HellermannTyton bracket is just the ticket for bus company

HellermannTyton, one of the world’s leading suppliers of cable management products was on hand to provide a solution.

When Europe’s fastest-growing bus company Alexander Dennis Ltd (ADL) had an issue with a harness bracket, HellermannTyton, one of the world’s leading suppliers of cable management products was on hand to provide a solution.

HellermannTyton, one of the world’s leading suppliers of cable management products was on hand to provide a solution.When Europe’s fastest-growing bus company Alexander Dennis Ltd (ADL) had an issue with a harness bracket, HellermannTyton, one of the world’s leading suppliers of cable management products was on hand to provide a solution.

HellermannTyton, one of the world’s leading suppliers of cable management products was on hand to provide a solution.The company, a global manufacturer specialising in product innovations for cable management applications, prides itself on creating bespoke solutions to meet an individual customer’s requirement.With operations in 34 countries and more than 3,000 employees worldwide, HellermannTyton uses its extensive resources to find creative, effective and precise solutions for each customer. In the UK, those resources include a state-of-the art factory in Plymouth and an equally high-tech manufacturing plant in Manchester, which is one of three European design centres.

Tony Doyle, Product Design Engineer, explained: “Our facilities and approach mean that we can create bespoke solutions for customers, which was just the case with ADL. They came to us to discuss how they could replace a suspended aluminium bracket design that they had conceived to support harnesses in their next-generation bus designs. There were a number of factors which needed to be addressed including ensuring that the bracket did not rattle throughout the life of the bus, causing annoyance to passengers. Vibration needed to be managed to avoid causing the harnesses or brackets to come loose. In addition, the bracket used a three-part installation, resulting in high assembly times and manufacture costs.”

HellermannTyton, one of the world’s leading suppliers of cable management products was on hand to provide a solution.“Having recognised the problem and come to us for a solution, Alexander Dennis collaborated from day one. They wanted a swift, effective solution and were prepared to work with us in an open and responsive way to our mutual benefit.”

The first stage of the journey involved HellermannTyton’sDesignTeam who brainstormed some initial concepts and liaised regularly with ADL before coming up with an acceptable model. This was then passed to colleagues in the Design and Testing workshop for the second-stage development of a working design.

Innovative 3D printing technology was used to create an example for ADL to test and at this point patent protection was applied for. Once the 3D sample was approved, HellermannTyton moved to trialling moulded parts on the bus and the company was able to provide prototype parts within three weeks.

“Although we were confident with the design concept and had ADL’s approval every step of the way, it’s only when you test the part in a real-life scenario that you prove how effectively it performs, so this stage of the project was crucial,” said Tony.

“ADL were very happy and signed the Letter of Intent at an agreed price so we were in business.”

Tony concluded: “We received a lot of information from ADL from the very start of the project which, as it progressed, enabled us to save them time and money with a solution that also reduced weight on the bus and, of course, eliminated the irritating and distracting noise problem.

“This is a great example of where open collaboration led to a cost-effective and mutually-agreeable solution. It will undoubtedly form the basis for an on-going business relationship with ADL and we look forward to working with them in the future.”

HellermannTyton, one of the world’s leading suppliers of cable management products was on hand to provide a solution.HellermannTyton is a world leader in the manufacture and supply of products for fastening, fixing, identifying and protecting cables. With a portfolio containing over 50,000 market-leading products, the company provides innovative, unique and high quality solutions for a range of applications and industries. Part of a global network operating in 32 countries, HellermannTyton has two manufacturing sites in the UK – Manchester and Plymouth – and distribution centres in Aldridge, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

For further information visit www.hellermanntyton.co.uk.

HellermannTyton, one of the world’s leading suppliers of cable management products was on hand to provide a solution.ADL is the largest British-owned business in the UK automotive sector and in the past six years has been one of the fastest-growing bus and coach manufacturers in the developed world, having tripled turnover to over £500m in the same period. It employs 2,100 people globally and specialises in the manufacture of lightweight, fuel-efficient city buses and coaches. In recent years ADL has extended its reach significantly through a series of build partnerships, alliances, JVs and acquisitions. These now give it a significant presence in Hong Kong, China, Malaysia, New Zealand, the USA and Canada.

 

 

 

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