Gateshead tech specialist expands national operations with manufacturing project

North East technology specialist Advantex continues to expand its UK operations after completing new work to provide an IP based CCTV system at a Scottish electronics manufacturer.

The project saw the Follingsby Park based firm install and commission a Milestone IP surveillance system along with a number of high-resolution Axis IP cameras at Plexus in Kelso in the Scottish Borders.

This has been designed to provide state-of-the-art, site-wide perimeter surveillance capabilities together with improved safety and security for the 50-strong workforce.

A key feature of the five-figure contract was installed using NVT Phybridge specialised power over ethernet (PoE) over coax hardware allowing for the use of existing coaxial infrastructure. This provided significant cost and time saving benefits while minimising disruption to operations during installation at the site.

By using PoE over coax technology, Plexus avoided the need for costly IP network cabling and additional networking closets, which could have threatened the project with higher costs, complexity, and business disruption.

It also minimised the disruption to operations during installation at the Kelso site and contributed towards the company’s environmental sustainability and carbon reduction goals.

Tony Easingwood, senior account manager at Advantex, commented: “This project showcases our expertise in designing and delivering IP based solutions that use cutting edge technologies to provide cost saving and operational efficiencies for manufacturers.

“We have delivered a high-quality solution that secures Plexus’s needs for the foreseeable future, in the process delivering demonstrable cost savings and operational benefits.”

The contract, which also includes a comprehensive maintenance and after care package, is the latest success for Advantex, which is experiencing strong demand from UK manufacturers.

Tony added: “We are seeing customers migrating to digital technologies to secure fast, secure and cost-effective site wide surveillance and monitoring capabilities. This together with investment in a highly skilled workforce, new products and services, is helping to drive growth for us.”

Part of the US based Plexus group, the Kelso site is a major electronic manufacturing services facility, providing design and development, supply chain, product manufacturing and aftermarket support to companies operating in the mid-to-low volume, higher complexity products.