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F1 Sim Sports RA7R Drawer Slide

May 4, 2016   //   Heavy Duty Slide Case Studies  //  Comments Off on F1 Sim Sports RA7R Drawer Slide
RA7R Drawer slide

F1 Sim Sporting Chambrelan RA7R drawer slide

Brief:  As you know we get a lot of interesting case studies from customers who have bought our heavy duty drawer slides.  Over recent issues we’ve covered canopies on aeroplanes, model spitfires, stage designers, vehicle builders, military and defence (which we can’t really talk about) applications and manufacturing stories.

RA7r drawer slide on f1 sim

F1 Sim

Our latest case study is no less interesting and has been designed to be an exact replica of an F1 race car.  The SIM, designed and built by Stable Fabrication, was designed to showcase what an F1 looks like in the flesh, so to speak.

F1 sim released, using RA7R heavy drawer slide

F1 sim released, using RA7R heavy drawer slide

Solution:  With need of an adjustable foot pedal, Stable came to Chambrelan and we helped them select the RA7R.  The RA7R heavy duty drawer slide is Chambrelan’s most successful slide and is capable of carrying 350kg per pair at 615mm extension.  Favoured by vehicle builders the RA7 is a three beam zinc plated heavy duty drawer slide capable of delivering a sequential load.

RA7R Heavy Duty Slide, Full Extension

RA7R Heavy Duty Slide, Full Extension

The RA7 is a favourite of vehicle builders and is regularly used as a stowage solution for heavy duty drawers, sliding generators and extendable work surfaces.

“Great, slides, Good Job!”

Drawer Slides for Aeroplane: Case Study

Apr 8, 2016   //   Heavy Duty Slide Case Studies  //  Comments Off on Drawer Slides for Aeroplane: Case Study
Drawer slides for plane

Sliding canopy for plane

Client: Dave Bonsall

Location: UK

Application: Aeroplane 

Brief:   36 years ago Dave decided to design and build an aeroplane. Not from a kit, mind, the plan was to design the aeroplane entirely on numbers, everything from wind velocity, aerodynamics, structural calculations and weight.  Understanding the relationship between air pressure, density and flow provided Dave with the essential mathematics from which the mechanical structure of the aircraft could be designed and built.

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sliding canopy needed to be strong and secure

“I quickly realised,” confided Dave, “that I wasn’t the first to approach an aeroplane design in this way and as the project took shape it was clear that the design shaped by our calculations was incredibly similar to the P51 Mustang.” The P51 Mustang was an American long range single seat fighter bomber used by the Americans in world war II and the Korean War. Originally the Mustang sported the Allison V-1710 engine, but due to its limited high altitude performance, it was quickly replaced with a Rolls Royce Merlin, transforming the Mustang’s performance at altitudes over 15,000 feet, making it a match for the Luftwaffe’s fighters.

With the plane almost complete, the final piece of the aircraft that needed building was the canopy and this is where Chambrelan UK came in.

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sliding canopy had to operate smoothly and safely

Solution: The drawer slides needed to extend and retract the canopy and the only heavy duty slides light enough and durable enough were the ST448 at 700mm. The ST448 is a 3 beam stainless steel heavy duty slide offering full extension, with its modest load carrying capacity of 50kg’s per pair. With it’s incredibly tight space envelope this stainless steel slide is able to endure the harsh weather at those heights, but also wind drag, while being a reliable, fail safe slide.

As you can see from the photos, the plane has had two names and used to be called ‘the Galloping Ghost’, but due to a tragic air accident in 2011, which saw a P-51D Mustang – also called the Galloping Ghost – crash into spectators killing 10, including the pilot Jimmy Leeward, and injuring 69 people, Dave decided to change the name to Rosie.

Feedback: “The drawer slides work fantastically and continue to perform. Thanks for all your support and advice.” Dave Bonsall.

To get your application off the ground, call Chambrelan on 01746 761 114

Macaroon Fridge Slide

Mar 3, 2016   //   Heavy Duty Slide Case Studies  //  Comments Off on Macaroon Fridge Slide
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Inside is a fridge that carries 180 kilos of macaroons…

Client: Laduree

Location: London

Application: Macaroon Shop

Brief: Established in Paris in 1862 Laduree have always been considered the most exciting and delicious pastry chefs for over a hundred years and with a growing range of delicacies to their name it was only a question of time before their delicious macaroons made their way across the channel. With a number of concessions around central London, including Harrods, Laduree have grown their reputation for being prestigious pastry innovators far and wide.

macaroon fridge slide

Where Macaroons come to be eaten

Unfortunately, there was a problem with one of their fridge storage draws in their Burlington arcade store. Each fridge draw needed to carry a huge 180 kilos of macaroons, but the draw slides that had been fitted to the fridge were buckling under the weight which was preventing the staff from operating the draw safely.

Two options were available, either to reconfigure the entire internal structure of the fridge, which was deemed too difficult, too time consuming and too costly or alternatively replace the draw with a pair of stronger more versatile slides. The team decided to go for option ‘B’ and that’s when they found Chambrelan.

Macaroons, yesterday.

Macaroons, yesterday.

Solution: By working with Chambrelan Laduree selected the R53 as being the best macaroon fridge slide which was more than capable of carrying these incredibly tasty and yet extremely heavy macaroons. The R53 is a steel two beam nested slide, designed to be a load carrying work horse with a small enough space profile capable of fitting into the fridge unit. With its smooth operational movement, the R53 allows extreme loads to be carried, whilst not compromising on performance.

Conclusion: “The R53 has provided us with a very strong drawer slide, capable of carrying the heavy loads required. They were a great choice.”

For more information visit our website, or call us directly on 01746 761 114

Stair storage uses heavy duty slides

Jan 27, 2016   //   Heavy Duty Slide Case Studies  //  Comments Off on Stair storage uses heavy duty slides
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Under Stair Storage using Heavy duty slides

Client: Tony Hickman

Location: UK

Application: Under-stair storage

Brief: Dads: The under-sung heroes of home DIY, have just found a new champion. Meet Tony whose recently married daughter moved into their new home before Christmas and with a young family on its way needed extra storage space for their house. With the removal of an old boiler, space was made under the stairs and Tony quickly set to work building a series of storage drawers, that required Chambrelan’s heavy duty slides.

“I wanted to utilise the total depth of the cupboard,” said Tony, “but realising that it was 36 inches deep that any item stored at the rear of any potential shelving would be inaccessible due to any items placed in front of them, so the only solution was to make the drawer system reach out far enough to allow access to items and that’s when we found Chambrelan.”

Solution: The R53 is a lean and incredibly strong two-beamed telescopic slide. Zinc plated for extra protection these space conscious slides are capable of carrying 160kg per pair at 600mm and employ a run of stainless steel ball bearings that offer a smoother handling operation, despite the load. This is a medium duty slide, that requires a durable telescopic slide that will not bend or twist with over use and therefore is an ideal option for draw systems and stowage applications.

Feedback: “The Chambrelan team were a great help in understanding what I was trying to do and provided me with the exact slide I required. Thank you very much.” Tony Hickman.

For UK enquiries contact either our website or call us directly: or 01746 761 114

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