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Encouraging Future Talent | Walker Filtration Supports the Next Generation of Female Engineers

PUBLISHED Monday, July 17 2017

This year, Walker Filtration has once again taken part in the Engineering in Education Scheme (EES), working alongside the Engineering Development Trust and Newcastle High School for Girls to provide AS Level students with experience of real engineering projects.

EES is designed to encourage and support students who wish to pursue STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects. The scheme has proven successful thus far, with 89% of students go on to study STEM subjects at degree level.

The students from Newcastle High School for Girls took part in a six-month long project, working alongside engineers from Walker Filtration to investigate unconventional methods of bonding filter cartridges to injection moulded end caps. The students developed problem solving skills and gained experience of working on live engineering and manufacturing projects.

Ryan Defty, a Design Engineer at Walker Filtration, commented ‘Working with EES to encourage young people to study STEM subjects provides an excellent opportunity for students to consider a future within engineering. We hope we have given the students a valuable insight into how exciting and rewarding a career in this industry can be.’

Mr Andrew Morton, a Physics teacher from Newcastle High School for Girls who co-ordinated the project said, ‘We have for a number of years had a lot of interest from students who would like to pursue STEM careers such as Engineering and Physics, and this has been steadily growing. The EES is an excellent scheme and we have been lucky to have had the support of Walker Filtration for a number of years. This strong provision has led to students gaining experience and knowledge of the world of Engineering and helped enormously in increasing the number of young women advancing into science-based careers.’

Walker Filtration are delighted with the success of the project and our engineers have been impressed with the high standard of the work the students produced. We are looking forward to taking part in the project again next year and continuing to encourage the next generation of talented individuals to study STEM subjects.  

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Charitable Champions | Staff get ‘Pretty Muddy’ for Cancer Research Race for Life

PUBLISHED Thursday, June 29 2017

On Saturday 24th June members of Walker Filtration’s staff participated in a “Pretty Muddy” Race for Life spanning 5KM.

The team have so far raised over £550 for Cancer Research UK, the world’s largest independent cancer research charity, which conducts research into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the disease. Through our support and fundraising events like the Pretty Muddy 5k we can help support ground-breaking research that helps see more people survive cancer.

The determined team climbed, crawled and scrambled over a series of obstacles, at Riverside Park in County Durham to raise money for Cancer Research UK. The course challenged them to bounce through the mud on space hoppers, crawl through muddy trenches, and help each other climb through a maze of bungee cords.  The ladies’ favourite obstacle was by far the giant mud slide at the end, with many of the team heading back for a second turn!

Walker Filtration and our staff have always placed significant focus on corporate social responsibility and are often involved in various charitable fundraising events. Well done ladies for completing this challenge for such a noteworthy cause.

From the photograph at the finish line, it seems the team certainly did get pretty muddy!

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Meet Our Graduates - June 2017

PUBLISHED Thursday, June 8 2017

In December 2016 Walker Filtration Limited welcomed three new graduates to the company as part of our Graduate Development Scheme.

Annah Baines, who has now been with the company for six months, shares her experiences of the Company and Graduate Scheme so far.

What did you study before you joined Walker Filtration?

I studied for my Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature at Newcastle University and graduated in 2015. Knowing I wanted to follow a career in a business setting, I realised I would need more knowledge and experience, and I decided to pursue a master’s degree in Management at Durham University to give me a stronger understanding of business management.

What was it that attracted you to Walker Filtration?

When searching for a suitable graduate position Walker Filtration stood out immediately. As a business operating on a global scale, their headquarters are in Washington, Tyne and Wear – providing an opportunity to work in an international business right here in the heart of the North East. When I researched the company further, I discovered that Walker Filtration are a family run business and their passion for the North East is apparent in their investment in the local community and people – a big draw as I’m from the local area myself. This investment in people, and having the opportunity to learn and work directly with Lianne, definitely attracted me to the company as it shows the family’s dedication to the business and focus upon employee’s personal development.

What did your first company placement involve?

Since January I have been working as part of the marketing team, focusing on the company’s new product launches. It has been and exciting time to join the company, and provided me with the opportunity to take ownership of a major project – implementing a brand new product microsite. My first placement has been very busy, with lots of hard work – but this has enabled me to really expand my skills and provided me with invaluable knowledge of product marketing.

What other activities have you been involved with?

I have also been involved with a number of projects involving marketing support and communications. Prior to joining Walker Filtration I had studied English Literature in my undergraduate, so my writing and analytical skills proved useful as I was able to support in content writing for press releases, product literature and a new microsite.

