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Peel Jones - Knowledge Transfer Partnership
Saltburn-based Peel Jones Copper Products Ltd has provided high conductivity copper castings to the global iron and steel industry for 50 years.


Peel Jones Copper Products Ltd wanted to explore how to improve productivity and performance.


The University worked with Peel Jones Copper Products Ltd through a Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP), where the company gets access to academic skills and expertise, along with a graduate recruited specially to work on the project.

Under the guidance of Dr David Hughes, a senior lecturer in Teesside University’s School of Computing, Engineering & Digital Technologies, the University worked closely with Peel Jones Copper Products Ltd and the associate to optimise the performance of blast furnaces through innovative 3D design and manufacture of blast furnace castings, utilising materials processing optimisation, embedded monitoring systems and advanced manufacturing processes.


Through the KTP, Peel Jones Copper Products Ltd have effectively moved from traditional drawings to fully digitised design and manufacturing processes, opening the door for new business opportunities and commercial exposure for the company. With the roll-out of a fully digitized manufacturing process developed in a two-year KTP project with the University, their capacity is set to grow by 15% per year.

The KTP had delivered above and beyond what was anticipated at the project outset, allowing for the production of even their most complex products. This resulted in the whole company culture being moved towards technical work involving simulation and advanced quality planning with the new processes introduced having resulted in a 100% improvement in mould assembly. The cost saving was estimated to be around the region of £660,000 worth of capacity per annum.

Andrew Young, Managing Director of Peel Jones Copper Products Ltd

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