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The best bits from In the Hot Seat and latest Top Tips To read these in full subscribe to our new Interactive version of PII available on iTunes Newsstand - download via the QR Code Likes: Triumph Motorcycles, not to take life too seriously, Being in the mountains Dislikes: Poorly thought-through arguments, Temperamental lab equipment, dishonest people Best & worst business decision you have made Best: Commercialise two patents, which doubled our turnover in a very short space of time. Mike Watson, Tubetech Worst: I once joined a company, having been promised the earth (you know exactly what I mean - you’ve no doubt been there) and literally within three hours of joining, I knew I’d made a dreadful mistake. I don’t mind admitting I was in despair. I knew for the sake of my family - not to mention my career - I had to stick it out ... and three years later I left to take up my dream job. Dr Timothy C Whelan, Castell Safety International What has been the most important advancement in technology for your business? The development of new tribology test equipment. The knowledge and experience we can get through them is extremely valuable. Using them, we can reproduce the contacts, interfaces and running conditions of machines we see in the field, thus enabling us to identify and prove the best lubrication solutions for the end users; to reduce friction power loss, wear and maintenance. Moreover, we can vary specific parameters (speed, load, temperature), try new component materials and develop new lubricant technologies. Dr Chris Dyson, ROCOL What was the first ‘proper’ job you ever had? When I left school I was a dreadful disappointment to my parents! I didn’t get my A-levels and it looked like the end of the world - then I found a position working for an independent engineering company called Fulmer Research. They sent me to college and I got my engineering qualifications. That first job gave me a fantastic overview of engineering because the work was so varied... we were involved in testing bulletproof vests, electronic dartboards - a whole host of different things and, frankly, it changed my life. Chris Hansford, Hansford Sensors What is the most successful product your company has launched & why was it so successful? It could be the next one! There’s a new range of sensors in the pipeline that are currently being evaluated within the UK paper industry and they could be a turning point for us. If they’re as successful as we hope, they will take us to the next stage of our company development. Chris Hansford, Hansford Sensors What can’t money buy? Love, health, contentment, loyalty, creativity, hope. Dr Timothy C Whelan, Castell Safety International Best advice you have ever been given and what advice would you give to aspiring engineers? Best advice is to be fair, reasonable and above all be consistent and to aspiring engineers - the keyword is ‘communicate’. Mike Watson, Tubetech What has been the most unusual project your company has undertaken? It may be the project we did with a very well-known manufacturer of aircraft engines. They had a system for firing chickens (which were deceased before firing, I might add) at the rotating aircraft engine blades and our products interlocked the power supplies of the test rigs with the chicken firing points! Dr Timothy C Whelan, Castell Safety International What has been the most embarrassing moment at work? I was staying overnight on business. I’d booked into the hotel so that I could get to the venue the next day nice and early and prepare for an important presentation to some very influential potential customers. I was sure I’d packed a spare shirt and so in the morning, as I usually do, I used my old shirt to polish my shoes. I gave them a right good shine and took all the mud and dirt off my shoes in the process. I then reached into my case to get my new clean shirt - only to find I hadn’t brought one! I had no choice other than to wear my old crumpled, mud-stained shirt, covered in black boot polish to my presentation! I did my best to button up my jacket as closely as possible (even though it was a stifling day) and spent the meeting pretending that I had a fever and that’s why I was so hot! Dr Timothy C Whelan, Castell Safety International If you were invited to appear on Mastermind what would be your specialist subject and why? Blues music. I enjoy listening to it of course but I’ve always been fascinated by the history of blues music as well. Dr Chris Dyson, ROCOL In 140 characters tell people why they should ‘Tweet’ or ‘Like’ this post Chris Dyson is a tribologist at ROCOL Lubricants. This does not mean that he studies tribes. Find out what a tribologist does instead. Most recent Top Tips: Our new ‘Top Tips’ section offers usual advice across an array of different subjects - visit www.piimag.com/top-tips to read more. For effective energy management through optimised power transmission For Safe Industrial Flooring Finding a Suitable Pump For Gas Sensor Placement To improve productivity in today’s food manufacturing environment To ultimate lighting control For effective energy management through optimised power transmission Would you like to take part in our ‘In the Hot Seat’ or ‘Top 10 Tips’? We would love to hear from you – Please email guyullmann@piimag.com or call 01428 751188 Get involved! Process Industry Inforem r October-November 2013 33


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