Microsoft Gold Partnership

Astec has achieved Microsoft Gold Partner status for another year. The certification required the Astec team to pass new and challenging exams to demonstrate our commitment to the highest levels of customer care and technical proficiency.

Our Gold Partner status is a crucial pillar of our ‘IT compliant OT’ philosophy. Alignment of operational technologies with IT standards is foundational to digital transformation in the era of intelligent cloud and edge solutions. Astec has led the way in IT-centric software engineering for the complete production cycle, from delivery of raw product, scheduling and supply chain to packaging and distribution.

Andy Tripp, Managing director, commented, “It is a great achievement to pass the required exams to maintain our Microsoft Gold Partnership. The excellence demonstrated by our partnership with Microsoft is central to our mission as a system integrator. IT-centric competency is vital in the current manufacturing space. It needs to be applied with system architecture best practice to build future-fit platforms with the required data security and connectivity.”

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Astec achieves ISO 27001:2013 certification

Astec have successfully completed certification to ISO 27001:2013, demonstrating our commitment to best-practice information security processes. As the risk of cyber attacks increase for ourselves and our customers, having an information security management system certified and externally audited to ISO 27001:2013 is paramount to mitigate the threat. As the level of integration between systems and equipment in the IT and OT space accelerates to drive digital transformation, being able to implement best practices in security and information management is extremely important for our customers.

Managing director Andy Tripp commented, “Achieving ISO 27001:2103 certification underlines the robustness of our information security management, adding a level of compliance, process and procedure which demonstrates how seriously we take our responsibilities with our data and systems and those of our customers. I’m extremely proud of the hard work of the team in achieving this accreditation.”

Established by the International Organization for Standardization, ISO 27001:2013 specifies the requirements for establishing, implementing, maintaining and continually improving an information security management system within the context of the organisation. More information can be found on the ISO website.

Blowdown of Rugeley Power Station Cooling Towers

On Sunday 6th June 2021, the view from our Rugeley headquarters window changed forever as the 4 cooling towers at Rugeley B Power Station were demolished. A permanent feature of the Rugeley landscape for over 50 years, they were reduced to rubble in a few seconds and will eventually make way for homes, a school, employment space and a country park along the river Trent.

You can read more about the development plans for the former Power Station site here.

Supercharge Remote Support with FREE AR-Enabled Remote Assistance

As we all come to terms with the unprecedented challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, adapting to a new way of working remotely as effectively as possible can be particularly challenging.

To help our customers stay safe and connected during this challenging time, Astec has partnered with PTC to offer free access to Vuforia Chalk, a collaborative remote assistance tool, for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis.

Vuforia Chalk is a remote assistance product that leverages Augmented Reality (AR) to enable off-site and on-site employees to collaborate in the operation, maintenance and repair of all kinds of products and processes. It’s like a video call with Augmented Reality superpowers for industrial settings and is easy to set up and use on existing devices.

Please feel free to share this information with others within your company that may benefit from the use of Vuforia Chalk.

This is a genuine offer of support from Astec in these difficult times. A full version of Chalk is available with free access, not just a trial version and there are no automatic conversions or billing.

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Astec IT Solutions relocates to accommodate expanding workforce

Astec IT Solutions relocates to accommodate expanding workforce

In January 2019 Astec IT Solutions relocated from their premises within the Venture Point business centre in Rugeley, Staffordshire, to Edric House on Towers Plaza which offers over 5000 square feet of dedicated office space to support their growth plans over the next few years.

Over the last 12 months, Astec have expanded their workforce, meaning more space was required to accommodate new staff. The new building will comfortably accommodate 50 employees and has been configured to support a dynamic, agile business with open plan meeting space and numerous, dedicated meeting rooms. Directors Andy Tripp and Chris Barlow have further plans to take on even more staff over the next few years, creating vital jobs in the Rugeley area.

As a company that highly values its employees, Astec ensured minimum impact to existing staff by relocating to premises just 200m away from the previous office. Managing Director Andy Tripp said “The new site symbolises the next stage in the development of Astec. We want the new premises to create a dynamic and inspiring working environment for current employees as well as new recruits.”

Founded in 2000, Astec IT Solutions provide software solutions to a wide range of industries from Food & Beverage Manufacturing to Broadcasting and Utilities. Key software partners include GE Digital, Novotek and PTC, and the company regularly works on projects for Molson Coors, Sky and South Staffs Water.