Hydrobolt – The Nuts and bolts of the Nuclear Industry
Specialist fastener manufacturer Hydrobolt has driven significant improvements to its business after taking part in the Fit For Nuclear programme.
The company, which produces a wide range of special fasteners and threaded components for demanding applications, had experienced sustained growth over the past decade, and was keen to maintain that momentum as the energy market underwent significant change.
“We knew that a lot of the power stations we were dealing with would eventually close, and we saw the UK’s new Nuclear build programme as an opportunity to fill the gap,” says Richard Barnes, Business Development Director at Hydrobolt.
The initial F4N assessment rated Hydrobolt as being of a high standard, but identified a number of opportunities for improvement. The biggest was in manufacturing process management, and the company was guided by F4N to integrate an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system across the business. This has given the team full traceability, visibility and real-time planning and stock management.
F4N also supported Hydrobolt to improve its health, safety and environmental management systems and move to ISO 14001 and 18001 standards, which are hugely important in the Nuclear supply chain.
“One of the biggest things that the F4N programme gave us was a greater awareness of the industry,” says Barnes. “They said if you want to progress and work towards new build, this is what’s expected. That was the big difference.”