Are your steam boiler operators competent?

As well as offering a spares and repair service for all makes and types of heat transfer equipment including fuel-fired and electric steam boilers, Fulton’s aftercare portfolio also includes numerous training solutions such as City & Guilds accredited boiler operator training to INDG436 and BG01-R2 and water treatment training to BG04 and EN12953. But what are the benefits of having competent steam boilers operators?

Safety: Boilers can be dangerous if not operated correctly, and a competent operator can help ensure that steam boilers are operated safely and in compliance with relevant regulations.
Efficiency: Competent operators can help optimise the operation of the boiler, ensuring that it runs efficiently and therefore consumes the least amount of fuel possible, which will lower the overall running costs.
Maintenance: A competent operator can help to identify potential problems with the boiler and take appropriate action to prevent them from turning into major issues. This can prolong the life of the boiler, maintain its operating efficiencies and reduce the need for costly repairs.
Record Keeping: Keeping accurate records of the boiler’s operation, including fuel consumption, maintenance records, and safety inspection records can be useful in identifying trends and making decisions about how to operate the boiler more efficiently.
Compliance: Operators can help facilities ensure compliance with local and national regulations regarding the operation of boilers, preventing penalties and fines.
Reliability: Skilled operators can assure continuity of operation, avoiding downtime and ensuring that the best quality and correct amount of steam is produced as required.

With regard to operator competence however, the boiler manufacturer should be considered the first point of contact and best suited to provide training for specific boiler operation. Additionally, being the manufacturer, they will have sufficient industry experience to ensure the information is delivered at the correct level and in the right context.Alternatively, per the HSE's INDG436 (Safe Management of Industrial Steam & Hot Water Boilers), training should at the very least be delivered by those with the appropriate knowledge, training and assessment skills on their own equipment.To help them become competent operators, Fulton has created affordable training courses aimed at boiler operation, boiler maintenance and water treatment.

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Identifying poor assets and inefficient pumps.

Despite the soaring prices brought on by an energy crisis that shows no signs of diminishing, ask pump and blower operators about the efficiency of their equipment, and the truth is that most don’t know – according to a leading monitoring technology provider.

The pumps, for example, might often be described as ‘working fine’ and ‘doing their job’, but is that, now more than ever, a strategy? How about saving money now, and in the future?

“The opportunity to truly maintain, protect and optimise assets is here and now, with a Return on Investment (ROI) that is shorter than ever”, says Julian Lowe from Riventa. “The cost of solving asset management challenges is on a much smaller scale than most companies imagine”.

So, just how can you make hidden costs more visible?

At minimum, put some testing in place. By obtaining accurate, quality data, this first proactive step will give you a snapshot of performance, as well as health and efficiency. Even this entry-level testing will help identify poor assets and inefficient pumps.

Riventa’s Julian Lowe added: “All we hear about at the moment, understandably, is the giant hike in energy prices, so best test your pumps (and/or blowers and turbines) to reduce energy consumption and maximise savings. This will almost immediately help identify actions to improve performance. In addition to pump efficiency, measuring key parameters such as flow rate, head and electrical power - current pump performance characteristics can be compared to ‘as new’ and ‘post-refurbishment’ conditions. This provides the same accuracy as a pump manufacturer’s test facility – but with the distinct advantage of real operating conditions”.

Across numerous industries, where for some, running pumps ‘til destruction is the modus operandi, Lowe has a point. He claims that for larger pumps, blowers and turbines, the ROI can be as little as 18 months.

A level up from pump testing is to look at an Optimisation Service, utilising secure on-site pump monitoring equipment to provide real-time data. This enables you to start seeing what’s happening across your system by capturing data over 14-days or longer. This doesn’t have to involve tons of ‘spaghetti’. Systems can now be cable-free; up and running in around 1 hour per pump, at low risk and with minimal disruption to existing operations.

‘Realistic payback calculations’

Dr Tom Clifford from Riventa, continued: “Once in place, real-time data for each asset can be evaluated, with information-driven insights highlighting performance issues and supporting decisions. This can establish best practice recommendations, realistic payback calculations and a business case for moving forward – all backed by precision measurement and innovative analytics”.

Clifford explained how Riventa had recently worked with a food manufacturer; testing the company’s cooling system, which is split into two pumping sub-systems: factory pumps 1-5 for sending chilled water from heat-exchangers to the factory; and evaporator pumps that send chilled water from the factory to refrigeration heat exchangers.

