West of Scotland KTP Centre – Current Projects

At any one time the West of Scotland KTP Centre is involved in managing upwards of 40 projects involving our partner institutions and businesses all over Scotland and across the UK. You can find out more about our current projects below.

These partnerships received financial support from the Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) programme. KTP aims to help businesses to improve their competitiveness and productivity through the better use of knowledge, technology and skills that reside within the UK knowledge base. These projects are funded by the Scottish Funding Council and UK Research and Innovation through Innovate UK, part of the government’s Industrial Strategy.

     

New Projects

Alphasense

Alphasense has established a reputation as a reliable source for a wide range of gas sensor technologies. The Company supplies high quality Oxygen,CO2, toxic and flammable Gas sensors to many of the world’s leading industrial OEMs. They are working with the School of Engineering and Computing at UWS to embed knowledge of linear variable filter and miniaturised infrared spectrometry technology to support design and launch of a new range of optical sensor systems that can detect and speciate Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), to monitor indoor air quality and emissions from industrial plants.

Eureka Solutions

Eureka Solutions are specialist providers and developers of business management solutions that give you the power to run your business more effectively and more efficiently. They are currently undertaking a KTP project with Glasgow Caledonian University to develop rapid automated software systems integration solutions that will underpin agile flexible business processes.

Golden Casket

Golden Casket is one of the largest and most innovative confectionery specialists in the UK and are owners of the ‘Millions’ brand along with £onepounders. The Company are working with the School of Engineering and Computing at UWS to develop the capability and understanding to implement app development, database management, data mining and business intelligence informed decision making to improve customer engagement, marketing and sales.

Halo Communications Ltd

Halo Communications Ltd provide voice, data, and IT services to small and medium businesses and deliver infrastructure projects across the UK.  They are undertaking a KTP project with the University of the West of Scotland, School of Engineering and Computing.  The project aims to apply advanced cloud based data warehousing, machine learning and cloud/mobile technologies to streamline operations, enhance Halo’s service offering and underpin future business expansion.

Intrallect Ltd

Intrallect targets growing software markets to provide e-learning and digital transformation solutions to government agencies, private and education sectors. They are undertaking a KTP project with the School of Engineering and Built Environment at Glasgow Caledonian University. The KTP project will focus on developing global standard compliant solutions in the food and non-food supply chain markets that deliver ethical and verified processes and give access to the global supply chain markets for producers across the world.

Lamellar Biomedical Limited

Lamellar Biomedical Limited is a biotechnology company developing new medical products using the capabilities of their proprietary LAMELLASOME™ technology. They are undertaking a project with the Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences to investigate novel formulation and characterisation techniques in the process engineering of LAMELLASOME™ vesicles.

Scottish Power Energy Networks

Scottish Power Energy Networks transmit, distribute and connect electricity to and from 3.5 million homes and businesses over their network, 24 hours a day, every day of the year. They are undertaking a KTP with the Department of Marketing at the University of Strathclyde to develop the capability and knowledge to implement a strategic change in how innovation is applied and handled; to create a cultural change within the company, accelerate the implementation of new innovations, increase value to customers, and improve business sustainability.

Seric Systems Limited

Seric Systems Limited, an award-winning, agile, technology consultancy and provider, specialising in cyber security and business technology transformation are undertaking a KTP Project with the School of Engineering and Computing at UWS to develop an automated safeguarding platform to prevent misuse of collaborative platforms used within the education sector.

Current Projects

A.P.&A. Limited

AP&A was established in 1988 and provides technical, brokerage and operational services to the shipping and offshore industries worldwide. Its global office network with highly experienced and qualified marine engineers, naval architects, brokers and consultants allows AP&A to provide tailored and fast solutions to its clients. Its privileged relationship with clients gives AP&A in-depth knowledge of the challenges, requirements and latest developments in shipping companies. They are working with the Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean & Marine Engineering to optimise of ship operations, maintenance, repairs and logistics through application of advanced data analytics, risk and reliability analysis tools and processes.

AB Vista

AB Vista, the agricultural division of Associated British Foods is a pioneer in product development for the animal feed industry.  They are undertaking a KTP project with the Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Strathclyde.  The KTP project will focus on developing ways to abolish antibiotic consumption in animal feeds by developing novel nano-delivery systems incorporating bioactive lipids and peptides.  The aim is to support effective antimicrobial stewardship to reduce antibiotic resistance in the food chain without compromising animal welfare.

