Nova retain ISO 9001:2008 Certification

Nova have once again proved that our internal ISO 9001:2008 Mission Statement of “Right First Time” is worthy of the way in which we conduct our design services.

ISO 9001:2008 CertificateWe have successfully passed the first external ISO 9001:2008 audit of 2016 with flying colours – NO non-conformances 🙂

Said a delighted Simon Parry (Nova’s Business Development Director) “At Nova Design, we have always been proud of the service we offer our clients. Now with the continuation of our ISO award this has been confirmed by outside experts who are used to judging service on a daily basis in a wide variety of trades and industries”.

Steve Berry, who undertook the assessment for CQS (Certified Quality Systems) Limited, paid particular tribute to the “investment in people and training that enables Nova to provide an efficient service to their customers.”

The Nova Design team is committed to total quality, and operate under a “Right First Time” philosophy and remain – Certified for “The Provision of Engineering Design Services”.

Next step for Nova is to upgrade the certification to the latest ISO standard – ISO9001:2015

This will be undertaken before Easter 2016, giving us 8 months or so to iron out any new procedures before the next external ISO 9001 audit.

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Nova Design Wish All A Merry Christmas 2015

All the staff at Nova would like to wish all clients past, present and hopefully future a Merry Christmas 2015 and our best wishes for a prosperous 2016.

Christmas Greetings - Nova Design

2016 is certainly looking positive in the field of mechanical engineering and our recruitment team are ready and waiting to employ additional design engineers as client successes dictate.

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Nova unearth CAD treasure

One of our design engineers was having a clear out of his garage at the weekend and came across a box of older draughting equipment – mechanical propelling pencils, scale rules etc

In an old, battered A4 envelope were these . . . . . .

Pafec Dogs install disks - Nova Design

Not only was Pafec Dogs one of the first widely available CAD systems, but there are actually 9 of the old 5.25″ floppy disks.

CAD Software installation media - Nova Design

We couldn’t see any markings on the actual disks but capacity wise they are either 180KB or 360KB each – giving a total capacity of between 1.6 and 3.2MB for a complete 2D CAD program. Looking at the Autodesk recommendations for Autocad 2016 (2D) the recommendation is for 6GB free disc space – how things have changed . . . . . .

3.2MB of CAD Installation media - Nova Design

Wonder if it could be installed under Windows 10 ???

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Coolest Thing In Company Reception

One of our Directors was visiting a new client this morning and came across this little gem in their reception area.

Company Reception Area

The story goes that it’s the actual car driven by Rubens Barrichello in the 1997 Monaco F1 Grand Prix.

1997 Monaco F1 GP - Rubens Barrichello

Other than missing the engine / gearbox and brake calipers it’s virtually as it left Monaco.

Coolest Item In Office Reception

We thought it way too cool not to share with our blog readers.

Reception F1 Memorabilia

Do any of you have anything as cool as this in your reception area ??




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Kingswinford – Did You Know – Trivia :-)

We came across these “Did You Know” trivia facts in the local paper and thought we’d share :

  • Kingswinford is mentioned in the Doomsday book
  • In Roman times and for centuries afterwards Kingswinford was a dense primeval forest.
  • Records show that in 1920 coal was being mined in the area and in the 1600’s ironstone was also being extracted.
  • Kingswinford has links to the gunpowder plot when Guy Fawkes attempted to blow up the Houses of Parliament. Several of his co conspirators were captured and killed at Holbeche House where they had taken refuge in 1605 after fleeing when the plot was uncovered.
  • Many of the streets on the Charterfields housing estate built during the 1970’s adopted names of the gunpowder plot conspirators including Catesby Drive, Digby Road, Keyes Drive, Tresham Road, Ambrose Crescent, Monteagle Drive and Rosewood Close.
  • Lawrence and Cassandra Southwick from Kingswinford were among the founding fathers of America.
  • The couple were early immigrants to the American colonies going there in 1627 on what was thought to be the second crossing of the ship, The Mayflower.
  • In 2004, Kingswinford was put on high alert when it was announced that a crocodile was sighted in a local park.

What can you tell us about your work location ??

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Happy Birthday Nova Design

Happy Birthday Nova Design - 27 Years Old on 1 August 2015

1 August 2015 sees Nova Design celebrating 27 years in business, all this time providing subcontract engineering design services to a variety of industries across the West Midlands, the UK and into Europe.

Starting as a new business in August 1988, Nova was started by Dave Parry (Nova’s Managing Director) and business commenced on the second floor of Pensnett House in Kingswinford around 500 metres from our current location.

In those days, engineering design was still very much a manual industry and at its inception Nova consisted of 10 drawing boards, one typewriter, a card index for sales and a simple phone system along with Dave, Julia and a small team of design engineers and draughtsmen. The total number of design engineers employed by Nova both internally and externally was around 15.

