This Devon-based business design and manufacture a diverse range of hydraulic control valves and pumps. 

Having recently experienced a 20% increase in business, they invested in machinery which can run unattended to help them fulfil this heightened demand.

What SWMAS Did
SWMAS has been working with Hy-Pro since 2008, helping them to implement productivity improvements as and when needed.

Most recently, SWMAS recommended the use of a third-party consultant to help Hy-Pro identify the potential digital technology investments that would most benefit their business. 

After further research into various automation and robotics solutions for loading and unloading, Hy-Pro recognised a need to invest in large-scale machinery with automation capabilities for their machine shop.

The Outcome
Hy-Pro’s recent investment in a superior OKUMA Pallet Loading Milling Machine has helped the business streamline its current capacity. 

This new equipment is able to run independently as soon as the pallets are loaded and offers the same level of production as two of their older machines. It also includes a ‘lights out’ functionality so it can run throughout the night without a need for staff to operate it.

 Hy-Pro's brand-new OKUMA pallet loading milling machine

This innovative business improvement has helped the business focus on expanding production in the machine shop to meet growing demand, particularly from their customers in the Marine sector.

Future Plans
Hy-Pro is now looking at what else can be done with other existing machinery and considering the adoption of additional automation. SWMAS will provide ongoing support as this forward-thinking business continues to thrive.


Hy-Pro is a fantastic example of an innovative business continually looking for ways of improving operations. SWMAS are pleased to have been able to help with this important decision-making process and we look forward to supporting them with future initiatives.

Phil Halse, Manufacturing Specialist

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Support has been provided through the High-Value Manufacturing Advisory Programme (HVMAP) in the Heart of the South West, which is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
Fully-funded business development support and grants are available to small and medium-sized manufacturing companies across the South West - read more here.