Denca Controls 2022 https://denca.com/ Imagination in Automation Tue, 29 Nov 2022 11:34:01 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://denca.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/cropped-Adapted-with-tweaked-red-32x32.png Denca Controls 2022 https://denca.com/ 32 32 The Hygiene Bank – Denca’s nominated charity for 2023 https://denca.com/the-hygiene-bank-dencas-nominated-charity/ Sun, 27 Nov 2022 13:19:46 +0000 https://denca.com/?p=4709 The financial challenges of living in the UK today are on the rise. The team at Denca is keen to make a contribution to support people and families who are finding things particularly difficult just now. We recently came across ‘The Hygiene Bank’ and quickly recognised the value of the work done by this charity […]

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The financial challenges of living in the UK today are on the rise. The team at Denca is keen to make a contribution to support people and families who are finding things particularly difficult just now.

We recently came across ‘The Hygiene Bank’ and quickly recognised the value of the work done by this charity and the parallels we can draw with our own ethos of delivering practical and imaginative solutions to problems. 

What is The Hygiene Bank?

The charity is the brainchild of Lizzy Hall. She realised that alongside the well-established Food Banks, supporting people with affordable food, there was another challenge faced by the same families which simply wasn’t being addressed: hygiene poverty.

Hygiene is about well being, self confidence and dignity. We believe no one should be left struggling to wash their hair, brush their teeth, change their baby’s nappy as often as needed or not afford period protection because of low wages, high housing costs, benefit cuts, illness or bereavement. The Hygiene Bank gives those who are struggling to get by access to these basic hygiene and personal care essentials.'Lizzy Hall, Founder'

In 2018, Lizzy opened a space for contributors to make bulk donations of hygiene products. Volunteers then sort these items before delivery to key community leaders.

We have decided to make The Hygiene Bank our nominated charity for 2023. Although Denca can’t fix things for everyone, we can extend a helping hand to those in our own communities. 

To get the ball rolling, we are making an initial donation to The Hygiene Bank. We have also set the challenge to everyone at Denca to collect as many hygiene items as possible. We will deliver these to our local collection point for distribution in time for Christmas.

Denca is planning further fundraising activities and support through 2023. If you would like to find out more, visit the Hygiene Bank website.

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Another LJMU careers fair https://denca.com/another-ljmu-careers-fair/ https://denca.com/another-ljmu-careers-fair/#respond Sat, 15 Oct 2022 08:00:05 +0000 https://denca.com/?p=4638 High-quality engineers are the essence of Denca’s business and we are continuing our partnership with Liverpool John Moores University. Our aim is to help create the next generation of the nation’s engineers. We recently attended another superb careers event hosted by LJMU at the beautiful Adelphi Hotel in the heart of Liverpool. LJMU invited Denca to […]

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High-quality engineers are the essence of Denca’s business and we are continuing our partnership with Liverpool John Moores University. Our aim is to help create the next generation of the nation’s engineers.

We recently attended another superb careers event hosted by LJMU at the beautiful Adelphi Hotel in the heart of Liverpool. LJMU invited Denca to help offer a sense of direction to this year’s graduates looking to launch their careers. The venue delivered an excellent setup for both the graduates and the employers. Everyone was looked after and the talent pool was impressive. LJMU really took the extra steps to make this a great networking event. 

Denca has a long-standing relationship with the university and we recruit multiple graduates each year.   It is always enjoyable to nurture the start of a career. Our formal training programme regularly leads our graduates to a full-time positions in our company. Furthermore, this is often the beginning of a long and lucrative career in the controls and automation industry.  

Bespoke Software demonstrating the skills we are looking for

We sent three of our most experienced software engineers to the event so they could explain what a career at Denca is like, and give examples of the wide variety of different projects and technologies that the industrial automation sector presents us with.   The development team at Denca, created bespoke software especially for the event to showcase their skills and what to expect as a member of the Denca team. This proved very popular.   

The talent pool from LJMU is commendable with many ambitious graduates. We were very pleased with the candidates we spoke to and we look forward to continuing to work with them in the future. 

