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RSNA 2017

Have you seen our photograph in this months RAD magazine?  In front of an EVO MRI door produced by ETS-Lindgren are the company’s Duncan Kirkham (centre) and Niven Smith and Steve Rumble from distributor Envirotect.

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Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year From Envirotect!

Envirotect would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for your valued custom and loyalty throughout 2017.

Our offices will be closed from Friday 22nd December until Tuesday 2nd January. Normal office hours resume on Tuesday 2nd January 2018.

We would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.

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Modified equine stable doors provide radiation shielding

Earlier this year Envirotect Limited was involved in a project at The Veterinary Clinical Skills Centre at the University of Surrey, School of Veterinary Medicine. 

The project involved removing two sets of existing equine stable doors and converting them into x-ray shielded doors.  The doors were removed from site and modified at Envirotect’s workshop in Bedfordshire.  Skilled craftsmen dismantled the original doors and code 5 lead lining, 2.24mm L/E, was applied to both sets of doors.  Once complete Envirotect returned to site and installed code 5 lead lining to both door frames before re-fitting the doors to the new x-ray facility.
The VSC building was purpose-built to teach animal handling and examination.  Its innovative ‘flying saucer’ design incorporates a large central atrium where staff can set up equipment for teaching.  This central area is surrounded by a ring of stables which includes the new x-ray room, livestock pens and teaching rooms.

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An increased requirement for diagnostic imaging drives demand for MRI shielding systems

Envirotect states that the increased demand for diagnostic MRI scanners in the healthcare industry has resulted in a number of requirements for its copper radiofrequency cages and magnetic interference steel shielding protection.

Envirotect manufactures the copper MRI shielding system at their premises in Leighton Buzzard.  The company says it will visit an installation site at least once to verify conditions and dimensions, which helps with the accurate manufacture of a custom room.  Components are transported to site and moved into position where any small adjustments will be made prior to the final installation.  Manufacturing the panels, windows and doors in advance saves valuable time on site.

A recently-introduced range of MR patient transfer equipment includes MR-safe transfer trolley and MR-safe folding wheelchairs, which are completely ferrous-free, CE marked and safe to use in all MRI facilities including 7 Tesla.

Also available is a range of radiation shielding products including lead lined panelling, door sets, screens, observation windows, cabinets, lead glass and lead vinyl.

Editorial printed in the September issue of Rad Magazine.

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UKRCO 2017

Have you seen our photograph in this months RAD magazine?  Discussing radiation and RF shielding at UKRCO are Steve Rumble of Envirotect, Rachel Bramley and Sandra Owen of NHS Supply Chain, Howard Nutkins and Niven Smith of Envirotect.

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High specification RF shielding meets growing use of MRI

The advance in prostate cancer detection by MRI scanning reduces the number of patients requiring invasive biopsies to one in four men. According to Envirotect, this highlights the need for a reliable, high specification RF shielding system to provide the scanner with the environment required to allow the equipment to function to its maximum potential.

Envirotect manufactures a copper RF shielding system, which it says is widely recognised as the industry’s preferred ‘cage’ type.  The company will soon be adding a number of complementary products to their range with details of the first phase being released at UKRCO meeting.

Envirotect also manufactures and supplies an extensive range of radiation shielding products including specialist lead glass. Managing director Niven Smith says its preference is German glass Schott RD50, which conforms to the latest international standard IEC 61331-2:2014.  Also available is lead glass at coded thicknesses to save over specifying the thickness required and therefore the cost, with lead equivalences of 1.8mm, 2.24mm, 2.65mm and 3.15mm available. For higher powered scanners such as PETCT, Envirotect can carry out a specification matching against the radioactive tracer to ensure the correct glass is supplied.

Editorial printed in the June issue of Rad Magazine.

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Charity Golf Day

RAD Magazines Foundation Charity Golf Day took place in June and although unable to attend on this occasion Envirotect were happy to sponsor a hole.  This year’s chosen charity was The British Heart Foundation and as a result of both the golf day and the RADley runners team participating in the Brighton Marathon weekend in April, £8,500 has been donated this year by RAD Magazine.  

Donations to the foundation can be made at:

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Growing requirement for MRI shielding leads to company’s expansion

Increasing demand for shielding and protection has led Envirotect to increase its workforce by 50 per cent.  To meet orders for a copper shielding system for MRI scanners the company has recruited additional staff and production operatives.

Since introducing RF and magnetic shielding for MRI scanners three years ago Envirotect says it has put together an enthusiastic team to work on various MRI projects across the UK and Europe.

At the beginning of the year dedicated MRI contracts manager Howard Nutkins was appointed to work alongside MRI development manager Steve Rumble and MRI project coordinator Kevin York.  Nutkins has brought with him a wealth of knowledge and experience gained while working in the healthcare industry for over 20 years.

