New LED Lighting

Wright Engineering has completed the installation of LED lighting throughout its Worksop factory.

The new lighting will reduce energy consumption by up to 50% leading to a significant decrease in operating costs. The lighting also has a low CO2 output which is better for the environment and consistent with our newly implemented CSR strategy to prevent or mitigate the environmental impacts associated with our activities.

Investment in People

Wright Engineering would like to congratulate Mark Foy (Drawing Office Manager) for his acceptance onto the MSC Engineering Management course at Arden University and Ben Doxey (Graduate Sales Engineer) for his acceptance onto the MBA course at Sheffield Hallam University. Places on both courses were limited and Ben and Mark dedicated significant time and energy preparing their respective successful applications.

The company is proud to be providing full funding support for each course as part of its training and development strategy that seeks to build employee skill sets that in turn will help the business grow and improve.

Upon completion of the corresponding course, Mark and Ben will both achieve chartered status, a standing that is well regarded within the industry and to wider clients.

Chris Boden-Hook (Managing Director) commented ‘Competition for talent is growing and in today’s challenging environment it is vital that all employees feel valued and supported. To that extent, Wright Engineering encourages its employees to improve their skills and qualifications and develop their prospects for onward career progression with the company. We have a well-earned reputation for investment in people and I am delighted that Mark and Ben have committed to the next stage of their personal development journey which will no doubt benefit the business and its client base’

We wish Mark and Ben every success with their studies!

British Sugar Ducting Project

Wright Engineering is pleased to announce that it has completed its first project for British Sugar plc at its factory located in Cantley.

British Sugar (part of Associated British Foods plc) is the leading producer of sugar for the British and Irish food and beverage markets, processing circa 8 million tonnes of sugar beet and producing up to 1.4 million tonnes of sugar each year. It has invested over £250 million to improve its manufacturing plants in the past five years.

The tender process was both rigorous and fiercely competitive and because of the complexity of the works, supplier procurement was not price driven. The company was thrilled when it was awarded the high-value contract on the basis of its technical expertise, outstanding health and safety record and resource capability.

The project was led by Matthew Boden-Hook (Project Manager) and involved the removal of 200m of flu gas ducting and insulation, the survey and re-engineering of ‘Area 1’, manufacture and installation of flu gas ducting in high grade carbon steel complete with 15mm of external lagging, design check and supply of expansion joints and final compliance and smoke testing. All fabrication work was done in-house.

Due to the seasonal nature of its business, British Sugar required the works to be completed in accordance with a strict deadline. Wright Engineering received a contractual bonus payment for its performance against critical milestone dates.

Chris Boden-Hook (Managing Director) commented ‘Wright Engineering continues to demonstrate its ability to execute complex and time sensitive projects for major companies. I understand that the work was challenging so full credit to Matthew and his team who have done an excellent job. British Sugar is delighted with the upgraded ducting system and the manner in which the company conducted itself during every stage of the contract. We very much look forward to working with British Sugar again in the future should such an opportunity arise.

Apprentice Recruitment

Wright Engineering is delighted to welcome Nathan Fores (17), James Maddock (16) and Adam Miller (18) who have recently joined the company as apprentices.

The company received hundreds of applications for its apprenticeship scheme and whilst it was initially intent on recruiting one apprentice, the quality and enthusiasm displayed by the trio during the process resulted in the company shifting its recruitment position.  

Nathan is training to become a Project Engineer and James and Adam are both training to become Design Engineers. The trio will obtain practical work experience in their related departments and complete placements in other areas of the business to give a rounded view of how the company operates and the different departments interact.

In addition, the trio will attend Sheffield College over the next four years and undertake the Engineering Technical Apprenticeship course. Following successful completion, the trio will continue onto higher education in order to obtain an HNC, HND and finally, a degree in engineering or a related discipline.

Chris Boden-Hook (Managing Director) said ‘Wright Engineering is always on the lookout for high quality candidates at all levels to bolster its existing team. I am very pleased that Nathan, James and Adam have joined the company during this recent recruitment drive. There is in fact another engineering apprentice scheduled to join next year. The company continues to go from strength to strength and along with existing works, has several new major projects in the pipeline. As such, it is really important that succession planning and workforce investment remains at the forefront of our business strategy’.

