British Engineering Excellence Award Winners 2019
Small Company of the Year: Innovative Physics
Sponsor: Analog Devices
Operating in the nuclear, medical, and homeland security industries, Innovative Physics evolves current technologies to provide novel solutions to radiological obstacles for the benefit of customers and society.
Highly Commended: Precision Acoustics
Start-Up of the Year: Automata
With its mission to democratise robotics, Automata impressed the judges with its development and launch of the Eva robot, which combines ease-of-use and affordability with fitness for purpose in an industrial context.
Design Team of the Year: Earthsense & Bluefrog Design
Sponsor: LG Motion
Working alongside air quality expert EarthSense’s electronics engineers, Bluefrog Design developed the Zephyr; a compact and robust air quality sensor. Packaging innovative electrochemical sensors and optical particle counters within a highly cost-effective product that is engineered to perform accurately across global climates and designed to measure pollution, temperature and humidity in the urban environment.
Materials Application of the Year: AIXal Brake Rod – Alvant
Sponsor: Goodfellow (Cambridge)
A two-year, £28m project, titled ‘Large Landing Gear of the Future’ has seen Aluminium Matrix Composites (AMC) manufacturer, Alvant, team up with high-technology group, Safran Landing Systems that could reduce landing gear weight by as much as 30%, assisting with the aerospace industry’s drive to reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions.
New Product of the Year (Electronic): Quanta Dialysis Technologies – SC+
Sponsor: New Electronics magazine
Developed by Quanta Dialysis Technologies, SC+ is a small, simple and powerful haemodialysis system designed to provide greater flexibility around where, when and how patients manage and receive their dialysis therapy.
New Product of the Year (Mechanical): Bowman Power – ETC 1000
In addition to the low cost of power creation it offers, the ETC 1000 genset from Bowman Power can achieve up to a 10% increase in total electrical power; a 23% reduction in greenhouse emissions; a 40% reduction in unburnt hydrocarbons; a 7% reduction in fuel consumption; and a 50% reduction in pre-heated engine load ramp time.
Highly Commended: Russell Finex – AMPro Sieve Station
Engineering Ambassador of the Year: Laura Giddings, RS Components
Sponsor: Eureka! Magazine
An inspiring ambassador for engineering, in her role as education events manager for RS Components, Laura Giddings has achieved tangible results in improving perceptions around engineering, inspiring young people to pursue it as a career and helping educators with valuable and dynamic resources to bring STEM subjects to life in the classroom.
Young Design Engineer of the Year:James Veale, GB Innomech
Sponsor: RS Components
In less than two years since joining automation consultancy GB Innomech as a project engineer, James Veale has helped the company to develop its first product line which has been subsequently spun out in a separate company called GiroNEX.
Design Engineer of the Decade:Sebastien Cuvelier Mussalian
Entrants in this category were the previous winners of all the Design Engineer of the Year Awards.Sebastien Cuvelier Mussalian was the winner, having won in 2013 for his work as lead engineer on the OrganOx perfusion system, which keeps donor human livers ‘alive’ before being transplanted. Since then, Sebastien has gone on to build an international reputation for the design, development and industrialisation of innovative, robust medical devices.
Consultancy of the Year: Drive System Design
Sponsor: MA Business
The tale of Drive System Design’s success can be told via its statistics. Since 2014, it has doubled its UK based employee headcount to 96 full-time employees and significantly grown its US office from four to more than 30 employees. In addition, during 2019, the company identified significant opportunities in Asia, and is in the process of launching within this market, specifically in Korea where representation has already been established.
Highly Commended: ByteSnap Design
Grand Prix 2019: Automata
What the judges said: “[Automata is] a company determined to democratise the use of robotics among small businesses and, with over 150 orders, it’s well on course to achieving this ambition.”