• Contract manufacture and assembly of pneumatic pressing machine
Through a recommendation Nexium was approached by a prestigious global aerospace company to produce fully CE documented pneumatic-hydraulic systems . The system press fits key components for rocket motors on jet fighter ejector seats . Assembly took place at Nexium premises and the complete project management included component sourcing, design, systems engineering and testing . The project was successfully completed on time and to budget, leading to further orders for these and other systems.
• Design and manufacture of electronic laser controller
Nexium was commissioned by a university spin-off company to design and manufacture a laser controller to power a leading-edge laser head. The unit incorporated engineered parts supplied by Nexium and a control PCB designed and manufactured by Nexium. The controller was assembled and wired at Nexium premises. A number of units were produced for customers worldwide before the technology was sold to a leading global supplier of laser systems.
• Diffusion system design/build and production process optimisation
Due to extensive experience in clean room operations and processes, Nexium was approached to provide and set up a phosphorus diffusion furnace at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Clean Facility. Nexium designed the key elements of the dopant delivery system and installed the equipment successfully in the clean facility. Nexium performed process optimisation and achieved impressive product yield. Nexium managed the whole project throughout, which came in on time and on budget.
• Boosting assembly at peak times
Nexium was commissioned by a high-tech spin-out company, specialising in laser Raman spectroscopy, to assemble systems to meet a sharp increase in demand. With no time for training the customer required experience of laser technology and supporting systems. The work involved opto-mechanical assembly and wiring. As the project evolved Nexium also became involved with design optimisation. The assembly ran to schedule and incorporated the proposed design improvements.
• Bridging an ‘non-core skills’ expertise gap
A leading global cryogenic systems supplier required a prototype system controller design and build, as electronic design and assembly fell outside of the skills profile within the company . Following the subsequent product sales successes the contract was extended to manufacture their controllers as required.
• Stepping up production for smooth growth
Referral for this contract came from an existing customer. A venture capital funded company, developing an innovative medical sensor, was going through the process of moving from R&D production to manufacture. During this transition period it was essential to inject expertise and skills into production in order to meet challenging progress targets.
The work included mechanical design of production jigs for use in a cleanroom environment. Product validation and testing was essential to ensure product compliance.