To prevent cross-threading or over-tightening of caps, as well as the cross-contamination of samples during entry and removal. Also, to remove the need for disassembly for cleaning and maintenance and enable personnel at any level to operate instruments without the need for very high standards of training.
Working in a multi-disciplinary team the key objective was to increase the flexibility of the instrument to perform a wider range of modalities without compromising performance. In addition time to market was an important factor.
Vehicle Asset Management System (VAM) products enable efficient management of vehicular fleets (e.g. fleets, emergency services and heavy equipment/machinery) and offer driver-behaviour monitoring for the vehicle insurance markets.
Autonomous vehicles must be capable of sensing their environment, including moving objects and people, so that they can move safely with little to no human input or risk. The de-risking exercise involves testing and validation using real-life scenarios in a controlled environment.
A market leader in tyre pressure monitoring was going through a transformation of their product from Analog to Digital. A product that worked in their labs and limited trials failed when put to test in the real environment.
Our client, Genosis, had developed an OTC male fertility test which mimics nature by separating the motile (active) sperm from the non-motile (inactive) sperm and then measures them using a chemical test strip.
NIHL and tinnitus have traditionally been a problem for those working in noisy environments, such as rock musicians, soldiers or construction workers, but it is also spreading fast among the music-loving younger generation.
Organisations with assets or critical processes that rely on radio signalling can range from international airports and power stations to office blocks. This requires constant monitoring for radio interference threats, and responding effectively to them when they occur.
Reporting usage statistics for billing is just the tip of the iceberg. Smart Meters provide communications between individual properties and the nationwide utility networks – facilitating a broad range of functionalities.
The monitoring and control of street lights has become the backbone of global Smart Cities – initially driven by the need to save energy and reduce costs, but rapidly becoming the ubiquitous hub through which all manner of urban data feeds are collated.
Government incentives and lower cost Photo Voltaic (PV) cells have seen solar generation expand across the UK over the past decade. Solar energy is now capable of contributing close to 10 GW to the national grid in peak seasons.
Our client, the Department for Transport (DfT), awarded Plextek with the Transport Technology Research and Innovation Grant (T-TRIG) to conduct a research study into the improvement of aviation security and screening procedures at airport checkpoints.
In America’s biggest cities hundreds of service manholes catch fire or explode every year. To protect the people from these risks, our client wanted a system that could detect and transmit early warnings about sites before reaching critical state so preventative action could be taken.
Plextek works with large defence contractors on complex hardware programmes. Often delays in designing a single module will delay the whole programme. Challenging requirements means that the appropriate technical expertise is not widely available, making delays hard to recover.
UK forces use video cameras extensively for remote monitoring and surveillance. With most current systems using analogue technology, we assisted our client, Ministry of Defence, assess the transition to digital…