How to: master the basics of hammer drilling by Hilti

ARE you looking to learn the basics when it comes to using your hammer dill?

Look no further; the experts from power tool specialist Hilti have put together a series of hand how-to videos, taking you through the ABCs of a number of frequetly-asked tool questions.

From selecting the right system to maintaining the drill bit to how to cope with rebar, learn how to get to grips with hammer drilling.

Click the video below to view.

 


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KNIPEX launches 250k Instagram Challenge, Go For Gold!

TO celebrate reaching 250,000 followers on the @knipex_official Instagram account, KNIPEX is giving away 250 limited edition and numbered golden Mini KNIPEX Cobra® water pump pliers, packed in an exclusive collectors' box.

All you have to do to enter is send the best picture or video of you and your favourite KNIPEX pliers to the company’s Instagram feed. Your entry can be funny, passionate, artistic – whatever you like.

Upload your picture or video to https://bit.ly/knipex250k and let the KNIPEX community vote on it. With 20 likes you get to the final round, where a KNIPEX jury will choose the winners.

“KNIPEX wants to celebrate this landmark worldwide: We are really proud –  and would like to thank everyone who is part of the large KNIPEX community!” explained David Barnes, UK Marketing Manager.  

Conditions of participation: https://bit.ly/terms-250k-en

Closing date: 17/08/2020

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Makita steps up to support Ventilator Challenge UK

IN times of crisis, it’s important for businesses to rally together to find new, collaborative solutions. To this end, leading manufacturer of power tools, Makita UK and valued distributor Terrier Tools, recently assisted specialist contract electronics manufacturer, Surface Technology International Ltd (STI), in its contribution to VentilatorChallengeUK - a consortium of companies rapidly producing ventilators in the fight against COVID-19.

Makita UK has helped specialist contract electronics manufacturer, STI, take part in the UK Government’s Ventilator Challenge UK. STI joined a number of leading technology and engineering firms to help produce 11,000+ ventilator units as quickly as possible, to help the NHS cope with the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

To meet this demand, STI looked to use its existing tooling options for manufacturing ventilators. However, the manual torque wrenches and screwdrivers were not suitable for the task in hand and in turn, the company’s ventilator build process was not fully optimised. With an urgent need to speed up production, STI contacted its local tool supplier Terrier Tools for advice on more suitable tool solutions to help streamline and speed up the process. Steven Hughes of Terrier Tools immediately recommended Makita’s highly engineered range of specialist production tools, which outperform traditional construction tools for mass production assembly applications, enabling faster production and greater torque accuracy.

With this critical task at hand, technical specialists from Makita UK liaised with Terrier Tools to identify which specialist tools would best meet STI’s specific project applications. So far, STI has received 21 specialist production tools, which have helped the company to deliver ventilators in a more efficient manner. This has included a selection of programmable speed control screwdrivers, both pistol-grip and angle, which were used to assemble components to a specific torque. Additionally, the company has received a number of standard drill drivers to help secure non-specific fasteners. To run these specialist tools as efficiently as possible, STI purchased 36 of Makita’s innovative LXT battery units and 15 charging units. As a result, STI was able to speed up production and ensure its important work could continue around the clock so that the ventilators could be delivered on schedule. 

Speaking on Makita’s assistance, as well as his company’s role in the VentilatorChallengeUK, Jon Ashford, Project Engineering Manager at STI commented: “Using Makita’s range has really helped us to increase our production efficiency, as well as allowing us to remove additional inspection steps for torque checking. Initially, we attempted this project using manual torque drivers, but this soon led to a bottleneck in the production process. The Makita tools provide the user with a visual and audible aid to ensure the correct torque has been applied to each individual fixing. As such, adopting the solutions have helped to make a big difference”.

