At the time I was engaged, Croydon based Dearman Engine Company Ltd. was a new venture developing liquid air technologies in partnership with academics, industry leaders and experts in cryogenics. At the heart of this technology is the Dearman engine – a novel piston engine driven by the expansion of liquid nitrogen (LiN) or liquid air, to produce clean cold and power. The initial application for the Dearman Engine is the chilling of delivery vehicles in the food "Cold Chain". As the venture prepared to move from pure Research and Development into product launch and manufacture, it was deemed essential that the organisation had a robust yet agile, Business Management System, able to grow with the business. I was approached to assist in both the design and implementation of the BMS, and to facilitate a subsequent successful ISO 9001:2015 certification.
I was very excited to have the opportunity to both work with a cutting edge technology venture, and also to help build a Business Management System for a company making the transition from an academic R&D collaboration, to volume producer.
As a very tech savvy organisation, Dearman wanted to make full use of advanced collaboration and sharing software platforms when documenting the BMS. My role was to to advise on best practices gleaned from my experience of working in both R&D and volume manufacturing environments, and to interpret and advise on the requirements of the ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System standard.
The outcome was a very successful certification audit by an accredited certification body and a Business Management System that not only served the company’s current needs, but also one that could adapt and grow with this dynamic and rapidly changing organisation.