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Client: 439K & QUB PPRC
Knowledge Provider: Queen's University
Sector: Advanced Manufacturing and Advanced Materials


493K has been providing solutions for the rotational moulding industry since 2003 and offers a range of ancillary products and rotomoulding-specific consultancy services to help companies cut scrap rates, reduce cycle times and improve process optimisation to demonstrably increase profits.

PPRC 439K PPRC 439K About the Case
At 493K there is a dedication to provide the best solutions to meet all future challenges with inventive and efficient products and the company recently used an Innovation Voucher from Invest NI to access the facilities and expertise in the PPRC to carryout trials of a new temperature monitoring device being developed for the rotational moulding industry.

The work undertaken at QUB involved installing and running and investigating the outputs from 3 different prototypes of a new device on a rotational moulding machine in PPRC.

About the Knowledge Provider
Since 1996 the PPRC at Queen’s University Belfast has been working with industrial and academic partners across the world in the development of new processes and innovative products. The team of research staff carry out projects of varying duration and complexity from short term, industrially funded, consultancy to longer term work including EU, Innovate UK, Invest NI, and InterTradeIreland funded Research & Development and Technology Transfer projects.

The Centre’s facilities include industrial scale moulding and extrusion processing equipment supported by analytical laboratories equipped to undertake studies on morphology, micro-structure, process control, rheology and physical properties.

The Results
As a result of comparative studies carried out on three prototypes at PPRC, 493K speeded up the decision making process in reaching the optimum solution.

Commenting on the project, 493K Managing Director Dr Gareth McDowell, said “It was great to have PPRC input and reassurance of the validity of the investigation. The work done in the PPRC will stand us in very good stead in further developing the prototype to a working product.”

Contact Details:
Knowledge Provider Name: Polymer Processing Research Centre
School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Queen’s University Belfast

Contact Name: Dr Paul Hanna
Telephone number: 028 9097 4696

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