MSc in Electrical Power Systems Engineering – engaging with UK manufacturing cable industry

The trip to Tratos’ UK multi-million-pound manufacturing facilities in Merseyside, on Thursday 12 July, was coordinated by both parties to further facilitate the training of young engineers on power cables design and manufacturing.

Tratos is a family-owned company that designs and manufactures cables for power, communications and transport applications, and is one of Europe’s largest independent cable manufacturers. In the UK, Tratos is home to the company’s UK quality and technical laboratory facilities which includes a state of the art Faraday cage, used to maintain exceptionally high standards and ensure the long-term electrical integrity of their cables.

Tratos’ facilities in Knowsley now benefit from a large specialist drum twister to lay up large cores, capable of twisting cores up to 400 mm2, as well as an additional extrusion line for outer sheaths and an insulation line. The new equipment was installed, commissioned and commenced operation at the end of 2016.

Dr Kostas Kopsidas, director of MSc in Electrical Power Systems Engineering at The University of Manchester said: “We have been aware of Tratos and its working in overhead conductors for a while. When invited to visit their manufacturing facilities it seemed a natural fit with the course and my research in overhead lines and power systems. It has not disappointed and the students will take away a great deal from this visit today.”

Peter Waterworth, technical and development director at Tratos said: “We place a high value on learning and training, which is why we invested in our own teaching Academy at Knowsley four years ago. By linking with educational establishments, we bring theoretical learning to life and hope these students will return to complete their course and dissertations with a more enlightened view of cable manufacturing.

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