Mermaid Marine invests in R&D

Fri, 10 October 2014

Mermaid Marine, has significantly invested in new research and development facilities to aid product design and development of new products.

The Mermaid design team is based on the same site as the company’s marine engine production at its headquarters in Coventry, UK, which the company says enables a close liaison between the engineering team and production engineers.

The new facility has four engineers working full time with a combined working experience of 96 years and includes four Computer Aided Design work stations utilising Solidworks 3D design and stress analysis, a dedicated prototype workshop, engine dynamometer test beds and data logging equipment, an investment of around £250,000.

The first new product line to emerge from this facility is the Mermaid Kohler range of which a prototype was previewed at Seawork in June with the full range due to be launched at METS in November.

The Mermaid Kohler mechanical engine is marinised by Mermaid Marine and meets the next stage of emissions targets without the need for a diesel particulate filter.

The range currently comprises two engines, the KDI 1903M three cylinder, 42hp / 31kW and the KDI 2504M four cylinder 49hp / 36kW with further developments planned in terms of options and power ratings.

The design team has also introduced a number of improvements to the JCB based product line including revised and strengthened engine mounting feet, a redesigned, water cooled exhaust manifold / heat exchanger to the J-444NA to facilitate easier manufacture and promote better quality of finish, improved air intake filtration, redesigned jacket water heat exchanger installation for the J-444T and J-444TCA and a revised sea water pump installation to reduce the complexity of build.

“Mermaid has built a strong reputation over the years for designing and producing high quality marinised diesel engines here in the UK and this investment will enable us to build on that tradition with modern engines and support systems whilst keeping the all-important skill base here in the UK,” explained Andrew Varney, MD of Mermaid’s parent company, Power Torque Engineering. “This is part of our ongoing investment and growth plan for the Mermaid product line – the Kohler based range is just the beginning as we have more engine products planned to come from this great facility.”

By Katina Read

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