New Electrostatic Painting System

Wright Engineering has invested in the latest electrostatic painting system for its spray shop, located at its headquarters in Worksop.

Electrostatic painting is a process of using a magnetic field to apply to metals and various types of plastics. It is based on the principle that “opposites attract”. The object to be painted is given a negative charge, and the paint is given a positive charge. The paint is then atomised through a special round revolving nozzle. The object attracts the paint – it is not sprayed on, instead it is plated on. The result is a durable, smooth and hard paint finish that is superior to conventional painting methods.

The process is both efficient and environmentally friendly. Indeed, there is a 98% rate of paint transfer to the object that is being sprayed. As such, there is practically no overspray meaning less paint particles are released into the air. The result is an improvement in air quality and a safer working environment.

Staff have been given comprehensive training on the new process which is now in full operation and has been utilised on several contracts in recent weeks.

Chris Boden-Hook (Managing Director) commented “Utilising an electrostatic paint process provides an excellent finish quality and a very high transfer efficiency leading to cost savings for paint, faster production times and less clean-up. It is important that we continue to invest in systems that will move the business forward and demonstrate to our clients that we can offer the very best services.”

Lily Mae Foundation

Wright Engineering employees attended the annual Lily Mae Foundation Charity Golf Day and Dinner Dance on 26 April 2019 at the Belfry Hotel and Resort. The company also provided a prize for the raffle/auction.

The Lily Mae Foundation is a charity that was formed in 2010 by Ryan and Amy Jackson following the loss of their daughter. It provides much needed support to parents and families that have lost a baby to stillbirth, neonatal death or medical termination.

The event was an overwhelming success, raising a grand total of £24,500.00 (the best year to date!).

The money will be used to provide a further 300 memory boxes to local hospitals in support of bereaved parents and their families as well as helping to fund a new 1 to 1 Babyloss Support Service.

Wright Engineering is proud to support the important work that the Lily Mae Foundation performs, and it looks forward to attending next year’s event.

For further information and to donate:

https://www.lilymaefoundation.org/donate-now/

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’.

New Graduate Hire – Ben Doxey

Wright Engineering is delighted to welcome Ben Doxey who joins the company as a Graduate Sales Engineer.

Ben is currently employed on a part time basis whilst he studies towards a degree in Product Design Engineering but will join the company full time following successful completion of the course in May 2019.

The company received hundreds of applications from prospective graduates and the recruitment process was demanding. Ben was successful at securing the position due to his enthusiasm for engineering coupled with his impressive work portfolio and references.

Chris Boden-Hook (Managing Director) commented ‘We make sure that our graduates get the best possible starts to their careers and have access to the learning development and experiences they need to progress. Ben will work closely with our Sales Director (who also joined as a graduate) and be involved with a wide range of projects and clients from an early stage. It is certainly an exciting time to join Wright Engineering and we are very pleased that Ben is now part of our growing team’.

Outside of work, Ben enjoys playing rugby and has captained teams at county and professional level.

Mediright – New Commercial Premises

Due to the sustained growth of Wright Engineering and Mediright Corporate Healthcare (part of the Wright Group of Companies), Mediright has relocated its business operation to new commercial premises, located little over a mile away from the Group HQ (and opposite another group company – Wright Demolition) in Worksop, Nottinghamshire.

Mediright provides health related services to businesses including an employee entry medical, drug and alcohol testing, vison testing, on-site health surveillance, wellbeing and screening, sickness absence management and spirometry.

The new premises have self-contained screening rooms, improved garage capacity for the fleet of Mediright screening vehicles and additional parking for client employees attending for screening. Indeed, the move considerably increases Mediright’s operational and storage capacity and will allow for further expansion in the future.

The move has also given Wright Engineering much needed space to accommodate several new employees across all departments and expand its drawing office, thus boosting its design capabilities.

Stewart Wright (Chairman of the Wright Group) commented ‘The Group’s business performance levels are excellent. The Managing Directors of each company and their respective management teams should be proud of their achievements. There has been significant financial investment in the Group HQ in recent years to provide the best facilities for its companies to succeed and flourish. However, we had simply run out of space. The new premises became available at precisely the right time and it was too good of an opportunity to miss out on. The move means that Wright Engineering and Mediright can continue to grow and create even more new jobs going forward’.

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”.

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