Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Emily Phillips

Emily recently completed a 2 week period of work experience with us, and we would like to thank her for her help. She is currently studying for GCSE's at Skipton Girl's High School and considering a career as a product designer. We think that would be a good choice for her, as she has excellent sketching skills combined with innovative thinking. We wish her well in the future and hope she remembers us when she is rich and famous!

Kris, Ian, Malcolm & Neil

Here are her thoughts on her time with us;

For my work placement, I spent two weeks at Chelker Technology, which was an interesting and enjoyable experience. As well as getting a greater knowledge of the way things are run generally in the working environment, I found out lots of information about engineering and industrial design.

Whilst on placement, I learnt how various engineering mechanisms work, and about the importance of precise planning and safety regulations in this area of work. I have seen how much thought and discussion there is behind engineering, and think that I may consider a career in either engineering or product design in the future.

Thanks to everyone at Chelker for making this experience possible.


Wednesday, 10 February 2010

ABC website goes live!

Chelker Technology customer Auto Bin Cleaning (ABC) has gone live with their new website. The company sells and franchises the equipment a business needs to clean wheelie bins. This is a phenominal growth business which has been poorly served by equipment suppliers in the past.

Tired of vans with appalling ergonomics and low reliability, ABC Directors Laurence and Janice Stephenson approached Chelker to design and build a series of solutions to the need for efficient mobile cleaning. Chelker took the same approach to the problem as it would to any project. We looked at the true needs and designed a cost effective method of improving operational efficiency.

Productivity is what it's all about, whatever the manufacturing or service process. However, in designing a new series of systems we have also incorporated features which improve the health and safety of the operator, reduce environmental impact, and gives a better end result i.e. a cleaner bin.

The pictures show System A which is the first entry level solution for domestic bin cleaning. Chelker designed and built the system, converting a Transit SWB vehicle.

To Purchase, or to discuss a Happy Bins franchise, contact

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Create 3D Photographs

Chelker are proud to be associated with Create3D, a technology company who have developed a system for 3D photography which uses a normal digital camera. Chelker have designed and manufactured the first batch of PhotoScanner units which are the platform for the camera.

The PhotoScanner works by moving the camera along a linear track under computer control, programmed from a handheld computer via a Bluetooth link. The camera trigger is fired electronically during a scan run, ensuring that images are captured at the right point, with a linear resolution of 0.1mm.
Once the images are captured they are uploaded to Create3D, who print them using a special process which results in a 3D photograph. Unfortunately, the World Wide Web is not capable of displaying the images as it is in boring old 2D, but the results are amazingly Harry Potteresque i.e. appear to be magic. No special glasses are required, the result is 3D like a hologram, and the technique can be used for portraits, landscapes, still life, advertising, in fact anything you might like to take pictures of.
From an engineering viewpoint, the project was very interesting, incorporating extrusions, PLC programming, microprocessor boards, Bluetooth serial comms, and stepper motor drive systems. The end result is a smoothly sexy strokable piece of high tech photographic kit.

Create3D are looking for professional photographers as partners to make the technology available throughout the UK and worldwide.