Centres of Industrial Collaboration
Yorkshire & Humber has a long history of technological creativity, and many of the innovations created in our Region ? like Percy Shaw?s famous ?cats eye? ? have changed the world.
Today, Yorkshire & Humber leads the way as a champion of innovation in the key industry sectors that will dominate the 21st century: environmental technologies, digital technology and new media, advanced engineering and materials, food, bioscience and healthcare.
Behind this industrial innovation lies world-class academic research. Yorkshire & Humber has one of Europe?s largest concentrations of universities, who together invest nearly £350 million in academic research which is 12% above the EU average.
This vast expertise is now accessible to international industry through the unique network of twelve Centres of Industrial Collaboration (CICs). These world-class centres translate knowledge and facilities into commercial benefits, and deliver innovation and real business solutions to match industry needs, timescales and budgets.
Yorkshire & Humber:
your highway to innovation Each CIC:
Read on to find out why you should be working with Yorkshire & Humber?s CICs to help you get onto the highway to innovation.
Engineering Design CIC
The Engineering Design CIC is based at the University of Leeds, and helps businesses get products to market faster and more cost effectively, by helping them design novel products and processes. They provide expert knowledge, advice, analysis, applied research and support to help organisations transform their products and engineering design processes.
The CIC offers a wide range of design and engineering services including concept generation, Computer Aided Design, Finite Element Analysis, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Rapid Prototyping, low volume manufacture, affective engineering, product sourcing, design for manufacture, a range of test facilities, and training.
The CIC works through the whole spectrum of innovation from fundamental research through concept generation and specification, prototype and low-volume manufacture, testing and approvals. They have successfully developed projects from consumer products to specialist industrial plant, from security products to neonatal care.
3320 Century Way
Leeds, West Yorkshire LS15 8ZB
Tel: +44 (0)113 284 0219
Mobile: +44 (0)7817 704335
Centre for Precision Technologies
The Centre for Precision Technologies at Huddersfield University is based around a world-class temperature- and humidity-controlled laboratory with an anti-vibration system which contains state-of-the-art equipment capable of measuring at the nanometre scale. The research team has a world-leading reputation in the research and development of instrumentation and related software in this field, including the world?s first capability of on-line measurement of surface roughness. The laboratory carries out surface examination of components for clients in industries as diverse as biomedical, automotive, optics and power generation.
CPT also offers specialist knowledge in coordinate measurement, and in the measurement of machine tools, giving improved accuracy of the finished component and reduction in scrap levels. They have developed an independent system for improving the volumetric accuracy of machine tools which has given up to 90% reduction in the errors within the machine.
Dr Philip Harrison, Commercial Manager
University of Huddersfield
Huddersfield, West Yorkshire HD1 3DH
Tel: +44 (0)1484 472975
Mobile: +44 (0)7887 580111
The Polymer CIC is one of the UK?s largest centres for research into advanced polymer processing and raw materials. The CIC provides:
The CIC works with companies of all sizes, and to help smaller businesses has created the unique PolyLAB for short-term troubleshooting. The CIC also runs R&D project clubs, networks and joint activities, and brings unrivalled access to the industry supply chain. Amongst the novel polymer applications currently being developed at the CIC are:
Dr John McGrath, Commercial Manager
School of Engineering Design and Technology
University of Bradford
Bradford, West Yorkshire BD7 1DP
Tel: +44 (0)1274 23 3624
MARS (Materials and Research Services) CIC
MARS delivers analysis and consultancy services to any industry sector and company which has materials-based needs. Specialist services include computing, modelling and simulation; materials analysis and characterisation; engineering product support; materials development and design; and machine vision - the application of computer vision to industry and manufacturing.
The Centre?s current industrial research focuses on a wide range of product development areas, including low friction and temperature resistant physical vapour deposition coatings intended for new applications in the aerospace and automotive sectors. MARS also has a wide range of state-of the art instruments and techniques, such as Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), X-Ray Diffractometry (XRD) and X-Ray Fluorescence spectrometry (XRF).
