providing specialist welding and fabrication to the food and drink industry

John Tracey Specialist Welding (JTSW) are lucky to work across a variety of sectors, from renewables and nuclear, to defence and oil and gas, and pharmaceuticals to food manufacturing. The food manufacturing industry is one of the most heavily regulated sectors in terms of health and safety, and one of the most critical aspects of maintaining a safe and efficient food manufacturing environment is the quality of the equipment and machinery that is used in the production process. The consequences of overlooking safety protocols can be severe, ranging from contamination issues to potential harm to consumers. In a sector where food products directly impact public health, maintaining a strong focus on safety is not just a regulatory requirement but a moral obligation. This is where specialist welding services, such as those offered by JTSW come into play, representing the opportunity to not only ensure, but also enhance the safety and efficiency of the manufacturing process.

In a sector where precision, quality, and safety standards are paramount, specialist welding services play a crucial role in ensuring the seamless operation of facilities. From the fabrication of stainless steel or duplex equipment essential for food processing, to the maintenance and repair of machinery used in production lines, specialist welding services are necessary to prevent contamination and ensure compliance with stringent regulatory requirements.

The grade of stainless steel is also a key parameter, driven by many factors such as the PH level of the substance running through the tank or pipework. Stainless grades 316 and 304 are widely used in food processing equipment, storage tanks, conveyors, and other components due to its corrosion resistance and hygienic properties. Welding stainless steel requires attention to detail to prevent contamination and ensure structural integrity.

Some applications demand duplex or super duplex which adds to the expertise required to achieve strong and durable joints that can withstand the rigors of food production environments. Plus, of course, sanitary welding is essential across all, creating smooth, crevice-free welds that are easy to clean and maintain, reducing the risk of bacterial growth and contamination.

Tank fabrication
Pipework
Tanks

This specialist knowledge is not only value-add for fabrication and pipework, as it also positively impacts on the ongoing operations of a site. By employing specialists in this field, the performance and longevity of equipment can be significantly enhanced, reducing downtime and maintenance costs. This of course results in smoother operations and increased productivity, allowing food manufacturers to meet demand more effectively and maintain a competitive edge in the market.

An additional benefit we have experienced is with regards sustainability. Through using the correct grade materials and processes for the task at hand and taking care in preparation and installation, it is possible to improve longevity of equipment due to fabrication and welding quality reducing downtime and waste through repairs and replacement of equipment This commitment to sustainability not only benefits the environment but also enhances the reputation of food manufacturers among consumers who prioritise eco-conscious practices.

From confectionary and dairy, to meat and beverages,  our recent projects have clearly demonstrated just how essential high-quality welding is for maintaining safety, efficiency, and sustainability in this critical industry. By ensuring that equipment and structures are properly fabricated and maintained, services such as ours contribute to the overall quality and integrity of food production processes. We understand the need to uphold the highest standards of craftsmanship and expertise, to safeguard not only the reputation of food manufacturers but also the well-being of consumers.

Our team are experienced across a range of metals including aluminium, nickel, chromium, inconel and titanium; cobalt; copper; hastelloy; mercury (element) (aka quicksilver, hydrargyrum); molybdenum; monel; platinum; tantalum; tungsten; waspaloy.

Our expert team continually strive to learn new procedures and practices, both in the workshop and on site, ensuring we always provide the most tailored solution. We are committed to sharing this knowledge through our top tips series – the first series of which focuses on exotic materials.

Recognised as one of the leading independent companies in Welder Training, Testing and Certification, all graduates from our training courses receive endorsement and certification by Lloyds Register, Det Norske Veritas, A.O.T.C. and other internationally recognised authorities.

As well as our experienced and skilled welders and platers on the shop floor, we also have a number of skilled colleagues – from project engineers, to our general manager.