As part of our ongoing commitment to upskilling our staff we have recently sent two staff to Seattle to conduct training with Morpac Valve Actuators. Drawing on funding provided through the SADI program, we were able to subsidise the travel and provide four days in Seattle to get to know the inner working of Morpac actuators.
Morpac’s novel actuators have been chosen for the Hobart class Air Warfare Destroyer project and hence represent a modern and very robust means of controlling valves in the AWD bilge and seawater lines
This valuable course acted as an introduction to Morpac’s products and gave Michael Handcock and Chris Williams a very good understanding of the actuators and control system as it applies to the AWD project.
In addition to the academic side of the course Michael and Chris took the opportunity to get to know the Morpac team better through a number of social lunches. In recognition of the developing relationship between the two companies an agency agreement was signed by Chris and Lloyd Morgan the 90 year old founder of Morpac. The agency agreement is for H.I.Fraser to be Morpac’s exclusive sales and service representative for Australia.
The skills learnt whilst in Seattle will be put to good use as part of the installation, commissioning and eventually the through life support for the AWD. In addition the training has the potential to be relevant to specialist actuators in other RAN vessels such as the FFG’s.