Ability Matters Group

Ability Matters Group Ltd, with its headquarters in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, is a leading supplier of both products and services which enhance the lives of individuals who require devices to improve their mobility and accessibility.  As the main service provider of prosthetic lower limbs to the NHS in England, this company is undertaking a KTP with the University of Strathclyde’s Department of Biomedical Engineering to develop innovative methods of measuring post-operative dimensions of lower limb amputees which will be used to enhance prosthetic fit, comfort and performance of prosthetic lower limbs.  The University of Strathclyde is recognised for its research in evaluating prosthetic shape capture methods and is currently one of the two UK providers of a degree course for training professionals in Prosthetics and Orthotics.  The University of Strathclyde is unique in holding a Category 1 accreditation from the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics.

 

Aggreko Plc

Aggreko Plc is the leading global provider of modular, mobile power and related solutions, operating in around 100 countries worldwide. They are working with the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering within the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Strathclyde to apply advanced data analytics and machine learning to maximise reliability, enhance customer experience and inform development of the next generation of mobile power platforms.

arbnco Limited (KTP10529)

arbnco Limited provide cloud-based software, Carbon Estates, for the energy performance management of commercial property portfolios, enabling users to see their entire property portfolio's energy performance and drill down to the individual property level. They are working with the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Strathclyde to embed advanced building energy modelling expertise with the business, enhancing current software product and service offerings for large estate energy management and accelerating business growth both in the UK and Internationally.


arbnco Limited (KTP11060)

arbnco Ltd are a Glasgow company providing cloud-based software for the energy performance management of commercial property portfolios.  They provide solutions for reducing energy consumption and improving energy performance of buildings.  The company are undertaking their second KTP project with the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Strathclyde to automate measurements and collate near real-time building performance date via an IoT platform.  This data will be used to develop and commercialise e-services for deployment in buildings to enhance the services currently offered for large estate facilities management.

 

 

 

BiP Solutions Ltd

BiP Solutions Ltd are a leading provider of procurement support and intelligence. They are working with the Computing and Information Sciences department at the University of Strathclyde to embed key technical expertise, principally in the field of data science, in order to enable the development of the next generation of unique business intelligence products and services.

Brightwake Ltd

Brightwake Ltd are leading experts in designing and manufacturing products and dressings for wound care.  They are undertaking a KTP in collaboration with the University of Strathclyde’s Department of Biomedical Engineering to develop a new generation of Vacuum Therapy device.  The device will incorporate the pumping system and associated electronics into Brightwake’s existing would dressing technology.  The result of this it to make Vacuum Therapy widely available in the community to support the rapidly growing number of patients with long term non-healing wounds.

Buddi Ltd

Buddi Ltd supply a service combining wearable electronic monitoring equipment with web-based users interfaces that enable a third party to monitor the position and status of an individual.  They will be working with the Faculty of Science at the University of Strathclyde on a 36 month KTP project to develop durable, sensitive, low cost wearable sensors for remote monitoring of individuals at risk.

Cartwright Pickard Architects Ltd

Cartwright Pickard Architects Ltd are a research driven architectural practice that designs and delivers innovative projects with a focus on residential, workplace and educational sectors.  The company are undertaking a second KTP based at the London office, with the Mackintosh Environmental Architecture Research Unit (MEARU) at Glasgow School of Art to develop innovative tools for applying building information modelling and building performance evaluation for application within the build to rent market.

Compound Semiconductor Technologies Global Ltd

Compound Semiconductor Technologies Global (CST Global) are a volume-producer of III-V compound semiconductors for the fabrication of photonics products. They provide a custom foundry service, as well as designing and manufacturing a range of high-volume, standard laser products for the optical communications markets from their manufacturing facility in Glasgow.  They will be undertaking their fourth KTP project with the University of Glasgow, working with the School of Engineering, to develop computer modelling, characterisation test and verification for the design of high speed lasers.

Fathom Systems Limited

Fathom Systems Limited are a commercial diving company which develops systems for saturation diving. They are working with the Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde to embed machine learning knowledge and expertise to improve diver safety in the global commercial diving industry.

Fishers Services Ltd

Fisher Services Ltd are the second largest independent laundry company in the UK and a market leader in Scotland who deliver a range of services which include the rental, washing, drying and ironing of textiles that meet the requirements from general hotel linen to specialised industrial cleanroom garments.  This company is undertaking a KTP with the University of Strathclyde Business School, which will be based at the company’s new headquarters and state of the art factory site in Coatbridge, Glasgow, to develop a new capability to de-commoditise textile products by making them smarter and higher quality through the adoption of an optimised RFID tracking system in the linen provision and laundry service industry.

