23 June 2017: Musk support for local Education in Career Preparation for Students
Musk recognise that they have a duty to support local Education and assist in the important need to help students to become prepared to enter the world of work and to promote Engineering / Manufacturing careers as challenging, relevant and rewarding. Through June and July, Musk senior management and members of staff are working specifically with one of the local Secondary Schools (The Pingle School in Swadlincote) and one of the local Universities (University of Nottingham).
In support of The Pingle School’s Career Ready programme, David Cox (Musk MD) delivered a Career Ready Masterclass on Communication and Networking for sixty Year 12 students. The hour interactive session looked at types of, and barriers to, communication, the importance and relevance of good communication skills to the world or work and the power (and pitfalls) of social media and more conventional forms of networking. In July, ten members of Musk’s senior management and staff will be assisting in mock interview practice for Pingle students across two days.
At Nottingham University’s Engineering Faculty Employability Week, Musk delivered a 2 hour seminar and workshop on Communicating Technical Excellence. David Cox and Kalita Patel took 20 Mech and Chem Engineering undergraduates through methods and “hacks” for improved communication and set the students an exercise to commercially evaluate a Process Engineering solution and then “pitch” it to the end client. A fantastic 2 hours with the students who got thoroughly immersed in the importance of communication and the challenge of communicating complex technical ideas to non-engineers.
8-11 June 2017: 12 Musketeers complete Coast2Coast to raise money for Bank House
The Musketeers undertook the Coast2Coast challenge to raise funds for Bank House, Musk’s 2017 Local Charity in Swadlincote.
Thursday 7th June afternoon – a great send-off from Bank House themselves and the Musk Office Staff for the 12 riders and 2 support team. A 6 hour drive up to Whitehaven for an overnight before the start….
Fri 8th … and they’re off from Whitehaven with the traditional starting positions with their rear wheels in the Irish Sea. Good weather for the long 55 mile day to Penrith.
Sat 9th …. a day of Big hill-climbs, leaden skies, occasional downpours, and gusty winds. Penrith to Allenheads.
Sun 10th….. the final day Allenheads to Sunderland. A steep hill to start and then downhill all the way for the 44 miles to the coast.
A massive achievement for the 12 adventurers……………. final fundraising total to be announced but the total already well over £2,000!!!
5 June 2017: Musk Site Establishment for Project Dolphin at Muller Dairy, Foston
The new site establishment for Musk Engineering at Muller Dairy, Foston.
All ready now to start the on site phase of this £multi-million project. Great work by Paul Elson, Darren Toon and the Dolphin Team.
22 May 2017: Porterhouse’s New Brewery Install almost complete
Porterhouse’s new Musk Brewery in Dublin is at final stages of Mechanical Install. The Musk team will then break site for a couple of months awaiting the arrival of the mill to then complete mech and elec install and commence commissioning to first brew later in the summer.
Really starting to come together and all involved can’t wait to get brewing.
19 May 2017: “Musketeers” Coast2Coast training getting serious – 3 weeks to go!!
Please help us support our local 2017 partner charity Bank House, who provide essential daily support in Swadlincote to those in need of a friendly face, stimulating activities, a home from home environment, a warm affordable nutritious meal and access to practical advice and local services by donating HERE
This week’s training ride for a number of the Musk Coast2Coast challenge team.
Capably led by Darren Toon (second from left) the select band took on their most testing session yet “Etape 4 – Out t’Orton”. More distance this week – around 28 miles in all – of undulating quiet local roads. Heading from the office, they pedalled through Netherseal and Chilcote and on towards No Mans Heath. Still heading south, through Austrey, taking the climb up to Orton on the Hill church for some great views over the surrounding countryside (even though it was a bit wet and grey). They headed back through Warton, Shuttington and Thorpe Constantine they returned via the more familiar roads of Clifton Campville, Lullington and Linton before retracing back to the Swad office.
