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CONTAINER R&D IS MANUFACTURING A BETTER FUTURE

For Britain to be successful in global markets following Brexit, it is essential that our strong manufacturing culture will continue to thrive, and forge a bright new future.
Closer to home, our domestic markets will also remain important to the manufacturing sector. The key to success in both areas will be driven by business investment in research and development to ensure the goods and services they provide lead the world with innovation.

Eldapoint has a strong record of delivering ISO container conversions for offices, workshops, classrooms, labs, generators, biomass boiler housings and family homes as well as event and show units.

These containers become a sustainable and cost-effective solution for many industries that can be shipped anywhere in the world.

Understanding and meeting this need has led Eldapoint to be named the fastest growing large business in the prestigious Greater Manchester Fastest 50 awards. However, it is a business operating in a sector that never stands still.

Analysing the awards Paul Johnson, executive partner at Ward Hadaway in Manchester, said: “The winner of the fastest growing large business award demonstrates that the region has not lost its ability as a manufacturing centre.”

R&D is at the heart of this drive for even more manufacturing excellence. Eldapoint partners with existing and new clients to deliver innovative solutions in several sectors including the growing renewable energy industry.
 

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Using their many years of experience, the Eldapoint team demonstrate their knowledge and innovation across all container divisions by working closely with customers to find the best solution for them.

This R&D strategy allows Eldapoint to share its industry intelligence and deliver new products. These solutions are finding new ways to tackle some of the most challenging circumstances.

Tony Pritchard of Eldapoint, says: “The renewable energy sector is one industry that has embraced Eldapoint’s solutions. Containers manufactured to challenging specifications provide the industry with new possibilities. One renewable energy business approached us looking for solutions for its multiple biomass housings. They needed to be both cost effective and match the quality of its biomass boiler product. In response, we worked with them and our container design team modelled a range of solutions that the client could use on further projects without rethinking each one. This was a breakthrough for this company which meant they were no longer constrained by old designs that used to slow development and reduce their profits.” 
He adds: “Our designers provided a range of units which could be built and prepared off site and be delivered when required as ready to use units.”

The range is interchangeable as some modules included hoppers for the biomass-boilers and others offered open plan boiler rooms with detachable hoppers which could be shared between buildings. The new biomass housing solutions also simplify access for maintenance and servicing, and ensure the security of the asset while addressing health and safety needs for operators and the general public. By simply working with the client and taking a different view, our R&D team brought cost savings while solving many challenges the business had faced over the years.

Shipping Container Enquiries - Our R&D Team Love Challenges

One of the strangest requests for help Eldapoint has received came from Cheshire Constabulary. As with many projects, this one required ingenuity to come up with the solution to the force’s unique problem. Its drugs enforcement division, based at force headquarters in Winsford, was having issues gathering evidence. They needed to dry cannabis seized during their investigations. The force was looking to reduce costs by moving from the use of external contractors, or unsecure onsite drying facilities to managing the evidence in-house, through a safe and secure environment. They needed a building outside their HQ so the “smells and effects” of cannabis drying were not transferred to their officers and the public.

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THE MANUFACTURING AND CONTAINER CONVERSION SECTORS AS A WHOLE ARE LOOKING AT FUTURE STRONG GROWTH AREAS INCLUDING BATTERY STORAGE. THERE IS POTENTIAL TO MEET THE CHALLENGES OF THE ‘ENERGY TRILEMMA’ THROUGHOUT THE UK AND GLOBALLY, BUT IT NEEDS SUBSTANTIAL R&D.


Paul Wyatt of Eldapoint says: “It was an interesting problem to solve and we’re glad to report we achieved it. It realised immediately that only a bespoke unit would be appropriate to provide Cheshire police with a definitive solution. A modular unit was discussed and designed to include a drying room, evidence room and small office.” Paul Wyatt adds: “The nature of the operation meant that high-level secure doors were required both externally and internally. A secure drop box allowing evidence to be delivered 24-hours a day also had to be factored into the design process. Working closely with our client, several designs were modelled to ensure an operational, cost-efficient solution.”

As the design began to take shape, additional requirements were included in the unit. A range of drying and evidence gathering systems and materials had to be incorporated. These included a temperature controlled room, centrifuge and centralised fume extraction system. Inspector Giles Pierce, from Cheshire Constabulary says: “At the start of the journey through planning, design and manufacturing we questioned if a solution would be possible, but the team at Eldapoint soon put our minds at rest.
The process involved very open communications with both parties and Eldapoint took the time to understand our challenges and requirements and integrated their knowledge to bring an effective result.”

Battery Storage is Delivering New Opportunity to the Energy Mix

Batteries are set to transform the way electricity is delivered and the government wants to ensure a low carbon energy landscape in the future.

Northern Powergrid has recently created a £4m energy storage unit in the North East of England. To give some idea of the size and scope of this emerging technology the 2.5MW battery being used is the size of three shipping containers and can store enough electricity to power 2,500 houses for two hours.

An Eldapoint R&D representative says: “The energy sector is one that excites us. Containers manufactured to specification provide solutions to a marketplace that will bring sustainability for businesses, as well as fighting energy poverty. It’s a sector that we are working closely with and plan to deliver container housing products that can provide new ways for energy storage batteries to meet demand, align with health and safety and provide mobility.”

Agriculture is another area with developing potential for the industry and where container R&D is producing some amazing results. Eldapoint has discovered innovative projects in America that are improving crop yields are revolutionising the farming industry.

According to recent reports, fully-instrumented “farms in a box” in the Boston area of New England are already growing leafy greens in farms built inside shipping containers.

It has been described as moving farming to a fully-automated environment that can optimise output. Farmers can control lighting, watering and pH levels and by controlling that environment can know exactly what the yield will be every week.

Now that really is a growing industry that is worth cultivating!

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