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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Women in Engineering

Keighley Laboratories Limited joined other local engineering companies in a recent event to promote engineering as a career choice for young girls.

Girls ages 14 to 17 attended an engineering information day hosted by GESIPA® GB- Kei.  Debbie Mellor, Managing Director, gave a presentation on the heat treatment and metallurgical testing work undertaken by Keighley Laboratories.  Other female engineers participating were from GESIPA, who produce rivets and fasteners for the automotive industry, Produmax who undertake precision engineering for the aerospace sector and DePuy Synthes who specialise in medical engineering.

The event included hands-on workshops, a factory tour and a session for parents to help them understand engineering as a career choice for their daughters.

Debbie Mellor said, “Engineering offers a fascinating and varied career.  I want more young girls to consider engineering as a real option and events like this will help to inspire them in their choices.”

Women in Engineering presentation

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Keighley Laboratories extends scope of Nadcap approvals

Keighley Laboratories Limited is delighted to have achieved Nadcap recognition for their commitment to continual improvement in aerospace quality.

Technical Services team celebrating the Nadcap Accreditation expansion

Tim Clegg, Quality Manager at Keighley Labs explained,

“We have extended our prestigious MTL Nadcap accreditation scope by adding Chemical Analysis, Alpha Case and Nitride Depth Determinations, and Compression Testing to our growing list of scopes.  2017 has been a successful year when we’ve also added Nadcap to our Heat Treatment department.”

The accreditation process included an intensive six day technical audit involving all the Material Testing Laboratory employees to varying degrees.  Mr Clegg continued,

“It was a great all-round effort by our Technical Services team and their involvement in increasing the accreditation scope has resulted in this achievement for the company.

“The Nadcap accreditation demonstrates our ongoing commitment to quality by satisfying customer requirements and industry specifications.  It enables us to support our prime approvals and aerospace customers including Rolls-Royce, Airbus, Bombardier, British Aerospace and Safran.”

“Achieving Nadcap accreditation is not easy,” said Joe Pinto, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the Performance Review Institute, responsible for overseeing Nadcap.

“It is one of the ways in which the aerospace industry identifies those who excel at manufacturing quality product through superior special processes. Keighley Laboratories worked hard to obtain this status and they should be justifiably proud of it.”

To see the full range of Accreditations held by Keighley Laboratories Limited click below:

Accreditations and approvals

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