Archived News at TQC
2011 saw over
£ 2 million worth of equipment, spares and service shipped
by TQC Automation and Test Solutions. We are pleased to report
that currently we are seeing an opposite effect to the reported
hard times and manufacturing downturn and we are looking forward
to 2012 being even busier that the previous 12 months.
During 2011 a
couple of old faces and a new face arrived at TQC. Barry Newth
has joined the Software department fulltime, we all know Barry
as he spent some time with us back in 2009 helping us with
a large project we were handling. Paul Martlew has joined
TQC in an Electromechanical role, this will be very useful
for us as we go through spells where different levels of workload
are needed in the mechanical assembly and electrical wiring
of machinery. Paul has "popped in to see us" on
a number of occasions over the past few years to help with
peaks in workload, we are happy he is now with us on a permanent
basis. Finally we would like to introduce Garreth Jones who
has joined as a Mechanical Design Engineer.
TQC is continuting
it's recruitment drive in 2012 with a number of current vacancies,
please view our Career Opportunities
page for more information.
who started with TQC back in 2009 as an apprentice has now
completed his HNC in Electrical/Electronic Engineering and
is studying for an extra year to top this up to a HND. Also
he is hoping to complete his NVQ level 3 apprentership in
the next 6 months or so.
to Right - Kieran, Barry, Paul & Garreth
Not quite employee
news but more like company news, TQC had now added quite a
few more video clips to their YouTube
Channel and the video clips on our websites are now hosted
This changeover enables us to upload longer and better quality
footage of machines we have previously supplied.
TQC has now setup
up direct spares and service email addresses so that all our
customers can directly get in contact with the correct people
at TQC. Please send any emails to either firstname.lastname@example.org
for a prompt response.
TQC can announce that the latest ISO9001 quality audit has
gone successfully and that our quality system is once again
renewed. The successful audit was carried out on the 3rd January,
yes that was the first working day back in 2012!!
at the Top
There is a new
Managing Director at Nottingham based machine supplier TQC
Ltd. Gavin Murray takes over from his position as Operations
Director to become Managing Director whilst Keith Tupling
moves over to become Company Chairman.
The two positions
may be new but the names and faces are far from new. Keith
has been with TQC since 1977, Gavin has been at TQC since
1979, that's over 60 years between them.
steering TQC through the recent difficult economic times,
Keith has decided to pass the reigns over to Gavin and assume
the role of Chairman. Keith's goal is to continue his work
with TQC but gradually start to enjoy part time working and
more of life outside TQC.
Gavin has been
successfully overseeing the general running of the engineering
and company resources side of the business for well over 15
years. This move to Managing Director is a natural progression
for Gavin. He is keen to put his skills to use and to give
TQC the direction it requires to continue it's success in
the design, manufacture and supply of assembly and test solutions.
When asked in
a recent internal meeting about his new position within the
company Gavin said that he hoped to continue to do the job
of having 'fun with engineering', something he has been doing
since he started 32 years ago. His challenge is now to pass
on 'the fun' to all colleagues, customers and suppliers over
the coming years.
Keith has been
Managing Director for 15 years, but with Gavin as the new
man at the top and Keith available in support, TQC look forward
to many prosperous years ahead.
We now have a
new IT Support Engineer, Dominic Ainscoe. TQC has a complex
networked IT system to maintain consisting of our 8 Solidworks
3D CAD stations together with our vault for drawing management.
We also have our many packages of PLC and PC software, our
office systems, customer relationshipment management (CRM)
and our financial packages that enable TQC to provide a professional
engineering service. Dominic has already upgraded several
CAD hardware platforms to cope with the ever increasing size
and complexity of the models we receive from our Clients.
We welcome Dominic to TQC.
Also during the
year, Pete Robinson retired. Kevin Guyler has joined us as
Project Co-Ordinator (Purchasing). Kevin started in April
and was almost immediately hit with the purchasing arrangements
for the ISO9001/2008 accreditation visit with which he coped
admirably. We wish Pete well in his retirement and welcome
Also during the
last 12 months our Sales Director, Mark Jones has become a
Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers. Mark started
as a Project Engineer with TQC back in 1983. Mark also has
Engineering interests outside of TQC, being involved in a
number of European Research Projects and Co-Chairman of the
Industrial Advisory Board for the Innovative Manufacturing
Research Centre at Nottingham University (NIMRC).
to Right - Mark, Kevin, Dominic
TQC gain ISO9001:2008
On August 2nd
2010 TQC successfully achieved ISO9001:2008 accreditation
for the design, development and manufacture of bespoke machinery
and testing of Customer Products.
TQC has always
endeavoured to operate a professional, organised management
system and this formal assessment by external body SGS now
confirms that the management system of TQC Ltd meets all the
requirements set out by ISO9001:2008.
Helping our Future Engineers
TQC has always
encouraged the education and development of young engineers
and their career development within the Company. In particular
TQC offers financial support to apprentice engineers to help
them gain engineering qualifications on a day release basis
in partnership with Castle College Nottingham. In addition
to these formal qualifications, when they are not studying
at College, our apprentice engineers are exposed to a wide
range of experiences and good engineering practise during
their work in TQC's engineering workshops. They also gain
much valuable knowledge and skills by working alongside, and
under the supervision of, our experienced engineers.
TQC directly from school or perhaps after a year at College
gaining an introductory engineering qualification, usually
enroll onto a BTEC course ranging from National Diploma to
Higher National Certificate level and engage in learning Skills
and Competencies within a SEMTA Apprenticeship Framework.
have 2 apprentices. Adam, a mechanical engineering Technician
is in his second year of a BTEC National Certificate in Manufacturing
Engineering and Kieran has just started a BTEC HNC in Electrical
and Electronic Engineering having previously completed a BTEC
National Diploma in Electronic Engineering.
his Mechanical Engineering Apprenticeship in 2007 and continued
his education with a BTEC HNC in Manufacturing Engineering.
We wish them every success in the advancement of their education
and career at TQC.
also have an undergraduate working as a Technical Support
Engineer within the sales department. At the end of August,
Prerna our first placement student left us after 12 months,
we wish her well in her Final Year at Aston University. Nottingham
University student Dan has now started and we hope he will
enjoy his year at TQC.
are pleased to have been involved in the filming of an educational
DVD for use as a teaching aid for a GSCE module. (OCR Design
and Technology for GCSE: Electronics and Control Systems -
for further details)
videos filmed at our Nottingham factory will be used to provide
background information on machine design, pneumatics, sensors
and control. We are always keen to help in educating our next
here to view an example of one of the videos.