News | 02.02.2021

Successful ISO-Recertification

AST Turbo AG has been recertified for ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 45001:2018 by SQS for a further three years.

In a detailed audit the effectiveness of the management system has been verified.

The audit performed in November by SQS demonstrated that our management system supports the company in a very effective and appropriate way.

Health and Safety is a crucial part of our services. In March 2018, occupational health and safety management systems got a global upgrade with the publication of a new International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standard.

Thus, the new generation of safety standards ISO 45001 replaces the former reference for workplace health and safety OHSAS 18001. The audit performed for the first time in compliance with ISO 45001:2018 discovered no relevant shortcomings.

The auditors’ formal impressions in bullet points:

  • Positive impressions from the audit
  • Positive culture with excellent awareness on every level
  • Long term strategy to support continuous development of the business and reputation (of customers, employees, and applicants)
  • Mature and practical management system, adapted to needs, updated, readily available, giving active support
  • Improved meetings/communication/documented know-how (TSS)
  • Excellent control of core processes (consistent and comprehensive)
  • No severe accidents in years

And on an informal level:
“Thank you for a fascinating day, granting me insights into your business. It is always inspiring to see how people act in different economic branches and many of the things I saw yesterday can be considered best practice.”

We are convinced that our management system will continue to support our high-quality standards and our customer orientation in the future.

The new certificate is valid for three years.

News | 22.12.2020

Year-end Communication

The end of the year is already close. An exceptional and demanding year is behind all of us. The corona pandemic has kept the world on its toes and continues to do so.

It is no secret that also AST Turbo was heavily impacted by the ever-changing restrictions. While we normally have the capability to flexibly dispatch our experts to the remotest areas safely, we were suddenly challenged with unprecedented hurdles. More often than desired we could not cover all mobilization requests despite enormous efforts. Being locked down to the home locations we have continued to provide remote support to our customers as best possible and used the free time to enhance our internal systems. We also decided to invest time and money in our technical support system (TSS) and new technologies such as lean management techniques for turnarounds, advanced measurement technology (AMT), and a smartphone app to simplify reporting. At the same time we have continued to grow and strengthen our team. We are confident to have undertaken steps in the right direction to be ready for a 2021 that most certainly will bring its own challenges.

We would like to take the opportunity to thank all our customers, employees and families, friends and business associates for the encouraging support during this Covid-19 dominated year.

Please be informed that our offices will remain open during the upcoming holiday season and our technical support services are maintained at all times. Please feel free to contact us by phone +41 56 500 06 45, e-mail or through your established channels in case needed.

We wish you and your family a peaceful and relaxing holiday season and a prosperous, healthy New Year. Keep up the good spirit!

News | 05.05.2020

Annual Outage in Beznau – AST Turbo in the press

The outage of a nuclear power plant is usually a big deal. Hundreds of maintenance specialists are called to service the facilities. In times of COVID-19 this is no simple task. Among other things, it is difficult to source the necessary skilled workers from abroad. Most nuclear plants in Switzerland had to react and shortened their annual maintenance activities.

The nuclear plant in Beznau in Northern Switzerland has decided differently: The annual outage of Unit 1 started as originally planned. In view of the border closings this was controversial but the activities could not be postponed because of refuelling requirements. Since 1st June 2019, Unit 1 has produced more than 2.8 billion kWh of electricity, which corresponds to the annual electricity consumption of around 600’000 households.

The focus of the activities includes maintenance work, periodic inspections, commissioning of new systems as well as integral system tests. Of total 121 fuel elements 20 will be replaced.

During this year’s outage in these challenging times, the Beznau employees are supported by around 400 external specialists from Switzerland as well as from neighboring countries. AST Turbo supports the main turbine maintenance activities with a team of specialists.

To protect own and external staff, rigorous safety measures were applied to ensure that the virus does not spread among workers. Among other measures, this is reflected by careful health checks, access procedures and in the execution of work.

The Swiss Television (SRF) has accompanied the annual outage for one day. See here how the maintenance activities are executed and how AST Turbo supports them during these extraordinary times.

News | 24.04.2020

Best wishes for Ramadan 2020

AST Turbo wishes everyone a healty and safe month.

News | 06.04.2020

New Managing Director @AST Turbo USA Inc.

We are pleased to announce the hiring of Brian McKenzie as Managing Director for AST Turbo USA Inc. effective March 16th, 2020.

Brian McKenzie has over 30 years of professional experience in the turbomachinery service business. His experience includes responsibilities within Sales and Marketing, the aftermarket and OEM service business within Sulzer, Mitsubishi Compressor International and most recently MAN Energy Solutions.

AST Turbo possesses strong technical knowledge and experience in servicing critical rotating machinery. We are confident that with Brian McKenzie’s leadership, our US Team will deliver great value and support to our US customers.

Brian will be headquartered in Houston, TX and collaborate closely with Sam Blaser, CEO of AST Turbo AG. Hans Buob will continue in his role as Operations Manager.

Please feel free to contact our US management team to learn more about our track record.

News | 17.03.2020

We are still here to support you!

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation unfolds, we want to let you know a simple statement:
We are still here to support you!

Given the very dynamic and difficult situation surrounding the coronavirus globally, AST Turbo is closely following the developments. With the constantly changing situation, travelling will become more and more difficult. We all feel the massive impact on our business due to the unprecedented coronavirus measures. Obviously, travelling is an important ingredient of our Field Service Organization. Removing the travelling aspect reduces our service capability.

We understand that machinery still needs to be served and may need immediate attention. Our goal is to be a reliable partner to our customers even in these challenging times. Even though business will slow down, AST Turbo ensures business activities are maintained at all times. In case that we cannot travel to location, we can still be of service with our Tech Support Team that is prepared to receive calls. Our Tech Support Team is well geared up to support you on all aspects related to turbomachinery.

Please feel free to contact us by phone +41 56 500 06 45, e-mail or thru your well-known channels in case needed.

News | 20.12.2019

Festive Period and Service Support

We would like to take the opportunity to thank all our customers, friends and business associates for the support during the past year.
We look forward to a partnership of continuing success.

Please be informed that our offices will be closed from 24th December 2019 to 7th January 2020.
We will be back to the office on 8th January 2020.

In case of an emergency please contact us at +41 56 500 06 45.
All other inquiries will be answered upon resumption of our business activities in January 2020.

We wish you and your family a peaceful and relaxing holiday season and a prosperous New Year.

News | 10.09.2019

Turbomachinery Symposium 2019 – Houston

2019 edition of the Turbomachinery & Pump Symposia will be held at George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston starting today 10th September.

The symposium is the perfect forum for networking, discussing the latest technologies and exchanging new ideas with other industry professionals.

Although AST Turbo will not be featuring a booth some of our experts will be around. If you are interested to meet one of our experts during the show to discuss your requirements, please contact us thru info@ast-turbo.com.

 

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