Babcock is the UK’s leading naval support business for the Royal Navy and the Ministry of Defence. In addition to Royal Navy work, the facility in Appledore, North Devon is fabricating and building two Offshore Patrol Vessels for the Irish Navy.
The Appledore shipyard has been home to two Techserv HS 4000 Plasma cutters and a Techserv GP5000 gas cutter since 2008. In addition the Babcock yard houses an older multi bevel gas machine that has been retro-fitted by Techserv.
The speed and quality of the plasma cutting machines has transformed the capabilities of the yard says Clifford Edwards, who adds;
The gas machine originally was a Messer Griesheim, Techserv modified it, put the software on it to meet our requirements. We went over to plasma cutting but kept that one gas machine to cut up to 8 inches. We got what we asked Techserv to build for us.
If there are ever any problems the ‘machines talk to Techserv’ and they can solve the problem for says David Fishleigh who applauds the level of service;
Their aftercare is brilliant… They help me out no end, (I) just call them. I’ve only got to pick the phone up and Paul or Mike will speak to me, Techserv are second to none. Techserv were a lot cheaper than everyone else (but) a lot of it is about aftercare because if you haven’t any aftercare and can’t speak to anyone then you’ve got problems