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Customer Survey 2022 – Thank you. https://denca.com/customer-survey-2022-thank-you/ https://denca.com/customer-survey-2022-thank-you/#respond Thu, 29 Sep 2022 14:05:09 +0000 https://denca.com/?p=4623 Thank you to everyone who took part in our customer survey, 2022!  As always, your feedback was immensely valuable to us as we look to improve and deliver an even better service in the future.   The customer survey is now closed. Our teams welcome your responses which they are now reviewing as part of […]

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Thank you to everyone who took part in our customer survey, 2022! 

As always, your feedback was immensely valuable to us as we look to improve and deliver an even better service in the future.  

The customer survey is now closed. Our teams welcome your responses which they are now reviewing as part of their ongoing business planning. Consequently, the data will go a long way to help us refine how we operate for the next 12 months. We thank everyone for their participation.

We are always keen to make our business better. Your comments and opinions, pointing out our successes – and shortfalls – are the main reason for conducting our annual survey. We are already working on learning from your comments and improving our offering to deliver even better results for you as we go forward. 

These are just a few of the positive comments we have received: 

“I have used you extensively since changing position with Saint Gobain last year and find all of your team to be courteous and professional at all times” 

“It’s easy to get a contact person and fun working with your qualified team. Happy to do business with you again.” 

“Excellent feedback from the commissioning team regarding the support DENCA has provided.”  

As promised when we launched this year’s survey, we have made a charitable donation for every completed survey. The Young Minds charity, which we have supported previously was very appreciative of the help. 

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New technologies from ABB https://denca.com/new-technologies-from-abb/ https://denca.com/new-technologies-from-abb/#respond Fri, 09 Sep 2022 11:12:01 +0000 https://denca.com/?p=4582 Denca has been using ABB equipment since we started the business in the mid-1990s. ABB products and technologies are highly respected across industry. We are regularly asked for advice when we are involved in the specification of projects for our customers. Consequently, it is essential that our engineers have access to the most up-to-date information […]

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Denca has been using ABB equipment since we started the business in the mid-1990s. ABB products and technologies are highly respected across industry. We are regularly asked for advice when we are involved in the specification of projects for our customers. Consequently, it is essential that our engineers have access to the most up-to-date information on the ABB product range.

On the 17th August, a team of Denca Software engineers were pleased to be invited to the ABB Head Office for Process Automation in Daresbury to attend one of their regular technical update sessions.   

The full-day event included a comprehensive programme of theoretical and practical exercises, which everyone thoroughly enjoyed.  The team was confident that this was enough to understand the capabilities of these products and when the right application arises we can confidently offer it as a solution to our customers. 

As always, the ABB staff were excellent hosts, with refreshments on hand throughout the day. Our team especially enjoyed the lunch they laid on.   Overall, the structure and content of the day were very impressive. We look forward to implementing some of our newly updated knowledge of ABB solutions in the not-too-distant future. 

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Continuing growth at Denca https://denca.com/continuing-growth-at-denca/ https://denca.com/continuing-growth-at-denca/#respond Thu, 25 Aug 2022 15:18:44 +0000 https://denca.com/?p=4572 Denca is committed to growth. Consequently, the first half of 2022 has seen thirteen new, talented engineers join our team, an increase of nearly 20%.  Headcount has grown in all departments: Project Management, Software and Panel manufacture. We are also pleased to be joined by new Electricians & Instrument technicians as we expand our capability […]

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Denca is committed to growth. Consequently, the first half of 2022 has seen thirteen new, talented engineers join our team, an increase of nearly 20%. 

Headcount has grown in all departments: Project Management, Software and Panel manufacture. We are also pleased to be joined by new Electricians & Instrument technicians as we expand our capability across all areas of the business.

New departments

Data is a new department at Denca. We have set it up to focus on the increasing number of projects involving sophisticated data capture, analysis and reporting. As a result, our database management and high-level programming skills are in significant demand from our customers. Improving efficiencies and productivity by integrating information from multiple manufacturing processes are often key project requirements. 

As well as the new Data department, our marketing department is taking a central role in our progress, helping us to promote our experience across an ever wider audience. Additionally, we increasingly use our online presence and social media to inform and engage with a new generation of engineers and customers. 