With the uncertainty of preparing to leave the European Union, the MRI team has been focusing on reducing the industry’s reliance on imported products and components.  Envirotect uses purpose made components produced from high quality materials and each RF cage is designed and manufactured at its Bedfordshire facility to suit individual projects and site conditions.  The Made in Britain campaign marque can be found on all of its products.

Managing director Niven Smith said: “As a nation we need to become less reliant on goods and components from overseas and become self-sufficient.  I feel that leaving the EU will bring new circumstances and opportunities to British industry.”

The company has manufactured a range of radiation shielding products for CT, PETCT and general x-ray facilities for nearly two decades, along with made-to-measure radiation storage units and test cabinets.

It will be exhibiting at UKRCO on June 12-14.   

Editorial printed in the May issue of Rad Magazine.

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UK Radiological and Radiation Oncology Congress

Envirotect Limited are looking forward to exhibiting at this year’s UKRCO which will be held at Manchester Central Convention Centre on 12th – 14th June 2017.

UKRCO is an annual event and consists of a three-day multidisciplinary scientific congress and technical exhibition which run simultaneously in one location. The event is aimed at all those involved in the field of radiological science and radiation oncology.

Our team look forward to welcoming you at our stand and please feel free to pick up one of our exciting goody bags.

Visit us at Stand Number 87


Thank you Keith!

Keith Harrington is celebrating his 10th year with Envirotect Limited.

Envirotect would like to take this opportunity to thank Keith for all his hard work and dedication over the years within our busy workshop.

We hope you enjoyed your cake – yum yum!

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European Congress of Radiology 2017

The European Congress of Radiology (ECR) was a great opportunity for our managing director, Niven Smith and MRI development manager, Steve Rumble to discuss our increasing portfolio of RF cages for MRI with radiology professionals, radiographers and industry representatives. 

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Scotland’s first 7.0T scanner is manoeuvred into position

Glasgow University Imaging Centre of Excellence (ICE) at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital has taken delivery of Scotland’s first 7.0T MRI scanner.  The Siemens Magnetom Terra will be used to carry out research into a variety of conditions such as strokes, vascular dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and epilepsy.

The 18-tonne magnet core was inched down an alleyway by crane before being manoeuvred into position through a hole in the wall at the new ICE building constructed to house the department.

The environment to house the scanner was created by specialist Scottish contractor IDM (UK) Limited, which installed hi-tech service to support the scanner, with the magnetic and radiofrequency shielding manufactured and installed by Envirotect Limited.  This technology will enable the magnet to be cooled to minus 269°C.

A team of Siemens engineers has been busy completing the scanner installation, calibration, testing and commissioning.  Head of Glasgow University’s College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences Professor Dame Anna Dominiczak sees its arrival as an endorsement of the pioneering work already carried out by the university.

Envirotect Limited manufacturers and supplies products such as lead lined door sets, x-ray screens, observation windows, lead vinyl and lead glass as well as RF cages and steel shielding for MRI scanners.

The project was recently covered by the BBC and you can read the full report by clicking on the following link:

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Hello to our New Contracts Manager!

Howard Nutkins has joined Envirotect Limited as contracts manager in our busy RF shielding department.  Howard brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience having spent many years within the building industry.

Envirotect would like to take this opportunity of welcoming Howard to our ever-growing team.

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Heigh-Ho, Heigh-Ho it’s off to work we go…

It’s not all work and no play for our skilled craftsmen.

For the past two years Envirotect have helped Beaudesert Lower School PTA with their carnival float. 

Themes have included Fairy Tales with our workshop creating a large MDF magic mirror for a Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs themed float which saw Beaudesert Lower School PTA take 1st place in the Schools and Children’s Organisations category.  

The following year was the turn of Films & Movies and our team was asked to create a Candy Shop for a Charlie & The Chocolate Factory themed float which saw the PTA take 2nd place. 

This year’s theme is The Colours of the Rainbow.

For more information click on the following link:

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Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year From Envirotect!

Envirotect would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for your valued custom and loyalty throughout 2016.

Our offices will be closed from Friday 23rd December until Tuesday 3rd January. Normal office hours resume on Tuesday 3rd January 2017.

We would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.

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Congratulations Steve – you’ve reached your 100th milestone.

Envirotect would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Steve Rumble on reaching his 100th milestone.  Steve now has a ruby donor card and has been invited to join a special ceremony to celebrate his amazing achievement where he will be presented with a gift and a certificate.

Well done Steve!

Blood and platelet donors do an amazing thing when they donate.  Without their kind generosity, many patients simply would not be alive today.  If you are interested in donating please click on the following link

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Helping to raise money for a great cause!

Andy Webb and Darren Grogan of DD Porters Ltd have recently grown moustaches for the Movember Foundation.  The pair known as The Three Bro-migo’s happily grew their facial hair to raise some money and in their own words “help change the face of men’s health and have a laugh along the way”.  Envirotect were happy to donate money to this great cause and helped the guys to raise over £1,500.   Well done!  

