Category: Linic Products

Linic Plastics

Most of you know us by the company name Proops Brothers Ltd but we also talk a lot about our Parent Company, Linic Plastics Ltd.  Linic manufactures all of the plastic made products we sell including candle moulds, spreaders, etc.

Today we thought we’d take a little look behind the scenes in a plastic factory.

From design, through tooling to manufacturing and packing ready for distribution, it all takes place in our factory.

We use both virgin and recycled pellets to create the finished products, always using recycled material whenever possible.

Thanks for stopping by.  Hope you have a great week.

Isobel

 

 

DIY Disaster?

Are you a DIY disaster?  Maybe you just need the right tools for the job.  Why not check out our range of tools to help you with lots of DIY jobs around the house, whether it’s wallpapering, plastering and tiling or just hanging a picture we’ve got tools to make the job easier.  Pop over to our DIY and Gardening section and have a look.

Most of our DIY tools are made right here in our factory by our parent company Linic Plastics and where possible are made using recycled plastic.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great week.

Isobel

Story of a Candle Mould

I think most of you know by now that we design and manufacture all our candle moulds on site here at our parent company Linic Plastics but I thought you might like a little insight into the process, so today’s post is the story of our latest candle mould from design through production to the warehouse shelves ready for dispatch.  Our latest design is for a 12 pattern, Christmas theme wax melt mould.

Richard, our designer, has worked with the company for 22 years. He designs all the moulds that we make.  Richard takes the idea for the new candle and begins with a series of pencil sketches of the mould.  He transfers these 2-D sketches onto CAD to make a 3-D image.

 

Richard working on the candle mould design.

 

The finished designs go to Gary, our Toolroom Manager who uses them to make the tooling for the mould.  This involves milling and shaping aluminium on a CNC machine.

                        

Gary at the milling machine                                  The finished aluminium mould.  

 

The next step is the manufacturing process where the aluminium mould is used to form the polypropelene moulds.

The polypropelene moulds being made.

 

And the final stage in the process, the finished moulds are passed along to our warehouse ready for dispatch.

The wax melt mould is now available to buy on our Website.

I hope you found this little look behind the scenes interesting.  Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great week.

 

Isobel

Proops through the decades

I thought I might share a little of the background of Proops with you on the blog this week.

Way back in 1946 members of the Proops family opened a shop on Tottenham Court Road, close to the major London shopping district.  They traded in War Surplus items as well as many other clearance or job lot lines.  The principal products were medical equipment and ‘technical’ items from aircraft such as instrumentation and electrical components.  The shop also traded in radio spares, surplus engineering and woodworking tools.  In the late 1980s Proops was bought by the current owner, Nic Burdett who has built it into a thriving company of ‘everything useful’ for hobby and modelling enthusiasts.  Buying a vast array of tools and equipment, sourcing redundant lines of quality tools and designing and manufacturing craft and hobby products under the name of the sister company Linic Products, Nic has been at the heart of this family business in Fleckney, Leicestershire for over 25 years.

Nic in the late 1980s

For many years I sold Proops products in Australia where I lived until 2007 when I moved back to the UK to join the family business and help bring Proops into the 21st Century.  Adapting to changing market requirements and opportunities has been reflected in the growing product range of jewellery making tools and a greater online presence originally through our Website and Ebay and now also on Etsy and Amazon.

                                     

I’m sure some of you will remember our product catalogue but does anyone remember the Proops 1965 Science Catalogue?

We have survived a fire which destroyed part of the Linic factory and resulted in the street being evacuated!  This area was rebuilt and for a few years housed Proops until two years ago when we moved again into our own warehouse providing a much larger shop for our ever growing range of tools and where you can browse at your leisure.

Throughout the years we have always endeavoured to offer outstanding value for money and a great service.  We aim for most orders to go out the same day we receive them and we still offer free UK postage and a no quibble returns.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading a little more about us here at Proops.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week.

 

Isobel

Frosty Mornings

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How quickly is this year going by? I can’t believe November is here already and I am not enjoying leaving for work at 5.45am on these dark, frosty mornings.   De-icing the car is just another chore to add to the list of things to do before we can get off to work or the school run.  Well, here at Proops we can’t help you to get the cereal on the breakfast table or get the pack-ups made for lunches, but we can help get the car de-iced with one of our multi-purpose scrapers. They are great for clearing your windscreen of ice and dare I say it, snow.  The plastic scraper is made here in our factory by our parent company, Linic Plastics and with a 6 inch size available you can get the job done even quicker, before your fingers start to freeze.

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Linic 6″ Scraper                                                                Linic 4″ Scraper

The beauty of these scrapers is that you can use them for so many other jobs as well – filling, scraping, decorating, plastering, Polyfilla and even cake decorating! Such a handy product to have around the house.  They are so useful, I always keep one in my car and one in the cupboard in the house.

We have also just added a new ice scraper to our range.  It is made from clear polycarbonate making it really robust for those extra frosty days!

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Linic Polycarbonate 3″ Ice Scraper

Thanks for stopping by. Safe driving.

Isobel

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