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SCX Special Projects expands Automation and Controls

Sheffield-based SCX Special Projects is very proud to announce the
appointment of two industry specialists within its Automation and
Controls function.

Nigel Montgomery is appointed as Controls Director, whilst Paul Bettison
joins as Controls Manager.

The two new appointments will bolster SCX Special Projects’ Electrical
Controls Department, which undertakes the Automation and Controls
aspects of its bespoke mechanical handling solutions.

Nigel and Paul have already worked on a large number of SCX Special
Projects’ solutions as they both previously worked together at one of
SCX’s control systems partner companies.

Between them they have more than 60 years’ experience in the industry.
Nigel began his career as a Process Control Engineer for British Steel
at the Templeborough Steelworks (now the Magna Science Adventure
Centre), and Paul’s control system design experience started in the
offshore industry on oil and gas pipeline safety systems. They both
furthered their careers in the sales, design and project delivery of
many high profile automated moving structures such as Tower Bridge, the
Falkirk Wheel, Newcastle Millennium Bridge and in collaboration with
SCX, the London Eye and Wimbledon Centre Court roof.

The appointments by SCX Special Projects follow a series of expansion
and new business wins for the Group across the last two years.

SCX Special Projects is experiencing increased demand for its automation
and control solutions because more clients realise that it can deliver
significant efficiencies to their business. Appointing new highly
experienced, dedicated control engineers to bolster the current team
will allow the company to meet the vast majority of the increase in
demand in-house.

Automatic cranes from SCX Special Projects’ significantly improve the
efficiency of production and material handling operations. The company’s
in-house developed bespoke systems are capable of handling delicate and
obscure loads, completing complicated manoeuvres or reaching seemingly
inaccessible storage locations.

The Oman Aluminium Mill is the latest client to benefit from one of SCX
Special Projects’ Automated Solutions, which are becoming increasingly
popular with clients. As the company drives forward, this bespoke
automation capability offers a valuable opportunity for SCX Special
Projects to stand out even further from the competition.

Automation is useful not only to the manufacturing industry, but is what
drives moving structure solutions, such as SCX’s retractable roof at
Wimbledon. It also offers clients in specialist industries, such as
Nuclear, huge safety advantages, not least because of the associated
remote operation capabilities.

Automated handling systems also eliminate load damage through vastly
improved positional accuracy and minimise injury from human error or
fatigue on handling applications within almost any industry.

Previously, SCX partner companies have provided the controls systems for
a proportion of SCX Special Projects’ solutions, but Managing Director
Simon Eastwood has taken the decision to invest in offering a dedicated
and expanded in-house service and explains: "Automation and control is
increasingly becoming more valuable to us as more and more clients
realise the benefits it offers their businesses."

He added: "We need to be able to keep up with this increase in demand
in-house if we are going to continue to provide high levels of
satisfaction for our customers."

The Special Projects’ Controls Department works closely with SCX Company
Burnand XH, which is a distributor of the electrical control equipment
that is used on the Group’s handling solutions.

SCX Special Projects is also looking for additional Control System
Design Engineers to bolster the department even further. Some interviews
have already taken place, but if you’re interested in working for a
company that continues to expand, email your CV and covering letter to

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