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The way that the neurodiversity movement views neurological differences is to say that they are the result of a normal, natural variation in our make up, that we are each differently abled and our behaviour and thinking a result of both nature and nurture. Neurodiversity celebration week exists to challenge stereotypes and misconceptions about those neurological differences. Of course, the main aim of this event is to empower individuals and remove barriers to equality and opportunities, but there are also benefits for those businesses who embrace the differences of their employees to release potential. What is neurodiversity? Neurodiversity is a term that was coined in the 1990’s and reflects the 20% of the adult population who are not considered neurotypical and may have been diagnosed with a neurological condition. Neurodivergent is a term used by the neurodiversity movement as an ‘opposite’ to neurotypical. Neurodivergent is not a medical term, it is simply used to describe those whose brains develop or work differently. People who identify as neurodivergent often have one of the following conditions or disorders: Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Defecit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Dyscalulia, Dysgraphia, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Tourette Syndrome and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). However, it is important […]

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Blue Monday usually falls on the third Monday in January and has widely become accepted as the most depressing day of the year. This is the day on which we are all encouraged, by supposedly well-meaning ads, to head off and cheer ourselves up with anything from a meditation session to a holiday booking, all in the name of fighting those blues. The reality? The concept was a marketing ploy with no basis in fact. Blue Monday is a farce, a day invented in 2005 by Dr Cliff Arnell at the request of Sky Travel, who wanted to use a scientific formula to calculate when the ‘most depressing’ day of the year is and, off the back of that, start a campaign to sell holidays with the idea that customers could drag themselves out of the doldrums by booking a holiday that they could look forward to. Dr Arnell proceeded to ‘create’ a formula based on factors such as the weather, our debt levels, motivation, time lapsed since our failed new year’s resolutions and so on. This formula has since been debunked many times over – the most basic concern being the lack of units against many of the variables […]

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What a fantastic year we’ve had at Eadon! There’s no denying that 2022 continued to throw commercially challenging conditions at all businesses – the tail end of the pandemic combined with geopolitical challenges and supply chain disruptions, followed by an energy crisis – so we are extremely happy to have seen significant growth over the past 12 months, both in terms of team numbers and our turnover. Our projects this year have been varied and challenging – just as we like it! Some of the key highlights of the year have included: The unveiling of the Woolbeding glasshouse, a 143m2 kinetic structure at the heart of a new section of the National Trust garden. The moving glasshouse was designed by Heatherwick Studios, and Eadon worked with them to design the concept of the mechanical equipment used to open and close the sepals, providing initial option studies, concept reports and support for the build phase. Read more in our project overview. We further developed REACH, our modular remote handling system, and one of the key phases of this year’s work was the development and testing of a robot arm. We have worked in collaboration with teams from Sellafield on a critical, […]

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Eadon have invested in a new resin stereolithography (SLA) 3D printer to enable us to produce prototype parts more quickly, facilitating our R&D processes.  An SLA printer uses a UV laser to cure very thin layers of resin that build up to form a solid, 3D object. They are able to work with a wide range of materials within the polymeric family – including those filled with glass and ceramics. An SLA printer will easily produce parts in specialist materials that are a match for those found in more traditional machining or moulding processes. This means that we can print components with the mechanical properties that we need, rather than the largely aesthetic solution that our other, more traditional, fused deposition modelling 3D printer produces.  The main advantage of the SLA resin print method is that it produces parts to a much higher resolution – making them more dimensionally accurate, with tolerances between batches more repeatable and the finish much smoother in comparison to traditional additive manufactured parts. The range of materials available for use with SLA also means that the parts printed can be relied upon mechanically because the structural properties of the finished product is so much better […]

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Eadon was pleased to see the successful installation of two high level gantries on the Severn Bridge in Bristol in July. The Severn Bridge, which carries the M48 between England and Wales, is over 50 years old and is one of a small number of cable suspension bridges in the UK. The platforms will enable engineers to inspect the suspension cables as part of an ongoing maintenance and inspection program. Back in 2006, significant levels of corrosion were found on the bridge’s suspension cables. To address the problem, a dehumidification system was installed along with an acoustic monitoring system to track further deterioration. Similar problems with corrosion were found on the Forth Road Bridge in Scotland, and the Humber Bridge near Kingston upon Hull. Every 5-10 years an inspection of the main cable is carried out on each bridge, involving removal and replacement of wires making up the main cable so that they can be sent away for testing. Since 2016, Eadon has designed the gantries to allow for this process to happen on the Severn, Forth Road and Humber Bridges. The gantries are designed in accordance with the Eurocodes and BS EN 1808:2015. For the Severn Bridge gantries project, […]

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