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MASS MEASURING CELEBRATES ISO SUCCESS....

MASS MEASURING, Manchester-based experts at providing innovative solutions in material handling environments were recently awarded full ISO9001:2008 certification.

The company undertook a full programme of approval which culminated in the award of the coveted ISO certification.

The accreditation covers all of Mass Measuring’s operations, from concept and design activities, through to training, manufacturing and systems commissioning.

The certification was awarded after a full BSI audit, which came at the end of a three month programme undertaken to achieve the approval.

This is the first time that the company has achieved the ISO approval.

The approval also covers Rospen Industries, Mass Measuring’s sister company, the UK’s leading supplier of high precision weighing and metering systems for powders, granules and liquids.

Mass Measuring will now be continually assessed by the BSI on a rolling six month schedule.

“We worked hard to achieve full ISO accreditation,” stated Tony McGeever, Managing Director of Mass Measuring. “It is indicative of the quality that customers have come to expect from our organisation and we are keen that all our staff embrace the new standards and work continuously to improve our operations”, he added.

Mass Measuring’s approval is maintained by ISO, the International Organization for Standardization and is administered by accreditation and certification bodies. The implementation of the approval and work towards it was overseen by Ray Howarth Management Services.

The ISO approval covers a set of procedures that cover all key processes in the business;

  • monitoring processes to ensure they are effective;
  • keeping adequate records;
  • checking output for defects, with appropriate and corrective action where necessary;
  • regularly reviewing individual processes and the quality system itself for effectiveness; and
  • facilitating continual improvement

The accreditation certifies that formalised business processes are being applied in Mass Measuring’s business.

The ISO 9001 approval is an important accreditation to achieve, and evidences that Mass Measuring has a quality culture embedded in all aspects of its business operations.


MASS MEASURING/ROSPEN INDUSTRIES EXHIBIT AT TOTAL
   PROCESSING AND PACKAGING 2010 – NEC, 25-27 MAY 2010

Mass Measuring, located on stand 5844 at the Total Processing and Packaging Exhibition 2010, is renowned as a specialist in process plant, from concept through to commissioning for the process industries.

From individual high accuracy weighing and metering to complete turnkey system solutions, the company will be exhibiting its proven expertise in these areas.

Specialising in Pneumatic conveying, Software and Control, FIBC Handling, Size reduction, Sieving, Metering Screw Feeders, Screw and Belt Weighers, the company is also the parent of Rospen Industries, who are the UK’s leading supplier of high precision weighing and metering systems for powders, granules and liquids.

Rospen’s innovative approach has made them supplier of choice for companies looking for innovative solutions to weighing, measuring and metering problems in production environments. With over 20 years’ experience in design innovation, manufacturing, supply and installation, the expertise employed at Rospen is recognised globally.

The continuing expansion of Rospen Industries powder handling and processing capability, allied to the benefits of a fully integrated design and manufacturing relationship with Mass Measuring, provides customers with a process plant provider of a proven, innovative capability.

Experts in materials handling, process industries, engineering innovation and project management, Mass Measuring and Rospen offer bespoke solutions to clients across a variety of sectors.

If you are visiting the show, which takes place between 25th and 27th May 2010, please call by on Stand 5844.


MASS MEASURING/ROSPEN INDUSTRIES EXHIBIT AT TOTAL
   PROCESSING AND PACKAGING 2010 – NEC, 25-27 MAY 2010

Mass Measuring, located on stand 5844 at the Total Processing and Packaging Exhibition 2010, is renowned as a specialist in process plant, from concept through to commissioning for the process industries.

From individual high accuracy weighing and metering to complete turnkey system solutions, the company will be exhibiting its proven expertise in these areas.

Specialising in Pneumatic conveying, Software and Control, FIBC Handling, Size reduction, Sieving, Metering Screw Feeders, Screw and Belt Weighers, the company is also the parent of Rospen Industries, who are the UK’s leading supplier of high precision weighing and metering systems for powders, granules and liquids.

Rospen’s innovative approach has made them supplier of choice for companies looking for innovative solutions to weighing, measuring and metering problems in production environments. With over 20 years’ experience in design innovation, manufacturing, supply and installation, the expertise employed at Rospen is recognised globally.

The continuing expansion of Rospen Industries powder handling and processing capability, allied to the benefits of a fully integrated design and manufacturing relationship with Mass Measuring, provides customers with a process plant provider of a proven, innovative capability.

