Full steam ahead for historic boiler company


Bosch Commercial & Industrial Heating


Bosch Commercial & Industrial Heating


Bosch Commercial & Industrial Heating


Airedale Training


MK Mechanical


Jim Findlay


JBC Industrial Services


Combustion Engineering Association




Brexit and The Machinery Directive - 'Game of Change'

Warren Spiers, Managing Director at Spiers Engineering Safety, looks at the possible changes that may come, following our exit from the EU.


The machine safety industry should be watching the Brexit process with baited breath. Nobody truly knows what the outcome will be. In fact, all we know is that our relationship with the EU will never be the same again and in this 'game of change' nobody knows the outcomes for sure. The purpose of this article is to explore the changes that could occur to the Machinery Directive and the machinery safety industry. 

As a professional in machine safety and as a machine safety consultancy business owner responsible for the livelihood not just of my own family, but also of the families of our employees, I am keenly focussed on what contingencies I might want to put in place to protect us all from the effects of the Brexit process.

To read the full article click here.

Warren Spiers will be delivering a one-day machine safety workshop at Cannock on Tuesday 21st March 2017. 

To view all of Spiers  Engineering Safety conferences and workshops for 2017 please click here.


Full steam ahead for historic boiler company

It's full steam ahead at one of the UK's leading industrial boiler and furnace companies following a management buyout supported by £750,000 of funding to ensure the survival of the historic business.

Wellman Group, in Oldbury, is now a new company called Robey-Wellman Boilers and Furnaces Ltd, following the MBO by Steven Price, Leigh Bryan and Peter Gibbs.

The three directors, who have decades of experience in the industrial steam boiler and furnace industries, say the name recognises the long heritage and engineering excellence of the Robey and Wellman brands.

Wellman Group called in the administrators in the summer after a dispute with a key international supplier could not be resolved following 18 months of planning and negotiations.

The business continued to trade for four weeks until the MBO was finalised, supported by £750,000 funding enabling the company to move forward.

Director Peter Gibbs, who has worked with Wellman companies for nearly 25 years, said the new company consolidated previous divisions of the Wellman Group.

“We are now one company and focused on moving full steam ahead, building on the long heritage we have here and also looking to invest in both R&D and engineering talent as we progress.

“However, what remains unchanged is Wellman's commitment to excellent customer service. Our priority is to make sure our customers and potential customers are informed and engaged in what has happened in recent weeks, and reassure where needed that the company is already up and running and operating effectively.”

The new owners have vowed to build on Wellman's reputation for traditional values, cost-effective solutions and impeccable service. Wellman has been based at the Oldbury site for more than 150 years.

Director Leigh Bryan said: “We are delighted that 55 jobs were secured by this MBO, and as we grow and invest in our products and services, we have no doubt that we will be looking to recruit the next generation of talent to contribute to another successful 150 years of Wellman engineering excellence.”

Wellman's customers range from industrial steel processing giants such as TATA Steel to NHS Trusts, with more than 80 per cent of recent PFI projects at NHS hospitals across the UK opting for Robey-Wellman products.

For further information about Wellman, please visit or call 0121 543 0000


Bosch Commercial & Industrial Heating

One of the world’s leading heating and hot water manufacturers, Bosch Commercial and Industrial Heating, has extended its range of industrial steam plant solutions with the addition of a new heat recovery system, designed to operate in conjunction with Combined Heat and Power (CHP) modules, as well as other industrial heating system.

The new Heat Recovery Steam Boiler (HRSB) boasts the ability to generate between 400 and 4,100 kilogrammes of effective process steam per hour and provides an efficient way of converting accumulated heat in flue gases generated from combustion at a downstream CHP module. An integrated flue bypass is provided for situations where process steam is not required; this ensures that CHP running hours are maximised, along with their associated efficiency and economic benefits.

Geoff Hobbs, Business Development Director at Bosch Commercial and Industrial Heating, said: “The new Heat Recovery Steam Boiler is a great addition to our already extensive product range which not only helps to reduce overall energy costs for commercial and industrial consumers, but provides an efficient generation of process heat. The simple design and advanced control technology used also ensure installation and operation remain easy and convenient.

“By introducing the new heat recovery steam boiler, Bosch can now offer an even more comprehensive and complete energy efficient system that can generate heat for industrial processes, hot water and space heating via peak load industrial steam boilers, hot water boilers and now a heat recovery steam boiler that supports the customer’s on-site generation of electricity.