“To test the pumps, we used the thermodynamic measurement technique (with our specialist software) to measure suction and discharge pressures either side of the pump, differential temperature, and motor input power. These measurements enabled us to calculate differential head across the pump, hydraulic efficiency and volumetric flow. Pumps were altered gradually. After each change, a test point was taken, while allowing enough time to obtain the best statistical average. Tests also involved a routine of testing performance at an incumbent set point, followed by throttling the pump to reduce its flow rate. The latter action allowed other pumps running in parallel to increase in speed to compensate, with a final test point taken at this moment”.

He continued: “Throttling meant we could observe the maximum possible flow through each pump under test, without altering the overall flow to the plant. At times this was challenging, because conditions downstream in production would change, altering the cooling load and in-turn the flow set point. Nevertheless, good quality performance information was obtained.

‘Strong case for robust savings’

“We found that all pumps were showing signs of wear. Moreover, manufacturer performance levels were not being achieved. None of the pumps we tested reached the manufacturer’s BEP (81%). In fact, the maximum pump efficiency possible was found to be 75% (achieved by pumps 1 & 2 only). Our findings enabled us to put pumps into a descending order of repair: 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5. While pumps 1-3 achieved a good relationship between power and flow, pumps 4 & 5 were not performing when at lower flows. This indicated a high likelihood of internal recirculation – from high to low pressure parts of the impeller – being caused by high wear. We were able build a strong case for robust savings through the pump refurbishment. Broadly, two options were made available:

  • Basic Refurbishment: Internal coating plus replacement of wear-rings, bearings and seals.
  • Comprehensive Refurbishment: As per the Basic Refurbishment, plus a new tailored impeller.

“We calculated that pump refurbishment would bring potential

savings of £19,200 per year, with possibilities to refurbish 2, 3

or 5 pumps”.

This is just one example of what Riventa say they are helping companies achieve across industries that also include water, power, mining, petrochemical, to name but a few.

Advanced pump monitoring and optimisation are available too, continuously focusing efforts by evaluating and understanding performance gains across priority pumps and sites. And for some organisations, full optimisation of networks is available.

‘Change in Mindset’

“Nobody wanted an energy crisis”, concluded Clifford, “but as prices soar, we are beginning to see a change in mindset about just how important it is to know how your assets such as pumps, blowers and turbines are really performing.  Initially, some basic testing might reveal some not altogether pleasing facts (!), but you can soon put yourself on a very positive course to make some seriously good, ongoing savings”.


IFS Ultimo's advanced asset and maintenance management technology proves instrumental in Orkla's digital transformation

New software implementation enables precision handling of KPIs and budgets, plus autonomous support functions

IFS Ultimo’sEnterprise Asset Management (EAM) platform has been selected by Orkla to manage activities for projectsatits site inFilipstadSweden. The facilitycurrently uses the cloud-based software solutionto ensure that administrative assignments and maintenance tasksat the site are carried out efficiently and effectively.Further functions of the software will be rolled out to other departments within the organisationat a later date.


As one of the leading operators of brands and concept solutions for supermarkets, pharmacies, bakeries and catering, Orkla has 15 production facilities in Sweden. These are mainly focused onfood and hygiene products.The company has set the objective of contributing towards resolving global health andenvironmental challenges, through developing healthier food products, reducing food waste, curbing greenhouse gas emissions and launching products that contribute to a circular economy.Itneeded a new software solution to match suchambitions, having relied on the same computerised maintenance management system (CMMS) for 25 years.

Our old CMMS system was unable to keep up with the organisation's evolving requirements, as we looked to achieve full-scale digital transformation at ourFilipstadsite,” explained Jack Delang, Process Improvement Manager at Orkla.We were experiencing unexpected system breakdowns,which led to costly disruption.We needed a user-friendly platform to help us streamline maintenance projectsand help us grow as a company.

Orkla first heard about IFS Ultimo through jointpartner Good Solutions. Since partnering with Good Solutions, IFS Ultimo has been expanding further in the Nordic region, gaining greaterlocal knowledge of customers’ requirements there andproviding them with a local point of contact.

“IFS Ultimo has powerful features to manage preventive maintenance and maintenance plans andcan play a huge role in becoming a part ofManufacturing Operations ManagementAlongside this, in comparison to competitors, IFS Ultimo is better developed as a company, with great responsiveness, personal contact and reliable support. The potential with IFS Ultimo solution and their overall professional organisational approach werethe main reasons for our choice,” Orkla’sDelang added.

