Welsh Welders Win Hat-Trick

  • Coleg Cambria, from North Wales have been crowned winners of the Weld Off 2016 for the third time
  • Hosted by Morris Site Machinery and partners Speedy Services the welders aged between 16-26 years took part in a live welding competition which was themed on ‘God Save the Queen’, to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday

Students from Coleg Cambria have been crowned the best young welders in Britain for the third time at the sensational final of the national live welding competition, Weld Off 2016.

Four Coleg Cambria students from the North East Wales college took the top spot and prizes worth more than £3,000. Matthew Hughes, Gareth Phillips, Owen Fitzgibbon and Thomas Lavender wowed judges with their breath-taking replica of the Queen’s Royal Carriage, complete with gilded crown, ornate royal detailing and even a piece of red carpet inside which the Queen herself has stepped on.  

Morris Site Machinery, supplier of ArcGen Welding equipment and in association with Speedy, hosted the competition which required four finalist teams of students between the ages of 16- 26 years old from across the UK, to showcase their welding prowess. The competition comprised a Q&A round, a skills section and a creative test which challenged contestants to create an inspiring exhibition piece based on the theme of ‘God Save the Queen’.

The live competition hosted at Speedy’s National Distribution Centre in Tamworth, now in its third year, attracted some of the most talented welding students and apprentices from across the nation.

National business broadcaster, Steph McGovern, winner of ‘Young Engineer for Britain’ at just 19 years old, attended the competition as special guest, assisted the judges and provided moral support for all the contestants throughout the day.  

The national judging panel was made-up of welding specialists from across the industry including  Michael Scarrott from awarding association for industry qualifications, EAL, who was head judge; Richard Denholm, Sales Director and Welding Specialist from Morris Site Machinery, along with Mick Link from Speedy.

Phil Winnington, Managing Director at Morris Site Machinery, said: “This has been an outstanding year for the Weld-Off and it was a truly competitive atmosphere! Every year the bar is raised and we have been astounded by the level of creativity, quality and interpretation of the theme which celebrates Her Majesty at 90.

“British manufacturing is seeing a renaissance and we wanted a theme which would compliment this.  Our competition attracts and uncovers a wealth of talent and skills we have in the UK. This is something we wanted to champion and encourage more young people into engineering to ensure that Britain’s skills base and manufacturing heritage are retained as best as possible.

“Coleg Cambria continue to set the standard every year and we would like to congratulate them on their performance and achieving a hat-trick. We would also like to thank all the teams who entered and especially those who competed to make this year’s competition the best yet.”

The highly commended runners-up included apprentices from City of Wolverhampton College, who created a robust interpretation of London’s famous Tower Bridge; students from Training 2000 in Lancashire, who also took cues from the Royal Family and welded a Royal Carriage and the team from New College Durham who produced an afternoon tea setting complete with French Fancie cakes fit for the Queen and any garden party.

Jane Nugent, Marketing Director of Speedy Services, the UK’s leading tools, equipment and plant hire services company, said: “We were delighted to host the competition at our National Distribution Centre. Everyone was very impressed with the calibre and creativity of work.  The contestants’ work ethic, skill and passion really shone through and all 16 are a real credit to young people in the manufacturing and engineering sectors.

New PSE Code of Practice introduced

A new code of practice on electrical testing has been developed to ensure that hirers of portable and temporary welfare units meet their safety responsibilities.

The new document has been introduced by Portable Sanitation Europe (PSE) the trade association representing the interests of members involved in the hire and rental of on-site welfare units r portable companies, in partnership with electrical safety testing specialist Seaward.

In keeping with the main type of electrical hire equipment and facilities available from PSE members, the new guide pays particular attention to the safety needs associated with hot wash units, welfare units and luxury trailer units.

The Code of Practice provides an overview of the safety measures required for hire units that incorporate electrical accessories and appliances, along with the procedures for inspection, testing and maintenance during both pre and post hire periods.

As well as detailing the sort of testing that should typically be carried out, the document also includes advice on the role of in house and third party inspection and testing, competent persons and suitable test equipment.

To help dutyholders carry out the regular inspection and testing of portable welfare units Seaward has put together dedicated PSE test packages, comprising all the appropriate test instrumentation and accessories needed to carry out electrical testing safely and efficiently.

