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Magnomatics wins innovation award

Sheffield based Magnomatics, the world leading manufacturer of magnetic gears, has won the 2016 Made in Sheffield innovation award at the annual event held to celebrate excellence in manufacturing from across the region.

The award recognised two products, Pseudo Direct Drive PDD® and MAGSPLIT®, both manufactured at Magnomatics' site in Sheffield.

The PDD® is a high-torque motor / generator offering high efficiency operation in rail traction, marine propulsion and wind power applications.  MAGSPLIT® is a power-split transmission system for hybrid vehicles that achieves 5 to 17% better fuel economy than current state-of-the-art hybrids, whilst reducing cost and complexity.

The award also recognised company's passion for inspiring future generations of engineers, providing interview coaching, mentoring and industrial placements to the regions young engineers.  As an example, Magnomatics' connection with Sheffield based Workwise, has helped over 40 young people through coaching and work experience placements.

David Latimer, Chief Executive Officer of Magnomatics commented, "Winning the Made in Sheffield innovation award is a great way to celebrate the company's 10
th anniversary."

Image: (Left to right) Professor Roger Eccleston, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Computing, Engineering and Sciences (ACES) at Sheffield Hallam University, Dave Black, Product Manager at Magnomatics, Dave Latimer, CEO of Magnomatics and Craig McKay, Master Cutler of Sheffield.

"Since forming as a University of Sheffield spin out in 2006, Magnomatics has secured £4.5m of venture funding and received £2.3m of support from Innovate UK, the UK's innovation agency. This has allowed the company to manufacture products for global industries, alongside R&D projects with blue chip companies including Ford, Volvo Truck, Fiat, VW, Triumph Aerospace and Rolls Royce."

"Even with international growth, the company continues to support the steel city by working with local high quality manufacturing companies as well as offering work experience placements to students from the University Technical College Sheffield alongside assisting undergraduate and PhD students from University of Sheffield."

Magnomatics in profile
Magnomatics Limited is a high-technology company formed in 2006 as a spin out from the University of Sheffield. The company is commercialising novel products based upon highly efficient proprietary magnetic gear technology. 

Magnetic gears are contactless and therefore very efficient over a broad range of speeds.  They are compact and also incorporate a torque fuse feature.  A magnetic gear can be combined with a stator to form a very efficient and torque dense motor or generator known as the Pseudo Direct Drive (PDD®).  These are especially suited to high torque, low speed applications. 

A magnetic gear can also be adapted into a continuously variable hybrid transmission and power split device for automotive applications.  This MAGSPLIT® product is also efficient, compact and can filter torsional vibrations from the drive train.

Magnomatics is currently working with some of the world's largest multinationals from a range of industries, including automotive, renewable energy, rail, aerospace, marine, and oil and gas.

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