Geckotech Solutions Ltd

Geckotech Solutions Ltd, an Edinburgh based company which specialise in access and examination solutions for areas and environments which are difficult to examine or repair using conventional methods of access are undertaking a second KTP with academics from the School of Engineering and Built Environment at Glasgow Caledonian University.  Their project will focus on developing a bespoke IT technology solution incorporating data capture and software to reduce the requirement for manual intervention in the processes of interpreting and highlighting details from visual and infrared images obtained during routine inspections in locations with challenging access.

INEX Works Group

INEX Works Group Ltd provide external grounds maintenance, internal works, winter maintenance (gritting) and ‘civils’ works. They are working with the Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry at the University of Strathclyde to embed physical and analytical chemistry knowledge and expertise within the business and develop an industry leading range of high performance and environmentally friendly de-icing solutions.

Innovent Technology Limited

Innovent Technology Limited develop software solutions for the agricultural sector. They are working with the Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde to embed advanced image/video processing, data analytics and machine learning expertise in the business to both improve the performance of their QSCAN and QBOX systems and enhance animal welfare and farm productivity. This is their second KTP project.

Insight Analytics Solutions

Insight Analytics Solutions provides innovative condition monitoring and predictive maintenance solutions alongside premium consulting and advisory services for owners, operators and investors of Wind Farms. They are working with the Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde to embed machine learning knowledge and develop new advanced condition monitoring prognostics software and consultancy.


Jacobs UK Ltd

Jacobs UK Ltd are one of the largest and most diverse providers of technical, professional and construction services. Their Glasgow based Highways Operations Division are undertaking a KTP with academics from the School of Engineering and Built Environment at Glasgow Caledonian University to develop innovative and sustainable approaches and processes for protecting the water environment during major highway construction.

James Johnston & Co of Elgin Limited

Johnstons of Elgin Ltd are a luxury textile producer operating in the Highlands and Islands for over two centuries. They manufacture and sell luxury textiles globally (clothing, home interiors and accessories) using mainly cashmere from Mongolia and China and merino wool from Australia. They are currently working with the department of Design Manufacture and Engineering Management at the University of Strathclyde to increase profitability and grow market share, particularly overseas, through introduction of new process modelling, optimisation and control; ultimately reducing product variability and waste.

Long Lane Deliveries Ltd

Long Lane Deliveries Ltd provide temperature controlled collection and delivery services throughout the UK via a fleet of HGVs and LGVs. They are currently working with the department of Design Manufacture and Engineering Management at the University of Strathclyde to Streamline of operations through application of emerging business process modelling & optimisation expertise, knowledge management and operational excellence tools and techniques.

Loretto Care

Loretto Care, part of the Wheatley Group, provide care and support services to people across western and central Scotland who are experiencing complex issues in their day to day lives.  Their support services are designed to help vulnerable people to live fulfilled lives either within their own homes, care homes or in various types of supported accommodation.  Loretto Care are undertaking a KTP with the School of Simulation and Visualisation at Glasgow School of Art to develop a unique, innovative interactive application for use as an educational tool to prepare young people and vulnerable people living in social housing to become sustainable housing tenants.

 

Lumen Research

Lumen Research is an innovative ‘attention technology’ company, using eye-tracking technology to measure the salience and engagement of visual communications by tracking a viewer's gaze point (location, duration, pattern etc); helping publishers, advertisers, and their agencies understand what really gets – and keeps - people’s attention. Clients include Tesco (bank, mobile, etc.), BT, e.on, NSPCC, Dixons, Carphone warehouse and Morrisons amongst others. They are currently working with the School of Engineering & Computing at UWS to embed machine learning expertise and develop a software tool for predicting a viewer’s likely response to a range of visual communications (adverts).

Mersen

Mersen, a global expert in electrical power and advanced materials, design innovative solutions to address its clients’ specific needs and enable them to optimize their manufacturing performance. They are working with the Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry at the University of Strathclyde to develop and evaluate the performance of Mersen carbon felts as both positive and negative electrodes in an all-vanadium redox flow battery which can be used in medium to large scale energy storage systems.

MODO Systems Ltd

MODO Systems Ltd, based in Glasgow, have developed a cloud based software platform which enables users to organise their digital files and attachments.  Their current services is focussed on gathering up digital files across different platforms (online accounts, fire-store clouds, e.mail) and different devices such as PC, tablet or phone.  They are undertaking a KTP project with the School of Engineering and Computing at the University of the West of Scotland to embed machine learning expertise into the company and develop their next generation digital content management platform.

