Winter 2014-15

And the winner is: JFN!

James Fisher Nuclear beat 900 other companies to scoop three out of five top industry awards.

After successfully expanding its role and impact in the nuclear industry by continuing to demonstrate an innovative approach to customer requirements, James Fisher Nuclear has confirmed its place at the forefront of the industry by scooping three accolades at the 2014 Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) Supply Chain Awards.

Paul Read, JFN managing director says:

"James Fisher featuring so heavily during the ceremony sent a powerful message to the nuclear industry and shows just how well the team works together. The wins reflect the dedication and skill of JFN staff and their determination to deliver the best possible solutions for customers. I am delighted the effort, team work and innovation that goes into successful project delivery has been recognised."

The award ceremony is Europe’s biggest nuclear event, attended by 1700 people, and JFN beat over 60 other entries to win three out of five possible awards:

  • best example of a supplier going the extra mile 
  • best application of an innovative solution with tangible savings/benefits
  • best supply chain collaboration


Going the extra mile

This award is given each year to the supplier who has gone that ‘extra mile’ to deliver a contract that made a difference and delivered significant benefits. The judges picked JFN for what they called “exceptional delivery” of the radiometric instrumentation metrology contract at Sellafield’s Magnox site. 

On this project, the commendable JFN initiatives included a streamlined ordering system, improved calibration turnaround times and the introduction of a one-stop shop for consumables and spare parts. 

However, the judges singled-out the JFN decision to embed multi-skilled technicians at the Magnox sites to deliver first-line maintenance of installed instruments as the crucial element to success. This initiative has allowed huge improvements in equipment availability with clear and demonstrable cost-savings to Magnox. 

Streamlining the internal radiometric calibration processes has enabled JFN to cut its average portable instrument turn-around times from 21 days for routine calibrations and 28 days for calibration and repair to just seven days. 

JFN worked hard to resolve supply chain issues including stock management and now has a strategic reserve of key spares and is able to manufacture consumable spare-parts in-house. This has led to cost savings and a faster return to service for the relevant instruments, increasing their availability and lifespan.

By taking the maintenance burden away from Magnox, JFN has enabled the company to focus management effort into decommissioning instead.


Best supply chain collaboration

This award went to the Give2Gain consortium of 30 companies which worked to develop a ‘talent pipeline’ via STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) activity, work placements and apprenticeships to help re-engage students in these important fields. 

The initiative complements the work JFN puts in to apprenticeships, university bursaries and graduate training programmes in order to develop staff for the future. JFN, as part of the consortium, was commended by NDA for raising supply chain standards and enhancing mentoring.


Innovative solutions with tangible savings/benefits

The award for new products/processes or adaptations of technology from other nonnuclear markets was given to JFN in recognition of work at Sellafield by Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs). JFN has worked closely with Sellafield and ROV suppliers to adapt commercially available ROVs from the offshore sector to provide safe, efficient solutions at the First Generation Magnox storage pond. 

Thanks to JFN, it is widely recognised that ROVs are now essential as future tooling to manage critical facility risk reduction. 

Paul explained:

“The biggest initiative within the ROV project was the integration of the client into the team alongside JFN, to pull together knowledge of plant, and of the products market place with good design and operations skills. Everybody talks about integrated team working, which is extremely hard to achieve but we really made it work on this project. The directors were extremely impressed with the willingness of the guys to stay behind and get the job done.”

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