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Parker launches new 'automation on tour' roadshow

07 May, 2015

The Automation Group of Parker Hannifin has launched an exhibition vehicle tour with the objective of taking its latest products directly to customer convenient locations. Encompassing over 200 products and solutions offered from the five divisions within the Parker Automation Group, the roadshow represents significant opportunities for existing and new Parker customers to experience an extensive portfolio of automation products.

Atlas Copco Compressors in Ireland celebrates its 50th year

29 April, 2015

Atlas Copco Compressors in Ireland is to hold a full programme of staff and customer events to celebrate its 50th year of operation throughout the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. The anniversary year will be celebrated with a range of product campaigns, customer promotions and staff events, conducted by a 30-strong team of technical sales, service and support staff who are closely engaged with meeting customers’ application needs.

Balluff unites with NFPC to improve engineering skills

29 April, 2015

Balluff Ltd. has joined forces with the National Fluid Power Centre (NFPC) to improve industry skills and knowledge across the electronics and hydraulics sector.

HES appointed as distributor for Hy-Pro

29 April, 2015

Hydraulic Equipment Supermarkets (HES) has been appointed as an official distributor for the British designed and manufactured hydraulic control valve brand, Hy-Pro. During the past 50 years Hy-Pro has developed a reputation for reliability and high quality manufacturing within the hydraulic component industry, and this brand complements the extensive range of valves offered by HES.

Manufacturers have a vital role to play in driving diversity, says EEF

29 April, 2015

Manufacturers have a vital role to play in driving diversity, but should not expect a silver bullet. This was the view expressed by Terry Scuoler, CEO of EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, at a recent event in London.

Savery Hydraulics launch Hydraforce ecommerce website

17 April, 2015

UK hydraulics manufacturer, Savery Hydraulics now offers Hydraforce products online through an ecommerce website.

New test rig now operational at C&C Hydraulics

10 April, 2015

At its premises in Keighley, West Yorkshire, C&C Hydraulics has built a new 6 metres high vertical test rig in order to load test telescopic cylinders. The new rig can reportedly handle cylinders up to 5 metres in stroke. Ian Couch, managing director at C&C Hydraulics, commented that since the company moved to its new 36,000 sq ft production facility in 2012, it has continued to develop and improve its armoury of production and test equipment.

BFPA and BCAS form an alliance

02 April, 2015

The British Compressed Air Society (BCAS) and the British Fluid Power Association (BFPA), which incorporates the British Fluid Power Distributors Association (BFPDA), have agreed to build on their individual brand strengths and form the UK Motion Control Alliance (UKMCA).

Atlas Copco Compressors names Air Kraft as Distributor of the Year

02 April, 2015

Coventry-based Air Kraft Ltd. has been awarded the accolade of Atlas Copco Compressors’ Distributor of the Year for 2014.

NFPC Open Day attracts over 250 visitors

02 April, 2015

National Fluid Power Centre’s free-to attend Industry Open Day, held on 18 February, was a major success, with over 250 visitors in attendance. The yearly event has established itself as an important fixture for manufacturers/OEMs, distributors and end users of fluid power and control and automation equipment.

Learn to win against the cost of contamination

02 April, 2015

MP Filtri is to host a free training seminar on 7 October at the National Fluid Power Centre (NFPC), Worksop, Nottinghamshire.

Back to school with Brammer and Buck & Hickman

06 March, 2015

Brammer, the UK supplier of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) products and services, and Buck & Hickman, the UK distributor of tools, maintenance and health & safety products, are supporting local schools in the West Midlands by linking up with a highly innovative education scheme. Solutions for the Planet is a business, education and community engagement programme themed towards sustainability, energy and engineering. Balfour Beatty, Brammer, Buck & Hickman and Lafarge Tarmac are supporting the project as it aims to inspire young people, aged between 11 and 14, to be the scientists, engineers and responsible citizens of the future. The programme sees mentors from across the four businesses selected to work on an array of projects in six schools throughout the West Midlands. North East Wolverhampton Academy, Heath Park College and Colton Hills Community School in Wolverhampton, Lyndon School in Solihull, and Ninestiles School and Hodge Hill College in Birmingham are the schools involved. Mentors are helping the schoolchildren with their ‘Big Ideas’ tackling issues such as sustainability and work alongside them to develop simple, effective and economical solutions that could positively impact society, the economy and environment. Four Big Ideas days have been held already, with more planned for January. Brammer and Buck & Hickman have also hosted a successful Mentor Training Day at Brammer’s Centre of Excellence in Wolverhampton. Last year’s winners earned a visit to the Palace of Westminster to receive trophies and certificates from the Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP, so there is real incentive for this year’s participants. Dave Whittingham, Head of Human Resources at Brammer and Buck & Hickman, said: “Solutions for the Planet is becoming a highly successful way of promoting innovation and smart thinking from school children. We are proud to be a partner in the programme and to show our support for the development of young people’s skills and learning.” Once the project has completed its first phase in July 2015, the programme will be increased to 10 schools in the West Midlands, allowing more opportunities for Balfour Beatty, Brammer, Buck & Hickman and Lafarge Tarmac to support the development of young people in the future.

MF Hydraulics acquires Thamesair Swindon

17 February, 2015
Hydraulic distribution company, MF Hydraulics, has acquired pneumatic firm, Thamesair. Together covering most of the South with depots in Oxford, Swindon, Reading & Worcester, the companies intermix in becoming a knowledgeable hydraulic & pneumatic supplier. MF Hydraulics incorporated with Central Engineering Services and Central Hydraulic Services in 2000, creating the Centinal Group. Together the group distributes, designs, manufactures and markets a full range of hydraulic equipment, cable jointing, engineering products. It can now add pneumatics with Thamesair. Group chairman Les Jenkins commented: “Adding Thamesair to the group is a perfect match, bringing experience and new opportunities to the group. We are all very much looking forward to what the future brings.'

