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Reference Number NIA_CAD0085
Title Easy Assist Remote Actuation
Status Completed
Energy Categories Fossil Fuels: Oil Gas and Coal(Oil and Gas, Refining, transport and storage of oil and gas) 80%;
Other Cross-Cutting Technologies or Research(Environmental, social and economic impacts) 20%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 80%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Consumer attitudes and behaviour) 10%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Other sociological economical and environmental impact of energy) 10%;
Principal Investigator Project Contact
No email address given
Cadent Gas
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 November 2022
End Date 31 March 2024
Duration ENA months
Total Grant Value £578,082
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region London
Programme Network Innovation Allowance
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , Cadent Gas (99.996%)
  Other Investigator Project Contact , Cadent Eastern (0.001%)
Project Contact , Cadent North London (0.001%)
Project Contact , Cadent North West (0.001%)
Project Contact , Cadent West Midlands (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Cadent Gas (0.000%)
Web Site https://smarter.energynetworks.org/projects/NIA_CAD0085
Objectives "The remote activation will explore the use of mechanical methods to activate the EasyAssist from a distance of up to 2m away. The customer will be able to see the status of the ECV from the remote activation unit. It is envisaged this will be via a tether or cable that will be robust enough to withstand installation in a domestic setting and accommodate multiple activations.Currently there is no device on the market for this particular use within the gas sector. The nearest similar type of product available is for water (SureStop). Data Quality StatementThe project will ensure that necessary data is of sufficient quality and readily available to meet the objectives of the project. This will be achieved by providing current relevant PSR data, to enable development to progress in the correct manner. Measurement Quality StatementConsiderations as to the projects interaction with the current EasyAssist™ will be carried out in stages 1-3 with an interim prototype produced to practically assess the success criteria and ensure that the product is fit for purpose with the EasyAssist™ product developed in the previous NIA Project." "The overall scope of the project will be broken down into 8 stages, from design through to final product. This will include concept design and final concept definition, which will then be engineered to a state whereby field trials can take place on the Cadent network. The stages are listed below: Stage 1 - Specific definition Stage 2 - Concept development Stage 3 – Concept consolidation Stage 4 – Engineering Stage 5 – Alpha prototypes Stage 6 – Tooling release Stage 7 - Manufacturing Support and Beta Prototypes Stage 8 – Certification and Field Trials" "Stage 1 Technical details and review against the current Easy Assist design. Assumptions of the situation, location and installation methods to be confirmed. Define User Requirements (both resident and installer) Identification of all regulatory and standards information that is applicable to this device and how this lines up with the current Easy Assist project plan. Stage 2 Mechanical Concept User Interface Alpha Test specification Stage 3 Final concept definition Costings Alpha Test Plan Draft Stage 4 Detailed Engineering of all unique components Interim Prototype Alpha Prototype Details Stage 5 Alpha Prototypes Draft manufacturing pack Testing Alphas Update Design Beta Test Plan Draft Costings for Production Stage 6 Beta Test Plan Design For Manufacture (DFM) review Jigs and Fixtures Design Launch Tooling Stage 7 Packaging, Instructions and Labelling First off tooling inspection Beta Prototypes Beta Testing Manufacturing Support Jigs and Fixtures review and testing Stage 8 Prototype Support and Review Certification G23 TrialsAt the end of each stage there will be an end of phase review, to ensure that the project is meeting the objectives agreed by all parties."
Abstract "The Remote Activation will be a complementary device specifically and uniquely designed to be installed with the EasyAssist™, NIA Project NIA_CAD0063, developed by Oxford Product Design. The Remote Activation shall be installed in the homes of domestic gas customers where the situation warrants additional accessibility. It will provide a connected triggering method for the EasyAssist™ up to 2m away from the ECV. The Remote Activation Pack places an additional STOP method away from the EasyAssist™ ECV. The ultimate function is the same – assisted closure of the ECV. The action of triggering this product, defined as remote activation, acts like pressing the button on the EasyAssist™, which in turn triggers the mechanism and closes the ECV."
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Added to Database 18/10/23