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The World’s Most Famous Female Engineers
June 22nd, 2021 9:44 am
From helping to construct one of the most recognisable bridges on the planet to laying the foundation for the invention of many modern-day appliances, women have played an integral role in engineering for several years.
 
As a company that strongly encourages women’s participation in STEM careers, we’re featuring just four of the most famous female engineers in this blog post to celebrate #WomenInEngineeringDay.
 
Emily Roebling
 
The Brooklyn Bridge in an iconic part of New York City’s skyline and has been featured in countless movies and television shows, but did you know that the standing leader in the bridge’s construction was a woman named Emily Roebling?
 
Her husband was the Chief Engineer, but when he became ill and unable to work, Emily took on the responsibility of managing the project and eventually became the standing leader.
 
Upon the bridge’s completion in 1883, Emily was also the first person to cross it, which served as a nod to her instrumental role in its construction.
 
Mary Anderson
 
Windscreen wipers are definitely something we use on a regular basis here in Northern Ireland and we have Mary Anderson to thank for this handy invention.
 
A standard feature on all vehicles, Mary’s idea for the windscreen wiper was relatively simple, however it wasn’t as easily accepted by the automotive industry.
 
Mary’s concept was to use a rubber blade attached to an arm which would sweep across the vehicle’s windscreen to remove rain, dust and snow. Those who didn’t believe in Mary’s idea thought that the wipers were a potential safety concern and would distract drivers.
 
Unfortunately, Mary’s rights to her product expired before the windscreen wiper became widely used in the automotive industry.
 
Hedy Lamarr
 
Perhaps more widely known for being a 1940s Hollywood actress who starred alongside Clark Gable in Boom Town and James Stewart in Come Live with Me, Hedy Lamarr is credited with inventing the basis for communication technology.
 
When she wasn’t acting, Hedy came up with a ‘frequency hopping’ technique which enabled her to create a remote controlled communications system that was widely used by the United States military.
 
Hedy’s theory would go on to form the basis for much of today’s wireless communication technology including WiFi.
 
Alice Parker
 
The next time you’re shivering with cold and you turn on your home’s central heating system with the ease of a switch, think of Alice Parker.
 
It’s thought that homes had a central heating system as far back as the Roman period, however, Alice’s invention bears the most resemblance to the central heating system that is installed in most modern homes.
 
Alice was granted a patent in 1919 which described her incredibly technical, complex and intricate gas-powered central heating system.


What is SC21 and What Does it Mean for our Customers?
January 22nd, 2021 11:37 am
Here at McGreevy Engineering, we have been awarded the Supply Chain 21st Century (SC21) Bronze accreditation for a number of consecutive years, but what exactly is it and what does it mean for our customers?
 
Operated by the Aerospace Defence Security Group (ADS), SC21 is a UK wide programme designed to improve suppliers’ manufacturing processes, sustainability, competitiveness and delivery times. Programme participants must meet certain standards around these key aspects in order to be awarded a gold, silver or bronze accreditation.
 
Signing up to participate in SC21 takes a lot of hard work and dedication. So why choose to do it? For McGreevy Engineering, it cemented our company’s commitment to continuous improvement so that our team of engineers can continue to provide top quality products for our customers – which is something we’ve always strived to achieve.
 
As a result of our SC21 Bronze accreditation, our customers receive many benefits including:
 
  • Improved delivery performance
  • Short lead times
  • Clear and concise communication throughout all stages of the ordering, manufacturing and buying process
 
Perhaps a lesser known fact about the SC21 accreditation is that companies are required to complete an annual reassessment to ensure that robust standards are continuing.
 
The completion and continuation of our SC21 accreditation provides solid proof for our customers that McGreevy Engineering can deliver quality and sustainability in the shortest possible lead time.
 
For more information on how our team can help you, call: 028 9044 8755 or email: [email protected].