If you would like further information on Bosch Commercial and Industrial Heating’s new Heat Recovery Steam Boiler or our extensive industrial boiler range, please call 0330 123 3004 or visit


Bosch Commercial & Industrial Heating


Following a significant period of growth, leading manufacturer Bosch Commercial and Industrial Heating, has added two new heating and hot water specialists to its expanding sales team to meet increased customer demand. 

Shaun Garrod joins Bosch as Business Development Manager for the North and Scotland region. Shaun has over five years’ experience dealing with all major M&E contractors and with continued year-on-year improved sales results, will continue to raise the profile of the Bosch brand within this region.

Accompanying Shaun is Richard Ryland, who joins as Commercial Sales Manager for North London and East Anglia. Richard has a wealth of product and industry knowledge and is tasked with continuing to strengthen the Bosch brand in this area. 

Geoff Hobbs, Business Development Director at Bosch Commercial and Industrial Heating, said: “As the strength of the Bosch brand continues to grow, it is important that we constantly look to improve upon the momentum we have built up. These appointments help to reinforce the presence of the brand by offering our customers a wealth of expertise across a range of products.

“The future is a very exciting prospect for Bosch and I wish both our new recruits every success in their respective roles.” 

Bosch Commercial and Industrial Heating are currently seeking candidates to join its growing sales team. For further information please call 0330 123 3004 or visit



Bosch Commercial & Industrial Heating


Young members of the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) were able to gain an insight into how to reap the benefits of Combined Heat & Power, thanks to a guest lecture by a representative from one of the UK’s leading commercial and industrial heating manufacturers.

Alex Parkinson, UK CHP Sales Manager at Bosch Commercial & Industrial Heating, ran the educational workshop which was attended by 25 members of the CIBSE Young Engineers Network’s (YEN) North West region. 

Primarily focusing on the fundamental design principles for successful CHP, the session was written by Alex for those engineers either new to CHP or wishing to refresh their knowledge on the technology, which is rapidly growing in popularity in the commercial and industrial sectors. Alex’s presentation detailed examples of the best and worst hydraulic arrangements, electrical connections, competing and complementary technologies, and importance of service and remote monitoring.

Alex, who has 12 years’ experience in the building services industry, works closely with contractors, consultants and merchants to develop commercial and industrial CHP led solutions, and has also published a number of technical papers on other aspects of CHP systems. 

Alex commented: “It was very flattering to be given chance to offer an insight into the benefits of CHP to such an esteemed group of engineers. There is no question that the incentives related to CHP technology are stronger than they’ve ever been in the UK, which is why it is important that our industry’s decision-makers of the future feel confident enough to design successful systems which reduce both utility costs and CO2 emissions.” 

For more information on Bosch Commercial & Industrial Heating, its comprehensive range of Combined Heat & Power (CHP) modules, and its free CIBSE-accredited CPD programme, visit or call 0330 123 3004.


Airedale Training

Airedale Training LTD was just an idea 6 months ago. My name is Ele Greenwood, formerly Marketing Manager of Byworth Boilers and Head of Training.

I could see that there was a genuine need to help guide Boiler Operators and Mangers to find the right training course to suit their individual requirements.  Not everyone is the same, learns the same way and doesn’t need to sit the same course for their current gaps in knowledge with the ultimate aim of course to become BOAS accredited.

Together with the support from the CEA, I could see there was an opportunity to pull together all the current and future courses available from the UK training providers and put all that information into one place.

This I believe will give employers, managers and engineers within the Boiler Industry  the confidence that they only need to make one phone call to find the right training course, a one stop shop.

There is no charge to the delegate for my services, I will take time to fully understand what is needed from a training course, look at any gaps in knowledge and find a provider that can offer the most suitable training with dates that suit nearest to you, taking the headache away from endless phone calls and course material to read through.

I work with a team of the very best trainers with reputations and experience that are known and respected throughout the UK and overseas. I can provide training courses and bespoke courses to be site specific at customers own sites, to avoid travelling and staying away over night, or I can find and book courses at training centres some which have a manufacturing plant so the boilers can be seen in production, all with classrooms for the theory part of the course and most with a live boiler and plant room for the practical elements.

