Warren & Brown Technologies is a company that has been founded on precision and innovation. The company was originally established in 1921 as a tool-making factory in Melbourne, Australia. It joined the large automotive component manufacturer conglomerate REPCO in 1949 and re-emerged as Warren & Brown & Staff in 1986 when five former managers bought the division from REPCO’s new owners. The strategic need to diversify into the technology industry was immediately identified by the new owners. Warren & Brown Technologies is still privately owned by 2 Australian directors.
Over the years we have developed many innovative tools and machinery including our deflecting beam torque wrenches, which are still used to this day. We have a rich history of precision engineering and manufacturing and we continue to push ahead with many new ideas and products.
The company of Warren and Brown was founded in 1921, commencing as “jobbing” engineers, specialising in tool making and gear cutting.
W.H. Warren co-founder and M.D till 1939
Andy Brown co-founder and G.M till 1939
The business was gradually extended with the development of a number of production lines suited to the automotive reconditioning business. These consisted principally of valve refacing machines, valve seat honing equipment, reamers, cutters, etc., all of which were successfully
developed in the face of strong overseas competition.
Warren and Brown self-centering chuck
Before the war many essential tools and equipment were imported from overseas. As they became unavailable, Australian companies were requested to undertake this manufacturing. One of the very special items developed at W & B was the self-centring lathe chucks in a range from 3″ to 12″. The standard of lathe chucks met the highest world regulations. Unfortunately, when hostilities ceased the specialised equipment was put in cold storage, due to the economics of volume.
Warren and Brown Clinical Air Pump. Image from “Archives of Disease in Childhood, 1974, 49, 143”.
When the company applied its electronics expertise to its long established clinical air pumps, this resulted in the first switch mode circuit being designed and patented in Australia. This circuit, which can operate on either 12Volt DC or 90 to 260Volts AC enabled sufferers of asthma,
emphysema, cystic fibrosis and other respiratory ailments to be fully mobile as the pump could operate in a car and aeroplane or from any domestic electricity system around the world.
World’s first Cylinder Head machine was invented by Warren and Brown Development of factory service tools for Ford, GMH and Nissan.
The company embarked on a major update in 1977 with the acquisition of its first C.N.C. (numerical control) lathe. In the following years two more C.N.C. lathes and a C.N.C. Machining Centre had been purchased.
Exertech Exercise Monitoring Equipment was invented in conjunction with Repco Research
and the Australian Institute of Sport.
Warren & Brown took over the “Robinson” brand.
Warren and Brown introduced wheel torque sockets.
Wheel Torque Sockets were not being used in the Automotive industry prior to this. Hence, there was a limited range available for purchase at the time.
Warren and Brown took over “Scope”.
Warren and Brown introduced the Micrometer Torque Wrench.