Taking control of new product development
Researchers in the School of Science, Engineering and Environment have helped Dyer Environmental Controls develop a new product and establish a market-leading presence.
Information about Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP)
Established in 1992, Dyer Environmental Controls supply and install ventilation products and systems. These range from manual remote window opening systems to electrical motors and control systems used to power-open vents and doors.
However the business was facing a strategic challenge.
It could continue as a successful ‘supply and install’ operation but it would not grow. Or it could achieve growth through the development of innovative products and systems.
But the company lacked the expertise to do this.
As part of a two year KTP, researchers in the School of Science, Engineering and Environment helped Dyer Environmental Controls implement a new product development process within the company. Running in tandem with this process was the creation of an innovative actuating mechanism designed to open and close roof windows and conservatories using solar power.
Dr Nigel Mellors and Steve Waterworth provided expertise in solar cell technology, power storage devices, actuator design and development, embedding of new techniques including market research, technology assessment, concept generation and refinement, product testing and design for manufacture. Guidance in supply chain management for both new and existing product ranges was also given.
The ‘SOLIS’ product resulted in D+H Mechatronic making a £500,000 investment for the manufacturing rights enabling Dyer Environmental Controls to become a market leader.
The team continue to work together on new product developments growing the R&D department and driving a culture of innovation throughout the organisation.