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Who is “Rusty”?

Rusty is the affectionate name for our resident recycled robot.

Commissioned in 2012, and created from assorted metal items that were destined for the scrap heap, his components were rescued and cleaned and with a little imagination and a fair few welding rods, Rusty was “born”.

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Standing at 5’ 6” tall with broad cog made shoulders every glance at him spots something different, maybe a teapot or a gardening fork, an assortment of spanners, or a pedal, a plug socket or a lucky horse shoe.

Rusty can usually be found in pride of place, ready to greet visitors at our head office reception, however many of you may have already met him at our exhibition show stands where he always attracts far more attention than the personnel staffing the stands!

Rusty also has his own  Facebook and Google+ profiles, as well as sometimes popping up on the company Twitter and LinkedIn feeds to wish you a happy New Year or pass on the greetings of the season.

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Feel free to follow or pop in for a visit to see what you can spot!

Ebbsfleet Engineering Services Welcomes New Director – Alec Lindsay

Ebbsfleet Engineering Services are extremely pleased to introduce the most recent member of our  management team – Alec Lindsay.

Alec LindayWith a long established career in engineering and Health and Safety, Alec will be an invaluable member of our growing team.  His practical, hands on experience of site organisation, planning, Health and Safety management and extensive experience in managing a range of projects including; machinery decommissioning and relocation, demolition, new build, refurbishment works, residential schemes, MOD establishments and retail developments both compliments and enhances our already solid skills base.  He has particular expertise in large and complex schemes including high quality, high-profile building projects, and refurbishment and alteration projects.

Alec’s CV also boasts qualifications such as NEBOSH General, NEBOSH Environmental, OHSAS 18001 Lead Auditor, PTS Track Awareness, Btec Eng (Mech), National Plant Appointed Person, Asbestos Awareness, FPA Fire Risk assessor indicating his dedication to supporting and enforcing safe working practices.

Alec, who joined us at the beginning of October, hit the ground running by diving straight into managing a £250k project with a major waste recycling client based in Essex. We caught up with Alec between his many site visits to  see how he was getting on:

EES: Alec, how have you found your first 3 months?

Alec: “Well……it has been quite hectic and very interesting!”

EES: What excites you about the role?

Alec: “It is a return to my engineering routes and hopefully an opportunity to utilise my entire skill-set in a way that previous employments have not.”

EES: What would you say your best personal attributes were?

Alec:  “To never panic  and to remain calm.  Also the ability to see the big picture and be relentless in pursuit of task resolution.”

EES:  Yes, we’ve certainly found you  pretty “unflappable” in some rather challenging situations lately!  Okay, next question; Where would you like to take the company in 2015?

Alec: “I want to further enhance our client base as well as overall turnover and profitability of the business”

EES: What are your passions outside of work?

Alec:  “Outside of my family,  I guess it will be no secret that I am a keen motorcyclist and heavily involved with the local branch of Triumph Owners Club.”

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EES: Anything else you’d like to add?

Alec:  “Glad to be on board and here’s to 2015!”

What have we been getting up to? Removal of Capstan Wheels at JDR Cable Systems

Our loyal customers JDR Cable Systems based in Hartlepool, North East England, chose Ebbsfleet Engineering Services to remove two capstan wheels at their site in Victoria Dock. Some of you may have heard of capstan wheels and know all about what they are used for. Some of you however, a bit like me when I started here, have no idea what they are! Capstan wheels are rotating machines developed for use on ships to apply force to ropes, cables and hawsters. Which in principle means they’re very large!

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About the actual project…
The work had only taken a day which was completed by our excellent experienced engineers Scott Simpson and John Wellan. Of course JDR Cable Systems Project Engineer Sean Coulton was very satisfied with our work as he expresses here; “Many thanks to your guys for the work carried out in order to facilitate the removal of the capstans. Quick, clean and professional without any issues”.

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As you all may have guessed, the wheels are extremely heavy and great care had to be taken to ensure everyone was safe. Which is why our boys used an 80 tonne versalift truck to remove the capstan wheels to the designated area. You can’t even leave a versalift outside on tarmac as the ground would literally sink! Talk about the ground swallowing you up…..

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We supplied….
So here at Ebbsfleet Engineering we supplied the labor, specialist lifting equipment (the big heavy versalift) slings, tackle, tools for removal of holding down bolts, method statements and risk assessments for all the safety purposes.

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Finally….
If you would like to see more pictures of the project then head over to our Facebook and Twitter! If you haven’t already then please remember to follow or like us so you can see what we are talking about everyday. We will be back next week with the Recycling Lives project information. I know it was promised this week but circumstances prevail on this one….

So for now I am signing off and I shall see you all next week!
Charlotte Eames, Marketing Executive 🙂
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