Notio Limited is me, Roderick Mitchell.

I am an engineer and design specialist.  I work with companies as an external or additional resource to generate concepts, evaluate technology or deliver complete, finished designs.

I am an experienced mechanical / mechatronic engineer and have spent 25 years working on the design, development and manufacture of machines and devices for a wide range of applications across many industries.

My experience has taught me the value of good design to a business.  Investing in the design of your products and services delivers significant improvement in business performance.

I am a Fellow of the IMechE which demonstrates my wealth of experience, commitment and contribution to engineering.


 I am passionate about design.

Design has been shown to have the potential to deliver significant improvements in company profitability … reference the Design Council “Design Delivers for Business” publication, September 2012.

Most of my design experience is in the field on machine design, manufacturing processes and robotics, but I have also been involved in product design and designing for the retail environment.

Good communication and the right tools for the job are essential for an efficient design process.  I start every design task with my pad and pencil – the easiest way to generate ideas – but quickly move to 3D CAD to develop concepts further so they can be visualised and reviewed.

More and more I am using photo realistic renders and rendered animations as tools to communiacte design with others.

I can provide the creative lead at the start of a project, apply rigour to the design process and am also happy to wrap up the final manufacturing details.  The detail design is as critical as the concept generation as any final design is only as good as its weakest link!

SolidWorks provides the ability to design in a 3D environment, leading to improved visualisation and better design.

It can be used to …

  • build quick models to explore concepts visually
  • create mechanisms to analyse function
  • animate assemblies to demonstrate a principle
  • document everything for manufacture or user instructions

KeyShot provides the ability to create stunning visuals at every stage of a project.

It helps to …

  • provide realism to a concept
  • support early stage marketing activities
  • generate engaging documentation for end users.


Engineering is essential and underpins all design activities.  It is a combination of knowledge, experience and judgement and without good engineering machines and products risk failure.

I can support the design process with the following engineering activities.


Thorough and varied engineering analysis of concepts or designs can be used to help guide a project to a successful solution.

Analysis at different stages of a project can help to understand the relationships between elements of a design and how it relates to external elements.



Basic calculations are essential to understanding performance and sizing components.

Motion analysis (speed and acceleration) and force (loads and free body diagrams) all contribute to accurate component selection.


FEA (Finite Element Analysis) is an invaluable tool built into modern CAD systems.

It is an easy and effective way to qualify the strength of components or assemblies, and hence reduce risk.


FMEA (Failure Mode Effects Analysis) is a well known technique to identify failure modes and enable mitigating actions to be taken to reduce risk.

This technique can be applied at many stages of a project.

Case Studies

The best way to demonstrate experience is through case studies.  The following examples show the breadth of projects I have undertaken.

Some are highly innovative and ground breaking, others are simply examples of well engineered solutions.

Light Weight, Muti-Functional Robot Gripper


Adding functionality to a 6 axis robot with limited load capacity by using an intricate, light weight gripper with multiple co-ordinated movements.

RobotCube … Compact Robot Cell

A robot cell with a very small footprint that was fully re-configurable.

Automated Retailing Machine

The world’s most advanced vending machine!

DVD Packaging Demoulding Robot and Buffering System

High speed demoulding in less than 0.5 seconds and 12 hours fully automated FIFO buffering.

2 Cavity High Speed Pail Demoulding Robot

An innovative approach to demoulding plastic pails using advanced servo motor mould tracking and high stiffness carbon fibre arms.


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Get in touch …

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