Forterra – Whittlesey, UK

Forterra was initially founded in the 1960s as Hanson’s UK building products division. In 1984 Hanson acquired the London Brick Plc, who had been producing bricks at the Kings Dyke brickworks in Whittlesey, near Peterborough since 1969. There followed numerous acquisitions and in 2015 Hanson sold the brick and block division, and Forterra was formed. Their expertise lies in building products made from clay and concrete and their portfolio contains some of the most recognised and respected names in the construction industry including London Brick and Butterley.

By using the PrediktIR moisture gauges, we are now able to monitor the live moisture levels from all three gauges, simultaneously from one central point. We conducted a trial comparing the data from the PrediktIR and two moisture balances. We had a good correlation, so we could see the gauges were accurate, stable and it gave us a good insight into the process. Overall, we are very pleased with the accuracy and the reliability of the gauges and we were impressed by LIMAB UK’s evident industry experience and application expertise.


Andrew McGillivray – Engineering Manager, Forterra (Kings Dyke Works)

Ibstock Brick – Birmingham, UK

Ibstock Brick has a long history of brick making and industrial activity, dating back 200 years to the early 1800s. Now the UK’s largest manufacturer of clay bricks and pavers and with over 21 factories and distribution centres across the country, Ibstock Brick offers the widest range of handmade, stock, waterstruck, linear and wire cut bricks.

We found that we were actually losing a lot of money due to not having the correct moisture content in our bricks, so back in January 2019, we decided to look into implementing some non-contact NIR moisture gauges to enable us to monitor this more effectively. We contacted LIMAB UK and installed two NDC Technologies’ PrediktIR moisture gauges in our priority clay prep. area. I am very happy with the PrediktIR gauges and having the ability to constantly monitor the moisture content has massively improved our quality control processes. We were impressed with the evident product knowledge and expertise demonstrated by the team at LIMAB UK and the customer service and aftersales support was great!


Scott Bamford – Technical Manager, Ibstock Brick Ltd (Aldridge)

Michelmersh – Sussex, UK

Michelmersh Brick Holdings PLC represents seven of the most recognised premium brands across the UK and Europe producing over 125 million handmade and machine-made bricks and pavers annually. Using modernised production methods that emphasise sustainable building solutions and adhere to the most stringent production requirements, Michelmersh guarantees high-quality product standards with a low ecological footprint.

We got a call from John Miller from LIMAB UK back in 2018, just as we were finding our existing moisture gauge was failing. We discussed the possibility of replacing our existing gauge with an NDC gauge and invited John to come in for a site visit and to subsequently quote us for a PrediktIR. We were very impressed with John’s product knowledge and we decided to proceed with the purchase. We have found the PrediktIR to be very reliable and we are very happy with it.


Clive Wilcocks – Engineering/Electrical Supervisor

Joseph Heler – Cheshire, UK

Joseph Heler Cheese has been creating authentic, award-winning regional cheeses to time-honoured recipes since 1957. Still an independent, family business and under the guidance of Mike and George, son and grandson of Joseph Heler, the company still use the finest local milk sourced from specially selected dairy farms and still produce all their cheeses by hand, on open-top tables.

We have been very impressed with LIMAB throughout the process. We found the team to be very professional and knowledgeable and we had complete confidence in them. They took the time to come out to us to understand our processes and requirements and to provide us with a demonstration of the LeakVIEW, which proved to be invaluable. The delivery time was prompt and they even came to install the product, provide us with training and make sure that we were 100% comfortable using both the LeakVIEW and the Tersano Lotus Pro. Using the two products together means that not only are we confident that our grated cheese will remain fresh, but the testing process is 100% hygienic. We are pleased with both of the products and we cannot fault LIMAB’s customer service and support.


Katharina Vogt – Technical Manager

Wienerberger Ltd – Warnham, UK

Warnham Brick Factory in West Sussex is one of the 197 Wienerberger production sites located in 30 countries worldwide. Founded in 1819 and with headquarters in Vienna, Wienerberger Building Solutions is the world’s largest producer of bricks and clay blocks, as well as the market leader for clay roof tiles.

I knew that some of the other Wienerberger sites had already purchased some NDC PrediktIR moisture gauges and I had heard that they were really improving the production processes and quality control procedures. I met up with some of the LIMAB team at ClayTech, and I was immediately impressed with their expertise and what they had to offer. After discussions with NDC Product Specialist, we went ahead and purchased four NDC PrediktIR gauges. The gauges have really helped us to monitor and have greater control of our water input system and we are already getting some really useful data. I would certainly purchase from LIMAB again in the future.


Philip Smallridge – Process Improvement and Quality Control

Sheffield Forgemasters – Sheffield, UK

Sheffield Forgemasters specialise in designing and manufacturing high integrity forging and casting solutions for the world’s most complex engineering challenges, offering a ‘one-stop-shop’ for steel production from a single site in Sheffield, UK.

When rebuilding one of our clamshell furnaces we opted for four Impac ISR 6 pyrometers for precise temperature measurement. I am very impressed with the quality of every component from the cooling jackets to the sensors themselves, which seem exceptionally well made. I would not hesitate to contact LIMAB in the future for any other applications that I may need help/equipment for.

John Parkin – Senior Site Electrical and Control Engineer

Rigid Containers – Wellington, UK

Part of The VPK Packaging Group, one of the largest players in the European packaging market, Rigid Containers in Wellington use recycled paper to create high quality, customised, corrugated products for consumer goods, food and beverages, e-commerce and industrial packaging.

We wanted to improve the accuracy and repeatability of the automated length cutting operation on our Agnati corrugator. From the first meeting, it was clear that LIMAB have a lot of experience in this area and they replaced our mechanical encoder with a LaserSpeed. The implementation of the LaserSpeed has enabled us to achieve our original goal and it has ultimately improved the quality of the products that we are supplying to our customers.

