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News from ASAMS and the metals and materials testing industry

Casting a look at three decades of metal testing

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ASAMS is celebrating 30 years in business in 2019. As part of this, director Andrew Page looks back at three decades of metals testing.

ASAMS has always been focused on providing great service, primarily for the oil and gas industry, being formed from the purchase of the test laboratory from Oilfield Inspection Services in 1989. Over the past 30 years standards, both international and client, have undergone numerous revisions. Largely these have sought to align complimentary testing regimes however there are some areas within these standards which still cannot be reconciled.

ASAMS Achieves Cyber Essentials Certificate

Cyber Essentials Standard CertificateWith cyber-crime and GDPR compliance very much in the news, customers and potential customers of ASAMS Limited will be re-assured to know that the company has achieved compliance with the industry-standard, cyber security guidelines.  

We have been certified that our organisation was assessed as meeting the Cyber Essentials implementation profile [BIS/14/696/1.5] and thus that, at the time of testing, our organisation’s ICT defences were assessed as satisfactory against commodity based cyber-attack.

Thomas Whiskin, Director stated "ASAMS takes security very seriously, as we have access to sensitive data belonging to all our customers in the course of our testing activities. The Cyber Essentials certification is further evidence of ASAMS' commitment to data security."

You can view our certificate here.

ASAMS Ltd welcomes call to boost UK metallurgy training

With qualifications in metallurgy increasingly diminishing in the UK, ASAMS Ltd supports Richard Brown of M&C Educational Training Services Ltd who discusses the current situation and how metallurgy training can be saved.

The state of metallurgy training in the UK is dire, with very few organizations providing the opportunity for approved continuing professional development training. This is even lower for part-time and employed positions in metal work, as so few institutes can progress to regulated qualifications and have their own degrees available, in collaboration with a university partner.

Nelson’s Journey 20th Anniversary Ball

ASAMS Ltd were proud to be represented by Thomas Whiskin and Ziggy Cooke along with Rachel Blackburn from US2U Consulting at this year’s 20th Anniversary Ball as part of the company’s continued support of The Nelson’s Journey Charity.

Nelson’s Journey is an organisation based in Norfolk providing support for bereaved children and ASAMS were pleased to be supporting their organisation for 2018.

Green Story

As part of ASAMS continued commitment to reducing the company's environmental impact, ASAMS has purchased a new gas-powered forklift truck. This has replaced the old diesel forklift and will significantly reduce the carbon footprint of the company. The forklift is regularly used to transport heavy test coupons into the machine shop for testing.

The benefits of using gas powered over diesel can be seen in its lower carbon emissions as it burns cleanly with fewer harmful bi-products such as sulphur, lead and soot.

New equipment for ASAMS via New Anglia Small Grant Scheme

We have recently invested in a new forklift truck, surface grinder and air compressor for the machine shop. The purchase of which has been supported by a grant secured through the New Anglia Small Grant Scheme, which is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

These will enable us to handle larger items and increase the turn around of machining, meaning ASAMS will continue delivering the excellent service our customers expect.

We’ve been supported by New Anglia LEP’s Small Grant Scheme. Could it help you too? Find out at www.newanglia.co.uk

New Trainee Test Technician

Following a successful recruitment campaign we are pleased to welcome Ziggy Cooke as the latest addition to our growing team. Ziggy has significant experience of being a Workshop Technician and is developing his skills as he learns the specifics required to carry out metal testing.

"Starting at ASAMS was an exciting new venture for me and a chance to learn new skills. Everyone has welcomed me as part of the team and have gone out of their way to answer the many questions I have been asking over the past few months while training me on specific machines and processes.

"It's great to see, and be part of, everyone working together to get the job done; there's no task that's too big or small and I'm grateful to be part of this growing company."

Expanding ASAMS' Services

We are currently looking at expanding our range of services by purchasing a chemical analysis machine.

As part of the purchasing process we will be looking to consult with clients regarding their potential needs in this area - please get in touch if you are able to assist with the consultation process.

 

 

 

 

Southern North Sea Conference 2018

Thank you to all who came and saw us over the 2 days at the Norfolk Showground - we throughly enjoyed meeting with you all. With no 'Beast from the East' to contend with, our very first exhibition was a success!

During the event many of you entered our Microstructure Quiz for the chance to win our very own branded coffee. The lucky winner of our top prize, the coffee machine, was Ian from RipBlast, pictured below collecting his coffee machine from Rahul.

Please get in touch to find out how ASAMS can help your business - or to arrange a visit to see us in action at our facility, click here. 

STEM Event at Reepham High School and College

On Tuesday 19th June 2018, Rahul Wadher from ASAMS Ltd took the opportunity to volunteer at Reepham High School and College who were running their annual Careers morning for Year 10 students. Rahul visited as a STEM Ambassador to give advice on early careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths and shared his own experiences through education to his current role as a metallurgist.

The day included talks from employers of various sectors including art, music, banking and human resources. Each employer presented their subject area to Year 10 students, sharing their respective experiences and telling their own stories of getting to where they are now.

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ASAMS Privacy Statement

ASAMS privacy statement is now live on our re-designed website. These are all part of ASAMS commitment to ours and our clients data security.

Our privacy statement can be found here.

What’s GDPR?  

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) is a comprehensive data protection law that came into effect on May 25, 2018. It replaced existing EU Data Protection law to strengthen the protection of “personal data” and the rights of the individual. It's a single set of rules which governs the processing and monitoring of EU data. 

ASAMS will be exhibiting at SNS 2018

ASAMS will be exhibiting at SNS 2018 from 28th February to 1st March at the Norfolk Showground. We look forward to making new contacts and meeting existing clients. We will be holding a competition on the stand so drop by and say hello.

EEEGR’s flagship Southern North Sea conference is the most important event for the energy sector in the East of England. Taking place over two days at the Norfolk Showground Arena in Norwich, SNS2018 will be the largest conference and exhibition EEEGR has ever delivered attracting upwards of 1100 delegates from across the industry and supply chain.

 

December Newsletter

Our December newsletter is now out including details of:

UKAS Audit Results

New Milling Machine

Customer Feedback survey

Our attendance of SNS 2018

Announcement of our selected charity for 2018

Customer feedback survey results

Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete our feedback survey, we received some very informative comments and were pleased to see ourselves rated very good or good in all areas surveyed.

Follow the link to see a more in-depth discussion of the results. As a thank you we will be sending a pack of ASAMS coffee out to all who completed the survey.

 

 

 

New mill installed with support from New Anglia Small Grant Scheme

ASAMS are pleased to be featured in EDP business, regarding the new mill we have installed with support from the New Anglia Small Grant Scheme. The is part of ASAMS ongoing investment plans ensuring we continue to provide excellent service for all our customers.

We will invest a further £42,000 to buy a milling machine which will help us diversify into the automotive and aerospace industries by allowing us to test more materials.  We have spent £750,000 in recent years to refit our laboratory which tests materials for tensile strength, hardness, impact and corrosion.

 

ASAMS Awarded Grant from New Anglia Small Grant Scheme

ASAMS is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a grant for a new milling machine through the New Anglia Small Grant Scheme, which is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

The new mill will enable us to machine components more efficiently and enable us to better handle exotic materials. To find out more about our increased capabilities please contact us.