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Tape measures are something that tradesmen use every day on site. But, how many of us know how they’re made? Chances are, not a lot. So, we decided to visit a factory and take a look at exactly how one is made and share it with the rest of you lot.

We found out some great stats too. For instance, at this factory, enough tape measures have been made to go to the moon… and back again! Specifically, 11,650 miles of tape measure is produced each and every year.

However, it’s not as simple as just putting a tape measure together. In fact, there are quite a few steps involved in making one of these. It even involves a combination of both machinery and a people based workforce.

First of all, it’s the machines that get to work molding the case and curling the spring.

Next, colour and numbers need to be added. There’s no point in having a blank tape measure is there! So, the machines get to work painting the tape and printing the numbers.

Then, the bend needs to be created and the tape cut to length.

Finally, the measurements then need to be checked. The laser used to do this is incredibly precise. Specifically, it is accurate to 1/150th of the width of a human hair.

And, after all of that’s been made, the case then needs to be built to house the tape; along with the spring also being added. This part of the process is completed by hand.

Then after the case is completed and the tape coiled, we have the finished product!

Take a look at the footage we captured of tapes being made here. Trust me, it’s a lot more interesting than the description!

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And stay tuned because coming up, we’ve got an even better ‘hot it’s made video’… turning a petrol can into a mini bar!

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