Case Studies

Case Study 1 - Research and Development

Several years ago, we designed, manufactured and installed the first of a number of single turbidity monitors for various sites throughout the South East of England to measure water quality. In order to ensure an accurate turbidity reading, the system was designed to incorporate the removal of air from the raw water sample prior to testing.

Following the successful deployment of these units over the years, we were subsequently approached to see if we would be able to develop a further system broadly based around our existing design. The specific requirement was for the development of a new system capable of providing triple validation.

Unfortunately, the project was subject to an extremely tight deadline which precluded the option to conduct site testing of a working prototype. In this respect, we were under significant pressure to come up with a working design in a very short space of time.

As with any form of good design, the process starts with an understanding of what is trying to be achieved. Our design team therefore set about looking at the specific requirements of the system/performance criteria e.g. volume of sample flow etc. From this assessment, a basic design was formulated using our knowledge and experience gained from the previous development of the single turbidity monitor and built into an appropriate prototype.

The next stage in the design cycle was evaluation – in this instance testing to assess the performance of the system. After initial tests were conducted, we were then able to revisit the design as appropriate to try different ideas and continue to improve overall performance against the pre-determined criteria.

At each stage of the development, we continued to work closely with our client, providing communication of results and other feedback throughout to keep the client informed of progress.

The final design was approved by the client at the final Factory Acceptance Test stage, conducted on schedule..