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Consulting and Coaching with care and common sense

Formed in January 2001 Transform Technology (Trantech) provides consulting & coaching on the deployment of business, technical, technological and project management activities for Transport & Renewables business sectors.

Whether you want Coaching or Consulting, we will work with you to thoroughly understand your business challenge and advise, suggest, or take charge of implementing a solution, in line with your preference.
 
We aim to implement common sense solutions for your business challenges. Simplest is best.

We have collectively over 70 years experience, working for a wide range of companies from Start Ups, through SME’s, to Multi National businesses across a wide range of market sectors, both in the UK and internationally.

We work with a network of like minded associates so even if we don't have what you need, we know someone who does!


Business Sectors

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DEVELOPMENT //

Electric Vehicles

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2018 was the year Electric Vehicles really 'stood up to be noticed.'

They are the future — whether you think that is reasonable or not, the Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) development (particularly Diesel,) has largely stopped. That means that emissions reduction programmes are not being pursued. — So if you buy an ICE car this year, it will likely be no 'cleaner' than one you could have bought 1 or 2 years ago!

We are seeing one of the 'Major Technological Discontinuities' in life. Future Mobility is going to be different!

Trantech has many skills in the domain of Electric Vehicles including Battery Technology, Traction Electronics, Body Electronics and SMART Grid charging solutions.

  • Tesla
  • Date // 2001-2019
Smart Grid

DESIGN //

Autonomous Vehicles

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How will the autonomous vehicle cope with normal roads?
It is likely that the first autonomous vehicles will need to be segregated from 'normal' drivers. Why? Because normal drivers are not sufficiently predictable. They can cause their vehicle to impact the autonomous vehicle's 'space' before it has time to react. This amounts to unacceptable risk.
Trantech has been working with Warwick University to refine requirements for the West Midlands CAV Testbed using 83km of roads around the West Midlands, Coventry, Solihull and Birmingham.
It is likely that the first truly autonomous vehicle on our roads will be the Low Speed Autonomous Transport (LSAT) units.
These have a maximum speed of 25km per hour and will be used mainly for 'last mile' transportation.

LSAT Vehicles

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  • Client // Autonomous vehicles
  • Date // 2019
Smart Grid

DESIGN //

Smart Grid

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Smart Grid technology is an increasing necessity in tomorrow’s world.
Existing power distribution networks will be unable to cope as the demand for local charging of Electric personal, public service and commercial vehicles increases.
Buses pose a unique challenge in that they generally run 24/7 (albeit in different quantities) so there is not a natural ‘down time’ for battery charging. The challenge therefore is to manage the charging requirements through detail monitoring of battery state of charge (SoX) and other vehicle parameters and marry this to charge point geography and availability.
There is no point in another bus turning up to a charging point if a first bus is already connected.
Buses generally demand greater power than Cars, so recharge times are longer and the rate of charge is slower than for smaller batteries. Battery heat management may also be a concern.
Having good quality data is the key to managing charging demand. Knowing what the battery State of Charge (SoX) is precisely, and continuously mapping this to Bus route and distance travelled together with available Smart Grid charging points will determine whether the Bus can meet its schedule or not.
Smart Grids are not just about managing the various supply inputs (Wind power, Hydro Power, Solar Power, Nuclear Power, Fossil Fuel power etc.) it’s also about knowing and managing the outputs – the demand.

  • Client // Heliox
  • Date // 2019
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DESIGN //

Mainline Trains

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Rail Reliability Engineering is a service Trantech provided for more than 15 years.

Full Electrical/Electronic
and Electromechanical investigations with 8D root cause analysis.

Everything from 25Kv connector systems to SIL level software audits.

Trantech works with a network of Associate companies to deliver customer solutions in rail be they small and simple or large and complex.

  • Client // Bombardier Rail
  • Date // 2011-2019
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DESIGN //

Metro trains

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Metro trains are a little different from their mainline cousins.

Metros are 'all electric' usually powered from a 'third rail' which can supply Direct Current (DC) or Alternating current (AC) at between 500v and 800v depending on the metro line in question.

Passenger information and on/off train communications rely on a number of different technologies. 'Leaky Feeder' antennas are just one of these.

Trantech has worked closely with London Underground to improve the reliability of Traction systems, Data Transmissions systems, Passenger Information Systems and Train Communication systems.

Trantech has led consortia developing Diagnostics and Prognostic systems for Metro trains.

  • Client // London Underground
  • Date // 2012 --2019
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DESIGN //

Industrial Automation

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With 35 years experience, Industrial Automation is a core business offering.

Trantech can help you investigate and specify your requirements and can assist you to both source and install the automation solution that supports your business in the way you want.

With a network of Systems Integrators, Trantech can tackle most of your challenges from data management to process control and visualisation

  • Client // Industiral Automation
  • 2008-2019

Some of our Technologies

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DESIGN / DEVELOPMENT / TEST

EMC

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Good Electromagnetic Engineering is the basis for proven good design practices for signal integrity, power integrity, and the control of EMI emissions and immunity (EMC).
Our aim is to help people learn how to effectively design and manufacture electronic equipment (products, systems, installations, etc.) to meet functional specifications and conform to EMC standards, directives and other requirements.

