Westin Drives wishes to recruit an experienced Mechanical Fitter to join a growing team in Huddersfield.
You will be looking to establish a long-term career in a family-run business with excellent working conditions.
Your primary responsibility will be to repair a wide range of mechanical rotating equipment, predominantly pumps, in our workshop and on site. Some electric motor repair experience would be an advantage.
Excellent benefits include 23 days of annual leave and a three per cent company pension contribution. Training will be provided to employees who wishing to develop their skills. Please contact Fraser Lynch on 01484 453399 to learn more about this exciting opportunity.
When Westin Drives was approached by a leisure and entertainment company wondering if we could repair bucking broncos, the answer had to be – Yee-haw!
With the festive party season approaching, the repair was needed urgently to keep festive revellers happy.
The ride had been booked for a Christmas party as a bucking reindeer, but an inverter for the spinning motion – one of two in the machine – had failed and the part was now obsolete.
Our company had inverters in stock, so the customer decided to replace them both while the machine was out of action.
The compact Mitsubishi FRD-720 was ideal for the job as it has built in STO (Safe Torque Off) and the mounting holes were almost identical to the original Hitachi inverters, enabling the original EMC filters to be retained.
The unit can be seen here being tested – and was later load tested – all in the name of science of course.
Westin Drives was pleased and proud to host the latest SKF Certified Rebuilder Group meeting.
SKF Certified Rebuilders, of which our company is one, must meet exacting standards and specifications and are regularly audited for compliance.
The day featured technical updates, group discussions and a tour of the premises.
All our visitors were very impressed with our new service centre and we received many favourable comments.
The Open Day at our new service centre was hailed a great success, with well over 100 visitors.
They met the team and learned about the wide range of our offerings, from rewinds and repairs to technical services and CNC precision engineering.
Guided tours of the workshop proved popular and there was a particular interest in the work of our new machining department and the demonstrations by engineer, Matt Phillips.
It was good to meet a delegation from our international trade association, the AEMT. And industry specialists from SKF, WEG, Lenze, Sprint and BPX were kept busy on their stands.
The handpumped locally brewed beer and hog roast went down well with visitors and it gave the team from Westin Drives an opportunity to chat with customers old and new in a relaxed setting.
Many thanks to you all for coming!
Westin Drives’ £1m-plus investment in new premises has attracted the attention of the local and national press.
The Huddersfield Examiner carried a three-page feature under the headline ‘Motor firm’s vision for the future’.
On the second page, under the heading ’Historic firm motors ahead with massive expansion’, Examiner business reporter Henryk Zientek gave a thorough account of our move to a new service centre on St Andrew’s Road.
While local readers were absorbing that story, readers of the Journal of the Association of Electrical and Mechanical Trades were also reading of our exciting development plans.
Its article begins: ‘From the outside, Westin Drives presents an attractive blend of old and new. At its heart is Grove Works, a 19th century former textile mill, whose carefully restored stone facade rises above a new, steel-clad service centre. Inside, its rebirth is expressed in a stylish mix of exposed brick and stone, white walls and contemporary furniture.
“This is the new home of the Huddersfield-based electro-mechanical engineering company. A few months ago, as part of a £1m-plus investment, it moved its team, equipment and stock from cramped premises with limited access to this spacious service centre set in a large courtyard.”
All the members of our team are delighted that our work and our ambitions have been recognised in this way by our friends on the Huddersfield Examiner and the AEMT Journal.
Welcome to the first edition of the Westin Drives newsletter. We hope you enjoy reading about our major investment in a new service centre in Huddersfield, some changes to our team, our new CNC precision engineering department – and the many way we hope we can help your business.
Our precision engineering department came to the rescue of a customer in Wakefield who urgently needed some motor terminal boxes.
Working initially from photographs, a design drawing was created by our principal precision engineer, Matt Phillips, to meet the customer’s requirements.
He then manufactured a batch of 15 boxes from aluminium in our CNC milling machine. The task was completed in just one week from enquiry to delivery and the finished parts cost less than off-the-shelf items.
When a pump at a chicken factory failed, our precision engineering department responded rapidly to the breakdown.
This was the work required:
The customer was pleased to be up and running again in under 24 hours with the new repaired and manufactured parts.
Thousands of counterfeit bearings, weighing a total of about 1.5 tonnes, have been seized by officers from West Yorkshire Trading Standards.
They confiscated industrial and automotive bearings in 170 types and sizes in the raid on a distributor in the county, reports drivesncontrols.com
Members of the SKF brand protection team were present to identify counterfeit versions of some of their company’s products. Bearings carrying other manufacturers’ names were also seized and these are also suspected of being fakes.
SKF takes part in more than 100 raids a year against retailers, distributors and manufacturers of counterfeit products around the world.
Engineering manager Paul Dysiewicz said: “Customers who accidentally purchase counterfeit products are being cheated financially, risk damage to their machinery and incur expensive downtime as a result. They may also be liable to third-party damages."
If you believe you may have been sold counterfeit SKF products, there's a free smartphone app – SKF Authenticate – that can be used to send photos to SKF for verification. It's available from the Apple App Store or Google Play. Pictures of the bearings can also be emailed to email@example.com
SKF and other bearings manufacturers have launched a counterfeit awareness campaign through the World Bearing Association (WBA).
The team at Westin Drives was told of a ‘machine controller’ coming in for repair from a Leeds quarry. They told us it was in a ‘bad state’ – and they weren’t joking.
The unit was obsolete with no replacement available. The customer had looked everywhere and was convinced it was unrepairable.
But our engineers love a challenge and they had the unit repaired and serviced within three days. The customer was soon back up and running – and the quarry's customers were not let down.