ATG Slovakia wins order from PSA Group for robot programming
Posted on 19th April 2017
The team at the Slovakian base of The Automated Technology Group – parent company of PSJ Fabrications – are celebrating an order from PSA Group, Europe’s number two automotive manufacturer with brands including Peugeot and Citroën. The project for PSA’s plant in Trnava, Slovakia, will take place during the four-week summer closure in August 2017.
Secured by Jozef Moravec, Project Manager for ATG Slovakia, the order is for robot-programming services for a number of manufacturing line upgrades. The work will be carried out within strict and demanding time frames by ATG’s team of Slovakian programmers – working out of the company’s new office in Nitra – supported by Rob Green, Senior Robotics Engineer from ATG’s head office in Silsoe, UK.
Commenting on the order, Darren Ashford, Managing Director of ATG Slovakia, said: “We are delighted to have secured this order, which has opened the door to further talks with PSA about opportunities for ATG to assist with future turnkey projects. The Wood Group and ATG brands are highly regarded by senior executives at PSA, who are keen to develop our relationship further, which we are really excited about.”
The Automated Technology Group launched its Slovakian business – its first operation outside of the UK – in late 2015 with the aim of supporting automation projects in Slovakia and the surrounding region. Proximity to Western European markets, the availability of skilled labour and a wealth of university research facilities have attracted a large number high-tech and automotive corporations to this region in recent years.
Wood Group announces recommended all-share offer for Amec Foster Wheeler
Posted on 23rd March 2017
The board of Wood Group – parent company of PSJ Fabrications – has made a recommended all-share offer for Amec Foster Wheeler.
Commenting on the announcement, Robin Watson, Chief Executive of Wood Group (pictured), said: “We want to be recognised as the best technical services company to work with, work for and invest in, with a relentless focus on excellence. The combination with Amec Foster Wheeler is a compelling opportunity for us to accelerate the delivery of this vision; positioning us to become a global leader in project delivery, engineering, modifications, construction, operations, maintenance and consulting activities and decommissioning by strengthening the breadth and range of services and creating new customer relationships.
I am genuinely excited by the opportunities this will create for our business, our capabilities, our innovations and our future.”
Upon completion, it is expected that the Combined Group will have approximately 64,000 employees in more than 50 countries. Opportunities for cost and revenue synergies have been identified and, as a result of the strong operational fit, the Combined Group will have a more robust and diversified platform that will make it better able to withstand the inherent market and contract volatility that faces the oil & gas industry. It will also position the Combined Group as a market leader in project, engineering and technical services delivery.
The Combined Group will be led by Robin Watson as CEO, with Ian Marchant continuing as Chairman and David Kemp remaining as CFO. Four members of the Amec Foster Wheeler Board will join the board of the Combined Group upon completion of the Combination, which has been unanimously recommended by the boards of Wood Group and Amec Foster Wheeler.
To read the full announcement from Wood Group, please click here.
ATG showcases its expertise at Jaguar Land Rover’s innovation event
Posted on 7th March 2017
Representatives of The Automated Technology Group – the parent company of PSJ Fabrications – were recently invited to attend Jaguar Land Rover’s ‘Manufacturing Innovation Challenge’, held at the company’s Training Centre in Castle Bromwich. With a select number of invited suppliers in attendance, the two-day event was an opportunity for JLR employees to experience the latest technologies and ideas available from key suppliers and how these might have a positive impact on JLR’s innovation projects now and into the future.
“The ATG team had a stand at the event,” explained Tom Hendon, Regional Sales Manager for ATG’s Controls division, “to highlight the services that we offer and, as the only systems integrator present, we received a high level of interest. Gareth Henry, one of our Simulation Engineers, gave a presentation on discrete event simulation, which was well received. All in all,” concluded Tom Hendon, “the event was a great opportunity to showcase our expertise and network with key people at JLR.”
