OverflateXperten in Norway is Ritec’s official Marketing Partner in the region. They possess a lot of experience renovating and protecting glass on-site, and are specialists with glass on oil rigs and platforms in the North Sea.
One area where glass has to be maintained properly is located in the driller’s cabin. The visibility of this glass is easily ruined as oil and mud will inevitably contaminate it. Additionally, harsh cleaning products and the aggressive sea environment itself will accelerate glass corrosion, again affecting visibility. Poor visibility can potentially result in accidents and therefore the operation risks being shut down by the Health & Safety Executive; shutting down an oil rig costs on average £75,000 / $100,000 a day.
The solution? The award-winning ClearShield Eco-System®. The System renovates, protects and maintains glass – even those exposed to harsh marine conditions – upgrading it to ClearShield Eco-Glass®, making its surface ‘non-stick’ and easy-clean. This means the glass looks like new for longer, visibility is maximised and maintenance is significantly easier.
At Ekofisk Oil Field in the North Sea, this was a problem for a particular driller cabin. The glass was not maintained properly and the harsh environment resulted in it becoming virtually opaque. OverflateXperten were called in to renovate the glass to an ‘as-new’ appearance before protecting the glass with ClearShield® glass surface treatment. Thanks to ClearShield Eco-System® treatment, the glass was upgraded to ClearShield Eco-Glass®, so now the driller operator has maximum visibility, helping to avoid expensive shutdowns.
For more information about the many benefits of ClearShield® on offshore applications, please visit: www.ritec.co.uk/offshore.
It gives Ritec International immense pleasure to announce we are now a member of RoSPA, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.
Being a member of RoSPA gives Ritec access to more than a hundred years of experience in the field of safety and accident prevention, and the challenges faced within the manufacturing sector. It means we are able to access a wide range of specialist courses, audit and consultancy services designed to ensure that we manage our health and safety effectively.
So from our office workers to warehouse staff to on-site applicators, safety always comes first and RoSPA membership demonstrates Ritec’s commitment to the cause.
For more information about RoSPA, please visit http://www.rospa.com.
Ritec International is very proud that it has been awarded accreditation from Safecontractor for its commitment to achieving excellence in Health & Safety for the seventh year running.
Safecontractor is a leading third party accreditation scheme that recognises very high standards in health and safety management among UK contractors. Under the Safecontractor scheme, businesses undergo a stringent audit process that examines health and safety procedures and their track record for safe practice. Companies that meet the high standard are included on a database which is only accessible online by registered users.
Ritec’s Production Manager and Health & Safety Officer Martin Burkett AIIRSM says: “Achieving Safecontractor accreditation for the seventh year clearly displays Ritec’s commitment to the health and safety not only for its employees, but its clients and the general public. As always, our staff demonstrate commitment to health & safety whether working on-site or within our production site. This accreditation validates that and was only achieved with the co-operation of the whole Ritec team. I am therefore pleased to say thank you to everyone involved.”
Ritec goes even further, comments Martin: “Where possible we will also pass on our knowledge to our network of subsidiaries, international partners and licensed applicators, helping them to produce suitable documentation, work in a safe manner and understand that their actions have wider implications.”
Ritec India / Roshnak Surface Care Systems wrapped up a hugely successful glassproINDIA 2019 show in Mumbai by winning the Glass Bulletin Awards Best Innovation Product Award for the second year running! Congratulations to Roshnak’s Ujwala Bhagwat and her team for this excellent achievement!
Roshnak is Ritec International’s official distributor in the region for the ClearShield Eco-System® for glass renovation, ‘non-stick’ protection and maintenance.
Ujwala commented, “This award brings us a step closer to our vision of having toughened, non-stick glass as a standard and we now feel even more encouraged to work towards this. It is a truly great acknowledgement that ClearShield is the clear winner in liquid-applied glass surface treatments.”
Ritec International, specialists in ‘non-stick’ surface solutions, is proud to announce it has once again been awarded ISO 9001: 2015 and ISO 14001:2015 – the international quality standards for a company’s products and services – after its re-certification in June this year.
Ritec’s ‘Scope of Registration’ covers:
- The manufacture of liquid chemical products, marketing and worldwide supply, plus training and on-going technical and aftersales support services for the various Ritec Systems and Products
- Ritec provide products and solutions for renovation, “non-stick” protection and maintenance of glass, metal and plastic surfaces
Ritec’s route to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 involved a thorough independent assessment of all internal systems, from production and sales order processing, purchasing, staff training, administration and environmental policies and processes.
Achieving these coveted ISO standards bring many benefits to Ritec, its staff and its customers, says the company’s Production Manager, Martin Burkett AIIRSM, who was responsible for overseeing the certifications: “Although our systems already met the required environmental, quality and management standards, they are also about highlighting areas where we could improve even further. For example, by detailing certain monitoring rather than just basic monitoring, and as a result enhancing productivity and our service to customers, Ritec now measures its aftercare customers’ carbon offset against its refill bottles as one example.”
ISOQAR lead auditor Ian Thomas writes in the Audit Conclusion: “The audit team concludes that the organisation has established and maintained its management system in line with the requirements of the standard(s) and demonstrated to the audit team that it has the ability to systematically achieve the requirements for products and or services within the scope of its activities and in accordance with its policy and objectives”.
Martin Burkett continues, “ISO 9001 and 14001 are great achievements, however we will not rest on our laurels and believe it is important for any organisation to seek ever higher standards. We will continue to ensure that orders are met consistently to the correct specification as well as motivating our staff to work towards continued improvement for the benefit of our business and our customers.”
Ritec Services, global specialists in marine glass renovation, ClearShield® ‘non-stick’ easy-clean protection and maintenance, were commissioned by Somec to treat 17,200m2 of glass on board the new Princess Cruises cruise liner.
The 145,000 ton Sky Princess has a capacity of 3,660 passengers and 1,346 staff. The area of glass treated by Ritec Services is the equivalent of almost 2½ football pitches!
The ship was in Fincantieri’s shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy whilst being worked on. Ritec Services began the glass cleaning process by removing the protective film, paint and silicone on the surface. The glass was then treated with ClearShield® ‘non-stick’ protection to resist staining from harsh sea salts and other contaminants whilst in service. This helps to ensure passengers have a clear view out of their cabins and saves water and manpower during cleaning. All glass surfaces were inspected afterwards for quality control purposes.
With the glass now looking pristine, the Sky Princess is ready for its maiden voyage due later this month!
Ritec International’s subsidiary in the Netherlands, Ritec Services, is the global specialist for the renovation, ‘non-stick’ easy-clean protection and maintenance of glass. Its specialist marine division, Ritec Marine Services, recently started work on the Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) Norwegian Encore cruise liner.
Whilst at the Meyerwerft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, Ritec Marine Services will protect all glass on-site with award-winning ClearShield® ‘non-stick’, easy-clean surface treatment. ClearShield® is proven to resist harsh sea salt contamination as well as dirt so significantly help preserve beautiful views from passenger cabin windows. The additional benefit of ClearShield-protected glass is that maintaining it requires less time, effort and manpower.
For this particular project, Ritec Marine Services will treat the glass in a specific order depending on the supplier. The glass suppliers include Brombach + Gess GmbH & Co. KG of Germany, BOHAMET S.A. of Poland and Somec S.p.A. of Italy as well as orders directly from Norwegian Cruise Line. In total, 23,000m2 of glass will be protected with ClearShield® by Ritec Marine Services.
The Norwegian Encore has a gross tonnage of 169,145 gt. With 20 decks, this cruise liner has a 4,000-passenger capacity, and its maiden voyage is scheduled for next month.