Each day began with a presentation about the heritage of Bryan Donkin Valves Limited who produce a vast range of high performance valves and accessories for the gas supply industry from its state of the art manufacturing facility in Staveley. Donkin gas valves and fittings have been used in the UK and worldwide gas industry for over 160 years and are suitable for all types of pipe systems.
“We felt that it was important to give a brief history lesson about Bryan Donkin valves limited and the fact that they have been manufacturing excellent quality and resilient products for such a length of time, the first gas valve being manufactured in 1857. Products that were made more than 100 years ago are still in action today, exceeding their 50 year expected life span.” Ross continued.
The supervisors were then given a short training course on earlier valve design. This was a ‘hands on’ course where they could look at valves in more detail and learn to identify the previous generations of valves in the network that have been superceded.
The training completed, the Cadent team were given a guided tour of Donkin’s factory site where they were able to inspect the array of gas products that AVK UK has to offer, an insight to the types of products supplied to Cadent and the innovations the company has developed.
Two examples of product supplied are the PUR polyurethane coated Series 555 valve (a product adopted by Cadent) and governor riser fitting in both PE80 and PE100. A new innovative, Series 217, factory entry elbow with a split flange was presented to the network supervisors emphasizing the main benefit of eliminating the need to employ a coded welder at installation.
To conclude the day AVK UK’s quality manager, Jerry Payne, gave a presentation explaining the exceptionally high quality standards, including the recently rewarded TS standard which AVK are the first manufacturer in the gas distribution sector to achieve the international standard, and processes that all AVK UK’s products have to undergo.
“This was a great opportunity for the Cadent and AVK UK’s teams to get together, network, share knowledge and best practice. We have had some positive feedback from those network engineers who attended.” Ross concluded.
Wayne Broadhead, network supervisor, repair operations for Cadent said, “I would like to extend a thank you from the whole team, I am hearing great feedback and appreciation for the days you put on for us.”