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Engineering design business Performance Engineered Solutions (PES) Ltd has expanded its presence at the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP), following increased demand for its 3D scanning, quality inspection and reverse engineering services.

The PES Performance team have been involved in a number of projects over recent months, ranging from scanning a vintage aircraft and reverse engineering historic wood panelling from Winston Churchill’s room, to developing a new automotive product and using scanning to quality inspect components for the water and energy industries. The projects have taken them throughout the UK, to Europe and more recently to the US.

This increase in business has prompted a move into a larger unit within the AMP Technology Centre. The new separate office and scanning centre facilities, enables client’s products to be more easily scanned. Direct access to the workshop allows vehicles, aerospace components and large industrial parts to be accommodated without difficulty.

As Mike Maddock, managing director at PES Performance comments;
“Over the last 12 months, after we made an investment of £120k in a scanning and photogrammetry system, demand from clients for these services has increased significantly. We wanted to improve our facilities so that clients can choose whether to use our bureau scanning service here at the AMP or for our scanning team to visit their facilities.

“Our clients utilise 3D scanning in a variety of ways; some for reverse engineering and design optimisation; whilst others use scanning to undertake quality assurance and inspection processes, identifying potential manufacturing defects in components and in reviewing critical tooling, jigs and fixtures.

“Our clients are continually looking to drive efficiencies in manufacturing to deliver repeatable quality and control. Once they understand how the technology can be used as a key tool in their business and see the cost benefits of our inspection and reporting support, on individual or multiple parts, our services have been in great demand.”

Regarding the companies’ expansion at the AMP, Mike adds; “Initially it took some time to find the perfect facility for our requirements, but we have been determined to remain at the AMP. It is the ideal location for a high performance business like ours, working in an innovative and collaborative environment and we have many clients and partners located on the AMP.

“We are also able to access a wide range of the technical and support services we require on the Park and in the surrounding Rotherham / Sheffield area. We envisage further expansion of the business in the next twelve months, and having just appointed a key senior design engineer and we will be actively looking for the right people with the unique skills required to join our team.”

Our client, Runflat CBR, aims to revolutionise runflat tyre technology and is expanding as they prepare for growth.
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Increased client demand prompts company expansion at the AMP
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Our client, Runflat CBR, aims to revolutionise runflat tyre technology and is expanding as they prepare for growth.

Our client, Runflat CBR, aims to revolutionise runflat tyre technology and is expanding as they prepare for growth.

PES Performance engineers have helped Richard Lust and the Runflat CBR team to develop an insert that can be fitted into an ordinary wheel, and which maintains good drivability – the ability to steer, accelerate and brake efficiently – even if all four tyres suffer a blowout.

Beginning from a clean sheet, we worked with Richard to create an end-user ‘wishlist’, which incorporated more than 30 design and engineering challenges including to:

◊ Deliver world-beating performance for runflat tyre technology
◊ Deliver distance and speed performance well in excess of those currently available
◊ Develop an effective and lightweight anti-friction concept for longer runflat distances
◊ Incorporate a new ‘cantilever’ construction concept for lighter weight without compromising performance
◊ Develop the ability to absorb or deflect ballistic attack
◊ Ensure fitting can be carried out in less than 15 minutes
◊ Create a design concept to suit different wheel sizes so reducing manufacturing lead time
◊ Create a flexible product range so variations can be economically produced to fulfil special requirements of end-users.

Runflat CBR outgrew their original base in the AMP Technology Centre and have now taken a larger unit on the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP), ahead of the planned mass-manufacture of their products from the end of the year.

Richard, an engineer with nearly 30 years’ experience designing ‘runflats’, said: “We have now patented our revolutionary technology and are looking forward to sharing it with users across the globe from our new facility.”

See article in the Sheffield Star here.

See the Runflat video below;

The PES Performance Team, are delighted to hear that Yorkshire Man of Steel project has been awarded initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

PES Performance have been involved in the project for the past four years, and we were immediately enthused by the Man of Steel concept from the first time we met Steve Mehdi & Jane in 2012.

We’re proud to be based at the heart of the Sheffield City Region, with the region’s heritage and reputation in the coal, steel and advanced engineering industries, and this is one of the key reasons why we decided to locate our business at the Advanced Manufacturing Park.

We therefore feel that it is entirely fitting that the Man of Steel celebrates the importance of the Yorkshire steel and coal industries, the lives of the men and women who worked in them and ensures that the next generations understand their local and Yorkshire heritage.

But it is not all about the past. The project also will showcase the best of the region’s current and future manufacturing technology, and as a high performance engineering design company this is what we are all about. It may appear to be a simple challenge; however the construction of the iconic Yorkshire Man of Steel will require the design engineering, manufacturing and construction expertise of the regional businesses, the ‘Team of Steel’ to deliver this unique and challenging project.

Not only will the Man of Steel put the region and Yorkshire firmly on the ‘international stage’ it will also profile regional expertise around the globe through this amazing and innovative sculpture. We are certainly very excited and our design team cannot wait to start the engineering design on the external structure of the Man of Steel.

We have been fully supportive of Steve as he pushed hard to offset the inevitable critics, who only saw the sculpture and not what it truly represents as an icon of the people, community and Yorkshire. Nothing could have cemented this more than the development and creation of the Heart of Steel; the first sculpture of which now sits proudly outside Rotherham’s Minster.

The Heart has already raised over £100,000 with thousands being given to the British Heart Foundation as part of the support for Rotherham as a ‘Heart Town’. All of the money being donated by the people, who in return will get their names placed on the second heart that will be placed inside the Man of Steel. Donations have not only come from Yorkshire but from around the world, showing the global reach of the project and pride of the region.

We have used our expertise in 3D scanning and engineering design to help bring the Man of Steel to life. The scanning has allowed the accurate reproduction of Steve’s 300mm high bronze maquette, and which has been scaled up to create the famous model now seen by thousands of people around the region. Eventually the scan data will help us to create the final 30m high piece.

It is important that the entire project will be designed and fabricated locally, harnessing a range of specialist skills and materials and showcasing the region’s renowned reputation for excellence.

Following the generous Heritage Lottery Fund donation, we look forward to working with Steve, Jane & the other companies in the ‘Team of Steel’ to bring the project to reality over the coming months; helping create a new Yorkshire Icon which will both celebrate the past and present, encourage people to visit and also help boost the region’s future economy.

Our client, Runflat CBR, aims to revolutionise runflat tyre technology and is expanding as they prepare for growth.
Runflat CBR, aims for success in global tyre market
Increased client demand prompts company expansion at the AMP
PES engineers help create custom Maserati for ‘Best of Italy’ event