  • Client // Various
  • Date // 2011-2019
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DESIGN //

Model-based design

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In the Model Based Design (MBD) process, all of the development activities are coupled to an executable model that represents the software requirements. The executable model enables the demonstration and validation of the requirements prior to software code generation. After the requirements have been validated, the software code is generated directly from the executable model using automated tools. The benefits of the MBD process include:

    Software errors are typically introduced by poor, incomplete, or changing requirements and during the typical manual sequence of the software developmental steps.
    MBD addresses these error sources by validating the requirements prior to software code generation and automating the generation of the software code directly from the executable model. The generation of test drivers and test vectors used for software code verification and validation can also be generated directly from the executable model. This approach can reduce the possible introduction of errors and can provide a more reliable system that meets the desired objectives.
    Finding and fixing requirement flaws early in the development cycle can also increase the likelihood that the design and software implementation are completed in a shorter development cycle.

    • Client // Development partners
    • Date // 2011-2019
    Functional Safety

    DESIGN //

    Functional Safety

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    Functional safety has become a critically important issue across all areas of industry. With the expanding digitalisation and automation of life and industry also new challenges and requirements for functional safety technology arise. As a result, manufacturers and operators place top priority on the quality and safety of products and plants in order to protect people, property and the environment against technology-related risk.

    Functional safety is achieved when every specified safety function is carried out and the level of performance required of each safety function is met. This is normally achieved by a process that includes the following steps as a minimum:

    • Identifying what the required safety functions are. This means the hazards and safety functions have to be known. A process of function reviews, formal HAZIDs, HAZOPs and accident reviews are applied to identify these.

    • Assessment of the risk-reduction required by the safety function. This will involve a safety integrity level (SIL) or performance level or other quantification assessment. A SIL (or PL, AgPL, ASIL) applies to an end-to-end safety function of the safety-related system, not just to a component or part of the system.
    • Ensuring the safety function performs to the design intent, including under conditions of incorrect operator input and failure modes. This will involve having the design and lifecycle managed by qualified and competent engineers carrying out processes to a recognised functional safety standard. In Europe, that standard is IEC EN 61508, or one of the industry specific standards derived from IEC EN 61508, or for simple systems some other standard like ISO 13849.
    • Verification that the system meets the assigned SIL, ASIL, PL or agPL by determining the probability of dangerous failure, checking minimum levels of redundancy, and reviewing systematic capability (SC). These three metrics have been called "the three barriers"[1]. Failure modes of a device are typically determined by failure mode and effects analysis of the system (FMEA). Failure probabilities for each failure mode are typically determined using failure mode, effects, and diagnostic analysis FMEDA.
    • Conduct functional safety audits to examine and assess the evidence that the appropriate safety lifecycle management techniques were applied consistently and thoroughly in the relevant lifecycle stages of product.
    Neither safety nor functional safety can be determined without considering the system as a whole and the environment with which it interacts.

    Functional safety is inherently end-to-end in scope. Modern systems often have software controlling safety-critical functions. Therefore, software functionality and correct software behaviour must be part of the Functional safety engineering effort to ensure acceptable safety risk at the system level.

    • Client // All
    • Date // 2010-2019
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    DESIGN / DEVELOPMENT

    THERMAL MANAGEMENT

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    Cool Electronics are happy electronics!
    keeping your critical silicon devices cool is an increasingly challenging activity with todays technology be it a smartphone or an EV battery pack
    Passive or active, conventional or solid state, Trantech has the experience you seek to advise on your cooling pack solution.

    • Client // Various
    • Date // 2011-2019

    Some of our key Procedures

    Project Management Process (PMP)

    PLANNING //

    Project Management Process

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    Initiating
    During the initiating process, you will refine the project goals, review the expectations of all stakeholders, and determine assumptions and risks in the project. You will also start project team selection At the end of this phase you will produce a Statement of Work, which is a document that provides a description of the services or products that need to be produced by the project.
    Planning
    During the planning process, you will detail the project in terms of its outcome, team members’ roles and responsibilities, schedules, resources, scope and costs. At the end of this phase, you will produce a project management plan, which is a document that details how your project will be executed, monitored and controlled, and closed. Such a document also contains a refined project scope, and is used as the project baseline.
    Executing
    During the executing process, you apply your project management plan. In other words you direct your team so that it performs the work to produce the deliverables as detailed in the plan. The executing process also involves implementing approved changes and corrective actions.
    Controlling and monitoring
    During the controlling and monitoring process, you supervise project activities to ensure that they do not deviate from the initial plan and scope. When this happens, you will use a change control procedure to approve and reject change requests, and update the project plan/scope accordingly. The controlling and monitoring phase also involves getting approval and sign-off for project deliverables.
    Closing
    During the closing process, you formally accept the deliverables and shut down the project or its phases. You will also review the project and its results with your team and other stakeholders of the project. At the end of the project you will produce a formal project closure document, and a project evaluation report.

