The knowledge connection for business

Client: Re-Gen Waste Ltd
Knowledge Provider: Southern Regional College

Re-Gen Waste Ltd

Family owned waste management Company Re-Gen Ltd runs a materials recovery facility in Newry Co. Down. The plant processes in excess of 120,000 tonnes of comingled dry recyclable waste every year. Re-Gen services the public and private sector throughout Ireland and the UK

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About the Case

Under the Connected 1 Programme, SRC's Engineering Lecturer, Gary Mackin undertook a project with Re-Gen to identify a solution to reducing the annual bill for replacement rubber discs.

The company have a state-of-the-art waste sorting line but were spending £80K annually on replacement rubber discs for one section of the line. Through the project, investigations were made into redesigning the discs so that they were suitable for refurbishment as opposed to replacement and prototypes were developed and tested.

As a result the company has moved to using refurbished discs which will reduce their costs in this area by 84%.

Under Connected 2 Programme Re-Gen wanted to re-engage with the College to further research and develop the refurbishment of the discs. Engineering Lecturer Gary Mackin was again identified to work on the project.

Re-Gen recognised the benefits of the knowledge into their business and recruited a new member of staff, Niall Rooney an SRC Electrical and Electronic Engineering graduate, to lead the project. Nial was assisted by Gary throughout the project and they developed a number of new solutions.

“Gary and Niall make a great team and I am delighted with their progress, it is fantastic to get further assistance and expertise from SRC”. Colin Doherty, Company Director, Re-Gen Waste Ltd.

About the Knowledge Centre

Southern Regional College (SRC) is the largest Further and Higher Education College outside of Belfast in Northern Ireland. With a total of six campuses across the counties of Armagh and Down and covering four district councils, the College offers first class education and the College’s Business Support team deliver bespoke training and specialist knowledge transfer services to Businesses.

The Business Support Offices are located on three campuses Newry, Portadown and Armagh which are staffed by a core team of staff who have previously worked in industry.

SRC’s Business Support provides a range of training and workforce development programmes to enhance the skills levels of the local and regional workforce and a range of technical support/business improvement & knowledge transfer programmes to enhance business performance.

Key areas of expertise;

  • Engineering
  • Computing
  • Business and Management
  • Hospitality and Catering
  • Renewable Energies

The Results

Both projects resulted in huge cost savings for the Company with ongoing engagement with the college. Company Director, Colin Doherty said;

“We are delighted with the outcomes of this project and the work that was done is not something that we would have been able to undertake without the support of the college. We plan to continue our engagement with SRC and the School of Engineering in particular.”

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