Bearing training tailored to suit customer needs

Schaeffler UK has released its new technical training course programme for 2015. Courses offered include one, two and three-day training for managers, engineers and technicians involved in the selection, operation and maintenance of rolling bearings, as well as condition monitoring, vibration analysis, bearing failure analysis and mounting of rolling bearings. Courses can also be tailored to meet customer’s precise requirements.     Schaeffler UK offers a broad mix of training courses at basic and advanced levels to suit all delegates’ skill levels. Courses include: introduction to rolling bearings; rolling bearing technology; rolling bearing lubrication; rolling bearing failure analysis; rolling bearing mounting; bearings for electric motors; introduction to condition monitoring; vibration analysis (Levels 1 and 2); and Detector III (Schaeffler’s handheld vibration monitoring device).  Training is delivered by qualified Schaeffler engineers with many years’ experience in the design, application and operation of rolling element bearings. Schaeffler specialists in vibration analysis and condition monitoring also provide support and share their technical expertise with course delegates. Dr Steve Lacey, Engineering Manager at Schaeffler UK commented: “The content of our training courses is continually updated in order to reflect the latest developments in rolling bearing technology and condition monitoring. In addition, customers are not restricted to the published programme of courses. While we provide standard modules for ease of selection, we are happy to discuss the customer’s requirements and tailor the course accordingly. For example, we can provide a combined course that includes content from rolling bearing technology, rolling bearing lubrication and bearing failure analysis modules, rolled into one bespoke course.”  Training courses are held either at the UK Schaeffler Technology Centre in...

YES – The latest initiative from igus designed to support UK colleges and universities

A world leading expert in the design and manufacturing of polymer bearings, linear guides and e-chains, igus has developed the Young Engineers Support (YES) programme in order to share its extensive knowledge with engineering students and lecturers across various UK colleges and universities. The initiative aims to provide students and lecturers with free product samples and reference materials tailored to their needs – for lectures, presentations and projects – whilst offering them the opportunity for sponsorship and to talk to igus’ specialists. UBRacing is the latest student project to receive the support of igus’ YES initiative. The team, that comprises mechanical engineering undergraduate students at The University Of Birmingham, will challenge universities from all over the world at Formula Student 2014, taking place at Silverstone race track, later this year. James Waterhouse, a member from UBRacing, commented: “igus has offered great support to our project and has been generous enough to provide us with free samples of bearings to fit in the steering rack of our racing car”. UBRacing – one of the oldest formula student teams in the UK – has been very keen on receiving the YES support from igus: “igus was very quick in getting back to us and delivering the bearing samples we needed for our car” comments Mr. Waterhouse. Thanks to YES, the team has had the unique opportunity to equip their racing car with igus’ state-of-the-art light-weight, self-lubricating and easy-to-fit plastic bearings. In addition, igus’ stock bar has allowed the young engineers from UBRacing to easily machine custom bearings to suit the car design. Besides UBRacing, igus’ YES initiative has, over the years,...

Lack of training for quality-control professionals risks increasing skills gap according to latest survey

Survey of over 200 quality professionals reveals half of professionals in the industry are not benefitting from training budgets   Just 47 per cent of quality control professionals said they were offered training and development opportunities, despite 92 per cent of employers claiming they pay for training 50 per cent of employees do not feel secure in their role Less than 50 per cent of quality control professionals are aware of training and development opportunities, despite 92 per cent of employers saying that training budgets are available, according to a new survey from JAM Recruitment. The survey, which questioned over 200 quality professionals and a number of key employers, also revealed that 50 per cent of employees do not feel secure in their role, despite employers showing a return of confidence the industry. Almost nine out of 10 employers feel confident about the year ahead compared with just 66 per cent surveyed this time last year. 52 per cent saw no increase in salary in the last 12 months and 70 per cent received no bonus However, pay increases and bonuses for employees remain scarce, with 52 per cent saying their salary has remained unchanged in 12 months and 70 per cent saying they received no bonus. Lee Cartney, team manager – quality and manufacturing at JAM Recruitment, said: “While the return of confidence to employers revealed by results is encouraging, it is worrying that this is not being reflected in employees’ sentiments. “As the market outlook improves, we are likely to see demand for skills in quality increase, and those businesses that don’t do enough to retain their...

Brammer takes the lead in training

Brammer, the UK’s leading supplier of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) products, has once again demonstrated its commitment to the UK manufacturing sector through a major £500,000 investment in a dedicated training facility aimed at helping its employees optimise added value for its nationwide customer base. The training centre, strategically located at Brammer’s National Distribution Centre in Wolverhampton, comprises a classroom area, product training zone, and ‘break-out’ area for informal discussions and problem-solving. The company has a strong track record in training and development – a commitment endorsed through its annual customer surveys – but the creation of the new facility marks the beginning of a new chapter in Brammer’s continuous improvement in this area. Ian Wearne, Head of Training & Development for Brammer UK, explained: “In order to add maximum value for our customers – our key business goal – we realise that we have to optimise our understanding of the issues and challenges they face, whether these be technical or more business-led. “While our nationwide team of close to 900 people boasts a vast array of knowledge gleaned from more than 9,000 years of experience, it’s vital that we ensure our understanding of our customers’ operations – and the multiple ways in which we can add value to them through our unrivalled product and service offering – is second to none. “Ultimately our aim is to grow our business further but we will only do that by being able to operate in true partnership with our customers, so all the training is geared to meeting the real business needs facing those customers and maximising our ability to...

Control Techniques continues to Support Contship Italia’s Portolab project

Control Techniques is continuing to support Contship Italia’s ongoing Portolab project, which is designed to teach children aged between 7 and 12 about the port and container industry. Portolab was started in 2007 and includes cooperation with over 110 institutes in Italy across all the city ports where Contship Italia holds investments. It has attracted more than 30,000 children and each year the project donates 10,000 free copies of the Contship school diary to students and schools. Control Techniques has supported the project since it began and this year renews its endorsement to ensure its continued success. Gianbattista Dubini, Director of Marketing for Cranes at Control Techniques, says: “Portolab is a fantastic project which allows children to directly experience all aspects of life inside a container port. As container ports are usually not open to the public this is a highly unusual opportunity for them. The port and container industry is central to the economy and it is really important that children are able to learn about it. “I think it is fantastic that Contship Italia works so hard to support the local communities around the ports where it operates, and I am very pleased that Control Techniques is able to support the Portolab project.”   Daniele Testi, Marketing and Corporate Image Director at Contship Italia, says: “Everyone at Contship Italia is extremely proud of the Portolab project. It is really important that we do everything we can to support the communities that are based around our ports, and also that we do everything we can to educate the public about our business.  Control Techniques is one of the...
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