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We’ve been working hard over the last few months to update our brand to better reflect the determined personality and exacting standards of our world-class scientific and engineering teams.
Alongside our rebrand, Phillips Kiln Services Europe (PKSE) is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of British Rema and the company has changed its name to British Rema Rotary Engineering Ltd.
We have taken this opportunity to unite our three divisions under one common operating brand to convey their shared ethos, values and standards, which are expressed in our new informative and accessible group website.
Our completely new and improved look, feel and direction builds on our recent growth in new markets and territories whilst reflecting over 90 years of heritage. It also provides us with a platform to showcase our years of hard-earned experience and continued commitment to sector-leading levels of customer service.
British Rema has installed a new generation of its rotary classifier impact mill (CLM) at its processing facility in Chesterfield, UK, increasing capacity by 33%.
Once processed, the polymer material is used as an ingredient within composites manufacturing and is used in many applications ranging from aerospace to renewable energy generation.
The new CLM equipment incorporates a high-level control system to enable greater process control, reducing variability and enabling greater stability in production. A SCADA data acquisition system is also integrated, allowing the operation to be monitored remotely and in real-time through a variety of graphical and numerical data points. This enables optimisation of the milling system’s efficiency and capacity and identification of any potential problem points within the process and system.
Simon Abbott, general manager of British Rema’s Processing division, commented, “In response to our aerospace customers’ demands for process controls and product traceability, our long-term plan is to roll out this technology across the whole of the processing facility to ensure tighter quality controls. This data-driven programme of continuous improvement will benefit all our contract processing customers.”
British Rema’s Process Equipment engineering team are currently working on replicating the design and build of a similar CLM plant incorporating the SCADA system for installation at one of our customer’s facilities overseas.
Following a successful tendering process, British Rema Process Equipment was recently awarded a €1.65 million contract to deliver an aluminium hydroxide milling and classification plant installed at Tulcea, Romania.
The plant, commissioned in January 2019, incorporates British Rema’s ball milling and classification technologies to enable the material to be processed at a variety of particle sizes, ranging from 10 to 150 microns, at a throughput of six tonnes per hour.
This project is designed to support the client’s R&D programmes for new market opportunities associated with aluminium hydroxide technology and has benefited from funding granted by the Ministry of European Funds, Romania.
Edita Stubbs has been appointed to the new role of Production Manager of British Rema’s contract processing division.
Edita brings to the company extensive production experience gained during 20 years as a production manager in international food companies. She will report to Simon Abbott, general manager, and has responsibility for production activities, continuing to ensure clients’ requirements are met.
Her knowledge and experience of fast-paced production lines operating to GMP quality standards fits well with the company’s focus on continuous improvement of 5S-based ‘quality by design’ methods.
To support the new team structure, Ian Holmes has been promoted to the newly created position of Senior Team Leader.
Following 14 years working as an equipment operator and shift leader, Ian is well placed to take on this role. He is a highly valued member of the Processing team and has been instrumental in supporting the company’s key customers and growth over the last few years.
Following successful trials, British Rema is now micronising coating ingredients for an international Pharmaceutical coatings company.
British Rema was approached to mill a multi-component material to a tightly controlled particle size distribution requiring a maximum particle size of less than 30 microns. Such a demanding specification is essential for controlling the release rate of the active ingredients.
Richard Mellor, the technical and quality manager at British Rema commented, “We are excited to be working on this project with a new customer. Once again, we have been able to demonstrate our expertise in powder processing and our ability to adhere to exacting particle sizes and quality standards.”