Double Success for Keighley Laboratories

Having one accreditation assessment is a stressful time for any business but Keighley Laboratories Limited is proud to have successfully completed two assessments just two weeks apart.

The Heat Treatment division of Keighley Labs first underwent an intensive, week long assessment from BSI, successfully transitioning to AS9100 Rev D / ISO 9001:2015.  This revised standard focusses on quality and continuous improvement being at the heart of the business.

Debbie Mellor, Managing Director explained,

“The assessment results from BSI provide reassurance that the company is robust and focused on continual improvement.  The assurance marks demonstrate to our customers that we are committed to best practice and delivering value to them.”

Just days after the successful completion of the BSI audit, the assessors from Nadcap’s Performance Review Institute arrived in Keighley to conduct a demanding four day audit for the Heat Treatment Nitriding process.

Joe Pinto, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the PRI said,

“Congratulations to Keighley Laboratories Limited on successfully passing what may be aerospace industry’s most stringent process capability assessment audit.  Nadcap audit criteria are widely acknowledged to be hard to meet and companies who succeed at doing so rightfully deserve recognition.”

Mrs Mellor continued,

“It was a challenging time moving from BSI transition to the Nadcap audit in such a short timescale.  The quality and production teams showed great dedication, commitment and perseverance to enable successful outcomes for both assessments”.

PHOTOGRAPH by Adam Marsden – shows Debbie Mellor, Managing Director, with members of the Quality and Heat Treatment production teams

FOR MORE INFORMATION contact Celia Duxbury, PA to MD, on 01535 664211 ext 130 or by email to cduxbury@keighleylabs.co.uk

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Advanced Engineering 2018

Keighley Laboratories Limited will be exhibiting at the Advanced Engineering Show at NEC, Birmingham on 31st October and 1st November 2018.

Our nationally and internationally recognised quality assurance certification and approvals are essential in providing you and your customers with the confidence and knowledge that your metallurgical components are fit for purpose.

Come and discover how our independent BSI and Nadcap accredited Heat Treatment facilities, together with our UKAS 17025 and Nadcap accredited Testing Services can make Keighley Laboratories your trusted metallurgical partner. As a convenient one-stop solution provider, we offer a vast range of metallurgical services and heat treatments on one site.

Click Here to pre-book an appointment with one of our experts at the show

Click here to register for the show

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Michael Retires After 49 Years’ Service

Keighley Laboratories has said a fond farewell to one of its longest serving employees.

Michael Emmott started his career at Keighley Labs in 1969 when he was employed as Trainee Inspector within the Heat Treatment division.  He also worked for a time in the Machine Shop and in Technical Services, providing him with a good all round knowledge of the business.

Keighley Labs supported Michael’s training as he progressed to gain qualifications in Engineering T6, City & Guilds 730 and a Maths and Computing Degree in the late 1980’s

Michael worked for 10 years as the Nightshift Supervisor in Heat Treatment, but a back injury lead to a move over to the planning team where his responsibilities included providing estimates and quotes for customers.  It was this role that highlighted Michael’s talent for building good business relationships and so he moved to Sales and Business Development, becoming HT Commercial Director in 2013.

Looking back over his long career, Michael considers his biggest achievement to be negotiating and winning a large overseas contract which required Keighley Labs to expand with the installation of three additional furnaces.

Following a leaving lunch with Directors, Michael said he will miss his colleagues, the travelling and opportunities to meet people.   He will also miss the challenges brought by the cut and thrust of business.

We wish Michael a happy and healthy retirement.  His humour and knowledge will be missed by many of his colleagues and customers.

 

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Cost Reduction and Economy of Scale: Case study

One of our clients was considering the potential cost savings of manufacturing parts overseas. They approached us to see if by working together we could keep both manufacturing and heat treatment in the UK.

Due mainly to energy and labour costs, overseas heat treatment costs were 40% lower than the UK for this range of transmission components. The client was manufacturing small bi-daily batches which we subsequently heat treated bi-daily.

On analysing the throughput, logistics, quality control and setup costs it was clear that the small batch approach was not profitable for either business.

With close co-operation and optimisation of material type and batch size production to suit furnace capacity we were able to offer heat treatment cost savings to the client of 35% on a range of products.

The batch sizes were increased between two and three times. This saved the customer setup time, and quality control, and reduced transport requirements, logistics and furnace capacity. This made the end result profitable and kept business within the UK.

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Hillhead 2018

On 26-28 June, Hillhead 2018, the world’s biggest working quarry exhibition, will be hosted near Buxton, Derbyshire.

Michael Emmott, our Divisional Commercial Director for Heat Treatment, and Mark Barron, our Business Development Manager, will be attending Hillhead on 27th June and would like to meet up with you to discuss how Keighley Laboratories Limited can best support your Metallurgical Heat Treatment, Chemical Analysis and Testing requirements.

Keighley Laboratories Limited has extensive knowledge of Heat Treating components such as gears, transmission components and parts for crushing and screening equipment.  We can provide a range of Heat Treatments including (but not limited to) Case Hardening and Induction Hardening of components to increase their wear resistance and toughness.

There are a limited number of appointment times available on 27th June. We would be delighted if you could join us for a coffee and a chat.

Please email Michael Emmott to secure an appointment.

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