Dando first heard about Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) through a university representative at a Sussex Enterprise Business event.
The team and the university discussed how a KTP could help deliver a long-term strategy, fresh thinking, innovation and new skills to the company.
After an initial meeting, Dr Derek Covill, a senior lecturer with expertise in product design processes, and Dr Kaiming She, a senior lecturer with expertise in hydraulic control systems, were assigned to the project.
The Dando team applied for a KTP to improve the design and manufacture of their mobile drilling rigs.
Gina Fitch-Roy, Commercial Director, Dando said:
"The process with the university helped us to expand our original remit and shape a coherent project and a clear person specification for the KTP Associate."