The Royal College of Surgeons approached Metreel with an exciting opportunity to quote on a custom designed mobile powerfeed solution as part of a refurbishment off a training suite.
In short the brief supplied was to design, manufacture and install an elegant high tech system with 8 overhead service pods (supplying air, water, suction, power, Av comm’s and PC Networking) that effectively caters for flexible classroom layouts where students can work individually, in pair or in teams of four.
Metreel proposed a system that utilised the Met-Track® enclosed track profile in an overhead crane type set up with four bridges. Each bridge would house two mobile service pods, these would separately feed from either side of the bridge.
The mobile services to each pod were fed via a series of plastic drag chains installed on both the gantries and bridges. To ensure the overhead system took up minimal ceiling space, high grade flexible cables and hoses were specified which allowed for lower radius plastic drag chains.
Once the design functionality had been presented to the client and agreed we then moved to the aesthetical design of the system and worked very closely with the client and their project consultants. The overall system supplied had to be fitting to a high tech state of the art medical training facility.
The supply cables and hoses were coloured to improve the visual appearance of the system and the guide trays for the drag chains were laser cut with circular apertures to allow for the cables and hose within the drag chains to be seen. Service feeds from both the gantries to bridges and bridges to service pods had to be concealed and were fed through tubes bent on all three axis x,y and z. The internal diameter of these tubes was carefully selected to allow for the services to feed through but not over specified ensuring they didn’t over power visually. The system once manufactured was professionally painted to RAL 9010 at 70% gloss.
The Metreel supplied system was just one part of a training suit refurbishment. Metreel liaised with all contractors involved in the refurbishment project from the very early stages, in particular the ceiling, plumbing and electrical contractors. A key consideration with this project was ensuring the ceiling supports were positioned evenly and each centred perfectly within a ceiling tile. To ensure this element was achieved one of our designers worked with the ceiling contractors and prior to Metreel installing the system Metreel visited site, laser measured and marked out the ceiling support centres along with the service feed points for the other contractors to work around.
The project was a great success and was officially opened by Princess Anne. The project allowed Metreel to demonstrate their engineering skills, and how, when requested Metreel can transform functional engineering into state of the art aesthetically pleasing solutions perfectly fitting to their environment.