Whatever you need I can help, visit my website or call for some information on 07539 829069.



MK Mechanical


                       Plumbers honoured for achievements  


                          Alderman Fiona Woolf presents Martyn Kukk with Master Plumber Certificate



Two members of the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) received awards at the Livery Companies Skill Council awards ceremony last month.  Martyn Kukk received the Master Plumber Certificate and Marcus MacEachmharcaigh was presented with a Journeyman Certificate.

Kevin Welman, CEO of the CIPHE, comments, ''One of the main functions of our Institute is in setting and maintaining standards, and it was especially pleasing to see the Master Plumber and Journeyman Certificates presented to Martyn and Marcus in acknowledgement of their efforts and achievements in our industry.''



Jim Findlay

Jim Findlay’s Re-appointment as ISO/TC 109 Chairman– Congratulations

From: Rob Steele – Secretary General

Dear Mr. Findlay, 

I have the great pleasure of informing you that, following your nomination by the secretariat of ISO/TC 109 Oil and gas burners, the ISO Technical Management Board has re-appointed you as chair of this committee for the period 2014-2016. 

The fact of your re-appointment speaks to your demonstrated skills and abilities as chair of your committee and your renewed commitment is greatly appreciated. In the spirit of continuous improvement which defines the ISO culture to which you have greatly contributed, I would encourage you to use your re-appointment as an opportunity to identify any possible areas for further development, such as targeted training on the ISO/IEC Directives and ISO Supplement. Mr. Charles-Pierre Bazin de Caix, the Technical Programme Manager for your committee, is at your disposal to discuss such opportunities, as well as to provide any other assistance you may need. 

As chair, you play a strong role in the management of the work of your committee, including secretariat resources. If the full and timely completion of your committee's work programme is being hindered by inadequate secretariat resources, we would encourage you to bring this to the attention of the Director of BSI.

I take this opportunity to congratulate you on your re-appointment. The staff of the ISO Central Secretariat and I look forward to our continued collaboration with you.

Yours sincerely,

Rob Steele


Rob Steele


ISO Central Secretariat

Chemin de la Voie-Creuse 1

P.O. Box 56

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JBC Industrial Services

Heavy Oil Makes Way for Liquid Natural Gas

Energy hungry manufacturers reliant on heavy fuel oil now have an alternative to natural gas. Innovations in LNG and burner technology enable off grid industries to increase efficiency, reduce emissions and running costs.


Our client is a prestigious manufacturer supplying high performance nutrition products to the global market.

At their production facility in Wales, manufacturing demand is 24 hours thus a continuous steam load is critical. Due to location, site could not utilise natural gas, instead the primary fuel was heavy fuel oil (HFO). Site relied on outdated boiler and burner technology, coupled with the increasing costs of HFO resulted in an opportunity to provide considerable savings


Outdated burner technology (rotary cup)

Inefficient boiler (converted coal/twin furnace)

Rising cost of HFO

High sulphur emissions

Poor burner turndown (3.5:1)

Increased maintenance costs

Significant cost and energy losses


The utilisation of liquid natural gas (LNG) as an alternative for mains gas..

Bringing a cost effective solution the LNG infrastructure consisted of 42tonne capacity facility which was installed on site. JBC then began the two phase project consisting of replacing the boilers and burners.

Phase 1 – Standby boiler retrofitted with dual fuel Oilon GKP-1200-M Monox burner with combustion head optimisation. Ecosafe digital combustion controls and inverter drive.

Phase 2 – Decommission and removal of the redundant coal boiler, replaced with 16T/hr package steam boiler with flue gas economiser, Oilon GKP-1200-M Monox dual fuel burner & Ecosafe digital combustion controls.

The mechanical and electrical elements were completed within a three week window. This swift turnaround ensured disruption to production was minimised and emphasised the refined project management skills of JBC’s install team.

