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Ultra Electronics receives award from the Institute of Physics for innovative work

The Institute of Physics has recognised Ultra Electronics, Nuclear Control Systems as part of their 2016 Business Innovation Awards for their state of the art facility for manufacturing and testing neutron-flux detectors for use in nuclear power plants

Ultra Electronics has been awarded one of five Innovation Awards from the Institute of Physics, with representatives from the company receiving their award at a parliamentary reception in London on 18 October.

The Innovation Awards are presented to businesses for bringing new physics-based products, processes or services to market, which have had a transformative effect resulting in increased turnover, profitability and jobs.

The award for Ultra Electronics is in recognition of its new faculty for manufacturing and testing sensors for monitoring nuclear reactor cores, which has provided employment for more than 40 people.


Above (l-r) Charlotte Massey & Kevin Roberts Sensors Team, Ultra Electronics NCS Roy Sambles, IOP President and Nick Gaines, MD, Ultra Electronics NCS Photo: Courtesy of IoP

The specialist plant has completely re-imagined the manufacturing process of neutron-flux detectors, and has designed all stages of the process to be as automated as possible, ensuring that the end product is reliable and of high quality.

Not only that, but Ultra Electronics has developed a thermal neutral generator to test the detectors during manufacture that has resulted in a reduction of lead times and eliminated transport risks and testing delays.

The award was presented to the company at a parliamentary reception at Westminster, attended by a selection of MPs, peers, policymakers, business leaders and leading physicists in the field.

President of the IOP Professor Roy Sambles offered his congratulations to the winners, and commended them on their fantastic achievements. “This year’s winners all provide excellent examples of the way in which physics can improve and protect lives while also forming an invaluable part of the UK economy.

“Physics and physicists have vital roles to play in solving many of the challenges that the UK faces today.

“Together they lead to the development of innovative technologies that boost productivity and drive economic growth, provide advances in security and communications, improvements in energy production and use, and underpin healthcare technology.”

CEO of Ultra Electronics Rakesh Sharma said of winning the award: “This award recognises the passion and skill of our scientists and engineers. Their innovation captures the spirit of our business.”



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