DRB Group has been shortlisted for two prestigious BEEA awards. The British Engineering Excellence Awards, which will take place at the Landmark Hotel in central London on 11th October, will be attended by leaders and innovators in engineering from across the UK.

The awards, which were set up in 1999 to celebrate excellence and innovation in engineering, are celebrating their 10th anniversary this year.  Over the last decade the BEEAs have become established as one of the leading and most prestigious, engineering awards in the UK.

DRB has been shortlisted in the Design Team of the Year category for our work with Unilever, and DRB apprentice Beth Faulkner has been shortlisted in the Engineering Ambassador category.

BEEAs receive hundreds of entries every year and competition is fierce, so to make the shortlist in two categories is a huge accolade for DRB.

Beth Faulkner, 19, is no stranger to awards having previously been shortlisted for Apprentice of the Year at the Made In Wales Awards. Beth joined DRB in 2016 straight from high school and over the past three years, has continually developed her technical knowledge and its practical application through formal engineering-based qualifications and taking on more responsibility in her role. Having completed her BTEC Level 2 and 3 in Engineering she is now working towards her Level 3 NVQ in Machining. Beth’s next step will be a Foundation Degree in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering and ultimately, a BEng.

Beth is a fantastic role model to the new apprentice recruits at DRB and is always happy to share her knowledge and support others. Her experience as a female engineer in a male dominated industry has made her an inspiration to other young people who aspire to a career in engineering.

Our shortlisting for The Design Team award is in response to our work on design, manufacture and installation of four platforms designed specifically for a leading detergent manufacturer.

The platforms were for a new R&D facility, each was unique and there were a number of challenges and constraints which our design team needed to overcome. For example, some of the platforms would be housed in ATEX classified zones (an explosive atmosphere) which meant that extra care had to be taken to ensure the designs were intrinsically safe. This involved ensuring they were earthed, there was no static generation and no metal on metal wear.  The platforms also needed to accommodate uneven floor levels and cambers whilst maintaining level for proper function of vessels and load cells.

The team worked to tight deadlines on the project and despite having to redesign from scratch, design milestones were met which enabled procurement and manufacturing to commence as planned and the project to stay on track.

Look out for updates on the awards on our social media.

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