Details of the new Code of Practice for electrical safety testing of PS units are available from the PSE via www.pse-org.uk or from www.seaward.co.uk

SHINDAIWA SHINES A SPOTLIGHT ON ECO HYBRID LIGHTING TOWER

Wolverhampton based construction industry supplier, Shindaiwa is shining the light on the launch of its solar hybrid lighting tower that is offering customers up to £300 in fuel savings each month.

The ECO Solar Hybrid Tower is the first of its kind in the UK that is totally self-contained and requires no external charging, unlike similar solar lighting towers.  The Shindaiwa tower uses an average 1.46 litres of diesel a day and offers a running time up to 60 days on a single tank of fuel.

Ideal for the construction industry, the tower is lighter than conventional products as it has aluminium body panels and a galvanised chassis, so it’s also corrosion resistant and able to withstand the harshest environments. 

Shindaiwa managing director Andy Munford said: “We are delighted to be bringing the ECO lighting tower to the UK market.  It offers customers the best of both worlds by using the very latest in solar power and diesel hybrid technology, which in turn dramatically reduces overall carbon emissions, fossil fuel consumption and air pollution. “Initial interest has been high and we are confident the ECO tower will be a welcome addition to our product range that includes Shindaiwa welders and generators.”

The ECO tower features seven ultra bright LED lamps that can be used for eight hours before the need to recharge.  The twin cylinder Kubota diesel engine automatically charges the batteries in just over an hour and is programmed to run at specific times of the day, guaranteeing silent mode at night.

Shindaiwa has been manufacturing welder generators for over 40 years and launched in the UK and Eire in 2010.  Its products offer exceptional welding power, Super-Silent technology and unfailing strength.  The ECO tower is the latest product to be introduced to the UK market by Shindaiwa.

For more information please visit www.shindaiwaweldergenerators.co.uk

Leading independent hirer takes over as hire association chairman

 

Andy Martin, Managing Director of Martin Plant Hire, is the new Chairman of HAE EHA, taking over from Adrian Watts from Hirebase. Andy leads a long established independent plant and tool hire business with 12 depots in Scotland.

Speaking about his new role, Andy said; "It is a great privilege to take on the Chairmanship of HAE EHA, working with fellow board members; the wider membership and Graham and his staff team. I want to thank Adrian for his work on behalf of the hire sector and his commitment to help drive change."

He added; "I've been impressed at how HAE EHA is directly supporting members to navigate the future for the hire sector, particularly with the Hire Convention 2015 held in Loughborough this week. I am determined to see a stronger voice for independent hirers within the association and, also HAE EHA to have better information about the sector and what we are contributing as this will strengthen our influencing and awareness activities. All in all, an exciting and full agenda ahead."

Adrian Watts, the immediate past-Chairman, who succeeds Kevin McGuinness as Honorary President, said; "I wish Andy all the best in chairing the HAE EHA Board and working with Graham in speaking up for the hire sector. I am very grateful for the support of members and the association team during my time in office and to Kevin for taking on the role as President over the past four years."

 

Volvo - Willie Paterson’s Volvo EC18D is a ‘jack of all trades’

Volvo - Willie Paterson’s Volvo EC18D is a ‘jack of all trades’

The 1.8 tonne compact excavator was supplied to proprietor Willie Paterson by SMT GB’s utility dealer, Rockbreakers UK, and replaces an older EC15B which was originally purchased back in 2005. “We’ve been really pleased with the original machine and that prompted us to replace it with the enhanced EC18D with the extending tracks and two-speed travel,” says Willie. “The machine does everything we want of it on site from getting into quite restricted areas to clean out conveyor belts, breaking concrete to expose broken water mains, maintaining ditches and water courses on the property boundaries and  general ground maintenance,” he says. “We have the usual assortment of buckets. A hydraulic hammer and, more recently, we’ve added a hedge and ground cover cutter which runs off the third line.”

The Volvo EC18D features a D0.9A Volvo diesel engine that meets the latest EPA Stage-IV emission regulations. Emissions are further kept to a minimum thanks to the optional automatic idling system, which reduces engine speed to idle if the controls are inactive for more than five seconds. If the machine is left idling for longer, the engine can be automatically shut down. This then stops the hour meter, leading to longer service intervals, lower operating costs and ensuring a better resale value for the machine.

