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Thursday, 15 November 2018

IPS Flow Systems Limited have successfully achieved BAFSA Course Accreditation in respect of their CPVC training for fire sprinkler installers. 
Ruth Oliver (BAFSA) & Paul Wright (IPS) 
Paul Wright, Business Development Manager received the award at the recent BAFSA 2018 Conference, attended by Kevin Curran, Managing Director, IPS Flow systems.

  
Accreditation stands as a mark of quality for the training that businesses have already put in place. 
But what benefits does this mark of quality really bring?

As well as being an investment for the organisation itself, and its employees, accreditation is also viewed as a prerequisite to success. High quality training becomes a vital component of an organisation’s consistency towards working standards and practices. Course Accreditation is the formal recognition that ensures training is meeting the appropriate criteria for best practice and that it meets or exceeds nationally recognised training standards.

Accreditation promotes accountability. It is the ultimate measure of quality, it is a professional seal of approval that assures clients and employees that the training they are undertaking has met rigorous standards and is a genuine quality assured programme.

Of course, various types of accredited training bring about key sector-specific benefits, but it is also possible to distinguish some more general positive consistencies. Adding accreditation to in-house training benefits the overall image and efficiency of an organisation.

Regulation instils trust.
From an investment perspective, the government and general public are more inclined to capitalise on, associate with and strive to work for accredited companies with a proven reputation of reliability and efficiency. Businesses can attract new clients through the benefits of reducing associated risks of working with non-accredited organisations.

IPS Flow Systems, based in Seaham, Co. Durham have been supplying CPVC fire sprinkler systems for over 25 years and have always put great emphasis on product awareness and installer training.  Kevin Curran, Managing Director said “the company is an active member of BAFSA and we were delighted to support the BAFSA skills and development committee in the development of the L2 Qualification, which is now available in a number of colleges around the UK”.  Kevin went on to say, “being the first to achieve BAFSA course accreditation, is a real achievement and recognises the hard work and commitment of our employees and is something that we are really proud of”.  The company, which was one of the first to gain the prestigious ‘Investor In People’ Gold Award continues to demonstrate the importance of investing in skills and training. 

BAFSA Course Accreditation endorses quality courses, training providers, trainers as well as in-house training schemes for the sector, giving employers and individuals confidence that the training they are considering has been approved by the trade association.

Ruth Oliver, BAFSA Skills and Qualifications Adviser said “BAFSA’s accreditation scheme was developed to allay concerns about the quality of delivery of training within the fire sprinkler industry. It is BAFSA’s intention to recognise high quality training and endorse it with the aim of increasing the availability and quality of training available to everyone who works in the sector. Training is matched to industry standards or best practice, which specify standards of performance that people are expected to achieve and the knowledge and skills they need to perform effectively providing the evidence to providers, trainers, employers and learners that training is being delivered to the highest possible standards. With accredited training, learners have assurance of receiving a quality education as well as gaining recognition by employers.”

To find out more about BAFSA Course Accreditation visit https://www.bafsa.org.uk/bafsa-course-accreditation/

Monday, 29 October 2018

Business Development Manager - Kessel Drainage Products


This is an opportunity to join a growing team working in a great company, if you have what it takes and want a great career then send your CV to:

Kevin Curran, Managing Director
IPS Flow Systems,
Seaham Grange Industrial Estate
Seaham
Co. Durham
SR7 0PT

kcurran@ipsflowsystems.com

Closing Date: 30th November 2018

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

IPS Staff Focus - What they really get up to outside of work!


The Queens Award for Voluntary Service
Congratulations to our Business Development Director Andrew Lamb, who was one of over 1000 cast and crew of the action packed show, Kynren who this summer, won The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

This prestigious award was created in 2002 to celebrate the Golden Jubilee anniversary of The Queen's coronation and is the MBE for volunteer groups.



The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work done in their own communities. Any group doing volunteer work that provides a social, economic or environmental service to the local community can be nominated for the award, and each group is assessed on the benefit it brings to the local community and its standing within that community.

Anne Isabelle Daulon, Chief Executive of Eleven Arches, the organisation behind the show commented that 'this award recognised the tireless work that each and every volunteer has put into bringing to life the history of the nation and of the North East in a spectacular show; it is testament to the year-round dedication of all to producing it to world class standards. It is also the recognition that our show has real impact, not only on the community of Archers but also more widely on our communities. This is a fantastic achievement!'

