Scots offshore oil engineering firm completes its first ‘space mission’

The hyperbaric chamber installed in one of the SengS test cells
The hyperbaric chamber installed in one of the SengS test cells

A Scottish engineering services firm has completed its first ‘space’ mission as part of the company’s strategy to diversify into new industry sectors.

SengS, part of manufacturing specialist Pryme Group, has developed its first hyperbaric test programme on behalf of a tier-one aerospace sector client.

The Ellon-based company successfully designed and manufactured a two-metre (outside diameter) by six-metre (length) hyperbaric chamber, specifically built to accommodate the test component, following an investment of around £120,000.

The value of the initial order was around £40,000 with an additional three tests to be carried out later this year.

The test programme involved hyperbaric proof testing and ultimate pressure testing; installation and monitoring of strain gauges in hyperbaric state; high-accuracy hyperbaric linear variable differential transformer (LDVT) sensors to monitor displacement and multi-pressure sensors.

SengS recorded a turnover of £2.1 million for its March 2018 year-end and expects to increase this figure to more than £3 million this year.

In turn, this has allowed SengS to invest in new equipment and expand its team. The business currently employs 25 people and expects to recruit further workers in 2018, having already added five new employees in the past year.

17 Apr 2018

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