The EC18D sports a tough rear counterweight providing outstanding impact resistance and shields all vital components.  The unique high-profile design is made from a single, strong piece of cast iron that wraps around each side of the machine for superb protection. The flat, toughened glass used on the four sides of the cab guarantees that replacements can be fitted simply, quickly and expensively if damage occurs.

The robust dozer blade is equipped with a welded-on cutting edge for superior wear resistance and a durable upper lip provides added protection against damage in tough applications and excellent stiffness when using the blade as a stabiliser. The sturdy structure and the curved profile of the blade ensure outstanding performance whether dozing or back filling.

Daily service points are logically grouped under the wide-opening engine hood. With Volvo’s patented multifunctional hydraulic oil filter, filtration occurs when the tank is filled or topped up and before the oil returns back via the drain lines. A transparent bowl enables easy oil level checks and permits early detection of contamination. Both the ease and speed of inspections, together with long 50-hour greasing intervals, increases uptime and encourages essential work to be carried out, enhancing machine lifetime.

For further information visit www.volvoce.co.uk

New options for Classen aerator

Classen has announced the introduction of optional solid tines for the RA21 aerator giving the groundsman the choice of hollow or solid tines, depending on their preference for the type of work being done. The Classen RA21 reciprocating aerator is well known for its abilities to punch clean holes in tough, hardened soil without additional weights. Now the groundsman can choose to solid tine on lawn areas which, say, have a low level of compaction or perhaps need treatment during periods of hot weather. In situations where hollow tine aeration will be more beneficial, lawns more heavily compacted or amenity areas suffering from a lot of wear and tear for example, a longer lasting effect can be achieved. The tines can be quickly and easily changed to suit the work.

The RA21 is the ideal machine for getting air to the roots to promote growth, particularly after long, dry spells and is easy to use and maintain. Controls are simple and the aerator doesn’t use hydraulics to independently drive the tines, covering more turf in less time and with less fatigue for the operator. With core tines it will cover up to 26,000 sq. ft. per hour at 450 reciprocating revolutions per minute. Large, pneumatic tyres give the machine good flotation on turf. It turns much like a walk-behind mower, so there is plenty of maneuverability. For transportation there are lifting and tie-down handles, with a folding handle to save space. With a width of just 80cm the RA21 fits neatly through gates. The machine comes with a two-year professional warranty.

Schiller Grounds Care UK. 0800 840 0888 [email protected]

A postcard from Grantown-on-Spey

A new Volvo ECR58D reduced swing radius compact excavator is helping to shape an impressive enhancement to the country’s number one Top 100 caravan and holiday site located at picturesque Grantown-on-Spey in the Scottish Highlands.

Far from the hustle and bustle of urban life, a quality, landscaped park with individual plots for touring caravans, campers and static caravans has been evolving over the last 28 years into one of the most popular and successful sites voted for by over 13000 readers of Practical Caravan 2015.

In order to assist in this development, Mr Fleming has purchased a new Volvo ECR58D from Volvo’s recently appointed utility dealer for the north of Scotland – CSM Sales Ltd. “The new six tonne Volvo reduced swing radius machine is ideally sized for the tasks required around Caravan Park which include general maintenance, profiling and landscaping the immediate surroundings and more importantly, preparing the bases for the new permanent abodes.

Operator comfort and excellent access to all the service points have added to John Fleming’s appreciation of the machine; for instance the ECR58D has a comfortable, spacious cab with a wide uncluttered floor. The instrument panel provides operators with at-a-glance monitoring of all key functions and operator fatigue is reduced through easy-grip, high response joystick control levers.

Volvo Construction Equipment Division markets wheeled loaders, articulated haulers, hydraulic excavators, graders, Volvo utility and road machinery products in the U.K.

For further information, please contact Mark Gunn on 01223 251720 or visit www.volvoce.co.uk

Plantworx 2015 - New Volvo D series compact excavators pack a mighty punch!

Belying their small stature, the EC15D, EC18D and EC20D excavators from Volvo Construction Equipment are powerful machines that are easy to operate, tough and durable.

