A core aim at pioneering Oxfordshire manufacturer Integration Technology Ltd (ITL) to support and encourage local school leavers interested in engineering careers took a further step forward this month with the arrival of first inductees in the company’s new Higher Research and Development Apprenticeship Scheme.
Jay Shadbolt and Ali Rehman are attending the leading UV light solutions developer’s UK headquarters at Upper Heyford near Bicester from Abingdon College where both are initially studying for a BTEC qualification in Electrical & Electronics.
Completing City & Guilds Level 4 qualification in four years time, the two are enjoying vocational training at ITL to underpin their studies on a day-release basis until April 2015 when attendance at Upper Heyford increases to four days a week.
Says ITL chief technical officer, Jason Smith: “Ali and Jay are doing a great job of managing a steep learning curve right now.
“They’re learning how to assemble complex products, diagnose faults and repair, study analytical testing, and also have exposure to improvement projects, design and manufacturing processes, logistics and all the other departmental functions that comprise a dynamic international business like ITL’s.”
Ali, 19, from Oxford, and Jay, 18, from Chipping Norton, are enjoying the pace at ITL and the opportunity to experience different aspects of how the business works in order to ascertain where their core strengths lie.
“When you’ve just left school, you don’t really know where you fit in a business until you actually are in it,” says Jay.
He already feels that his skills base is geared to circuit design, while Ali finds a growing affinity with the electro-mechanical design side of the company, adding: “this is a great opportunity for us both find our way in careers that could last a lifetime.”
The ITL Higher Research and Development Apprenticeship Scheme can lead to permanent site team roles or even ultimately to production or engineering management for the two trainees.
“For the company, this is all about growing our own talent and bringing on and developing experts in our business,” says Jason.
“Ali and Jay won selection to these new roles in the face of tough competition and we’re very pleased to have them on the team.”
UV curing solutions specialist Integration Technology Ltd (ITL) has followed up the expansion of its SubZero arc product with complementary developments to the range’s LED counterpart.
A dedicated curing system for wide format inkjet printers, the newly-expanded SubZero LED range offers ground-breaking performance for air-cooled LED technology combined with the architectural pedigree, features and benefits of ITL’s SubZero UV lamp range.
New 240mm and 270mm cure length models have been added to the range which now offers eight sizes ranging from 60mm up to 270mm, all achieving exceptionally high dose output at an intensity of 8W/cm².
Available as a plug and play system or lamp-heads only, the range benefits also from ease of serviceability with 30mm modules replaceable in the field and routine maintenance parts restricted to air filters.
“It’s a highly viable, cost-effective and fully integrated package for any future development programme, and is the ideal solution for current UV arc technology users seeking the extra benefits of UV LED as well as being an easy retro fit for all existing platforms using SubZero arc products.” says ITL sales director David Johnson.
SubZero LED 060 Cure length 60mm Emitting window 65mm x 14mm L142mm x W 67mm x H 131mm
SubZero LED 090 Cure length 90mm Emitting window 95mm x14mm L170mm x W 67mm x H 131mm
SubZero LED 120 Cure length 120mm Emitting window 125mm x 14mm L 216mm x W 105mm x H 132mm
SubZero LED 150 Cure length 150mm Emitting window 155mm x 14mm L 276mm x W 105mm x H 132mm
SubZero LED 180 Cure length 180mm Emitting window 185mm x 14mm L 276mm x W 105mm x H 132mm
SubZero LED 210 Cure length 210mm Emitting window 215mm x 14mm L 336mm x W 105mm x H 132mm
SubZero LED 240 Cure length 240mm Emitting window 245mm x 14mm L 336mm x W 105mm x H 132mm
SubZero LED 270 Cure length 270mm Emitting window 275mm x 14mm L 396mm x W 105mm x H 132mm
- 8W/cm² @ 395nm*
- Variable power: 0 – 10 (low – high) 0 – 100%
- Proven air flows that do not disrupt ink jetting
- High flex cable 8m as standard, up to 12m options
- Fully field serviceable for extended operating life
- Similar mountings to SubZero arc products
- Models to suit all wide-format graphics printers
- Equivalent output performance to SubZero arc products, e.g. scanning platforms operating at speeds in excess of 1m/sec in a 2 pass mode
- Comprehensive warranty backed by global support direct from Integration Technology and strategic partner IST Metz
He knew almost every one of his 500 or so employees by name – the personal touch was always important to him. He and his wife Renate built up IST METZ, based in Nürtingen-Zizishausen, into a manufacturer of UV systems with international success.
In his birthplace of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, he initially completed an apprenticeship as a fitter and then from 1953 onwards obtained three engineering qualifications at once and was one of the first engineers in the GDR to work on jet engines for planes. When the GDR scrapped its own aeroplane construction programme in early 1961, a move to the West was more than just a career issue for Gerhard Metz and his wife. Their escape to West Berlin shortly before the wall went up finally led the young family to Nürtingen, where Gerhard Metz once again found work as an engine test bench engineer.
His next stop was the appointment in 1966 to Hildebrand, a company based in Oberboihingen, where he initially worked as an assistant to the board and then as design manager and deputy Managing Director. It was here that Gerhard Metz developed the first systems for drying surface coatings using ultraviolet light. These systems were so successful that an independent company was founded with STG, initially under the management of Hildebrand and its partner Werner & Pfleiderer; Gerhard Metz finally took over completely when Hildebrand went into liquidation in 1982.
The UV drying systems business continued to grow steadily, with turnover and number of staff also rising in tandem. Gerhard Metz has to be considered a tireless pioneer of the UV sector, someone with key involvement in ensuring the successful establishment of this technology. The group now comprises 16 companies, including subsidiaries all over the world.
In 2000, Gerhard Metz was awarded the “Wirtschaftsmedaille”, a medal in recognition of his services to commerce in the Baden-Württemberg region. In 2001, he received further acknowledgement of his life’s work when he was appointed honorary president of the surface treatment technology section of the Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau e.V. (German Engineering Association, VDMA).
After retiring from business operations, the Metzes originally moved to Lake Tegernsee in Upper Bavaria, but later returned to their home in Waren an der Müritz. Gerhard Metz continued to maintain links with Nürtingen, regularly visiting IST METZ GmbH to keep up with events in the company and to meet his friends