Northpoint now a Member of SEDEX

At the close of 2013, Northpoint Ltd joined the internationally recognized organisation SEDEX.

What SEDEX do…

Sedex offers a simple and effective way of managing ethical and responsible practices in your supply chain.

The core product is a secure, online database which allows members to store, share and report on information on four key areas:

  • Labour Standards
  • Health & Safety
  • The Environment
  • Business Ethics

For buyers – Sedex offers an electronic system for collecting and analysing information on ethical and responsible business practices in your supply chain.

A variety of reporting tools enables you to keep track of your suppliers’ performance and you will also have access to an advanced Risk Assessment Tool that has been developed with SEDEX partner, Maplecroft.

For suppliers – Sedex provides an efficient and cost effective way of sharing ethical information with multiple customers, helping cut down on unnecessary paperwork and saving time and money.

Suppliers complete 1 self assessment questionnaire (SAQ) and can choose to share this with multiple customers on Sedex, along with any other relevant ethical information, such as audit reports and certifications.

The Sedex system is secure and confidential and suppliers have complete control over who can view their data.

By allowing suppliers to share the same data with many customers, Sedex helps reduce the need for multiple audits, allowing both parties to concentrate on making real improvements.

So by working with Northpoint Ltd, you know that you have contracted with an Ethical and Responsible Supply Chain Partner to provide reliable coating applications. For more information please contact us today.

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Approved Akzo Nobel Interpon D Products Applicator

Northpoint Ltd is proud to announce that once again we have been audited and found to meet the requirements of Akzo Nobel Interpon D-Products Approved Applicator Status for powder coatings. This is for the 4th consecutive year.

Northpoint Ltd is certified from 1st January 2014 to 31st December 2014 as an Approved Applicator of Akzo Nobel Interpon D-Products on Galvanised Steel Substrates. The coatings applied by Northpoint Ltd meet the requirements of:

BS EN 13438 : 2005 Powder Organic Coatings for Galvanised Steel Products for Construction Purposes

BS 1722-16 : 2009 Fences – Part 16: Specification for Powder Coatings used as a Plastics Finish on Components and Mesh

BS EN 15773 : 2003 Industrial Application of Powder Organic Coatings to Hot Dip Galvansied Steel Articles – Specifications and Recommendations

The approval has been signed off by Naveen Sandhu; Akzo Nobel Architectural Advisor who has stated that the pre-treatment, application and quality management system have been inspected and tested by Akzo Nobel Powder Coatings Ltd and conform to the requirements for Approved Architectural Applicator Status.

For more information or if you would like a quote please contact us today.

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Trays for Sale

Northpoint currently has a range of trays for sale

TRAYS

100 qty 30″ x 18″ 4-Side trays for sale.

Un-Coated – £7.00 each
Or
Coated Xylan PFA/FEP – £12.00 each

Can be spit if needed.

If you are interested in purchasing one of our products, contact Philip on 0161.330.4551 or via email by clicking here or here .

All prices quoted above exclude VAT.

Our products are made from high quality Aluminium, 2 milimeter thick, that can be used with either grease paper or by applying a high quality coating.  PFA for bread type products or FEP for cake type products.

Other trays and pans, for both bread and cake baking, can be purchased on-line.
For more details, please visit our Specialist Baking Trays website.

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Non-Stick Coatings

What are Non-Stick Coatings?

Non-Stick coatings are a complex mix of lubricating pigments in a continuous matrix of a binder. This is normally a tough coating layer, providing a low friction resistance surface between two parts. The lubricating pigments fit into two main categories:

  1. Crystalline lattice or lamella type structures. For example Molybdenum Disulphade & Graphite or
  2. Fluorocarbons, typically PTFE

These varying pigments can be combined with a wide variety of resins to achieve different properties – high load bearing, chemical resistance, high temperature stability, low coefficient of friction.

How might Non-Stick Coatings be used?

Non-Stick coatings are used for many different reasons, but most importantly they are used when a liquid lubricant such as oil or grease cannot be used or it would be beneficial to avoid use. The major problem with liquid lubricants is they have a limited range of use and once exhausted the liquid will often change state (due to temperature, load, wear, migration and debris) becoming a processing or use problem, no longer providing protection.

So take for instance the bread baking process; bread pans might be silicon glaze coated and will require oil/grease to be applied for release of the baked bread. After the baking process the oil/grease will carbonize (burn on) onto the bread pan. Excess oil/grease presents an increase in cleaning requirements and health & safety measures. The baker will need to invest in and maintain oil depositing machinery and finally will incur the extra cost of the oil/grease.

