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Client: Northern Hydraulics Ltd
Knowledge Provider: Queen's University

Northern Hydraulics Ltd

Northern Hydraulics Ltd, based at Coalisland, was established by Seamus Morris in 1988 to manufacture high quality precision cylinders for use in all types of hydraulic equipment.

NH Ltd NH Ltd Cylinders produced in Coalisland are fitted to a wide range of equipment such as quarry plant, agricultural equipment, fork lift trucks and robotic arms to mention a few. The company ships its product to customers all over Ireland and United Kingdom. The ultimate destination of products covers the globe.

About the Case

Technical staff from Queen’s University visited the company. It was during this visit that the company expounded on a concept to change the method of construction and assembly for the hydraulic cylinders. The company needed assurances however that the proposed changes would continue to meet the strength and quality standards of the company and the industry. As a result of that meeting, it was arranged for staff from Northern Hydraulics Lts to visit the Northern Ireland Technology Centre to discuss the concept in more detail. The outcome of that meeting resulted in agreement that NITC would carry out a project on behalf of the company. This project was funded by an Innovation Voucher from Invest NI.

About the Knowledge Provider

Operating for over 40 years the Northern Ireland Technology Centre (NITC) is a technology and innovation centre, bridging the gap between academic research and commercial production, to meet industry’s needs. As one of Queens University’s primary links with industry we are a self financing unit affiliated to School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, recognised as one of the foremost contributors to NI industry from the Universities. The NITC activities include working with leading OEM’s as well as with local SME’s, on projects focussing on Design, Engineering and Manufacturing. The NITC has built local and national credibility by putting at the forefront our ability to work with, and deliver innovation and real value to industry within the tight timeframes that companies demand, breaking down the barriers that may have previously existed with industry/university collaboration in the past.The NITC has built up a team of engineers and designers who bring a wealth of experience as well as great enthusiasm to all projects whether large or small. We are strong advocates of real collaborative working and partnership with our customers, believing this delivers the most effective results from idea to implementation.

The Results

Engineers from NI Technology Centre at Queen’s University undertook the project. In the first instance a 3D CAD model was created using SolidWorks based on the 2D drawings supplied by the client. It was necessary to create this 3D model so that the Finite Element Analysis could be carried out. The second phase of the work involved the physical testing of hydraulic cylinder samples manufactured by the company using the proposed construction method. The results of both the theoretical calculations and also the physical testing of the new construction method are very promising. Further work will be performed to provide total assurances required by the company before implementing the change.

“I was very impressed with the positive attitude and enthusiasm of the staff at the Technology Centre. The work they carried out in the project will most certainly result in the implementation of new construction methods for our hydraulic cylinders. The benefit to the company will be a significant saving in money”

Seamus Morris, Northern Hydraulics Ltd.

Knowledge provider contact details
Northern Ireland Technology Centre
Queen's University Belfast
Cloreen Park, Malone Road
Belfast. BT9 5HN

T: 028 9097 5433
F: 028 9097 4332
E: nitc@qub.ac.uk
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