Controls & Automation Expansion

03rd October 2012

SCX Special Projects is very proud to announce the appointment of two industry specialists within its Automation and Controls department.

Nigel Montgomery (pictured left) is appointed as Controls Director, whilst Paul Bettison (right) joins as Controls Manager.Nigel & Paul

The two new appointments will bolster SCX Special Projects’ Electrical Controls Department, which undertakes the Automation and Controls aspects of its bespoke mechanical handling solutions.

Nigel and Paul have already worked on a large number of SCX Special Projects’ solutions as they both previously worked together at one of SCX’s control systems partner companies.

Between them they have more than 60 years’ experience in the industry. Nigel began his career as a Process Control Engineer for British Steel at the Templeborough Steelworks (now the Magna Science Adventure Centre), and Paul’s control system design experience started in the offshore industry on oil and gas pipeline safety systems. They both furthered their careers in the sales, design and project delivery of many high profile automated moving structures such as Tower Bridge, the Falkirk Wheel, Newcastle Millennium Bridge and in collaboration with SCX, the London Eye and Wimbledon Centre Court roof.

The appointments by SCX Special Projects follow a series of expansion and new business wins for the Group across the last two years.

SCX Special Projects is experiencing increased demand for its automation and control solutions because more clients realise that it can deliver significant efficiencies to their business. Appointing new highly experienced, dedicated control engineers to bolster the current team will allow the company to meet the vast majority of the increase in demand in-house.

Automatic cranes from SCX Special Projects’ significantly improve the efficiency of production and material handling operations. The company’s in-house developed bespoke systems are capable of handling delicate and obscure loads, completing complicated manoeuvres or reaching seemingly inaccessible storage locations.

The Oman Aluminium Mill is the latest client to benefit from one of SCX Special Projects’ Automated Solutions, which are becoming increasingly popular with clients. As the company drives forward, this bespoke automation capability offers a valuable opportunity for SCX Special Projects to stand out even further from the competition.

Automation is useful not only to the manufacturing industry, but is what drives moving structure solutions, such as SCX’s retractable roof at Wimbledon. It also offers clients in specialist industries, such as Nuclear, huge safety advantages, not least because of the associated remote operation capabilities.

Automated handling systems also eliminate load damage through vastly improved positional accuracy and minimise injury from human error or fatigue on handling applications within almost any industry.

Previously, SCX partner companies have provided the controls systems for a proportion of SCX Special Projects’ solutions, but Managing Director Simon Eastwood has taken the decision to invest in offering a dedicated and expanded in-house service and explains: “Automation and control is increasingly becoming more valuable to us as more and more clients realise the benefits it offers their businesses.”

He added: “We need to be able to keep up with this increase in demand in-house if we are going to continue to provide high levels of satisfaction for our customers.”

The Special Projects’ Controls Department works closely with SCX Company Burnand XH, which is a distributor of the electrical control equipment that is used on the Group’s handling solutions.

SCX Special Projects is also looking for additional Control System Design Engineers to bolster the department even further. Some interviews have already taken place, but if you’re interested in working for a company that continues to expand, email your CV and covering letter to