The Results

  • Burner turndown improved (8:1) LNG (4:1) diesel
  • Electrical savings
  • Improved overall operating efficiency
  • Reduced maintenance costs
  • Significantly reduction in fuel consumption
  • Abolished harmful sulphur emissions
  • Compliance with BG01 (Arr2)


This versatile solution delivers modern boiler and burner technology within an industry that is heavily geared to meet production demands. The challenge was to implement a new era within industry through LNG as a solution to those manufacturers who are ‘off grid’. Through technology and experience, JBC with the help of its chosen gas supply partner delivered the largest commercial LNG installation in the UK without disrupting critical manufacturing production 

It is also predicted that the changes under the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED) for the Medium Combustion Plant Directive (MCP) will make HFO a fuel that is no longer a viable alternative and unable to meet the stringent emissions limits that are likely to be imposed over the next few years, without significant investment. 0113 220 3830


Combustion Engineering Association



CEA Conference’s grow from strength to strength

Industrial Guidance PM5 and PSG2 have both been replaced for automatic boiler operation.

The Health and Safety Executive published a new guidance document INDG436 (Industrial Guidance 436), and the HSE in partnership with SAFed and the CEA have produced the supporting document BG01 to put the flesh on the bones, and help “Owners” and “Operators” of boiler plant understand what this new guidance means to them.

Since the launch of INDG436 and BG01 in October 2011 the CEA have held nine conferences around the United Kingdom in Warwick, Selby, Warrington, Belfast, Bristol, Hatfield, Perth, Sutton Coldfied and Crawley, with record numbers of delegates and Exhibitors attending at Sutton Coldfield and Crawley. We were also fortunate to have Ige Adebayo HSE speakers at several of these conferences, followed by David Bosworth Head of the Safety Unit speaking at Bristol, and Phil Strickland speaking at Crawley explaining the HSE view on the guidance and their expectations from it.

Due to the demand it is likely that there will be two more of these conferences early in 2014 with dates and venues still to be confirmed, should you wish to attend please contact us and we will put you on a list, so you receive the information when we send out further details.


David Kilpatrick


Director - CEA





Carl Büttner Shipmanagement will be using innovative exhaust gas purification technology from SAACKE

Carl Büttner Shipmanagement GmbH & Co. KG in Bremen, specializing in the operation of oil and chemical tankers, has selected SAACKE GmbH for the implementation of an innovative exhaust gas purification system. Since October this year, the SAACKE LMB Scrubber will be installed in the four-year-old 140 meter long tanker MT Levana. Completion is scheduled for November 2013. The new plant will pay for itself after about 2 years. The increasingly demanding exhaust gas emissions standards for sea travel make the refitting mandatory for the tanker company. The scrubber is a more economical alternative to a fuel switchover. The unique characteristic of the SAACKE solution is the upstream soot separation, which avoids the usual production of sludge, which is difficult to process.

Starting 2015, fuel will be subject to limit values of 0.1 percent sulphur on the North Sea and theBaltic Sea. The limit will gradually be lowered across the globe down to 0.5 percent by 2020. The majority of ships currently in operation are driven by heavy oil with a high portion of sulphur. In addition, the fuel on board is also used to create warm water or steam. Both processes create exhaust gases that contain soot and sulphur oxides and are harmful to the environment. Refitting existing ships to run on alternative fuels is either impossible or extremely difficult, which is a sizeable problem. "In contrast, due to the compact design of the LMB Scrubber from SAACKE, most ships can be easily refitted and the system significantly undercuts the required limit values", explains Gerhard Heißenbüttel, Head of Maritime Competence Centre at SAACKE.

Soot separation using a dry process and 99 percent sulphur reduction

The SAACKE solution uses a patented ventilator unit, the so-called VentSep, as well as a desulfurizer and a special filter unit. By separating the soot using a dry process, 80 percent of the fine particles are separated. The majority of the soot produced – which is up to 200 kilograms per day – thus doesn’t make it into the spray nozzle filter and is therefore not mixed in with the sludge, but instead collected in a dry way and disposed of or processed on shore. 99 percent of the sulphur particles in the exhaust gas are filtered by a spray nozzle scrubber using an atomized water spray and a water cascade. There is now a 1-MW test plant for the scrubber at the Viktor Lenac shipyard inCroatiawhich can be used for crew training or viewed by interested clients after consultation with SAACKE.

SAACKE GmbH was founded in 1931 as CSÖ Carl SAACKE Ölfeuerungsgesellschaft mbH. The company introduced its first burner for marine use to the market in 1934. The company is now one of the leading specialists for combustion engineering and complete plant systems. Annual sales were in 2011 around EUR 184 million. The company employs about 1,100 staff worldwide, including 300 engineers. The head office inBremen is home to both the production facilities and the development centre.

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