MW Encap Ltd

MW Encap Ltd, a division of Capsugel Dosage Form Solutions, engages in the contract development and manufacture of pharmaceutical projects using a unique core liquid fill hard capsule (LFHC) technology.  This Livingstone based company is undertaking a KTP with the Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Strathclyde to develop new formulation platforms that have the potential to significantly enhance antibiotic efficacy.  This project aims to help address the global health issue of antimicrobial resistance and will focus on adaptations for the treatment of inflammatory diseases in difficult to reach areas of the gastrointestinal tract.

National Nuclear Laboratory Ltd

The National Nuclear Laboratory is a UK government-owned, commercially operated nuclear services technology provider covering the whole of the nuclear fuel cycle. They are currently working with the department of Chemical & Process Engineering at the University of Strathclyde to embed hybrid modelling approaches using advanced data-fusion methodologies to process analysis, including scale-up techniques for translation of laboratory experiment based models to manufacturing processes.

Norscot Joinery Limited

Norscot Joinery Limited, manufacture energy efficient timber frame kit homes, windows and doors, selling to both private clients, homebuilders and architects. They are working with the Department of Architecture at the University of Strathclyde to embed advanced VR visualisation and BIM knowledge in the business, resulting in a virtual showroom software solution for kit home design and offsite manufacture, which may be viewed on a mobile device and can provide semantically rich building information integrated with the 3D representation.

Novosound Limited

Novosound Limited are the first spin-out company to emerge from the University of the West of Scotland (UWS). The team is made up of scientific, technical and commercial experts in ultrasound technology. They are undertaking a project with the School of Engineering and Computing at UWS to embed thin film design and optimisation capability in support of a new generation of advanced ultrasonic sensors.

Oak Tree Inn

Oak Tree Inn is a family business based on the route of the West Highland Way, with B&B accommodation for 90 guests, a restaurant, bar, village shop and coffee shop with ice cream parlour.  Oak Tree Inn are undertaking a KTP project with the University of the West of Scotland, School of Business and Enterprise.  The project aims to embed strategic planning and decision making expertise, informed by advanced management information systems, to drive business expansion and resilience.

Symphonic Software Ltd

Symphonic Software Ltd is a software development company focused on meeting the emerging need for sharing data inside and outside organisations quickly and securely. They are working with the Department of Computer and Information Sciences at the University of Strathclyde on the application of automated reasoning algorithms to enhance the security, performance and compliance of information-sharing systems in both the public and private sector.

Syngro Limited

Syngro Limited, part of Maru/Syngro is a leading Customer Experience technology company providing next-generation Customer Experience analytics and reporting software to empower enterprises with the customer insight they need to drive profitable action and manage operational performance. They are currently undertaking a project with the Department of Management Science at the University of Strathclyde to create analytical tools to uncover trends in customer data, focusing on relationships between future financial income and responses to customer experience surveys

The Glass Scribe International

The Glass Scribe International Limited, based in Dingwall, manufacture and import glassware, crystal and ancillary products, selling to retailers of engraved awards, trophies and presentation glassware and crystal.  They are working with the department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde to embed control system and software development knowledge, underpinning the commercialisation of a novel mask manufacturing technology for the commercial glass engraving industry.


The ISO Organisation Limited

ISO is a digital media and software studio specialising in the design, direction and building of large-scale interactive and immersive media projects. Clients include Museums, Galleries and Brand Experience Centres across the UK and internationally. ISO also create award winning motion graphics and animated content for television and commercial clients and create ambitious online digital projects that are experienced across web, social and mobile.  ISO delivered the graphics and visual effects for the XX Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony to an audience of 1.5 Billion, were the original designers of the interface for the BBC iPlayer and are winners of multiple Royal Television Society Awards and the SXSW interactive award for Art. They are working with the School of Media, Culture & Society to embed advanced visualisation knowledge and expertise (both augmented reality and virtual reality) in support of emerging global business opportunities.

 

TMD Technologies Ltd

TMD Technologies Ltd is a world leading provider of high-tech equipment for radar, EW, communications, EMC (electromagnetic compatibility) testing and scientific and medical applications. They are undertaking a KTP with the Department of Physics in the University of Strathclyde to develop and commercialise a miniaturised, self-contained, integrated platform for atom cooling within a hand-held package for use in next-generation quantum technologies, such as atomic clocks and derivative applications based on high precision measurement of time.