Jamie Pennington recently joined Inductelec as a Graduate Trainee. His area of academic expertise is in complex heat treatment of stainless steel. He brings to Inductelec a huge amount of expertise in general heat treatment, hardening and tempering. He also brings to us general metallurgical knowledge which complements our extensive experience of induction heating and related applications. After studying Physical Sciences with the Open University Jamie joined the University of Sheffield in 2012 to undertake his MSc (Eng) in Environmental and Energy Engineering in the Chemical and Biological Engineering department.
Jamie stated “My MSc (Eng) research project focused on the development of composite carbon electrodes in electrochemical supercapacitors for energy storage applications. During the course of this research I became extremely interested in the materials science underpinning the production of large micro-scale surface areas on activated carbon particles to increase energy and power density. After graduating in 2013 and receiving the departmental prize for best Masters research project I joined the Advanced Metallic Systems Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in the Materials Science and Engineering Department to broaden my understanding and appreciation of the fundamental and enabling role materials science plays in engineering applications and technological development.”
As part of the investment plan for 2017 we are pleased to announce that we have invested in three CNC Router Machines at our modern facility in Sheffield. This capital investment project allowed for direct control over mechanical component lead times for our systems and very high degrees of flexibility in our manufacture so our customers avoid having to pay such high costs. We are impressed with the technology and capabilities of the CNC routing machines and can already see the benefits across many areas of our production process.
The purchase of the CNC Routing equipment has also led to the securing of our supply lines on projects whereby we now have capabilities and capacity in house. The increase in capacity also allows for a scaling up of production when required or a shortening of lead times. Cost control has improved significantly with savings identified within this part of our project process. Quality control is also enhanced with a shorter inspection process. We also have the ability for rapid prototyping for agile manufacturing and more complex component manufacture. The total capital investment was in excess of £40,000.
Inductelec is now part of the Altek Europe Group after a successful merger has recently been completed. The union of both companies provides a powerful platform to operate on a global basis in the Induction Heating market sector. The merger sees Inductelec expand significantly in resources and capabilities with three modern manufacturing facilities around the world with in excess of 100 staff members.
ALTEK is a technology-based company with specialist expertise and experience in the design, manufacture and installation of aluminium dross and scrap processing systems. Their engineers have, between them, over 200 years of international experience in developing and refining solutions to dross and scrap recycling and induction heating. Combined with Inductelec we are a unique skill resource for our worldwide customers.
Inductelec is pleased to announce the completion of a major software application investment for our business processes. Over the last 12 months we have invested in excess of £125,000 and substantial resources into the project over the same time period. We are now up and running with the new software which is 100% integrated into our business processes and business systems. All of our staff have successfully completed their training with super users in place as process champions. We continue to offer expert modelled coupled electromagnetic and fluid dynamic systems using the full ANSYS suite. This solves very complex induction heating problems and also assists with ongoing product development particularly in the area of reliability and efficiency.
Ansys takes simulation-driven product development and engineering simulation to another level. The unequalled depth and breadth of this software coupled with its unmatched engineered scalability, comprehensive multiphysics foundation and adaptive architecture sets it apart from other CAE (Computer-aided engineering) tools. These ANSYS advantages add value to the engineering design process by delivering efficiency, driving innovation and reducing physical constraints, enabling simulated tests that might not be possible otherwise.
Inductelec welcomes new Business Development Manager Paul Evans. He is looking forward to the role and knows the induction heating industry very well with many years in the sector. Paul states “I have been known as "the hunter", as I favour a pro-active approach to making sales. For me, it’s about working hard and making opportunities happen. In a world of digital communication, websites and automation it is easy to forget that decisions are still made by real people. That's why I really like to talk with customers, bridge that gap, and get to the heart of what they really need to help them achieve. Inductelec offer in-house solutions for all things induction, I just have to find those customers who will benefit from everything we have to offer.”
New business development and customer relationship management for the Inductelec range of products and services, liaising with clients to determine business requirements to develop bespoke heating without the flame solutions, including Induction heating equipment for brazing, hardening, shrink fitting, pre-PWHT Coil Design, Manufacture and Refurbishment, Panel Wiring and Batch Work Machining. Paul is a seasoned, committed professional business development manager with a proven track record in numerous industries. Specialities include cold calling, tele sales and managing existing accounts, being comfortable and confident presenting, negotiating and selling at all levels.