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Versalift innovation project

Versalift UK is collaborating with the University of Northampton to develop an automated process to calculate stability loadings for its vehicle mounted platforms.

The project team consists of Versalift UK engineering manager Tom Johnson, and Northampton University lecturer Mohammed Ghaleeh and is supported by a local government business innovation grant.
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(L-R) Tom Johnson of Versalift, Mohammed Ghaleeh of Northampton University and student Connor Copsey, with James Heminsley of Versalift

The project aims to create an automated process to carry out the calculations that will pre-select the lift and vehicle specification, something that is currently carried out manually for each combination. If successful, Versalift says the project could deliver a potential saving of around 20 percent of its project engineering resources, freeing them up for more productive duties.

The university says the programme enables students to practice mechanical design on a practical, real life scenario. Students have the opportunity to develop working relationships and potentially spend time on site which could potentially result in industrial year placements and summer internships and longer term careers in the access industry.