March 30, 2020
HAVD YOU ANY BISCUITS, IT'S AN EMERGENCY
We got a call from XXXXX, the Property Factoring Company, at 4:30 pm towards the end of last week.
They have a block of flats in their charge which had suffered a catastrophic failure and had no water supply going to any of the landings.
“Could we attend and fix the problem ?”, they wanted to know.
We looked up our system and informed them that they did not have an account with us but we were aware who they were and that we had on several occasions in the past, knocked on their door to ask if we could provide maintenance services to them.
On each occasion we had been told that despite being a qualified NICEIC Approved Electrical Contractor, Safe Contractor Approved and Certified to ISO9001, ISO14001 and OHSAS18001and ISOQAR Registered, they preferred to use one of our competitors because their sales rep brings them biscuits and has told them that they are cheaper than us.
“ They don’t have to use qualified electricians by law anyway, right ?”
We enquired if our competitors had run out of biscuits which was the reason behind their call.
“ No” they said “ They are not answering their phone because of the virus “
“Do they not have an emergency number to contact ?” we asked.
“ No, it just says they are shut because of the virus and if we leave our name and phone number, they will get back to us once the virus has gone”
To cut a long story short, we duly despatched our engineers to site to assess the problem and fix it.
When we got there , three pressure vessels were out of action, and each one had a burst diaphragm, something that had obviously not been spotted during the “Six monthly maintenance visits” our competitors are supposed to carry out. The pumps were leaking and on inspection we found some of the pipe fittings to be made from rusted malleable iron, some plastic and some, galvanised steel.
So we contacted the factor again and explained that new vessels were required and that the fittings should be stainless steel to comply with drinking water regulations. Everything required to fix the problem was in stock.
We gave them the costs and argued that yes, the three vessels did require to be replaced despite the cost and that we were not going to agree to use malleable iron fittings just because they were cheaper .
After a period of silence where we could distinctly hear the background sound of biscuits being munched , we were reluctantly given the go-ahead to make good the necessary repairs.
It’s good to know that common sense still prevails in these trying times.
March 23, 2020
FOUSANS AND FOUSANS OF FEAVERS ON ITS FROAT
We were asked to design a special system for a poultry processing and research plant that required to take feathers out of final effluent before it goes to the drain.
We have to pump from out of a pit full of dirty water and feathers into the special filter press system which removes the feathers and returns the waste water back to the drains.
The problem is that the filter has to run with a constant incoming flow and because we are feeding it from a sump set deep in the ground, when the level rises and falls in the sump, the flow increases and de-creases which stops the filter from working properly.
This problem was solved by installing a Landia Submersible pump which chops up feathers and will not clog, and linking it through a variable speed drive unit, controlled by an ultrasonic level controller.
With this arrangement, as the sump level falls the pump speeds up, and as the sump level rises the pump slows down, thus maintaining a constant flow to the feather filter.
An unusual application that is working a treat !
March 23, 2020
NEW NETZSCH PUMPS AND MACETATORS FOR A CARAVAN PARK
Further to our previous story regarding the Netzsch equipment we were testing for the caravan site in Fife, we can now display some photographs of the completed installation.
We had a few problems when the system was switched on due to the rising main having settled and actually blocked at a few points but some clever guesswork and perseverance got the system moving again and now it is all ready to meet the summer demand from holidaymakers.
Let’s hope that by the time the summer comes around that this virus will have been put in it’s place by then and things are back to normal.
March 16, 2020
FERIER PUMPS / SAFE CONTRACTOR CERTIFICATE
Ferrier Pumps Ltd were again awarded their Safe Contractor Certificate of Accreditation which is audited every year. This is a proper, meaningful audit and not a rubber stamp exercise.
Many thanks to everyone at Ferrier’s who worked hard throughout the year , maintaining the integrity of our policies and procedures to make sure that our high safety standards were not allowed to slip.
The Safe Contractor Accreditation is becoming ever more recognised as a benchmark for quality in the Construction Industry and as the awareness of the importance of Site Safety becomes apparent
to everyone, such programmes have had a significant impact in reducing accidents and saving lives up and down the country.
Everyone has a part to play in ensuring Safety must be at the foremost of any operation. Make sure YOU play your part too !
March 04, 2020
March 02, 2020
THE DEJA-VU DANCE CREW
We draw your attention to the section of our web site titled VALVE REFURBISHMENT which is listed under PRODUCTS.
The above photographs show a 65mm relief valve which came into our works on the Monday and was fully repaired, and tested, and delivered back our customer on the Wednesday.
The valve was returned with full certification, all to AP I598.
Not a bad result, inspected, refurbished, and delivered back in less than 72 hours !.