18 May 2017: Virtual Reality interactive customer tours of their Musk Designed Projects
Customer representatives from Muller UK & Ireland and St Austell Brewery have been at Musk’s offices in Swadlincote this week to interactively view the Musk designs for their new process project installations in advance of any fabrication or installation activity. Utilising our 3-D CAD models of the new Raw milk to finished Cream and Skimmed Milk line and the new Bath Ales State-of-the-art Brewery, both customers were able to walk around their proposed installations and interrogate the proposed designs in Virtual Reality.
Musk’s Software, Process Engineering and Design Teams have developed the capability to take our 3-D CAD models and drop them into a “1st Person” gaming type environment which allows the user to explore the designed installation from any position and angle. The ability to manipulate objects within this 3-D model has proven useful to test that designs enable maintenance access and servicing removal of pumps / valves etc.
Rob Orton, St Austell’s Brewing Team Leader, commented on his first view of the new Bath Ales Brewery in VR “Very, very impressive. Very!”
Musk have invested heavily over the past 12 months in its design tools, software department infrastructure and engineering modelling capabilities. In addition to the 3-D CAD VR developments, Musk now have the IT infrastructure to host a customer’s own complete control, plc and SCADA systems in a virtualised environment. This enables Musk software engineers together with customer’s engineering teams to develop, test and validate changes, upgrades and additional functionality in a virtualised “off-line” system simulation environment to then “upload” back to the customer plant once everything has been signed off. The Musk software team have already completed Brewery projects using this capability which have demonstrated the advantages of working in this manner, reducing commissioning and downtime at customer sites.
4 May 2017: WT Parker Group acquired by Edwin James Holdings
WT PARKER GROUP ANNOUNCES ITS SALE TO EDWIN JAMES HOLDINGS, ESTABLISHING NEW FORCE IN TECHNICAL ENGINEERING AND PROCESSING SECTOR
WT Parker Group, the leading provider of mechanical, electrical and process engineering services, has announced that it is being acquired by the built environment specialists Edwin James Holdings Ltd. The development, which comes with the approval of the WT Parker board, will see the 95-year-old company becoming part of one of the largest new groups in the sector, with a combined turnover in excess of £100 million.
The sale sees Edwin James Holdings acquiring 100% of the share capital of WT Parker Group and its incorporated trading companies. WT Parker Ltd and its trading companies’ T Musk Engineering Ltd, Pandelco and Seymour & Castle will continue to trade under their own names. Details of the purchase price are not being disclosed.
“This move opens up an exciting new chapter in our development as a company,” says Sean Smyth, chief executive of WT Parker Group. “The Edwin James team’s track record in business growth is second to none, and their expertise will be a huge asset as we look to secure and build the future of WT Parker Group. It’s business as usual for us, and for our dedicated staff and suppliers. But we now go forward with fresh investment and with a wealth of new experience on the board.”
The Edwin James team includes the highly successful Scottish entrepreneur Billy Allan, who piloted the transformation of electrical engineering company EJ Stiell into a leading FM business; former Stiell colleagues Greig Brown and Andy Galloway, who helped Allan turn services group Europa into the largest independent integrated FM company in the UK.
Based in Glasgow, the Edwin James Holdings portfolio includes the M&E company, Korrie Mechanical and Plumbing, and fire and life safety company Life Safety Services. As well as opening up new markets across England and Scotland, the acquisition of WT Parker will bring greater buying power to the combined group, and opportunities for new investment.
“WT Parker is a highly respected company with a rich history,” says Billy Allan, Chairman of Edwin James Holdings Ltd. “Their culture and ethos have enabled them to create an enviable client base and an industry-wide reputation for quality, and we want to build on that. As a company, we have a vision for creating a new leading national provider of technical services to the built environment and WT Parker Group is an essential part of that strategy.”
2 May 2017: “Musketeers” to raise money for partner charity on Coast-Coast Bike-ride
A group of hardy cyclists “The Musketeer’s” from T. Musk Engineering Ltd in Swadlincote are going to be cycling Coast to Coast from June 8th to June 10th 2017 all organised by our Darren Toon. “Good Luck!!!!” Our Managing Director David Cox is also playing an important role driving the Support Vehicle, keeping everyone in high spirits and motivated for the journey ahead.
