A leading Cumbrian equipment examination company is investing in new technology as part of its long-term expansion plans.
CTS Safety is adopting new inspection software to help it automate its operation and improve efficiency and client service. Based in Brampton, the company serves businesses throughout Cumbria, Lancashire, Yorkshire and part of Scotland, but aims to expand into the North East and further develop its client base in the coming years.
CTS specialises in examination of lifting equipment, pressure plant and local exhaust ventilation systems to ensure compliance with safety regulations. The company serves clients ranging from care homes and vehicle workshops to factories, warehouses and construction sites. It also provides services to rail contractors and has previously worked on the West Cumbria water supplies project, to create a new pipeline from Thirlmere.
Founded around 30 years ago, CTS Safety was acquired by the current owners Neil and Kim Elsender in 2011.
The new CheckedOK system from CoreRFID will replace an existing system. Neil, who is Managing Director, explains. “We spend a lot of time handling paperwork and need to become more streamlined and efficient. We also recognise that we may want new features if we are looking to grow the business such as offering real time access for engineers and clients.”
Using the new system, the company’s engineers will be able to access their work schedules on their tablets rather than having to collect paperwork from the office. Once they arrive on site, they can quickly check which items need to be inspected by scanning the RFID tags on them, rather than having to read through lists and descriptions of plant. On completing the inspection, they can record the results on their tablet and the information is automatically uploaded to the system. Clients can access the data and download safety certificates online, instead of the company having to email them.
Neil says: “The new system will give us more flexibility and improve our client service and efficiency, so we can manage more projects with our existing teams. We see a lot of opportunity and would like to expand into the North East, where CTS was originally founded, attracting new and larger clients. CheckedOK will make it possible for us to do that and enable the business to take a big step forward.”