MEM Acquired By Kempston Controls

Kempston Controls Completes Acquisition of MEM from Eaton Electrical

Kempston Controls is pleased to announce a classic British brand will return to UK ownership with our acquisition of MEM (Midland Electrical Manufacturing). The deal, completed on the 1st December 2021 includes Eaton’s MEM MEMSHIELD 1 & 2 and Cranes range. The aim is to continue MEM’s history of innovation by developing, manufacturing, and selling these dependable product ranges for years to come.

Richard Regan, Group Managing Director of Kempston Controls, said: “This is a great acquisition for Kempston Controls & we’re very excited to continue the development of MEM as a leading UK manufacturer.”

About MEM (Midland Electrical Manufacturing)

Founded in Birmingham 1908 by Walter Barber, MEM initially found success designing and manufacturing switch & fuse gear and in 1927 began to produce products such as the ‘Ironclad’ switch range and fuse gear to meet the demands of a rapidly modernising industry.

Constantly innovating, MEM was one of the first companies to introduce cartridge fuses, and by the early 1960s, their range of products included switches, fuses, motor control gear, electric fires, and convectors. In the early 60s, MEM opened a new factory in Holyhead, Anglesey, and announced their first range of Miniature Circuit Breakers, a product line that they would become famous for.

In 1971, Delta Metal Co. acquired MEM and consolidated several divisions under the MEM brand, during the early noughties the electrical division of Delta, including MEM, was acquired by the Eaton Corporation who continued with the company’s tradition of providing world-leading products.

Going Forward

With the support of Kempston Controls’ technical department and sales teams, MEM will continue to innovate, manufacture, and sell products for many years to come, catering to the needs of an ever-growing industrial and commercial marketplace that demands quality products at the best possible price.

The acquisition of MEM creates Kempston Controls (Manufacturing), a new division in the Midland Automation Group that will focus on the development of new & innovative products.

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Why we don’t do Black Friday sales

With Black Friday a few days away & Cyber Monday a few days later, we won’t be having a sale on either day.

Each year we see more and more brands taking advantage of the event, with most turning it from a single day to a full week of discounts and sales. But trust us, despite the flood of emails that you’ll get, 99% of the “deals” aren’t worth it.

So, no, this year we won’t be creating deals that create the illusion of savings to trick you into buying.

But why?

  1. With Kempston Controls, you get the best price on the day, any day.

Here at Kempston Controls you, our customers, are at the heart of everything we do and with that in mind, we want to offer you the best deal all year round. The nature of our business is so varying that you could be buying for a new project, or simply replacing a part – you can’t decide when a part will break down, so why should we decide when you can get the best price we can offer.

  1. We’re not out there to trick you.

A WHICH review in 2019 found that 85% of prices were the same price or cheaper before Black Friday1. The last thing we want to do is say that all brands are doing the same things, but it would go against our brand values to undermine you, our customers, like that. You can shop with us all 24 hours a day, 365 days a year with the confidence that you’re getting the best price we can offer.

  1. Staff Burnout

Our last reason actually isn’t to do with our customers, it’s to do with us. The amount of pressure that a large sale event like Black Friday creates is astonishing! From the creative teams piecing together the marketing jigsaw to the IT teams preparing and maintaining the systems all the way to the guys on the front line processing your orders and queries non-stop – it’s honestly exhausting.

So, to take a massive weight off of the team’s shoulders, Black Friday once again won’t feature in the Kempston Controls ecosystem.

Is there an alternative?

Now don’t worry, all our products and services are still available all day, every day and we’ll still offer you the best price we can. Our friendly team is around to answer all your questions and our website is available so you can access live-stock 24/7.

But in case you’re looking for another way to view Black Friday, take a look at Giving Tuesday where you can donate money for a purpose, not just spend money on more junk.

 

1 https://www.which.co.uk/news/2020/11/85-of-black-friday-products-arent-the-cheapest-theyve-ever-been/

Cyber Essentials Certified

We’re Cyber Essentials Certified!

Here at Kempston Controls, we’re committed to ensuring our staff and customers are safe when using our services. We pride ourselves on our ability to offer customers the best shopping experience and a big part of that is ensuring our data and systems are secure and private. We’re delighted to announce that we are certified by the UK Government’s Cyber Essentials Programme.

Cyber Essentials is a government-backed, industry-supported certification that demonstrates that a company is secure when it comes to digital threats. Launched in 2014, the scheme was developed by the Information Assurance for Small and Medium Enterprises (IASME) consortium and the Information Security Forum (ISF).

Cyber Essentials Certified

The five areas that Cyber-Essentials is focused on:

  • Correct and appropriate management of firewalls and internet gateways to provide safe internet access
  • The secure configuration of devices/software used within the organisation
  • Robust access control to data and services
  • Advanced and well-structured processes for malware and virus protection
  • Well-structured patch management to ensure ongoing commitment to security

We are exceptionally proud of our new certification and are pleased to provide our customers with another reason to trust us and the services we provide.

As always, we are continually looking for ways to improve our offering with Cyber Essentials proving that we are readily available for the growing and ever-changing digital world.


