A fantastic opportunity to see for yourself Encocam's crash test dummy development and test laboratory
Welcome (Mike Ashmead, MD Encocam)
Introduction to Encocam (and Cellbond) - overview of company and its activities
Presentation (20 minutes total):
- Simon Grieve, top level equestrian eventing rider (dressage, cross-country & show-jumping). on the ("thrills" and) "spills". Brief explanation of eventing and then pics of a thrill (Burghley at the Cottesmore Leap) and his serious spill in August last year in which his air jacket and helmet saved him from serious, potentially fatal, injury.
- Matt Stewart, Design Engineer at Charles Owen, leading manufacturer of safety helmets. Outline of what Charles Owen have done with Cellbond honeycomb material, what it does, and how it could improve helmet safety, etc..
- Graham McShane, Cambridge University Engineering Dept, on his continuing research into honeycomb structures for protection against shock waves (accidental impact, explosion, etc.).
This will be followed by a tour of Encocam facilities and product developments, seeing the honeycomb manufacture process and it’s applications, and Encocam's Crash Test Dummy development and test laboratory facilities.
Encocam and their subsidary Cellbond research, develop and manufacture energy absorbers – such as Corex aluminium honeycomb - crash test barriers and crash test dummies. They sell worldwide.
Encocam Ltd is the parent company of 8 divisions with over 25 years experience, spanning across a large range of industries from energy absorption, safety testing solutions, composite panels, interior design and architecture, motorbike distribution and a range of manufacturing and engineering services . Encocam prides itself on being leaders in innovation and creativity as well as being forward thinkers in technology and manufacturing, believing strongly in continuous improvement.
Absolutely fascinating visit - an amazing amount of value added to a roll of aluminium foil - and the crash test dummies are a revelation. The helmet design piece with its mini video clips of crushing were highly absorbing!
Very informative and entertaining