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Portable Hydraulics Training System
Case Study - Sutton Coldfield College

Sutton Coldfield college, in Birmingham, has for many years offered training in hydraulics and has recently been awarded CoVE (Centre of Vocational Excellence) status in Integrated Manufacturing Technology. As part of the upgrade for Cove there was a requirement to update some of the facilities at the college, including the hydraulics equipment.

The hydraulics training equipment previously in use at the college was supplied some years ago and consisted of 6 training rigs, from 3 different manufacturers, each brand being incompatible with the others. Some of them were incomplete, while others, due to their design, leaked hydraulic fluid onto the floor and were therefore potentially dangerous to staff and students alike. All of the training rigs were very large and cumbersome, thereby taking up a lot of precious space.
MECHATRONICS, who are a long standing supplier to the college, were approached regarding the possibility of providing hydraulic training rigs that were clean in use, compact and space saving, used genuine industrial components, are user friendly, portable (for use on-site at clients premises) and above all low cost.

The unique Portable Hydraulics Training System from MECHATRONICS was able to meet all of the criteria set, in fact it is the only system that was able to meet all of the college's requirements. Due to its portability it is not only possible to take the equipment into companies for 'On-site' training programmes but also allows the classroom to be 'multi-tasked', when not running hydraulic courses. The 'Flat-Face' couplings are extremely clean in use, something that both the students and staff like, as they are no longer 'swimming in oil' as was previously the case. Students find the system a lot easier to use and therefore gain a better understanding of hydraulics, resulting in more interest being shown and higher attainment being achieved. The equipment has been well used by a wide range of trainees from youngsters through to mature candidates from a range of local engineering companies, including large multi-nationals, some of this training has been carried out at the clients premises. Mature candidates particularly like the fact that all of the equipment is 'genuine' industrial and therefore relates to real world circuits and applications.

"The hydraulic units proved not only to be reliable but also adaptable and above all robust, the portability of the units has enabled the College to deliver specialist on site training"
Ray Kitchin, Deputy Director, Faculty of Engineering, Sutton Coldfield College

Modular Training System (MTS)
Case Study - BlackCCAT Cove

A consortium of five colleges formed BlackCCAT (Black Country Centre for Advanced Technology) and has been successful in being awarded collaborative Cove status; the colleges are Dudley, Wolverhampton, Stourbridge, Sandwell and Walsall.

Part of what the colleges required for this Cove was a training system for industrial handling and automation. The BlackCCAT body was represented by a panel from the five colleges and all companies that they considered as potential suppliers were invited to give a presentation of what they could offer and why they should be considered as a partner in the project.

Eleven companies were at the original presentation and from this it was short listed to five, these short listed companies were then required to offer proposals. From these proposals MECHATRONICS was selected as the partner for this part of the project.
To design, develop, build, install, commission, provide staff training and full documentation for a training system to cover industrial automation and control. This system was to cover as wide a scope as possible in the number of courses and the levels of students that could gain from its use. It was to cover from craft through to higher national curriculum, as well as mature students on short industrial courses. The system would be required to cover as many mechanical as well as electrical / electronic subject matters as possible, it was to be supplied fully documented and fully commissioned so that it could be used 'straight out of the box'.

An essential requirement of the system was that it must be used on a regular basis to 'earn its keep', unlike other systems on the market which were viewed and rejected as too complicated and subsequently never get used but take up a lot of valuable space and are extremely expensive to purchase.

MECHATRONICS worked with the lecturing staff who would be using the system to establish what they and their students would like from the end product. From this a five station configuration was decided upon, which covers pneumatics, electro-pneumatics, hydraulics, P.L.C.'s, stepper motors, d.c. motors, vacuum, robotics, electrics, sensors, electronics etc.. utilising a wide variety of different products to give as wide a coverage of subject areas and curriculum as possible.

At various stages through the build process the lecturing staff were involved to ensure that the finished item would be exactly as they expected.

Upon completion of the project build and prior to delivery, the lecturing staff that would be using the equipment were trained at MECHATRONICS training centre, so that upon delivery of their system they were ready to use it straight away.

Upon delivery, the system was installed, commissioned and demonstrations carried out to both staff and students, much to the delight of the lecturers and Mr. Roger Wilson, Head of Engineering.

Fluid Power
Case Study - Dudley College

Dudley college, had over a number of years, acquired pneumatics and hydraulics training equipment, which they used on various City & Guilds, BTEC and EAL courses.

More and more frequently the college was being requested by local industry whether they could offer training in these subjects for their mature staff, on a 'short course' basis.

Most of the existing equipment was in need of upgrading, especially the hydraulics, which was big, cumbersome, dirty in use and not very conducive to the professional image which the college wished to portray.

As the requirements fell within the remit for European funding, it was decided to follow this route with a view to total replacement of equipment and refurbishment of the laboratory / classroom where it was to be situated, to create a 'Fluid Power Suite'.
To carry out an assessment of exactly what equipment the college presently had and establish its condition, in regards to whether it was suitable for refurbishment.

In conjunction with college staff, establish which courses would be offered and from this create a 'wish list' of equipment required to carry out these courses. This wish list was to cover the number of students (group size) as well as the curriculum coverage.

Offer various proposals, regarding the refurbishment or replacement of the equipment, suitable for the new facility, which the college were creating.

Work with the college to get funding through the ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) to cover a large proportion of the total project costs.

It was soon established that a lot of the existing equipment was beyond economical repair and was not ideal for refurbishment, some being no longer made, in some cases the manufacturers quoted higher prices to refurbish than to replace with new.

Based on group size and curriculum criteria, a package was proposed which comprised 3 double sided pneumatics laboratory trolleys, equipped with pneumatics, electro-pneumatics and P.L.C.'s and 3 double sided hydraulics laboratory trolleys, equipped with hydraulics, electro-hydraulics and proportional hydraulics.

This equipment has all been set up in the refurbished laboratory / classroom as a dedicated fluid power training facility and has been very successful for the college, who now offer a wider range of training for local industry. As a direct result of this facility Dudley college became a 'preferred supplier' to Rover cars, a company that had not previously used the college, this eventually led to the college taking over the running of Rover's 'Centre for Learning' at the Longbridge plant and conducting all their engineering training.
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