Featuring innovative technologies and functionalities, the software helps optimise maintenance management allowing the customer to have more control and structure over their assetsto gain greater understanding to empower decision-making and deliver results and to improve cost control.

Delang concluded: “We are up and running with Ultimo forone month now, almost effortlessly. We are impressed with the structure and responsiveness and all the flexible possibilities of changing the fundamental structure. This way, it can be applied in the best way to suit the organisation’s needsCustomer satisfaction from the project team hasbeen very high since thefirst discussions which is a big compliment to the IFS Ultimo team. I’m looking forward tothe upcoming period when we can start to apply new functions of IFS Ultimo to the maintenance department, and later on to the larger organisation that hasn’t had the possibility to use the software yet.

“We are thrilled that Orkla has chosen IFS Ultimo’s EAM platform for use in itsFilipstad site.By working with usOrkla is laying the foundation for achieving increased efficiency in project tasks, while alsolowering maintenance costs,” saidMarco Parnela, Business Development Manager at IFS Ultimo.This is just the start for Orkla.Implementing the software across other departments in the near future will lead toimproved cooperation between the operators and the maintenance department.

To find out more, visit www.ultimo.com.

Condition Based (CBM) versus Planned Periodic Maintenance (PPM)

Surprisingly, many companies still use a system of Planned PeriodicMaintenancein an attempt to avoid costly downtime arising from the failure of their equipmentand machinery. In other words, they replace parts that tend to wear out(e.g. motor bearings) on a routine basis whether they need replacing or not.Not only is this needlessly costly, but can make matters worse by introducing faults during the process of stripping down and rebuilding a perfectly good machine. Even more of a problem is deciding the PPM time intervals. Too frequent,means more wasted time and cost (and morepotential for introducing faults) but not frequent enough, means more unexpected breakdowns.

Condition Based Maintenancerelies on the fact that a machine’s condition (degree of wear) can be monitoredby measuring the vibration levels in motor bearingsfor example. This way,the machine only needs to be maintainedwhen its condition deteriorates beyond an acceptable level. This decision isbased on recording and tracking changes in the machine’s condition over time (trending).Put simply, CBMphilosophy isif it’s not broken, don’t try to fix it!

This approach obviously saves time and money sincmachineparts are only changed when they need to be. However,CBM can potentially save a lot of money by spotting a machinethat is about to fail prematurelybefore it fails and hence avoid an unexpected and costly shutdown.

Clearly, CBM is a superior technique but until now,its cosof implementation has put off some companies from using itTraditionally, both CBMequipment and the expertise required to use it habeen prohibitively expensive.

Test Products International (TPI) has however completely revolutionised this concept with the introduction ofits low cost, portable vibration analysers and free to use trending software. Both the analysers and software arevery easy to use,stemming from the fact that they are very intuitive and based on internationally agreed (ISO) alarm levels for rotating machinery.

TPI’s free to use VibTrend machine management and trending software stores machine condition readings and displays their trends in a clearand easily understood graphical format. In addition, various ‘expert system’ features are incorporated into the software, such as bearing quality assessment, which is achieved by analysing the frequency components of the vibration data and automatically identifying the classic ‘signatures’ associated with bearing wear. That way,it is very easy to monitor the health of a bearing simply by observing the level ofbearing quality displayedon the trend plots.

complete CBM system can cost from as little as £1,450 with the TPI 9080, whichuses industry standard accelerometers and offers on-meter analysis for the detection of machine faults such as unbalance, misalignment, looseness and bearing wear. Theequivalent intrinsically safe version (IEC Ex, ATEX and North American)TPI 9080Exoffers a complete Zone 1 CBM solution for £3,500. Both versions include a full VibTrendfree to use unlimited software license.

For more information please contact TPI Europe’s head office on +44 1293 530196 or take a look on the website at www.tpieurope.com or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

New Improved Vacuum Grippers from COVAL with Communications Interface

COVAL offers manufacturers a range of vacuum grippers suitable for handling of parts of various sizes, weights, and materials. This gripper range has been extended with the latest CMS HD series multistage vacuum pumps, developed by COVAL. With this enhancement, the new generation of grippers meets the demands of Industry 4.0 with greater robustness, communication, and modularity.
COVAL's range of vacuum grippers is based on two complementary solutions. The CVGL is characterized by its lightness and great adaptability. It is available as standard in several lengths, power ratings, and gripping interfaces.
The MVG, on the other hand, offers the possibility of configuring the gripper to allow it to be perfectly adapted to each application by determining the length, width, gripping interface, and vacuum generator while guaranteeing extreme lightness. It offers a tailored solution that integrates perfectly with handling robots.

