Successful completion of Falkirk Wheel

Wright Engineering is pleased to announce that it has successfully completed the repair and refurbishment of the Falkirk Wheel during its planned 2019 closure.

Manufactured in Derbyshire in 1998, the Falkirk Wheel is now an iconic Scottish and engineering landmark. It is in fact the only rotating boat lift in the world and connects the Forth & Clyde and Union Canals in central Scotland. The wheel consists of two gondolas, one at each side of the axle, that are in turn connected to an aqueduct and a basin via a series of seals and watertight doors.

Wright Engineering was contracted by Amco Giffen (on behalf of Scottish Canals) following a rigorous bid process. The works began with the fabrication and machining of new bearings and shaft-arm assemblies, to a quality-controlled manufacturing process, to achieve precise tolerances (0.1mm concentricity over 5.43 metre pitch) and critical quality standards. For example, water jet profiling – UT check for laminations – controlled electrical preheat – sequenced welding to balance weld shrinkage – finish machining of critical features – control of dissimilar metals.

Subsequently, our experienced construction team removed, refitted and commissioned all four watertight gondola doors (each weighing 4.5 tonnes) and bearing assemblies over a three-month period. The doors were lifted using a mobile crane that was attached to four purpose built lifting brackets. This allowed the doors to be raised at 45 degrees whilst being winched carefully away from the wheel.

Other works included the replacement of the hydraulic cylinders, hydraulic accumulators, bearing assemblies, taper locks, door levers, shaft-arm assembly, door seals, bushes and new welded brackets.

The contract was led by Mike Tuxworth (Project Engineer) who commented ‘We were thrilled to work on the wheel and equally delighted that it is now complete and can be enjoyed by the general public. Given its unique design, a number of complex engineering problems presented during the works but thankfully, we were able to overcome these difficulties by adopting a collaborative approach. The client is very pleased with the end result and we very much look forward to working with Amco Giffen in the future should such an opportunity arise’.

Successful Completion of Etex Group Contracts

Wright Engineering is thrilled to have completed its latest project on behalf of Etex Building Performance UK (‘EBP’).

EBP (part of the Etex Group) manufactures drywall products and systems for partitions, ceilings, wall linings and external sheathing purposes.

The works (performed under a consortium agreement led by Claudius Peters Projects (‘CPP’)) involved the design, manufacture, delivery and installation of a new milling and calcining system capable of processing natural gypsum, desulphogypsum and reclaim.

Wright Engineering designed the steelwork using its Tekla 3D modelling software, ensuring a precision fit for the CPP processing equipment. This meticulous approach was imperative given that the structure required the company to manufacture over 250 tonnes of Execution Class 2 steelwork upon which 250 tonnes of equipment and ducting was placed. Further works by Wright Engineering included all field wiring and testing, a full building envelope and liaising with the local authority in respect of building regulation compliance. 

At its peak, the company had a dedicated on-site team of 40 staff and subcontractors working diligently on the installation.

The conclusion of the above project marks the end of three high-value contracts awarded to Wright Engineering by Etex in connection with the development of its Ferrybridge site. Indeed, the company has recently manufactured and installed (1) a new reclaim plant equipped with an ACTA recycling crusher; and (2) two mill feed conveyors with a processing capacity of 60 tonnes per hour.

Josh Jepson (Sales Director) commented “We are delighted that Wright Engineering were able to transform EBP’s process with an innovative turnkey solution. The company continues to prove that it has the requisite expertise to execute complicated projects and is fast becoming the go to contractor for industry leading companies wanting to invest in and expand on their current operation”.

NEW CONTRACT AWARD – ISOVER

Wright Engineering is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a high value contract by ISOVER to replace end of life ducting at its Runcorn facility.

ISOVER is part of the Saint-Gobain group and a leading manufacturer and supplier of mineral wool insulation products and systems.

The challenging design, construction and location of the ducting dictates that this is not just your typical ducting replacement work. Nevertheless, it has given Wright Engineering the perfect opportunity to showcase its cutting-edge surveying and design techniques.

Using the industry leading Tekla software, the original installation has undergone laser scanning and a 3D model of the structure has been generated. This model has enabled the Wright Engineering design team to produce significantly detailed and reliable drawings of the new ducting and provide a full analysis of the optimum material for use in its fabrication.

The contract is being is overseen by Pete Bussey (Project Manager) who commented ‘The contract will be demanding but final result will be very rewarding. The installation of the new ducting is time critical due to ISOVER manufacturing schedule. Therefore, we have had to utilise innovative approaches and methodology both at design and the impending installation stage of the project’.

Chris Boden-Hook (Managing Director) said ‘The tender process was rigorous, so I am delighted that the company has been awarded this contract, it’s a big win. This award further demonstrates the strength and quality of Wright Engineering and its skilled workforce and the trust that major companies have in our ability to deliver complex projects under significant time pressures’.

He further added ‘Wright Engineering has a strong and ongoing relationship with the Saint-Gobain group and a 30-year association with British Gypsum (also part of the Saint-Gobain Group). We look forward to working with ISOVER and delivering a first-class service’.

WELDING QUALIFICATION SUCCESS

We are pleased to announce that Jason Matthysz, Matthew Wagstaff and Josh Marriott (pictured with Andrew Molyneux – Quality Manager) have successfully completed stage one of the MMA Level 2 qualification in welding.

The welding qualification is designed to build upon foundation welding skills and focuses primarily on manual metal arc welding, the most flexible and widely used arc welding process in the engineering industry and an expertise demanded by clients on most major projects.

Jason, Matthew and Josh joined Wright Engineering on an apprenticeship scheme and are now fully qualified Mechanical Fitters. Due to their excellent work performance, it was an easy decision for the company to further invest in their broader skills training and career development.