Set for the future

The 2 years of the pandemic through 2020 and 2021 created an uncertain trading environment which continues to be affected by current world events.  Uncertainty often leads to change and we are confident that our customers will see the situation as an opportunity to develop even more efficient and cost-effective processes.

We believe that automation will play an increasing role in these developments. Talented engineers and technicians are essential to our growth plans. Denca is committed to recruiting and training the best team possible. Furthermore, this talent will give us the capability and capacity to help our customers achieve their goals.

In the meantime, we are pleased to welcome our new recruits from 2022. We are sure they will enjoy a rewarding career at Denca. 

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Denca’s ongoing commitment to the highest standards https://denca.com/dencas-ongoing-commitment-to-the-highest-standards/ https://denca.com/dencas-ongoing-commitment-to-the-highest-standards/#respond Thu, 18 Aug 2022 09:24:24 +0000 https://denca.com/?p=4556 Maintaining the highest standards is central to our business ethos. We believe it is important to have our key processes regularly audited by independent specialists.   We are pleased to report that, following a series of annual audits, we have secured continuing accreditation to 3 key standards; Safe Contractor, ISO 14001 & ISO 45001. Safe Contractor […]

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Maintaining the highest standards is central to our business ethos. We believe it is important to have our key processes regularly audited by independent specialists.  

We are pleased to report that, following a series of annual audits, we have secured continuing accreditation to 3 key standards; Safe Contractor, ISO 14001 & ISO 45001.

Safe Contractor

The Safe Contractor status demonstrates to our customers that Denca’s safety protocols are appropriate.  The accreditation also shows that our employees are guided to maintain safe practices, both at our manufacturing facility and on customers’ sites. We first achieved Safe Contractor status in 2012 so 2022 marks a 10-year milestone of our commitment. We continue to be proud of our involvement in the scheme. 

ISO 14001 & ISO 45001

The internationally recognised ISO Standards provide further reassurance to our customers, with equally stringent audit processes. ISO 14001 sets out the criteria for environmental management systems. These help to ensure our work practices do not adversely impact the industries we operate in or the wider environment. ISO 45001 accreditation confirms our commitment to enhanced employee safety, reducing workplace risks and creating better and safer working conditions.  

We are genuinely pleased that we have been awarded these accreditations for another year. They show customers and suppliers alike, that Denca operates in a safe and professional manner. The principles of these standards have been at the heart of our business since we started in 1995 and we are proud that independent audit continues to recognise our commitment. 

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Denca bowling night returns https://denca.com/denca-bowling-night-returns/ https://denca.com/denca-bowling-night-returns/#respond Mon, 08 Aug 2022 18:29:11 +0000 https://denca.com/?p=4488 For the first time since 2019, Friday 1st July saw the welcomed return of the (infamous!) Denca Bowling Night. Following 3 years Covid induced absence, it was a welcome return for this highlight of the Denca social calendar. A good number of the team gathered at the local bowling alley for some hotly contested bowling, […]

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For the first time since 2019, Friday 1st July saw the welcomed return of the (infamous!) Denca Bowling Night.

Following 3 years Covid induced absence, it was a welcome return for this highlight of the Denca social calendar. A good number of the team gathered at the local bowling alley for some hotly contested bowling, and refreshments. The evening was a great success all around.  

Matt Jones recently joined the Denca Software team and is one of our newest recruits. He stole the show this year with an impressive total of 320 points over two games. His performance was recognised with the award of the Denca Bowling Shield which he’ll keep until next year. His score also sets the bar high for next year. 

The runner-up prize for the most strikes across the evening went to our resident sharpshooter Rob Bretherton. Both winners received a £25 Amazon voucher. 


The unofficial star of the evening  was our event organiser and face of Denca, Gill Wilbourne, for scoring the lowest number of points over two games. For this impressive feat she was awarded the booby prize; a box of Malteser Truffles.

 Thank you to Gill for organising and making this time honoured tradition yet another success. Arranging a night like this is no easy task and we appreciate the effort she puts in every year to make this possible. 

Thanks to everyone for participating. We hope to see you all again next year for more of the same.

