Institution of Mechanical Engineers, London
This year's John Player Lecture will be given by Air Commodore Paul Lloyd, Head Typhoon Delivery Team, Defence Equipment & Support.
The Royal Air Force is going through a significant upgrade in its capabilities with the introduction of new platforms such as A400M, F-35 and P-8 Poseidon aircraft, as well introducing new capabilities onto its existing aircraft such as Typhoon. This lecture will consider the challenges and opportunities in supporting these new capabilities and aircraft.
About John Player:
John Player was at the time of his death on 2nd June 1931 the oldest surviving Member of the Institution, which he joined so long ago as 1869.
After leaving school in Birmingham, he commenced his apprenticeship at the Neath Abbey Foundry, near the town of Neath, and it is of interest to mention that the late Sir Benjamin Baker, who designed the Forth Bridge, was receiving his training there at the same time.
About 1861 Mr. Player went to Clydach in the Swansea Valley and leased from the executors of Mr. J. J. Strick the Clydach Foundry. He took into partnership Mr. Christopher Bowley, who provided capital for carrying on the business; later Mr. Player was able to pay him his interest in the firm and to become sole proprietor. Colliery work was undertaken in the first years, but in 1874 Mr. Player erected a black-plate rolling mill of his own, and later a second mill and a tin-house department were added, making what is known as a two-mill tin-plate works.
Chilled rolls were a feature of the foundry's activities at this time, and the firm also manufactured engines, some of which are still working, and Grey's patent pickling machines, under a licence from Mr. Grey. They also carried out the compounding of mill engines for several Monmouthshire tin-plate works.
In 1888 Mr. Player and Mr. Philip Rogers invented a patent tinning machine for the coating of "black-plate." It was fitted with an automatic pick-up which took the sheets as they came out of the tinning rolls and placed them on a rack at one side of the machine ready for hand cleaning. Later a "branning" machine took the place of this rack. This machine, called the "Clydach tinning machine," was a success, and was installed by the firm in nearly all the South Wales tin-plate works. In 1901 four modem mills were installed with a new engine to drive them, the cold rolls taking the place of the first two old mills.
Mr. Player retired from active management of the firm in 1908, his two sons carrying on the business, but on its formation into a limited liability company in 1917 he became its chairman, and retained this position until his death.
17:15 - Registration
18:00 - Lecture Begins
19:00 - Q&A
19:30 - Lecture Ends
Air Commodore Paul Lloyd: Head Typhoon Delivery Team, Defence Equipment & Support, Royal Air Force
AIR COMMODORE PAUL LLOYD MSc MA MDA BEng CEng FIMECHE RAF
Head of the Typhoon Delivery Team, Defence Equipment and Support. Paul Lloyd
has been an Engineer Officer in the RAF for over 25 years, where he has worked
on various aircraft types including Tornado, Jaguar and Typhoon. He has been the Chief Engineer at RAF Marham,
worked in the Ministry of Defence, providing Ministers with specialist advice
on air, space and cyber issues, and been the Type Airworthiness Authority for
all the MoD's Unmanned Air Systems, including Watchkeeper, Reaper and Protector.
Since 2016, he has been the Head of the Typhoon Delivery Team in the Defence
Equipment and Support, where he is responsible for the capability development
and in-Service support of the Typhoon aircraft.
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