Focused on system design, the environment & energy conservation

Range of static & dynamic balancing valves

ProBalance

Over a Century of Engineered Solutions

Established 1919

We Are Celebrating 100 years

  1. 1910's

    • On the 1st of July 1919 Crane Co. purchased James E. Bennett & Sons, a Coppersmiths from London who had been an importer of Crane pipe fittings & valves
    • The company was subsequently renamed Crane-Bennett Ltd.
    1910

    In this decade

    • Titanic sinks
      1912 - Titanic sinks
    • Panama Canal
      1914 - The Panama Canal opens
  2. 1920's

    • The head office was established in Leman Street, London, E1
    • On the 17th of February 1921 the foundation stone of the foundry was laid in Ipswich
    • Production of Malleable Iron Pipe Fittings started in 1927 and the Company employed 300 people by the end of the decade
    1920

    In this decade

    • BBC
      1927 - BBC founded
    • Penicillin
      1928 - Penicillin discovered
  3. 1930's

    • Crane-Bennett Ltd. became Crane Ltd. on the 1st January 1932
    • During this period the Ipswich works expanded greatly to include:
      • A small gunmetal foundry
      • Cast Iron Gate Valve production
      • Cast Iron Radiators & Boiler manufacture
      • Galvanising plant for Malleable Iron Fittings
      • Metallurgical laboratory
    1930

    In this decade

    • Empire State Building
      1931 - Empire State Building opens
    • FM Radio
      1933 - FM radio invented
  4. 1940's

    • The Ipswich works was turned into a munitions factory to support the war effort, this included making:
      • Army truck castings
      • Tank bogie wheels
      • Mortar bombs
      • Machine gun parts
      • and landmine castings
    • The only halt in production occurred when the works was bombed in 1941, fortunately little damaged was caused and the site was back up a running after a week
    • By 1946 normal production resumed and the Ipswich works was expanded yet again to include a steel valve building and a bronze foundry
    • The labour force had increased to nearly 2000 people
    1940s

    In this decade

    • Battle of Britain
      1941 - Battle of Britain
    • Microwave
      1946 - Microwave oven invented
  5. 1950's

    • After outgrowing the Leman Street office the headquarters moved in 1956 to 15 Red Lion Court, Fleet Street, London, EC4. It was then renamed Crane Court and is still called that today
    • In 1959 a new Malleable Iron Foundry was opened on the Ipswich site to keep up with the demand
    1950

    In this decade

    • Queen Elizabeth II
      1953 - Queen Elizabeth II crowned
    • Sputnik
      1957 - Sputnik orbits the earth
  6. 1960's

    • From 1960 onwards Crane Ltd. acquired a series of companies to increase its range of product and services:
      • Lumbys of Halifax
      • Rhodes, Brydon & Youatt of Stockport
      • Tylors of Burgess Hill
      • DEV Engineering of Stockport
      • Heatinaire of Derby
    • A new works were acquired in Aycliffe, County Durham in 1963 for the production of heating products
    • A Research & Development Centre was established in 1965 at Burgess Hill to keep on top of the latest technical advances
    1960s

    In this decade

    • Jaguar E Type
      1961 - Jaguar E-Type goes in to production
    • Moon landings
      1969 - Man lands on the moon
  7. 1970's

    • A new Distribution Centre was constructed at Northampton in 1973
    • Crane Ltd. donated a garden in 1977 to the borough of Ipswich to celebrate the 50th anniversary of producing Malleable Iron Fittings in the town
    1970s

    In this decade

    • Concorde
      1976 - First commercial Concorde flight takes place
    • Pompidou
      1977 - Pompidou Centre opens
  8. 1980's

    • In 1989 butterfly valves were installed in the pump room to control the water supply for the famous fountains at Trafalgar Square
    • The 80's also saw the launch of the D171 ball valve range and a series of flow measurement and regulating valves
    • PSS HVAC units supplied to Tower Ramparts Shopping Centre in Ipswich in 1988
    1980

    In this decade

    • Mobile phone
      1984 - Motorola creates first commercially available cell phone
    • credit: ITU Pictures
      1989 - Tim Berners-Lee invents world wide web
  9. 1990's

    • Perflow Instruments were acquired by Crane Ltd. in 1993 to develop flow and low pressure measuring equipment
    • Many new ranges were launched or extended during the 90s including:
      • Titan Ball Valves
      • Challenger Butterfly Valves
      • and Crusader Radiator Valves
    1990s

    In this decade

    • Berlin Wall
      1991 - Berlin Wall comes down
    • Eurotunnel
      1994 - Eurotunnel officially opens
  10. 2000's

    • Crane Ltd. acquired a number of companies and became Crane Building Services & Utilities to reflect the new brand offerings:
      • Viking Johnson - 2003, along with their manufacturing plant in Hitchin
      • Helden - 2003
      • WASK - 2003
      • Hattersley - 2004
      • Delta Fluid Products - 2008, made up of NABIC, Brownall, Rhodes, IAT, Wade & Sperryn
    • A manufacturing facility was opened in Suzhou, China in 2007
    • New products were added to the portfolio during this time including the Crane Fluid Systems Pro-Balance range of valves in 2000, the Dominator flow management system in 2002 and Viking Johnson launched the New MaxiFit coupling offering a wider tolerance in 2005
    2000s

    In this decade

    • Euros
      2002 - Euro currency enters circulation
    • iPhone
      2007 - Apple iPhone announced
  11. 2010's

    • Crane BS&U open distribution centre in Dubai in 2013, to serve the ever-growing MENA market
    • NABIC web site launched with an eCommerce platform in 2016
    • Continued range expansion & new products developed including:
      • Crane FS and Hattersley Press-Fit valves, featuring integrated Geberit Mapress in 2012
      • Viking Johnson Large Diameter AquaFast in 2017
      • Crane FS and Hattersley PICV Mk3 in 2018
      • WASK Core & Vac 2019

    In this decade

    • Burj Khalifa
      2010 - Burj Khalifa opens
    • London 2012
      2012 - Olympics held in London

Our Genius is Valves

Crane Fluid Systems offers a full range of General Valves including, ball, gate, globe, radiator and Press-Fit valves.

In addition, there is a range of WRAS approved Public Health Valves for hot and cold water systems that includes thermal circulation valves that assist in preventing Legionnaires' Disease, as well as a range of pressure reducing valves.

Also available are malleable iron Pipe Fittings and unions, many of which carry the BSI Kitemark. 

The Crane Fluid Systems ProBalance range offers a wide variety of Flow Management Systems and Static Balancing Valves, providing the ultimate in accuracy and reliability.

Intelligent Design

Crane Fluid Systems has been involved with bimstore from its inception and our product library is currently one of the largest contributors of content with thousands of downloads each month across the world.

Design engineers can now digitally generate systems with different combinations of valve products, locations and other details, allowing better-informed design decisions to be made from the start, through to automatic scheduling in the later stages.

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The Skinner’s Kent Academy

Supplied DPCVs, helping to reduce energy consumption and save money for Kent County Council. Read Case Study