- Bespoke infrastructure designed and implemented by Paradyn- Paradyn manages entire infrastructure including desktops, phones, servers and connectivity- New cloud-based solution enables flexible mobile working- New setup provides improved security, reliability and performance
Paradyn, Ireland’s only end-to-end IT and communications service provider, today announces that it has designed and implemented a full IT network and system upgrade for process engineering firm, Flow Technology. In a deal valued at €150,000, Paradyn’s solution provides high-speed broadband, increased reliability and security. It also enables flexible mobile working for Flow Technology’s employees.
Established in 1978, the privately-owned process engineering company based in Charleville, Co. Cork, is one of Ireland’s leading process engineering firms that designs, manufactures and installs specialist equipment and systems for the manufacturing sector across the biopharma, pharmaceutical, beverage, food and dairy industries.
Flow Technology has experienced significant growth over the last five years, with staff numbers increasing from 39 to 63 during this time. Annual turnover has also grown almost 10% year-on-year since 2013. Earlier this year, in response to increased customer demand, Flow Technology made significant investment in a second fabrication building that increases its capacity by 250% and provides a world class process module fabrication facility with two five tonne overhead cranes giving it the capacity to manage multiple concurrent projects.
Outdated IT infrastructure and a slow broadband network made mobile working very difficult and staff were also spending a significant amount of time on IT management, these factors were hampering company growth.
Paradyn designed and implemented a full network and IT system upgrade including a new on-site IT command centre where all of Flow Technology’s IT is centrally controlled. This included a highly secure, confidential network along with super-fast wireless broadband, with failover to fixed line broadband. Paradyn also installed a cloud-based solution, so that staff can now work between Flow Technology’s two sites – from home and on the road, thus facilitating mobile working.
Security was a crucial element in the new infrastructure and to protect against cyber-attacks, Paradyn implemented a full disaster recovery plan, including multiple forms of back-up and security on mobile devices. Flow Technology is supported by Paradyn’s fully manned helpdesk.
Cillian McCarthy, CEO, Parady said, “The value of this integrated solution for Flow Technology is that our engineers can see all elements of Flow Technology’s IT, security, communications and network infrastructure. This means fast resolution times – 90% of faults get fixed during the first-call, significantly less time spent managing IT and a higher return on Flow Technology’s investment on IT and communications systems.
“Paradyn is Ireland’s only end-to-end managed service solution for IT, telecoms, security, network and business connectivity. As we can build, monitor and securely maintain every aspect of a customer’s IT and communications infrastructure we were well-positioned to provide Flow Technology with a new secure IT infrastructure and high-speed broadband.
“Our engineers monitor all aspects of Flow Technology’s infrastructure from our operations centre, our solution also means that Flow Technology’s employees are spending less time on IT management which increases efficiency while also improving security.”
Kevin Whooley, Managing Director, Flow Technology said, “Following the tendering process, we knew that Paradyn was the right fit for us as they were capable of manage the entire setup from desktops, to servers to phones to connectivity. The new solution has provided us with an infrastructure that enables mobile working, improves IT reliability and maintains the highest level of security which improves our business performance.
“For us to serve the needs of Flow Technology’s customers and realise our growth targets we needed a secure, reliable, integrated IT infrastructure. Mobile working and security were key elements of the new infrastructure requirements. A large proportion of our customer base are multinationals, making robust information security a critical prerequisite to working with them. The improved mobility capability provides our onsite installation teams, some who are based permanently on customer sites, the ability to work remotely more efficiently and improves communication with our office-based teams and our customers.
“Since we purchased a second building which is more than twice the size of the existing building, we need huge flexibility to be able to have seamless access to our IT infrastructure in both buildings. Similarly, with the new solutions, all our staff – engineers, craft, sales and accounts – can all work remotely giving us greater flexibility and mobility to meet the needs of our customers.
“The investment in the system will pay for itself as little as four years, if not less.”
(L-R) Cillian McCarthy, CEO, Paradyn and Kevin Whooley, Managing Director, Flow Technology
Flow Technology are proud to announce that we have recently achieved the Occupational Health and Safety Accreditation OHSAS 18001.