To add a little extra buzz, the ATG team ran a ‘safe cracker’ competition to win an iPad mini. Participants watched ATG’s 2-minute corporate video, which contained a clue to the four-digit code for a safe that was displayed on the stand. “Around 50 people entered the correct number and placed their details in the safe,” said Tom, “and the winner was then drawn out at random. The prize was won by Charlotte – an apprentice working at JLR’s engine plant – who, coincidentally, is working for John Riley, a former employee of ATG. Gareth Henry was delighted to present Charlotte with her iPad.”
UL Certification for control panels
Posted on 21st February 2017
The manufacturing department of The Automated Technology Group – the parent company of PSJ Fabrications – has been certified to apply the ‘UL’ mark to the industrial control panels it builds for export to the United States and Canada.
UL is a global independent safety science company and its marks are the most credible and sought-after certification in North American markets. When regulators see the familiar UL logo, they are confident that the control panel has met the certification requirements.
The UL organisation undertakes testing, inspection, certification, auditing and validation of a vast number of products in diverse industries, with the prestigious UL mark appearing on 22 billion products annually.
Sustainability success: ATG puts zero waste to landfill
Posted on 7th February 2017
Continuing with its strong focus on environmental sustainability, The Automated Technology Group – the parent company of PSJ Fabrications – has built on the Greener Path Award it achieved in 2015 by exceeding its environmental objectives for recycling in 2016.
Having set a target of at least 85% landfill diversion, ATG is delighted to have exceeded this and achieved 100%. In conjunction with its registered waste carrier, ACM Environmental, ATG has demonstrated exemplary effort in its sustainability goals through implementation of a structured environmental management strategy and commitment to maintaining and improving its waste management.
As part of its ISO 14001 certification, the ATG’s environmental management system is externally audited. Over 78 tonnes of waste were generated across all ATG locations during 2016 including 19 tonnes of general and food waste, 45 tonnes of mixed recyclables and 14.5 tonnes of wood. A total of 71 of these 78 tonnes were recycled, with the remaining 7 tonnes being recovered for biomass energy generation, thus achieving zero waste to landfill.
Darryl Pearce, Quality Manager for ATG and responsible for the group’s environmental management, commented: “We are really pleased to have achieved the full 100%, albeit that it makes it difficult for us to improve on this in 2017! What we can do, however, is seek additional and innovative ways to improve our sustainability across the business over the coming year, and this will be reflected in our forthcoming objectives.”
The ATG family gets in the Christmas spirit
Posted on 13th December 2016
The Christmas festivities kicked off in style on Saturday 10th December when the Automated Technology Group, the parent company of PSJ Fabrications, held its annual children’s Christmas party. Now in its second year, the event – organised by ATG’s Social Committee – welcomes the children and grandchildren of all staff for an afternoon of entertainment at the group’s headquarters in Silsoe.
As well as an excellent spread of party food, the children enjoyed face painting, a magic show with balloon modelling and a disco, complete with bubble machine. The excitement peaked when Father Christmas appeared, bringing presents for all the kids.
Explained Paul Baxter, Team Leader and member of the Social Committee, “The party was a great success, with a record number of 40 children attending. This is not only an opportunity to provide some fun for the children but also a chance to introduce partners to colleagues and get to know one another much better.”
New developments at PSJ Fabrications
Posted on 16th September 2016
PSJ Fabrications continuously strives to improve its selection of services and provide its clients easy access to the most up-to-date information about its products.
The PSJ Fabrications’ sales team is currently working on making updates to the company website to illustrate the full selection of services and products the company offers and showcase PSJ Fabrications’ expertise within to the Oil & Gas, Automotive, POS/POP, Defence, Food and Beverage and Rail industry sectors.
The website will soon also feature information about the new laser cutting service offered by PSJ Fabrications. Offering a laser cutting service gives PSJ Fabrications the ability to work with up to 12mm thick metal sheets and offer clients a three working day lead time for standard materials.
PSJ Fabrications aims to complete the planned website updates before the start of 2017. Currently you can obtain the most up-to-date information about PSJ Fabrications’ products and services by sending an enquiry to email@example.com. You can also request one of our brochures or get in touch with us by calling 01234 268484.
