Our Services
Take a concept from design to product
Designing and creating your product need not be difficult. At Orion Engineering we can design and advise at every stage in the development of your product.
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Looking for assistance with approval authorities?
At Orion Engineering, we can guide you through submissions to approval authorities, ensuring your product passes the quality testing
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Struggling to find suitable test facilities or materials?
We can help you source exactly what you need locally to your business

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Design & Draughting

Our Services have Design Engineering built into them and that is what we do best. We can produce designs, 3D models and 2D drawings for a wide variety of customers and industries. A speciality is valves for building, water, oil and gas services. This includes globe, ball, air eliminator, pressure reducing and safety valves. Special items include a sampler for a mass spectrometer. Production fixtures and tooling designs are also produced. For your 3D Modelling requirements, we can create 3D models from ideas, sketches and drawings. These can be used to print a 3D model sample. 2D Draughting is tailored to your requirements. Paper drawings of electrical circuit diagrams can be redrawn using Autocad. Mechanical components can be modelled and redrawn using Inventor. Illustrations for marketing purposes are produced on request. Autodesk software is used, so files can be supplied in Autocad, Inventor, dwf or plain pdf format.

Plastic Moulding Design

As part of Our Services, designing plastic items, fittings and components is an area that we have a great deal of experience with, having created many different items over the years. For example, some of the products designed are gas and electricity meter boxes, products for building services, manhole covers and recyclable utensils and containers.

Finite Element Analysis

As part of Our Services, Finite Element Analysis is available to use for refinements and improvements on the 3D model. Normally uses the linear method. Can use the non-linear method where required.

Water Regulations Advisory Scheme

Material and product approvals have been applied for on behalf of clients. Examples of successful applications include safety valves, anti-vacuum and other related boiler valves.

Pressure Equipment Directive Approval

Gaining, maintaining and renewing approvals for products that fall under the Pressure Equipment Directive is also an area of expertise.

Discover what we can do for your business

We have 23 years of trading under our belt! So the Company has a proven track record of creating quality products for businesses. Contact us to discuss your requirements today!

Example Work

2D Draughting
3D Modelling
Finite Element Analysis

MMAS – Making Material Analysis Simple!

Background

MMAS - Making Material Analysis Simple! started with a customer request.  That was to find a quick and easy method of material analysis for foundry samples in house.

The samples had to be sent out for testing. It was taking between a couple of days to a couple of weeks.  During this time the castings in a batch could not be used till that batch sample was tested, and passed the test.   The reason for the request was to overcome the delay.  The delay meant cost and slow progress.

What was devised must be able to identify the various elements directly, within minutes, accurately, and with minimal surface preparation.  It will be used on test pieces, batch samples and individual castings. This will be undertaken by someone without specialist knowledge and training.  But the person will be trained to use the instrument.  It was also to be handheld.  This has meant it can be used anywhere with in the factory.  It can also be used outside of the factory.

It was later realised that the application could be widened.  Now the request included bar stock and components in the rest of the factory.  To sum up, it can be used on anything where the material composition needed to be known!

There was nothing suitable found that met all the requirements described.  So I started the journey the company is now on, working with the University of Huddersfield to create a solution and ultimately a usable product.  Therefore MMAS - Making Material Analysis Simple!

Overview of the Solution

It is based on low vacuum X-Ray technology as illustrated below.  A patent has been filed and pending.

The instrument will be able to read most elements.  It will operate below 30kV, so there is no need to notify, register, or get consent from HSE for use.

MMAS, Making Material Analysis Simple! - Our Services

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From Concept to Use in Action

From Concept to Use in Action. This is a small demonstration of what can be done with 3D printing.  Wild Films Ltd needed an attachment to fit a reflex focusing sight onto their camera. This is to assist with capturing fast moving objects and animals in the frame.  After trying some concepts in wood, they then approached ourselves to model and refine the concept, with a view to getting it 3D printed.

The concept was 3D Modelled  in Autodesk Inventor from the sample. An stl file was exported from the model to send to a 3D printer. Once the 3D printer had finished, it was then sprayed black to fit in with the rest of the equipment.  The component can be seen in the 3rd image where it is sprayed black and fully attached to the camera handle.  A picatinny rail was mounted to the top of the component to allow quick release of the reflex sight when storing the camera.

Below are images of each stage of the component's design and creation, showing creation from Concept to Use in Action.

From Concept to Use in Action
3D Model of the Camera Sight Adaptor
From Concept to Use in Action
Actual 3D printed component as received.
From Concept to Use in Action
The component sprayed black to blend in.

3D printing is ideal for this sort of work, although like anything else it has it's limitations. Thanks to Wild Films Ltd for allowing this widget to be discussed.

Events

Orion Engineering Trophy

In 2011 the company began sponsoring a tournament at Cheshire Polo Club.  The event is the Orion Engineering Ltd Trophy.  This is an annual tournament which we have successfully run over the past few years.   It is intended to be a thank you to clients, family, friends, and a fun event.

The trophy and prizes are commissioned for the winners from Jennifer Gater.  Jennifer is a traditionally trained wood carver who uses antique hand tools to carve rocking horses, clocks and other pieces, as well as restoring rocking horses.

Photographic coverage of the event is provided by Wild Films Ltd.   Wild Films Ltd cover the polo action, presentations and portraits of guests for us.

Orion Engineering Polo 2016 Action
Orion Engineering Polo Trophy
Orion Engineering Polo Presentation 2016

About

Paul Gater

Paul Gater

Managing Director

Orion Engineering Ltd was founded in January 1997 by Paul Gater. Paul is a member of the IET who is listed with the Engineering Council as an Incorporated Engineer.  To aid engineering research work, Paul also joined the Institute of Physics as a member.

Utilising his experience, the company has been able to provide design and development services to a wide range of clients.  Flexibility in providing solutions for clients is key to Orion Engineering.  This ensures that the service each client receives is bespoke.  Every client can be assured of confidentiality and discretion throughout the project.

His career began in engineering at Foden’s in 1973, where he started as a craft and later a technician apprentice.  Finished training with an HNC in Mechanical Engineering.   After finishing his apprenticeship, Paul became a Production Planning Engineer at their site in Sandbach, Cheshire.  Part of the job included designing jigs, fixtures, tooling and forgings.

Jigs, fixtures and tooling were also designed for Donald Brown (Brownall) Ltd in 1981 after leaving Foden Ltd.   Briefly worked for RS Design Ltd in 1982 as a Methods/Estimating Engineer and Design Draughtsman.  Paul was invited back by Donald Brown (Brownall) Ltd in 1983 as a Design Draughtsman.   In this position, Paul designed a number of items for use.  Such as laboratory taps, industrial fittings, valves and meter fittings until 1996.  Further education in business resulted in him receiving an MSc in Management Studies.

In January 1997 he decided to establish his own company and founded Orion Engineering Ltd – and the rest, as they say, is history!

Contact

For a free, no obligation discussion of your requirements,

Contact us by email or phone below.

pgater@orionengineeringltd.co.uk

01270 627110

07944883755

Following Government advice regarding Covid 19, meetings by teleconferencing/video are available by arrangement.

 

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Nantwich,

Cheshire,

CW5 5PH.

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