Engineering products set to join millennium showcase

Engineering made a strong showing in the latest selection of Millennium Products, which have a chance of being exhibited in the Millennium Dome. Entries from engineering and manufacturing consistently impressed the panel. They join 433 products chosen in previous rounds. Products receiving the Millennium accolade ranged from the Ford Focus car and a compact combined […]

Engineering made a strong showing in the latest selection of Millennium Products, which have a chance of being exhibited in the Millennium Dome.

Entries from engineering and manufacturing consistently impressed the panel. They join 433 products chosen in previous rounds.

Products receiving the Millennium accolade ranged from the Ford Focus car and a compact combined heat and power generation set, an automated confectionery maker and a software package designed to give school students an understanding of how a water supply network works.

The Engineer was represented on one of the five selection panels which chose the latest products.

Among the winners:

Bluebird Electric: the electric land speed record car

* British Aerospace 3D table: simulation software originally developed for designing aerobatic routines at air displays.

* RolaTube Technology bi-stable reeled composite: A composite tube capable of being unrolled from a flat roll to form rigid structures.

* Bluebird Electric: the electric land speed record car which has already captured the British record for electric vehicles.

* ICL Technical Plastics Bullseye: a subsea levelling device for depths of up to 2.5 miles.

* Wilksch Airmotive CITEC: diesel light aircraft enginepromising easier, safer and cheaper operation.

* Mono Equipment Delta Depositor: a machine that uses mechatronics to produce complex confectionery in small quantities.

* TRW Lucas Varity electric power assisted steering: as used in the MGF, providing a 5% improvement in fuel consumption compared with a hydraulic system.

* JCB Firespy: the world’s first remote-controlled fire-fighting machine.

* Ford Focus: chosen for its packaging, comfort and handling as much as for `new edge’ styling.

* Lindapter Hollo-bolt: a steel cavity fixing capable of being tightened with access from one side only.

* Renishaw HS10 laser scale linear positioning system: providing previously unheard of accuracy over long distances such as the length of an aircraft wing.

* Calluna Technology IGB Callunacard: a 1040Mb hard disk drive the size of a credit card.

* Babcock Rosyth Mega 3 Piggyback rail wagon: designed to carry road trailers and containers on the existing UK rail network.

* Thames Water Network Challenge: an educational piece of software which allows teenagers to design, procure and commission a simulated water supply network.

* Renold screw supercharger production centre: computer controlled precision machine tool for producing high accuracy engine supercharger rotors.

* GGS engineering steerable wheel motor: a low-cost motor for light rail and trams with individual computer control of wheel speed.

* TAG 2000 powertrain control system: used by four Formula One teams to optimise racing car performance.