Autoflame Engineering Ltd, a London based family owned company has been bestowed with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the category of Innovation, one of the most coveted awards in UK industry. The awards are made by the Queen on the advice of the Prime Minister, assisted by an Advisory Committee and recognise the winners as being amongst the most successful companies in the United Kingdom.
Autoflame Engineering Ltd specialises in providing combustion management solutions for boilers and burners in the commercial and industrial markets.
The company, established in 1972, was the first in the world to design boiler/burner control devices based on microprocessor technology, a divergence which revolutionised the industry and led to massive savings in fuel and significant reductions in the emission of harmful gases, long before reducing the worlds carbon footprint became the political focus it is today.
The Award recognises the outstanding innovation of the Mk6 Evolution Micromodulation processor with Water Level Control which is used to maximise efficiency and the safe operating of burners and boilers. The innovative mix of electronic hardware design and software algorithms combined with Autoflame’s wealth of experience in managing boiler systems has resulted in a unit that significantly reduces fuel consumption when burning any type of fuel and also cuts emission of toxic greenhouse gases.
The water level control function ensures water levels in steam boilers are controlled to guarantee optimum efficiency with the highest possible levels of safety.
Having developed the first microprocessor controlled burner management system more than 20 years ago, the company currently holds seven worldwide patents on products which are designed and manufactured at their premises in Bellingham, near Catford, London SE6.
Autoflame Engineering has maintained its position as worldwide market leader in combustion technology by constantly pressing ahead with research and development.
This is not the first time the forward thinking Company have achieved recognition at this level. They were winners of The Queen’s Award for Export Achievement in 1996 and The Queen’s Award for Environment in 1997. Receiving the award this time in the category of Innovation highlights the company’s commitment to being the best at every level of their operation.
Samantha Kirby, Operations Manager of Autoflame, said “To be recognised as one of the most successful companies in the country for Innovation recognises and rewards the many hours of hard work and the late nights put in when on the verge of an engineering breakthrough. We are proud to have some of the finest engineers in the country working with us, ensuring Autoflame remain world leaders in combustion management systems.”
The company, which employs 42 people, now look forward to celebrating their success with their staff who have all played a part in this major achievement.
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