Facilities and capacity of The Cylinder Service Centre

Facilities and Capacity

The Cylinder Service Centre operates in a 2,787m(30,000 ft2) factory that has been designed specifically for hydraulic cylinder manufacture and  repair..

Extended Storage Facility

The original factory has been extended twice since it was first built in 2011. The site now has additional storage space to serve to the manufacturing and repair areas.

Factory overview with extension to the leftThis new storage facility also extends our off-site storage options for customers. For a number of customers we store on our site cylinders that may be allocated for future planned or breakdown maintenance.

Having these cylinders stored on The Cylinder Service Centre's premises means that they can be quickly fully inspected and tested before being shipped out as replacements.

This approach ensures stored units will be fully functional when fitted and saves time and cost. For emergency breakdowns the benefits of this approach can be significant.


The site is security monitored 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This is for the whole site including production and storage. 

So you can be assured that your manufacturing or repair job is fully secure while on site. 

Advanced Manufacture and Repair

Within the factory there is an extenisive range of purpose built equipment unique to The Cylinder Service Centre. This includes a 350 ton horizontal press. This press is used for hydraulic load testing as well as for the removal and re-fitting components.

We are especially proud of our famous hydraulic stripping rig which is capable of un-screwing parts up to 13 meters long with up to 203,373 Nm (150,000 ft/lb) of torque.

This is a truly unique piece of equipment. The rig has been designed and built in-house to deal with the wide range of complex and difficult repairs the company is known for. 

The hydraulic stripping rig allows us to carry out very difficult repairs on large seized hydraulic units. Without this rig many of these units would be written off as 100% scrap. 

We also have four overhead cranes capable of lifting up to 26 tons operating within the production unit. These cranes make it easy to move heavy loads around and deal with larger repair jobs quickly and easily.

In-house Testing Rig 

Once a cylinder has been manufactured or repaired it needs to be tested. Our pressure testing rig has been designed in-house and is a state-of-the-art, 13 metre long, fully enclosed unit.

It has an opposing ram, interchangeable fluids tanks and a built-in intensifier that is capable of producing pressure up to 1400 Bar.

The rig is fully computerised to produce digital test data and graphs which can be supplied with the test certificate on request.

The specification of the test rig was fine-tuned with the assistance of the UK Health and Safety Executive. 

Large Machining Capacity

Large machining capacityWe posses some of the largest machining capacity in the north of England. This includes lathes with a capacity up to 8,000mm centres and a thru capacity of 14,000mm. 

These large capacity machines combined with our other specialist cylinder equipment gives us the capability of machining almost anything 'in-house'.

In summary, our in-house machining capacity covers:

  • horizontal boring
  • vertical boring
  • milling
  • CNC turning
  • slotting
  • shaping
  • cylindrical grinding
  • surface grinding

We have two full-size factory loading bays. Having two bays makes it easy to handle incoming repairs and parts and outgoing shipments at once. This reduces the time repairs need to be on site and shortens the normal turnaround time. 

We also have a separate loading and maintenance bay specifically dedicated to vehicle repair. 

Within the Cylinder Service Centre production facility we have the capability for shot blasting hydraulic cylinders up to 20 metres long. We also have an in-house painting and surface preparation. Shot blasting and painting combined means we can offer a full repair facility covering a very wide range of requirements.

Cylinder Service Centre also has a number of quality certifications including ISO9000 and so can supply full quality (DNV) certification on all works.  

Easy Access

Situated near the A1 at Washington, The Cylinder Service Centre is ideally placed to service the North of England by road.

The Cylinder Service Centre is ideally placed to service the North of England by road. It is situated next to the A1 at Washington and close to the A19 both major routes north and south in the reqion.

We also ship by road, rail and air to customers throughout the UK and beyond.

The business is just a short drive away from Newcastle Airport and close to sea ports at South Tyneside, Sunderland and Teesside.

Externally, the production facility has a two acre, hard surfaced, compound with a covered and illuminated external working area.

This is ideal for loading, unloading and handling some of the larger repairs we have become known for. 

It also provides ample parking facilities to support vehicle repairs, re-fits or enhancements. 

The above is just a summary of our facilities and capacity. If you would like to know more, or have a specific question with respect to a specific job, or project, then please get in touch