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Why sealless pumps are the smart choice

Magnetic drive sealless pumps have many key design features for increased reliability, cost-effectiveness, enhanced safety and are very environmentally friendly. In addition magnetic drive pumps save time and cost on design, installation and operation.

 

By specifying an HMD Kontro sealless pump you can be absolutely positive that you have made the right decision. Combining cutting edge technology with over seventy years of expertise and experience, since we were the first in the world to develop the concept, our pumps provide complete peace of mind.

  • Completely Contained Sealless Design
  • Single Joint Casing and Containment Shell
  • High Efficiency Magnetic Couplings & Wet End
  • Modular Rotating Element Cartridge
  • Fully Confined Casing Gasket
  • Robust Magnetic Coupling
  • Wide Choice of Materials
  • Universal Connection Options
  • Interchangeable Components

HMD Kontro pumps are built to last.  We have many examples of extended pump life across our seventy year history, we have more experience than any other manufacturer. In many installations, HMD Kontro have run without maintenance for ten years and often even more.

In most HMD Kontro pumps we use silicon carbide bearings, a material so hard that under normal process and conditions it will not wear for many years. When you add permanent samarium cobalt magnets and the unique way we engineer our pumps, this results in a very long service life with minimal maintenance and cost.

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Sealless & API Standards

The API (American Petroleum Institute) standards are used to define systems, tests and equipment design predominantly for the oil and gas, petroleum and petrochemical industries. Whilst API 685 relates to sealless magnetic drive pumps, API 610 covers the requirements of mechanically sealed pumps.

Sealless API Standards

 

The API 685 Standard is for Sealless Pumps

The scope of the API 685 standard covers the minimum design, testing, dynamics, and metallurgical requirements for sealless centrifugal pumps.  Included are single stage pump designs for magnetic drive pumps of both synchronous and eddy-current / torque ring drive designs and as well as canned motor pumps.

API 685 was initially released in October 2000 and standardises the application of sealless pumps in petroleum, heavy-duty chemical and gas service industries.

HMD Kontro has been building sealless magnetic drive pumps for oil and gas associated industries to API codes since 1983 and has a long association and history with the standard. The second edition of the standard came out in February 2011 and HMD Kontro pumps fully conform to this updated version.

For further information on our comprehensive GSP range of pumps including vertical, or high-pressure versions, please see the GSP product page.

Think Sealless Survey – Final Chance to Win £100

Please take a few minutes to complete our questionnaire.

All good things must come to an end and that is true of the Sealless Survey. The final date to submit an entry and be included in the free prize draw is fast approaching, Saturday 30th April 2022.

Remember, all entrants to the Sealless Survey before the end of April 2022 will be entered into the prize draw, and three lucky people will be selected at random to win £100 (or the local currency equivalent) in Amazon gift cards.

Think Sealless Survey

The completed surveys we have received so far have been incredibly useful to us in knowing what you love about sealless pumps and the questions you may have.

Thank you to all those that have taken the time to complete the survey. We will be assimilating all the data and using the results to further improve our sealless pumps as well as publishing the results and replying to any questions raised directly.

Think Sealless – Complete the Sealless Survey today

Think Sealless Survey – The Take to Date

Survey Still Open

Thank you to those that have completed our ‘Sealless Survey’, which seeks to assess operators’ experience and to establish specifier and user priorities in terms of the benefits of sealless pumps.  The survey is still open for a few weeks for others to input and advise their opinion.

Sealless Survey Results

Early indications reveal that the primary uses stated for sealless pumps at present is for chemicals (87% of respondents) and industrial applications (46%). Collectively 52% of respondents would also consider sealless pumps for upstream or downstream oil and gas processes.

When asked which attributes of sealless pumps were considered important, specifiers cited safety as a key factor, closely followed by environmental concerns.

Process operators highlighted a range of fluids where safety is an issue, including hot fluids or high temperature processes and acids – ranging from mildly acidic to sulphuric acid and HF acid. Confidence too, was seen as a major factor, in respect of assuring zero leaks and preventing failures or breakdowns.

