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On The Grid

HMD Kontro is delighted to be sponsoring Neil Jessop in this season’s Modified Ford Series. Neil was ready and almost on the starting grid for last season’s series when you could say the pandemic literally threw a ‘spanner into the works’. Not surprisingly, there was no racing last year, but Neil is more hopeful that there will be meetings this year as the UK begins to open up. He is prepared and raring to go and race in the Modified Ford Series in his Ford Escort sporting the HMD Kontro logo and brand.

Neil Jessop Car

 

HMD Kontro Branding Doing The Circuit

The series was established to provide ‘the place to race’ for the huge variation of modified Ford (production) cars that have been developed over the last fifty years. The classic Ford cars which must be pre-2010 race in various categories determined by their engine size. Neil and his Ford Escort will be racing in the 2.0 Litre class B, which also features Ford Sierras and Capris. The shiny black Escort is a 1978 Mark 2 classic car. However, Neil points out that all that remains of the original car is the shell as it has been completely refitted with modern racing components. The shiny black Ford Escort certainly stands out with its new livery including red and yellow stripes and orange HMD Kontro branding.

 

Modified Ford Series

The Modified Ford Series will comprise eight races at famous racetracks including Lydden Hill in Kent, Donnington Park and Mallory Park, both in Leicestershire, the Cadwell Park circuit in Lincolnshire referred to as the ‘Mini Nurburgring’ and Brands Hatch. Neil intends to go to as many as he can although distance sometimes dictates that this is not possible. Although the cars do not have speedometers, they can reach speeds of up to 140mph. Races involve fifteen minutes of qualifying to establish a grid position followed by two fifteen-minute races.

 

A racing love affair that started at Arlington race track

Neil Jessop joined HMD Kontro in 1998, just over twenty-two years ago and today he runs tests on the sealless pumps once they have been produced. Coincidentally, his love affair with cars and racing started at this time. It was at Arlington race track near Eastbourne where he first started racing stock cars and then went on to hot rods, racing on different tracks in the south east. A progression to circuit racing from the oval racetrack followed some ten years later. It was then that Neil started building his own cars including a Silhouette, based on a Peugeot 206, which is all pretty technical stuff involving a tubular chassis with fibreglass panels. However, for a pump test engineer, it’s just what comes naturally!

 

Opportunities with HMD Kontro

HMD Kontro is delighted to sponsor Neil in the forthcoming season of racing and demonstrates another way of how we help our staff. If you are looking to work for a progressive company that manufactures sealless pumps, please see www.hmdkontro.com/recruitment.

Channel Partner Focus – UK: AVTPUMP

AVTPUMP - Channel Partner

AVTPUMP was formed in 1997 and has been a Tier 1 Channel Partner for HMD Kontro and Sundyne for over a decade now. The Company specialises in rotating equipment management, site services, training, supply and repair for a wide range of industry sectors including:

  • Pharmaceutical
  • Chemical
  • Power Generation
  • Food & Beverage
  • Paper & Pulp
  • Water & Waste
  • General Industry

AVTPUMP offers high-quality, local facilities across the UK for new pump specification and supply, pump repairs, pump upgrades, and technical support. All major designs of pump are supported.  However, their specialism for Sealless equipment is key to the relationship with HMD Kontro.

AVTPUMP are not limited in the pumps that can be repaired or restricted by those relationships in place, ensuring they are uniquely independent offering the right pump for the duty every time where the HMD Kontro and ANSIMAG pumps are real problem solvers and meet the reliability focussed needs of the end-user customers.

The Company’s fully trained engineers and technical support staff are on hand 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, ensuring availability, whenever the need arises, to support processes and to ensure that pumps always perform.  A large stock holding of both HMD Kontro and ANSIMAG pumps enables them to be flexible and dynamic in support of customers to provide a quick response.  The extensive spares holding pushes this further with regular cases of repairs in under 24 hours and stock being shipped same day to support on-site requirements.

 

 

The AVPUMP team provide extensive training for both customers and their own apprentice scheme.  One of the apprentices, Liam, can be seen in this video passing his GT pump assessment.

Tony Gales, Managing Director of AVTPUMP, said: “The partnership between AVTPUMP and HMD Kontro has been a long and successful one bringing the highest OEM quality pump products to end-users with the local support needed to ensure the levels of service we expect of ourselves as a team and as required by the industry.”

Safety First as Office Staff are Back in the Building!

Having operated throughout the lockdown period, our EHS Manager, David Watson, has been busy ensuring that the working environment at HMD Kontro is as safe as possible for the phased return of office staff to our Eastbourne headquarters. It’s definitely safety first as office staff come back to work.

All of the teams, including the manufacturing crews, are in their own ‘work bubbles’ and have a shift rotation system for the canteen including breaks and mealtimes. A new canteen, so that office and manufacturing staff have their own dedicated facilities is now fully operational.

Staff safety measures in place at HMD Kontro now include:

  • COVID-19 signage according to directives
  • Hand sanitiser stations at all entrances
  • Screens installed between desks and work stations
  • Enhanced cleaning programmes
  • ‘Clean as you go’ for all multiple use surfaces
  • 2 metre social distancing wherever possible
  • 1 way system in the canteen and other areas
  • Grabber for opening and closing doors

Safety notices are refreshed frequently

Safety signage is frequently being changed and updated with the EHS department working closely within PHE directives. Signage is continually being refreshed with new information so that staff members are constantly being reminded of the safety directives in place, which is considered vital so that staff do not become complacent.

‘Clean As You Go’ for all multiple use surfaces

 Areas with a high footfall such as the photocopier and water stations have cleaning materials adjacent so that they can be cleaned before and after use. An enhanced cleaning programme has also been implemented whereby there are two more thorough cleaning practices for multiple use areas including the canteen.

 The Raptor Claw – For safe door opening and closing

 As an added extra action, all staff have been equipped with a unique grabber, which conveniently attaches to their work lanyards and can be used to open doors and switch lights on and off. It’s being affectionately labelled as the ‘Raptor Claw’ by the staff, but it means door handles etc. do not have to be touched, thereby helping to prevent the spread of infection.

Gradual return of staff to the office

The phased return, with most staff expected to be back working in the office by mid October, begins with an orientation session with the EHS department. This goes through actions implemented for the team’s safety, including the rota system for the canteen, the one-way system and basic hygiene including frequent hand washing and sanitising.