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Rotary engineering expands its activities into China

October 2019

Following recent projects in Jordan, Oman, Egypt, Philippines, Iraq, Kazakhstan and the UAE, our rotary engineering division has now successfully completed major projects in China – continuing British Rema’s expansion into new and exciting markets.

The foundation for entering the Chinese market was established three years ago when our rotary engineering team was asked to help a global agri-foods business resolve performance issues with their Chinese-sourced OEM two-pier rotary dryers located in Ukraine.

After an insightful inspection, report and resulting recommendations from our team, the rotary vessels were fitted with an improved design of tyres, rollers, roller bearings, bases and tyre fitting systems.

Due to the excellent performance improvements achieved, our team was then asked to carry out a similar scope of work in one of the company’s Russian plants – which has now also been returned to full operating efficiency, resulting in a thoroughly delighted client.

Based upon these successful outcomes in Ukraine and Russia, the rotary engineering team was subsequently asked to carry out full inspections on three plants across the Chinese mainland.

Following our inspections last year, we recommended that tyre and roller resurfacing combined with realignment of the vessels would be enough to bring all three plants back to full operating efficiency. The resurfacing and realignment works were carried out in September 2019, again resulting in an immediate positive impact on plant productivity.

We’re incredibly proud that our rotary engineering team’s technical ability, experience and know-how enabled them to achieve outstanding performance and reliability improvements for our client whilst carrying out a broad range of services from basic alignment and grinding work through to inspections, design, supply and installation of major parts on a global basis.

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New general manager to head up our powder processing division

August 2019

Mark joined British Rema in May of this year bringing to the team extensive experience of managing supply chain quality and leading business development and commercial activities, gained principally in the automotive sector working for international companies including Bentley, JCB and Cummins.

He has extensive experience in the application of manufacturing process improvement techniques such as Six Sigma and Kaizen.

Mark’s appointment as general manager of our processing division will consolidate the unique role our team and technologies play in transforming high-performance materials for use worldwide in aerospace, chemical, mineral and medical applications.

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Join our team

July 2019

British Rema’s Processing division is looking for experienced shift leaders to join the powder processing production team in Chesterfield, UK.

Our mission is to sustain our position as a trusted partner in the supply chains of the global aerospace, chemical and mineral industries.

If this excites you as much as it does us and you have experience of taking responsibility for a team whilst ensuring quality standards and KPIs are met, we would love to hear from you.

You can request the shift leader job specification and send your CV with a covering letter highlighting how you could contribute to our team via email to Edita Stubbs, Production Manager – edita.stubbs@britishrema.com

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British Rema know how

May 2019

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.

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New generation equipment designed to meet Aerospace customers’ demand

April 2019

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.

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Milling and classification plant installed in Romania

March 2019

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.

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Production team strengthened at British Rema

February 2019

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 the Processing team’s 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.

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Active in tablet coatings markets

January 2019

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.”

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