McGreevy Engineering Starts 2021 with SC21 Bronze Recognition
January 8th, 2021 10:27 am
Engineering firm, McGreevy Engineering has made a fantastic start to the year by obtaining the Supply Chain 21st Century (SC21) Bronze performance level for the third consecutive year.
 
Specialising in precision machined components with internal engineering capabilities including CNC milling and turning, the second-generation business services many sectors including aerospace, defence and security, power generation, oil and gas, pharma, shipbuilding, electronic and automotive.
 
An international programme, SC21 is operated by the Aerospace, Defence, Space and Security Group (ADS) and is designed to improve participant’s manufacturing processes, sustainability, competitiveness and delivery times. In order to achieve the gold, silver or bronze recognition, participants must meet and maintain certain criteria based on these key elements. 
 
McGreevy Engineering Managing Director, Aaron McGreevy said he was “delighted” and immensely proud of his team who maintained the company’s high standards despite facing the many challenges that 2020 brought.
 
“I’m delighted that we have once again achieved SC21 Bronze recognition,” he said. “I’m so proud of my team who have adapted to what has been a very turbulent and uncertain time for all businesses.  
 
“We pride ourselves on delivering the very best quality products to our customers and our SC21 Bronze performance level demonstrates our commitment and drive to ensure we remain competitive, deliver on time and in full.
 
“Participating in the SC21 programme has given us the tools we need to continuously improve here at McGreevy Engineering and the experience we have gained as a result has become invaluable.
 
“It’s no secret that the aerospace industry has faced and is currently facing great challenges, but this achievement shows that my team is exceptional at what they do. Their hard work and dedication to maintain this recognition for the third year is testament to both their talent and work ethic.”
 
Dr Leslie Orr Director of ADS Northern Ireland added: “I would like to congratulate Aaron and the entire team at McGreevy Engineering on what is an excellent achievement and it is indeed a great way to start 2021.
 
“McGreevy Engineering has serviced the aerospace industry for many years and the team’s dedication and ability to provide outstanding products are second to none. Well done to Aaron and his team.”
 
McGreevy Engineering recertified with AS9100 Rev D Quality Assurance
August 5th, 2020 9:28 am
Managing Director of McGreevy Engineering, Aaron McGreevy, says he’s “delighted” to be recertified with the much sought after ISO AS9100 Rev D quality assurance standard.
 
A certification awarded to companies supplying the aerospace and defence sectors, the AS9100 Rev D is the latest standard and is based on the ISO 9001 quality requirements.
 
Valid for the next three years, the international certification recognises a company’s ability to manufacture products that consistently meet the needs of their customers and the requirements of the AS9100 standard.
 
“We’re delighted to have been recertified with the AS9100 Rev D standard last month,” Aaron said.
 
“At McGreevy Engineering, we’re constantly trying to improve ourselves to ensure that we can continue to deliver high quality products to our customers and this recertification is a large part of that as it helps us to improve quality, cost and performance. Additionally, the standard enables us to manage our business for continued success, to reduce costly workplace errors and to drive sales and profitability.”
 
“This latest recertification reinforces our commitment to meeting the needs of our customers – something we’ve always taken great pride in down through the years.”
 
“On behalf of the team at McGreevy Engineering, our thanks must go to the National Quality Assurance (NQA) for their support and guidance throughout the entirety of the process.”

Safety First at McGreevy Engineering in the fight against COVID-19
July 21st, 2020 9:19 am
With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic affecting many businesses globally, it is of the utmost importance to McGreevy Engineering that we continue to ensure the continued health and safety of our team, whilst getting back to doing what we do best, manufacturing integrated engineering solutions for our clients.
 
To that end, we have implemented a number of safety measures within our manufacturing facility. These include the installation of glass screens in key areas, as well as the compulsory use of PPE equipment, hand sanitiser units and social distancing at all times.
 
We are confident with the measures we have in place and will continue to monitor the ongoing situation at all times, taking the necessary steps to ensure the health and safety of our employees and any visitors to our facility.


   
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