James Melrose, an engineering graduate who joined the development team at the Bedlington site in July 2014, has been shortlisted in the Young Design Engineer of the Year category of the 2015 British Engineering Excellence Awards.
James' nomination was based on a project to improve automation in the manufacture of wirewound resistors, leading to an 8-fold increase in productivity in a key process. This included financial justification and working with process engineering colleagues to define requirements through to a four week visit to the supplier to ensure smooth handover of the equipment, which was delivered on time, on budget and to specification.
Dawn Prior, HR Director said, "James has an enthusiasm to learn, and continue his own professional development whilst sharing his knowledge and experience with the wider team; the improved flexibility of skills within the team across engineering disciplines of both electrical and mechanical, is evident and beginning to show benefit."
The shortlist of five may be found at http://www.beeas.co.uk/shortlist 1. Created by New Electronics and Eureka magazines, the awards aim to celebrate the best of British design engineering, and the winners will be announced at a gala lunch at the Hurlingham Club, London, on 29 October 2015.
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