The Occupational Health & Safety Management Certification OHSAS 18001 recognises the highest standards in employee health and safety. As a process engineering company working in the Pharma, Brewery, Dairy and Beverage industries health and safety is one of our key priorities.
Tim Murphy, Managing Director of Flow Technology said, “Receiving the accreditation is reflective of the team’s dedication and commitment. It represents one of our core values in providing a high-quality and consistent service to all our clients, in a safe and sustainable manner. I am extremely proud of the team and Thankful for all the hardwork that has gone into achieving the certification. In the quest for continuous improvement of our safety management system we would welcome any suggestion for further improvement from employees, clients & sub-contractors.”
It is with great pride that this year we celebrate our 40th Year In Business!
Where It All Began... In 1978 Denis Murphy Snr who was the General Manager of Golden Vale Engineering decided to go it alone and start Flotek Ltd. Denis a proud Kerry man, graduated from UCC and started his career in Golden Vale Engineering in 1956.
Flotek initially began at Denis's home in Charleville before moving in 1983 to our current location on Railway Road. In 1980 his son Denis Jr joined him and his son Tim who is now the Managing Director joined in 1993. The company started in the dairy industry then added expertise in the brewing industry before moving to working with the pharmaceutical industry in the 90's.
Our company has gone from strength to strength over the years with a number of extensions and staff additions to bring it to where it is today - 'a highly respected world class Process Engineering company'. We specialise in the design and supply of process installation and equipment for the pharmaceutical, beverage and dairy industries.
This year we have expanded our workshop space with the addition of a new 2300m² unit in the same industrial estate. We are also striving to achieve an OHSAS 18001 accreditation which is a globally recognised Health & SafetyManagement System.
At the end of 2017 Quattroflow launched their NEW QF10k Pump Size, an added extension to their Mutiple-Use product line of quaternary (four-piston) diaphragm pumps. The QF10k pump provides a maximum flow rate of 10,000lph (2,640 gph), the new QF10k pump has been specifically designed to fill the gap between the existing QF4400/5050 and QF 20k pump size.
FEATURES & BENEFITS
If you are interested in learning more please contact Pat O'Shea, Equipment Business Unit Manager on 063 81560.The first deliveries of the pump will be available in March 2018.
For more information check out the QF10K Technical DataSheet
Happy New Year from all at Flow Technology! With the new year ahead are you thinking of a career change for 2018? If so you might be interested in the Engineering and CAD opportunities currently available with us. Check out our careers page at www.flowtechnology.ie/careers-at-flow-technology
We would like to Thank You - Our Customers for the business received from you and your company during the past year.
Once again this year, in place of distributing seasonal gifts, we have decided to donate the money allocated for Christmas gifts to a number of charities. Please see below a selection of the Thank You letters received in receipt of the donations.
We hope the donation we make on your behalf will go a small way to making things better for some people finding times tough at present.
We would like to thank you for your support in 2017 and we look forward to working with you again in the New Year.
Wishing you & yours a very Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
Pieta House | Cork Simon Community | St Josephs Foundation Charleville
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Flow Technology are delighted to announce that we are now a Certified Quattroflow Service Centre. We would be delighted to discuss your Quattroflow service needs with you. Don't hesitate to call us on +353 63 81560. Pictured below (bottom left) is John Herlihy, Flow Technology who is our trained service engineer.
We were delighted to welcome the LCVP students from CBS Charleville to Flow Technology today to talk about what we do, what facilities we have, what we offer and also the companies we work with. While here they were pictured with a number of CBS past pupils in our staff - Tim & Denis Murphy and PJ Herr who recently joined us as an Apprentice Fitter.
Flow Technology are delighted to be exhibiting at the ISPE Europe Biotechnology Conference 2017 at the Crowne Plaza Northwood from 26th & 27th September. Be sure to check us out on Stand 2. We will have Steven & Chuck from Allegheny Bradford Heat Exchangers and Filter Housings AND Bernd Reitmeyer from Quattroflow Diaphragm Pumps available to answer any queries you may have. We will also be showcasing our Alfa Laval Cleaning & Mixing products and Hilge Pumps. If you like to prearrange a meeting please call us on +353 63 81560.
Looking forward to meeting you there!