This newsletter is a great opportunity to spotlight many different aspects of life at ATi and it is sometimes nice to shift the focus from purely product and technical dialog to the human side of our work!
On the 13th of April, our Sales Director Garry Tabor was invited to a very special day in Devon, to celebrate the retirement of a long-time friend of ATi, Martin Standen from the South West Water ICA team.
Martin first met Garry in May 1992 at a meeting to review an evaluation of an ATi chlorine monitor that South West Water had recently installed. That was the start of a working relationship and friendship that still remains today.
During the 1990’s, Martin and his colleagues deployed more than one hundred of ATi’s old 5150 chlorine monitors – some of which are still in use today. Martin was also instrumental in the development of a CO2 gas buffering system that removed the need for wet reagent buffers and paved the way for the future introduction of the first ATi pH corrected chlorine monitor, which is now employed by the majority of the UK water industry.
Before the celebratory breakfast began, Martin was presented with a special mounted ATi 5150 chlorine unit, which had been converted into a digital clock with a commemorative plaque, by Paul Marlborough and fellow members of the ICA team.
Without Martin’s hard work, it is possible that the water industry might still be spending millions of pounds on wet chemicals and suffering the headaches of their disposal,” explains Garry. “That early work helped establish buffer-free chlorine monitors in the UK, so it’s not only ATi but the whole UK water industry that owe Martin a debt of gratitude for his interest and work that stretched far beyond his role as an ICA engineer. He understood how the monitors worked, along with the chlorine chemistry, and applied his skills as an engineer to develop a system that worked fantastically well and is still employed within SWW today.
“I wouldn’t have missed today for anything – not only has Martin been a great asset to South West Water, but he is a loyal and good friend to all of us at ATi and we would all like to wish him a very happy and healthy retirement.”