Additionally, with no need for seal support systems and reduced instrument wiring and configuration requirements, the magnetic drive design is easier to install and maintain, an important consideration for specifiers, with reliability and low maintenance on the list of attributes recognised as key by early survey respondents.

To find out more, please take a look at the full article featured on page 19 of the IPE March-April magazine. This can also be seen on the Industrial Pant & Equipment website.

 

Be a part of it

There is still time to contribute your views. The survey, which takes very little time to complete, can be accessed at Sealless Survey – HMD (calib-rate.com/hmd/sealless-survey)

To demonstrate our thanks for helping with the research, we are offering those who complete the survey the chance to win one of three £100 (or local currency) Amazon vouchers. All responses will be put forward for the draw, which will be made at the end of April.

Syngenta puts safety first by selecting sealless pumps for their fluid handling needs

HMD Kontro has become a manufacturing partner and chemical pump supplier to Syngenta, the global agricultural group and leader in crop protection and seed improvement.

Syngenta Case Study

As part of a programme of manufacturing upgrades at their facility based in Porriño, Pontevedra, Spain, Syngenta made the decision to install HMD Kontro sealless magnetic drive pumps due to their ability to handle high temperatures and volatile substances, which are attributes associated with agricultural chemical pump applications such as pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, and fertilisers.

In this case, the pumping medium is Tefluthrin, which is a hazardous substance and active ingredient in soil pest treatments, and HMD Kontro supplied a CSI chemical service pump, in corrosion resistant 316 stainless steel materials and in a space-saving close coupled configuration.  The sealless magnetic drive pump design, which ensures total product containment, means that the CSI pump selected safely transfers liquids from the reactor to the storage tank, together with a constant recirculation of the chemical within the storage tank.

Syngenta also chose the optional feature of a secondary control system and a leakage sensor to achieve additional pump protection and leak control beyond the primary pressure boundary of the pump. In the unlikely event of a breach of the primary containment shell, leakage of the process liquid to atmosphere is restricted by the secondary control system providing an enhanced level of safety.

To see the full case study, please click here.

For more information on the CSI range of magnetic drive sealless pumps, please visit the products section of our website.

Sealless & ISO Standards

The International Organisation for Standardisation is an independent organisation that oversees, creates, and promotes internationally accepted standards for numerous industries, ranging from agriculture and manufacturing to technology. ISO safety symbols are recognised across all countries and in all languages for increased hazard awareness and safety compliance.

Think Sealless Standards ISO

 

  • The ISO 15783 standard specifies the requirements for sealless rotodynamic pumps which are mainly used in chemical processes, water treatment and the petrochemical industries. It includes design features concerned with the selection, installation, maintenance and operational safety for magnetic drive pumps.
  • The ISO 2858 Standard refers to all end suction centrifugal pumps and specifies the main parameters and the pump designation. It details the principal dimensions, mounting details and nominal duty point of end-suction centrifugal pumps having a maximum operating rating of 16 bar.
  • The ISO 5199 standard specifies performance requirements including minimum bearing life and construction features such as general layout. In some aspects, including maximum permissible vibration levels, ISO 5199 is more stringent than ASME B73.1.

HMD Kontro pumps comply with all relevant aspects and specifications of ISO pump standards.  In addition, our manufacturing and business processes also comply with ISO 9001, 14001 and 45001 standards. Additional details are shown on the certification and compliance page of our website.

For further information on HMD Kontro sealless pumps built to the ISO standards, including the CSI, GSI and GTI ranges, please take a look at the products section of our website.

Latest Sealless Pump design tackles HF Alkylation

Hydrofluoric acid alkylation poses particular challenges to process operators, requiring special care in the handling of HF Acid, a lethal, highly corrosive fluid that poses a potential hazard to plant equipment, the people who work on site and the wider environment should a leak occur.

