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ALMA - the largest astronomical project in existence

Written by Meredyth Grant and published by Matt on Thu Apr 15, 2010 4:28 pm
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Barum and Dewar bespoke packaging solutions are being used by aerospace companies worldwide to securely transport ALMA satellite and telescopic equipment to the plains of Chile.

Artist's Concept of Completed ALMA CREDIT: ALMA/ESO/NRAO/NAOJ

Artist's Concept of Completed ALMA CREDIT: ALMA/ESO/NRAO/NAOJ

ALMA took its first steps in November 2009 and the final components are now being shipped to South America with the help of Barum and Dewar containers to finish calibration of the revolutionary telescope ready for scientific observations in 2011. ALMA’s primary function will be to observe and image with unprecedented clarity the enigmatic cold regions of the Universe, which are optically dark, yet shine brightly in the millimetre portion of the electromagnetic spectrum.

ALMA’s design comprising an array of 66 giant 12-metre and 7-metre diameter antennas observing at millimetre and submillimetre wavelengths requires extremely high spec equipment and parts which are sourced globally. Rutherford Appleton Laboratories, based in the UK are providing some of the high precision antennas.

Nigel Morris, Rutherford Appleton Laboratories:
“We chose Barum and Dewar because they offered a competitive solution to our needs and were able to meet the very demanding schedule. We were also impressed with the design solution offered, which clearly had a lot of good design heritage. This gave us confidence that it was the right solution for sending our high value equipment to Chile.”

Barum and Dewar delivered a comprehensive solution to safeguarding the high precision antennas which included detailed designs which took into consideration complex hazard analysis and safety requirements. B&D demonstrated that the bespoke containers complied with regulations throughout vigorous testing, then manufactured and delivered the items while providing ongoing technical support.

Barum & Dewar have worked with clients within the aerospace sector for over 15 years and have developed a clear understanding of the needs and requirements associated with this market. This is demonstrated by B&D’s long-term partnership with Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) with projects such as Sapphire and Nigeria 2.

Barum and Dewar partnership with the Aerospace sector sees it playing an important collaborative  role in the upcoming Bepi-Colombo Mission to Mercury due for launch in 2014. B&D’s experienced technical team are already working on designs to manufacture highly engineered transit containers to safeguard vital components for this mission.

David Frame, Barum and Dewar Managing Director:
“Barum & Dewar have long been recognised in the UK as a supplier of highly engineered bespoke transit and storage containers for the Aerospace sector but more recently interest has come from the US and Far East. This is a growth sector for Barum & Dewar and one in which we are keen to use our experience and reputation to develop new client contacts and project opportunities”.

We seek to mirror the values of the technologically driven businesses operating in this sector and understand the demands on design, quality, reliability and deliveries.

Barum and Dewar remain the preferred supplier of container solutions to the UK’s leading aerospace companies who have come to recognise our record of delivering best in class solutions time and again.

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