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16th April 2018by Jasmine Greenhalgh

For those involved in the design, management or maintenance of alarms and alarm systems, M.A.C. Solutions, developer of the ProcessVue® suite of alarm management software, is running a two-day alarm management training course in June and November 2018.

The course is aimed at providing all the information and guidance delegates require to successfully implement alarm management within their company, thus providing a basis for the ongoing safe and efficient operation of their plant. The course is strongly recommended for anyone responsible for leading improvements to the management of alarms within a process industry plant, particularly Upper and Lower Tier COMAH-regulated or FDA-regulated sites. These include oil & gas, petrochemicals, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, power stations, food processing and water companies.

Topics covered in the course include:

  • Fundamentals of alarm management and the alarm improvement process.
  • Benefits of alarm management with regard to your legislative and regulatory obligations and OEE improvements.
  • Creation of an Alarm Philosophy and associated documentation.
  • Alarm design principles.
  • Master Alarm Databases.
  • Benchmarking, auditing and assessing your system.
  • Alarm rationalisation and implementation.
  • Nuisance alarm remediation and advanced alarm handling.

On completion of the two-day training course, attendees should have learned everything they need to know about how to successfully implement alarm management on their site. The course will be taught by a knowledgeable, experienced alarm practitioner, so attendees will also learn many things they didn’t know they needed to know, and some of the pitfalls to avoid.   

For more information or to register to attend a training course, please visit or telephone MAC Solutions on 01527 529774 or email


10th April 2018by CATCH

CATCH chairman, Brendan Conlan, has recently called for recognition for engineering in the area, noticing how employment of apprentices in the industry has fallen over the last few decades. His comments, which were featured in the Scunthorpe Telegraph, highlighted how “there are good quality young people out there who can do what we need if we give them the chance”.

Identifying an industry need in the area, the article urges young people to follow the apprenticeship route to keep local employment rates high.

Read the full feature below:

5th April 2018by Jessica Bocock

CATCH Skills recently delivered a week long programme for the University of Leeds which gave 200 of their Chemical Engineering degree students the opportunity to bring their theoretical studies at the University into the real working world. The programme was developed for 2nd Year Chemical Engineering students to give them a greater awareness of process industry.
Each student attended for 1 day and had 4 practical sessions covering;
• Laser Alignment
• Mechanical Joint Integrity
• Pumps
• DSC control room simulation
• Process operations and plant introduction
The week was extremely successful with the students feedback being they loved the fact they could relate the CATCH environment to what they had studied and enhance it through practical activities. Many of the students had learnt about pumps, valves, process systems and control, but never seen them in operation or as part of a working plant before.
Head of CATCH Skills James McIntosh said “ The whole week was fantastic and it was great to see how the students responded to our real life industry environment. The lecturers were very impressed with how effective the course was and we put a lot of work into the planning and organisation to ensure it fed into the curriculum the students had covered. We are in discussions with Leeds over next years project already. Credit must go the students who came ready to learn and were enthusiastic throughout, despite the treacherous weather conditions. Even the Beast from the East couldn’t stop them from going out on the plant in heavy snowfall and high winds!”



20th March 2018by Katie Hedges

Wednesday April 18th 2018.  19.00 – 20.00 hrs


Redwood Park Estate



DN41 8TH

Dr Jeremy Smallwood is a leading authority on electrostatics and will present a technical lecture on static electricity in flammable atmospheres.

Static electricity can cause fires and explosions where flammable atmospheres such as solvent vapours or dust clouds can occur.

It is a requirement of DSEAR that where a dangerous substance is or is liable to be present at the workplace; the employer shall make a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks to his employees which arise from that substance.  The risk assessment shall include consideration of the likelihood that ignition sources, including electrostatic discharges, will be present and become active and effective;

In other environments, static electricity build-up on personnel can cause nuisance shocks. This lecture will explain the phenomenon of static electricity and will include practical demonstrations.

 To register please follow the link provided:  


6th March 2018by Katie Hedges

Innovate UK Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) – together with its partners from the Automotive Propulsion Centre (APC) and the Chemistry Growth Partnership (CGP) Supply Chain working group – are organising an important joint event UK Chemical Supply Chain for Battery Manufacture” in Darlington on 19 April.

The event is a unique opportunity to bring the chemical sector together with the batteries developers/ manufacturers to:

  • communicate the market opportunity for chemical supply into the batteries sector
  • better understand the chemicals supply chain requirements of the batteries sector;
  • better understand the strengths and gaps in capability of the current UK chemicals supply chain to deliver the required chemicals/materials/processes; and
  • develop new relationships between the chemical and battery sectors

Richard Carter (MD of BASF UK & Ireland and Chair of the CGP Supply Chain Group) is presenting, as is Prof David Greenwood from APC. Other speakers are TBC.

Who should attend:

  • Chemicals suppliers that are already engaged in the supply of chemicals or materials to the batteries sector
  • Chemicals suppliers that are not currently supplying chemicals into this sector but would like to learn more about the opportunity
  • Developers or suppliers of chemical processing equipment that might be relevant for supply of chemicals and materials for battery manufacture
  • Battery developers and manufacturers or other organisation currently engaged with the batteries manufacturing sector

For further info, contact Peter Clark


1st March 2018by Katie Hedges

4 July 2018, 8.30-17.00 @CATCH

Reliable Manufacturing presents a one day Reliability & Operations Excellence Master Class, exploring the strategies and practices that underpin some of the world’s best operating companies. The Master Class will describe models for achieving Operations Excellence and will show how the best plants are
able to compete globally through the application of a Reliability Strategy; one which combines the best elements of Lean Manufacturing, TPM, RCM, six sigma and other methodologies as well as excellence in operations and maintenance practices.

Through extensive case study examples we will show how the right strategy ensures maximum production capacity by making fundamental changes in the way processes and equipment are designed, operated and maintained. Costs are avoided by eliminating “defects” (which cause the costs in the first place) and optimising work that adds value, thereby ensuring sustained cost reductions.

The Master Class is for leaders in manufacturing, including Operations Directors, Site Managers, Change
Managers, Operations and Maintenance Managers, First Line Supervisors, Reliability Leaders and influential frontline Operators and Maintainers.

Fees are £695 per person plus VAT.
Book online:




1st March 2018by Katie Hedges

While participating in the US-UK Offshore Wind Ports & Supply Chain Delegation, Bristol Community College President Dr. Laura L. Douglas visited CATCH and signed a memorandum of understanding between BCC and CATCH.

CATCH will provide BCC with technical assistance, including a “train the trainer” program, a student knowledge transfer, overseas training program, and will support BCC’s vision of building a national offshore wind training center in New Bedford, Massachusetts.

The partnership creates a framework for collaboration in the field of offshore wind to support educational training and skills development activities for the benefit of the UK and USA, with the ultimate goal of creating a strong, vibrant, and sustainable industry.

“The United Kingdom is a global leader in all segments of the offshore wind industry, with over half of the world’s wind capacity,” said President Laura L. Douglas. “BCC is pleased to enter into partnership with CATCH. This is a unique opportunity to learn more about successful public-private partnerships in offshore wind, and to bring those best practices in training and competency solutions back to our region.”

The Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Laura Douglas, President of BCC and Brendan Conlan, Chairman of CATCH, from the left Phillip Trombly, Regional Director for offshore wind with Utility Workers Union of America, David Talbot (CATCH CEO) and James McIntosh, Head of CATCH Skills.


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