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Compressed air specialist BOGE has raised the status of distributor Wessex Compressors to Platinum Partner, celebrating the high level of business with BOGE and standards of service and technical support it has provided for its customers. BOGE Compressors awards this

status only to its most prestigious distributors, recognising the importance of the relationship between both parties. “We enjoy working with BOGE and are delighted to be awarded Platinum

Partner status,” says Dave Whetlor, managing director, Wessex Compressors. “BOGE offers an exceptional level of quality in all manufactured units that our customers always recognise. We were originally appointed as a BOGE distributor in 1994 and the quality of BOGE’s compressors coupled with the quality of our after sales support remains a powerful package.” BOGE’s Partnership Programme

rewards its dedicated partners through a points system that gives

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With assistance from UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) Wallwork Cast Alloys has initiated an export campaign aimed at Scandinavia and Northern Europe. Products include base grids and pan castings that enable aerospace and engineering components to be loaded/unloaded from treatment furnaces used in hot process industries. “As a thermal processor for advanced applications we produce temperature resisting castings both for our own use and for commercial sale,” explains technical director Peter Carpenter. “Our experience as

a user informs our understanding of end user problems so we have been able to develop products that are lighter and stronger than other furnace furniture. Heat treatment is a capital intensive and competitive industry. Using castings with lower mass improves furnace cycle times; greater endurance improves margin and reduces the stock of pans and base grids needed.” The Wallwork foundry operates

an ISO9000 quality system. The company has proven products for most popular heat processing furnaces including Ipsen, Wild

Barfield, Seco Warwick and Wellman. A design and pattern making service is available where customised castings are required. The company produces furnace furniture up to 80/20 nickel/ chrome castings that can operate up to 1250 degrees C. “Initial research indicates there is

a market in northern Europe for our niche product so we will proceed to the next phase of identifying hot process manufacturers,” concludes Carpenter.


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which you will have noticed has undergone a bit of a spring clean. A fresh look but still the usual feature-rich content including systems and tools to ensure your industrial facility is both safe and productive. We preview Drives & Controls

and leading UK machinery event MACH which both promise the latest innovations and developments for manufacturers. According to a new report UK industry lacks inspiration and apprenticeships are vital to bring in new blood that will also go some way to solving the skills shortage.

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Pennine Pneumatic Services (PPS) has won Atlas Copco Compressors’ Distributor of the Year Award 201 for successfully exceeding its sales targets for the year, achieving recession-busting sales of Atlas Copco products topping £1m. An authorised premier Atlas

Copco Compressors distributor for more than 20 years, PPS specialises in the design, supply, installation and after sales service of industrial and automotive compressed air systems to customers in Yorkshire and across the UK. “PPS moved the boundaries with

their performance in 2013, during which they surpassed expectations for compressor sales in what is a very competitive marketplace," comments Paul Clark, business line manager of Atlas Copco’s industrial air division. "Managing director Gary


Whitaker, sales director Leighton Harris and the highly experienced team at PPS are totally committed to sales and service; this combined with their keen understanding of customers’ needs in the local area has contributed to winning this well-deserved accolade.” The company’s dedicated energy

audit department carries out full- site air audits and leak surveys using the latest Atlas Copco iiTrak loggers to help its customers reduce energy consumption and save on bills. “Stocking Atlas Copco compressor

units, quality air products and spare parts directly contributed to us achieving this award as we are able to anticipate and meet the needs of customers quickly and effectively," explains Whitaker. " FACTORY EQUIPMENT | MARCH 2014

Polyflex Ultra, Grip It Oil and Grip It Oil C5 gloves feature a nitrile coating that allows for maximum grip in wet and dry conditions. Bodyguards GH100 is an extremely tactile glove making it perfect for precision work; durable, it provides good abrasion and tear resistance. Finite HD is a nitrile powder-free disposable glove that can be used as a heavy duty disposable or a lightweight re-usable glove. It has textured fingertips for improved grip and an extra-long cuff for increased protection.

As part of continued expansion in the global precision motion and automation systems arena Aerotech, high technology mechatronic motion products designer and manufacturer has relocated its UK subsidiary to a new and larger facility in Ramsdell. With additional space for offices, operational logistics and customer demonstration, training and conferencing, the well-equipped 500 m2 building will allow Aerotech to build upon and enhance its position as a premier motion system supplier to the UK and Europe.

For the first time machinery manufacturers in the UK can apply for the TÜV SÜD Octagon Mark to prove that their machines fulfil safety and quality requirements. Certified machines are tested by TÜV SÜD’s independent laboratories while manufacturing facilities are audited annually to ensure consistency in quality. UK manufacturers will be able to use it to gain a competitive advantage through additional proof that their machines comply while offering purchasers assurance that machines displaying the mark are safe, reliable and compliant.

dealers exclusive benefits, attractive premiums and additional discounts. As a Platinum Partner Wessex

Compressors will receive more favourable terms of trading including additional technical support from BOGE that will improve yet further the quality of service for local customers. The programme is open to any distributor that sets up a myBOGE account online and meets the membership criteria.

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