Today we celebrate our website domain www.filters.co.uk being 20 years old! And to help celebrate we've made some cookies using our sister company's 3D Metal printer to make moulds for the letters. Tasty !! ...
With the visit today to Warrington by our Prime Minister Rt Hon Theresa May and her full cabinet - Croft have been interviewed and filmed for the Northwest tonight television news at 6:30pm. Both company directors Neil & Mark Burns were filmed for a discussion in lieu of the PM's visit about Brexit and North West businesses. ...
Here at Croft Filters Limited we are always proud of our staff member’s achievements both inside and outside the workplace. Once again Rob Watkins did not disappoint when four of his photos were shortlisted for the EEF’s Manufacturing Photography competition for the 5th time. Not only was Rob shortlisted for the final but also went on to beat the fierce competition in the Amateur Group, winning the award for the 4th time.
Working as marketing manager for Croft, Rob was invited down to the final held at the House of Commons in London. As well as the title, Rob also walked away with a camera provided by the competition’s sponsor, Cannon.
Rob stunned the judging panel with his eye-catching image, ‘Hemispheres’, taken in our workshop in Warrington. The photo captures one of our highly skilled engineers welding together two hemispheres of a cylindrical screen filter to be used in the recycling of plastics. The screen filter is a critical component that is a part of the first commercial production line in the world manufacturing post-consumer PC/ABS pellets from shredded waste electrical and electronic equipment.
Rob says: “I love this competition as manufacturing is a fantastic subject matter, offering such diverse opportunities for dramatic of challenging shots. It’s a very visual industry, but also very demanding of the photographer – it requires a good eye, skill and patience to truly do it justice.”
“I’m proud to have won this competition again – and of course I’m hoping it’s the start of another winning streak. But even if that’s not the case, it has been an honour seeing my work on display again in the House of Commons, alongside so many other fantastic images of modern-day UK manufacturing.”
The competition, now in its 7th year, seeks creative images that capture the essence of modern manufacturing. Photographs can portray and stage of manufacturing – from design, process and technology in action through to the finished product – and can cover traditional or high-tech sectors.
Rob previously won the competition three years’ in a row in 2012, 2013 and 2014. His latest winning photograph will help raise the profile of UK manufacturing by showcasing the industry’s creativity, diversity and heritage, as well as putting Croft Filters on the map.
The competition aims to engage schoolchildren between the ages of 13 and 14, in a series of manufacturing challenges to ultimately improve the perception of careers in manufacturing for both girls and boys. The competition also aims to help to raise awareness of employment opportunities available to young people in their local area, promoting placements similar to ones offered by Croft over the years.
Spread throughout the year, high schools in each region of the North West, UK, have the opportunity to compete in regional rounds in order to qualify for the championship on the 15th March 2017 at Manchester United’s Old Trafford Stadium, where the winning school team will be announced. The first challenge asks the students to design and pitch a production line to be used for the food industry, using a range of tools and machinery equipment provided. The winners will be decided by a judging panel.
Louise Geekie, Project Manager at Croft Additive Manufacturing commented on the gap between education and manufacturing –
“In an attempt to inspire the next generation of 3D engineers, additive manufacturers are also getting more involved with the education sector by hosting experiential visits to factories and taking on work placements.”
“Currently, the education sector is in the early stages of adopting 3D printing into the classroom. However, as solving the STEM skills gap becomes more and more urgent, we expect to see an increase in industry demand for students with strong computing and design abilities.”
Croft firmly believes in investing in people, from school and university projects to apprenticeships and adult apprenticeships. As a Company we aim to help bridge the gap between education and manufacturing whilst always looking to innovate through new manufacturing methods.
Both Louise and Neil Burns, Director of both Croft Filters and Croft Additive Manufacturing, will be attending the regional heat in Knutsford on the 15th December, to form part of the judging panel.
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Croft recently manufactured a replica of a brass filter for one of it’s clients to be used within a steam water injection system – our client being extremely pleased with the supplied product.
The skilled engineer whom was mainly responsible for this manufacture noticed that the same filter looked very familiar and soon discovered he had come across this product in his personal experiences.
Andrew Marsh – one of Croft’s highly skilled engineers, in his personal time is passionate about steam trains and has several replica models himself. Whilst making these brass filters he remembered that one of his locomotives used the very same construction in one of his replica’s.
Andrew has a 5” guage working replica pacific class ‘A’ – a 70004 William Shakespeare 462 configuration locomotive built in Crewe in 1951 (see photo) – production of these ended in 1967. The original train was the very first locomotive in the UK to exceed 100mph with passengers and ran from London to Newcastle.
The same filter that Andrew was manufacturing for Croft’s client was also being used as an inline water filter to prevent debris/silt blocking the water injectors on his replica.
It just goes to show the diversity of filter applications that Croft can make – and the similarity of the useage for these specialist products – how ironic!