Case Studies

Hardy & Ellis Inventions

Hardy & Ellis Inventions Ltd, based at InfoLab21, required help designing enclosures for their different projector and sensor configurations and approached Lancaster Product Development Unit for assistance.

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James Fisher MIMIC

James Fisher Mimic (JFM) and Dr Xiandong Ma wanted to make ships ‘smarter’ through developing condition monitoring software – Mimic – to improve fuel efficiency and reduce unnecessary maintenance.

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Myerscough College

Samantha Gray worked with Myerscough College to improve energy consumption on campus to fit in line with their Carbon Management plan.

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Wezzoo

Wezzoo, a mobile application company which provide an interactive and novel method on providing users with weather updates, took on Leyla Page as a student intern to conduct market research.

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Xyone

Jenny Lam, MSci IT for Creative Industries with Industrial Experience, was recruited through the Science and Technology Internship Programme to help launch the Cyber Advisory Service for Xyone Cyber Security Solutions Limited.

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The Printed Cup Company

Harry Messenger, MSci Hons Computer Science, was recruited to evaluate The Printed Cup Company’s current computer systems and develop programmes to integrate these into one central source of information.

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Ultra Electronics

Ultra Electronics Communication & Integrated Systems worked with Lancaster University as part of a Knowledge Transfer Partnership to develop a real-time integrated security monitoring and management system.

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The Environment Agency

Organisation: The Environment Agency (EA), with area offices based in Preston and Penrith, is an Executive Non-departmental Public Body responsible to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

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Lancaster Materials Analysis

Lancaster University spin out company Lancaster Material Analysis Ltd. (LMA), based in Lancaster, offers commercial access to material analysis services, in particular scanning probe microscopy and cross-sectional imaging and analysis.

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British Standards Institution (BSI)

British Standards Institution (BSI) is a business standards company that equips businesses with the necessary solutions to turn standards of best practice into habits of excellence.

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Wasp (Cumbria) Limited

A group of eight MEng students from the Engineering Department worked with local wind and tidal power company WASP (Cumbria) Limited to develop and test a prototype tidal turbine.

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Hybrid Instruments

Hybrid Instruments Ltd. was formed in 2003 as a Lancaster University spin-out. The company  specialises in the design and development of  high speed embedded systems for real-time digital acquisition and analysis of signals arising from radiation detectors.

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King Kong Climbing

King Kong Climbing approached Lancaster University’s Engineering Department to help them develop the latest concept in climbing walls – illuminated routes.

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NuBlue Ltd.

NuBlue took on a graduate from the Science and Technology's School of Computing and Communications to help deal with their growing number of clients.

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Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN)

Joe McNamara, MPhys Hons Physics with Particle Physics and Cosmology, was recruited through the Science and Technology Internship Programme to provide a method of sharing files and data for The Knowledge Transfer Network.

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LESS

Samantha Gray, BSc Hons Geography, was recruited through the Science and Technology Internship Programme to work on website development and social media platforms for LESS, a community interest company. 

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SEO 24/7

Justin Dee, a graduate with BSc Computer Science, was recruited through the Science and Technology Internship Programme to create software for SEO 24/7, and to further develop their website.

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The Networking People

The Networking People, an InfoLab21 resident company, won a contract with Blackpool Council to develop a Wide Area Network which facilitated access to digital services and reduced the cost of ownership, releasing money for other key services.

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The Irish Environmental Protection Agency

Michael Dennison, an MA Environmental Management and Consultancy student, completed research for the Irish Environment Protection Agency (EPA), a clinet of Carr Communications, to understand the success of a 2012 EPA project on septic tank inspection.

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The Environment Agency

Jonathan Harvey, MSc International Innovation, was recruited through the Science and Technology Internship Programme to analyse and evaluate water quality data collected by sondes in a brook adjacent to a landfill site.

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UK/Russia Aviation Industry

Working with telecommunications and aviation giants Sagem (France) and UAC (Russia), this project brought together European and Russian industries and research organisations from the aviation sector to enhance flight operational safety.

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The NHS

Health patients may benefit from aviation industry technology applied to healthcare.

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Microsoft Research

A new use for touchless technology in the operating theatre.

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Demopad

Demopad wanted to identify and build a relationship with a key supplier in China and work with them to design and manufacture new products to purchase and distribute.

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KARIM case studies

The KARIM project was designed to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in North West Europe access innovation support and technology and make the region more competitive by creating a network of centres collaborating on technology transfer.

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BBC Micro:bit

The BBC micro:bit is a pocket-sized computer that you can code, customise and control to bring your digital ideas, games and apps to life.

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Gamesko Ltd.

Gamesko Limited, based in Lancaster, operates a social poker product which their customers play through Facebook, or their iOS and Android apps. The company wanted to develop a tool to help them manage their product range.

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J Atkinson & Co.

The owners of J Atkinson & Co. wanted to balance their heritage with innovation and approached HighWire to see if they could bring digital innovation to their business.

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Framed Data, Inc.

