An innovative partnership - Magnomatics

This short film demonstrates some of the benefits that local high technology engineering company, Magnomatics, gained as a result of their ongoing partnership with the University of Sheffield. Initially a spin out from the University as a result of the groundbreaking research conducted by Professor Kais Atallah and Professor David Howe in the Electrical Machines & Drives research group, Magnomatics still retains its strong links with the University through a number of collaborative projects.

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I would encourage any other business in the region to make contact with the University and explore the possibilities, because for us it has made us the world-leader in our technology.

Dave Latimer, CHIEF Executive officer, magnomatics

Magnomatics: A high technology engineering company that is developing and manufacturing products for many global industries based on its ground breaking magnetic gear technology.

Established: A spin-out from the University of Sheffield in 2006.

Location: Bernard Road, Sheffield.

Made in Sheffield: Magnomatics won the 2016 Made in Sheffield Award for Innovation.



Dave Latimer - MagnomaticsDeveloping collaborative research projects:

Dave Latimer, Chief Executive Officer, Magnomatics - "Magnomatics is a high technology spin out, formed in 2006 from the University of Sheffield. We’re commercialising magnetic gears, so gears that use magnets instead of gear teeth. We have a number of collaborative projects which involve the University, a typical example of that is the EMMAS (Electro-Mechanical-Magnetic Actuator Systems) project which was originally identified by Kais Attalah in the Faculty of Engineering at the University."

Professor Kais Atallah, Electronic and Electrical Engineering, the University of Sheffield - "The introduction of magnetic gearing allows electric motors to actually produce the required power and torque with half the size. To be able to achieve efficiency, in vehicles and in ships, you need to reduce size as much as you can and this technology has allowed that. As a company they don’t have all the expertise in house, so they always try to tap into the expertise at the University in terms of control or looking at things more in depth which often businesses can’t do because of the business constraints."
Kais AtallahAccessing expertise and consultancy:

Dave Latimer, Chief Executive Officer, Magnomatics - "This is a novel component that we have within the magnetic gear, so this is the heart of the gear. And what’s very important is that this component mustn’t cause noise and vibration, so we’re actually working with Jem in the dynamics part of the University and we’re transferring some of his knowledge into this product."

Professor Jem Rongong, Dynamics Research Group, the University of Sheffield - "At the University of Sheffield we have a large number of academics who have interests in all sorts of areas. In this case we have a large research group in dynamics and Magnomatics are able to access some of the skills from these academics in their areas, for example my area is vibrations and damping vibrations. Additionally we were able to help them with some of the funding applications they were making, we were able to give some advice. We were able to discuss with Magnomatics about their need for someone in the company who could do some of the testing and analysis that we have developed with them and they took on Rob Barrett who was one of our graduates."

Growing talent and skills base:

Rob Barrett - MagnomaticsRob Barrett, Mechanical Design Engineer, Magnomatics - "I began at Magnomatics as a summer intern, a placement student. I was given a mentor who guided me through the design process from which point I was offered a job at Magnomatics and I am now a Mechanical Design Engineer. I completed research in the dynamics and structural responses of machines at Magnomatics and the results of this research have allowed us to produce more robust, rotating machines. A lot of this research developed from my summer internship at Magnomatics."

Dave Latimer, Chief Executive Officer, Magnomatics - "Getting good engineers for us is a real challenge, so we interact with the University in three ways. First thing is we actually sponsor PhDs, so I think we have now sponsored three PhDs and one of those is now a full time employee at the company. We have effectively used his PhD to improve our technology and we’ve then taken him on as a skilled engineer. As we have close links to the University we’re able to spot talent within the undergraduate departments and we then offer some of those engineers work placements. The final area is we actually have placements within the University. We currently have two people in the company who are doing PhDs part time at the University, so again we’re improving their skills by the interaction with Sheffield. I’d encourage any other business in the region to make contact with the University and explore the possibilities because for us it has made us the world-leader in our technology."


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Sheffield Universities' Managing Directors' Club - The MD Club provides a forum for regional business leaders and key acacemics to exchange knowledge and ideas for future partnerships.