Given many of the logistical challenges imposed by the current pandemic, Makita UK went to great lengths to ensure its products were delivered in a safe and timely manner. As a result, the company decided to deliver directly to the end-user, which helped expedite the delivery process by 24 hours. Similarly, to allow the team at STI to deliver the highest quality results, members of Makita UK’s training team visited the company’s headquarters to deliver specialist training. As with any purchase from the company, Makita UK is always on hand to deliver training to firms when they feel it is necessary. Thanks to this, production staff at STI have been able to boost productivity and guarantee more accurate, durable frame production.

Steve Edwards, Regional Sales Manager at Makita UK added: “A key part of our business culture is to help those around us, as well as the wider community. Right now, this ambition is more important than ever for businesses, who must come together and help the country overcome the challenge posed by COVID-19. That’s why we’re so pleased to have been able to help STI as it took part in the VentilatorChallengeUK. With help from Steven Hughes at Terrier Tools, our team has specified and delivered an extensive range of specialist production tools, which make the task of assembling ventilator frames more efficient. We’re delighted to hear some of the units that STI manufactured are now helping to save lives in NHS facilities across the country.”

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Lighthouse Club release new features on app

ALONG with technology partners COINS, the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity’s free App has been upgraded with some fantastic new features just in time for Mental Health Awareness Week.

The new features focus on preventative tools and building resilience in the areas of mental, physical, and financial wellbeing and guides users through a series of questions to provide the best possible information, advice and guidance.

Each section of the app offers learnings about a variety of conditions or issues, self- assessment tools, coping strategies and referral pathways to access expert advice and support.

The charity’s mission is that “no construction worker or their family is alone in a crisis” and this new version of its popular self-support app complements their free 24/7 Construction Industry helpline and their free online “Lunch and Learn” wellbeing courses.

Along with the industry leading Building Mental Health initiative that now has nearly 500 companies signed up to its charter, the charity is already helping to drive significant change through the construction industry, concentrating on making all aspects of support and training relating to wellbeing as accessible as possible by making them free at the point of use.

The latest updates to the app come at a time when the industry desperately needs support. Taking the first step in seeking help with personal issues can be daunting but the app offers people self-learning and coping strategies so that they can help themselves or if necessary, take the next step in seeking professional help.

Key support areas include:

Mental Wellbeing; covering anxiety, depression, anger, suicidal thoughts, sleep and building  resilience

Physical Wellbeing; covering aches and pains, nutrition, weight management cancer, alcohol and drug addiction.

Financial Wellbeing; covering budgeting, debt management, tax and legal advice, retirement planning and emergency financial aid.

The app is not only free and simple to use, it now accesses a major researched library of resources on a vast array of topics and brings them all together in one application. The ‘get help’ function is particularly useful as the built in geolocator signposts users to support from both national help centres and local support services contextualised to the subject being investigated.

Bill Hill, CEO of the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity said, “By making all our proactive and reactive construction worker wellbeing and welfare support services FREE and totally confidential, we hope to remove all barriers of access. By doing so we move one step closer to our mission “that no construction worker or their family is alone in a crisis”. But we cannot do this without the support of our industry and industry suppliers. A huge thank you is extended to the team at COINS who have worked so hard to ensure that we are ready to share this vital wellbeing support tool at a time that it is most urgently needed. Everyone in construction should have this App on their phone.”

With over 35 years of developing software solutions for construction, leading construction software company COINS are passionate about supporting the industry. CEO, Robert Brown said, "Collaborating with the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity in developing this important app has been a privilege. It is our way of giving something back to the industry that we are passionate about helping. It is a tool that we hope will be a great help to both construction workers and their families when they need it the most, especially during these difficult times"

The free Construction Industry Helpline mobile App for Android and iOS is available to download now.

HMG Paints becomes a sanitiser saviour

THE UK’s largest independent coatings manufacturer, HMG Paints Ltd has utilised its manufacturing knowledge and existing alcohol stocks to produce hand sanitiser for front-line workers, care providers and charities in Manchester and across the UK.

