Case Studies

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Macphie

University of Edinburgh Food & Drink Standard Innovation Vouchers

Headquartered in Glenbervie near Stonehaven, Scotland, Macphie is the UK’s leading, independent, added-value food ingredients manufacturer, and has been producing premium quality food ingredients and solutions for customers across 40 countries for over 85 years.

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Sam Foster Architects

Funded by a Scottish Funding Council Innovation Voucher, administered by Interface, Sam Foster Architects collaborated with the Mackintosh Environmental Architecture Research Unit at the Glasgow School of Art to undertake a Building Performance Evaluation process that would develop an evidence-based design approach.

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Payfont

Payfont, winner of the Innovation of the Year award at the 2016 Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards, is a Scottish Cybersecurity start-up whose dynamic authentication framework transforms protection for people. They collaborated with Edinburgh Napier University to research the application of its patented identity authentication IP to data at rest.  This project was funded by a Scottish Funding Council Innovation Voucher.

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Snap40

Snap40 collaborated with the University of the West of Scotland to incorporate an ultrasound measurement into their medical device for non-invasively monitoring hydration levels in a patient.

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Plan Bee

Plan Bee was created to help reverse the worrying decline in the UK bee population and allow landowners and organisations to highlight, and increase, their sustainability credentials by adopting a Honey Bee Colony.  They worked with Food & Health Innovation Service, the University of Glasgow and the University of Abertay for help in developing their product.

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Uan Wool

Uan Wool is an Angus based, family run business producing and manufacturing pure 100% natural, luxury Scottish woollen cushion pads, pillows and bedding products.
They were seeking an academic group to assist in the technical development of the wool wadding required for their product prototypes.
With help from Interface, Uan Scotland, was successfully matched with Dr Lisa McIntyre from the School of Textiles and Design at Heriot-Watt University who had the crucial expertise in this field. This research project was funded by a £5k Scottish Funding Council Innovation Voucher.

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Coast and Glen

Coast & Glen is a fish merchant who sells online subscriptions to a home delivered ‘Fishbox’.  Coast and Glen were looking for an academic collaboration to develop algorithms to ensure that as they scale up their operation and number of customers, they are able to produce the same high quality product, with freshness and fast turnover of stock being the key.  This algorithm would 'virtually' prepack customers’ orders in advance and give an order list for when the company is buying fish at the market.

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Company Connecting

Company Connecting were looking to create a new online platform for matching businesses based on requirements.  In order to develop a prototype for this platform, expertise in interactive search and interface design was essential.  After being referred by Business Gateway, Interface matched the company with Dr Martin Halvey from the University of Strathclyde, who had such knowledge.

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Scotlab

Scotlab, based in Glasgow, has worked with Scottish universities to develop the Altium-i10 a devise which simulates the effects of extreme altitudes for use in the sports and fitness markets.

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Ivan Wood & Sons Ltd

Interface connected Ivan Wood & Sons Ltd with the University of Abertay who, with support from KTP funding, were able to develop an affordable starch filtration system design that would comply with new legislation coming into force.

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Investors in People Scotland

Established in 1991, Investors in People Scotland aims to help organisations and their employees make the most of their abilities.

Investors in People Scotland approached Interface directly, to seek help in finding an academic partner to undertake the research.

The Interface team worked with them to develop a project brief which then was sent on to a range of universities and research institutions across Scotland. After speaking to three eminent social science groups, the company chose to work with Andrea Glass from the Training and Employment Research Unit (TERU) at the University of Glasgow.

Thanks to Interface matchmaking service and having well established access to all world class academic expertise, the team completed a comprehensive search and managed to quickly identify the best academic match from across all disciplines.

 

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