Power Jacks wins second Wimbledon contract

Power Jacks has secured another ace contract: supporting the installation of a second retractable roof at the home of tennis. The contract has been awarded to Power Jacks by roof engineers SCX Special Projects after a competitive tendering process.

The Scottish-based business provided key components when a roof was famously established over the Centre Court at Wimbledon in 2009. Now Power Jacks has been selected again to manufacture and supply roof-locking actuators as part of a major project to install a roof over No.1 Court.

Marketing Director Bruce Hamper says: "It's a huge honour for Power Jacks to be selected to support such a high profile and prestigious project at one of the greatest venues in world sport. It is testimony to the talent and commitment of our people, and the proven quality of our solutions, that those behind the project have again made Power Jacks their provider of choice for elements of the construction."

Andy Whitworth, Projects Director at SCX Special Projects, says: "SCX Special Projects prides itself on delivering innovative engineering solutions that are precise, reliable and safe, but never short of that all-important wow factor. The Wimbledon roofs are prime examples of our expertise in kinetic architecture, and these feats of engineering are made possible through the involvement of partners like Power Jacks."

The electric linear actuators provided by Power Jacks will lock the closed roof in place after it has been moved into position. The fully retractable and weatherproof roof itself takes the form of a framework of steel trusses between which sit a series of bays of structural fabric.

Power Jacks - based in Ellon in Aberdeenshire - is scheduled to supply the components to SCX in early 2017. They will be installed, tested and fully operational as part of an off-site roof assembly later next year, with installation scheduled for October 2018. The retractable roof will be fully operational for The Championships 2019. The deal replicates Power Jacks' involvement in the Centre Court roof project, which attracted worldwide attention when it was first completed.

Bruce Hamper adds: "We've collaborated with SCX on several occasions, including the Centre Court development, and it's good to be working together again on such a prominent project. We've applied the same bespoke technology used in the original Wimbledon contract to ensure we meet the very precise specifications and quality standards required.

"It underlines the diversity of application of our product range, which is used today in industries ranging from energy and transport to defence and civil applications. It's great to know that Power Jacks technology will be helping even more people enjoy the tennis at Wimbledon, regardless of the weather!"

Power Jacks has eight complementary areas of expertise: Screw Jacks, Linear Actuators, Lead Screws, Precision Machining Services, Bevel Gearboxes, Jacking Systems, Load Monitoring and Design Support. Go to www.powerjacks.com to learn more about the company's offering.

Power Jacks Ltd

Balmacassie Commercial Park
AB41 8BX

+44 (0)1224 968 968



More applications
1 day ago
NSK bearings reduce concrete floor manufacturing machine failures to zero
Regular bearing failures in a concrete floor manufacturing machine were leading to extensive downtime, costly lost production, and high maintenance costs. To rectify the problem, the customer turned to the expertise of NSK for a redesigned wheel hub and stub axle assembly.
3 days ago
Servodrives help protect chair castors and cut packaging costs
Drives and motors specialist Yaskawa has played a key role in the development of an automated system specifically designed to fit protective plastic caps onto chair castors, using its Sigma-7 series servo-drives and a SLIO-series controller.
6 days ago
SKF streamlines bearing analysis for Ansys users
With the new SKF Bearing App for Ansys Mechanical, design engineers have instant access to accurate stiffness data on more than 10,000 bearing designations. The app is available in the Ansys Store free of charge.
6 days ago
Omron awarded platinum rating from EcoVadis for sustainability
Omron has been awarded the Platinum rating following a sustainability assessment by EcoVadis. A score earning a Platinum rating, which is the highest distinction, puts the company within the top 1% of all the businesses assessed for sustainability performance.
1 week ago
ABB Value Provider wins order for rolling mill DC drive solution
DC drive specialist Iconsys is set to deliver a bespoke drive upgrade solution comprising two 12-pulse drive suites from ABB for a UK steel mill’s payoff and tension reels, used to feed and recoil steel strip through a production line.
1 week ago
What are the design considerations when specifying lead screws?
The first in the new ‘Design • Engineer • Build’ series of video podcasts focuses on lead screws – components that are at the heart of countless engineering systems. We talk to Phil Jones at Abssac about the enduring popularity of these essential design products, and the design considerations in their specification.
1 week ago
Harting honoured with the ‘Best of Industry Award’
The industry media of the Vogel Communications Group presented their ‘Best of Industry Awards’ shortly before the turn of the year. The Harting Technology Group emerged as the winner in the ‘Electrical Equipment’ category with its Han-Modular Domino modules.
1 week ago
Quick ROI and 60% decrease in maintenance travel with remote access
Brazilian surface treatment systems manufacturer Erzinger was keen to limit service trips as much as possible to serve customers faster. By implementing IXON Cloud, it can now support its customers remotely, and work in an intuitive and secure way. It can even set up multiple simultaneous connections to work together on the same project. The result is cost reduction, quick ROI and happier customers.
2 weeks ago
Nord high up in the sustainability ranking
Nord Drivesystems was assessed by the rating agency EcoVadis and awarded the silver sustainability certificate in 2022. In the overall ranking, the North German company is in the top six percent of manufacturers in the industry assessed by EcoVadis.
2 weeks ago
Mitsubishi Electric helps door manufacturer triple its throughput
Renowned door manufacturer Profile Developments has seen a threefold increase in its productivity, thanks to its latest collaboration with Mitsubishi Electric, with a solution based on multiple FR-E series inverter or variable speed drives (VSDs) and other system-matched components, such as a GOT 2000 series HMI and MELSEC iQ-R PLC.

Login / Sign up