CHAS approval achieved
Posted on 28th July 2016
With Health and Safety being a major priority at PSJ Fabrications and its parent company, The Automated Technology Group, both companies are delighted to have passed the necessary assessments, receiving the CHAS mark of approval for another year.
Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme (CHAS) helps companies evaluate their compliance with buyer’s health and safety standards. CHAS is dedicated to improving health and safety standards across Great Britain and reducing duplicated safety applications for both suppliers and buyers.
As part of the accreditation process, The Automated Technology Group’s and PSJ Fabrications’ health and safety management systems were assessed though a comprehensive document review and sampling of core safety arrangements and processes. Thanks to conducting the assessment via Eforms, the evaluation process does not impact day-to-day business activities, offering companies a modern and convenient approach.
Allan Jones, Health & Safety Manager for The Automated Technology Group, commented: “Maintaining the CHAS certification not only promotes our commitment to health and safety for our employees, but also drives continual improvement in order to enhance customer satisfaction. This certification, delivers and demonstrates our commitment to the company’s core values by identifying and minimising risk and promoting our corporate social responsibility.”
Being approved by CHAS gives PSJ Fabrications a distinct competitive advantage and the company would like to thank its staff for their commitment and willingness to promote a healthy working environment.
The Automated Technology Group hosts open days at Wood Group
Posted on 8th July 2016
PSJ Fabrications’ parent company, The Automated Technology Group, was delighted to showcase the strengths and expertise of its power and steel fabrication divisions by hosting two open days at the new Wood Group office in Aberdeen.
The open days took place on 28 and 29 June 2016 at the Sir Ian Wood House office in Altens, Aberdeen and were aimed at raising the profile of The Automated Technology Group and PSJ Fabrications among Wood Group employees and clients based in the area.
During the open days visitors had an opportunity to learn more about The Automated Technology Group’s and PSJ Fabrications’ capabilities and expertise within the oil and gas sector, as well as see some of the group’s core power and steel fabrication products. The Automated Technology Group was represented by power experts Andy Cooper, Ian Paterson, Mike Skelly and Enzo Lombardi, and Gareth Bull and Gary Allsopp were there to answer all questions for PSJ Fabrications.
“It was a pleasure to host this event to increase awareness about the benefits of our products and services. There was much enthusiasm in our conversations with both staff and clients who attended the open days and we have been busy following up with our new contacts with regards to future opportunities,” commented Ian Paterson, Regional Sales Manager for The Automated Technology Group.
The Automated Technology Group and PSJ Fabrications would like to thank everyone who attended the open days in Aberdeen and thank Wood Group for their help in promoting and organising the event. Gareth Bull, Managing Director for PSJ Fabrications commented “It was fantastic to see such high interest in our broad range of products and in our offshore structural steel fabrication capabilities in particular. We look forward to hosting similar events with Wood Group in the future to strengthen relationships across all businesses and build long-term success.”
PSJ Fabrications takes part in charity bike ride
Every summer cyclists from all over the UK travel to London, to take part in the iconic London to Brighton bike ride to help raise money for the British Heart Foundation. PSJ Fabrications strongly believes in the importance of supporting charities and was delighted to participate in the British Heart Foundation’s flagship event on 19 June 2016.
The team was made up of four employees of PSJ Fabrications, Operations Manager – Jim Clark, Technical Manager – Bill White, Brake Press Operator – Suki Nandha and Fabricator – Daniel Parkes, and it also included two friends of the staff. As the PSJ Fabrications team made their way to the finish line on Brighton’s scenic Madeira Drive, cycling 54 miles from Clapham Common in London, their combined efforts raised an impressive donation of £1100. In total the event brought together 28,000 riders to help beat heart disease, raising an astonishing £2 million on the day.
PSJ Fabrications’ Bill White, who has made the journey for the fourth time commented “Taking part in the London to Brighton bike ride was a real challenge and a fantastic experience. The atmosphere was incredible and I am extremely proud to have been part of such an iconic event. We would like to thank everyone who helped us raise the donation and we look forward to taking part in the event again next year.”