Jubilee scoops ‘Manufacturing Award’ first time

01 February, 2015

Jubilee Clips has come first in the Manufacturing category of the prestigious Medway Business Awards. Jubilee Clips reports that it is particularly pleased as this was the first time the company had entered the event. The 30th outing of the awards was presented by BBC news reader Rob Smith at a gala dinner held at Gillingham Football Club at the end of 2014 and was attended by local businesses and dignitaries. Medway is the largest conurbation South of London in the UK with over 260,000 inhabitants and an economy driven by manufacturing, with the sector contributing a third to the area’s GDP. The judges consider a range of factors in determining the winners, and although Jubilee has a rich history, having been based in Medway for 93 years, it was the present and the future that particularly impressed the panel. Targeted export growth in recent years and the wide spread of export markets, proving that Jubilee Clips is a global player, caught the attention of the judges with 12 per cent growth to European markets in 2014 and 20 per cent growth to markets further afield. Ongoing investment The judges were also inspired by the ongoing investment in technology and the in-house machine building programme, increasing automation and keeping the business at the cutting edge of technology and efficiency. Of high importance to the judges was the Jubilee apprentice scheme, which proactively recruits and trains the next generation of engineers. It wasn’t just the judges who were impressed by the Jubilee Apprenticeship scheme; one of the attendees, MP for Gillingham and Rainham, Rehman Chisti, was so impressed that he arranged a visit to the factory himself. He then shared his experience in a Commons discussion on Business Innovation and Skills congratulating, “businesses such as Jubilee Clips on providing excellent engineering apprenticeships”, a point supported by the Minister for Skills and Equalities, Nick Boles, “Businesses such as [Jubilee Clips] are leading this country into recovery and ensuring that that benefits everyone,” he said. Jubilee Clips’ managing director, Ian Jennings, commented: “Obviously, recognition of our efforts and achievements such as this is very rewarding, not just for Jubilee Clips but also our suppliers and customers – and to receive a mention in Parliament was pleasing too.” He continued: “The award is a credit to the whole team and a by-product of the hard work that happens here every day and that will continue to happen here every day.”

Atlas Copco opens custom engineering workshop

01 February, 2015

Atlas Copco’s Systems Hemel Hempstead custom engineering workshop was officially opened in January following the completion of a £680,000 (€870,000) upgrade. The workshop at Systems Hemel Hempstead – one of Atlas Copco’s six global competence centres that design and assemble bespoke compressed air and nitrogen generation packages primarily for the oil and gas industry – has more than doubled in size and been equipped with a range of new facilities in order to meet growing international demand for its services. Visiting the UK to open the expanded workshop at Systems Hemel Hempstead, Nico Delvaux, president of Compressor Technique at Atlas Copco, said: “As one of the first competence centres in our global Systems network, the Hemel Hempstead site was established in 1972 to serve customers operating in the North Sea but, since beginning to fulfil orders from oil and gas operators internationally in 2008, this facility has taken on even greater importance and the investment we have made is a testament to that. Today we have a custom engineering competence centre with staff, expertise, products and capabilities that are truly world-class. This will help us meet the long-term needs of the oil and gas industry and other industries for many years to come.” Expanded floor space The upgrade of the workshop in Hemel Hempstead has seen the total floor area expanded from its original 850m2 to 1950m2. A new mezzanine level has been built above a section of the workshop to accommodate, alongside some new offices, a dedicated viewing area for customers to witness product testing. An external 12m x 15m covered test area has also been built, adding a valuable additional space for testing large engineered packages in any weather. These packages can now be moved around in the workshop more easily thanks to the provision of two new 5-tonne cranes, trackways and controls, which complement three existing cranes. These additions increase working capacity and throughput, shortening lead times to the customer. The fluctuating man hours required to handle this type of work is done using a core of 45 Atlas Copco employees, with some work sub-contracted when necessary to handle peak demands. This represents approximately 20 more employees than a decade ago. Paul Frost, manager of Systems Hemel Hempstead, explained that, in addition to the new cranes, Atlas Copco has also renewed the paint facility, the grit blast facility and added a brand-new external facility where we air-cooled machines can be tested in the outdoor environment whilst also protecting the workforce from the elements. “We now do everything on site; we design, assemble, test, pack and deliver from Hemel Hempstead,” he said, adding that the company is proud to be investing in this local competence centre for custom engineered compressed air and nitrogen packages. 'Plug and play’ The majority of Systems Hemel Hempstead’s end products are modular ‘plug and play’ packaged solutions, custom-built and shipped with all components, such as compressors, dryers, filters, air receivers, nitrogen generators, instrumentation and control systems, on a single base frame for integration with land-based or offshore process installations. Frost explained: “Each project is different because customer requirements tend to be unique for the intended environment. We have recently supplied compressor packages which must operate in a range of temperatures from -40degC to +45degC in Russia and to an oil company in the Middle East where reliable operation at +55degC is required to withstand regular sand storms.” Bespoke solutions As the most technically advanced of Atlas Copco’s six strategically located custom engineering competence centres, the Systems Hemel Hempstead workshop plays a major role in the supply of bespoke solutions across the globe meeting the needs of demanding applications within the worldwide energy, industrial power, pharmaceutical, chemical and petrochemical markets.

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