HEAVY DUTY at the Heart of COVAL Vacuum Grippers
COVAL's new generation of vacuum grippers now incorporate the latest CMS HD series of vacuum pumps. These pumps have a heavy-duty design for high reliability even in harsh environments (IP65), capable of ensuring 50 million cycles. A factor of the pump’s longevity is their modular design which allows specific configurations and targeted maintenance of specific parts to optimize repairability.
As a result, the new generation of CMS HD multistage pumps adds to the vacuum grippers ́ reliability and adaptability.

Vacuum Grippers Become Intelligent
The new COVAL vacuum grippers offer a choice of three multistage vacuum pump configurations, depending on the needs of the integrator or end user: non-piloted, piloted, and communicating.
The communicating configuration, which makes the vacuum grippers easier to use and parameterize, is obtained by integrating the CMS HD VX version of the multistage pump.
The VX pump version features an IO-Link communication interface, compliant with the international IEC 61131-9 standard, for fast and cost-effective installation, continuous diagnostics, centralized parameterization, and efficient communication with higher-level protocols (EtherNet/IP, PROFINET, EtherCAT, etc.).

It can also support a Human Machine Interface (HMI) with NFC interface, enabling the operator to read and modify setup parameters and diagnostics from a mobile device (Android or iOS) using the dedicated COVAL Vacuum Manager app.
With these pump capabilities, the new generation of COVAL vacuum grippers become even more versatile and perfectly compatible with the robot systems at the heart of Industry 4.0.
A Vast Range of Applications
Thanks to their great modularity and ease of integration in all contexts, CVGL and MVG vacuum grippers can be found in many industries: packaging, plastic, metal, and wood for handling porous and non-porous objects.

Qualities that make the difference:
• Solutions adapted to each process
• Configurable vacuum grippers
• Robustness, longevity, and economy of use
• Vacuum grippers with communications



AERZEN gas compression solutions

For over 150 years, AERZEN has been developing, manufacturing and supplying rotary lobe blowers and subsequently oil-free and oil-flooded screw compressors for complex and demanding air and gas applications.  Our history has given rise to a unique knowledge of technological advances and know-how.  AERZEN technology and experience gaines in more traditional industries and applications are more and more frequently being applied to emerging industrial applications to meet the sustainable challenges facing all of us.  Built with AERZEN know-how and wealth of experience come compression solutions engineered for Hydrogen applications.

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Belzona Restores Mammoth Pipeline Through Cold Bonding

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Belzona’s polymeric repair and protection materials are suitable for extending the in-service life of assets in a multitude of industries, including equipment in the petrochemical industry which often functions in harsh environments. Belzona’s products are suitable for both small-scale assets and extremely large projects, such as the recent restoration of a mammoth pipeline in a Thai petroleum production facility.

What was the problem?

The facility, based in the north of Thailand, found that a huge pipeline carrying high-pressure water for injection into oil wells was suffering from thin wall defects. The pipeline in question was made out of 12 metre pipe lengths that had been welded together. However, upon inspection it was found that the 2000 psi water contents and the weld filler material used had resulted in internal corrosion defects at everycircumferential weld joint. This caused the deterioration of pipe wall thickness, risking high pressure leaks.

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The pipeline was exposed to corrosion at the joints where sections had previously been welded together


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Belzona's cold bonding solutions had previously repaired other areas of the pipeline

Why was Belzona chosen?

The Customer had used Belzona previously and had a good relationship with the local Distributor, Pan Mechanic Engineering Co., Ltd. They were very impressed by Belzona’scold bonding capabilities when they were demonstrated by the Distributor on a defective joint, leading to their agreement to undertake the repair of the entire pipeline, requiring an estimated 5000-7000kg of Belzona 1111 (Super Metal).

Due to the massive scale of the project, it was decided to complete the repair in three stages. More than 1000 joints were repairedin 2020 and the remaining defects were addressed in November and December 2022. The joints repaired in stage one were demonstrating excellent performance in service and the Distributor also invited two Technical Services Engineers from the Belzona Asia Pacific Office to observe the second stage of the project.

Why was Belzona 1111 (Super Metal) specified?

