Harsh environment wiring harness under development

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CMR Group has announced it has won funding support from Innovate UK for a new electrical wiring harness for industrial diesel and gas engines in harsh environments.

The firm, which specialises in marine control instrumentation and electrical engineering, is set to invest the five-figure cash sum in a major research and development programme to design and develop a new generation of ‘people-centred’ harnesses.

An electrical wiring harness is a piece of equipment that forms the backbone of an electronic engine, connecting the ECU (Electronic Control Unit) to various important parts such as sensors, actuators, injectors and ignition control that help an engine to perform efficiently.

High horsepower industrial engines are used in construction, mining, power generation, oil and gas, and marine environments, which presents multiple design and engineering challenges when developing new components to withstand harsh environments.

The financial boost will enable CMR to undertake further development work, investigating potential new designs for harnesses that will be more ‘user orientated’.

This will see early stage work around simulations to replicate the harsh engine operating conditions, and involve the re-design of critical extrusions, wiring and connectors to assess how performance levels can be improved under demanding vibration and electromagnetic conditions as well as IPC test standards.

Innovate UK, the government’s innovation agency, works with organisations to find and drive the science and technologies that can help the UK economy to grow – delivering increased productivity, new jobs and exports.

“We’re delighted that our reputation as technical innovators in engine wiring systems has been recognised by an award that helps us to develop this important project in the North East,” explained James Thwaites, VP group marketing at CMR. “Our work will push boundaries in the development of more effective wiring harnesses that better meet the needs of users and the wider industrial engine sector.”

“We anticipate that this project will deliver an excellent return on investment and longer term add even more value to the products and engineering solutions provided to our customers in the UK, Europe and elsewhere,” added Lee Willmott, CMR’s group NPI manager.

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Dean has been with UKi Media & Events for over a decade, having previously cut his journalistic teeth writing and editing for various automotive and engineering titles. He combines extensive knowledge of all things automotive with a passion for driving, and experience testing countless new vehicles, engines and technologies around the world. As well as his role as editor-in-chief across a range of UKi's media titles, he is also co-chair of the judging panel of the International Engine of the Year Awards.

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