HF Alkylation

HF Alkylation combines olefins (primarily a mixture of propylene and butylene) with isobutene in the presence of a hydrofluoric acid catalyst to produce alkylate: a high-octane additive and critical safety component that offsets the high vapour pressure of the ethanol mandated in today’s low-sulphur unleaded petrol and gasoline supplies.

As reviewed online by World Pumps, HMD Kontro’s next generation pumps have been refined using new materials and technologies to provide an effective solution. The result of close collaboration between UOP Honeywell, the leading licensor of HF alkylation technology and using an innovative development process, the HMD Kontro HF pump features a high integrity pump casing manufactured from Alloy C22 (ASTM A194 Gr. CX2MW).

This has been tested using new methods of Non-Destructive Examination (NDE) and has been proven to offer the necessary resistance to corrosion to meet NDE standards. In addition, the pump’s secondary containment system is rated to 40 bar (580 psi), eliminating the possibility of leakage into the environment, and reducing operational risks and the associated costs to meet the industry’s stringent environmental and health and safety goals.

Read the full story on the World Pumps website. For more information, please see our HF Alkylation page.

The Life And Times Of A Racing Driver

HMD Kontro is delighted to be sponsoring our team member Neil Jessop again this year in the Modified Ford Series. Motor racing is an expensive sport and Neil says the financial support he gets from the company is a huge help. The series is growing every year and the provisional calendar, consisting of nine races has already been published with the first race at Silverstone scheduled for 20 March. The racing is starting much earlier than last year, so it must be a good sign that we are moving on from Covid.

The Life And Times Of A Racing Driver

 

Changing the suspension geometry for faster lap times

During the racing season Neil admits that there are always mechanical issues with the car, some more major than others, with some jobs being able to be put off until winter. These include issues that are either not that critical or an improvement is required that will be a big job and cannot be fitted in between meetings. This means Neil has been working through the small jobs over the winter period. He has also had his hands full changing the suspension geometry of his Ford Escort, to quite a large degree, involving new suspension components and altering the car itself to make it all fit. This is aimed at giving the car more grip on the track for even faster lap times.

 

Brands Hatch, Silverstone, Donington and Snetterton

Neil is hopeful he will be racing at the first meeting although he is currently on the reserve list for the event at Silverstone, as the grid is oversubscribed. His plans include racing at six of the meetings, namely:

  • Silverstone – 20 March
  • Brands Hatch – 9-10 April
  • Donington – 28 May
  • Snetterton – 23-24 July
  • Brands Hatch – Ford Power Live – 18 Sept
  • Brands Hatch – Formula Ford Festival – 22-23 October

This means he will only be missing out on Knockhill, Cadwell Park and Oulton Park, which are the races that are furthest away from Neil’s base in East Sussex.

 

Staying fit and eating healthily are all part of the job

Neil puts a lot of effort into staying in shape, as he believes this gives him an advantage over his fellow competitors. That hundredth of a second can make the difference between winning and losing! He also believes if you get tired during a race, you can lose concentration and make mistakes. The secret to staying fit is actually enjoying it and Neil has been participating in CrossFit for many years. This is a combination of strength and conditioning which involves Olympic weightlifting, powerlifting, gymnastics, running, rowing and more. CrossFit advocates sound nutrition and Neil incorporates a good diet into his healthy lifestyle.

 

The mechanics of the Ford Escort

Although Neil’s Ford Escort is a classic, everything on it is built to modern specifications. The engine is a modern all aluminium 2 litre machine that you would typically find in a new Ford Focus or Mondeo. However, it has been rebuilt to include lots of racing parts to produce around 280bhp. The car has a 5 speed racing gearbox with the shock absorbers having been custom built by an American company.

 

Wheels and tyres designed for speeds of 140mph

The wheels are custom alloys specially designed for the car. Tyres are Avon racing slicks, which take up a big part of the budget, but are worth the expense as they make a massive difference to the performance of the car. They are the only bit touching the track so all the other modifications would be wasted if inferior tyres were used and with speeds reaching up to 140mph, depending on the circuit, good tyres are a must. The tyres actually cost £360 each and last for about three to four meetings depending on the circuit surface with some race tracks being more abrasive than others. Another salient factor on wear and tear is the weather with hot conditions causing tyres to lose their edge more quickly.

