New Bender UK headquarters is showpiece of technology

Electrical safety and monitoring specialist Bender UK has moved into a new purpose-built headquarters in Ulverston, designed to accommodate further growth and be a showpiece for the company’s advanced technology.

The 2000m² building accommodates offices, large conference facilities, warehousing, training and customer demonstration areas.

Bender surgical lighting, touch screen theatre control panels and other critical care medical solutions will be permanently on display for client demonstrations and training. The facility is also equipped with Bender continuous monitoring technology to enable predictive maintenance of the building’s electrical infrastructure.

Managing Director Gareth Brunton explains: “Our purpose-built facility represents a major investment by Bender Group in its UK operation. It provides superb facilities for the training and 24/7 technical support provided to customers across the UK & Ireland.

Bender UK has doubled in size since 2010 driven by its ability to deliver bespoke engineered solutions and advanced service and support capabilities for specific markets including the medical sector, renewable energy, rail infrastructure, data centres, power distribution, offshore subsea development, the oil and gas industry, marine and manufacturing.

Residual Current Monitoring (RCM) and Power Energy Metering (PEM) incorporated into the new Bender UK facility will be used to demonstrate for visitors the practical advantages in terms of efficiency and cost-savings. The integrated solution also provides early warning of faults or failure for all critical aspects of the building’s electrical infrastructure.

Power supply performance and resilience is critical to health trusts, data centres, high value manufacturing operations and other locations which cannot afford their supply to falter or fail. Bender’s continuous intelligent monitoring systems provide a comprehensive overview of power networks. It enables energy costs to be identified and reduced, while protecting critical power systems and achieving maximum availability of electrical supply. Continuous monitoring and reporting also provides the option of periodic inspection and testing without switch off.

The new building’s electrical infrastructure includes a 12-channel RCMS460 which monitors the main distribution board, while RCMS150 devices monitor local distribution within the building across offices and meeting rooms, and critical areas such as the plant room and air conditioning system. Bender devices monitor the frequency, current, power performance, energy consumption and harmonics to present a detailed picture of the building’s power infrastructure.

The new facility is connected to POWERSCOUT® the latest Bender software development which delivers analysis, reporting and live data on the status of the building. This smart cloud-based technology produces reports from the residual current monitoring and power quality metering technology onsite, enhancing pro-active analysis, fault finding and maintenance. Data can be accessed on site or remotely via internet links which particularly benefits operations with multiple sites.

Gareth Brunton adds: “The installation of Bender’s class-leading power quality monitoring systems together with new POWERSCOUT® web-based software ensures that the new building is a showcase for advanced predictive maintenance and remote monitoring. That is technology set to make a huge impact on the healthcare sector and other ‘no-fail’ markets where resilience of power supply is a critical factor.”

Bender UK purchased the development plot opposite its previous base at the entrance to the Low Mill Business Park in Ulverston and began construction on the project earlier this year.

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