Building Vibration Isolation

Farrat New Starter – Paul Mellish: Head of Engineering and Operations

In 2019 Farrat were pleased to welcome Paul Mellish as our new Head of Engineering and Operations. A few months in, we’d like to tell you a little more about one of our new additions to the team.

What led you to Farrat?

I completed a degree in Manufacturing Engineering & Management at Loughborough University. I then spent almost 11 years at Rolls-Royce (aero engines) in a variety of Manufacturing Engineering roles. Following that, I moved into the automotive industry as a Technical Manager at Bentley Motors.

I was drawn back to aerospace for a couple more years in a consultant role, assisting a number of domestic SME’s to become more globally competitive. Following a short stint in Additive Manufacturing as an Operations Manager, I became the Operations Director for an aerospace surface treatments business, before moving to Farrat.

Paul Mellish

What are you most looking forward to getting involved in/doing at Farrat?

Assisting an already successful company to achieve the next big step and become world-leaders in our industry sector! I am also looking forward to enabling each area of the business to achieve its objectives and develop a high-performing community that is sustainable for the long-term future.

What drives you on a day to day basis?

Knowing that I have made a tangible contribution to the performance and success of the business. On a personal level, my main drive is to make my family proud and to provide them with a comfortable way of life.

Paul is just one of many new team members in a range of areas of the team including engineering, HR, accounts and operations. We’re looking forward to introducing you to more team members throughout 2020.

2019 at Farrat – a year of success

2019 has been a busy year for Farrat and full of achievements and projects to be proud of.  There are too many to go into in one post, but here are a few of the highlights of 2019.

Longevity is an ultimate aim for most businesses, and for Farrat to celebrate it’s 60th year this year was a fantastic achievement. A family business now into it’s third generation, Farrat continues to grow with a well-established team, many of whom plan to be here to celebrate 70 years no doubt.

Farrat celebrating 60 years of engineering and manufacturing in the UK

The growth of our non-structural vibration isolation department – new expanding markets has meant the size of this department has nearly doubled in size, with the launch of several new products in our Cine range. The number of projects in the middle east has grown with a number of high-profile openings this year including the largest mall in Egypt, which we were a significant part of.

Growth of cinema in the MENA region is huge with 500 new cinema screens planned between 2018 and 2023, and following attendance of the second MENA cinema forum, Farrat are looking to continue to be a big part of that.

The MENA cinema forum this year introduced a new way to display the power of Farrat’s Cine Range. Affectionately dubbed ‘the cube of silence,’ this demonstration enabled our Commercial Director Ryan Arbabi to show just how much noise and vibration we can isolate!

Farrat has continued a truly global reach in 2019, with more countries than we could go into in much detail. From canning factories in France, Brazil and the UK, shock isolation in Taiwan, vibration control at The Hague in the Netherlands and in Slovakia, in addition to the work in MENA with the growth of cinema in Saudi Arabia on the horizon – it’s been a globe trotting year!

Farrat TBF was a brand-new product launched this year, following numerous requests for a fire safe thermal break product. Fire safe thermal break material is not yet a legal requirement but to be able to launch a product as ahead of the curve, and one we truly believe will be in high demand in the future, was an exciting achievement.

Farrat TBF

The team has expanded this year to accommodate growth, but in addition to that, Farrat truly believes in developing team members internally. A large number of people within Farrat have progressed to new positions in house.

2020 sees a new level of growth with more exciting plans that we look forward to updating you on from as close as Manchester to the other side of the world.

60 Years Farrat – Daniella

dANIELLA OUR INTERN POSING WITH HER PHONE STAND THAT SHE DESIGNED

PEOPLE PROFILE:

FARRAT INTERN, DANIELLA EDWARDS-DAVIES

Areas Of Expertise: Engineering, Business, Geography
Education: Secondary School
Time at Farrat: One week work experience during July, 2019

Tell us a bit about yourself?

I come from Ashton on Mersey in Sale and I am in Year Ten at secondary school, studying Geography, Spanish, Business and Engineering. I am interning at Farrat this summer as part of my School Work Experience.

I chose to do my work experience at an engineering firm like Farrat, as engineering is one of the options I chose to study and I wanted to find out what a career in engineering would be like!

 

Tell us about your work experience week interning at Farrat?