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Work experience at Denca https://denca.com/work-experience-at-denca/ https://denca.com/work-experience-at-denca/#respond Thu, 28 Jul 2022 10:45:00 +0000 https://denca.com/?p=4500 Connection with our local community is important to us and over the past fortnight, we have welcomed two local school students, Adjei & Ewan, into Denca for some work experience. Every year we open our doors to students who want to get a flavour of the industrial automation world. This year, like every year before, […]

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Connection with our local community is important to us and over the past fortnight, we have welcomed two local school students, Adjei & Ewan, into Denca for some work experience.

Every year we open our doors to students who want to get a flavour of the industrial automation world. This year, like every year before, we have seen two outstanding young people who were very quick to apply themselves, showing initiative day in and day out.

We typically allow the students into control panel manufacturing and the design department . However this year, Ewan expressed his interest in software development. Consequently, we tried something new by giving him some time with the software engineers. This shift seems to have been as a great success and we are now considering it as an option for future work experience.

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Our operations manager, Garath Coulter, organises these annual events and spends time with each of our temporary employees.

Here are his thoughts:

"Over the last few weeks, we have had the pleasure of introducing school learners to the world of industrial automation.
Our visitors had a great attitude to learning and enjoyed getting stuck in which was great to see.
Always a delight to give some insights into automation and working life in general to the next generation of engineers."

Our work experience programme is mainly in collaboration with Wade Deacon High School. The team at the school identifies students who express an interest in Engineering as potential work experience candidates.

Of course, we are also happy to consider candidates from other schools and other areas. Please get in touch if you would like to know more

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Denca conquers Snowdon! https://denca.com/denca-conquers-snowdon/ https://denca.com/denca-conquers-snowdon/#respond Mon, 25 Jul 2022 11:00:00 +0000 https://denca.com/?p=4468 On Saturday 18th June, 11 adventurous members of the Denca team took on the challenge of climbing Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon). At 1085m (3560ft), Snowdon is the tallest mountain in England & Wales. Our hikers woke up bright and early and left Denca HQ at 6:00 am. We were hoping for a clear route all the […]

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On Saturday 18th June, 11 adventurous members of the Denca team took on the challenge of climbing Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon). At 1085m (3560ft), Snowdon is the tallest mountain in England & Wales.

Our hikers woke up bright and early and left Denca HQ at 6:00 am. We were hoping for a clear route all the way to the top.

Arriving at the Pen-y-Pass to ascend the ‘Pyg Track’, the weather held out and the conditions were perfect for a hike.

Our early start meant the path wasn’t busy. Our team completed a commendable 5 miles in distance and 2,300 ft in elevation to reach the summit. There were some excellent photo opportunities.

After the descent, we retired to the bar for some well-earned refreshment.

It was a successful trip all around.

The opportunity for some team building was not missed and it was great that employees from varied departments, were able to meet up and enjoy some extracurricular activity, achieving a common goal.

Well done to our team. This was the first time something like this has been completed by Denca but we look forward to doing more in the future.

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Visit to opening of GA Petfoods ingredients kitchen https://denca.com/major-project-opening/ https://denca.com/major-project-opening/#respond Fri, 01 Jul 2022 09:30:00 +0000 https://denca.com/?p=4389 Denca recently completed a major project for GA Petfoods. Our work involved the installation and fit-out of a new Ingredients Kitchen. We were pleased to be invited to the formal opening of the kitchen. GA organised the event which brought together many of the key suppliers to this prestigious project. The work took four years […]

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Denca recently completed a major project for GA Petfoods. Our work involved the installation and fit-out of a new Ingredients Kitchen. We were pleased to be invited to the formal opening of the kitchen.

GA organised the event which brought together many of the key suppliers to this prestigious project.

The work took four years to complete, requiring significant investment. Local council leader, Alistair Bradley formally opened the new kitchen.

Denca was able to supply a large number of the control panels needed for the technologically advanced control and automation system.   We were happy to work alongside the GA engineering team and their many contractors.


GA Chairman Roger Bracewell has been supportive throughout the project. In his address at the opening, he said:

'...Thank you for all your help in building the Ingredients Kitchen. We could not have done it without you'.

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