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ASTUTE 2020 Update September 2020

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Image: Development of a Novel Device Concept for the Service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment

Development of a Novel Device Concept for the Service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment

Business: WorksafePAT Ltd.

Result Areas: Development of an innovative protection device concept

Technology: Mechanical Engineering, Computational Aided Design (CAD), Pre-Prototype Concepts

Location: Rhondda Cynon Taf


WorksafePAT Ltd. is a company which performs in-service inspection and testing of electrical equipment (PAT). Currently, there are no viable methods of isolating failed devices without removing the plug.


WorksafePAT Ltd. contacted ASTUTE to develop pre-prototype concept for a plug-isolator that would prevent a failed device being used. Whilst the design did not need to be tamper-proof, a key feature was that a deliberate act would be necessary to remove the isolator and any such tampering would be evident.

Over the course of the project, a number of concepts were generated and visualised using 3D CAD tools, for a range of different plug types (e.g. 220V 3-pin, 415V 3-phase). Various release mechanisms were also developed which would allow the company to easily remove the isolator, once any defect with the equipment had been rectified, but would prevent accidental removal by unauthorised users.


As a result of the project, WorksafePAT Ltd. registered a patent for one of the concepts and is undertaking further market research in order to use the private sector to develop the pre-prototype concepts with the aim of bringing a new product to market.

“We are very pleased with the outcomes of this project. Before we approached ASTUTE, we had been scratching our heads as to how to solve the problem. The ASTUTE team were able to offer several concepts, which have allowed us to select the best one to take forward for further development and prototyping.”

- Simon Rees, Managing Director, WorksafePAT Ltd.

Due to focus on Smart Specialisation, some of the expertise areas in the case studies might not be covered in the current ASTUTE 2020.