Please keep us in mind for all your valve repairs and valve refurbishment requirements, especially when you require a quick turnaround or re-certification for insurance purposes.
Once again Ferrier Pumps have sponsored the Deja-Vu Dance Crew, (did you see what I did there ?)
They are organising a fundraising to send their various teams to Germany to compete in the UDO European Street dance Championships to be held in kalkar, sometime in May this year.
Kalkar is right up on the North West of Germany on the border with Holland , and a jolly nice place it is too!
Attached are the most recent pictures of the various teams that they field.
They attended a major competition at Darlington at the beginning of March and came back with 1st and 2nd places for crews along with other awards for solos and duos.
Current Scottish, European and
World Champions for 2019
1st place at Darlington 2020
Current Scottish, European and
World Champions 2019
1st place at Darlington 2020
2nd place at Darlington 2020
They are pretty much a new team for this year with only 4 of still in it from last year
If anyone would like to make a donation please follow the link below;
They do not have a website as it is all done through Facebook this is the link to their page
We think that this is a splendid effort and it is great to see these young girls represent Scotland this way and consistently get such good results.
We wish DejaVu every success in the up and coming competition and are confident that once again, they will show our European friends , how it’s done !
February 28, 2020
RENNER AIR COMPRESSORS
We finished our staff training for the month with a visit from “Renner Kompressoren” , and teach-ins were held at all of our three branches for our sales and maintenance staff.
Pictured is Matthew Dalton with his dad and our Peter Ramsay at our Leith office admiring a Renner compressor that Matthew brought up to show us.
The Dalton family have been looking after the market for Renner Compressors in the UK for over 15 years.
Renner is regarded as one of the highest quality Air Compressor manufacturers in Germany and the range of products that they have to offer is second to none.
The UK stock have fifty-five different models on the shelf at any time and over £400,000.00 of spare parts are available from stock, anywhere in the UK, within 24 hours.
From the beginning of March, Ferrier Pumps Ltd will be representing Renner Air Compressors in Scotland which are used by a multitude of industries on every application.
Renner can offer Screw Compressors, Piston compressors, Oil-Free compressors & Super Silent designs. Special air supply control systems and a whole range of air compressor air treatment equipment and accessories are also available.
For all your air compressor requirements, give Ferrier Pumps a call and we will be pleased to be able to offer an engineered, air compressor solution to meet your air requirements from our “Renner Kompressoren” range.
February 27, 2020
TWIN VARIABLE SPEED BOOSTER SET BUILT AND INSTALLED INSIDE 72 HOURS
The above photograph shows a twin variable speed booster pump set which we managed to despatch within 72 hours to one of our Facilities Management customers who found themselves in an emergency situation.
A multiple occupant block of flats that the Facilities Management Company had just taken over the responsibility for the maintainance on, for a Local Authority had been found to drastically fall short of the Water-Byelaws.
The building had been issued with a Health Warning that the storage tank and pump system that was installed over thirty years before, was in breach of current legislation and could potentially
cause a hygiene problem for the residents of the multi-storey block of flats which it served.
Ferrier Pump were called in to assist and their engineers immediately reacted and isolated the old pump and tank system. They then installed a temporary single pump set with a fixed speed pump and a small storage tank which, although not ideal, ensured that the residents still enjoyed a supply of safe potable water, albeit at varying flows and pressures depending on which storey the live on.
Meanwhile, in the background the pump set above was built from existing drawings and materials that were to hand, and the result was that we were able to supply the above twin pump set complete with storage tank, filtration and controls, all to WRAS specification, and re-instate the water supply to the building before the residents realised that there had even been a problem.
Another job well done !
February 21, 2020
NETZSCH PUMPS AND MACERATORS FOR A CARAVAN SITE IN FIFE
The above photograph shows two pairs of Netzsch Pumps and two Netzsch Macerators being inspected in our Leith workshop before installation.
These beasts are serious pieces of kit and will give long and trouble free operation for many years to come.
The caravan park was previously plagued with breakdowns to its sewage system and the time had come where it was best to gut out the old system and simply start again.
Netzsch Pumps and Macerators are setting new standards for this type of equipment across Europe, America and beyond. At the end of the day, it’s the quality that counts !
“ A holiday by the sea, what could be better !? ”
February 10, 2020
Waste Water Treatment Works, Wash Water Booster Set
One of the more interesting installations we completed at the end of January was the installation of this rather large Twin Booster Pump set at one of our Scottish Water sites.
Both pumps are 30KW and fitted with variable speed drives which ensure the flow rate is regulated to suit the demand which will save a fair bit of water, and a lot of electricity through reduced running costs, over the systems lifetime.
