Innomech strengthens software development team

Innomech has appointed Simon Carter as project controls engineer to specifically strengthen the company’s in-house resources for the design and development of automation control software.

Simon brings over 20 years of automation industry experience into the consultancy and has held senior-level engineering, project management and other roles with automation technology giants ABB and Alfa Laval Automation.  He has also worked across multiple market sectors including chemicals, pharmaceuticals, food and energy.

“Simon’s track record and skills in developing sophisticated control software for complex multi-disciplinary automation projects are a significant addition to our software development team.  He has an enthusiastic and practical approach which is invaluable when we are advising clients on the development of new automation solutions or reconfiguring their existing systems to improve efficiency, reliability or their ability to handle new product variants,” said Tim Mead, managing director of Innomech.

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Innomech develops high speed packaging for global supplier

Innomech has developed a new high speed automated product packaging system that will help SG Technologies – a global leader in the production of high performance magnetic components – to more than double the production capacity for one of its highest volume products.

The new system has been designed to automate a particularly labour-intensive and repetitive product packaging process for a series of components that are used within automotive fuel injectors.  The new fully customised system gives SG Technologies the option to increase production throughput for this product line by 150%, while also improving its manufacturing process efficiency and reducing work in progress.  It also means the company’s skilled operators can focus on more varied and challenging manufacturing tasks such as short production runs of highly specialised parts.

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Innomech and FCS Automation join forces for medical device manufacturers

GB Innomech and FCS Automation (FCS) have agreed to work together to offer medical device manufacturing companies a more integrated approach to robotics and automation.  The new partnership will help companies looking to improve the efficiency, reliability, capacity or other key aspects of their production lines, to comply with new regulations or to integrate new functions.

Automation consultancy Innomech and FCS, a specialist in PLC control systems plan to pool their complementary skills for targeted new business opportunities and to build on the success of a large-scale project that they recently completed for one of the world’s largest medical equipment manufacturers.  The image shows Tim Mead, MD at Innomech with Mathew Sumpton, director at FCS.

The two companies worked together to help a global corporation transfer an existing multi-stage automated system from one of its US sites into a UK production facility, while at the same time updating and reconfiguring it to significantly improve its efficiency.

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Innomech to attend Medtec 2016 in Stuttgart 12th – 14th April

Innomech will be sending a team to Medtec 2016 in Stuttgart between the 12th and 14th of April.

The Innomech team will be based on Stand 5E37 in the Full Service contract manufacturing Zone, and will be available to offer an insight as to how they may help with any automated manufacturing, testing or compliance related topics.

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Innomech develops automated test system for Owen Mumford

Innomech has designed and developed a new fully automated test system to help Owen Mumford, a global leader in medical device design and manufacturing, to carry out more efficient batch testing as a final verification of quality for one of its leading auto-injector products.

The new system will help significantly speed up product release for shipment and is more than 5x faster than a previously semi-automated process that needed five different pieces of test equipment, each with its own specially-trained operator.

Innomech has integrated all five tests into one easy-to-use system with a total cycle time of less than one minute. The automated system requires just one operator, eliminates the need for any manual handling of auto-injectors between different tests and ensures all test results are fully recorded into a secure electronic record to comply with FDA 21 CFR part 11 regulations for medical device manufacturing.

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Innomech, Powder Systems & Capsugel develop Xceloprotect

Innomech has helped Capsugel to develop and launch a new high performance containment system for use with its Xcelodose® precision powder micro-dosing system. Xceloprotect™ has been designed by high containment specialist manufacturer Powder Systems Ltd (PSL) to protect operators from potential exposure to highly potent compounds when using Xcelodose to manufacture batches of filled capsules for clinical trials or for small scale production.

“Xceloprotect is one of several recent Innomech projects where we have been appointed to reconfigure or upgrade a client’s existing equipment for a new application or to comply with new health, safety or other regulatory requirements,” said Tim Mead, Innomech.

Innomech’s role was to re-engineer Xcelodose for easier cleaning and maintenance, and to enable its integration into a high performance containment system without affecting system performance or operational efficiency.  All the mechanical and electrical mechanisms for the capsule-filling and weighing system have also been re-positioning into the lower half of the isolator to avoid contamination and to provide service technicians with safe and easy access without breaking containment. Existing Xcelodose systems in the field can also be retrofitted with a special kit.

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Innomech develops lens manufacturing for Rayner

Innomech has been appointed by Rayner Intraocular Lenses Limited (Rayner) to design and develop automated manufacturing equipment for the company’s new state-of-the-art production plant that is due to open in Worthing in July 2015.

Innomech is developing several units for use in key stages of the lens manufacturing process, all of which are designed to meet the latest EU and global regulations for medical device manufacturing systems.

“Innomech is the ideal partner for Rayner because of their experience in precision cutting, working with rotating parts and in developing equipment for regulated manufacturing environments. Rayner’s new production facilities will see us bring in a new generation of high precision lens processing equipment to improve process efficiencies, more than doubling manufacturing capacity, and to have the first new production line fully functioning and validated before the end of 2015,” said Mike Collins, project director for the new Rayner site.

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Innomech helps ITW reduce manufacturing costs

Industrial Automation ITW ribbon spools

Automation consultancy GB Innomech (Innomech) has designed and developed an easy to use, fully automated printer ribbon assembly machine for ITW Imagedata (ITW), a specialist manufacturer of film ribbons and consumables for the global card industry.

The new ‘spool pairing and assembly’ machine has been developed to help ITW reduce manufacturing costs for its highest volume products and has been seamlessly integrated into the company’s existing production lines. The new machine needs just one operator and replaces a manual assembly process involving six people at different stages.

“Innomech’s automation specialists have worked alongside our in-house team to automate a series of intricate manufacturing tasks and to ensure their innovative solution fits perfectly into our existing workflows. None of our upstream manufacturing processes had to be amended, there is no need for ‘work in progress’ trays, preloading of parts into special hoppers or double handling of any components,” said David Parmenter, operations manager at ITW.

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Innomech appoints Tim Mead as MD

Tim Mead Innomech's Managing Director

Tim Mead has been appointed as managing director (MD) of automation consultancy GB Innomech (Innomech) and takes over from retiring MD David Beale.

Tim, who was previously commercial director, will now oversee all operational activities, as well as the consultancy’s business development programme; and David will remain as company chairman and to provide engineering and operational advice as required.

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Innomech appointed for AFC Energy fuel cell manufacturing

Industrial Automation of Hydrogen Fuel Cell manufacture

GB Innomech (Innomech) has been appointed by AFC Energy – the fuel cell energy developer for industry – to develop automated manufacturing equipment to assemble fuel cell stacks for the company’s EU-backed Power Up programme. The work includes the development of automated equipment to dismantle stacks at the end of their working life, allowing key components and materials to be recycled and reused.

The appointment is being made with the support of a four year €6.1 million (£4.9 m) EU development grant that will enable AFC Energy and the Power Up consortium to develop and install commercial-scale energy generation plants using hydrogen as a fuel source. One of the first clean energy plants will be located at Air Products’ industrial gas processing facility at Stade, northern Germany. The first of two KORE systems is due to be installed in 2014 and the plant will generate a total of 500 kW electrical output when fully operational.

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