Day 1: Whitehaven to Penrith
Day 2 : Penrith to Allenheads
Day 3 : Allenheads to Sunderland
We aim to raise £1000.00 for Bank House, South Derbyshire Mental Health Association who have had their council funding withdrawn. Any sponsorship will help this very worthy cause.
Bank house is a pivotal part of the Local Community who support adults through life’s difficult times: Alcohol & Drugs, Bereavement, Debt & Housing, Numeracy & Literacy, Benefits advice etc. They empower those who need support, they don’t judge, they support people’s recovery at a pace to suit the individual.
6th April 2017: Musk exhibit at Swadlincote Jobs and Careers Fair
Christian Mason ( Musk Technical Apprentice), one of the Musk Team ready to welcome visitors to the Musk Engineering stand at the Swadlincote Jobs and Careers Fair being held today (6th April 2017) at Green Bank Leisure Centre in Swadlincote. Musk are currently recruiting for several roles including Software PLC Engineers and are collating applicants for the Musk 2017 Craft and Technical Apprenticeship intake.
31st March 2017: Musk complete upgrade project at Britain’s Oldest Working Brewery
The Shepherd Neame site built Mash Tun project was challenging due to the age & structure of the old Brewhouse.
Existing wooden Mash tuns where cut out. Both Musk designed and manufactured Mash Tuns had to be delivered and transported in sections small enough to go into the building through a small personnel door approximately 10m up off the ground. In order to assemble the Mash Tuns in situ the Mash Tun sections had to be taken through the Brewhouse with minimal space to manouvre. The end result – replacement Mash Tuns in position without incident which was an engineering and Health & Safety challenge.
What Musk provided:
Ø 2 No site built Mash Tuns
Ø 1 No glycol vessel
Ø New Mash Tuns process design
Ø Glycol pipework process design
Ø Software control for Mash Tuns
22nd March 2017: Musk’s work to support local Swadlincote community
Musk have also selected a local charity to support through 2017.
Bank House started in the early 1990’s when a group of social and community support workers from the area saw the need for a local drop-in centre to help adults with Mental Health issues based in Swadlincote. In 1995, following Derbyshire County Council providing the top floor of one of the Units on Sharpe Bros Estate on Alexandra Road which Bank House works from, it became a registered charity.
Bank House provides a safe and friendly home-from-home environment, Mon – Friday 10am to 5pm with a late opening on Thursday until 7pm, where any adult can just drop-in to get support, advice, guidance and information. The support and advice often revolves around housing / homelessness, alcohol or drug abuse recovery, financial issues, bereavement, numeracy and literacy. Bank House do not provide medical support themselves but often help to point people to those who can help. The emphasis is providing support to help those in need to find the way to empower them to be able to face their own personal challenges and to stand on their own feet. Bank House, in partnership with the NHS and Council, enable various services to hold “surgery” sessions at Bank House which many of their members prefer to access in the familiar surroundings.
There is a daily programme of activities which they organise both within Bank House itself and at local facilities e.g. arts & crafts, swimming, exercise, karaoke, cooking, gardening. They provide daily access to two affordable hot meals for those who want which are cooked in their own kitchen.
Bank House have a paid staff of 7 and other local people who work as volunteers giving their time and help in many different ways. Although they have over the past years got a level of funding from the Council, they rely heavily on funding through charitable donations and grants. In addition to what was already a tight financial budget the recent national review and tendering of Day Services provision has resulted in Bank House losing its Council Funding from the end of March 2017. They currently have enough reserves to keep operating until the end of October 2017, but are understandably very concerned that the service they provide is in danger of disappearing from Swad after 20+ years, should they not be able to raise increased levels of donations and access further Lottery or Grant funding. On a daily basis they have an average of 35 people through their door many in desperate need of help, support and a friendly face.
Musk are aiming to help Bank House in several different ways:
- Musk will hold fundraising events through 2017 to try to help to bridge the gap left by the withdrawal of Council Funding – the company will match the money raised by the Musk Team for Bank House as an additional donation.