Shaun Coombs – Engineering Manager

Berry bpi – Worcestershire, UK

Berry bpi manufacture high performance, polythene films, laminates, pouches and other converted products. They create sustainable, smarter, flexible solutions to preserve, protect and promote their customer’s valued goods through innovation, expertise and knowledge. Always advancing to protect what is important!

We got in touch with LIMAB UK because we needed a product that would enable us to reliably and accurately test the seal integrity of the pouches coming off our new packing line. I was already aware of the bubble emission testing method as I had witnessed it at other manufacturing plants. So, knowing that this was the solution that I required, I contacted three potential suppliers. Immediately I was impressed with LIMAB’s commitment to our enquiry. They were more than willing to provide us with a demonstration, which proved to be very useful and throughout the process, they displayed excellent customer service and were extremely professional and knowledgeable. I am really pleased with the quality and usability of the LeakVIEW. It has enabled us to understand how our pouches perform in a range of conditions and we are now confident that the pouches we are supplying to our customers are of a very high standard. I would have no hesitation in recommending LIMAB and the Dynascan brand.

Owen Pritchard – Technical Manager

Butt Foods – Nottingham, UK

Butt Foods is a family-owned bakery business in Nottingham that has been baking naan bread since 1990 and now supplies flatbreads, sub rolls, and other speciality bread to the developing foodservice sector.

We initially contacted LIMAB UK as we wanted to ensure that the naan breads that we were supplying to our customers were of the utmost quality and were as fresh as possible at the point of purchase. We, therefore, needed a solution that would allow us to test the seal integrity of the packaging and so after discussions with the highly knowledgeable staff at LIMAB, they recommended a Dynascan LeakVIEW.  Throughout the purchase process, we were impressed with the expertise of all the staff at LIMAB, the support that they provided and the ultimate product that they supplied.


Danesh Butt – Managing Director

TS Converting – Taunton, UK

TS Converting,  who manufacture Elite Cameron coating machines, specialise in manufacturing innovative solutions for the slitting and coating of a wide range of substrates.

It is imperative that the adhesive is applied accurately by the coating machine, and the NDC gauge supplied by LIMAB UK enables our customer to monitor the machine’s performance whilst running. TS Converting were pleased to be able to work with LIMAB UK.

Tim Self – Managing Director

The Ion Beam Centre, the UK national facility for ion beam processes within The Advanced Technology Institute at the University of Surrey – Surrey, UK

The Advanced Technology Institute at the University of Surrey is one of the world-leading research centres. They bring together researchers with an international outlook in quantum information, nanotechnology, energy and advanced materials.

When we needed to measure the temperature of an ion source within a high vacuum, we chose to use an Impac pyrometer from LIMAB. The advice given by the Technical Sales Manager meant that the equipment was easily integrated into our system and immediately provided us with very impressive results.

David Cox – Senior Research Fellow

Smurfit Kappa – Corby, UK

Smurfit Kappa is a FTSE 100 company and is one of the leading providers of paper-based packaging in the world, with operations in 23 European countries and 12 countries in the Americas.

The Pre-print division has invested in a film weight gauge on one of its two presses. This is part of a wider project to ensure we are delivering the correct amount of coating. The NDC gauge delivers quality assurance both internally and externally to our customers. The ease of functionality of the system, sales processes and service provided make NDC one of the best in the industry and I fully recommend an NDC system to any new business who are looking to invest in a film weight monitoring system.

Sam Covell – Operations Director, Smurfit Kappa Pre-Print CRP

ArcelorMittal – Differdange, Luxembourg

ArcelorMittal is a world leader in the steel industry with 280,000 employees in 60 countries and a turnover of $65.1 Billion. The Differdange site manufactures large H-beams for the construction industry and is recognised as a world leader in what they do.

Accurate length control at the hot saws is critical to our operations, we needed to work with a company that understood our requirements and had know how to deliver an effective solution. LIMAB Ltd exceeded our expectation in delivering a turn-key measuring system that will improve our efficiency


Marco Damme  –  Rolling Mill Maintenance Manager

Kronospan – Sanem, Luxembourg

Kronospan is a global leader in the manufacture of wood-based panels and associated products with 11,000 employees in 34 sites. The Sanem operation in Luxembourg produces high-quality MDF board.


We needed a reliable and accurate system for measuring our panels we liked LIMAB’s non-contact technology and was our preferred choice. We have been very impressed with the results and this has given gains in production efficiency and product quality. We can highly recommend LIMAB as a supplier.

 Arsene Toussing – Process Manager

SINIAT – Ferrybridge, UK

Siniat – ‘The new name for Lafarge plasterboard’ – is a leading supplier of gypsum-based building materials and have operations around the globe.

LIMAB Ltd has proven themselves an indispensable ally in improving product quality and process. Their continuous measurement and monitoring systems both ‘flag up’ and enable quicker reaction times to production issues, reducing waste and ensuring only high-quality product is received by the customer

Ben Mansfield – Quality and Process Manager

Vallourec Oil & Gas – Bellshill,  UK

Vallourec is a world-leading company in the production of seamless steel tubes for the oil, gas, power generation and other industrial applications with an annual production of 2.5 million tonnes. The Bellshill site manufactures casing tubes of 5” to 14” diameter for the oil and gas industry.

After looking at various suppliers LIMAB were chosen as the preferred company because of its experience in the measurement of tubes and the TubeProfiler suited the needs for accurate and continuous tube measurement. Their system has proven to be a real benefit in improving our tube manufacturing process and product quality.

Bob Hamilton – Technical Manager

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