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From the monthly archives: September 2015

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Shortage of Engineers

As I am sure you are aware, there has been huge media attention on the lack of Engineering resource in the EU. Norbar is no different and we have been experiencing staff shortages in this area for some time. We changed our recruitment strategy and have recently used Linked In which has actually helped (despite being inundated with CVs).  We also took the decision that we may need to consider resource outside the EU. Employing people from outside the EU requires an employer to be awarded a ‘Sponsors Licence’.  This is essentially written permission from the Home Office to recruit non-EU people.  However it is not as easy as it seems and I would like to share with you my experience of working through this process as it was highly complicated requiring legal input. In my naivety, I believed that if the most suitable candidate responding to one of our advertisements was from outside the EU we could just apply for a Certificate of Sponsorship to employ them (the old w ...

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The ten things you should know about your torque wrench

Torque wrenches are common place across a variety of industrial processes, commercial garages and even homes wherever there is a precision assembly process utilising threaded fasteners. Considering their widespread use however, there remains a number of things that people get wrong or simply don’t know.  Here Philip Brodey at Norbar Torque Tools highlights the top ten things to consider.    1.      Storing your torque wrench When a torque wrench is in regular use it does not need to be wound back. However, when storing a torque wrench for an extended period of time, users should always wind it down to the minimum scale setting and never to zero.   A fully loaded torque wrench, left in storage for a long period, can cause a ‘set’ in the spring, causing it to weaken over time. On the other end of the scale, by completely off-loading the spring, other components within the wrench may move fractionally relative to each other. When you re ...

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