- One of the Musk Directors will be helping Bank House with their grant and funding committee to join that team to assist with applications to the lottery, red nose charity etc.
- Employees have the opportunity to work for 2 paid hours a month from their working day volunteering with odd jobs, DIY, maintenance and improvements required around Bank House.
15th March 2017: Musk ready to welcome visitors at BeerX at iceSheffield.
The MUSK Alcoholic Beverage Project Delivery Team are set-up ready to welcome visitors to our stand at BeerX 2017 in Sheffield. The UK largest Beer & Brewing Event, held at the iceSheffeild on the 16th and 17th March 2017, is set to see many of the UK’s most celebrated Brewers and their Supply Chain under the same roof. Musk are on Stand 191 – come along and introduce yourself to Richard and his team. Free entry to a Musk prize beer draw will be open to all – some excellent beers to win from our good friends at Thornbridge.
13th March 2017: Musk receives Apprenticeship Scheme Award
Musk currently have 7 craft apprentices developing into the next generation of welders, pipe-fitter, fabricators. There are also 8 technical apprentices / sponsored students at various stages of their education including NVQ2/3, ONC, HNC, HND, BEng and MEng qualifications across Mechanical, Electrical / Software disciplines and Administration. Musk are also working towards getting accreditation with the Institute of Chemical Engineers for their Chartered Engineer Training Programme during Q3 2017.
7th March 2017: St Austell and Bath Ales officially announce new Brewery – a turnkey project by Musk.
Left to right: Roger Ryman, brewing director, St Austell Brewery and Bath Ales; Tim McCord, general manager, Bath Ales; and Darren James, senior brewer, Bath Ales
St Austell Brewery has today announced its ambitious plans for Bath Ales, including a multi-million pound investment and the appointment of a new general manager.
The investment in a state-of-the-art new brewery — which is set to double the available brewing capacity — will give Bath Ales one of the most sophisticated and technologically-advanced brewing and packaging facilities in the South West.
Details of the investment come in the same week as announcing new general manager, Tim McCord. With a comprehensive licensed trade and brewing background, Tim brings with him more than 20 years of senior drinks industry experience.
As well as holding the consultant role of managing director at Dartmoor Brewery, he was also responsible for leading the set-up, launch and strategic direction of the new Salcombe Brewery and brands. Prior to that he held senior sales roles with InBev and Punch Taverns.
Following the acquisition of Bath Ales in July last year, the investment and appointment announcements form part of St Austell Brewery’s exciting growth plans for the business.
St Austell chief executive, James Staughton, said: “When we announced the coming together of St Austell Brewery and Bath Ales we committed to a long-term significant investment in the brands, pub estate, people and the brewing facilities.
“The creation of a new brewhouse will ensure we’re able to offer even more of what Bath Ales’ customers know and love. Alongside the appointment of Tim, we’re very much looking forward to being a part of Bath Ales’ next chapter and building on the legacy created by its founders.”
Once complete there will be a total brewing capacity of up to 50,000 brewers’ barrels, which equates to more than 14.5 million pints. New bottling and canning facilities will also form part of the expansion plans.
The new-look brewery will be versatile and give Bath Ales the opportunity to create new beer styles in cask, keg and bottles. The plans include a lauter tun, which for the first time will give Bath Ales the capability to brew traditional continental-style lagers alongside its much-loved range of premium ales.
Internationally-renowned Musk Engineering Ltd has been selected to build the new brewery at the existing headquarters in Warmley, between Bath and Bristol. The leading British company will be tasked with the fitting and installation of a new four-vessel brewhouse at the newly titled Hare Brewery. Work on the Hare Brewery will get under way in September and is expected to be complete by spring 2018.
Brewing director, Roger Ryman, who oversees production at Bath Ales and St Austell Brewery, is hugely excited about the year ahead and the prospects at the new Hare Brewery.
He said: “At both breweries, there’s a continued appreciation of only crafting the highest quality beers. Since we have come together I have been very impressed with the skills and capabilities of the Bath Ales brewing team. We will continue to give them the support and resources they need to succeed and deliver what they have the potential to do.