By having the bread pans coated with a Non-Stick Coating all of this can be avoided, bread will be cleaner (not have burnt bits on it), the fat content of the bread will be reduced so making it healthier for consumer and the bakery plant will be a generally cleaner and a safer place to work as well as the financial advantage of not having to purchase oil/grease and the associated coats of running the plant equipment to apply it.

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So how does PTFE Coatings really work?

There are 3 factors which give PTFE its unique Non-Stick capabilities:

  1. PTFE is made from a chain of carbon atoms with 2 large fluorine atoms attached to each carbon atom. The size of the fluorine atoms provides a protective barrier to the carbon atoms and therefore it is almost impossible for chemical structures to gain access to the carbon atom.
  2. The bond strength between the carbon and fluorine atoms is classified as extremely high bond disassociation strength. The strength is measured typically as 544 kj/mol making them almost unbreakable.
  3. Fluorine is a naturally ‘anti-social’ atom which wants to repel other atoms.

The combination of these factors makes PTFE coatings very low coefficient of friction chemical coatings which provide chemical resistance.

For more information about our Specialist Chemical Coating, Click Here.

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Fence Coating – How You Benefit

Northpoint Ltd have been passionate champions of professionally applied polyester-powder fence coating for galvanized-steel fencing parts for over 30 years. But that is only part of the story.

For what we have learnt along the way, is that applying the coating to meet recognized International standards and making the management process easier for the customer, can unlock an array of additional commercial advantages for our clients.

It goes without saying that we have automated the application process and the coating tasks so that the process is as tight as possible. Quality is high and consistent, indeed we are often used as the market example of best practice and best coating services. There is the added knock on effect of these automated and streamlined processes that encourages clear thinking and consistent action from all of our staff, meaning that problems are preempted and crises avoided.

But there’s more to be gained, turning our compliance to the International Standards from a burden into a bonus. Our experience shows that enabling you to give your clients compliant coatings, backed in all cases by documented evidence, and in some cases where required life expectancy guarantees underwritten by the powder manufacturer, meeting your commercial objectives protects both your business and ours.

The Northpoint Fence Coating system allows you to:

Reduce Risks
The fence coating applied meet Internationally Recognized Standards; BS 1722: Pt 16 2009 & BS EN 13438 2005. Coating applied in the right way minimizing financial and reputation risks.

Save Time
By automating many of the fence coating tasks and processes means we can turn work around quickly but without the risk of inconsistent coatings being applied.

Controls Costs
For those customers who have a price list they can work out what the fence coating cost will be at the bid stage.

Future Proofing
Northpoint Ltd consistently stay at the forefront of coating technologies meaning you always get our market leading quality of coating.

Boost Productivity
By using Northpoint Ltd fence coatings you know that the fence coating will do what its designed to do. The potential for coating failure is massively reduced.

Business Growth

With Northpoint covering the detail of the fence coating, you have the time and the energy to focus on your bigger picture, developing your company.

The Northpoint fence coating advantage is all about taking away complexity and bringing you a wealth of business benefits. By bringing together our insights and innovations we simplify complexity for Fencing Manufacturers. Find out more about our fence coating services here.

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BS EN ISO 9001 : 2008

BS EN ISO 9001 : 2008 is a Quality Management System (QMS) that should be adopted by a company that wants to make a strategic commitment to the industry. There are numerous reasons why an organisation might adopt this QMS:

  1. Managing risks in the business environment
  2. Managing varying needs within the business
  3. It is a proven way to meet certain objectives.
  4. It provides a framework where the business can manage production.
  5. It provides a process driven framework for operational management
  6. It might be appropriate as an expectation by Clients give the relative size of the company

It is not a system that implies that all QMS’s are uniform in nature. On the contrary, it provides a framework of performance, but how the framework is adopted is entirely up to the company operating the system. The QMS should complement the actual processes, products or services.

By adopting the QMS formally, the company opens up to auditing both from internal and external sources of how the QMS operates. This of itself is no bad thing, it encourages those working within the ISO 9000 environment to meet the standard.

The standard promotes an approach in development and implementation of the QMS.  It is considered that such an approach will lead to improvements in the effectiveness of processes carried out. Indeed the process approach is a natural way of looking at the linkages active within an organisation, often the output of a process is the input of the next.

The advantage of a process approach lies in the ongoing control, possible over the system links between the individual processes and over their combination. When such an approach is used within a QMS, it emphasizes the importance of:

  1. The need to fully understand requirements
  2. The need to understand processes in terms of the value they provide
  3. The process performance and effectiveness
  4. How processes are continually improved based on the changes in objectives

The route of the process for BS EN ISO 9001 : 2008 is Plan, Do, Check, Act

Plan is about establishing the objectives and processes necessary to deliver the requirements.
DO is process implementation.
CHECK is monitoring and measurement of the process and combination of the processes against any policies, objectives and requirements.
ACT is to take action, make changes if necessary so that objectives and requirements can be met consistently.