Drawing Board - Early Autocad

Early clients were mainly in the aerospace industry with turbine blade tooling projects comprising a large percentage of the internal project work together with projects in the construction industry based around curtain walling and cladding.

As technology moved on and IT hardware / software became more commercially available, Nova were one of the first mechanical design offices to invest in this modern design tool called CAD – Computer Aided Design. To put things into perspective, Nova’s first CAD workstations ran on Windows 3.1.1 (the last .1 being the network edition of Windows 3.1), had <300MB hard drives and a massive 4MB of RAM !

Expanding the floor area of Nova and running alongside the drawing boards, Nova initially invested in 6 seats of Bentley Microstation 2D software. At this time, Nova were providing mechanical design services for a company called Haden Drysys who were heavily involved in the mechanical handling and trim & final areas for Land Rover in Solihull.

The use of CAD took off quickly within the mechanical design industry and AutoCAD became the industry standard for mechanical design, something Dave realised early on and Nova invested in a number of seats, allowing more design work to be achieved in less time than traditional manual methods.

Over the years, Nova have invested in additional CAD systems and associated design tools including Mathcad for calculations, Ansys DesignSpace for Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and a variety of CAD libraries to speed up the design process.

In 1995, Dave’s youngest son Nick joined Nova. With a HNC in Mechanical Engineering gained from his apprenticeship at Dowty Aerospace in Wolverhampton, Nick bought many years of mechanical design experience to Nova. Now Engineering Director, Nick is responsible for the smooth running of the internal design office from project quotation through to final delivery of manufacture drawings / 3D CAD models as appropriate.

September 1997 saw Dave’s eldest son, Simon join the family business. Working his way up to Business Development Director, Simon is responsible for all areas of sales and marketing together with Quality Assurance and IT.

Organisation Chart - Nova Design Management Team

Around 2001, the CAD market was undergoing a revolution – higher end 3D CAD software was becoming commercially available and more importantly, coming available on a Windows software platform. Autodesk Mechanical Desktop was one of the first 3D mechanical design systems Nova invested in and the first project undertaken was the detailed design of stainless steel guarding systems for Cadbury’s in Bourneville, Birmingham.

May 2005 saw Nova move from Pensnett House to our current location in the Innovation Centre on Pensnett Trading Estate. This move allowed Nova to expand the number of seats in our mechanical design office to the current total of 40. With our design engineers working around 50 hours a week, Nova’s internal design capacity is around 2000 hours per week. Internally and externally, the total number of employees has now exceeded the 60 mark.

Mechanical Design Office - Nova Design

The pace of technological change has meant a constant series of upgrades both in CAD systems, associated tools and in the services offered by Nova. We now offer 3D laser scanning services, 3D animations and visualisations, recruitment (both contract and permanent) together with other drawing office services such as paper to cad conversions and the writing and compilation of technical manuals.

Current CAD systems now include :

Autocad / Autodesk Inventor / SolidWorks / Solid Edge / Unigraphics NX / Catia

From a business management perspective, Nova’s management team is committed to the future and our vision statement including the line “Right First Time”.

ISO 9001:2008 Certification - Nova Design

To this end, Nova have successfully implemented and run a quality system for a number of years. Beginning with BS5750 and now running a regularly audited ISO 9001:2008 system, Nova are certified for the “Provision Of Engineering Design Services”.

Nova’s client portfolio has grown considerably over the years and now includes both OEM and first tier suppliers to industries including Automotive, Aerospace, Process Equipment and Nuclear.

Recent projects successfully completed include :

  • Design and detailed design of ‘Body In White’ tooling / Robot cells for a number of new vehicles – end clients Jaguar Land Rover / Volvo Cars / Mercedes Benz
  • Design and detailed design of Ground Support Equipment for gas turbines (civil aerospace) – end client Rolls Royce plc
  • Detailed design of automotive paint plant – end client Chrysler Motors, Mexico
  • Design and detailed design of new engine pallet systems – end client Ford Australia / Ford China
  • Detailed design of water treatment projects – design and detail of new screening systems – end client Severn Trent and Anglian Water Boards
  • Design and detailed design of Ground Support Equipment for gas turbines – industrial power generation – end client Industrial Turbine Company UK Limited – UK and North America sites
  • Site surveys, layouts, design and detailed design of mechanical handling equipment – trim and final area of vehicle production – various sites – end client Jaguar Land Rover
  • Detailed design of a number of new cranes – end client – Nuclear Decommissioning Authority – Sellafield Limited

From a recruitment perspective, Nova are continually looking for additional staff to join our ranks, ranging from graduates looking for their first employment through to more experienced engineers looking for a change of career direction. Working closely with Dudley College, Wolverhampton University and Birmingham University engineering departments Nova are committed to assisting the next generation of students into the world of engineering design and manufacturing.

To find out more about Nova and how we can assist with any engineering design and associated projects, please don’t hesitate to visit our website at or talk to our sales team on 01384 400044

Where will the next 27 years take us ????

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