The use of welding had been problematic in the past, leading to the Customer’s preference for a cold bonding solution. The Distributor initially proposed the use of Belzona SuperWrap IIto restore pipe wall strength, but testing found that attachingcarbon steel reinforcing plates using Belzona 1111 (Super Metal) as a bonding agent would be more appropriate. The simpler cold bonding repair would be more cost effective and ensure a faster return to service in line with the Customer’s requirements.

How was the solution applied?

The surface was prepared using garnet blasting and Belzona 9111 (Cleaner/Degreaser) to achieve an average minimum ≥75 μm (3mils) profile and SA2.5 surface cleanliness for maximum adhesion. The atmospheric conditions were then tested to ensure that the relative humidity was below themaximum permitted 85% needed for the application to take place.

Welding rods were used to create a shim between the steel plates and the repair area to control the thickness of the application. The welding rods were bonded to the steel reinforcing plates with a small quantity of Belzona 1111 (Super Metal) and the repair area was identified usingmasking tape. Belzona 1111 (Super Metal) was first applied to two of the four plates and the damaged pipeline joint, and held in place using a fixed hoist while the product cured. Once the first two plates had bonded, the final two plates were appliedand allowed to cure, fully encompassing the circumferential joint.


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Belzona 1111 (Super Metal) was applied as a bonding agent


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The plates were held in place by a fixed hoist to allow the product to cure


What was the result of the application?

The Customer was delighted that the Belzona repair restored the integrity of the joints and protected the pipeline from future thin wall defects. The success of such a large-scale project led the Customer to indicate an interest in applying Belzona solutions to other pipelines at their facility. This could include similar cold bonding applications or the specification of Belzona SuperWrap II for more complex pipe geometries. Polymeric repair and protection materials are ideal for facilities in the oil & gas and petrochemicalindustries due to their easy application and quick return to service with no hot work required.

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The completed application restored strength to the pipeline wall

Teledyne FLIR Unveils Si124-LD Plus Acoustic Imaging Camera for Compressed Air Leak Detection with Improved Sensitivity, Auto Filtering, and Auto Distancing

This advanced acoustic camera for industrial uses improves performance, efficiency, and ease of use with one-hand operation to pinpoint issues at a safe distance
GOLETA, Calif., April 6, 2023― Teledyne FLIR, part of Teledyne Technologies Incorporated, today announced the Si124–LD Plus, a new addition to its line of Si124 acoustic imaging cameras. This new model provides professional inspectors with an enhanced user interface and software features that improve the ability to pinpoint smaller air compressor leaks more quickly and accurately than ever before to make industrial environments safer and more productive.
The Si124-LD Plus maintains its ergonomic one-hand operational design while offering a number of enhancements to improve its utility and efficiency, including:
AutoFilter: automatically determines the best filter to use for revealing small leaks that might otherwise remain undetected, all the while speeding up inspections by eliminating unrelated background noise.
AutoDistance: automatically measures the distance to the leak for real-time, reliable, leak-rate estimates up to five meters (16 feet) away from the source.
Continuous Auto-Correct:

improves leak detection performance to find even smaller air leaks from 0.016 l/min to 0.004 l/min (0.016 l/min = 0.00057 cfm, 0.004 l/min = 0.00014 cfm).
“The Si124-LD Plus acoustic imaging camera represents a step change for industrial compressed air leak inspection,” said Rob Milner, Director, Global Business Development, Teledyne FLIR. “The Si124 line of acoustic imaging devices has already proved to decrease inspection time 10-fold, and now with additional software features such as AutoDistance and AutoFilter with the ‘plus’ version, industrial inspectors will enjoy even greater efficiency and the ability to detect even smaller leaks than what was once possible. These leaks, if not detected and remedied, can create not only dangerous conditions for buildings and industrial sites but can lead to costly repairs and unnecessary increases in energy costs.”

The acoustic imaging camera also features an upgraded user interface (UI) and full integration with the powerful FLIR Thermal Studio software for post-inspection analysis and reporting. Importantly, the Si124-LD Plus provides leak quantification both on camera and in software, allowing inspectors to better prioritize repairs and justify expenditures.
FLIR Thermal Studio Integration

FLIR Thermal Studio empowers operators to import acoustic images from the camera to the desktop software suite to easily edit and analyze acoustic imagery alongside multispectral imagery capture from other Teledyne FLIR inspection tools. This enables inspectors to create advanced reports as part of a comprehensive predictive maintenance or condition monitoring program across the visible, thermal, and acoustic spectrums. The software gives users the ability to create reports through pre-built or fully customizable templates, including multispectral image analysis in the same report or even the same page via drag-and-drop report creation functionality.
The Si124-LD Plus includes two rechargeable batteries with a battery recharger, a neck strap, and a USB memory stick included within a hard case for safe, easy transportation to and from the job site.
Visit www.flir.com/Si124-LD-Plus for more information and to book your demo.