Andrew has been a volunteer in Kynren (which takes place every summer in Bishop Auckland, Co. Durham and is ranked as one of the Top 3 performances in the UK by trip advisor) now for 3 seasons.

 


The action-packed live blockbuster plays out on a vast stage with a lake at its centre and beneath the magnificent Auckland Castle, performed by a cast and crew of 1,000 who take you on a journey
through 2,000 years of history, myth and legend. The spectacular show is brought to life with magnificent sets, special effects and pyrotechnics and is set to a spine-tingling original soundtrack.

Andrew said 'although I have volunteered all of my adult life, this had to be one of the most challenging, but enjoyable projects that I have ever been involved in. The project has not only offered opportunities to meet new people and create many new friends, it had also allowed me to learn new skills, many of which are transferable. I am very proud to be part of something that has received the recognition of Her Majesty The Queen'.


Sunday, 14 October 2018

Working Together now Walking Together!



In September we held our first 'company walk', which was an idea to bring people together outside of work, we even said bring your partners and dogs and off we went to Buttermere in the Lake District.

Well, we had a great day and decided that we would get together at least once a month.  On Saturday, 13th October, a slightly bigger group set off to the small fishing village of Craster (Northumberland) to walk the 6 mile route around Dunstanburgh Castle and, well it rained!!!!!  For those who didn't have a dog, they borrowed one (it has to be said dogs are optional).

We thought you would like to see a little video of our day as we would like to encourage more companies to recognise the benefits of promoting health and wellbeing at work for their employees and walking is a great way to start!

In fact, experts agree, walking is a low impact physical exercise that most people can take part in and is extremely good for you.  Walking helps to improve mood and positively increases feelings of calm and wellbeing, fosters creativity, enables a change of scene and an escape from everyday life.

The challenge is to keep it going, we'll share our adventures with you over the coming months; you never know what the next challenge will be!

Friday, 12 October 2018

IPS Welcome a New Business Development Manager for Scotland

Gary Callachan - IPS Business Development Manager (Scotland)
IPS Flow Systems are delighted to welcome Gary Callachan as Business Development Manager for Scotland.

Gary has had a number of years experience as a chemical process engineering professional in the water and waste water industries both in the UK and abroad.

Outside of work Gary loves spending time with his young family and is a keen sportsman both taking part and as a football referee.

Gary is looking forward to hitting the ground running and we are sure that he will be an invaluable member of the IPS team.

Sunday, 7 October 2018

UKCW Focus - Fatburgs, A UK problem that could be a thing of the past!

The main feature on the IPS/Kessel stand @ #ukconstructionweek will be KESSEL Grease Separators suitable for both underground and above ground applications.



Fatburgs! A UK problem that could be a thing of the past?


What we don't see, we don't worry about - but at what cost ?
With water companies spending millions of pounds every year clearing blockages from the sewers beneath our cities, we all have a responsibility to take care what we put down the drain!

The biggest ever fatberg, found in 2017 beneath Whitechapel Road in East London, was filled with congealed fat, wet wipes and nappies. This fatbert was 10 times larger than the one found in a sewer in Kingston, London, in 2013.

It is estimated that 90% of eateries in London are contributing to the problem by failing to install grease traps, the report found. As a result, grease, oil and food scraps washed off plates, utensils and saucepans are finding their way into pipes and drains.

Stephen Pattenden, sewer network manager for Thames Water said: “We’re not suggesting anyone intentionally pours the contents of a fat fryer down the drain, but it’s more about the gunk that comes from dirty plates, pots and pans. A simple, well-maintained grease trap will capture that stuff and stop it entering the sewer and turning into a monster fatberg.”

Food outlets have already been given advise on how to dispose of fat and food waste whilst commercial kitchens have been advised on grease-trapping equipment specifically for commercial kitchens.

Pattenden also said that restaurants that failed to install grease traps and other measures faced prosecution if they didn’t make required changes.

Thames Water says it spends about £1million a month clearing blockages from its sewers in London and the Thames Valley – an average of three fat-related blockages every hour. So it's understandable that they are advising on the use of grease traps and prosecuting against those companies who don't make changes.