“After a rigorous process, we’re delighted to have commissioned Musk to build the new brewery. We have an excellent working relationship with Musk’s engineering and design teams, having worked with them during the installation of a major upgrade of the facilities at our brewing home in St Austell. We know they will deliver on the vision we have for the new brewery.”
27th February 2017: Musk’s Alcoholic Beverage Team with Porterhouse and St Austell / Bath Ales
22nd February 2017: Come and Visit Musk at BeerX Sheffield on 16th & 17th March 2017.
10th February 2017: Exciting progress on one of our key 2017 Alcoholic Beverage Projects – White Peak Distillery, Derbyshire.
8th February 2017: Press coverage of Musk for Training and Community Contribution
30th January 2017: Alcumus Safe Contractor Certification
Musk have just received our annual accreditation renewal certificate for the Alcumus Safe Contractor scheme which assesses the businesses H&SE procedures and performance against Industry standards. This comes after a very safe year for all Musk sites and employees with Zero RIDDOR accidents in the year and only 1 lost day due to accidents and incidents at work.
27th January 2017: Porterhouse new Brewery in Dublin
Great progress made in January on the installation phase of the new Brewery for Porterhouse in Dublin. Tanks all safely inside the brewery building and now being positioned and installed along with gantry and access platforms. Still looking good for first brew Spring 2017!
23 January 2017: Another Musk craned tank install completed on time and safely
See 2 of the tanks from Dec 22 News item craned into place at our clients site on the YouTube video link below
22 December 2016: MUSK bulk chemical storage tanks in build
Three identical 5,000L bulk chemical storage tanks on schedule in our workshop in Swadlincote, for delivery in January to one of our Industrial Market Sector clients.
The project scope from bulk storage, to site wide user point distribution is a turnkey (mechanical, electrical, controls) ATEX design and manufacture contract for Musk, and being undertaken completely ‘In-House’.
21 December 2016: MUSK becomes part of the “Twitter-sphere”
Follow MUSK tweets on key projects, people from our markets and other slightly more left-field events….
20 December 2016: MUSK first delivery of vessels to the new Turnkey Brewery Project in Dublin
19 December 2016: MUSK’s Works Manager, Stewart Jackson receives 25 year service award.
15 December 2016: MUSK delivers Hot Liquor Tank to St. Austell Brewery, Cornwall
A wet December morning at St Austell Brewery saw the installation of their new 300 Brl Hot Liquor Tank, manufactured in DUPLEX Stainless Steel. The tank which was designs and manufactured by Musk Engineering left our workshop in Swadlincote, Derbyshire on Friday morning.
The new tank was lifted into the heart of Brewery where it will replace the ageing Hot Liquor System.
14 December 2016: MUSK mobile mixer design and build for Pharma customer
Undergoing final tests today in our workshop in Swadlincote, Derbyshire, is a mobile mixing unit for one of our pharmaceutical clients. Totally mobile, complete with its on-board PLC control system, safety circuit, and variable speed drive units, it simply plugs into a 400V supply.
Internally the vessel has been dull polished to 0.6 Ra, and is fitted with a bottom mounted mixer.
All vessels and systems we design and manufacture are bespoke to our Client needs.
5 December 2016: MUSK and guests enjoy England win at Twickenham
MUSK’s last corporate hospitality event for 2016 was a truly special finale. Guests from two of Musk’s key customers enjoyed the fantastic St. George’s Suite hospitality and the conclusion of an amazing 2016 for England Rugby, seeing off Australia for the fourth time in the year at Twickenham. With pre and post match insights from Matt Dawson, Matt Giteau and Rob Andrew, stunning food, top-notch hospitality staff and another outstanding performance on the pitch for Eddie Jones’ boys, the day was a triumph all round.
2 December 2016: MUSK 55m3 Water Storage Vessel leaves the Workshop
Musk’s designed, manufactured 55m3 Water Storage Vessel, pictured loaded ready for delivery to one of our major Clients to a site in the North east of England
Musk expertise is in designing and manufacturing high quality bespoke process vessels to our client’s requirements. Built in our workshop in Swadlincote Derbyshire.
