Engineers join 2000 awards list

A revolutionary display technology, an advanced strain monitoring system for composite structures and a solar power system for petrol stations are among 143 products awarded Millennium status by the Design Council this week. Engineering and technology companies, particularly in the fields of electronics, aerospace and sensor technology, feature strongly in the list, which recognises and […]

A revolutionary display technology, an advanced strain monitoring system for composite structures and a solar power system for petrol stations are among 143 products awarded Millennium status by the Design Council this week.

Engineering and technology companies, particularly in the fields of electronics, aerospace and sensor technology, feature strongly in the list, which recognises and will be used to promote UK design and engineering excellence worldwide. A selection of the products – 777 have been picked so far – will be displayed in the Millennium Dome.

Among the most significant are Cambridge Display Technologies’ light-emitting plastics, which will allow flat, flexible TV screens to be made and promises to revolutionise the display of information from television to advertising hoardings.

Smart Fibres’ Optical Fibre strain monitoring system allows strain gauges to be embedded in composite structures. It will allow continuous monitoring and detection of hidden damage in composites used in aircraft or bridges.

Also in aerospace, Bombardier Aerospace-Shorts wins an award for its integral thrust reverser, while Ultra Electronics’ propeller-hub-mounted generator solves the problem of providing power to de-ice aircraft propellers.

BP Amoco is cited for its use of solar panels to provide supplementary electric power to service stations.

A final batch of Millennium Products will be selected before the end of the year, with 4 October the deadline for submissions.

{{Among the best: Engineering firms given Millennium Product statusthis week

Product Company

Airwedge AMS Systems EngineeringInflatable air bag for crash recovery of aircraft

CA21 Elementis ChromiumSafer, crystalline form of the toxic chemical chromic acid, used inchromium plating

Ceion CormonUltrasonic measurement technology for detecting corrosion in pipesand tanks

Smart fabrics ElectroTextilesSmart fabrics opening up the possibility of roll-up keyboards

Holotag HolotagRadio frequency ID tags to be embedded in products and packaging

Hub integrated power switching Ultra ElectronicssystemA generator housed in a propeller hub, to power de-icing forthe propeller

Light-emitting plastics Cambridge Display TechnologiesRevolutionary technology allowing flat, flexible TV screens to bemade

Oil leak sensor National Grid CompanyAutomatically alerts if oil-based chemicals leak from pipes orcables

Optical-fibre strain monitor Smart FibresStrain gauge which can be embedded in composite materials

Portable train weigher Weighwell EngineeringCapable of weighing a railway train yet light enough for two peopleto carry

Renold Smartlink Renold ChainSensor embedded in chain link to monitor stresses on chain drives

Rigel high-intensity LED Rolls-Royce Industrial ControlsOptical system for variable message signs giving Controls betterlegibility

Solar-powered service canopy BP AmocoSolar panels on roof supplement mains electricity to servicestation forecourt

Big Head transceiver Sonardyne InternationalAcoustic transceiver gives subsea positioning data to drillingvessels

Thrust reverser Bombardier Aerospace-ShortsThrust reverser integrated into engine nacelle, used on CRJ-700’sjet engines}}

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