 

Before and after a race

The pre race procedure usually involves travelling the day before the race and staying in a hotel close to the circuit. As you might expect, a lot of Neil’s friends are keen on racing so he has help when going to an event. However, even when things go well at the race, there is still a lot to do including some fine-tuning before the next race, but hopefully no major mechanical work.

 

HMD Kontro wishes Neil every success in the Modified Ford Series

We would like to wish Neil every success this year and we look forward to hearing all his racing news. We aim to keep you informed throughout the season and of course if you are near to any of the circuits, we hope you might go along to support Neil racing his shiny black 1978 Ford Escort Mark 2 classic car. It really stands out with its new livery including red and yellow stripes and white HMD Kontro branding.

Time to Vote

For HMD Kontro in the Pump Industry Awards 2022

A couple of weeks ago we announced that we had been shortlisted as a finalist in the prestigious 2022 Pump Industry Awards – one of the pump industry’s leading annual events. The voting has now opened, and you are now able to cast your vote.

Time to Vote

The voting is only open for a short time and will close on Friday 25th February 2022. Your votes will be coupled with the overall ranking as established by the Judging Panel for each entry to determine the eventual winners.

HMD Kontro was selected as a finalist following a review by a panel of experienced industry experts and is competing in the ‘Environmental Contribution of the Year’ category with our CSA/CSI range of pumps. The range that is designed to protect people and the environment from hazardous liquids whilst maintaining product integrity.

The 2022 Awards will conclude with the Gala Award Dinner which will take place on 31st March at the Chesford Grange Hotel, Kenilworth, UK.

Demonstrate your support for HMD Kontro’s sealless pumps by voting for us online. You can read our supporting entry and register your vote on the Pump Industry Awards website.

CSA/CSI Hydraulic Line-Up

A broad range of hydraulic sizes for a wide range of applications

The CSA (ASME) and the CSI (ISO) magnet drive end suction centrifugal pumps are a modular range of chemical pumps that cover a wide range of hydraulics. Initially, the CSA / CSI pump range will provide comprehensive hydraulic coverage for flows up to 64 m3/hr / heads to 60 m for the CSA (ASME), and 130 m3/h / 60 m for the CSI (ISO). This will be extended to flows up to 600 m3/h and heads to 140 m with the next phase of the product launch later in 2022.

CSA CSI Hydraulic Line Up

The range is based on multiple hydraulic sizes that fully conform to the dimensional, performance and construction requirements of ASME B73.3, ISO 2858 and ISO 15783. Close coupled and separately mounted variants are available across the entire range.

The broad choice of hydraulics ensures that a wide range of applications are catered for, and for convenience and ease of onsite service, this scope of hydraulic sizes is designed for maximum part interchangeability.   The range also has a wide number of site upgradeable features.

The high efficiency hydraulics provide maximum flow and head coverage.  Low and high flow hydraulic variants are available for an optimised hydraulic fit.

Please see the dedicated CSA / CSI section of the website to learn more about the range.

Environmental Award Finalist

HMD Kontro’s CSA/CSI range of pumps has been shortlisted as a finalist in the prestigious 2022 Pump Industry Awards, one of the pump industry’s leading annual events.

The CSA/CSI range has been nominated under the ENVIRONMENTAL CONTRIBUTION OF THE YEAR Category. This award is given to pump products, systems or services which have made a significant contribution to environmental issues, such as energy savings, emissions control, noise reduction or life cycle costs.

HMD Kontro was selected from among the many entries received for this year’s Awards following a review by a panel of experienced industry experts.

HMD Kontro - PIA Finalists

Voting opens on 21st February and will run until 25th of February. The overall winner will be determined by a combination of the Judging Panel’s score, coupled with the number of online votes received. The 2022 Awards will conclude with the Gala Award Dinner which will take place on 31st March at the Chesford Grange Hotel, Kenilworth, UK.