Framed Data, Inc., based in Silicon Valley, San Francisco, is a data science as a service product that helps companies understand their users and improve their business.

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Booths

Booths is a regional retailer based in Lancashire. They have 31 stores located throughout the north of England. Booths remains a family-owned and run business, with fifth generation Edwin Booth the current Chairman. 

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Firefly

Dr Joe Finney and Professor Dix from the School of Computing and Communications built prototypes to create smart lighting devices capable of communication and self-organising behaviour

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DefineX Ltd.

DefineX offers expertise in embedded, electrical, control & instrumentation systems and health & safety, quality and environmental management.

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Victrex Plc

Victrex Plc., based in Lancashire, is a global high-performance polymer solutions provider serving more than 40 countries.

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Humble and Maker

Humble and Maker, based in Lancaster, design and manufacture products that aim to inspire creativity by using craft skills amongst customers. 

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The Fly Reel Company

The Fly Reel Company, based in Harrogate and founded by Lancaster University graduates, design, develop and produce high performance British-made fly reels. 

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Planet Knox

Planet Knox Ltd, based in Cumbria, specialise in the design and manufacture of innovative impact protective equipment, performance layering systems, hand armour, and - most recently - their studio collection outerwear.

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J Atkinson & Co.

An Uno 7lb roaster, which was originally built in London in 1919, was salvaged from Liverpool’s famous Lewis’ department store when it closed in 2010, by Ian Steel, owner of specialist Lancaster-based coffee roasters J Atkinson and Co.

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BT

Jamie Fairbrother, a Mathematics and Statistics PhD student, spent six months with BT on a research project looking at TV whitespaces.

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Tomorrow's Medicines Limited

Tomorrow's Medicines Limited sought to use social media data in order to recommend personalized clinical trial opportunities to patients.

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Process Instruments (UK) Limited

Head of Lancaster University’s Chemistry Department collaborated with Process Instruments (UK) Limited to develop new sensor to improve water treatment.

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MicroFab Ltd.

Experts from the Department of Engineering helped laboratory device business Microfab Limited develop prototypes and proof of concept for a low pressure pump system and micro fluid incubator.

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T.E.Laboratories

T.E.Laboratories collaborated with experts from the Lancaster Environment Centre to develop a new sampling approach as an assessment tool for compliance with European environmental quality standards.

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Compound Semiconductor Technologies Limited (CST)

Compound Semiconductor Technologies Limited (CST) have been developing a thermophotovoltaic (TPV) cell, conceived at Lancaster University, that directly converts waste heat into electric power.

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Lancaster Material Analysis

Lancaster Material Analysis was able to identify suitable software which could be modified to automate their analysis, which will increase the company’s efficiency and the range of products they can provide services for.

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Far UK

Far UK, based in Nottingham, bring together the combined industry expertise of engineering, manufacturing and materials to create a design team with future manufacturing capabilities and training packages for those organisations with a desire to enter the composites industry either directly or in partnership with their existing customers and suppliers.

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Attentive Homecare

Attentive Homecare Ltd, a family-run company based in Preston, provides home care services to private and local authority clients. They were keen to improve their data systems.

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Voice Work

Voice Work, based in the North West, offers a range of voice and verbal communication training and coaching work for personal and professional development.

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Commendium

Commendium Ltd specialise in telecommunications and digital solutions, and have completed projects for a huge range of organisations, from some of the biggest names in the business to SMEs.

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Amey and United Utilities

Internship: Research to investigate jet hose failure rates.

Company: Amey provides emergency responses to any United Utilities customer issues in relation to the wastewater sewer network. Recommendations from the research were implemented by Amey and helped them win new business with larger companies.

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Fat Media

Internship: Competitor analysis and psycholinguistic review of promotional documents.

Company: Fat Media Limited is a multi-award-winning website design and digital marketing company with hundreds of clients across the UK. They implemented the recommendations from the review and improved their marketing documentation to win new business.

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Intelligent Turf

Internship: Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing database development to capture, visualise and analyse temporal and spatial data on turfgrass sites.

Company: Intelligent Turf Limited provides precision turfgrass management through the capture, analysis and visualisation of objective plant and soil data. The interns helped the business to move forward and develop a product and service which is being used at golf courses and stadia.

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The Land Trust

Internship: Research on the health benefits of open spaces.

Company: The Land Trust provides cost effective management solutions for open space and green infrastructure. They used the research as evidence to clarify and hone their key messages for communications and marketing purposes.

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Next World Web

Internship: Development of a web application to act as a promotional tool.

Company: Next World Web is a web development company, providing software engineering and programming specialising in bespoke web application including ecommerce websites. The internship provided them with a new service offering to attract new clients.

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Simplifi

Internship: Research to improve customer support for a compliance software tool and to source and contact potential clients for the company to help expand its client base.

Company: Simplifi-Solutions Limited provides a range of tools to help businesses monitor and manage their compliance with relevant energy, environmental and health and safety legislation. The research informed the development of their tools and helped attract new clients.

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