Experts in materials handling, process industries, engineering innovation and project management, Mass Measuring and Rospen offer bespoke solutions to clients across a variety of sectors.

If you are visiting the show, which takes place between 25th and 27th May 2010, please call by on Stand 5844.



MASS MEASURING PROVIDES INNOVATIVE SCADA SOLUTION AT SEA....

How do you accurately weigh sand, at 200 tonnes per hour, whilst at sea?

This was the challenge facing engineers in constructing a liquid natural gas platform, 15km off the coast of Venice, Italy.

They called in the experts, Manchester-based Mass Measuring.

Mass Measuring are no strangers to providing innovative solutions in material handling environments. They were subcontracted by main contractor Foster Wheeler, who were working on the project on behalf of Dutch dredging company Jan de Nul.

The sand is moved to provide ballast to sink the foundation for the liquid natural gas platform. The challenge came in accurately measuring the sand whilst taking into account the motion of the barge at sea.

Mass Measuring implemented a system comprising four identical plants, located on the barge, each of which transfers sand from a hopper to any one of 132 individual cell destinations. It is critical that the correct levels of sand are pumped and that they reach the correct cells in sequence.

The solution was found by Mass Measuring and required a belt weighing machine, attached to an itinerant weighing machine to provide constant weighing data, to counteract the barge’s motion effects.

Water was used as the medium to pump sand into the cells.

In setting about the challenge, Mass Measuring first undertook trials at its Manchester facility. Once the system was fine tuned, it was exported to Antwerp, where a quarry was used to sink the equipment for final testing prior to it being transported by sea to the Adriatic where it was finally installed.

Mass Measuring installed the control systems, which utilised Siemens S7 control gear. Operators at the site interface with the plant via one of three PCs running a Siemens WinCC SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) software package. Each PC has three monitors, which allow operators to view any possible permutation of plant displays.

The system has not only proved itself, but is fully future proof, having been tested to ensure it can survive for 100 years in its environmental conditions. High levels of reliability needed to be built in by Mass Measuring given the nature of the project.

“We enjoyed the challenge of finding a solution to this particular problem,” stated Tony McGeever, Managing Director of Mass Measuring. “By working closely with our designers, we will be able to deal with the issues raised, design the system and fully prove it before actual install. In 100 years time we know it to be running like clockwork, as that was the way we designed it”, he added.

This is just one of the turnkey systems that Mass Measuring has provided recently to key customers.


MASS MEASURING’S EXPLOSIVE SYSTEM.....

NO STRANGERS TO UNUSUAL PROJECTS, MANCHESTER-BASED MASS MEASURING were recently called on to apply their unparalleled weighing and measuring expertise in a literally explosive situation.....

The project saw the company working in a highly specialised environment, accurately weighing explosive material.

Mass Measuring are experts at providing innovative solutions in material handling environments and were the natural choice for the job.

The project involved the movement of explosive materials in a highly secure environment.

The system that Mass designed and developed involved a proven loss-in-weight capability, for accurate dosing of small weighments.

The system feeds the explosive material into the secure area till it reaches its total explosive mass level. There are obvious implications if the explosive weight were to be exceeded, as the area only has a finite blast area.

With such an important material being moved, the accuracy of the system was absolutely paramount. The system developed by Mass Measuring has an overall accuracy of +/-100mg.

The system incorporates 4 separate systems linked by an overarching controller. The loss-in-weight feeder means that the process benefits from very accurate control of the high plastic explosive ingredients. These ingredients are ultimately pelletised.

A further challenge for Mass Measuring is the sealed nature of all physical components used in the system. There are no exposed nuts or screws to be found. This makes sense, as a lose granule of the material on the thread of fixing could led to an explosion.

Following on from the design undertaken at Mass Measuring’s Denton facility, the test rig assembled by Mass had to fully test the system prior to its commissioning in the secure environment of the customers blast room.

“We are familiar with the problems associated with accurately weighing all sorts of materials,” stated Tony McGeever, Managing Director of Mass Measuring. “This system was a real challenge, given the nature of the ingredients to be weighed. Accuracy of weighing and making sure the system was fully effective, without access to the actual end ingredient added up to a challenge for us, but one I feel we more than met ”, he added.

This is just one of the turnkey systems that Mass Measuring has provided recently to key customers.