Case Studies

Ecometrica

University of Edinburgh Other Industries Follow On Innovation Vouchers

A Scottish Funding Council Innovation Voucher follow on fund was awarded to Ecometrica and Dr Edward Mitchard from the University of Edinburgh for a project titled Earth Observation support for assessing the performance of the UK government’s International Climate Fund forest projects.

This follow on funding allowed Dr Mitchard to undertake additional analysis over Brazil to test the suitability of different earth observation satellite products for monitoring forest change.

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Replin

Replin

Replin, the Peebles based materials manufacturer, supplies the international aviation market. Realising the trend towards 'smart' textiles was a key development area they sought out Interface to link them with industry academics to keep them competitive. Their relationship with Robert Gordon University has been a success with the University using their expertise to help the company recruit for product development.

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Scotland

Quality Scotland

Keen to develop an e-learning tool to take their quality management service to rural communities, Quality Scotland asked Interface to source key expertise from Scotland's universities. Interface connected the company with industry leaders North Highland College who have developed with them new materials perfectly suited to their new target market.

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The Medical Device Company

The Medical Device Company specialise in helping clients in the plastics and disposable medical device industry take their ideas from initial concept to production. One of their clients needed a product outside their remit and so the company faced a potentially expensive product development process in an unknown field. Using their current research Napier University were able to save the company time and money by quickly directing them to a more effective industry solution.

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Kodak

Industry giant Kodak remain market leader in a constantly changing photographic industry by investing heavily in leading research and development. They teamed up with Interface, who linked them with the University of Glasgow, in order to access the breadth of skills available in Scotland's world class academic institutions.

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Kanthal

The world's leading manufacturer of resistance heating elements generating, measuring and controlling the heat in all types of household appliances - your kettle and fridge to name just two, Kanthal realised that in order to remain so they would need to research more innovative ways to increase the bending strength of their product. Such is the technical accuracy required of these products and associated testing, Interface were ideally placed to find an academic solution and subsequently linked the company with Edinburgh Napier University.

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Hunting Energy Services (UK) Ltd

Hunting Energy Services (UK), part of international provider Hunting PLC, was keen to access academic expertise in order to carry out key technical research and development.  Knowing Interface as the key knowledge connection for business, this would be the ideal partnership. Interface were delighted to help and connected them to both the University of Glasgow and the University of Dundee who addressed three projects in total.

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The Mentholatum Company Ltd

The Mentholatum Company Ltd specialises in the manufacture of and supply of high quality healthcare products to the UK, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. In the process of developing a new range of skincare cosmetic products for the treatment of acne, they needed to collaborate with an academic specialist who would be able to validate their range.

 

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Toshiba Medical Visualisation Systems

Toshiba Medical Visualization Systems Europe Ltd (TMVS), part of the global Toshiba Corporation, is responsible for the design and development of cutting edge products and technology for use in medical imaging equipment. The company was keen to tap into the expertise available within clinical and academic groups developing new technologies in the brain imaging field to further support its intensive research and development activities.

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