Safety Torch System- BC-576

Project type: Research
Desired discipline(s): Engineering - mechanical, Engineering
Company: Anonymous
Project Length: Longer than 1 year
Preferred start date: As soon as possible.
Language requirement: English
Location(s): Maple Ridge, BC, Canada; Canada
No. of positions: 1
Desired education level: CollegeUndergraduate/BachelorMaster'sPhDPostdoctoral fellow
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About the company: 

We are a Canadian controlled private corporation involved in developing a patented concept into a commercially viable product to safely control  the flow of dual gasses (oxygen and fuel) through torch lines. A few prototypes have been designed to prove concept which are not intended for further field testing or commercial sales and distribution.

Describe the project.: 

Our Safe-T Torch system (product name) is made up of a control box containing valves, gauges, switches and electric circuits which are connected to a trigger assembly that is attached to the torch head by means of electrical wires. The box is connected to the gas tanks to regulate gas flow based on input from a remote torch operator. To operate the torch, a trigger on the torch handle is depressed by the operator to signal the flow of gasses through the valves that are housed in the control box. When the trigger is released the valves shutoff and the gas flow is stopped. Our Safe-T Torch system can also help identify gas leaks that could occur in the torch, line connections and gas lines due to, damage or wear and tear.

There are three steps to commercialization:

1) Design the Safe-T Torch system to be electrically and mechanically safe based on UL/CSA 61010-1 Ed 3.1 standards. This step requires identifying and selecting the proper valves, gauges, switches, wiring and terminal blocks to fit into a suitable control box , select the proper switch to install in the patented trigger handle, control wiring and connectors to facilitate control between the patented trigger handle and control box as well as identifying and selecting suitable sheathing to protect the gas lines.
2) Prepare prototypes based on the initial component selection and preliminary design and have it field tested. Collect data and feedback from the field test and incorporate it into the final design.
3) Identify the testing protocols, and have the Safe-T Torch system tested and certified to UL/CSA and related standards by a 3rd party accredited testing agency.

For all the steps above, which might take up to a year or more, we will need the assistance of an engineering student from a university or institute of technology, to assist in developing  our product.  

Please see the link to the video of the prototype of the Safe-T-Torch: 

Required expertise/skills: 

  • Graduate or post graduate mechanical engineering student from a university or an institute of technology.
  • Research and analytical capabilities are a plus.