MMU has numerous KTPs running live across many industries and sectors, using MMU academic expertise across such varied fields as computing, digital marketing, electrical engineering, mechanical and surface engineering, operations management, primary education, sensor technology and technical textiles to name but a few.
Below details just some of our current live projects:
BOBST is the World‚s leading supplier of equipment and services to packaging manufacturers in the folding carton, corrugated board and flexible materials industries. Their core business being the supply of vacuum roll coating platforms to film producers for the food packaging market.
Having recognised the strategic need to develop new revenue streams via the application of higher-value, innovative technology, a 3-year PhD level KTP was established with MMU to access academic expertise in coating deposition processes and surface characterisation techniques.
To enable the application of innovative technology, by developing conversion processes for AlOx coated films that enhance barrier effectiveness, printability and retortability.
Unipart Rail provides a comprehensive service to the rail industry, which combines extensive engineering and logistic experience with industry-leading supply chain and lean expertise. Part of the Unipart Group, with a turnover of £1bn, they support a large number of clients from blue chip companies to specialist suppliers.
To develop a new generation of self-powering, trackside sensors and instrumentation for the rail industry, using state-of-the-art power harvesting and latest generation wireless communications for track monitoring at remote locations.
Motherwell Tank Gauging is the UK’s only manufacturer of custody transfer tank gauging and overfill prevention systems. They offer a complete solution to tank level gauging requirements, with products including Radar Tank Level Gauges, Mechanical Float-Operated Level Gauges and a range of other sensors, control units and associated computer systems to monitor this range of sensors and provide response to events such as overfill.
To develop an intelligent and versatile set of electronic systems and associated software to provide effective tank gauging and protection, to enhance the company’s product range and accelerate business growth.
Sixteen3 is a specialist designer and manufacturer of high quality, upholstered soft seating and sofas for use in a multiplicity of business and commercial environments. They are a small company, with 23 employees and an annual turnover of £1.5m.
To accelerate current planned growth by developing a design-led, mass-customised, holonic business model based on a technology-driven manufacturing system and adaptable, responsive operating culture.
Initial Packaging is a manufacturer of flexible packaging, ranging from basic mailing envelopes to state of the art security pouches used by sectors such as banking. The vast majority of products are manufactured on-site at their premises in Widnes. The company has annual sales of £7m and 36 employees.
To transform the company’s existing production-driven business model, by creating a market-driven business providing access to new markets through sector leading digital marketing and building a platform to underpin sustained growth.
Quick Controls Limited (QCL) was setup in 1986 to deliver computer-based solutions to various industries around the World. It grew steadily from its original base (selling touch screens developed by a sister company) to become a software and hardware supplier for the retail sector, with blue-chip clients such as Virgin Active, John Lewis and The Co-operative Group. Following a strategic decision in 2006, it was agreed that QCL would pursue a niche, virtual, fitness instructor product for the leisure market and then (following further evolutions) a dance and exercise product for primary schools. Today, QCL provide exercise-based, educational software products under the ‘Cyber Coach Smart’ range into primary schools in the UK and Ireland, with around 1,500 live subscriptions currently.
QCL is seeking to establish new product development processes and capability, by embedding methodologies based on cutting-edge, contextualised, interdisciplinary research that resides within the University‘s Faculty of Education. This capability will enable QCL to enhance and augment their product range, via the development of innovative web-enabled, multimedia educational products aimed at improving learning outcomes.The approach being embedded is innovative as it is based on non-traditional teaching methods, using a combination of subject knowledge and utilising creative and interactive delivery mechanisms..
Laila’s Fine Foods was established in 1986, in the home kitchen of Laila Remtulla, manufacturing hand prepared Indian products for sale in local delicatessen and regional supermarket Booths. Today, the family-run business occupies a 33,000 sq. foot factory in Bispham, on the northern outskirts of Blackpool, specialising in authentic eastern and western ready meals for retail and food service markets.
This two Associate KTP was established to transform the company’s production operation and real-time information systems capability to create an efficient, agile and sustainable manufacturing system to underpin continued high growth.
