Ian Mercer – Works Foreman
From across the Pennines, Ian Mercer joins the expanding North Dean team as Works Foreman. Ian’s 20 year’s proficiency within the engineering and manufacturing sector will enhance efficiency and streamline production. Andrew Firth, Director explains; ‘Experienced leaders are like gold dust. Ian will oversee all the day to day running of the shop floor, managing the staff and planning jobs. We look forward to a long successful working relationship and wish Ian all the best in his new role.’
Another new appointment within the production staff is Aidan Ozanne. After working for his family run business, fresh faced Aidan joins the team as Fabricator/Welder. He decided to spread his wings to gain a more diverse knowledge in engineering.
North Dean Engineering Ltd is now a Full Member of PICS Auditing. The renowned prequalification company ensures that potential contractors are improving contractor safety and sustainability. Andrew Firth, Director of North Dean Engineering says, “Companies can never be too safe when it comes to pre-employment screening, contractor acquisitions and assessments. North Dean’s commitment into maintaining the highest standards of working practices is confirmed by our continuing compliance for our employees, clients and recording process. Being a member will give our valued customers the assurance that our company is trustworthy and will supply and implement procedures to their standards’.
As part of our continuing growth and development within the industry, Simeon Riach is now qualified as our Responsible Welding Co-ordinator (RWC).
The aim of the role is to ensure that all welding operations carried out are executed in a manner which meet the requirements set by The Construction Products Regulations. This can be in material, weld process, material thickness, filler material and weld position to the customers own specification.
Simeon stated: “We are proud to be working towards the CE Mark for our products. North Dean is aiming to give our customers a product of the highest standard. Having the RWC qualification will ensure that all our product range is in accordance with BS EN ISO 3834 which will enable us to control our welding quality management system.”
North Dean Engineering’s commitment to training and progression within the trade is monitored continuously. As part of our vision, we will continue to resource the highest level of knowledge, skills, experience and strengths in our people.
In partnership with Huddersfield University, Malik Waqas joins our team on a year’s placement. The engineering student is supported by our technical team in designing drawings. The role will enable him to learn more about the basics of engineering from shop floor work to being out on site. Passing knowledge on as to what type of material, the standards required and being involved with customers and suppliers will assist in the overall understanding of a very varied business.
Andrew Firth, Director says: “As part of our ongoing investment into the future growth of our company and working within our community, we are pleased that we have formed a partnership with Huddersfield University to promote the development of our future generation.”
At North Dean we pride ourselves on continuously implementing improved quality and service. We have successfully achieved the ISO 9001:2008 certification, again demonstrating that we have defined our procedures and followed them with the aid of a quality management system.
This globally renowned award for quality management is an international standard, used world-wide as a benchmark for quality. With this in place we can ensure consistency and improvements are met to the highest level of customer satisfaction.
Obtaining this certification means we have, yet again, shown our dedication to provide a high quality service and to continuously work on improving our systems and processes.
Working to efficient codes of practice and focusing on our business objectives has given our team further resources to provide quality customer satisfaction. Reducing our overall costs and time not only benefits our customers but saves them money too.
North Dean have supplied a 6m x 2m – 2 deck screen to a Yorkshire based company for the processing of sand and gravel for the UK market. The screen was supplied with thermally stress relieved deck frames & side plates and with a two bearing grease lubrication drive assembly supported on coil springs. The media supplied was of panel / wedge type polyurethane panels for easy change over in areas affected by high wear. The deck frame members were also covered with polyurethane cap pings.
Old Deck Screen
New Deck Screen
As part of our ongoing commitment to Health & Safety, we are currently training our personnel for the acquirement of CSCS skill cards, this is in addition to the Passport to Safety quarry cards that the majority of our staff already have.
Having already previously supplied HNC Ltd with three mild steel bed frames, we have just completed another order to supply a further bed frame to HNC’s own design. We supplied quality materials for the manufacture and fabricated the bed at our Hipperholme factory by our skilled staff. Following on from welding, the bed was then thermally stress relieved to reduce the risk of movement during the machining operation. Thermal stress relieving at 550°C removes the stress from components which build up during the welding process. The bed was finally shot blasted, prime painted and delivered to HNC’s machining company.