Tees Valley-based Durham Lifting Ltd has kick-started its digitalisation journey and entered into new markets with support from Supply Chain North East.
The lifting equipment solutions provider, which operates from two locations in the North East, Middlesbrough and Newton Aycliffe, has implemented new Industry 4.0 and digital manufacturing principles with support from Supply North East partner and business support agency, Generator.
Durham Lifting Ltd managing director Amanda Gardiner and technical director Paul Gardiner were interested in producing manufactured lifting beams with step improvements in specific strength (yield/fatigue/impact), modulus, fatigue life and light-weighting.
The change in production techniques would not only save the company money, but it would also protect the environment by reducing energy consumption and emissions during manufacturing and transportation.
Supply Chain North East worked with Amanda and Paul to undertake a feasibility study of lightweight materials and digital manufacturing processes with the view to replace the S3551 steel used in the company’s Multi-Sec spreader beam product range.
Durham Lifting Ltd obtained product development and digital manufacturing process advice on how to cost-effectively and efficiently manufacture a newly patented ‘release and retrieval clamp’ device used in the subsea sector and currently on trial in the North Sea.
With the support of Supply Chain North East, Durham Lifting Ltd developed new lightweight non-conductive materials for its Multi-Sec spreader beam product range, which means it can be used across multiple sectors including utility markets, renewables, marine, oil and gas, construction and other harsh environment sectors.
The use of lightweight Multi-Sec spreader beam materials means cranes can operate longer and more efficiently, providing savings to both crane owners and operators.
The support provided by Supply Chain North East to help Durham Lifting Ltd introduce new digital manufacturing processes has resulted in significant cost savings for the company, as well as health and safety and environmental benefits.
Durham Lifting Ltd is planning to expand its in-house manufacturing capability and capacity, and implement a range of new digital manufacturing principles and processes.
Supply Chain North East helps businesses diversify their offer, expand their customer base and unlock untapped opportunities in new markets. An integral part of the North East Growth Hub (www.northeastgrowthhub.co.uk), Supply Chain North East is delivered across the region by RTC North, Generator, North East Automotive Alliance (NEAA) and North East Process Industry Cluster (NEPIC), with the ambition of working with over 800 businesses between 2018-2021 to support them in identifying opportunities in new and existing markets.
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