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Engineering students impress Leyland Trucks

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University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) engineering students have collaborated with leading truck manufacturer, Leyland Trucks.

Third year BEng (Hons) Computer Aided Engineering students were invited by Leyland Trucks to see how their DAF branded trucks are manufactured, and provided a work based project.

As part of their Automated Production module, the students have been studying automation technology and how to find cost effective solutions to improve safety and reduce cycle times.


“Collaborating with a local university has led to the proposal of a number of innovative solutions to some long-standing issues and has enabled us to establish a structure for potential future project work. The solutions recommended by the students were well thought through and presented very professionally.”


The project was based on improving the current chassis hanging system by implementing mistake proofing and reducing the need for costly over checking. The students presented their ideas to Leyland Trucks staff at a formal presentation in December. Andy Irish, Manufacturing Engineering Manager, was impressed by the range of concepts the students came up with and is reviewing possible application at Leyland Trucks.

He said: “Collaborating with a local university has led to the proposal of a number of innovative solutions to some long-standing issues and has enabled us to establish a structure for potential future project work. The solutions recommended by the students were well thought through and presented very professionally.”

Leyland Trucks export vehicles around the world and are committed to helping develop bright young engineering students into world class engineers. The success of the project has already lead to the proposal of future collaborations. Which will no doubt prove to be beneficial for the future of UCLan’s engineering students.

Dr Hadley Brooks, the module leader and a lecturer on the Computer Aided Engineering course, added: “It was great to see the students working on a real world problem and producing solutions at a professional level.”