Manufacturing and Engineering Magazine Volume 425 - January 2016 - Page 51

MANUFACTURING & ENGINEERING BLACKHILL ENGINEERING SERVICES existing offering, but quickly sought to explore new avenues and add further capabilities to what is already a plethora of expertise. As Dan Baker makes clear: “Following SC Group's takeover, one of the first things we did was seek ISO 9001 certification, recognising it to be a necessity in quality assurance sector-wide.” The company has since sought further accreditation and was recently audited for ISO 1090 in structural steelwork. With its successful accreditation, Blackhill Engineering Services will be able to build up to Execution Class 3, enabling it to work on projects such as multi-storey car parks, apartment blocks, or smaller roads and footbridges. Not just providing an entry into public sector and larger contracts, ISO 1090 certification is also hoped to facilitate Blackhill Engineering Service's future diversification aspirations. As Baker continues, “The ISO 1090 encompasses many of the welding and fabrication standards required for working in the oil and gas, petrochemical and defence sectors and allows us to access those divergent markets. Ordinarily, you'd have to seek lots of different standards but with ISO 1090, we're able to traverse sectors easily and, in the same vein, for us to get an aerospace certification Blackhill Engineering has made significant changes to its machining and fabrication capabilities, investing heavily in its tooling equipment certificate, it's a much smaller step up.” And, indeed, not neglecting the nearby development of Hinkley Point C and its soonto-be online presence, Blackhill Engineering Services is preparing for a new foray into the nuclear sector. This year, the company has readied itself for nuclear audit and is working toward certification with a view to welcoming the new business the development is sure to bring to the region. With nuclear on the horizon, and the preservation of its client base across marine, defence, oil and gas, and renewables industries, Blackhill Engineering has made significant changes to its machining and fabrication capabilities, investing heavily in its tooling equipment with a view to maintaining the quality of workmanship evident across products, projects and sectors. The company is currently in the process of clearing one of the workshops in order to install a new MANUFACTURING AND ENGINEERING MAGAZINE 49