On my first day, Ginette, an Account Development Specialist for Thermal Breaks, showed me how to talk with customers and input important information into the CRM system, which was really interesting.

After that on Tuesday, I met Adriana who is an Applications Engineer. Adriana introduced me to the Engineering & Design department of Farrat. I was shown some detailed design drawings and was even given a chance to use the design program, AutoCAD. I ended up spending the whole day with Adriana which really opened my eyes to the type of solutions that can be created when you put your mind to it.

On Wednesday I moved over to the Drafting Office and began working with Yohann and Phil, who are both design engineers. I learnt a lot about technical drawing and was challenged to design my own product, a smartphone holder. This involved picking a suitable design then working with Phil to input the design into the SolidWorks program to prepare it for manufacture.

To prepare the design, I had to note all of the dimensions so that manufacturing would know the exact size and some other important details. I then checked to ensure there were no holes where there should not be and that there was a section to place the device onto, to keep the iPhone or iPad stable.

Once the design was finished, I sent design-sheets to the manufacturing department so that my ‘product’ could be precision-cut on the Waterjet. I then watched it being made down in the factory with the manufacturing team, which was something I have never seen before (and it took only about five minutes!).

During my time in the drafting office, Yohann also showed me the various isolation solutions that Farrat develop. He showed me some of the 2D and 3D designs of solutions that Farrat use to isolate cinemas from external sound and other vibrations or disturbances. It was great!

Yohann also explained the function of each of the machines in the on-site R&D lab and explained how Farrat test various materials and products. As part of this, I was able to ‘squish’ a rubber component and watch how it reacted under the pressure – that was really fun!

To end the week, I spent some time with Charlene in Marketing who explained the role of communications and helped me to produce a piece of editorial that I then published on the Farrat website.

 

You have experienced a variety of interesting roles at Farrat, but which was your favorite?

I really enjoyed the design and manufacturing segments of the week.

Designing and then manufacturing my own phone stand was really fun and taught me each of the steps involved in product development. This is something that I want to do in the future and my time at Farrat has helped to reinforce that ambition.

 

What are the next steps for you after Farrat?

Next week I am going to present to my Year Ten Class an assessment of my work experience at Farrat. This will cover what I did, everything that I learnt and how I am going to use that in the future.

After Year Ten, I will see whether my school offers engineering in 6th form. If not, I will look to study this further elsewhere, perhaps at college.

 

Fantastic! Gareth, our Production Manager, has said that you would make a fine Design Engineer. We hope we have given you a great experience and an insight into Engineering.

Thank you for letting me do my work experience at Farrat. You have all made me feel so welcome and I could not have asked for a better group of people to work with.

I really appreciate it and have thoroughly enjoyed it.

I will miss you all!

 

Daniella has been an absolutely brilliant Intern at Farrat this summer – attitude, demeanor and work ethic are all exceptional and we have no doubt that she will excel in whatever career she decides to pursue.

 


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Farrat appointed on the OCC Spuikwartier project in The Hague

Farrat appointed to The OCC in The Hague

OCC SPUIKWARTIER,
THE HAGUE

Client: Boele & Van Eesteren and Visser & Smit Bouw
Architect: NOAHH, NL Architects and Jo Coenen Architects & Urbanists


Farrat’s Special Projects Division has been appointed to deliver a comprehensive vibration control system for the new OCC Spuikwartier development in The Hague –  soon to be the largest educational and cultural complex in the Netherlands. 

Due to the exceptionally high performance criteria and prestige of the project, our team will engineer and manufacture bespoke designed Hybrid Bearings and Acoustic Floating Floors to optimise the acoustic design of auditoriums dedicated to music, theater and dance.

The comprehensive plan includes the development of a new cultural hub that will house the Residentie Orkest, the Nederlands Danstheater, the Dans- en Muziekcentrum Den Haag Foundation and the Royal Conservatory.

The project will include a 1,500-seat symphonic auditorium, a 1,300-seat dance theater with orchestra pit, a chamber music hall and a large orchestra rehearsal room.

The building will also include apartments, a hotel, commercial outlets and a parking area able to accommodate 1,500 bicycles.

Expected completion: 2020.

Salle Concert Hall, The OCC at The Hague
Dance Theatre, The OCC at The Hague