Rollem, an already successful manufacturer of high quality print finishing
machinery, had two distinct objectives, firstly to introduce a design-led
product development process to modernise the companys shop floor refinement approach, and secondly to develop policies and systems
relating to health and safety.
New software developed by one of the KTP Associates was linked to Esprit software to provide a CADCAM facility to enhance the internal CNC manufacture of machined components. This technology was then used to successfully value engineer Compact4 and stream feeder machines.
Subsequent to this, the Associate also designed two new feeders, one a deep pile variety and the other a shallow feeding device, both new additions to the companys product portfolio. Again, an important part of the design of the machines was the internal CNC manufacture of the components, which contributed significantly to reducing manufacturing costs.
The second Associate was Liz Cain, who still works for the company, and has produced instruction manuals for customers as well as a set of health and safety procedures for internal use. Following on from this, all major items of equipment manufactured by the company were risk assessed, and as a consequence, operation and maintenance manuals were produced in English and a range of European languages.
Knowledge Transfer Partnerships are a government-backed initiative that enables companies of all sizes to utilise the scientific and business knowledge of UK universities to further their organisation, whilst providing graduates with the opportunity to develop their skills in a real life working environment.
Knowledge Transfer Partnerships arent just a work experience programme by working together, the participating organisations and individuals each gain benefits that have a lasting influence on their future.
Rollem Ltd benefited from the design knowledge of its Associates in the
development of new products and the introduction of enhanced design capabilities. They also have increased confidence in their operations, thanks to the implementation of health and safety and quality management systems.
The Associates themselves also benefited from the valuable experience they gained by working with state of the art precision equipment and the application of risk assessment tools, whilst operating in a project management role. Since joining the company, Liz has become a Chartered Engineer.
Sheffield Hallam also gains from its role as academic partner and supervisor in the programme, here led by the Universitys Professor Graham Cockerham. The exposure to real life application of modern technologies helps to inform and influence future course content.
Professor Alan Smith is the Director of Studies in the Materials and Engineering Research Institute within Sheffield Hallam University.
For further information, contact (Alan Smith, or visit the KTP page)