Niftylift and Denbigh School achieve top honours
By Sarah Ann Campbell05 December 2011
UK-based Niftylift and Denbigh School in Milton Keynes are celebrating as their joint efforts in the Engineering Education Scheme (ESS) have once again seen them achieve top honours in two prestigious educational accolades.
The hydraulic work platform manufacturer and Denbigh School won both the BA Crest Gold Award and Exscitec Platinum Award for the sixth year running.
Part of the Royal Academy of Engineering, EES allows students to work in-depth with professional engineering companies and engineers, working on a real life, industrial problem.
This year's project was to design a machine validation rig for use with Niftylift's self propelled products to enhance the current pre-delivery inspection process while reducing the man-hours involved and the environmental impact of this testing.
The rig was designed to accommodate all self-propelled wheel bases from HR12 to HR21 and simulate the operational conditions that Niftylift's self propelled machines are exposed to during use to ensure no issues are present in the machine's hydraulic and transmission system. The AS-level students achieved this by incorporating both a rolling road and vibration pads into their rig.
The awards require students to put in 100+ hours of practical research. The work undertaken is judged as being comparable to that of level one degree standard.