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Entries are now open for the LEEA Awards 2024

Entries are now open for the LEEA Awards 2024, the annual occasion for the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association to celebrate and champion members who have raised standards in the lifting industry. Enter now for the chance to be a winner on the easy to use portal at: awards.leeaint.com.

World’s ‘best of the best’ in health, safety and wellbeing recognised

British Safety Council held its annual Gala Dinner on 7 June to celebrate the winners of its International Safety Awards (ISAs) 2024 at the Intercontinental London Park Lane hotel in London. This is the 66th year the awards have taken place and the 64th year of a gala dinner.

LEEA appoints Ian Cooke as Director of Academy

The Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA) has appointed Ian Cooke as Director of Academy. Covering LEEA training, such as the Foundation and Diploma courses, the Licensed Training Scheme (LTS) and the Accredited Training Scheme (ATS), this is one of several key new senior manager roles playing a strategic part in developing the Association.

Navigating safety and efficiency: The dual challenge for companies in loading and unloading environments

In environments like loading and unloading areas, where safety is paramount, companies face a dual challenge of meeting operational demands while ensuring employee well-being. Despite regulatory pressure and evolving expectations, the persistence of manual processes raises critical questions about the sustainability of current safety measures in the face of increasing operational pressures and employee shortages. Wouter Satijn, Sales Director, Joloda Hydraroll, explains further.

ATEX compliance keeps combustible dust explosions at bay

Melina Diaz, Product Engineering Manager at Donaldson, outlines the steps required to comply with legislation designed to ensure workplaces are optimally placed to minimise the possibility of combustible dust creating an explosion risk.

New platform highlights top engineering apprenticeship employers

Leeds Manufacturing Festival  has announced it will host the launch of a pioneering new digital platform this week, showcasing the very best employers offering engineering apprenticeships across the UK, as part of the festival’s campaign to address the skills and recruitment crisis facing manufacturing and engineering firms.

Tackling the skills gap in the rapidly changing engineering industry

The engineering and infrastructure sector is developing at a rapid pace. There has been growth over the past decade, with the number of people working in engineering increasing from 5.4 million in 2010 to 5.7 million in 2021, with a peak of 6.3 million in 2019. PWE reports.

Why digital magnet controllers are the unsung heroes of productivity

According to predictive maintenance provider, Senseye, large plants lose an average of 27 hours a month to machine failures. Digital, dynamic control of industrial cranes on the factory floor is a largely unknown, but pivotal, source of uptime. Andy Swann, business development manager for cranes & power transmission at CP Automation, explains why

Employers must provide equity of support to employees

As the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is to ‘inspire inclusion’, Towergate Health & Protection is reminding employers of the importance of providing female employees with equal, adequate, and appropriate support. Three of Towergate Health & Protection’s inspirational women have provided their thoughts regarding changes needed relating to health and wellbeing support in the workplace.

Extension to apprenticeship programme following Ministerial Approval

Schneider Electric UK has announced it has opened applications for its newly expanded 2024 apprenticeship programme. The company, a global leader in energy management and automation says it will see it’s cohort double in size for its 2024 apprenticeship programme, with opportunities spanning Levels 3 to 6 across a broad range of specialisms.

Partnership to provide manufacturers with state-of-the-art health & safety technology

Make UK, one of the country’s leading business organisations, has announced it has partnered with Peoplesafe, a personal safety technology leader, to protect the manufacturing industry’s workers.

Safety webinar series updated for 2024

Pilz Automation Technology has announced it is continuing its series of free Machinery Safety webinars throughout 2024, with some new additions to the schedule.

BCMPA hails show success

The BCMPA says it  was delighted to host 24 of its members at the Contract Pack & Fulfilment (CP&F) zone at Packaging Innovations & Empack at the NEC as retailers, brand owners and entrepreneurs continued to seek the support of UK contract manufacturers, packers and eCommerce/fulfilment providers.

British Safety Council publishes introductory guide for employers

Most e-bikes are powered by Lithium Ion (Li-on) batteries, larger versions of the kind found in smartphones, tablets, and some laptops.