Kempston Controls is a leading distributor of electrical process control and automation products and electronic components with a world-leading reputation for stock, service, competitive pricing, and next-day delivery. Our diverse product portfolio includes; proximity and motion sensors, humidity and temperature sensor data loggers, fuses, light curtains, electrical connectors, actuators, safety relays, panel meters, emergency stops, and much more.

Last Chance to Buy – ABB – GE/AEG Industrial Product Obsolescence and Phase Out Update

An update on the Life Cycle Phase Status from ABB for IEC Control products belonging to the GE/AEG brand has just been released.

The IEC controls portfolio which stems from the GE Industrial Solutions acquisition is to be impacted by several Life Cycle Management changes for GE/AEG product lines.

Last Chance to Buy!

The life cycle phase status for certain products will be changed from the Limited to Obsolete phase from the 1st of July 2021 and the last chance to buy those entering the limited phase is the 30th of April 2021. The Smart Power MCCBs Record Plus series products have a last time to buy order date of the 7th of May 2021.

This means that certain products will be withdrawn from sale and will no longer be manufactured, and any spares or accessories will no longer be available so make sure you act quickly. The attached document will help provide you with details regarding the specific products that are being discontinued and their recommended substitute products.

Order before the Deadline!

Kempston Controls will help guide you when selecting the correct substitute products affected by those impacted in the attached updated document, call us today on +44 (0) 1933 411 411 or emails sales@kempstoncontrols.co.uk to order.

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Welcome Matthew & Mike

Welcome Matthew and Mike!

Kempston Controls are pleased to announce that Matthew Law & Mike Evans are joining our Thermal Division as Combustion Solution Engineers. Welcome to the team!

Both bring a wealth of knowledge and we’re looking forward to welcoming and integrating them into our team and providing our customers with another exceptional service.

We caught up with both Matthew & Mike to learn more about them:

Matthew Law:

I worked for Kromschroder for 21 years starting off as an apprentice where I trained in the assembly of pipe trains for customers. From there I moved into AutoCAD design where I designed the pipe trains I was building. After this I started to get more involved in technical support of the components in the UK, where I would support customers on the selection of components, any issues they had and alternative options. Then I moved into external sales where I managed customer accounts and finally worked as a senior technical sales engineer where I was designing burner systems for customers.

My strengths are:

  • Kromschroder components: the full range from basic gas valves through to complex burner controllers.
  • Working with customers on alternative options if parts are discontinued. This can also be alternatives from other suppliers
  • System integration: working with customers on how the components they are using impact the system they have, safety and operational wise.
  • Customer care: liaising with customers to support with component selection, spare parts and installation requirements. Furthermore, programming of burner controllers and alternative system controls that could help improve the efficiency of kilns, furnaces etc.
  • I am very familiar with EN746-2 which is the standard for thermal processing equipment and covers the safety requirements for fuel handling that are part of industrial furnaces.
  • I am a very approachable person and love the challenge of a difficult requirement or question where I have to really think in order to come up with a solution.

Mike Evans:

I’m looking forward to working with the dynamic & diverse team at Kempston Controls. I bring more than 30 years of experience from the industrial process heating industry and a passion for problem-solving. My previous roles have included Sales Account Management, Project Management and Combustion Systems Engineer at Eclipse Combustion Ltd. I worked more recently as a Burner Solution Engineer at Elster Metering Ltd (part of Honeywell Thermal Solutions).

At Eclipse and Honeywell we served all industries and worked closely with equipment supplied by Elster/Jeavons, Kromschroder, ASCO, Burkert, Karl Dungs, Siemens, Bryan Donkin & Honeywell to name but a few.


Welcome to the Kempston Controls family!

For all your industrial automation and process heating needs contact us today on 01933 411411, email sales@kempstoncontrols.co.uk or head to our website kempstoncontrols.co.uk

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Danfoss CI 5, CI 61-98 Contactors and CTI 25M, CTI 45MB Circuit Breaker Phase Out

Danfoss , a world renowned manufacturer of a vast range industrial control products and components are known for  always pushing the product innovation envelope . To make way for more technically advanced products they will be beginning a phase out of a range of legacy products that have reached their end of life.

The CI 5, CI 61-98 ranges of Contactors and the CTI 25M, CTI 45MB Circuit Breaker ranges, and associated accessory components, will cease to be available after March 2021. No direct replacements are planned to be introduced to replace these products at present.

If your industrial or commercial installation depends on these products ensure you purchase them while you can before they become obsolete.

Please ensure all of your orders are placed before the end of March 2021 to guarantee delivery. We expect demand to be high to secure the last of these premium products.

For a complete list of the affected products click  here

Kempston Controls is the perfect place to come for all your Contactor and Circuit Breaker needs, with access to the entire Danfoss product portfolio we are here to help you find the perfect components for the existing or  your next  installation. Give our dedicated sales team a call on +44 (0) 1933 411411 or email us at sales@kempstoncontrols.co.uk to discuss your requirements and to secure your Danfoss Contactors and Circuit Breakers listed above before they are sold out.

 

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