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Richard Osborne - Professional biography

Graduated  in 1966 with BSc degree in Mechanical Engineering from University College London, followed by a Postgraduate Diploma in Machinery Design from National College of Agricultural Engineering, Silsoe, (now part of Cranfield University).

Joined Ransomes Sims & Jefferies in 1967 as a Development Engineer, promoted to Project Engineer and eventually Engineer in Charge of the root crop machinery section, taking on former Johnson and Catchpole products.  Pioneered numerous novel features, including in-field dynamic measurements of ploughing forces and combine harvester power parameters, closed loop digger depth control and off-row trailed harvesters to minimise potato crop damage, since adopted by many manufacturers.

Ransomes Sovereign Potato Harvester  (click for note)

Patent Closed Loop Depth Control  (click for note)

Joined Bomford Turner in 1980 initially as designer for tropical cassava harvesting equipment developed from potato lifting technology, remaining until 2001, after 15 years as Engineering Manager responsible for product development of tractor mounted flail mowers, cultivators, and other related products.  As a research and test engineer developed and introduced in-field load and performance measurement systems for various products and researched a variety of novel ideas into prototype hardware.  Pioneered modern ergonomic operator controls for tractor mounted flail mowers and hedge cutters.  Managed departmental introduction of various 2D and 3D modelling CAD systems.

Bomford DynaDrive transmission  (click for note)

Chartered Engineer, Member of Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Fellow of Institution of Agricultural Engineers.

Currently working as a technical consultant, specialising in Instruction Manual preparation and other technical support services.

Voluntary interests include liaison for fabric projects of St Nicholas Church, Alcester, including its modern heating plant, refurbishment of its 15th Century Church House providing modern facilities (see videos) and with architect and stonemasons on major church restoration project 2017-2019.

Other interests include music, and local history.

(See Home page to open various technical notes and videos of interest.)

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