Other investigation techniques offered include Atomic Force Microscopy and Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (AFM/STM), Scanning Kelvin Probe investigations, together with Mapping and Imaging X-Ray Photo-electron Spectroscopy (XPS) to generate surface visualisation of precision electronic components.
Dr Nick Farmilo, Commercial Manager
Materials and Engineering Research Institute (MERI)
Sheffield Hallam University
Sheffield, South Yorkshire S1 1WB
Tel: +44 (0)114 225 4078
BITECIC (Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering)
BITECIC Ltd is a value-adding resource established to manage collaboration between business, academia and clinical practice to provide a wide range of expert services in support of healthcare research and development. As the first of the CICs to adopt full commercial status, it actively supports organisations aiming to take new concepts through to market in all areas of healthcare and medical device technology.
BITECIC Ltd represents a valuable expert resource in these sectors, ensuring commercial integrity in the important areas of confidentiality, intellectual property, quality and project management. Dedicated project management staff, with extensive commercial R&D experience and access to state-of-the-art facilities, actively support organisations aiming to develop their business and take new concepts through to market in areas such as Orthopaedic Technologies, Cardiac and Vascular Technologies, Urological Technologies, Wound Healing, Dental and Maxillofacial Technologies, Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, and Biomaterials.
Dr Ana MacIntosh, Project Manager
4100 Park Approach
Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS15 8GB
Tel: +44 (0)113 3970 327
Pharmaceutical Innovation CIC
Based at the University of Bradford, the Pharmaceutical Innovation CIC delivers drug development solutions to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and chemicals sectors, working along the innovation spectrum from drug discovery support through to prototype clinical and commercial formulation development.
Their contract research team combines state-of-the-art facilities and technologies, world-class expertise in pharmaceutics with many years experience in the commercial sector, including pharma, biotech and spinouts. The CIC?s services focus on three main areas:
Piers Lincoln, Commercial Manager
Institute of Pharmaceutical Innovation
University of Bradford
Bradford, West Yorkshire BD7 1DP
Tel: +44 (0)1274 236160
Mobile: +44 (0)7779 669462
The Wireless Centre of Industrial Collaboration combines the world-leading expertise of researchers and academics from the Universities of Bradford and Leeds in the MSCRC (Mobile and Satellite Communications Research Centre) and the I3S (Institute for Integrated Information Systems). The united strengths of these prestigious institutions offer a cutting-edge range of services in the field of wireless communications.
From consultancy and research through to new product development, the Wireless CIC has hi-tech facilities and expertise to both troubleshoot and help your organisation achieve commercial success.
Ground-breaking specialist skills include:
Wireless CIC research utilises state-of-the-art laboratories, including an anechoic chamber which plays a vital role in mobile, wireless and satellite communications research, enabling researchers to test sensors, antennas and other transmission devices in a controlled environment.
Richard Ranson, Commercial Manager
Mobile and Satellite Communications Research Centre
The University of Bradford
Bradford, West Yorkshire BD7 1DP
Tel: +44 (0) 113 343 6919
Mobile: +44 (0)777 099 3973
Digital Print CIC
The Digital Print CIC is a one-stop-shop for printing and related industries, with a proven, award-winning record of success in collaboration. It offers advice on all aspects of digital printing, from the identification of efficient digital printing systems, through colour management, packaging materials solutions to optimisation of print quality.
The CIC also assists companies in the manufacture of value-added products using digital technology, such as medical diagnostic test strips, and provides expertise in photography and colour aspects of digital television. The Centre has the most up-to-date print and ink droplet image analysis equipment, and addresses technical and development queries, including the digital front-ends to improve productivity and flexibility, as well as undertaking short- and long-term research projects, trouble-shooting, consultancy, training, and acting as technology translator for the printing sectors.
The CIC has specialist expertise in security printing, bank note degradation and recognition systems, brand protection, ?Justin- time printing? of variable data in FMCG manufacturing, colour management and control, printed electronic technologies to enhance product or packaging functionality, and new printing applications using pigment and dye chemistry, novel polymeric materials, and inks/coatings formulations.
