The electrical safety and monitoring specialist Bender UK is starting 2017 in a new purpose-built HQ in Ulverston.
The 2,000 sq metre building accommodates offices, conference facilities, warehousing, training and customer demonstration areas.
It is designed to accommodate further growth and be a showpiece for the company’s advanced technology.
Surgical lighting, touch screen theatre control panels and other critical care medical solutions will be permanently on display for client demonstrations and training.
The facility is also equipped with continuous monitoring technology to enable predictive maintenance of the building’s electrical infrastructure.
Managing Director Gareth Brunton said: “Our facility represents a major investment by [German-owned] Bender in its UK operation.
"It provides superb facilities for the training and 24/7 technical support provided to customers.”
The company purchased a development plot opposite its premises, at the entrance to the Low Mill Business Park, and began construction last year.
More than 40 staff transferred into the new building in November.
The move has been prompted by rapid growth in Bender UK's business, which has doubled in size since 2010.
Markets include the medical sector, renewable energy, rail infrastructure, data centres, power distribution, offshore subsea development, the oil and gas industry, marine and manufacturing.
The new building is fitted with residual current monitoring (RCM) and power energy metering (PEM) systems to demonstrate to visitors the practical advantages in terms of efficiency and cost-savings.
These provide early warning of faults or failure in the building’s electrical infrastructure.
Power supply performance and resilience is critical to health trusts, data centres, high value manufacturing operations and other locations which cannot afford their electricity supply to falter or fail.
The new facility is also connected to Powerscout, the latest Bender software development, which delivers analysis, reporting and live data on the status of the building.
Mr Brunton added: The installation of Powerscout web-based software ensures that the new building is a showcase for advanced predictive maintenance and remote monitoring.
"That technology is set to make a huge impact on the healthcare sector and other ‘no-fail’ markets where resilience of power supply is a critical factor.”
Find out more about Bender UK, a partner of Choose Cumbria.
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