Axiom scoop a second award of the year

After recent success at the Chemicals Northwest awards in March, Axiom Engineering Associates were crowned “Chemical Industry Service Provider 2022” at the national Chemical Industry Association (CIA) Awards ceremony held on 16th June at the Royal Armouries, Leeds.

This Award recognises the contribution made to the success of the UK chemical industry through innovation and outstanding delivery of service including engineering, IT, legal, training to the chemical and pharmaceutical sectors.

The award sponsored by CIEC, was made to a CIA member who was able to demonstrate a number key attributes including a significant contribution to enhance business performance improvement in the chemical industry and the application of innovation and excellence in delivery of service to stakeholders.

Axiom Director, Rob Johnson who collected the trophy on behalf of Axiom said, “We are delighted to receive this award as formal recognition of our efforts and commitment to the Chemicals industry across the UK and globally. Axea, our in-house asset management software has not only been the digital tool relied upon by our clients to improve efficiencies of chemical plant assets, but has built the foundations for strong, long-term partnerships, with our clients as valued partners. To achieve national recognition for our achievements by the CIA means so much to us.”

Axiom continues to build on its success, growing strongly again this year. With the continued building of long-term partnerships and strategic alliances for mutual benefit, Axiom’s drive to deliver effective lifecycle integrity management systems to its clients remains paramount.

Award-winning Axiom Engineering Associates opens its doors to the community as part of Make UK’s National Manufacturing Day celebrations on July 7th 2022

British manufacturing and service companies are opening their doors in a UK-wide Open House on 7th July 2022 to give their local communities the chance to see first-hand the potential careers and jobs on offer in our exciting and diverse sector.  Axiom is delighted to announce it is taking part in this year’s inaugural event, organised by manufacturing trade body Make UK. The aim is to help encourage all age groups from school leavers to more experienced workers looking at reskilling to consider the possibilities of a career in manufacturing and service delivery as well as helping local communities understand more about the businesses on their doorstep.

To make it easy to see what’s going on, Make UK has created a dedicated microsite, National Manufacturing Day where companies taking part will post what they produce and detail the events they are planning for National Manufacturing Day itself. Schools and local residents interested in seeing what is available in their area will be able to search the site using a simple postcode finder, to pinpoint those businesses closest to them and allow them to pick out something which they will find the most interesting.

During the morning session on 7th July at their head office in Stockton, visitors to Axiom will be able to participate in practical activities along with discussion around the asset lifecycle services delivered by the business. They will also be able to talk directly to members of staff about how the company works and the roles available in engineering.

Adam Potter, Managing Director of Axiom said, “We are delighted to be taking part in National Manufacturing Day showcasing our services and people. National Manufacturing Day gives us an opportunity to open our doors to interact with the community to visit our facilities, showcasing the exciting opportunities of offer and ‘get behind the scenes of success’.

As a growing company, we are continuously seeking innovative people to support the delivery of our asset management lifecycle services. Our company can offer a diverse range of career opportunities from engineering disciplines to administration, accounting, marketing, quality assurance and health & safety roles.

We are looking forward to welcoming attendees to visit us for a morning and experience what modern day engineering business looks like, in addition to demonstrating that engineering can be both exciting and rewarding. Visitors will be able to meet our team and hear first-hand what inspired them to join us.”

To find out more and register for your place, please visit: https://www.nationalmanufacturingday.org/

Axiom’s Quality & Inspection Consultancy for New Build, Refurbishment & Replacement Equipment

Inadequate owner/user quality & inspection presence – the risks

Over time, Axiom has had numerous enquiries for Quality and Inspection consultancy from issues that arose after construction at the pre-commissioning stage. It would ordinarily be expected that these issues would be caught at hold points during the construction phase and remedied / mitigated. Observations seen by our team include:

  • The use of the wrong welding filler
  • Non-adherence to, or an incorrect, welding procedure
  • Construction materials not as per design specification
  • Insufficient NDT coverage when compared with code requirements
  • Entire lines not hydro tested without an appropriate mitigation
  • Non-conformance of as-installed system when compared to design intent

One or a combination of these issues has the potential to lead to the non-issuance of CE/UKCA, insurance complications and commissioning delays that can cost hundreds of thousand of pounds per day.

Why have an owner/user inspection present?

The presence of a Quality representative from the owner/user can only increase the overall assurance relating to Quality deliverables. It encourages EPCs, contractors and sub-contractors to be more diligent in the Quality process and strive harder for conformance, leading to easier insurance coverage, issuance of the CE/UKCA mark and a smooth commissioning, with avoidance of unnecessary rework and the associated delays / cost implications.

Axiom’s Quality & Inspection Service

Supported by our UKAS-accredited Inspection Services, and the engagement of qualified and experienced personnel, Axiom offers the following Quality and Inspection services to clients engaged in new-build, refurbishment or asset replacement projects:

  • Collation and review of Life Time Quality Records (LTQR) / Dossiers
  • Review and acceptance of Quality Packs
  • Review and approval of weld procedure & performance qualifications
  • Welding inspection
  • Review and acceptance of Inspection Test Plans (ITPs)
  • Witnessing of construction phase hold points
  • Witnessing of FATs & SATs
  • Pre-commissioning checks
  • Acceptance of mechanical completion
  • Review of material certificates
  • Review and management of test packs and punch list
  • Walk/punch of piping
  • Review and approval of NDT procedure and certs.
  • Coordination of NDT
  • Supervision and implementation of all quality activities
  • Management of NCRs
  • Sitting on commissioning panels as Quality Representative.

We can work with your in-house team to deliver any or all of the above services, de-risking your most critical plant new-build / improvement schemes. Our own team comprises personnel with wide-ranging experience not just in the field of technical consultancy, but working in senior ‘in-house’ roles for owner-operators – thereby assuring you of an informed approach that takes cognisance of the time and commercial pressures faced on large-scale site projects.

For further information and for a general discussion on your needs and how we can help you, please contact:

Nirvana Ramkissoon
Axiom Inspection Engineer
[email protected]