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Alex began his career as an apprentice electrician 10 years ago, moving to Kigtek Electrical to work alongside his dad John, our Electrical Services Manager, in 2014.

‘After passing my approved electricians test, Kigtek put me through the COMPEX Electrician test which was an important certification to achieve due to the high volume of work we do in hazardous areas. I found that course really beneficial and a useful learning experience.

Kigtek then further supported me through my HNC and HND in Electrical Engineering which I completed alongside working on customer projects – a challenge to balance studying and site work but really useful. The engineering aspect of the course was particularly handy as there are a lot of design elements involved and it is important to have a good understanding of them, especially for this role’.

Preparing for the role

Having worked for the company for 6 years, Alex explains how the relationships he has built have helped him settle into his new role.

‘I’ve been able to build up a good working relationship with both customers on site and the Kigtek team. By having a stronger understanding of how people operate, their strengths and weaknesses and how projects typically run on site, allows me to effectively and efficiently manage projects .

I’ve also been lucky enough to work alongside very experienced foremen and of course my manager (and dad) who have invaluable knowledge. Due to the diverse range of projects we are working on, I’ll continue to take note of their advice and knowledge as I continue to learn and develop.

We work really closely with the Kigtek Solutions engineers and it’s important that we stay in communication to make sure our projects run smoothly, and are still completed to the highest standards. Having worked with the engineers on site, the transition to the office has been really straightforward and their support is always there.’

Apprentices

Kigtek apprenticeships have been core to the electrical side of our business for many years and we pride ourselves in the quality of experience we give our apprentice electricians. Having been through an apprenticeship himself, Alex recognises the value in offering a well-rounded, hands on approach.

‘I really believe Kigtek provide a great apprentice programme. While we complete the general power and lighting projects, the variety of projects we deliver in industrial automation offers exciting and interesting opportunities. The often complicated and challenging experience the guys get in hazardous areas and data cabling for example opens them up to much wider opportunities further in their career.

However, I think it’s a credit to the company when you recognise our apprentices have all stayed with us without breaking service, working their way through their certifications.  We have guys ready to sit their approved electricians test as well as some that are going to do their COMPEX test. The aim is to keep the company growing and evolving and our apprentices are a core part of that.’

Highlights

Alex has worked on numerous projects but one of his highlights was a 5-month long project last year, the first he felt he had to really take a step back from the tools and manage and run his team.

‘The job was for a large brewery and involved – from an electrical perspective – ripping out and replacing 25 conveyors, lighting cables, a full refurbishment of the switch room, and a new MCC panel. The job involved our core squad as well as additional outsourced electricians, requiring a lot of coordination between myself and the other foremen.

It was the first time I had to take a step back from doing the physical aspects of the job and focus more on the logistics and ensuring everything was communicated and running smoothly between all teams. I was looking after a team of 15 and the job covered 4/5 months. It was stressful at times, but it was really rewarding to see it completed, knowing I helped get it over the finish line from a leadership perspective.

I think it really helped me prepare for coming into this more managerial, office-based position where you need to look at projects from a much wider perspective and take the lead on co-ordination. It also established the importance of building good relationships with the other teams on site -communication was key.’

Final Thoughts

‘I think it’s great to see how the company is continuously expanding, even in the current difficult climate, and I want to continue this growth. Kigtek Electrical is still a young company but working alongside our Kigtek Solutions colleagues, we’re installing innovative and high quality solutions for our customers.

We spoke about words of wisdom and my dad has given me the advice to take time to make decisions. In this role it’s okay to take a step back and think things over to make sure the decision is the right one, whether that’s providing a quote or organising project teams.’

We look forward to seeing Alex excel in his new role and if you would like to find out more about our electrical service capabilities click here or contact us today!

 

Many customers we work with have a long history of manufacturing, which while admirable can bring challenges around aging equipment and infrastructure. Here at Kigtek we help customers achieve, and often exceed, regulatory requirements around plant health and safety.

Understandably, in the pressured economic climate, companies want to get the most from the equipment and software that they buy. This can introduce risks of production outages for sites should failures happen and when this risk gets too high, it’s time for a change.

 

2019 has been an incredibly busy year for Kigtek, our sales and project teams we have been working around the clock to support our customers and their sites needs throughout the year. We have also been developing the company itself by growing our experienced team, completing our Innovate research project, hosting our own Digital Bytes event and working on our new product launch for the coming year.

It has been an exciting year and some of our team shared some of their own highlights of 2019 at Kigtek;

“My highlight of the year has been the variety of projects I have worked on. The fact that all projects are different keeps things interesting and boosts professional development.”

“Winning a highly competitive tender for a project to upgrade the PCS7 control system for a large power station. Not only did we successfully complete the project and save the customer more than £100k, but the high-quality delivery was also featured on the cover of the customer’s internal communications magazine!”

“After 6 months of work we were delighted to launch our new website, demonstrating the breadth of capabilities from our experienced team. “

Another highlight for many was celebrating Kigtek’s 10-year anniversary in March, a night enjoyed by all… here’s to the next!

Our directors have been delighted with the growth of our team as we have brought in new engineers who have contributed to the success of our projects.

“Having joined the company only recently, my highlight so far has been working in a fast-paced but supportive environment. I am looking forward to the opportunities next year presents as we have many exciting things in the pipeline.”

“Looking forward to the exciting launch of our new cask filling system early in 2020 and delivering substantial benefits to the Whisky Industry.”

Thank you to all our customers and suppliers for your continuing support this year, we look forward to working with you in the upcoming year. To all our team at Kigtek, thank you for all your hard work this year! We hope you all have a wonderful time over the festive period.

As Christmas fast approaches, many are starting to wind down for the holidays, however here at Kigtek our busy spell shows no sign of slowing down.

Today we’ll be talking about calibration! Calibration services are one of many services that Kigtek provide and this blog will highlight what calibration is, why it is important and how Kigtek can help you with your calibration needs.

What is calibration?

Calibration is the comparison of a known, standard measurement, and the measurement from your instrument. The comparison is used to identify any differences in these measurements which mean an instrument could be giving out inaccurate information. This can then be rectified by re-calibrating the instrument.

Why do we need to calibrate?

The accuracy and results of instruments tend to drift over time meaning that these instruments must be calibrated to ensure accurate readings. Inaccurate readings can affect areas such as reporting, productivity and safety. Therefore, by ensuring instruments are calibrated companies can maximise process efficiency and optimise production which can lead to an increase in financial return. Effectively calibrating equipment means you can feel confident in gaining reliable, accurate and repeatable measurements. There are a variety of instruments that require calibration over time such as flowmeters, storage tanks, storage vats, pressure transmitters, temperature transmitters and level transmitters.

 

Where do Kigtek come in?

Kigtek can do onsite calibrations for your site thanks to our portable and accurate calibration rig. This allows calibration at process conditions which reduces downtime and loss of revenue for your site. Kigtek will come to your site, assemble and connect Kigtek’s portable calibration rig and install the unit requiring calibration. We will analyse its current configurations and then zero all meters. The final process involves completing a 6-test point calibration at 3 flow rates which will allow our engineers to adjust your instruments as required to bring into specification.

With years of industry experience Kigtek can provide calibration services to suit your needs whether that be vat calibration, tank calibration or instrumentation calibration. To find out more information on the services and support we provide contact us today!