The Association of Electrical and Mechanical Trades has paid tribute to longstanding supporter Professor David Walters, who died recently.
Walters, who received an OBE in 1997 for his services to the cause of energy efficiency, was presented with the AEMT’s own Lifetime Contribution Awardin 2019.
In a statement, the association praised his contribution stating that "all those who had the pleasure of knowing him, both personally and professionally, will mourn his passing”.
“The AEMT and the wider rotating machinery sector has lost a strong, valuable, and committed supporter of many years. He was pivotal in many technical developments for both industry and for the association,” continued the statement.
Two decades ago, Walters was influential in developing the AEMT’s joint project with its American counterparts to publish the AEMT/EASA Rewind Study and the Good Practice Guide to Maintain Motor Efficiency, which underpin the new international repair standard for service centres.
Noting the contribution this made to sustainable practices, the AEMT cited the reports’ importancefor determining that electric motors can be repaired or rewound without losing efficiency, adding it was forever indebted to him for his work.
Professor Walters was also instrumental in the concept, design, and manufacture of the World Series Motor for Brook Crompton, which subsequently gained the Queen’s Award for Industry.
The AEMT said it has made a donation towards the charitable work carried out by the Marie Curie UK charity, in tribute to Walters.