The company developed the First Thing Sanitiser, which contains over 70% alcohol, after staff and their families reported being unable to find stocks at other locations. The First Thing name derives from internal communication messages urging staff to make washing their hands the first thing on their mind whether in work or at home.

The company is now working with partners to supply hand sanitisers, based on World Health Organisation recommended formulations, to those who need it the most during the spread of COVID-19, which has led to a national shortage. With a severe shortage for those working in environments with those most vulnerable (care homes, the homeless, charities etc) HMG is keen to help as many get the supplies that are needed.

“Our team of chemists have worked extremely hard on the formulation and it has been a true team effort to make the hand sanitiser available,” said John Falder, managing director. “By utilising our existing alcohol stocks, we believe that we can help the HMG family, our customers and those who need it the most during the current shortages.“

The first batch of First Thing Sanitiser saw donations made to Greater Manchester Police along with local care homes and frontline workers. The current situation in the UK has seen a number of HMG’s customers assist with Government and NHS Infrastructure support initiatives utilising their skills and expertise to help during the current outbreak. The company intends to manufacture as much hand sanitiser as possible and set aside a number of sanitisers to donate to front line workers and others most in need during the crisis.

The paints made by HMG Paints are also being utilised during the current crisis with their commercial, industrial and decorative coatings being used on everything from hospital beds, workbenches, communication equipment, the Nightingale temporary Hospitals and buildings to the trucks and commercial vehicles keeping goods moving across the country.

The Sales Order office is contactable via calling 0161 205 7631 or emailing [email protected].

If you would like information on the sanitiser, which is available in 250ml bottles, please email [email protected]. Priority will be given to essential services to critical industries such as pharmaceutical packaging/health/ transport/utilities/defence throughout the current situation. However, the company have capacity to support anyone who is still in need of sanitiser supplies.

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JCB joins national call to action over ventilator shortage

JCB is poised to re-start production at a factory closed as a result of the coronavirus crisis in order to join the national effort to manufacture ventilators, the company announced today.

JCB received a direct appeal from Prime Minister Boris Johnson earlier this month to help plug the national ventilator shortage and to help save lives of coronavirus patients. Following the approach, JCB Chairman Lord Bamford promised to help in any way the company could and immediately mobilised a research and engineering team to examine potential ways to assist.

Now JCB is ready to restart production at a factory which has been closed for nearly two weeks as a result of the coronavirus crisis. But instead of making cabs for JCB diggers, the plant is being mobilised to make special steel housings for a brand new design of ventilator from Dyson. A minimum of 10,000 of the JCB housings are earmarked for manufacture once Dyson receives regulatory approval for its design.

The first prototypes of the housings have been delivered to Dyson after rolling off the production line at JCB’s £50 million Cab Systems factory in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, which Boris Johnson visited during the election campaign. The factory fell silent on 18 March along with eight other JCB UK manufacturing plants after a fall in demand caused by the Coronavirus crisis. Mass production of the housings could start in a matter of days.

Today JCB Chairman Lord Bamford said: “When we were approached by the Prime Minister we were determined, as a British company, to help in any way we could. This project has gone from design to production in just a matter of days and I am delighted that we have been to deploy the skills of our talented engineering, design and fabrication teams so quickly at a time of national crisis. This is also a global crisis, of course, and we will naturally help with the production of more housings if these ventilators are eventually required by other countries.”

JCB’s response to the national call to action would see the return to work for around 50 employees affected by an extended company shutdown announced last week. JCB suspended production at its nine UK production plants until at least the end of April as a result of the coronavirus crisis and furloughed the vast majority of its 6,500 workforce. The company is paying them 80% of their basic pay for the next month, regardless of what they earn.

Employees returning to work to help manufacture the ventilator housings will be paid 100% of their normal pay.

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JCB stops production as global demand for machines reduces

JCB IS today stopping production at all of its UK manufacturing plants as disruption resulting from the worldwide Coronavirus pandemic causes an unprecedented reduction in global demand.