Developed to meet the specific challenges of the chemical and industrial process sectors, the CSA/CSI pump range is designed to protect people and the environment from hazardous, corrosive or toxic liquids, where product integrity cannot be compromised.

Among the many features incorporated into the CSA/CSI range, and increasingly important in product choice, is the ZeroLoss containment shell, which is available as an alternative to the traditional metallic design. Improved hydraulic efficiency and power savings of up to 25% are delivered by reduced induction losses.

Also important to the range’s environmental credentials is the availability of secondary sealing control measures, both for compliance purposes and to provide enhanced safety measures as a further backup in very hazardous processes. HMD Kontro offers a choice of either secondary control or secondary containment options, available across the entire CSA/CSI range, for both close coupled and separately mounted design configurations.

Demonstrate your support for HMD Kontro’s sealless pumps by voting for us online. You can read our supporting entry and register your vote from the 21st February on the Pump Industry Awards website.

JOSCAR Approved

Cross Sector Accreditation for HMD Kontro

We are pleased to advise that we have been approved to join the Joint Supply Chain Accreditation Register (JOSCAR). View our JOSCAR approved certification. The accreditation mark is used by some of the largest purchasers in high end procurement and indicates that we have demonstrated commitment and appropriate credentials.  JOSCAR covers company capability, information security, corporate social responsibility, financial history and ethical operations.

JOSCAR Approved

JOSCAR is a collaborative tool used by the aerospace, defence and security industry to act as a single repository for pre-qualification and compliance information.  Registration on JOSCAR is only available by the invitation of a buyer on the system.

JOSCAR allows prime contractors to confidently trade with pre-qualified suppliers via access to a central supplier database. To obtain accreditation, companies are assessed on a wide criteria and range of appropriate business parameters including product safety and quality, health and safety, environmental and sustainability, IT security, anti-bribery and corruption, counterfeit materials, insurance and third-party certification.

JOSCAR membership improves the efficiency of both the supplier and the buyer by ensuring that companies only use products and solutions of the highest quality and that comply with best practices.

Being a member of JOSCAR provides further assurance that the products and service we provide are of the highest quality and comply with industry standards. For further information, please contact us.

Secondary Control / Containment Options

Upgrading to an even safer pump solution

Sealless magnetic drive pumps offer complete containment and eliminate the need for dynamic seals.  The containment shell forms part of the primary pressure boundary, and its breach is an extremely rare occurrence. To further enhance safety when pumping hazardous liquids, HMD Kontro sealless pumps can be fitted with secondary protection as an upgrade to restrict or contain any leakage.

Secondary Control Containment

 

There are two methods of secondary protection:

Secondary Containment

The containment shell is located inside the coupling housing which may, as an option, be fully sealed to form a secondary pressure boundary with a secondary containment system. The system comprises a dry-running gas seal at the rear of the coupling housing along with a leak detection device (either Pressure or Liquid Sensor) in the secondary area. If the primary pressure boundary fails, the pump is shutdown, and the process liquid is contained.

Secondary Control

As a variation on the above containment option, secondary control features a sealing device at the rear of the coupling housing that restricts leakage, along with leak detection instrumentation (either Pressure or Liquid Sensor) within the secondary area. In the unlikely event of a breach of primary containment, liquid release is restricted, and the system allows for the removal of the process liquid via the secondary housing vent or drain connections.

HMD Kontro has a wide range of aftersales literature to help you with your HMD Kontro products. If you would like further information about secondary control and containment please take a look at our Secondary Control Containment leaflet or send an email to info@hmdkontro.com.

Think Sealless – Standards

Pumps using sealless technology can be supplied to the relevant international standards including API, ASME, ANSI and ISO. These relate to the compliance of pumps and their components in regard to efficiency, dimensions, design, testing and dynamics. You can be sure of complete compliance as our magnetic drive pumps are built to the relevant standards, without deviations. The manufacturing and design of HMD Kontro pumps is also fully in accordance with ISO 9001.

