BEEAs 2016 Winners

MA Business, publishers of New Electronics and Eureka magazines, have announced the winners for this year’s British Engineering Excellence Awards (BEEAs). The winners were announced at a gala lunch at the Honourable Artillery Company (HAC), London, on 6th October 2016.

Small Company of the Year — Forth Engineering
(Sponsored by Innovate UK)

Andy Sellars

To succeed in this category, the judges were looking for a company with a sound business plan, a product or service that meets a market need and the successful reception of that product. They also wanted to see evidence of either competing successfully with much larger rivals or exploiting a viable market niche. All with less than 20 employees.

Forth Engineering started in 2000 with the simple idea of manufacturing and supplying hoses to customer specifications. Specialising in technical innovation, Forth continues to develop a range of remotely operated vehicles, radiation tolerant cameras and remote tooling, which are used by the nuclear industry.

Start Up of the Year — Ultrahaptics
(Sponsored by Cambridge Consultants)

Andy Sellars

The Start-up of the Year category celebrates tomorrow’s companies and technological successes. The Judges were looking for a company established no earlier than 1st January 2012, developing mechanical and/or electronic products or offering engineering based services to customers in the UK and elsewhere.

Ultrahaptics has created a way to feel virtual objects in mid-air, without the need to wear special equipment. Using ultrasound, the technology enables virtual buttons, shapes, switches and dials to be felt and manipulated. Ultrahaptics’ successful launch is underlined by the level of investment received during the last three years.

Design Team of the Year — ByteSnap Design and Cocoon
(Sponsored by Premier EDA Solutions)

Andy Sellars

In this category the Judges were looking for entrants into this category to demonstrate the successful use of teamwork in the creation of an engineering or electronic product or system. In assessing the entries, the Judges wanted to see how the team was composed and evidence of how its members interacted to meet its budget and project milestones.

In a fiercely contested category the judges awarded the top prize to ByteSnap and Cocoon for a tight, well scheduled design team with clearly outlined job descriptions and the expertise needed to deliver the design on time.

Materials Application of the Year — BAE Systems – Highly Robust Ground Platform
(Sponsored by Engineering Materials magazine)

Andy Sellars

The choice of material can make or break an engineering product, so the Judges were looking for evidence of how the properties of a particular material (or material combination) were exploited in order to solve a design challenge.

The Highly Robust Ground Platform – or HRGP – from BAE Systems is a remotely controlled unmanned ground vehicle capable of surviving a landmine blast and remaining mission capable.

New Product of the Year (Electronic) — Lightpoint Medical – LightPath
(Sponsored by New Electronics magazine)

Andy Sellars

In assessing entries, the Judges looked for an electronic product or component that addresses a particular market need and which brings a significant performance improvement; either over a previous product or over competitive devices.

The Lightpath Imaging System from Lightpoint Medical is the first commercially available imaging system that tells surgeons about the precise location of cancer, ensuring diseased tissue is cleared in a single operation. The system integrates the latest imaging technology into a mobile device that can be used in busy operating theatres.

New Product of the Year (Mechanical) — JCB - Hydradig
(Sponsored by Eureka! magazine)

Andy Sellars

In this category the Judges were looking for an engineering product for which an innovative approach has been used to meet a particular market need. They wanted to see evidence of how the need for the product was assessed, along with an indication of time to market.

The JCB Hydradig is a revolutionary tool carrying solution, bringing new levels of innovation and engineering to the growing compact wheeled machine sector.

Young Design Engineer of the Year — Christopher Bellamy, Jaguar Land Rover
(Sponsored by RS Components)

Andy Sellars

The judges took a range of factors into account, including: the knowledge which has been applied by the young engineer; the contribution made to projects; and the degree of innovation required. They also considered the nominee’s personal qualities that promote the engineering profession.

Christopher Bellamy, has invented, designed and developed creative and novel solutions for customer problems. He has pioneered a human-centric design process – a concept new to Jaguar Land Rover – and close work with the consumer insight and human factors teams has delivered outstanding results.

Design Engineer of the Year — Alexander McDiarmid, Parker Bestobell
(Sponsored by maxon motor UK)

Andy Sellars

Entrants in this category were nominated by fellow engineers who needed to demonstrate evidence of innovation within strict budgetary and time constraints and possibly solutions that improve on the initial design brief.

A young, but influential design engineer, Alexander McDiarmid, is a pioneer in product design at Parker Bestobell, offering practical engineering skills and an understanding of industry. He plays a key role in developing the skills of the company’s apprentices and has driven innovation by designing and developing a highly effective new high pressure valve range.

Consultancy of the Year — Williams Advanced Engineering
(Sponsored by Institution of Mechanical Engineers)

Andy Sellars

To identify the Consultancy of the Year, the Judges looked for evidence that the shortlisted companies are developing innovative and timely solutions to engineering problems posed to them by their customers. Other factors taken into account included the ratio of consultancy staff to the number of projects delivered, number of staff applied to those projects and their success. The Judges were also interested to see how the consultancy has developed during the last five years and how it plans to grow its business.

Williams Advanced Engineering, the technology and engineering services business of the Williams Group, provides world class technical innovation, engineering, testing and manufacturing services to the automotive, motorsport, transport and energy sectors.

Judges’ Special Award — MQA, Audio Codec

Andy Sellars This award is given, at the discretion of the Judges, to a person or company that, in their opinion, deserves particular recognition. While this company or person may not have won the category in which they were shortlisted, the Judges felt strongly that the entry was worthy of an award.

The Judges agreed that the development of the MQA audio codec – and its positive reception by leading consumer electronics brands – shows the UK is more than capable of holding its own in this highly competitive market.

Grand Prix 2016 - Lightpoint Medical

In selecting the winner of the British Engineering Excellence Awards Grand Prix for 2016, the Judges concluded that LightPath has the potential to revolutionise cancer surgery, while reducing the need for follow on surgery and bringing peace of mind to patients. It is poised to make a big difference in people’s lives.