ServicePower provides best in class field service scheduling and management software to enable businesses to greatly improve field service workforce optimisation through project scheduling, route scheduling and mobile GPS tracking software. With operations located in the US, the UK and Continental Europe, they have 114 employees worldwide and an annual turnover of £14m.
To advance the company′s technological base by applying new optimisation algorithms to current and planned future service offerings, thereby growing sales, reducing operational costs and improving customer service levels.
Shaping Cloud Limited is a cloud based software company, delivering agile, innovative solutions to public sector and private enterprises to deliver secure and efficient web and mobile solutions. One of the first companies worldwide to be recognised as Microsoft Gold Cloud platform partners, Shaping Cloud has a proven track record in enabling organisations to transition to the cloud.
To develop a cloud based ’Platform as a Service’ (SC: Connect) to enable organisations to link their old world IT to the new world, by connecting disparate data sources together and making them available to modern web software and applications.
Positive Steps Oldham is a company limited by guarantee. It is a registered charity with a Board of Trustees, members of which are drawn from Oldham’s public, private, education and training sector. They provide a range of targeted and integrated services to young people and adults, which includes: careers advice, family support, the young carers service, sexual health and substance misuse services, the youth justice service, healthy schools, support for young people who go missing from home and help for adults to gain access to employment.
The KTP will embed wide-ranging, effective practice within youth justice in Greater Manchester by enhancing the ability of practitioners to link theory to practice (to enhance interventions with children and young people) and will embed a knowledge-base and research capability that will provide more inclusive ways to work with children and young people in the criminal justice system.
Feedwater Ltd is a UK Water Treatment Company who supply products and services for the treatment of water for steam boilers, cooling towers, building services and industrial processes. Feedwater save their customers millions of pounds a year in operating costs and ensure their processes operate safely and reliably. As a result they have grown year on year and are now one of the leading companies in the field providing high quality, cost-effective services to many major UK and overseas organisations.
To develop an intelligent, adaptable, multi-functional and easily maintainable system for the dosage and control of a range of water treatment applications. The system will be designed to optimise user experience and meet customer demands for flexibility, scalability and reliability.
Aquacheck Engineering is a Lancashire based manufacturer of WRAS approved brass and cast iron check and non return valves and a full range of water tools from a simple stop tap key for home use to metering solutions for contractors and utility companies.
To develop Advanced Metering Infrastructure - a smart mobile water metering device, with transient surge monitoring and reflective billing capability to meet market demands.
REM (UK) Limited is the only UK-based manufacturer of salon seating, reception furniture, wash units, styling units, and beauty salon furniture. REM‘s products are available solely through its network of distributors in the UK and overseas (~450 outlets). As well as designing and manufacturing their own products, REM also offers a salon design service.
To develop a web-enabled, model-based design, procurement and project management function, by integrating advanced technology within the business, to increase sales.
RAA IT is a UK-based information technology hardware and software provider. The company delivers a range of services from high-end enterprise solutions and network installation, to project management, consultancy, sales and asset disposal for companies in the UK (40% of sales) and Africa (60% of sales). Establishing server farms is the core business, with hardware sales accounting for 80% of sales and software 20%.
To develop broadly applicable and widely adopted cyber security solutions to protect evolving, cloud-based Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystems, and other data processing infrastructures, to significantly enhance sales to domestic and export markets.
FiaFo is a digital innovation studio with expertise in the field of connected products, specifically the Internet of Things (IoT) in home and commercial environments. Their product range includes sensor products, such as Sentinel (a smart predictive maintenance solution for commercial settings). FiaFo was recently acquired by Apadmi who are the UK‘s leading software developer for mobile communications and rank within the top 10 mobile developers globally. The Apadmi portfolio of businesses focuses on applying innovative technology to a variety of sectors, such as: RealityMine (market research); Footclicks (retail); and Nuggetz (football / loyalty).
To design and develop new-to-market multi-sensor, connected devices for a range of domestic, commercial and public settings and purposes.