We have over 35 years experience in designing hygienic process vessels suitable for the pharmaceutical, healthcare, chemical, food, brewery and beverage industries.
30 November 2016: MUSK Hot Liquor Tank ready to despatch to St Austell Brewery
300 Barrel capacity, 14 metres overall height, complete with access ladder and platform, this Duplex 2205 stainless steel vessel is ready for delivery to its new owners St Austell Brewery, Cornwall.
Musk expertise is in designing and manufacturing high quality bespoke process vessels to our client’s requirements.
We have over 35 years experience in designing hygienic process vessels suitable for the pharmaceutical, healthcare, chemical, food, brewery and beverage industries.
Designed and built in the UK, for the UK.
29 November 2016: MUSK new Brewhouse for Hop Back Brewery.
After months of planning, rescheduling due to production needs, working around equipment deliveries, the new brewhouse at Hop Back Brewery, Salisbury, went live today. Head Brewer Steve Wright ‘brewed-in’ the 1st Brew at 10am accompanied by Musk technical brewer Mark Roberts. The project also included the process installation, controls and automation, and an External Work Boiler; all installed within a limited area which demonstrates the flexibility of the Musk approach while never compromising on product or installation quality.
For all of your Brewery and Distillery needs, designed and built in the UK, for the UK.
22 November 2016: MUSK now on YouTube
Visit us using URL above or by typing T. Musk Engineering Ltd into YouTube Search engine.
8th November 2016: MUSK’s new Slough Office and Workshop – Ready for Business
Rob Stephenson (pictured), Musk’s Project Team Manager – Food Division, and his Slough team have been working over the past month to establish the fully operational Office and Workshop situated on the Slough Trading Estate near to several of Musk’s key clients. Recruitment is ongoing for local skilled tradesman to compliment the Musk Slough Team who already working on £1m of projects secured for Q4 of 2016 into 2017.
3rd November 2016: MUSK attend Alfa Laval’s Integrator Conference.
The conference proved to be a very informative two days, allowing global integrators (which included delegates from across Europe, China and Mexico) to exchange knowledge and information. The focus of the two days being on valve selection, specification, and configuration, ensuring our clients are provided with the correct process solution, when also considering energy, waste, hygiene, and CAPex/OPex
31st October 2016: MUSK and guests at NFL Wembley
A second great day’s sport and NFL razzamatazz at Wembley for MUSK and five guests from a selection of our Beverage customers. A fantastic day’s entertainment all round provided by the Bengals vs Redskins, 84,500 loud fans and the Wembley Sapphire Lounge hospitality team. A day well organised again for Musk by Keith Prowse. The final event for MUSK’s sporting calendar of 2016 is in a month’s time with Eng v Aus Autumn Rugby International at Twickenham …..
27th October 2016: Musk Sponsored Motorbike Racer – Ash Milburn end of Season haul
23rd October 2016: New Musk Offices and Workshop in Slough, M4 Corridor
13th October 2016: 4x Tank CIP System Goes on Line
Just delivered another fully automated 4 tank CIP System for one of our Brewery Sector Clients. Designed, manufactured in Swadlincote, installed, and automated all in house as a turnkey service, on this occasion we also undertook the civil works associated with the bund construction and drainage works.
14th September 2016: Conditioning Tanks ready for Testing
The first two of four Conditioning Tanks were taken out of our workshop in Swadlincote, Derbyshire yesterday ready for hydraulic testing. The four 480 barrel vessels have been ordered by Marston’s Brewery, Burton on Trent.
24th June 2016: Another Brewhouse Upgrade by Musk Engineering.
Musk Engineering have just installed and commissioned a new Musk Mashing Machine for Timothy Taylor & Co Ltd. Designed to replace the original machine between the existing Grist Case and Mash Tun at their Brewery in Keighley. The brewhouse upgrade also included a new ‘machined’ stainless steel false bottom complete with underplate jetting, and a new spent grains outlet valve.