From ball-bearings to racing car components and aircraft fatigue testing, it's all in a day's work for Helipebs.
Helipebs has a crucial role to play in ensuring the safety of the world's airliners - and Formula 1 racing drivers.
For Helipebs Controls produces the equipment used to test the strength of the wings, undercarriage and fuselage of aircraft and racing car components.
In fact Helipebs is an interesting mix of the future and the past.
It was founded on an engineering process whose origins stretch back to the early 1900s but has developed leading edge technology for the 21st century.
The traditional side of the company in Sisson Road, Gloucester, involves the production of 10,000 tonnes of steel balls every year for use in grinding cement and the mining industry. But nearby is Helipebs Controls which produces hydraulic and pneumatic cylinders, servo systems and stainless steel control valves for a variety of uses.
Group managing director is Geoffrey Davis whose grandfather, Robert McDougall, founded Helipebs Limited in 1922.
Mr McDougall had previously worked with cement chemist William Fennell who had developed an improved fine grinding process in cement mills.
Helipebs Controls came into being in 1968 after an agreement was reached with a US cylinder manufacturer to produce its imperial product range under licence.
In later years Helipebs Controls has designed and manufactured its own range of metric units which the American company now produces under a reciprocal agreement.
From "catalogue cylinder sales" Helipebs has expanded to offer a complete range of bespoke hydraulic solutions to customers all over the world.
Helipebs products are used in the oil and gas industries, metal forming, the pharmaceutical industry, fatigue testing and even warships and tank craft where the hydraulic system and cylinder is used to raise and lower the ramp doors.
Previously it was done manually costing the fingers of many unfortunate servicemen.
"Oil and gas is probably our biggest market in terms of exports," said Helipebs Controls commercial director Harry Anderton.
"We have had quite a phenomenal growth over the last few years."
Oil rig equipment supplied by Helipebs has to sit on the sea bed for 25 years keeping out the water. And the company's products are making a mark in the development of wind and wave power.
Helipebs as a group has a turnover of more than £6 million with about two thirds generated by Helipebs Controls.
The 50-strong workforce includes three apprentices and the company is keen to train young employees.
Geoffrey Davis, who himself started as an apprentice, said: "People tend to join us and not leave. It is a family business and we all use Christian names.
"A lot of our work is about total solutions and partnerships. If there is a problem we will solve it together."