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16/10/2019by Nat Bell

We are excited to announce the arrival of our new Project Engineer, Tom Croft.


Welcome to the team Tom Croft


Tom began his journey studying a BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3 in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Sunderland College in 2016. He then attained Siemens Programming Level 1 at Siemens in 2018 and then carried on completing HNC: Electronic and Electrical Engineering at Tyne Metropolitan College earlier this year. Whilst studying Tom also gained valuable experience within the industry as an Electrical Engineer at Formica from 2016. This gave Tom useful skills such as maintaining, installing and improving industrial machines and equipment.
Tom has a deep understanding of PLC programming and various programming languages. He has a detailed approach to programming, reading and understanding electrical process and control drawings which he can translate into various programming languages.
Tom will be a significant asset to our team, and we wish him the best of luck with his career at AR Controls.

Welcome to the team, Tom!


19/09/2019by Nat Bell
We are pleased to announce the arrival of our new CNC Plasma Cutter.
The CNC Plasma Cutter helps us provide a greater service to our customers as it promises high speed precision cutting. Accuracy is also improved with its fully enclosed cutting head and heavy-duty gantry end castings, which provide a precise and stable platform for fast cutting.
A wide variety of materials can be cut using the Plasma Cutter as the pneumatically driven soft touch plate sensor can locate the plate surface, even on very thin materials. The engraving tool allows marking and cutting to be done in one quick operation.
CNC Plasma Cutter at AR ControlsCNC Plasma Cutter at AR Controls

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15/08/2019by Nat Bell

 AR Controls are expanding! Read Muckle’s fantastic article about whats going on here at AR Controls below!

  Andrew Ramsey and Giles McCourt

Sunderland automation and robotics firm expands to meet rising demand from car manufacturing sector

A successful Sunderland tech business which works with some of the world’s leading car manufacturers is expanding following growth fuelled by the region’s automotive sector. Established six years ago, fast-growing AR Controls currently employs 37 people and utilises its innovative robotics and technology to supply services to the likes of Nissan and Jaguar Land Rover. The new premises will allow the business to expand on current services and help increase headcount to around 45-50 staff in the next 12-18 months. The fast turnaround, technology-driven firm delivers significant productivity and quality improvements to its customers’ processes, while also driving down costs and reducing risk. AR Controls has now expanded into a new 12,000 sq ft unit on Sunderland’s Sunrise Enterprise Park, following an extended period of sustained growth. The automation business has agreed a lease on the new premises and plans to fully acquire the property inside 18 months, adding to its existing estate which includes its 18,000 sq ft headquarters, also at Sunrise Enterprise Park, and a further base in North Hylton. The company was assisted in its negotiations by commercial property lawyers at leading north east law firm for businesses Muckle LLP. Andrew Ramsey, managing director of AR Controls, said: “Despite many negative projections about the UK’s automotive manufacturing sector, the growth our business has seen over the last two years is incredibly positive and I’m tremendously excited about the future. “We work with some of the world’s leading automation suppliers in sensing, position control, visual inspection, machine safety, audio-indent, robotics, drives and programmable logic control, and we employ a safety first, design and development philosophy. “Our sustained growth has given us added confidence to continue building and developing the business and I’m delighted to have completed the lease with the option to buy these new premises, which will help us to continue our trajectory of expansion. “The practical legal advice we received from Muckle also made a major difference in successfully negotiating this deal and it is encouraging to know we have a law firm on our doorstep that is sophisticated enough to support our objectives and ambition.” Giles McCourt, associate in Muckle LLP’s Real Estate team, added: “AR Controls is a highly innovative business and their creativity, confidence and commitment to the region has been rewarded by increased demand for its market leading services and we’re excited to support Andrew and the team as the business continues to grow. “As a commercial lawyer, who lives in Sunderland and works for a law firm that is passionate about the region’s businesses and its economy, it’s fantastic to see such a dynamic North East company making its mark in the automotive manufacturing tech sector.”

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08/05/2019by Nat Bell

Here at AR Controls, we are pleased to announce the arrival of our brand new Perforex Machining Centre from Rittal Automation Services! The Perforex Machining Centre BC 1007 HS allows us to produce panels and enclosures both safely and quickly, providing a faster, greater service to our customers.  Producing speeds of up to 1.5 metres per minute! Accuracy is also greatly improved using the unique diaphragm clamping system which fixes the enclosure perfectly into place. From steel to plastic, aluminium and copper, the Perforex Machining Centre can drill, mill, cut and tap threads into all machinable materials. Forty different tools can be fitted into the machine allowing us to create panels and enclosures to suit any needs. These tools are retrieved automatically by the machine which reduces the risk of accidents happening on our site. The vibrations running through this machine are decreased which means there is less room for errors to occur and accuracy is greatly improved. The machine also has the necessary space for machining complete enclosures with ease including those with different slanting positions. At AR Controls, recycling our waste is extremely important to us. The waste materials from the Perforex machine is easy and safe to remove, which can then be recycled on site to help us do our bit in saving our planet.



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