Following the recent external ISO QAR Audit of Northpoint’s QMS for the coating of pipework we are proud to report that there are no concerns raised.

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Pin-holes in Powder Coatings

On of the major complains regarding Powder Coatings is that they are pin-holed. Small visible craters on the surface of the finished coating.

PIN-HOLES

Although there are many reasons why pin-holes appear, not all of them are related to the way
the powder coating is applied.

Benzoin, a De-gassing agent, can be problematic if used. The substance is a precursor to Benzil, a photo-inhibitor and is activated by copper, nitric acid and atmospheric oxygen. When not fully encapsulated, the substance can be the cause of issues found in the coating. This is easily avoided by adding an extrusion stage to the manufacturing process.

Other common issues include the existance of volatile substances, such as high-boiling solvents or low molecular weight resin compounds. If these are not treated at the manufacturing process, they can lead to pin-holing and could result in an unsafe coating.

Plant conditions at the stage of fabrication can influence the eventual product. Some examples include the use of low-quality compressed air, presence of oil and water, cross-contamination of the equipment and from back-ionisation. Pin-holes from back-ionization are far more common when coating iron/steel parts than aluminium parts. If this is the case, lowering the Kv may help to overcome this problem.

These circumstances are only some of the reasons why you might encounter pin-holes on a powder-coated surface, therefore the incidence of these pin-holes is far from being a simple matter.

Being in total control of the manufacturing process guarantees high quality powder-coating. At Northpoint Ltd we pride ourselves in delivering the best quality coatings that excels in performance and appearance.

For more information, click here.

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Northpoint Appoint MBA students as consultants

In a link with Manchester Business School Northpoint Ltd are proud to announce that we appointing 2 MBA Students from this years cohort.
Ke Jiang will join Northpoint Ltd from the end of September 2013, looking at developing service range for our fence coating plants.  Her remit is to seek out additional opportunities that Northpoint Ltd could take advantage of, utilising the existing equipment. Her tasks will include equipment
re-development to allow Northpoint to enter related markets.

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We are more than pleased with her appointment after meeting her twice over the last 2 days.

Hicham Labiad joins early September 2013 and will be concentrating on developing our functional coating reach.  He will be looking at opportunities in the oil, gas and associated industries, as well as supply into the pharmaceutical industry.  His remit will be to look at plant development, specifically related to giving Northpoint a European reach for industrial chemical coating pipework. hicham labiad

We are confident that Hicham will deliver on his project, given to his assured performance at the interviews.
Both are undertaking this part-time consultancy for Northpoint over a 3 month period. The results of which will be used by them to meet the academic criteria of the corresponding MBA programmes they are part of.

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Pipe Protection – Pipe Coating

Northpoint Ltd recently completed the FBE ( Fusion-Bond Epoxy ) pipe coating of a 1800 NB Duck-Foot Bend. Nothing unusual there, you would think.  But we were then asked to protect the external pipe coating with a protective tape, the picture tells the story:

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For more details and pictures on this particular Pipe Coating job, click here.

If you have hard to handle, difficult pipe coating jobs, contact us and we provide the best price and delivery and a high quality job.

Click Here to learn more about our pipe coating service.

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Food Safe Coatings

Over the last couple of years there has been a worrying trend towards release coatings (Telfon & Xylan) applicators developing their own formulations.  Essentially they appear to be taking propriety coating materials that carry FDA/EU/EEA food approved status and changing them in some way.

HUBBLE BUBBLE

The claimed benefit is technical superiority of the applied coating.  How true this is would have to be proved, not just on paper, but from evidence, and who would be the test bakery? Are you willing to be the guinea pig? However, we are certain that the applicator would struggle to expressly or by implication make the coating materials manufacturer responsible in some way should there be a food safety related event.

The only way of ensuring that the release coatings are actually food safe would be for the applicator to take full responsibility and undertake the full range of tests required. Therefore, proving that non-stick coating applied meets the requirements of the relevant FDA / EU / EEA legislative requirements – ask them for the evidence.

Northpoint Ltd Select Bakeware will only apply full systems of propriety products to your bakeware. We will not change, modify or alter the release coating materials we’ve been provided for the particular application.  In the event of a product failure you, the client, will be comfortable in the knowledge that the coating system applied is as intended. All Northpoint coatings are applied by a process recommended by the coating material manufacturer and is food safe.  If a problem should arise, you, the client, can rely not only on Northpoint Ltd (who carry £20M of insurance cover) but also on the reputable material supplier.

Northpoint Ltd Select Bakeware – buy with confidence!

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