Fatberg Facts


Length - 250 meters which is the same as:

  • Tower Bridge in London
  • 2 football pitches

Weight - 130 tonnes which is the same as:

  • 11 double decker buses
  • 19 adult African elephants
  • 2 Airbus A318 aeroplanes 

'Ingredients'

  • Wet wipes (primarily from domestic properties)
  • Nappies (again usually from domestic properties)
  • Sanitary items (from domestic properties)
  • Foot scraps (primarily from commercial kitchens and food outlets)
  • Fat, oil and grease (from commercial kitchens and food outlets)

If you would like to talk through the options for installing underground or above ground commercial grease trap please visit:
Well, we're almost ready! IPS and our partner Kessel have been working hard to get ready to exhibit at the UK’s largest built environment event, UK Construction Week (UKCW)

As well as exhibiting the Kessel range of Pumping Stations, Flood Protection Products and Shower Drains, this year 'Grease is the word', we will focus on their Separator products with a feature display of the EasyClean Grease Separator.

Remember that the exhibition consists of nine shows running from 9-11 October:

Timber Expo, Build Show, Civils Expo, Plant & Machinery Live, Energy 2018, Building Tech Live, Surface & Materials Show and HVAC2018 


 (with Grand Designs Live which is open to the trade on 10-11 October).

Find us in Hall 12, Stand C325

Saturday, 6 October 2018

UK Construction Week - Next Week, Are You Going




Well, we're almost ready! IPS and our partner Kessel have been working hard to get ready to exhibit at the UK’s largest built environment event, UK Construction Week (UKCW). As well as exhibiting the Kessel range of Pumping Stations, Flood Protection Products and Shower Drains, this year 'Grease is the word', we will focus on their Separator products with a feature display of the EasyClean Grease Separator.


Remember that the exhibition consists of nine shows running from 9-11 October:

Timber Expo, Build Show, Civils Expo, Plant & Machinery Live, Energy 2018, Building Tech Live, Surface & Materials Show and HVAC2018 



 (with Grand Designs Live which is open to the trade on 10-11 October).


Find us in Hall 12, Stand C325

UKCW Focus - Kessel Project Drains

Kessel Project Drains @ukcw
KESSEL project drains Ecoguss and Practicus are particularly suitable for the commercial and public sector designed with the health and safety of users in mind! The drains are produced from material that is 100% corrosion-free with a smooth surface that prevents the build up of deposits. Covers with the practical Lock & Lift system make daily cleaning of the draining points in public buildings much easier and faster. Advantages that make our project drains first choice for larger building projects!



The Ecoguss from Kessel is produced from high-tech composite material, combining the advantages of polymer (low weight and no corrosion) with those of cast iron (sound protection and heat resistance).  The Ecoguss floor and roof drains are not only easy to process, they represent an economic alternative to conventional cast iron drains. All of these advantages mean that Ecoguss project drains are ideally suited for hospitals, swimming pools, leisure centres, nursing homes, hotels and office buildings.

Advantages:
Metallic composite material
Metallic properties and yet still corrosion-free. Replaces primed and epoxied drains. No electrical grounding necessary.

Flow Rate
1.8 ltr per second

Sound Protection
Measurements carried out by the Fraunhofer Institute in Stuttgart:
>= 16 dB(A) according to DIN 4109
>= 14 dB(A) according to VDI 4100 SST III

Hygiene
Self-cleaning effect due to permanent non-corrosive and smooth surface. Excellent resistance to high acid/alkali wastewater polluted by chemicals.

Assembly
Ecoguss drains are three times lighter than cast iron despite being just as sturdy, thus making transport and installation much easier. There is no longer any need for complex electrical grounding. The drain body requires a core hole with a diameter of only 160 mm.

Fire Protection
Fire-Kit and Quick-Fit are available with fire protection approval to Z-19.17-1719: Ecoguss drains with a vertical outlet can be equipped with the fire protection insert Fire-Kit, which is complies to  the highest fire resistance class R 120. Only use Fire-Kit in combination with an odour trap.



SML-Pipe Connection
Connection to SML-pipe according to DIN 19522 in Ø 58, 78, 110 and Ø 83 mm. No more transition sections!

Modular Design
Individual drain composition using the KESSEL modular system, to find out more see these products on our stand at #ukconstructionweek

Remember that the exhibition consists of nine shows running from 9-11 October:


Timber Expo, Build Show, Civils Expo, Plant & Machinery Live, Energy 2018, Building Tech Live, Surface & Materials Show and HVAC2018 


 (with Grand Designs Live which is open to the trade on 10-11 October).


Find us in Hall 12, Stand C325