There is still time to donate by clicking on the following link:

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UK Scouts, Swazi Rover Scouts & Malibeni Community Youths working together to create a better world

Following a busy year of fundraising including events such as BBQ’s, selling homemade jewellery and holding a stall at a carnival, Scouts from all over Hertfordshire including Sarah Smith, daughter of Envirotect owners Niven and Janine Smith, were able to fund a project in Swaziland.  The Scouts travelled to Swaziland where they met with Swazi Rover Scouts who stayed with the group throughout the whole expedition.

Hertfordshire Scouts were continuing with work on a project which originally started in 2011.  The main focus of the trip was to commence with construction of a community/youth centre in the small town of Malibeni, Swaziland.  The project involved digging the trenches for the foundations, laying the foundations, starting the brickwork and clearing the surrounding area; all skills that the Scouts had acquired during training camps held throughout the course of the previous year.

The Scouts worked on the project for just over a week and members of the local high school were encouraged to help with the project.  This was especially nice as it gave the Scouts an opportunity to mix with locals of their own age and distribute donated items that they had amassed prior to the trip.  The Scouts were also able to offer their wealth of experience to the younger generation which will help them to continue with work on site until 2018 when the Scouts are planning a return trip to add the finishing touches to the centre.

Every day that the Scouts were on site a small group would offer their services at a local soup kitchen where over 50 children would attend on a daily basis.  The children were a mix of orphans and local children whose families could not afford a decent meal.  The Scouts felt that it was important to help and get to know these children personally as they will benefit from the community centre in the future.

Whilst working on this project the Scouts stayed at a farm called Gogo Khoza (Grandma Khoza) which was a family farm of one of the Swazi Rovers.  The Scouts stayed for a week and a half and were made very welcome.  Gogo herself was blind but the children that lived on the farm helped to assist her.  During this time the Scouts got to know the children very well; Leo was the eldest at 13 and he taught the Scouts Swati so they we able to speak to the younger children; Toba 9, Maheiro 8 and Neisagalel 5. The Scouts helped to cook whilst staying at the farm and at one point they had to cater for 80 people as Gogo had invited her church round to pray for her ill nephew.

Luckily for the Scouts the trip was not all work and no play as they visited Kruga National Safari Park where they stayed overnight and saw four of the big five.  They also went white water rafting and abseiling.  The Scouts had the chance to visit God’s window and Bourke’s Luck Potholes which were breathtakingly beautiful.

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Envirotect Happy to Help Local School and the environment

Envirotect are happy to help Beaudesert Lower School PTA by providing empty ink cartridges for recycling with Empties Please.

Back in 2014 the school redeemed their ‘Green Reward Points’ for a lovely butterfly tower for their nature garden and the money which the school has recently received will help fund a Christmas Pantomime trip for the whole school to attend.

Managing Director Niven Smith says “it is a pleasure helping to raise vital fundraising for a local school whilst doing your bit for the environment by recycling empty ink cartridges”.

The scheme was brought to Envirotect’s attention by an employee whose children currently attend the school.

Empty ink cartridges can be dropped off in the bin provided by Empties Please in the school foyer.  Please check the PTA noticeboard to see which cartridges can be recycled or visit for further information.

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Magnetic Protection For Guy’s MRI Scanners Is Squeezed Into Roof Void in Complex Installation

Works to install RF and magnetic shielding for two MRI scanners has been completed at Guy’s Hospital, London, a site that lies within the shadow of the Shard.  According to Envirotect, deliveries had to be carefully timed to avoid interference with the day-to-day operation of the hospital.  Small vehicles brought in the equipment rather than large lorries, due to the narrow, congested streets.

Planning was essential as all of the materials had to be unloaded by hand and moved through the hospital.  Prearranged routes were determined to ensure that the minimum inconvenience was caused to the working hospital.  Staff and patient safety was paramount while planning the routes.

Envirotect says the project was unusual as magnetic protection to the floors of both scanner rooms was required.  The shielding had to be installed to the ceiling below, as it could not be accommodated within the original rooms.  This proved to be a complex procedure as tonnes of steel had to be lifted and positioned into spaces within the ceiling void which were already crowded with pipework and services.

Since introducing RF cages for MRI to complement a range of radiation shielding products, Envirotect can now arrange for vibration surveys and magnetic gauss field shielding calculations to be carried out.

The company manufactures a range of bespoke radiation shielding products for CT, PET and general X-ray rooms, and made-to-measure radiation storage units and test cabinets.  It also offers neutron shielding for radiotherapy rooms.

Editorial printed in the June issue of Rad Magazine.

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Rad Magazine Foundation Golf Day

This year was RAD Magazine Foundation’s fifth charity golf day and Envirotect were proud to be sponsors of this event.  Through generous support RAD Magazine has managed to raise over £6,000 to support the Stroke Association charity.

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Envirotect Exhibit at UKRC

Have you seen our photograph in this months RAD magazine?  Our managing director Niven Smith is photographed with John Baird from IDM UK Ltd whilst exhibiting at UKRC.

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