The company is halting production for the rest of this week and the whole of next week at its nine manufacturing plants in Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Wrexham. Shop floor employees affected by the move will be paid in full during this period. No decision has yet been taken on what happens from the week commencing Monday, 30 March and beyond. Office staff will continue to work a 39-hour week, with many working from home, in support of the Government’s social distancing policy.

JCB CEO Graeme Macdonald said: “These measures are unprecedented in the history of JCB but are absolutely necessary to protect the business. As we continue to deal with the health implications of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become more challenging to maintain business continuity in this volatile economic climate.

"JCB is a global exporter and worldwide demand for our products has dropped sharply as customers cancel orders and defer deliveries. This is not just a UK issue, it is worldwide and with countries like France, Spain and Italy going into lock-down, those key markets for construction equipment disappear overnight.

“In light of this fast-changing situation, we need to re-plan our production and, as a result, manufacturing at all UK factories will cease for the rest of this week and all of next week. This will allow us to take stock of the situation, re-plan our order book, prioritise products that are definitely required by customers, and ensure parts and components are reassigned to support the production of these products.”

JCB’s plant in Pudong, near Shanghai, ceased production last month as the impact of the pandemic initially took hold. After several weeks of disruption, the factory is now fully operational again.

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DIY SOS BBC Children in Need special comes to Nottingham

DIY SOS, BBC One’s popular property renovation show, will head to Nottingham later this year to take on a one of a kind build that will benefit a local charity, Community Recording Studio (CRS).

DIY SOS: The Big Build BBC Children in Need Special (working title) will see Nick Knowles, with his trusty team of Mark, Chris, Jules, Billy and designer Gabrielle Blackman convert and expand a rundown youth centre into an exciting and inviting community hub which will include, amongst other things: state-of-the-art recording studios, rehearsal space, educational kitchen facilities and all-weather, outdoor sports facilities, all of which will provide crucial support to some of the city’s most disadvantaged young people.

The Community Recording Studio (CRS) started in 1991 and was founded by a group of local people to teach film, video and music skills to children and young people from across Nottingham who are facing various challenges in their lives. The CRS has occupied a few rooms in the existing Russell Youth Centre for the last 28 years, but the increased demand for their outreach means that they need more space and the centre is in need of a major renovation.

The DIY SOS team, with the help of kind trade volunteers, have big plans to renovate the centre and turn it into a space that will provide much needed outreach and support for some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged young people in Nottingham, whilst also providing a space where they can develop skills in music, video, photography, cooking and exercise in a professional environment and give them the opportunity to reach their potential.

Nick Knowles, presenter of BBC One’s DIY SOS said: “The team and I are delighted to be heading to Nottingham for this Big Build special working with the Community Recording Studio, which helps young people affected by a wide range of issues turn their lives around to build a positive future.

“It’s going to be a huge challenge for us, as it’s a really ambitious build but I know that with the help of the community in Nottingham and beyond we’ll be able to transform this rundown centre into a space that will change young people’s lives. Please get involved if you can.”

Trevor Rose, chief executive and founder of the CRS said: “We’re over the moon to hear that DIY SOS: The Big Build BBC Children in Need Special are coming to Nottingham to renovate our youth centre. Young people from across the community have been coming to the CRS for the last 28 years. We provide a safe haven for many of the young people in our area, some of those are facing issues such as gang violence, knife crime and exclusion from school, and we work with them and support them to help change their attitudes and improve their outlook for the future. With this help from DIY SOS we’ll be able to increase this support further and continue making a positive difference to young lives in the area.”

Simon Antrobus, chief executive of BBC Children in Need added: “We’re delighted that Nick Knowles and the DIY SOS team will be in Nottingham later this year for another spectacular Big Build BBC Children in Need Special. The programme changes lives and we know that this one will be no different, leaving a lasting legacy and supporting children and young people to do brilliant things across Nottingham.”

