Horncastle trio help to develop world first

Polypipe apprentices from Horncastle EMN-151126-153026001
Polypipe apprentices from Horncastle EMN-151126-153026001

Three apprentices from a Horncastle-based company have develop robotic technology that will be rolled out across the world.

Tom Fletcher (24), Dan Johnson (21) and Dillon Reay (18) work for Polypipe on the town’s Boston Road Industrial Estate.

Polypipe is the UK’s leading manufacturer of sustainable drainage and water management products.

The trio have worked alongside senior engineers to develop a new piece of tooling equipment that will be fitted onto the company’s automated robot manufacturing systems.

It will be incorporated into the ‘Polystorm’ process, an interlocking geocellular system which is used to create strong, flexible buried structures to store water and improve drainage.

The system will be featured in countries like Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

While the apprentices have been working at Polypipe Civils, they have supplemented their ‘on the job’ training with a range of courses at Lincoln College, including NVQs in Mechanical Engineering, Performance Engineering Operations and Stage 1 Hydraulics at NFPC.

Paul Brewer, Maintenance Manager at Polypipe, said: “We encourage our apprentices to be involved in day to day activity, meaning they work on products that will be used in the real world.”

Apprentice, Tom Fletcher, said: “This is a great place to start a career.

“The variation on site from basic mechanics to advanced robot automation is an ideal platform to launch a prosperous engineering career at Polypipe.”