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Why Choose On-Site Training with VFE [incl. Course Details]

05 July 2021 /

Upskill your in-house engineering teams at your premises with VFE’s On-Site Training courses, tailored to suit your team’s vacuum furnace and autoclave training needs.

On-site training offers plenty of advantages over remote or off-premises, mixed-group training. Once you’ve decided to book on-site training for your heat treatment operators, the next question becomes who to book it with.

As well as identifying whether or not the provider has courses that meet your team’s training requirements, you’ll want to make sure they have lots of experience delivering training in your environment. As we explored in our recent article on on-site training, it’s also important that their availability works around your operations. Also consider the provider’s wider industry credentials. What accreditations do they hold and are they industry standard?

In other words, how can you ensure that your team is getting training from the right people? 

Whatever your heat treatment training requirements, we’re confident that VFE can meet your needs. Read to find out what we offer and how your teams will benefit from our expertise.

To request our On-Site Training courses for your operating personnel, get in touch.

On-Site Training from VFE

Our On-Site Training service includes courses across a multitude of different pieces of heat treatment equipment, both physically at the machine and in customer-provided classrooms. If you’re looking for training on any of the following kinds of machines, we can help:

  • Vacuum furnaces

  • Casting furnaces

  • Vacuum pumps

  • Autoclaves

  • Ovens

  • Furnaces

  • Hot presses

  • Hypobaric chambers

For all of the above equipment types, we offer a range of training courses that will give your teams the experience they need to develop into their roles and utilise the equipment better. 

Operator Training

The purpose of our Operator Training course is to make your operating personnel more familiar with the specific equipment — benefitting both the individual operator and production efficiency as a whole. This can be applied to both VFE equipment and others.

Related read: How to Maximise the Efficiency of Your Heat Treatment Process

Daily/Monthly PPM (Planned Preventative Maintenance)

PPM or Planned Preventative Maintenance training does exactly what it says on the tin: namely helping your team be proactive in maintenance and avoid costly breakdowns. To ensure that your equipment runs to its optimum specification reliably, it’s important that the equipment is correctly maintained. This training will help your operators to carry out and report on the visual inspections they’ll typically be undertaking on a daily or weekly basis.

Health and Safety

In manufacturing environments, knowing how to use work equipment safely and what risks are involved forms a key part of your team’s health and safety training. There’s a similar duty to ensure adequate training in relation to supervisory staff. Our Health and Safety Training can deliver both, giving you the confidence that your operators and the teams managing them are working safely and compliantly in accordance with the latest industry standards.

Employers must ensure that all persons who use work equipment have received adequate training for the purposes of health and safety, including training in the methods which may be adopted when using work equipment, and risks which such use may entail and the precautions to be taken. (PUWER regulation 9).” Slater Jinkinson, Head of Sales, VFE

Read more about our commitment to health and safety here.

What specific courses do we offer?

As one of Europe’s leading specialists in the field of vacuum furnaces, we’ve successfully offered and delivered a wide variety of training courses specific to the topic of vacuum. For vacuum furnace-related training and development, see our list of specific courses below:

Basic Vacuum Furnace Principles (theory) — one-day duration

  • Introduction to Vacuum Furnaces — what is a vacuum furnace, its function in industry and different types

  • Safety Precautions — safety risks and awareness, handling of an inert atmosphere and operational safety

  • Vacuum Technology — vacuum and pressure explained, units of vacuum and the effect of water in vacuum

  • Operation and Navigation of Instrumentation — basic control systems layout, understanding functionality of control instruments and vacuum variables

  • Arrangement of Furnace Components and Applications — vacuum pump configurations, valve sequence during operation and the heating and cooling process

  • Hotzone Assembly and Materials — discussing materials and their applications

  • Effect of Vacuum on Materials During Heat Treatment — vaporisation and the prevention of materials, eutectic melting and the effects of oxidation on components 

  • Vacuum Furnace Best Practices — guidelines for good vacuum furnace operation and basic operator maintenance checks.

Introduction to Vacuum Pumps (theory) — one-day duration

  • Mechanical Pumps Explained — information on various types of vacuum pumps, vacuum levels achieved with each stage of pump, pump set configurations with basic pump maintenance

  • Diffusion Pump Functionality — information on how the pump operates, pump set configuration, maintenance required, and the internal workings of pump including the safety precautions

  • Diffusion Pump and Mechanical Pump Display — the opportunity to see and get hands-on experience with a disassembled diffusion pump and mechanical rotary piston pump.

Helium Leak Detection (theory/practical) — one-day duration 

  • Identifying the Requirement for Leak Detection — determine the necessity for helium leak detection on a system and how to spot a potential problem

  • Methods of Leak Detection — external helium leak detection explained and how the equipment works in conjunction with a vacuum system

  • Carrying Out a Helium Leak Check — practical connection of a helium leak detector and leak check of our vacuum system, explaining how to locate and fix a leak.

Find out how we’ve helped to keep our customers’ operations running during COVID-19. 

Committed to furthering heat treatment excellence

As our CEO, David Byne, explains, learning and development is one of our core values here at VFE. “Over the years, we’ve invested significantly in the ongoing training and development of our teams. In 2020, we opened a state-of-the-art training centre for continuous development, and we support employee development plans with a focus on training opportunities and management training programmes (MBA & MSc).”

The applications of this commitment extend beyond internal development. Our On-Site Training courses enable us to share our extensive technical knowledge and expertise with our customers in an environment that they know and feel confident in.

  • On-site training offers a simple, hands-on way of learning, which many people (in particular, more practical-minded engineers and technicians) find beneficial

  • The supervision of one of our specialists offers your trainees the chance to learn in the shadow of a more experienced individual capable of sharing support and best practices

  • Undoubtedly, one of the biggest benefits of our on-the-job training is that you can put your newest employees to work straight away, leading to instant productivity

  • Thorough on-the-job training under the supervision of our experienced trainers means that employees will pick up knowledge and skills faster, improving the time to value while boosting your team’s competence and confidence

  • Our on-the-job training is also one of the most cost-effective methods available, saving you money on more costly off-site training programs.

Learn more about how to reduce your heat treatment costs

Today, VFE is recognised as having the largest team of skilled engineers in Western Europe. We’ve long recognised that the quality of our services and the technical expertise of our staff sets us apart and positions us as a market leader. It’s our hope that through our continued commitment to On-Site Training, our customers will be able to achieve similar levels of market recognition, product quality and success, at a time when the importance of service excellence in manufacturing is second to none. To find out more about our On-Site Training courses or to request our services, get in touch.

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