(Left to right) Ken Hayhurst from Eminox, students Jacob Woolley, Joe Spencer, Matthew Thorne and their teacher, Dave Birchall.
(Left to right) Ken Hayhurst from Eminox, students Jacob Woolley, Joe Spencer, Matthew Thorne and their teacher, Dave Birchall.
UK-based manufacturer of exhaust and emission control systems for heavy duty vehicles, Eminox has an ongoing commitment to support local schools and academies. A class of engineering students from Year 12 of Tuxford Academy near Newark in Nottinghamshire recently worked on a case study which was based on automating a tube rolling and welding operation. The task was delivered to the students by Ken Hayhurst, Eminox’s group training manager, through a special lesson.
 
The students were allocated two weeks to come up with ideas and to produce a report explaining their proposed solution and evaluate the pros and cons of using automation, which was part of their coursework for a BTEC Level 3 Engineering qualification.
 
Teacher Dave Birchall, believes the linking of the case study to a real company example provided the students with a practical link to industry and an insight into the world of work.  Ken Hayhurst from Eminox said that the students had produced some excellent work and demonstrated a profound understanding of the subject when assessing the case for automation.
 
The top three reports were selected for an Eminox engineering award and the students were welcomed at Eminox with a tour of the Gainsborough factory followed by a prize ceremony.