Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Mech-Tool Engineering Ltd

To embed a multi-dimensional integrated process model that supports the manufacturing of customized products and services at lower total cost and shorter delivery times.

Expansion led Darlington engineering firm Mech-Tool fabricates modules for the offshore and renewables markets, as well as offering solutions for clients to protect people and equipment from explosion, fire and noise hazards. The company called on Teesside University’s industry support unit, Teesside Manufacturing Centre (TMC), as consultants to look at strategies on how to move Mech-Tool Engineering forward. TMC reviewed the firm’s business systems and highlighted key areas where the organisation would benefit. They identified the need for a system which could pull all information together relating to different functions of the organisation.

The consultancy led Mech-Tool to embark on organisational change and redefine processes. The company is now looking at systems to enhance the management of daily operations across the organisation.

Kevin Harland, operations manager at Mech-Tool, said: “Teesside University went that extra mile and from our point of view it was a very worthwhile exercise, bringing in someone who can look at the business in a different way, with a fresh pair of eyes and ideas. Although acting as consultants, it’s your goals and results from your point of view which the University focuses on. Developing relationships within education is important and we’ve developed a partnership with the University. The more industry gets involved in the academic sector the better.”

Ruben Pinedo-Cuenca, of TMC, worked as project manager with Mech-Tool. He said: “The company was seeking support to identify a strategy for the business moving forward. They’re really pleased with the outcome, we have developed a close relationship and we are still working with them on other projects. Although collaboration through consultancy can be short, we look for long-term partnerships and relationships.”

The consultancy was carried out through the University’s EPMS (Environmental Process Management Services) project, funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Project Duration: 24 Months
Project Start: August 2013
Academic Lead: Suhail Aslam
Academic Supervisor: Ruben Pinedo-Cuenca
KTP Associate: Barry Moore

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