The new D-Series compact excavators from Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) – occupying the 1.5-2t weight category, feature a D0.9A Volvo diesel engine that meets the latest Tier IV final emission regulations. Emissions are further kept to a minimum thanks to the optional automatic idling system, which reduces engine speed to idle if the controls are inactive for more than five seconds. If the machine is left idling for longer, the engine can be automatically shut down. This then stops the hour meter, leading to longer service intervals, lower operating costs and ensuring a better resale value for the machine.

And that’s not all. The EC15D and EC18D, which are being shown for the first time in Great Britain at Plantworx 2015, come with a 12% increase in lifting capacity compared to the previous C models and can now be equipped with an additional rear counterweight for even greater stability. The digging equipment features a modified and re-designed boom giving further improvements to overall dig reach and depth.

The Volvo cab helps to promote high productivity from the operator. It is safe and easy to access via a wide door with three contact points or, when fitted with a canopy, using a large handrail. With superior noise and vibration insulation, excellent all-around visibility, and no extra pedals on the floor, it provides excellent operator comfort throughout the day. All controls are ergonomically placed and the large travel pedals allow the operator to easily manoeuvre the machine in tight spaces.

In addition to simple service requirements and excellent durability, the superb uptime of the D-series models is supported by their sheer versatility. The EC18D and EC20D’s undercarriage can be extended or retracted to suit jobsite requirements and a reduced width can be selected when passing through tight spaces.

Volvo Construction Equipment Division markets wheeled loaders, articulated haulers, hydraulic excavators, graders, Volvo utility equipment and Volvo road equipment products in the U.K. There are eight strategically placed customer support centres and a network of utility equipment dealers to ensure high quality customer support is maintained throughout the country.

For further information, please contact Amy Metclaffe on 01223 251720 or visit www.volvoce.co.ukBelying their small stature, the EC15D, EC18D and EC20D excavators from Volvo Construction Equipment are powerful machines that are easy to operate, tough and durable.

Spring into action with Classen

Scarify, aerate and overseed. Three spring turf treatments that are high on the agenda for turf professionals and landscape contractors as we head into spring. To meet their needs Schiller Groundscare have launched their lawncare spring ‘package’ featuring the Classen Turf Rakes, Aerators and Overseeders The Classen Turf Rake is a versatile and portable dethatcher with folding handles for easy transportation, ideal for contractors and hire operators. The flail blades adjust to five different heights and there are optional attachments for seeding and grass collection.

The benefits of aeration are clear, with the improved air exchange between the soil and the atmosphere, enhanced water uptake and getting nutrients and oxygen to the grass roots. Core removal will improve fertilisation, while reducing water runoff and puddling, leading to stronger rooting. Soil compaction is reduced and heat and drought tolerance is enhanced. The Classen Aerators are self propelled, feature operator friendly controls and are solidly built to last for professional turf care core tines reciprocate at 450 revolutions per minute, covering up to 26,000 sq ft per hour and the aerator is designed to punch cleaner holes in tough soil without additional weights.

All three of these Classen machines combine to offer the turf professional, contractors and hire operators a complete system for year-round care and maintenance and each comes with a two-year warranty.

For more information please contact Schiller Grounds Care UK on 0800 840 0888  or visit www.classen.uk.com

Thirty new Volvos for Charles Wilson Engineers Ltd

The Volvo ECR88D in particular is highly regarded in the market place for its economical use of fuel thanks to the combination of its Tier IV interim 2.6 litre engine developing 56 nett horsepower and closed centre load sensing hydraulic system for fast cycle times and smooth control. The machine offers a generous horizontal reach of 7.3 metres and a lift capacity of 960kg at full reach across the carriage. Operator comfort and excellent access to all the service points have added to the overall appreciation of the machine. The rubber-mounted cab reduces whole-body vibration, and external noise minimizing the rigors of the jobsite whilst air conditioning with well positioned vents is a standard feature. 

Charles Wilson Engineers Ltd first began trading in 1979, and since then the company has grown into a specialized supplier of non-operated plant and tools hire with an extensive network of depots located in  the South east, alongisde Birmingham, Liverpool and Bristol and Hampshire.

Volvo Construction Equipment Division markets wheeled loaders, articulated haulers, hydraulic excavators, graders, Volvo utility and road machinery products in the U.K. There are eight strategically placed customer support centres and a network of utility dealers to ensure high quality customer support is maintained throughout Great Britain.

For further information, please contact Mark Gunn on 01223 251720 or visit www.volvoce.co.uk

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