The future of the engineering industry Is at risk

CEO of multi-disciplinary engineering firm adi Group Alan Lusty speaks ahead of National Engineers Week 2024, commenting on the dire need to engage and inspire young students into the profession.

Packaging Innovations & Empack 2024

The UK's premier packaging event looks set to be the most insight-packed, inspiring, and forward-thinking to date, with over 7,000 visitors expected across the two days.

Celebrating apprenticeship journeys

To mark the 17th annual National Apprenticeship Week, HMG Paints says it is celebrating the variety of apprenticeship journeys currently taking place within the business.

First lifting apprentice due to complete assessment

The first Lifting Equipment Technician apprentice will be undertaking their End Point Assessment at the LEEA workshops in Huntingdon on 15th March 2024.

Promoting the vital role of apprenticeships

Every year, National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) celebrates the power of apprenticeships, highlighting the positive impact they make to individuals, businesses and the wider economy.

New ‘centre for excellence’ to mark National Apprenticeship Week

Oxford-based electrical/mechanical contractor and Royal Warrant holder Lowe & Oliver has announced it is officially launching its new apprentice training facility, the ’centre for excellence’, to mark the beginning of National Apprenticeship Week.

The need for a Gen Z injection to meet digital-driven maintenance

Wendy Tai, Director of Product Marketing for ServiceMax, looks at why there is a need for a Gen Z injection to meet digital-driven maintenance challenges and asks whether the industry is doing enough to embrace and train a younger generation of technicians?

Renishaw hosts workshops to champion girls in STEM

To encourage more girls to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects, global engineering technologies company, Renishaw, has hosted students from Denmark Road High School in Gloucester.

Cutting the carbon footprint

Bachy Soletanche has announced it recently switched from diesel to electric forklifts at its manufacturing site in Burscough, Lancashire, as part of a companywide plan to reduce emissions by 40% by 2030.

The need for facility checks in proactive maintenance

Dave Dyer, technical sales engineer at thermal fluid specialist Global Heat Transfer, explains how manufacturers can make changes around the facility to improve the productivity of their heat transfer system and better prepare for incidents that could lead to health and safety risks or costly downtime.

The need for a Gen Z injection to meet digital-driven maintenance

Wendy Tai, Director of Product Marketing for ServiceMax, looks at why there is a need for a Gen Z injection to meet digital-driven maintenance challenges and asks whether the industry is doing enough to embrace and train a younger generation of technicians?

LiftEx 2023 brings the lifting industry to Liverpool

LiftEx 2023, sponsored by CoreRFID, attracted the crowds to the Exhibition Centre located among the docks on the banks of the Mersey in Liverpool on 21-22nd November. Over 1000 visitors across two days came to see the lifting products and services from more than 80 global exhibitors. This included all the latest lifting products including hoists, mobile and overhead cranes, steel chains, wire rope, winches, shackles, web slings, rigging, spreader beams, height safety and load monitoring equipment, IT solutions and more. 

Winners announced at the LEEA Awards

The Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA) presented the winners of the LEEA Awards 2023 with their trophies at the Awards Dinner on 21st November, held at the Rum Warehouse in Liverpool. The winners of the annual awards recognising excellence in the lifting industry are as follows:

Ovarro launches Graduate Programme

Ovarro, a remote monitoring specialist across several sectors — including water, oil and gas, broadcast, transportation and power — has unveiled an ambitious new Graduate Programme. The initiative is aimed at fortifying Ovarro’s operations in the water management and leak detection industry and developing a dedicated sales division. Five graduate hires have joined the global company at its offices in Chesterfield, UK.

Keeping cranes running straight and true

Lifting equipment specialist, Konecranes, has launched its RailQ 3D crane runway survey programme. The package has been designed to provide highly accurate measurement of crane runway alignment and is backed by comprehensive analysis of cloud-based data.

How industry can attract young engineers

Martyn Williams, managing director of COPA-DATA UK, explains how industry can help to tackle the skills shortage in the sector, with just a little influencing required.

