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Development engineering

AgResearch has a well equipped, versatile Lincoln-based team that can provide you with a complete engineering service.

Innovation, development, commercialisation

The Development Engineering team is geared to custom build equipment including measurement and control systems in support of R & D. We are also able to modify and improve existing products and processes. From an initial concept, products and processes can be taken through to various stages including basic prototypes, commercial prototypes and full commercial products.

Measurement and control

Many of today’s machines require an electronic control system in order to function. Our team can develop software for data acquisition and machine control, then build and commission the hardware.

PC interface, ZigBee wireless technology, gas measurement

L to R: PC interface, ZigBee wireless technology, gas measurement

CAD design

Our design engineer operates with the latest CAD software (Autodesk Inventor). Designs are parametrically modelled in 3D. Detail drawings and engineering parts lists are then generated from the intelligent 3D model. Concepts can be quickly modelled in 3D.

Lab prototype, 3D CAD model, CAD detail drawing, completed vessel

L to R: lab prototype, 3D CAD model, CAD detail drawing, completed vessel

Manufacture, maintenance and repair

The workshop includes experienced toolmakers and a registered electrician. Services include bench top development, fabrication, machining, maintenance and repair. The large, fully equipped engineering workshop (including a vertical CNC machining centre) is flexible enough to handle anything from small, intricate components through to complex industrial machinery. Short production runs are handled in-house. For development of major industrial plant, or where large production runs or heavy engineering is involved, external partners are utilised.

Engineering workshop, precision machining, control cabinet

L to R: engineering workshop, precision machining, control cabinet

Engineering projects

The following are further examples of projects that have been undertaken by the Development Engineering team.

Environmental

Plant canopy, methanogens, nitrous oxide

L to R: plant canopy, methanogens, nitrous oxide

Instruments and laboratory equipment

Pile height gauge, shaker, tube opener, anaerobic chambers

L to R: pile height gauge, shaker, tube opener, anaerobic chambers

Dryers and controlled environment chambers

Sample dryer, bonding oven, humidity chamber, environmental chamber

L to R: sample dryer, bonding oven, humidity chamber, environmental chamber

Soil coring

3D model of quad bike soil corer, quad bike soil corer. manual coring tubes

L to R: 3D model of quad bike soil corer, quad bike soil corer. manual coring tubes

Process Engineering

Mini flash evaporator, pyrolysis, composting

L to R: mini flash evaporator, pyrolysis, composting

Upgrades, maintenance and repairs, animal trials

Irrigation equipment, harvester, lamb saliva collection

L to R: irrigation equipment, harvester, lamb saliva collection

 

 Key information

 
  • Innovation, development, commercialisation
  • Measurement and control
  • CAD design
  • Manufacture, maintenance and repair
 

 Related links

 
  
Products - textile processing equipment
 

 Contact

 
Steve Gebbie
Shared Services group
Email Steve