It’s been a busy year here at BOC, from taking big steps in digitisation and reimagining how we do business to being at the forefront of hydrogen fuel developments and campaigning to help keep our staff safe as they travel home from work. Here are some of 2017’s highlights…
1. Reimagining gases
At the start of the year we pledged that 2017 was going to be all about being imaginative and innovative as we aim to generate more value for our customers. With a focus on digitalisation we’ve made changes to the way we engage with customers, embarked on new collaborations and strived to improve our product and service offerings.
2. Hydrogen for the here and now
Hydrogen as a fuel source has come on leaps and bounds in recent years and we’ve been right there at the forefront. Our flagship Aberdeen hydrogen bus project services Europe’s largest hydrogen bus fleet and is the largest hydrogen bus station in the UK.
3. Celebrating women in engineering
We pride ourselves on having a diverse workforce and to celebrate International Women in Engineering Day in June we spoke to Graduate Operations Engineer Dinusha Thedchanamoorthy. The 24-year-old said: “Women shouldn’t be put off by the stereotypical view of female engineers. When you get into the industry you’ll see that there are all types of women working in engineering.”
4. Growing demand for frozen fresh food
One of the big trends we’ve seen this year is the growing demand for frozen fruit and veg as time-poor, health-conscious consumers look for more convenient ways to get their 5-a-day. Advances in tech such as rapid cryogenic freezing and oscillating conveyor belts mean it’s much easier to get these products into supermarket freezers.
5. Saving the world one bee at a time
Honey bee numbers are dropping and as scientists look to reverse the trend by creating ‘hygienic colonies’ that have a better chance of survival against threats like the Varroa parasite.
6. Advanced engineering 2017
Robotics, automation, Industry 4.0 – all big trends identified at this year’s Advanced Engineering 2017 show. We were there too, talking about the importance of welding data automation and our impressive new cloud-based process management tool – AVANTO™.
7. Getting staff home safely during Road Safety Week
Safety is a top priority for us, and not just during working hours. For Road Safety Week we launched our own campaign to encourage staff to stay safe on their journey home, whether they travel by car, bike or on foot.
8. Answering customer questions on cryogenic gas
We’re always happy to help customers find out more about our products and services and our Cryospeed Sales & Service Officers have to be ready for all kinds of queries when they’re making deliveries – even about their own holiday plans!
9. Upskilling welders
Welding companies are facing a ‘perfect storm’ when it comes to skills shortages, with many struggling with ageing workforces and keeping current staff’s skills up-to-date. With experienced staff sometimes proving resistant to new ways of doing things, we’ve got some top tips for getting their buy-in and involving them in the process.
10. Solving welding data headaches
Increasing compliance pressures mean that gathering, storing and accessing data about your welding processes has never been more important and digitising that data could be the key to making these large volumes of data more manageable and reducing the risk of human error.
As you can see, it’s been a busy year here at BOC – we’re looking forward to more of the same in 2018.