The achievement of the welding qualification is made even more impressive by the fact that the course was attended and studied at a local night school during an extremely busy period for the company.

Chris Boden-Hook (Managing Director) commented ‘Wright Engineering has a long history of training and employing multi-skilled engineers. Continued investment in education forms part of our overall business strategy and ensures that our on-site teams are trained to and operate in accordance with the highest industry standards. I congratulate Jason, Matt and Josh on their dedication and success. From my own experience, the welding qualification is an excellent additional skill to have. Therefore, the company has enrolled another six employees from its production and installation teams to study the course’.

APPOINTMENT OF NEW DESIGN ENGINEER

Wright Engineering is delighted to welcome Michael Wilmott who joins the company as a Design Engineer.

Michael has an HNC in Mechanical Engineering and over 5 years of practical design experience for a steel fabrication company, working on a variety of complex and technically demanding projects. He is currently studying towards an HND top up qualification to formally recognise and expand upon his design knowledge.

Mark Foy (Design Office Manager) commented ‘I would like to welcome Michael to the company. He is a skilled designer that will bolster the department and add significant value to our design capabilities’.

Chris Boden-Hook (Managing Director) said ‘Wright Engineering is now entering a new phase of growth and we are continuously on the lookout for high quality candidates to complement our existing talent. Michael fits that criteria and I look forward to seeing his career develop with the company. On a wider note, our recent hires demonstrate the continued appeal of the company to leading talent from across the industry’.

Speaking about his appointment, Michael said ‘I’m very pleased to have joined Wright Engineering. It’s certainly a team-orientated environment and I’m looking forward to working with my colleagues and contributing on upcoming projects’.

HARRY JACKSON – CHARTERED ACCOUNTANCY QUALIFICATION

The Wright Group is celebrating the success of one of its staff, Harry Jackson, who has attained qualification as a Chartered Accountant and gained membership of the prestigious Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (‘CIMA’).

The CIMA professional qualification is recognised worldwide as the most relevant global finance qualification for a career in business. In addition to the core technical financial accounting skills expected of a professional accountant, graduates are equipped with the skills needed to be able to analyse and understand the economics of a businesses’ operations.

Harry joined the Wright Group in 2013 as an accounts trainee and was subsequently promoted to the role of Management Accountant. He is now responsible for or assists on all finance related matters including the management accounts, tax returns and cash flow forecasts for companies within the Wright Group.

Speaking about his accomplishment, Harry commented ‘I’m delighted to be qualifying. It represents a huge milestone in my career. I would like to give special thanks to my colleagues in the accounts department for their support and guidance throughout my training’.

Chris Boden-Hook (Managing Director) commented ‘We believe the training and development of our staff is very important if our business is to continue to grow in such a highly competitive industry. It remains a key part of our business strategy. Qualifying as a Chartered Accountant is a fantastic achievement and I congratulate Harry on doing so. Harry has displayed a tremendous level of hard-work, dedication and aptitude to both his studies and his job role. He is a valued member of the team and I wish him continued success as he develops his career with us’.

CCNSG ‘Test Only’ Renewal

Trainright UK provides health and safety accredited training, advice and management solutions to meet the increasing health and safety needs of your business.

The company is a licenced ECITB and IOSH training provider and delivers various courses including the CCNSG Safety Passport, either at its headquarters, on-site or at your business premises.

CCNSG Safety Passport holders have the requisite knowledge and understanding of the risks and dangers to be able to work safely in an engineering and construction environment.

A CCNSG card renewal requires the compulsory attendance of a one-day course and the successful completion of the accompanying test.

Following consultation with the Engineering Construction Industry, the ECITB and CCNSG have developed a ‘Test Only’ renewal option for existing CCNSG Safety Passport holders which will operate as an alternate choice to completing the one-day course.

Trainright UK are now part of an exclusive group of training providers selected to offer the ‘Test-Only’ renewal.

For further information on price and availability or for any other enquiry, please contact a member of the Trainright UK team on 01909 730507 or by e-mail at enquiries@trainrightuk.com.

 

Hire of New Commercial Manager

Wright Engineering is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Heath who joins the company as a Commercial Manager.

Michael has a strong legal and commercial background having worked over the past decade for a number of international law firms before transitioning in-house as a legal advisor for a corporate group. He will provide advice to the directors and senior management team on a wide range of important matters facing the company.

Chris Boden-Hook (Managing Director) commented ‘We are delighted that Michael has decided to join what is already a very talented management team. Michael is a skilled legal practitioner but more importantly, he has sound business understanding. His experience will be a huge asset to our company’.

Speaking about his appointment, Michael said ‘I am happy to be joining Wright Engineering and very much looking forward to working collaboratively with the team to implement the next stage of the company’s growth strategy. I’ve been impressed by the company’s strong client base and its ambition to be at the forefront of its industry’.

ISO 9001:2015

The Wright Group is pleased to announce that it has been re-accredited to ISO 9001: 2015 until January 2021.

ISO 9001:2015 is the internationally recognised and flagship quality management systems standard. The purpose of the standard is to assist an organisation with its statutory and regulatory compliance in respect of its product or service whilst achieving excellence in customer service and delivery.

The certification was coordinated by Dave Boden-Hook (Head of Management Services) who comments ‘the Accreditation covers all Group company activities including those at Wright Engineering, Mediright, Wright Demolition and E Right. By operating in accordance with ISO 9001:2015 it adds real value and provides confidence to all of our clients that our organisation meets their business needs. At its core is the principle of continuous improvement and the Group is committed to reviewing and streamlining its processes in accordance with industry best-practice to ensure that we continue to deliver a high-quality service both now and in the future’.

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