Safeguarding legacy equipment: Addressing cybersecurity challenges for manufacturers

In the fast-evolving digital landscape, manufacturers face unique cybersecurity challenges, with IoT devices experiencing an average of 5,200 attacks per month. Add in ageing equipment, and the challenge to maintain operational resilience increases exponentially. Jeremy Whittingham, industry consultant and member of the Advanced Engineering* team highlights the vulnerabilities associated with outdated technology and provides manufacturers with insights on mitigating risks.

Combilift celebrates 25 years of innovation

In 1998 Combilift originally made history with its world-first multidirectional C4000 3-wheel, all-wheel drive forklift. Last month, the company celebrated its 25th Anniversary at its headquarters in Monaghan, Ireland with the launch of its latest products. PWE reports

Celebrating 70 years of big trucks

The plant in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, where Hyster Big Trucks are produced is celebrating its 70th year in 2023.

Engineering and maintenance careers day

Hundreds of people potentially looking for a career within engineering and maintenance at Sellafield attended the department's first careers day.

Professor Brian Cox leads action-packed Brooklands Innovation Academy 2023

Brooklands Innovation Academy brought together 400 students aged 12-14 for an action-packed day of hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths education. Led, in person, by Professor Brian Cox CBE OBE FRS, and a key partner in the national Science Summer School programme.

West Midlands students enjoy engineering tour on National Manufacturing Day

On 28th September, National Manufacturing Day, local youngsters enjoyed a factory visit with a Fort Dunlop-based manufacturer today as they considered careers in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) sector.

21 engineering apprentices kick-start their careers

Cramlington-based industrialised construction and digital manufacturing specialist, Merit, has announced it has welcomed 21 new engineering apprentices to the business as it continues its growth journey.

Benefits of outsourcing

The BCMPA – the Association for Contract Manufacturing, Packing, Fulfilment and Logistics,  has announced it will be highlighting the many benefits of outsourcing at two major industry exhibitions later this month: London Packaging Week and – for the first time – eCommerce Expo, both being held at London’s ExCel.

Students complete engineering sustainability challenge to gain vital employment skills

SIX students gave up time in their summer holidays to take part in an engineering sustainability challenge which has inspired them to pursue future employment opportunities.

Want a safer workplace? Then show the value

Having recently achieved the ISO 45001 certification for Air Products, Rachel Rawlings*, talks about why plant operators and engineers are central to the success of occupational health and safety initiatives.

The success stories behind Aston University’s MSc in Entrepreneurship

A student “annoyed” at wasteful plastic hotel toothbrushes launched a business providing recyclable bamboo products as part of their MSc in Entrepreneurship at Aston Business School.

Enhancing safety on nuclear sites

It has been announced that drone pilots have successfully completed two flight firsts on a UK nuclear site leading the way to increased safety of employees during decommissioning.

Lighting up the packaging industry

London Packaging Week organisers are warning potential visitors to this September's exhibition to move now and secure their tickets, with demand continuing to skyrocket.

Could inflexibility halt progress in the warehouse?

In the article below Yale Lift Truck Technologies discusses how it has identified inflexibility as a key concern for fast-evolving intralogistics and warehouse operations.

Coventry University Group apprenticeship receives royal approval from King Charles

A Coventry University Group’s apprenticeship course has been named as one of six green apprenticeships awarded the Coronation Emblem in celebration of the Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III.

Awards for Excellence finalists revealed

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) has announced the finalists for its 30th Awards for Excellence.

Electric-powered articulated handling trucks chosen to upgrade facility

Ingram Micro Logistics has upgraded the materials handling systems at its Daventry warehouse facility with the introduction of electric-powered articulated Flexi StorMAX two-deep pallet picking and put-away technology from Narrow Aisle.

Versatile new electric truck to help achieve more sustainable operations

As leading forklift manufacturer Combilift continues to celebrate its 25 years in business, it has launched a new model truck at the recent Ligna show - the new Combi-CB70E. PWE takes a closer look at the new model.

‘Energy saving features a key’

Hart Industrial Doors has completed a contract to supply and install a Speedor Storm at the new Kidderminster facility for TVH UK, global parts and accessories suppliers.

New CEO for the BCMPA

The BCMPA – the Association for Contract Manufacturing, Packing, Fulfilment & Logistics has announced that Emma Verkaik will become its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), following the retirement of Rodney Steel on 1st June.