Applied Materials of California makes high-technology systems for the production of silicon chips. The internal technology is designed by a dedicated specialist team. What they needed from us was an integrated range of housings for the system components. The specification was a demanding one, having to provide for easy installation, operator safety, maximum access and fast servicing, and the solution was needed fast.
We proposed a structure based on high performance aluminium extrusions to provide the fixing features and dimensional accuracy that was required at low investment cost.
Norfolk-based UCC specialises in the manufacture of components for the hydraulics and pneumatics industries. The components are rarely seen, but they form an integral part of many types of system in every-day use: trains, dust carts and air-travel gantries, for instance.
The company’s previous range of filter filler breathers used high-cost manufacturing processes. They were complex in assembly and also difficult to fit.
Our study laid the ground for an integrated range of 14 product
Ex-Soviet plane maker Antonov was eager to break into the international open market. Their 74 STOL (Short Take-Off and Landing) military aircraft had the right performance for the civil aviation market, but zero passenger facilities. Having supplied only military and commercial aircraft, the company had no experience of passenger expectations, and their manufacturing processes were labour intensive.
The solution was a transformation of the interior from military to civil, working within the existing aircraft structure.
A new folding-seat system allowed for rapid conversion from passenger to cargo applications. Careful lighting was used to make up for the relatively small number of windows.
Construction was based on materials and processes available in the Ukraine, using low-cost minimum tooling manufacture. Hence the soft seating based on utilitarian construction.
Launching the conversion at the Paris Air Show gave an immediate boost to Antonov’s profile in the international civil marketplace.
It changed aspirations in the factory too, towards a higher quality build and we were subsequently instrumental in assisting the Kharkov based group to establish an in-house interior design facility.
When the UK division of Fuji Japan had outlined its next generation of image setters for the printing industry we were called in to help with the Industrial Design. A study of all angles of the human aspects - how the product would be used, how the technology could be accessed, servicing, controls and the user interface.
Designs were created in 3-D CAD integrating with Fuji's own systems. We took our developed designs through stages from rapid prototyping into production.
As a welding company operating in the North Sea oil industry Thomson Welding understood the importance of rig maintenance in tough hostile environments. Their innovative team had developed Ramstud - a working prototype for a handheld friction welder. What was now required was to transform that rough prototype into a viable product for manufacture.
As part of the large Lucas components group Lucas Marine manufactures specialist equipment for boats and small ships. Our relationship with the company lasted many years during which time we designed and developed a number of products for small to medium-size boats.
One of our earliest designs was this handheld deck searchlight. The previous product using cast components had been heavy and expensive to manufacture. By incorporating structural plastics we created a design which radically reduced component costs, was durable and watertight and at the same time lighter and more tactile.