Think Sealless Standards

 

ASME Standards

ASME is the registered trademark of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the leading international developer of codes and standards associated with the art, science, and practice of mechanical engineering. ASME B73.3 is the ASME specification for sealless horizontal end suction centrifugal pumps for chemical processes. This standard applies to horizontal, end-suction, overhung, radially split, single-stage sealless pumps and defines both dimensional and best-efficiency head and capacity parameters (ASME B73.1 is the equivalent specification for mechanically sealed centrifugal pumps).

 

ISO Standards

This is the International Organisation of Standards and is an independent organisation that oversees, creates, and promotes internationally accepted standards for numerous industries.

ISO 15783 is this standard specifies the requirements for sealless rotodynamic pumps which are mainly used in chemical processes, water treatment and petrochemical industries. It includes design features concerned with selection, installation, maintenance and operational safety of the pumps.

ISO 2858 is an international standard and refers to end suction centrifugal pumps and specifies the main parameters and the pump designation. It specifies the principal dimensions, mounting details and nominal duty point of end-suction centrifugal pumps having a maximum operating rating of 16 bar.

ISO 5199 specifies a variety of performance requirements including minimum bearing life and construction features such as general layout and seal configurations.

 

API Standards

API sets the standards in the oil & gas pumping industries.  The API (American Petroleum Institute) standards are used to define systems, tests and equipment design and are predominantly used in the oil and gas, petroleum and petrochemical industries. Pumps that meet these standards are some of the highest quality available in industry.

API 685 relates to sealless centrifugal pumps for use in petroleum, heavy duty petrochemical and gas industry services and covers the requirements for both magnetic drive and canned motor pumps (the equivalent API 610 standard relates to mechanically sealed pumps in the same industries).

 

You can read more about the individual standards for sealless pumps and to which we work on our Certification & Compliance page. Think Sealless. For more information about our sealless pumps and their adherence to international industry standards, please browse the rest of our website.

CSA/CSI Availability

Pumps available on short lead times

The CSA / CSI magnetic drive pump range is a product line that has transformed how we approach pump order fulfilment to meet the needs of chemical and other industrial process customers.

The CSA / CSI pumps are specifically designed for ease of configuration and build. In addition, they feature maximum part interchangeability, and benefit from reduced inventory, ease of onsite installation, maintenance, servicing and upgrade, making them even more versatile.

The innovative modular design of the CSA / CSI pump range enables them to be rapidly supplied from stock in a variety of configurations to suit your application. Meanwhile, our Channel Partners can now select, build and deliver CSA / CSI pumps within shorter periods to meet your delivery needs and expectations.

The CSA/CSI pumps are available now from a network of trusted reseller HMD Kontro Channel Partners across the world, fully supported by in-house component stocks at HMD Kontro.

For more information, please see the CSA/CSI section of the website that includes detailed product specifications and please contact us for details of where you can purchase for delivery on short lead times or with any questions.

Think Sealless in 2022

Make This The Year You Think Sealless

Why wouldn’t you?! Given the significant benefits, many of which also make them the sustainable choice, isn’t it time to Think Sealless pumps?

With the removal of process leaks and all of the dangers and hassles that can result, minimal maintenance, reduced staff time and skill requirements for pump operation, longer MTBF and more uptime, magnetic drive sealless pumps offer an ideal solution.

Think Sealless in 2022

Any previous myths and misgivings about sealless pumps have been addressed. Efficiency has been improved with the HMD Kontro ZeroLoss containment shell, reliability issues and dry-running are prevented by a range of protective instrumentation options, short lead times have been provided with the modular CSA / CSI range and if you want to be really, really safe, secondary control and containment options are available.

Make this your resolution. To Think Sealless in 2022 for that next new pump project. Happy New Year. Please see www.thinksealless.com.

