Stories from the field
All representatives together at the stand.

Coverage of the Exponor Chile 2017 exhibition

29 May 2017

The exhibition was opened with multiple VIP’s and all the top Chilean government officials like Mr. J.Bunster, the Minister of Energy, Mr. H. de Solminihac Tampier, the Minister of Mining, and many ambassadors from around the world.

Ingimex integral multiturn valve lock

Protecting a food manufacturing plant

12 May 2017

We congratulate our distributor in Chile (Ingimex SpA) with a successful installation of the single key integral multiturn valve lock on a gate valve that protects the firefighting system for a major food manufacturing plant in Santiago, Chile.

Lester & Rob at the grand opening

Up and running at our new office in Rijen

18 April 2017

First of all, a very big thank you to Mr. Rob Koevelt the Managing Director of Kin Pompentechniek who project-managed the complete new building of our new manufacturing facilities.

Technical training Ingimex. All employees receiving their certificates.

Technical training for our distributor in Chile, Ingimex

2 March 2017

During this technical training we went through the basics again as a refreshment. But also we drilled down deep into the interlock applications and the advantages for our clients using our interlocks via our well trained and fully qualified exclusive distributor in Chile: Ingimex.

Kin pompentechniek & Alcatraz building

Kin and Alcatraz, two Indutrade-sisters in one building

7 December 2016

It all started about a year ago, during an Indutrade conference of all the Managing Directors. When Rob Kouvelt, the managing director of Kin Pompentechniek, and myself were chatting about out the two businesses. Exchanging information about how different the two business and the markets we serve are and how we best support our clients.

Patricia Cuevas (Ingimex) & Lester Millard (Alcatraz Interlocks) at Enaex

Visiting a mining & industrial explosives manufacturing plant

2 December 2016

In October 2016 during my visit to Chile with our exclusive distributor INGIMEX. One of the major clients we visited during a long week in Chile, was a company called Enaex. Situated in the northern part of Chile, in a mining town called Antofagasta. This was a very interesting company indeed.

Sequence Control Unit SCU interlocks

Reducing delivery time but not reducing safety

18 November 2016

In the second quarter of 2016, Alcatraz Interlocks B.V. was awarded a project purchase order by a large European EPC contractor to supply all mechanical valve interlocks. Including key cabinets and SCU’s (Sequence Control Unit) for a project in northern Europe.

3D printing our interlocks

Product development and rapid prototyping

7 October 2016

Being employed by Alcatraz for many years now I have witnessed and caused many changes within the company. Working to achieve a higher level of quality, customer support and efficiency. In my early years at Alcatraz I have adopted the use of 2D engineering software used to design and develop products according to client requirements.

The Makerbot Replicator

What inspired us to acquire a 3D printer?

30 September 2016

For many years I’ve been inspired by 3D printing. I first encountered a 3D printer back in 2000 when I was visiting some high tech manufactures, they had already started using this technology for their design and development work. Wow, I was impressed!

Rehearsing the video text at the marketing department

My first filming day

5 April 2016

In the presentations I give to our clients all over the globe, I see a trend within my PowerPoints: I use less and less words and more images.

An ethylene oxide plant

Focus on Safety

31 March 2016

Yesterday I read a disturbing article about an ethylene oxide leakage at a big site. The cause of the leakage last year: human error. It scared me a little bit and it surprised me at the same time, in a negative way.

Shipment of interlock solutions Alcatraz Interlocks

My retrospect and a short preview of what's to come in 2016

19 January 2016

Throughout this year we made over 50 "house calls". Either to our appreciated distributors or to our OEM accounts that have increased enormously within our yearly business. House calls within Europe, the Far and Middle East, the Americas and as far as the cold dark edges of Siberia.

Gear operated valve interlock Rotork handwheel valve

Working together with Rotork Gears to ensure your safety

11 November 2015

Over the last year we have been working closely with Rotork Gears. Rotork is the market leading actuator manufacturer and flow control company that operates in any market where the flow of gases or liquids needs to be controlled. The company is divided in several divisions. One of the divisions is called ‘Rotork Gears’.

Bram at the Alcatraz stand

An American adventure: the Valve World Americas Expo & Conference 2015

24 August 2015

Normally my blogs are about travelling the world and visiting clients, preventing hazardous situations under any condition by using our valve interlocks. In this occasion I want to focus on our customers and the value that they add to our organization.

Interlock product training at GEFA Valve Technology Germany

GEFA interlock training and Achema 2015

30 June 2015

We offered to give a product training about our applications for Alcatraz Interlocks at GEFA Valve Technology in Germany. The complete German and Dutch GEFA sales team were present.

Stories from the field

Interlock globe-trotter

13 May 2015

In the last weeks I have travelled the globe to meet clients and potential clients. The diversity of my travel adventures in the last weeks made me want to share my findings and experiences. As it is the intention of Alcatraz Interlocks to work through distributors, we had our agent set up meetings for a complete week in the Middle East.

Multiple small multiturn valve interlocks

'Safety by design', not just an empty phrase

21 April 2015

As we proudly introduce our new website, the phrase 'safety by design' is present on every page of the website. The essence of this message is bigger than the words would imply, it's the very backbone of the existence of Alcatraz.

Stories from the field

Greetings from Abu Dhabi

10 March 2015

Our Supervisor Engineer Arek Janik shows us how to operate a valve interlock mounted on a globe valve.
The heat of Abu Dhabi didn't stop him from operating it correctly. Like our interlocks, Arek is doing his job under extreme conditions.

Alcatraz Interlocks team picture in front of our office, Breda

Introducing the inmates of Alcatraz Interlocks

9 March 2015

The famous Alcatraz Prison in USA San Francisco today swarms with tourists, about a million a year. But for 30 years it was the most infamous prison in the country.
At the Alcatraz Interlocks office in Breda we have our own "prison" where the most dangerous interlock specialists are locked up.

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New video: Pressure safety valve changeover using valve interlocks

Our newest video is finished. In this video Bram Loose explains the working and sequence of our valve interlocks used on pressure safety valves,... Read more

Valve World Americas Expo & Conference 2017

On the 20th and 21st of June the 2017-edition of Valve World Americas Expo & Conference will take place at the George R. Brown Convention Center in... Read more

Attending the Exponor Chile 2017 exhibition

From the 15th of May till the 19th of May we are attending the global technology and innovation show for the mining industry in Antofagasta -... Read more

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