Energy efficiency, increasing product life and decreasing maintenance costs are high on many companies’ priority lists.
Set against that background, the ability to measure, assess, simulate and predict has become increasingly important – and all of that is right up Nprime’s street.
The Kelham Island company provides a one-stop shop for hi tech measurement and data collection.
It can supply the equipment and it has the expertise to install it in the most challenging environments. It can collect and collate the data, present it in an easily understandable form and will train a client’s own staff to do the work themselves.
It can even facilitate the development of new designs and has even arranged for new components to be made and tested.
“Kelham Island is a fabulous place to be. It’s where steel and engineering started and we have 10 test facilities within 10 square miles,” says Nprime’s founder Ciaran O’Shea.
“Sheffield is also quite fortunate to have all the airports around it. It’s in a very, very good position, if you are working in an international business.”
Nprime’s range of expertise is a major attraction to clients.
In the energy sector alone the company work spans offshore oil and gas and renewables.
Recent contracts have included helping a UK engineering business to improve knowledge of the loadings on wind turbines that had been erected at a test site in China.
In addition to working on trucks, trailers and earth moving equipment in the UK and Europe, Nprime has helped automotive companies validate new components before they are allowed to be installed on vehicles.
The company has also been helping London Underground maintenance company Tube Lines to improve the design of the bogies, or frames, which hold the wheels on which the trains run.
Within the defence sector, its sensors and expertise have been used to create “Golden Vehicles” – a single test vehicle laden with sensors that gather masses of data on how the vehicle performs.
Similar vehicles are then deployed with a radically reduced number of sensors – may be just one or two. The data they produce is correlated with information from the Golden Vehicle, helping mechanics to switch from carrying out routine maintenance to preventative maintenance.