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H360 TBC pic%5b1%5dH360, a sister company of Hutchinson Engineering has teamed up with Taxi Bus Conversions, Northern Ireland’s leading specialist vehicle convertors, to fully convert their latest mobility vehicle.

Working with Taxi Bus Conversions, H360 has taken a new Ford Transit Connect and fully converted it for mobility purposes. The contract will see the first vehicle, a fully-converted bare shell being shipped to England for ‘pull testing’ on all structural H360 designed elements.

Ian Ferguson, senior design engineer at H360, explained: “The Ford Transit Connect conversion follows already established design techniques but is an extensive redesign of the rear area of the vehicle, involving sloping floor pan, structural rear crossmember, structural front crossmember, re designed seat brackets and ancillary brackets to support re designed exhaust and fuel tank unit.

“The vehicle is also fitted with a well established ramp system that marries in to our design. This meant that whilst we had points of reference for the conversion, everything that has been designed is unique to the Connect vehicle but meets industry design criteria both structurally and dimensionally.”

David Donnell, managing director at Taxi Bus Conversions, explained: Being a Northern Irish company that exports throughout the UK, it is great to be able to have the service produced by a like minded company in Northern Ireland. We were attracted to Hutchinson Engineering and H360 as they had both the design and manufacturing capability in house. This ensured a very speedy result.”

Hutchinson Engineering

Hutchinson Engineering is one of the UK and Ireland’s leading sub contract laser and metal fabrication companies. Operating from a 60,000 square foot state-of-the-art production facility, they offer their customers the complete in house engineering solution. Hutchinson Engineering services include laser cutting, angle and tube cutting, steel bending and folding, fabrication, finishing, as well as product development and design.

Hutchinson Engineering is a high quality supplier of laser cutting, folding, fabrication, kitting and design services, which uses state of the art 3D design software and the most modern laser technology available. Established in 1971, the company is a medium sized, family run business which has developed into one of Northern Ireland’s leading Sub-Contract Laser cutting and fabrication companies.

Services

Hutchinson Engineering offers laser cutting and fabrication services to operators in numerous sectors and works with global elite companies. The firm offers customers operating in the aerospace, agriculture, construction, energy and transport sectors the complete engineering solution. As well as being a full service fabrication and laser cutting provider, Hutchinson Engineering also offers customers folding and finishing services.

Laser Precision

The company’s customers demand accuracy and laser technology allows Hutchinson Engineering to work to tight tolerances and deliver rapid cutting speeds without sacrificing quality.

Laser cutting capabilities include;
• Mild steel
• Stainless steel
• Aluminium
• Hardox
• Chequer plate

3D tube laser capabilities include;
• Mild Steel Box, Angle, Pipe, and Channel
• Stainless Steel Box, Angle, Pipe, and Channel
• Aluminium Box, Angle, Pipe, and Channel

Fabrication and Folding

Hutchinson Engineering employs a range of state-of-the-art fabrication equipment for precision metal folding and bending. With high tolerances and flexibility, a broad range of materials can be formed to meet specific requirements.

Finishing

Hutchinson Engineering can further enhance your products through quality metal finishing techniques. The company employs a finishing machine to polish stainless steel, mild steel and aluminium to provide high quality finishes and can advise on the most appropriate finish for each product.

Hutchinson Engineering also offer;
• Powder Coating
• Zinc Passivation
• Galvanising
• Wet Spraying

All in one Engineering Solution Provider

Additionally, Hutchinson Engineering offers complete design development consultancy including conceptual design, working drawings and stress analysis through their sister company, H360. The firm doesn’t just design your product – it takes it from concept to full production, with the ability to help customers at any stage of the process, whether you have an initial design concept or not. The company are able to design a prototype that works, refine the design to be more efficient and cost-effective and finally manufacturing it at our purpose-built facility.
Hutchinson Engineering aims to be at the forefront of technology, investing substantially in the latest state of the art laser cutting, folding and welding machinery as well as 2D and 3D CAD systems in order to maximise the hardware available.

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