KEEP+ Programme Manager
Anglia Ruskin University
Gosling PSL Holding Ltd needed to research and develop a new method and product to optimise the heating, cooling and stability of a liquid temperature controlled bath. The new technology will have the capability to control both the cooling, heating and stirring over a range of set points between -60 and +150 degrees Celsius. The data collected from this type of instrumentation is employed across a broad range of industry sectors, incorporating the accurate measurement of substances including lubricants, fuel oils, polymers, cellulose and biopolymers.
A University partner was procured to work with the business on a number of activities including; the reviewing of current processes and equipment employed for providing cooling systems, research into improving these systems to achieve totally new and more accurate functionality and control. Simulation methods to validate and revise the new product designs and finally implement and embed them into the business were also scoped for implementation by the partnership.
By tendering their project specification and knowledge exchange need, Gosling were able to procure and form a partnership with Anglia Ruskin University (the Knowledge Base) to fully develop their requirements into a Knowledge Exchange and Embed Partnership (KEEP) project, match funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The partnership consisted of the SME, Anglia Ruskin University providing a supportive role in overseeing the embedding of knowledge, and a talented Graduate Associate. The Graduate is employed by the university to work directly with the business to deliver the expertise needed in a hands-on role.
The total project lasting 12 months is valued at approximately £54k, of which an ERDF grant has been awarded for £27k to 50% fund a graduate to work directly with the business to deliver the agreed activities.
Activity is currently underway on the development of this innovative new product.
Updates will be provided as the project progresses.
The Keep grant has enabled the company to work with a world leading University partner in thermal engineering. The project has provided the company with the innovative technology required to compete on the world market. The company intends to commercialise a number of new products over the next 12 months.