An opportunity has arisen for an Experienced, Multi Skilled, Engineer with Electrical and Mechanical skills, to work in our friendly engineering team.  Reporting directly to the Workshop Manager, to build and install our bespoke handling solutions. The ideal candidate will demonstrate Good Manufacturing Practices to maintain our high standards of quality, safety and good house-keeping. 

Knowledge & Skills:

Multi Skilled with electrical, pneumatic, hydraulic and mechanical experience.

The role involves assembly, testing, installation and commissioning of our bespoke, engineered, lifting and handling equipment.  Much of the work is in our Midlands based factory and some of the work will be on customer’s premises, mostly in the UK, installing and commissioning our machinery.  Some overnight stays will be necessary.  We are looking for a flexible, resourceful individual with good communication and interpersonal skills and who will share our commitment to serving our customers well.

Refurbishment Project


Handling Concepts Business Premises are undergoing improvements and refurbishment. We are inviting quotations for the following:

  1. Internal partitioning to create a self-contained electrical build pod within our workshop
  2. New canteen area to be created and furnished within the current office space
  3. New flooring, decoration and lighting to design and admin offices
  4. Refurbish workshop kitchen and toilet
  5. Paint Spray Booth including ducting
  6. Replace Office Furniture
  7. CAD work station HP Z2 G4 GHz
  8. Single seat Solid Works Professional
  9. Meyer SR32AE or similar Drilling Machine
  10. Sterling SRC315 or similar Circular Saw
  11. Yale Lift 360 Integral Push Trolley Chain Hoist 5000KG

Vacuum Handling For Handling Glass, Boards, Windows, Sheet Metal and More!



We have 25 years’ experience working with customers who manufacture, process and fit, doors, roof lights, windows, boards, glass and metal sheet products.

We take a pragmatic and simple approach integrating our expertise with high quality products from our colleagues at Famatec and SMI to solve your handling issues.

Both ranges offer non-marking vacuum gripers for a range of applications

  • Simple Transfer
  • Pick and Place
  • Tilt Horizontal/Vertical
  • Rotate 180°
  • We have the right solution to your problem.

Case Study Seat Handling


1        Overview

We work, in partnership, with customers, to help you increase productivity safely.  Our customer in this study has team of specially trained engineers working on its assembly line where they are required to lift cab seats weighing 55kg to a height of 1500mm, then turn them 90 degrees from the ground.  This is a difficult and cumbersome process.

After some research, the customer approached us to provide a solution that not only ensures that staff can operate safely at work the station but also is able to increase the speed of productivity.  We recommended a Famatec manipulator with a bespoke turnover device.

Our customer is a world renowned supplier of construction machinery, and has always ensured that it utilises the most up to date equipment to help its staff to deliver high quality products in a safe and timely manner.  Prior to installation of the HCL Famatec handling the application of the seats achieved by using a traditional form of manipulator that was helping to achieve part of the handling activity but it did not facilitate the necessary turning function. The customer realised that this led to inefficiencies and safety risks.  The task was labour intensive, requiring two engineers to manually handle the seats for turning.  The operation consists of picking up various seat sizes from the floor, lifting them up in a weightless condition before turning through 90 degrees (horizontal).  The seat is then maneuvered into to the cab through the front window with very little clearance as the window space is only 2 inches bigger than the seat itself.  It must then be turned back through 90 degrees and released inside the cab.

2        Solution

HCL is a leading handling specialist with 25 years’ experience in design and manufacture of high-quality engineered solutions for customers across all manufacturing industries. It approaches each customer’s handling problem pragmatically and individually to ensure that the right solution is found in every case.  The customer sought help from HCL to recommend a more encompassing solution to replace the existing lifting unit with a Famatec manipulator, tailored to meet its specific requirements for the cab seat application. The result is that the turn-over functionality, allows the seat to be placed directly inside the cab, by one man, safely and with ease.

3        Results

HCL engineers worked closely with the customer to understand the specific requirements of this challenging application to design a bespoke solution that precisely meets needs and requirements including Health and Safety regulations.

This successful application is the starting point for future investments in new lifting equipment for glass handling and door lifting.


Meet the Manipulators!


Industrial Manipulator

Industrial Manipulator

A line up of long limbed Industrial Manipulators.  They look alike but are heading for different industrial homes!  Nuclear, Automotive and Healthcare for this trio!

Handling Concepts Sponsor ‘Shed Share’


Handling Concepts are proud to support Age UK BRWF, Men in Sheds! At our quarterly meeting on Friday 6th July, we were joined by some of the members and presented with a certificate of sponsorship.

We encourage visitors to our website to join us in supporting the Men in Sheds!

From Shed Share:

Thank you to everyone that has sponsored a Shed Share so far!
Age UK Bromsgrove, Redditch & Wyre Forest is calling upon the support of local businesses and members of the community to help sustain its Bromsgrove Men In Sheds Group.
To help raise funds to ensure the continuation of this much valued group, the charity is launching an annual ‘Shed Share’ sponsorship scheme.
For £100, local businesses/ groups/ individuals can sponsor a ‘Shed Share’ for a year. In return sponsors will receive a Shed Share certificate, as well as having their support recognised in a variety of ways by Age UK BRWF and the Men In Sheds Group.
Find out more about Bromsgrove Men In Sheds and the Shed Share Scheme
Thank you to Liam, Ethan, Chelsea and Patrick from Heart of Worcestershire College for producing this video, in addtion to ‘Men In Sheds – A Closer Look’

Adam Hartley Rejoins Handling Concepts as Joint Managing Director


We are proud to announce that Adam Hartley has joined David Green as joint Managing Director, effective 30th April 2018. Adam’s main role will be taking responsibility for the commercial aspects of the company, as well as directing the organisation’s sales and marketing function to meet our business objectives.

Adam Hartley MD

Adam Hartley Rejoins Handling Concepts as Joint Managing Director

Adam previously worked for us from 2001-2013 in engineering and sales and has since worked for related industries, focusing on the automotive sector. Adam has over 20 years materials handling experience and he joins us with new ideas to strengthen our established team who will continue to look after our customer interests into the future.

Roger Pask, Chairman of Handling Concepts comments:

“We are delighted that Adam has joined Handling Concepts as joint MD. He was a highly valued member of the team for 10 years prior to moving out to extend his knowledge and develop his professional career. I know that he shares our desire to serve our customers well and will work with David to continue to strengthen our team and to grow and evolve the business in line with the changing face of industry.”