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AED Defibrillator Training

Monday, August 10, 2015

First aiders from PMS Diecasting, Go Tools and Laser Scanning recently undertook an extensive training program in the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) which was recently purchased by PMS Diecasting.

AED Defibrillator

“An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses the life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias of ventricular fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia in a patient, and is able to treat them through defibrillation, the application of electrical therapy which stops the arrhythmia, allowing the heart to re-establish an effective rhythm.”

Ian Cook, Commercial & Community Education Trainer with Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust, took the 9 trainees through theory and practical discussions and demonstrations, which involved hands-on group work. By the end of the training, all trainees were competent in CPR and administration of electrical therapy via the AED to potentially save lives.

The AED Defibrillator is a recent purchase by PMS Diecasting following a ‘Health and Safety’ committee meeting. Sean Starbuck, Quality Manager at PMS and with his background in St. John’s Ambulance was asked to look into purchasing the equipment.

“This will help develop and complement the training our qualified first aiders have undertaken.” said Sean. “You have just undergone extensive training and are deemed to be competent in the use of the equipment and are now potently life savers…”

Well done to all!







GLIDE Award USA Visit

Friday, August 7, 2015

Calvin Higginbottom, GLIDE Chairman’s Award winner, recently spent a week in the USA as part of his award nomination.

During his visit he spent time at Gripple USA in Auroro, Illinois and travelled around seeing where Gripple’s, that started their life at PMS Diecasting, were being used.

The new stadium being built for the Atlanta Falcons in Atlanta, Georgia.
A new Walmart Store in Atlanta.
The John Hancock Centre in Chicago.

For lots of photos and further details of Calvin’s visit enjoy his presentation below..

Glide Award USA Visit 2015 from PMS Diecasting


PMS Golf Day 2015

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The 2nd PMS Golf Day took place this week at Little Aston Golf Club in Sutton Coldfield. Little Aston is one of England’s best loved inland courses and for many years has enjoyed an enviable pedigree in the Top 100 courses in Great Britain and Ireland. For more about Little Aston Golf Club click here.

A great day was had by all. Six teams of four took part in the competition and the over-all individual winner was Richard Fry with Michele Holmes from Merbeck Consulting coming in as runner-up.

Results of the Golf Day were as follows:

Richard Fry – Winner
Michele Holmes – Runner Up
Team 2 – Winners: Sean Ring, Stephen Dixon, Joel Brasher Jones, John Fennell
Team 1 – Runners Up: Gordon Panter, Chris Woodyatt, Ollie Ginger, Gareth Beavours
Longest Drive – Jonathan Spencer
Nearest the Pin – Alex Donnelly


Dale Carnegie Success

Friday, July 10, 2015

Rob Jefferson, Quality Engineer at PMS Diecasting, has won the Dale Carnegie Golden Book Award for outstanding success, as voted by his fellow course peers.

Rob successfully graduated from the Dale Carnegie course: Winning Friends & Influencing People, which took place on 7th-9th July 2015 and he has now become the third employee of PMS Diecasting to win this award. Past winners include Sy Hardwick and Ian McMaster.

In addition to his Dale Carnegie trophy, certificate and pen, PMS will be rewarding his achievement of winning the ‘Golden Book Award’ with £500.

Congratulations Rob!


Mass finishing equipment..

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Last week our new vibro finishing equipment arrived at PMS.

The equipment will polish, deburr, remove flash from our zinc die-castings and wash with detergent before finally drying ready for delivery to the customer. This will enable us to provide very high quality and highly polished cast components with no damage caused by part-on-part contact.

We use a variety of grinding media in a ratio of 4:1 to polish, deburr & remove flash. the result is very high quality and highly polished cast components

Equipment includes:

A Highend Disc System
A Large Rotary Vibrator (which can hold a tonne of media)
A Belt Dryer

In preparation, Richard Moore and Terry Mullins from PMS Diecasting attended a training course, delivered by Rosler UK, about getting the best from your equipment which included selecting the correct grinding media and compound for the individual part that requires mass finishing. Rosler UK also talked about how to clean effluent water which is an undesirable by-product of this process. PMS Diecasting take environmental impact very seriously and we operate an Environmental Management System which complies with the requirements of ISO 14001:2004






Origin Golf Day 2015

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

PMS Diecasting were delighted to be invited and to attend the annual Origin Golf Day 2015.

The day was held at the wonderful Grove complex in Hertfordshire and a great day was had by all.

