Eddyfi Technologies To Collaborate With MADE Project on Product Refinement


A ground-breaking partnership scheme designed to collaborate with manufacturers to future-proof their operations has signed up its first business, a Swansea-based OEM of inspection and testing equipment for critical infrastructure: Eddyfi Technologies.

The MADE (Manufacture for Advanced Design Engineering) project is a suite of EU-funded projects being delivered by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s (UWTSD) Centre for Advanced Batch Manufacture (CBM), supporting industry to upskill and adopt advanced manufacturing technologies.

The MADE team is now working closely with Eddyfi Technologies, which has its UK headquarters in Swansea, to help the company further develop its Floormap™ technology. This equipment is typically used to detect corrosion on storage tanks floors in the oil and gas industry.

Eddyfi Technologies offers high-performance electromagnetic solutions for the inspection of critical components and assets in oil and gas, aerospace, and pipeline applications.

The Advanced Design Engineering aspect of the MADE project sees the CBM team help manufacturers identify specific problems they are encountering within their operations, or with a particular piece of equipment or technology, or they can find opportunities to introduce advanced technologies to help streamline operations. Then, viable solutions will be investigated and piloted, before being rolled out to effect lasting change.

Eddyfi Technologies’ principal scientist/product manager, Professor Neil Pearson, said:

“We are pleased to be working with MADE to refine our Floormap technology. We have had preliminary discussions with the team to talk through some manufacturing enhancements that would benefit this technology when it comes to investigating the inner surface of storage tanks. The environment where this technology is used is hazardous and, in certain conditions, the sensor housing can come into contact with the floor.  This means we need a sensor casing with high strength and abrasion resistance with sub-millimetre thickness to maintain measurement sensitivity.”

Professor Pearson continues:

“It has been helpful to have the very responsive CBM team on hand in Swansea, to meet face to face, allowing us to talk through these specific issues in fine detail and investigate solutions that could be effective and practical to our operations.”

“It is integral to our business that we are always evolving, to meet the needs of our clients, to embrace new methods and technologies in order to remain at the cutting edge of our industry.  The need to progress in order to remain competitive in an increasingly demanding marketplace is at the forefront of the minds of all manufacturers in Wales and I would encourage others to get in touch with the MADE team to discuss how they may be able to help.” adds Professor Pearson.

Luca Pagano, Senior Research Engineer on the Advanced Design Engineering Project, said:

“We are pleased to be working with Eddyfi Technologies on their Floormap equipment. The CBM team is experienced in finding real-life solutions to unique problems faced by manufacturers within their operations, across all areas of industry.

“These are challenging times for manufacturing in Wales, and we are seeing rapid changes unfolding in the world of technology, which can offer real bottom line benefits. The MADE initiative offers a smart suite of collaborative projects, providing vital tools for manufacturers who are determined to be well-equipped for the future.

“We are talking to a number of other manufactures in Wales who are keen for us to consult with them on specific products, or to help them iron out inefficiencies within their processes that are hampering operations. We would encourage manufacturers to get in touch with the MADE team to find out how we can work together to benefit them.”

The MADE project is being offered to qualifying organisations in Wales as an integrated portfolio, to help manufacturers understand the challenges they face and how they can respond to them, by tapping into disruptive technologies and training, appropriate for their businesses.

This project has been part funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government.

Manufacturers in Wales who want to find out more can go to: madecymru.co.uk


Advanced Design Engineering (50:50 collaboration. Match with employees time, and no cash cost to the company)

This project is focused on helping Welsh SMEs in the supply chain network to realise the benefits of new technologies in a practical way, piloting applications of technology such as electron beam melting, additive layer manufacturing, 3D scanning/reverse engineering, vacuum casting and product development.

Upskilling for Industry 4.0:Wales (up to 70% EU Funded*) – Advanced Manufacturing

These qualifications are delivered using a blended learning approach, helping organisations overcome the hype of Industry 4.0 and focus on clear, deliverable technologies that participants can use in their organisations straight away, giving the skills they need to deliver authentic economic benefit.

IIM: International Innovation Management (up to 70% EU funded*)

This Masters programme seeks to produce managers with an international perspective who understand how to bring innovative products and services to market, how companies can introduce and exploit innovation, and how new commercial opportunities can be identified and realised.

Both programmes are at Masters level, through modular bite-size learning, which students can access in a hop-on / hop-off style, as there are multiple entry points during the calendar year, enabling participants to give value for their organisations and still balance their work and other commitments.

*subject to eligibility
The suite of projects has been supported by the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government and supported by the European Regional Development Fund.

Peirianneg Dylunio Uwch (cydweithrediad 50:50. Cyfateb gydag amser gweithwyr, dim cost ariannol i’r cwmni)

Mae’r prosiect yn ffocysu ar helpu Busnesau Bach a Chanolig Cymru yn y rhwydwaith dolen gyflenwi i wireddu buddion technolegau newydd mewn ffordd ymarferol, peilota’r defnydd o dechnoleg megis toddi pelydrau electronau, gweithgynhyrchu haenau ychwanegol, sganio 3D/ôl-saernïo, castio gwactod a datblygu cynnyrch.

Uwchsgilio ar gyfer diwydiant 4.0: Cymru (Wedi’i gyllido gan yr UE hyd at 70%*) – Uwch Gynhyrchu

Mae’r cymwysterau hyn yn cael eu cyflwyno gan ddefnyddio dull dysgu cyfunol, yn helpu sefydliadau i ymdopi â heip Diwydiant 4.0 a ffocysu ar dechnolegau clir, danfonadwy y gall cyfranogwyr eu defnyddio ar unwaith yn eu sefydliadau, gan rhoi iddyn nhw’r sgiliau sydd eu hangen i ddarparu buddion economaidd dilys.

IIM: Rheoli Arloesedd Rhyngwladol (Wedi’i gyllido gan yr UE hyd at 70*)

Mae’r rhaglen Meistr yn anelu at gynhyrchu rheolwyr gyda golwg ryngwladol sy’n deall sut i ddod â nwyddau a gwasanaethau arloesol i’r farchnad, sut y gall cwmnïau gyflwyno a gwneud y mwyaf o arloesedd, a sut y gellir adnabod a gwireddu cyfleoedd masnachol newydd.

Mae’r ddwy raglen ar lefel Meistr, drwy ddysgu modiwlaidd mewn darnau bach, y mae myfyrwyr yn gallu mynd atynt unrhyw bryd, gan bod nifer o bwyntiau ymuno yn ystod y flwyddyn galendr, gan olygu bod cyfranogwyr yn gallu rhoi gwerth i’w sefydliadau a chydbwyso eu gwaith a’u hymrwymiadau eraill ar yr un pryd.

*yn amodol ar gymhwystra
Mae’r gyfres hon o brosiectau wedi ei chefnogi gan Gronfa Cymdeithasol Ewrop drwy Lywodraeth Cymru a’i chefnogi gan Gronfa Datblygu Rhanbarthol Ewrop.


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