfect solution,” he concludes.
Flame Hardeners Ltd serves almost every sector of engineering manufacture, from automotive, printing, mining, offshore and construction, to food, leisure, textiles and locomotive equipment. Services offered include surface hardening and tempering, hardness testing and MPI (Magnetic Particle Inspection), using flame and induction hardening techniques, with metallographic examination and hardness gradient reporting.
The company’s Bailey Lane site in Sheffield houses the widest range of equipment in the UK for hardening of gears, shafts, rollers, cams, machine tool beds, wear plates, wheels, excavator tracks etc. In addition, bespoke tooling and customised equipment can be constructed to meet individual requirements.
Artist Tony Moss is a native of Nottinghamshire and lives in Chilwell, Nottingham together with his wife Anne and works out of a studio at the rear of their house. He graduated as a `mature` student from the BA (Hons) Fine Art Degree Course at Nottingham University in the summer of 2014. Since then he has gradually established himself as a practicing professional artist, with a reputation for producing architectural art with a contemporary twist. He has travelled extensively over the past ten years, particularly within the USA. This has both influenced the direction of his art and greatly enhanced his knowledge of modern and contemporary art practice.