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21st February 2018by Katie Hedges

Out on the plant, we have the opportunity to interact with plant personnel, a SCADA system and a real industrial process, which uses water to simulate chemical, pharmaceutical and certain FMCG processes, in a completely benign environment.

We have devised a series of case studies which introduce complex failures, which reduce plant output and raw material yield.

This is the same course we use to train our operations consultants.


As pioneered by the aviation industry, the benefit of the simulation over on-the-job training is that we can induce multiple overlaid failures. When things aren’t going to plan, we can stop the simulation, re-brief the team and then re-run the scenario.  This is a paradigm shift in the adult learning experience, in a risk free and enjoyable environment, without the day-to-day distractions of being in the place of work.

You can expect to learn about:

  • Making the complex understandable
  • Spotting patterns in telemetry and output data, so that causal links can be established
  • Direct, independent measurement of critical process parameters, to verify that the operators and computers are telling us the true facts


Monday: Afternoon travel to Humberside for evening introduction and a meal at the hotel.

Tuesday: Classroom based introduction to pattern recognition and Fault Tree Modelling. Brief and introduction to the industrial simulator and CATCH staff.

Wednesday: Case study on the industrial simulator on Process Phase 1: Variation in Output. Introduction to case study simulation 2.

Thursday: Case study on the industrial simulator on Process Phase 2: Variation in Yield.  Debrief, close and travel home.



25th January 2018by Katie Hedges

Work has begun to review and update the existing CGP strategy, published in 2013.  Although the overall ambition of the CGP – boosting the gross valued-added contribution of our sector by 50% by 2030 – will not change, the aim to establish the position of the industry represented by CGP in the recently published UK Industrial Strategy. The Strategy will be market led, linking the regions/place, and to key customer sectors such as automotive and life-sciences, and will cover the broad science base represented by the chemistry based industry.  Updating the strategy will also help inform any future sector deal proposals from the CGP.   The updated CGP strategy will be developed in collaboration with key stakeholders, facilitated by CIA (Steve Elliott) and SCI (Sharon Todd) with input from BEIS.

With immediate effect, the following appointments have been made:

  • Harry Swan, Managing Director of Thomas Swan & Co. succeeds Ian Shott as the new Chair of the Innovation theme (now including decarbonisation). SCI will take over management support for the theme and will work closely with Innovate UK and the Knowledge Transfer Network.
  • Richard Carter, Managing Director of BASF UK and Ireland, succeeds Harry as Chair of our Supply Chains theme
  • Paul Booth, Chair of Tees Valley LEP, will lead the new Regions theme, working closely with our regional cluster organisations and with CIA providing management support for the group.
  • Tom Crotty, Director of Ineos; Calum MacLean, Chief Executive of Synthomer and Robert MacLeod, Chief Executive of Johnson Matthey will continue to lead the Energy, Brexit and Skills themes respectively.

The Joint Secretariat for the CGP Leadership Team will continue to be carried out by BEIS and CIA.

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27th October 2017by Katie Hedges

The Humber Environmental Managers Network met on 4 October at CATCH.  The topic for the session was tertiary containment which was led by David Cole.

David commented that if sites have Penstock valves they much check the service records and be sure the systems they have actually work.  David supplied details of the CIRIA C736 guidance

CIRIA C736-Containment systems for the prevention of pollution-s

There is a wider concern that not all sites understand what they need to do when addressing fire water run off.  With the new sentencing guidelines it is vital that large industries look at tertiary pollution risk.  David urges anyone managing a site to read the Bartoline case in law regarding insurance

David can offer detailed Spill Mapping advice and guidance to industry.

David Cole

Technical Director

M: 07769 420634

T: 01299 823158

24th October 2017by Katie Hedges

East Midlands Instrument Company (EMI) have partnered with E4 Environment to help reduce the impact our operations have on the surrounding environment. Part of a wider sustainability programme, EMI management are funding the planting of 120 trees to offset CO2 emissions generated from our energy usage and business travel.

Keven Bingham, Managing Director of EMI said “We are delighted to be working with E4 Environment to offset the CO2 emissions our business generates from energy and business travel. Last year we assessed our energy and business travel usage, which equated to 120 tonnes of CO2. As a business we recognise the importance of a reducing our environment impact and EMI are happy to play its part.”

E4 Environment runs a programme which actively encourages woodlands to be planted and long-term benefits monitored through research. It is estimated that each tree absorbs 1 tonne of CO2 over 40 years’. Woodlands also support and provide a habitat for wildlife, insects, birds, mice and owls as well as some of Britain’s native flowers which are critical to the British countryside.

This October 2017, EMI reached the milestone of planting 80 trees which is over 60% of our target for the year. These trees have all been planted at Hectors Wood, Shropshire on the banks of the River Severn. Hectors Wood consists of a mixed woodland including: Oak (Quercus robur), Silver Birch (Betula pendula), Alder (Alnus glutinosa), Hazel (Corylus avellane), Holly (Ilex aquifolium) and Dog Rose (Rosa canina) trees. A selection of the trees planted by EMI can be found below:



17th October 2017by Holly Goodwin

Our next course will take place next year from 12th to 15th February.  It is carried out in collaboration with CATCH (Centre for the Assessment of Technical Competence) in an authentic, full-scale training factory in Humberside (UK).
The course is run as a three-day intensive and immersive experience. The first day starts with lessons in the training room.  On the second and third day, the training workshop is then taught very practically in a live production environment.  This combination of theoretical teaching in the training room and practical application of Chartwell’s Problem Solving methodology in a factory allows attendees to quickly improve their problem-solving abilities.  They immediately gain their own first-hand experience of problem solving by applying what they have learned to actual processes.

Most of our training and on the job coaching is tailored and delivered on site by our consultants.  Twice a year, we run our Advanced Problem Solving Course in association with HCF CATCH at their training facility in North East Lincolnshire.


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11th October 2017by Katie Hedges

Industrial sites typically produce physical waste streams and byproducts which are given an appropriate EWC code and description.

Waste companies, including recyclers, composters and biogas facilities etc, can only accept onto their site the materials that meet the EWC codes listed on their site permit.

Footprint Services are now able to provide bespoke reports for your company which display the licenced waste companies which are able to receive the EWC coded wastes that your company produces based on their Environmental Agency Permits.

EWC Report Summary

A bespoke report for your company costs on £200, giving you a full directory of companies relevant to your EWC-classified waste streams (up to 20 EWC codes per company).

For more information or to discuss your requirements, please contact Andrew Gadd at or call 07791 304190.

11th January 2017by CATCH0

North East Lincolnshire Council, working in partnership with CATCH and ENGIE have began work on the £3.9 million expansion of the training provision at CATCH. The project is supported by a £1.75 million grant from the Government’s Local Growth Fund via the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership.


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