BBC Children in Need has funded Community Recording Studio since 2017. Currently, the CRS uses a three-year grant of £27,140 to deliver creative workshops in music and video skills for young people who are facing various disadvantages and have challenging behaviour. Attending the workshop sessions inspires their creativity and helps to reduce aggressive behaviour, increase their confidence and self-esteem, engages them in positive activities and encourages them to learn new skills.

Across Nottingham, BBC Children in Need currently funds 46 projects to the value of £2.8million supporting disadvantaged children and young people.

DIY SOS charitable builds are hugely ambitious and rely on the generosity of trade volunteers and company donations and so is appealing for tradespeople including; electricians, plumbers, carpenters, plasterers and decorators to offer support with the transformation in September.

Those interested in volunteering  as a professional trade or donating product to this ambitious charitable build should email: [email protected].

Prep work for the build will begin over summer, with the two week build commencing and completing in early September 2020.

The episode will broadcast in November 2020 as part of BBC Children in Need’s 40th celebrations.

iF Design Award for Hultafors Tools

IN addition to the Red Dot Design Award for Workwear, the Hultafors Group has just won the iF Design Award for the Hultafors Snap-Off Knife (SRP18A) and the HDM Dry Marker.

With over 7200 entries from 56 countries, competition was intense. After much deliberation, the 78-member jury - made up of independent experts from around the world – chose Hultafors’ innovative Knife and Marker products as winners in the Tools category for their innovative, ergonomic designs and user-friendly features.

Considered to be one of the world's most prestigious product accolades and renowned as a symbol of innovation and quality for nearly 70 years, the iF DESIGN AWARD has been recognised globally as a hallmark of quality for exceptional product design for nearly 70 years.

Getting information on the Hultafors Tools range is easy. You can call the Hultafors Group UK Helpline on 01484 854788, checkout the website at www.hultafors.co.uk  or email [email protected] 

Total Rental Solutions keeps sites bright

LEADING hirer, Total Rental Solutions, has bolstered its lighting portfolio after investing in excess of £500,000 for Shindaiwa’s Site Bright M1 Series.

A unique portable LED lighting solution, the Site Bright M1 Series is ideal for use in Petro Chemical, Offshore and Hazardous Area Industries. 

Available in 25W and 50W, the M1 can provide up to 9000 lumens of diffused, clear and soft light for any location where there is potential for explosive dust or gas components.

The M1’s unique cable entry system, combined with fitted end cap protection boots, provides unbeatable protection and simple cable replacement for easy maintenance.

Total Rental Solutions – which provides rental equipment to the petrochemical, oil & gas, water, waste, energy, and manufacturing sectors – purchased the lights at the Executive Hire Show in February, and two thirds of the M1 lighting fleet is already out on hire across UK petrol chemical sites, but is also suitable for utility, quarry and mining, offshore and other heavy industry applications.

Total Rental Solutions’ operations director, Peter Gallagher, said: “We have invested in Shindaiwa’s M1 Series because of the superior quality that these lights offer our customers. Safety, robust casing and clear LED efficiency are just some of the essential qualities that these lights deliver over and above the competition.”

At a technical level the lights can operate within extreme temperature variances from -20⁰C to 40⁰C and can provide up to 360⁰ column lighting. The lights can be powered and simply daisy chained for lighting large areas from a single supply cable.

Shindaiwa’s sales director, Tom Page, said: “We have an established relationship with Total Rental Solutions and are delighted with the instant response for the M1 Series. With five years warranty covering the whole light, the M1 Series offers the lowest cost of ownership in class for rental companies and end users.”

Established since 2010, Shindaiwa is celebrating its ten year anniversary and is the sole distributor for Site Bright products across the UK and Ireland. Focused on delivering best performing, quality and durable site solutions, all products are designed to be efficient, eco-friendly and built to last with compliance for all the latest UK and CE guidelines and testing procedures.

Site Bright M1 Series is available now along with a comprehensive range of portable LED pod lights, rechargeable work lights and fixed flood lights. 

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