Last year the Tufcot Management and Marketing teams made the decision to work with a local University on several exciting upcoming projects.

Initially, Tufcot’s MD, Greg Majchrzak, and Tufcot’s then newly appointed Technical Manager, Bob Birchley, visited the University of Sheffield’s campus to explore their specialist Composite Materials Research Group, this meeting and tour was conducted by Dr James Meredith.

The aim of the meeting and the tour was to enable Tufcot to see what capabilities the University of Sheffield had that may assist Tufcot in their current and future material development plans and research further into how a local University could assist Tufcot in collaborating on said projects.

Tufcot’s aims and goals are focused on new approvals for key market sectors for the next few years. In order for Tufcot to obtain these approvals, we needed a new test rig, which you can see above.

Tufcot and the University of Sheffield

This is made to purpose and allows us to offer an extra service to customers requiring specific testing on a material and for our own Technical information.

Along with this we liked the idea of involving a student to work with our Technical Manager in compiling a comprehensive document on how to use the test rig and also on the initial testing stages for our approvals.

This is where the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Sheffield allowed us to interview its current 3rd Year MEng students so we could temporarily employ a student to complete the work needed. This was the first stage of our link to the University of Sheffield.

In addition, every year the 3rd Year MEng students in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Sheffield conduct research and application projects in groups. Tufcot was approached about having a group of students to conduct a project designed specifically for us.

Tufcot saw this as a great opportunity to teach the 3rd Year MEng students about our engineering capabilities but also for us to learn from them to help us solve a few long-standing internal efficiency problems. We were that keen to be involved with these projects that we took on 2 groups from the University.

The goal for them was to listen to our problem and alleviate these by designing new pieces of equipment that Tufcot could implement.

Both groups have now completed their projects after many months and we, especially the Senior Management Teams, were extremely happy with the final reports and findings. All of the 3rd Year MEng students acted professionally and their reports were thorough. Tufcot’s Purchasing department have already put these two design projects out for tender.

As you can see, after only a year of working with the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Sheffield, Tufcot has already benefitted hugely from the input of the students, facilities and staff at the University.

We hope that the students involved have also felt the same benefit by using a real life case study. Tufcot wish for this relationship to continue and grow in the future.

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