Sealless Survey – Win a £100.00 Amazon Gift Card

Whilst at HMD Kontro we live and breathe sealless, magnetic drive pumps, now seems a good time to pause and ask you to help us understand what you think, to give us a better understanding of whether you and the market, in general, are thinking sealless?

Whatever you know or don’t know, we are very happy to learn either way. We are looking for those who are familiar with and users of sealless pumps, and those who don’t know them at all or may find them a little unfamiliar.

Sealless Survey

To encourage you to complete the short questionnaire, we are giving three people that respond an Amazon Gift Card worth £100.00 (or the local currency equivalent). Names will be drawn from all those that have entered when the survey is complete.

It will only take a few minutes and you can remain anonymous if you wish. So please click the button below to get going.  We would love to hear your views and thank you in advance for your valued input, opinions and answers.

Sealless Survey

Think Sealless Skills

How Sealless Pumps Save on Staff Time and Costs

Staff and people are a major cost of any operation. The need to employ the necessary number of people and their skill level can mean the difference between a plant being economic or too expensive to run. This key factor can be evidenced by the way that production has moved to parts of the world where employment costs per hour are lower.

Due to the simplicity of a magnetic drive sealless pump, the ease of commissioning and minimal maintenance requirements means that not only are less people required but also that significantly less specialist skills are needed. This makes them eminently suitable for plants in areas where skilled people may not be readily available.

 

The minimal maintenance also means that less man hours are required per servicing and for any routine requirements.  Even when specifying sealless pumps less design time is needed, with fewer HAZAOPS considerations, less system documentation and minimal specification of instrumentation.

To save staff time and costs, Think Sealless. Please see www.thinksealless.com.

Horizon Art Exhibition

Featuring the works of Gertruda Caitar and Caoimhe McDonnell

Poster Horizon

 

HMD Kontro is delighted to be once again sponsoring an art exhibition featuring the works of our team members Gertruda Caitar and Caoimhe McDonnell.

  • Date: 11-12 December 2021
  • Venue: Hellingly Community Hub
  • Address: The Drive, Hellingly, East Sussex, UK, BN27 4EP
  • Time: 09.30 -21.00
  • Event Opening: 11 December 16.00 – 17.00
  • Admission: FREE

Gertruda Caitar started working for HMD Kontro in July 2018. Currently, her position involves production planning. This includes dealing with projects, predicting how long a project will take to complete, developing a production schedule, detailing tasks and monitoring the project’s progress. In her spare time, she loves to paint.

Caoimhe McDonnell joined HMD Kontro in October 2019 and works in the Aftermarket Department in sales support and customer service and particularly enjoys the international aspect of her work. In her spare time she is an artist and photographer.

Gertruda is an artist who tries to create stories, telling them with colours and passion. Time is not defined in some of the paintings so it’s up to viewers to transport themselves into the story. From dissociated shapes to realistic images, the paintings invite the viewer to discover, to ask, to find out and of course to enjoy. Gertruda uses alternative mediums, which allow different ideas to be expressed, all depending on her mood.

GC Painting Clock

Above: Gertruda Caitar’s Clock Painting 

As an artist and photographer, Caoimhe is attracted to the hidden and unexpected. Her images are not always conventional as she tries to use what she can see to describe what is more difficult to capture. An example would be looking at coastal erosion as a way of thinking about and illustrating national identity. Both can seem very fixed and permanent but, in fact, they are in a constant state of change. Caoimhe usually works in themes and loves to bring what is sometimes overlooked into the centre or to find and share new perspectives.

Gertruda and Caoimhe are good friends although they approach their work differently and have contrasting aesthetic styles. This exhibition is their first chance to collaborate on a project as friends and colleagues.

So why not discover the stories behind Gertruda’s and Caoimhe’s drawings, paintings and photographs? Come along to the Hellingly Community Hub on 11-12 December. You might even find that special present for a relative or friend.

HMD Kontro is proud to be active and involved in the local community around our headquarters in Eastbourne. For more information, please see our other blog posts.