Eleven teams of four competed with Origin’s CEO Neil Ginger’s team winning the team event. Our very own MD Gordon Panter finished 2nd place overall out of 44 in the individual competition, well done Gordon!

Team PMS /Origin: Mark Groake – PMS, Gordon Panter – PMS, Drew Blackburn – Origin, David Ginger – Origin

Drew and David look on as Gordon watches yet another ball land on the green on his way to 2nd place overall individual.

Welcome Kevin Perry

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Kevin Perry is one of our most recent employees at PMS Diecasting Kevin has taken up the position of ‘Sales Engineer’ and will be offering technical support for our diecasting customers. He brings with him a wealth of experience having been in engineering all his working life. Kevin has a background in tool making, initially pressings, from many sectors both large and small, and has spent the last 20 years in die-casting.

“I have been married to Jayne for 21 years in July and we have two children / young adults 16 & 19, both of whom I am extremely proud. I have lived on the Shropshire Powys border most of my life – on both sides of the border! While living here it has given me the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful outdoors of Wales and Snowdonia National Park, where I get to enjoy my passion for walking up anything tall and pointy, and more recently running”

And what would we find at the top of Kevin’s bucket list?

“I have many things on my bucket list, but the two that would top my list would be spending a month or so driving round Europe in a camper van, and finding the time to complete a padi diving qualification (preferably in warm water!)”





Tuesday, June 30, 2015

PMS Diecasting and Go Tools recently attended GIFA – Internationale Fachmesse für Gussprodukte, the biggest foundry technology exhibition in the world, in Düsseldorf, Germany.

“Anything that is new in our industry is traditionally introduced or presented at GIFA, hence we were there, as PMS is the most advanced die casting company in the UK…” said Calvin Higginbottom, Business Development Manager at PMS Diecasting.

A contingent of several people from 100% Employee Owned PMS & Go Tools spent two days at the exhibition noting the latest technology and machinery and used the opportunity to speak with fellow people and businesses in the diecasting industry from all over the world.

At the FRECH stand. L to R – Fredrik Almqvist from Frech , Gordon Panter, Liam Downing, Sy Hardwick, Andy Millard, Calvin Higginbottom and Steve Barrowcliff.



Welcome Liam Sykes

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

In the spotlight this week is Liam Sykes who started work as a ‘Machine Operator’ at PMS Diecasting, earlier this year.

Liam is 23 and originally from Doncaster but has lived in Sheffield for the last six years and currently living with his in-laws and his fiance Tammy in Rawmarsh and they are saving for their own house.

His past jobs include working as a ‘Machine Operator’ at R3 Products, making reinforced ground grids on injection moulding machines and sheet plastic on a purpose built extrusion line. He also worked at Border Metals as a ‘Warehouse Assistant’ which involved steel stockholding in a warehouse dealing with high nickel content alloy steels.

Liam’s passions include his two pet Staffordshire Bull Terrier’s, Llana and Skye and also fishing! He is a keen carp angler travelling up and down the country in his spare time, in search of big carp. He also loves motorsports such as Moto GP, British Touring Cars and Isle of Man TT. He’s also played the drums for the past 8 years!

We asked Liam “What would be the most important thing to achieve on your bucket list?..”

“I don’t have one specific thing but would love to go over and watch the Isle of Man TT, buy a house and go to France to catch big carp…”




3D Printer at PMS

Friday, May 22, 2015

PMS Diecasting has recently invested in a state-of-the-art Stratasys Objet30 Pro 3D Printer as a move towards accuracy, quality and efficiency. The printer boasts an impressive range of eight different printing materials, including transparent and high-temperature photopolymers.

The new acquisition will initially enable in-house

✓ Prototyping
✓ Printing of runners for better flow optimising and quicker automation of clipping processes
✓ Jigs and fixtures
✓ Gauging
✓ Clear parts to help with product understanding

Call us about our services!
Tel: 01709 701901

Stratasys Objet30 Pro Desktop 3D Printer
The printer getting setup..
Stratasys Objet30 Pro Desktop 3D Printer
Our first test pieces using the Stratasys Objet30 3D Printer
Stratasys Objet30 Pro Desktop 3D Printer
Our first test pieces using the Stratasys Objet30 3D Printer
Stratasys Objet30 Pro Desktop 3D Printer
Training session taking place…
Stratasys Objet30 Pro Desktop 3D Printer
Our new Stratasys Objet30 3D Printer

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