The pump set came on a prefabricated skid with all controls and electrics and we also supplied the 10,000 litre storage tank which is sitting behind our man. The whole job was delivered to site and installed and commissioned in only two days. The plant was kept running on a twenty four hour duty, before the new pump booster set was seamlessly brought into operation.
February 03, 2020
Special Duct Pump System
Above us a rather neat system we installed this week which is the fourth one for a medical research campus we have been working with. The cable duct where you see the pipes going down into, house high voltage 11,000 Volt cables that were forever filling with ground water.
Water and high voltage cables are not a good combination and short of spending hundreds of thousand of pounds on remedial work on the foundations, the solution was to keep the cable ducts dry.
By installing submersible pumps that can run on "snore" and get the water level down to two millimeters, and by installing the crafty blue box next to the control panel , which allows us to operate the pumps on this very shallow application, the cable ducts are now kept dry , and by implication, they are very much safer.
A clever and economic solution to a difficult problem !
January 30, 2020
Continued Support of Grassroots Youth Football
Ferrier Pumps have always tried to give a bit back to the community and one of the ways we do it is to sponsor two football teams. Below is the “Young Pumas” looking ready to get wired into another game.
The above photo’s is of the “Young Pumas'” football team which we sponsor.
Young Puma’s are based in Cumbernauld and play in the “Central Scotland Football Association” development league.
The team consists of 16 hard-working kids and dedicated coaches. They are doing well in the league at this time.
Thanks to the sponsorship of Ferrier Pumps the team have been able to purchase new strips.
Hopefully they can climb the league as the season progresses and you never know, there might be a few who manage to make it to a higher level.
Well done to all concerned who give their time so selflessly to young people like this, to help kids like these and the wider community.
Our other team is “ Kilmarnock Portland 2012.”
Once again, our friends Wilo Pumps helped us to sponsor the strips and other equipment so that when our boys and girls walk out onto the pitch, they are so well kitted out that nobody can say they look second best to anyone.
One of our site managers, James, spends a lot of his time organising this team which have girls as well as boys playing , and nobody gets turned away.
We hear that again, they are performing well in their league and that they are beginning to be the team to watch out for.
If you have a very strong magnifying glass, you can just make out the Ferrier Pumps name above the Wilo logo on the strips.
I get the impression that these kids are more interested in football than promoting our business to a world wide audience.
Not to worry !, as long as you are scoring goals.
January 28, 2020
Burnington Street 1963
Above is a photograph from about 1963 which shows Burlington Street, Leith , where our office now stands. The police box is still there, but the pub opposite, which was called "The Spotted Dog " is long gone.
We were digging in our flowerbeds the other day and came across this old bottle which harks back to when ginger beer was made in the site where our Leith office now stands.
Note the Hillman Imp parked in the street.
Made in Scotland, it had the engine in the boot at the back and the boot at the front, under the hood.
Not a bad car if you could get it to start !
The first week in January saw us build and install a new high pressure glycerine pump set which is used to inflate a specialist sealing system for the MOD.
This replaces the old gearbox driven set which was installed sometime in the 1960’s.
We refurbished the old pump set in 1984 and it has been in constant use ever since.
However, all things must pass and it is now time for this little, stainless steel, micro pump with variable speed drive to take over.
We would like to think that this set too will last about sixty years !
January 8, 2020
Glycerine, Hydraulic Seal Control, Pump Set, for the MOD
January 6, 2020
New sewage Screen Wash Pump. A Genuine Emergency
This was an interesting little job which we carried out in the week between Christmas & the New Year.
This was at a Scottish Water pumping station that relied on these two old horizontal split case pumps installed sometime in the 1960’s, which are used on sewage screen wash duties. Our competitors prepared a quotation that offered for the price of £12,500.00 per pump, to splash a tin of Belzona inside and out of the broken down pump before they pressed it back into service.
Rather than go down that route, we offered to supply a new, 30KW vertical multistage pump from stock, make some pipe adaptors and put the new pump in with a variable speed drive system. This will save a so much money in reduced electricity running costs that the entire new system will pay for itself within two years.
Our price for providing the new pump, the variable speed drive and the pipework modifications was considerably less than £12,500.00.
From start to finish, the entire operation took three days as opposed to the three weeks which was quoted for brushing a tin of Belzona onto the old pump parts.
We are looking forward to receiving the order to replace the other obsolete pump any time soon.
December 12, 2019
Below is the FICA certificate awarded to our now, ex-apprentice, Josh Cross. He is one of the best engineers we have in our Edinburgh team. Congratulations Josh, we expected nothing less from you.