Wales & West Utilities apprentices access latest technology

Steve Vick International is involved in the instruction of 22 apprentices who are currently undertaking training at Wales & West Utilities’ £3 million training Academy in Treforest, South Wales. Work has begun on a ductile iron replacement project and as a result, the need for training on Steve Vick International’s range of new Rapid Pipe Cutters arose.

The apprentices are already one year into their programmes, which will last 2 bis zur 3 Jahre. Once they have completed the course they will have the skills to be employed as competent network construction operatives within the gas distribution network.

Wales & West Utilities HR Director Sarah Hopkins says, “The apprentices are based across the company’s operating area and are going through training programmes to develop the skills to deliver a safe, reliable and efficient service that will keep customers safe and warm with a gas supply they can rely on for years to come.”

Das Rapid-Fenster Cutter, developed with Wales & West Utilities

One of the machines that the apprentices will learn to use is Steve Vick’s Rapid Window Cutter which was developed in collaboration with Wales & West Utilities to meet the need for a fast, safe and easy-to-use method of dramatically reducing cutting time on ductile iron pipes during Live Mains Insertion.

Während der Großteil der bestehenden Gasnetz in Großbritannien besteht aus Gussrohre hergestellt, gibt es einen signifikanten Anteil aus Sphäroguss konstruiert und Stahl. Diese Netz stellen ein Problem für die Versorgung, wenn lebende und tote Netz Einsetzen Durchführung, da sie leicht wie Gusseisen Netz nicht in der Lage zu sein ausgebrochen sind.

Das Rapid-Fenster Cutter ist wahrscheinlich der schnellste auf dem Markt, Lage, ein Fenster in zehn Minuten zu schneiden, wenn traditionelle Ausrüstung wesentlich länger dauern würde,. Suitable for use on ductile iron pipes in the size range 100mm to 200mm (4", 6"Und 8"), the machine is fitted with depth controls allowing it to be used safely on inserted pipe. It is small and lightweight and the compact design allows the cutter to be used close up to third party equipment.

The Rapid Rotary Cutter for ductile iron

Steve Vick International will also train the apprentices in the use of their Rapid Rotary Cutter, eine kompakte Umfangsschneider, der eine 4 "duktile Haupt in etwa zwei Minuten geschnitten ist in der Lage.
Die Maschine ist ideal bei lebenden oder toten Einführungsprojekte zu verwenden und wird mit Tiefensteuerscheiben geliefert Schäden an inneren PE-Rohr zu verhindern.

A major benefit of the Rapid Rotary Cutter is that it operates without the need for water coolant when cutting ductile iron which is highly convenient and leaves a dry trench.

Crock Harrison, Steve Vick International’s Managing and Technical Director, sagt, “With these two products – The Rapid Window Cutter and the Rapid Rotary Cutter – as well as other cutting equipment in our range, we believe that Wales & West Utility apprentices will have faster, safer and more efficient ways of cutting gas mains at their fingertips when they begin work replacing the aging metal mains in communities throughout Wales and the South West of England.”

“We are committed to providing training for all our equipment, either on or off site, to help our customers get the best possible advantages from our products,” Crock Harrison continued.
Wales & West Utilities is undertaking a multi-million-pound 30-year mains replacement programme across Wales and the South West, die begann in 2002. Alte Metallrohre innerhalb 30 Meter von Gebäuden werden mit neuen PE-Rohre mit einer Lebensdauer von mehr als ersetzt 80 Jahre.

The Rapid Window Cutter and Rapid Rotary Cutter are part of Steve Vick International’s expanding range of pipe handling equipment designed to improve safety, reduce costs and improve efficiency within the utility industry.

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