Major investment at Schenck Process UK’s new Doncaster plant spans everything from manufacturing, including new shot blasting and painting facilities, to research.
Around £1 million is being spent on a new test house which Schenck sees as one of the features that sets it apart.
“Most of our clients come to us with a problem and we provide them with the solution,” says managing director Nick Jones.
“Because of the variety of industries we are working in we are continually picking up on what is best practice and applying that to other sectors’ problems. We are unique in that we have a collection of engineers who really understand pneumatics.
“Customers like the fact that we can take their materials, test them to see how they flow in a pneumatic system and work out how they can accurately be fed into the processes. We have tested hundreds of materials from grains of rice to large lumps of coal and copper.”
In addition to working out how best to blow material around corners, up, down and over long distances, Schenck recently carried out research on grain for a leading brewer.
The brewer wanted to be able to move grain between two sites separated by a road and wanted to know whether it could be done using a pneumatic system and an underground pipeline, without any damage to the grain.
Schenck Process UK has expertise moving large amounts of materials and delivering smaller and precise quantities.
And, it is reaping increasing benefits from being part of an international group with operations in 30 different locations, giving the Doncaster operations a global reach.