What have been the main challenges?

The main challenges have been working in such a fast-paced environment with tight deadlines to ensure we meet customer demand. Additionally, being involved in major product launches means I am constantly being challenged to learn about the products quickly and extend my knowledge on a daily basis. However, I believe that working in the marketing department during several product launches, and during such a busy period, has enabled me to expand my product knowledge faster than I would have in another role - or during a time when product launches were not a focus.

What else are you looking forward to on the Graduate Scheme?

I am most looking forward to having the opportunity to move around the business, extend my knowledge of the different areas of business that I studied during my masters, and understand how each department functions to ensure the company is continuing to grow and be successful.

Where do you see yourself in two years, after finishing the Graduate Development Scheme?

Upon completion of the Graduate Scheme, I see myself working in sales and marketing on new product development - working to promote product to customers and prospective customers. Although, I am keen to learn about other areas of the business - and I may change my mind about where I’d like to be in two years once I have spent more time in different departments!

Finally, what is the best thing about working at Walker Filtration?

It has to be the on-site gym. I am a fitness fan and the opportunity to go straight from my desk to the gym after work is a huge bonus.

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Walker Filtration Introduces Revolutionary Multi-Banked Solution to Compressed Air Filtration

PUBLISHED Tuesday, May 9 2017

Walker Filtration has used their technical expertise to once again create an innovative new filter range. The PRO XF is a high efficiency, compressed air filter, featuring an innovative modular design to provide a flexible, reliable and compact compressed air filtration solution. To support the product launch Walker Filtration has also launched an online product space: www.walkerfiltrationlaunches.com, dedicated to the business’ new, market-leading product launches.

Designed for high flow applications and operating pressures of up to 16 barg, PRO XF has revolutionised the fabricated flanged market – providing a reliable and flexible modular design that is ideal for use in multi compressor installations and skid based packages.

By expanding the range to include threaded variants, PRO XF delivers a comprehensive product range with flow rates from 700 to 3000 scfm (1189 to 5097 Nm³/hr). Available in 2”, 2 ½”, 3” BSPP and NPT threaded, and DN80 (3”) and DN100 (4”) flanged housings, the PRO XF range is suitable for installation worldwide.

Through innovative design and lean manufacturing, Walker Filtration has been able to significantly reduce lead time when compared to conventional fabricated vessels, holding all components in stock.

PRO XF’s unique modular construction is available as individual threaded or flanged ‘Complete Filters’ which, by integrating with PRO XF ‘Filter Modules’, can be multi-banked to create a space efficient filtration solution. The PRO XF design is up to 65% lighter and 45% smaller when compared to comparative fabricated models. With a 30% cost saving on each Filter Module, when multi-banking with an equivalent sized complete filter, this revolutionary design not only saves on space and service time, but money too.

Featuring five filtration grades, from 25 micron to 0.01 micron, for particulate, vapour and coalescing filters – PRO XF filter elements are manufactured using quality materials to provide optimal performance, minimal pressure drop and reduced whole life costs. The new PRO XF range will meet and exceed the highest standards of air purity when tested in accordance with ISO 8573-1:2010 air quality classes to provide a safe and reliable compressed air filtration solution.  

The range also includes Water Separators, removing 99% of bulk liquid in line with ISO standard 8573-9. The centrifugal module has been custom designed to feature a Vortex Arrestor to stop re-entrainment and eliminate points of low efficiency. This ensures minimal operating pressure loss and maintains excellent liquid removal, even at low velocities. No replacement components are required for the PRO XF Water Separator, making it a viable, cost effective solution to removing bulk water from compressed air.

PRO XF delivers significant reduction in maintenance and installation time, with savings of up to 80% for the flanged product when compared with traditional filter vessels. PRO XF incorporates a unique top loading screw cap design, and a new ‘Easy Grip’ filter element, to provide improved accessibility to the filter element and quick and clean element change-out. Combined with a new externally accessible drain which eliminates the need to gain access to the internal of the filter bowl to remove the drain - servicing has never been easier.

Lianne Walker, MBE (MBA) Group Managing Director said “We are very excited to bring a revolutionary change to the design of our air filter range. By incorporating engineering excellence and innovative design, Walker Filtration have delivered a world-class, modular design that is easy to install and most importantly is available in stock.  PRO XF provides improved operating efficiencies by reducing service time and improving ease of installation, which is why our clients and customers have put their trust in our product for over 30 years.”

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