Trevor Lambourne, Operations Manager
Department of Colour Science
The University of Leeds, Woodhouse Lane,
Leeds, West Yorkshire LS2 9JT
Tel: +44 (0) 113 343 2792
Mobile: +44 (0)79087 16126
The Food Chain has been actively involved in delivering the power of science to food and drink companies since 2004, providing scientific delivery as well as facilitating projects and innovation.
The Food Chain works directly with food and drink companies to help them solve problems and improve production and products through its R&D, technical testing and analysis and new food development services. The unique blend of expertise through the highest rated scientific departments of international excellence and the world-class facility for food research enables the food industry to meet new technical challenges, harness leading-edge science and seize new commercial opportunities in food production.
Key areas of operation are shelf-life, functional foods, nutraceuticals, product formulation, food modelling, opportunities with food waste, ultrasound and assisting the diversification into the food industry of technology providers from other sectors. We also organise topical groups, such as the New Foods Forum, which generate innovative new ideas in food and drink ingredients, products and processes.
Dr Graham Clayton, Commercial Director
Food Chain, University of Leeds,
Leeds, West Yorkshire LS2 9JT
Tel: +44 (0)113 343 7593
Mobile: +44 (0)7908 216052
Environmental Technologies CIC
The Environmental Technologies CIC is a one-stop shop solution to resolve complex environmental issues affecting businesses in a wide range of industry sectors. The CIC leads, facilitates and participates in collaborations between industry, academia and public bodies to deliver real, sustainable and quantifiable added value to all partners. The CIC delivers consultancy, research and development, and training across four main areas:
Dr David Calvert, Commercial Manager
The University of Hull
Cottingham Road, Hull HU6 7RX
Tel: +44 (0)1482 466937
Mobile: +44 (0)7920 703510
The ParticlesCIC focuses on the needs of business in the area of particle technology, helping companies explore new and emerging technologies, develop new products and improve production processes. With access to £20m state-of-the-art equipment and a research base of over 120 staff, the CIC can provide cutting-edge contract services to all sectors including pharmaceuticals, biotech and cosmetics, mining and minerals, petrochemicals, food, materials, water and nuclear industries.
Core services of the ParticlesCIC include particulate and colloidal characterisation, consultancy, contract research, expert witness, and a wide range of courses and training. The CIC has the best equipped characterisation labs in Europe, from which it provides routine QA analysis services for a large number of UK and international companies. The basis of its contract research and consultancy is quality and flexibility, working with clients to develop technology solutions on a project by project basis or through longer-term agreements that meet the companies? technical and commercial needs.
Dr Simon Lawson, Director
University of Leeds
Leeds, West Yorkshire LS2 9JT
Tel: +44 (0)113 343 2375
Design Futures CIC
Design Futures is a commercially-focused and award-winning design consultancy that creates competitive advantage through exceptional design and development of new products and packaging. Drawing on diverse experiences across many sectors including FMCG, medical, food and drink, industrial and consumer, Design Futures has a strong reputation for effectively supporting new product development and innovation strategies for clients, from SMEs to large multi-nationals.
The CIC has a core team of product designers, structural packaging and graphic designers, packaging technologist and mechanical engineers. Design Futures has a network of specialist associates in food and drink, sports technology, healthcare, materials engineering, computing and communications that enable the CIC to build bespoke multidisciplinary design teams that understand customer needs, new technology, and translate these into innovative designs.
Design Futures utilises Illustrator, PhotoShop, InDesign, SolidWorks, and 3D StudioMax for design and has access to extensive analysis, testing and prototyping facilities including the UK?s latest ?old-age simulation suit?, 3D motion capture equipment, high speed colour video, hand/grip force and pressure measuring, finite element modelling, 3D Rapid Prototyping (3D printer, FDM), and fluid and solid interaction simulation capability.
Services include product and packaging design innovation and development, structural packaging research and testing, consumer/pack interaction, and design strategy. Projects range from initial concept to prototyping through production liaison as required.
Gail Wyman, Commercial Director
Sheffield Hallam University, Furnival Building,
Room 9119, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S1 2NU
Tel: +44 (0)114 225 6767
Mobile: +44 (0)787 966 8031
Added the 27 August 2009 in category Innovation UK Vol5-1