Byworth Boilers protects boiler uptime with Flexicon FSU conduit

Byworth Boilers (Byworth), a manufacturer of industrial steam and hot water boilers, is helping protect uptime for its customers thanks to the reliability and durability of Flexicon FSU flexible conduit systems.

The Flexicon cable protection system has been specified for the past 15 years, for both its mechanical protection properties and practicality for use in a fast-moving production line of heavy machinery.

The company supplies its boilers, alongside maintenance and training services, for a broad range of applications, including healthcare and hospitals, breweries and food production to name a few.  While the end applications differ, each of Byworth's customers are the same, in that they cannot afford the risk of equipment downtime, as Dave Podsiedzik, Electrical Foreman from the company explains:

"The consequences of failing to use the correct cable containment and protection for our product range could be disastrous for our customers.  Any downtime of our products will ultimately lead to loss of production, so we aim to reduce this as much as possible by providing the highest quality of products in our design."

Speed of installation

The demands of the busy manufacturing environment mean that Byworth looks to specify products that are simple and easy to install.  Dave Podsiedzik continues:

"The ease in which you can cut the Flexicon FSU conduit, and the nature of its flexibility makes it the perfect product for our needs, helping to guarantee speed as well as product safety. 

“The quality of the Flexicon brand gives us the confidence in the longevity and durability of our machines. We are frequently complimented by our visitors and customers for the ‘tidiness’ of the cable management, which is as a result of our skilled workforce as well as the adaptability of the Flexicon FSU conduit."

Robust and durable

Flexicon's FSU range of flexible conduit is manufactured from galvanised steel with PVC coating, making it ideal for the rigours of the hazardous environments in which the boilers are often operating.  In these applications, there are numerous factors which could lead to boiler breakdown, but using the Flexicon range has proven to significantly reduce the likelihood of cable damage contributing to equipment failure.

Dave Podsiedzik concludes:

"The galvanised steel conduit provides excellent impact protection, and the PVC coating adds additional protection for the internal wires from water damage and erosion.  The longevity of the FSU range for use in a hot and damp environment is also a major factor in our decision.  Conduits are terminated using fittings which are manufactured from quality nickel plated brass, thus extending the life of the installation. We need to ensure our machines' longevity by using quality products what live up to our high expectations. With the FSU range, this is achieved.

"We had used other cable protection systems previously, but the quality of the Flexicon product, alongside its ease of installation and excellent availability have meant that we have never had an issue during the past 15 years."

Thorite enhances systems expertise with new appointments

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Compressed air and fluid power specialist Thorite has made two new appointments to develop its specialist support in electric automation and systems building.

Electrical engineer Aniq Rehman has joined Thorite as a Technical Specialist in electric automation.

After completing a degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering at Bradford University, Aniq has worked as an electrical design engineer, most recently for  Wakefield-based PCM Automation, where he developed his expertise in designing end of arm tools for six-axis robots.

In his newly created role at Thorite, he will help develop the company’s capabilities in electric automation, carrying out systems building and providing technical support to sales colleagues and customers.

Owen Parry is Thorite’s new Systems Production Engineering Manager.

His multi-faceted role will involve working with the systems team to help achieve Thorite’s plans for growth. He will also assist with business development and provide technical support to colleagues and customers.

As a mechanical engineer, Owen’s varied career has included being a calibration planning engineer for Johnson & Johnson, medical design engineer for Tissuemed and engineering manager for Freudenberg Nonwovens LP. In addition, Owen is a qualified teacher, working most recently at UCT Leeds, a specialist engineering school.

Mike Perry,  Technical Solutions Manager for Thorite, said: “Many companies are moving towards electric automation and we have significantly strengthened our expertise in this area to help customers achieve that shift successfully.

“Systems building is a bedrock of our services and is a key growth area for Thorite.

“We’re delighted to welcome Aniq and Owen to the company to consolidate our capabilities and support our plans for growth.”









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