    • Client // All Customers
    • Date // 2011-2019
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    PLANNING //

    Risk Assessment

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    Identifying risks can be not only a positive experience but also an experience that your whole team can take part in and learn from.
    Leverage the collective knowledge and experience of your entire team. Ask everyone to identify risks they've either experienced before or may have additional insight about.
    A project risk log, also referred to as a project risk register, is an integral part of any effective risk management process. As an ongoing database of each project’s potential risks, it not only helps you manage current risks but serves as a reference point on past projects as well. By outlining your risk register with the proper data points, you and your team can quickly and correctly identify and assess possible threats to any project.

    • Client // All Customers
    • Date // 2008 - 2019
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    Advanced Quality Planning

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    APQP is a structured process that includes critical tasks from concept approval through production.
    The aim is to create a product quality plan for developing and manufacturing products that meet customer requirements.
    This planning uses a five-phase process:

    • Product Planning and Quality Program Definition
    • Product Design and Development
    • Process Design and Development
    • Validation of Product and Process
    • Production Launch, Assessment, and Improvement

    • Client // Various
    • Date // 2013-2019
    Requirements Capture

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    Requirements Capture

    Requirements captrure cascade

    Requirements Capture:

    The process to follow when capturing and documenting the customers' needs for a system product or service, ensuring that any useful information that is obtained is kept and that any questions and answers are documented in a controlled and retrievable way.

    The requirements capture phase should ensure that the users’ needs are understood before designing and implementing a system to meet them. It also provides part of the basis for system and acceptance testing.

    OVERVIEW
    SET UP REQUIREMENTS CAPTURE

    Understand requirements and scope - identify which project they are to do with, or whether it is a new project. Obtain some means of splitting the requirement capture task between a team if needed e.g. initial grouping.

    GATHER FULL REQUIREMENTS
    Record all requirements and annotate each one. Store all questions and answer interchanges used while expanding on requirements.

    GROUP REQUIREMENTS

    Identify requirement groups, document them and review.

    PRODUCE REQUIREMENTS DOCUMENTS

    For each group, compile its requirements into a reviewable form.

    REVIEW REQUIREMENTS DOCUMENTS WITH CUSTOMERS
    Review requirements documents and their grouping with customers and knowledge holders
    Record review
    Record grouping document
    Record final requirements document
    EVOLVE REQUIREMENTS

    The requirements may not be completely known at the start of a project so they may have to be evolved during part of the project's lifecycle.

    DOCUMENTATION AND CONTROL
    Appendix E details the items that need to be documented to control the activities taking place during the requirement capture process.

    • Client // All Customers
    • Date // 2011-2019
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    PLANNING //

    FMEA + 8D

    Requirements captrure cascade

    FMEA Basics
    – FMEA is a Qualitative and systematic tool
    – FMEA helps to find the possible causes of failure and the likelihood of failures being detected before occurrence
    –You need both a knowledgeable individual and a team of the right people to undertake a good FMEA

    FMEA uses three criteria to assess a problem, ranked between 1 and 10
    Severity • What is the impact of a failure? (High number = high impact)
    Occurrence • How likely is it that item will fail? (High number = high likelihood of failure)
    Detection • How likely is it that the potential failure can be detected before it occurs? (High number = LOW possibility of detection)

    Once ranked, the ‘Risk Priority Number’ (RPN) can be calculated:
    RPN= severity x occurrence x detection
    – Any single number in any category >8 needs investigation and mitigation
    – Any RPN >80 needs investigation and mitigation

    • Client // All Customers
    • Date // 2011-2019
    8D Root cause analysis

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    8D Root Cause Analysis

    Requirements captrure cascade

    8D stands for 'The 8 disciplines or the 8 critical steps for solving problems.'

    It is a highly disciplined and effective scientific approach for resolving chronic and recurring problems.
    This approach uses team synergy and provides excellent guidelines to identify the root cause of the problem, implement containment actions, develop and then implement corrective actions and preventive actions that make the problem go away permanently.
    The 8D
    Isolates and contains the most basic causes of any undesirable condition.
    Identifies the factors that contribute to the problem.
    Eliminates systemic factors that cause the condition
    Keeps teams from jumping to conclusions too early.
    Prevents problem recurrence.

    • Client // All Customers
    • Date // 2011-2019

    KEY ACTIVITIES

    TECHNICAL CORE COMPETENCY

    • SYSTEMS ENGINEERING (Can teach this subject)
    • DiGITAL DESIGN
    • ANALOGUE ELECTRONICS DESIGN (Can teach this subject)
    • RADIO FREQUENCY (RF) DESIGN (Can teach this subject)
    • EMC/RFI DESIGN / DEVELOPMENT (Can teach this subject)
    • SAFETY CRITICAL DESIGN
    • ROOT CAUSE ANALYSIS (Can teach this subject)
    • HYBRID DRIVE & TRACTION SYSTEMS
    • SWITCHGEAR AND CONTROLS DESIGN / DEVELOPMENT
    • EV BATTERY TECHNOLOGY
    • CYBER SECURITY
    • CONNECTED AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE

    Our Customers and Partners

    18 years of customer satisfaction and supportive partnerships

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