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Union Industries searches for flexible Mechanical Engineer after former Engineering Director closes curtain on 30 year career

Union Industries searches for flexible Mechanical Engineer after former Engineering Director closes curtain on 30 year career

Union Industries is setting a challenge to Mechanical Engineers to follow in the footsteps of one their disciplines leading lights.

After nearly 30 years with the company, Peter Rodgers officially retired from his role as Engineering Director in 2016, but has continued to work with Union Industries as a consultant for the company’s Industrial Curtain products.

Recently, he delivered a farewell installation for transmission technology specialists, Xtrac, as he prepares to fully-retire from the Leeds-based manufacturer.

Over his time as Engineering Director, Peter was instrumental in many of Union’s bespoke Fabric Engineered solutions, having been involved with specifying, designing, surveying and also the installation of multiple Industrial Curtains for customers both in and outside of the UK.

The company is looking to recruit an equally inventive and creative Mechanical Engineer to continue the Industrial Curtains division’s success.

Peter assisted with the installation of the heavy-duty Curtain at Thatcham-based Xtrac, which specialises in the design and manufacture of transmissions for the automotive and motorsport industries. The company needed a solution to segregate an area for hygiene reasons.

Union Industries provided a 3-Side Static Enclosure to give an isolated area within Xtrac’s CNC Shot Peening & Mastra department, to help prevent the cross migration of contaminant airborne particulate from entering the New Turbo Treater Machine process.

The 3-Side Static Enclosure was fitted in two phases, as access was needed to install the New Turbo Treater machine and buffer tank. One existing double-pedestrian door was incorporated within the Static Partition, for which Union supplied the steel work frame to support the door. On top of this, a specially designed Roman blind-style doorway was installed for access into the enclosed area by the likes of trolleys and pallet trucks.

Andrew Jackson, Senior Process Engineer at Xtrac said, “Union Industries has provided us with a practical solution that has allowed us to segregate and protect our new equipment without directly compromising our working conditions and procedures.

“The company has incorporated every detail that we required into our bespoke fabric enclosure; special non-standard colour for the fabric, vision windows, the bespoke Roman blind-style doorway, plus a very sturdy steel frame for our own double-doors.”

Peter Rodgers said, “Union’s Industrial Curtains, Dividing Walls and Fabric Enclosures have been used in warehouses, factories, aircraft hangars and large storage facilities, across a number of industry sectors. As a result, our range is more-often-than-not tailored to offer a bespoke solution, incorporating as many modifications and special features that our client requires.

“Xtrac now has a fitting solution, which will enable them to run a cleaner operation that will support the efficiency and productivity of their business.”

Andrew Lane, Union Industries’ Managing Director said “Peter will be sorely missed, and his replacement to fill the mechanical engineering aspect of our Curtain division certainly has big shoes to fill. A born engineer, Peter is able to turn his hand to anything and has been instrumental in the development of our Fabric Engineering department. We’re now looking for an excellent, practical, engineer who fits in with Union’s ethos of providing high quality bespoke solutions. This position is key to continue the growth we’ve experienced in this division and we need someone who can thrive on the challenge that is Industrial Curtains.”

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