March 15, 2018
The KTP office are pleased to announce the approval of 2 new Knowledge Transfer Partnerships.
Working with Prof Chris Nester and Dr Carina Price (a former KTP Associate) of the School of Health Sciences, the aim of this KTP is to embed knowledge and research outcomes into the processes that help the global Clark’s company develop children’s footwear (specifically children aged 0-12 years).
Following the successful completion of the first KTP with Toffeln Ltd, a second KTP has been approved with former KTP Associate Jenny Anderson now becoming the Company Supervisor to support a new (yet to be appointed) Associate. Again working alongside Prof Chris Nester and Dr Carina Price in the delivery of this exciting new challenge the project aims to create a mass customisation strategy for workplace footwear and a tool to aid selection of appropriate footwear via an online platform.
Feb 02, 2018
A team working as part of a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) co-sponsored by Innovate UK, with supervisor Dr Julian Bass and KTP Associate Adeniyi Abdul, has trialled a software tool which helps monitor the lifecycles of components enabling their timely maintenance, repair and replacement.
The software, “AimHi,” was tested at the Isle of Grain power station, Kent - which supplies electricity to around 1 million homes - and has now been adopted by operator Uniper, (formerly E.ON) UK.
“Power stations have literally tens of thousands of working parts,” explained Dr Bass, a senior lecturer in computer science and software engineering. “They all have to be maintained, according to a carefully optimised schedule, so creating this software was a real test of our ingenuity and we are delighted it is working.”
'It was a real test of our ingenuity' - Dr Julian Bass, senior lecturer in computer science and software engineering
The AimHi software is part of a wider development process for Add Latent Ltd, part of the Add Energy Group, which provides asset maintenance engineering for Shell, BP and a host of global energy sector firms. The Partnership has been adapting some of the latest thinking; including the use of so-called agile software development methods.
The project has earned a prestigious ‘Outstanding’ rating from Innovate UK; one of the few KTPs to achieve the accolade.
Peter Adam, Executive VP at Add Energy said: “This successful KTP has enabled us to establish an in-house innovation and software development capability. Working with the University we have established R&D processes which have enabled us to diversify into new markets with new products.”
“Uniper were very impressed with the product’s performance at the Isle of Grain, and there is interest from other Add Latent clients”, added Dr Bass. “One of the beauties of the package is it is cloud deployed which means it can be scaled up to accommodate additional clients.”
Among other outcomes, Adeniyi has earned himself a PhD opportunity at Salford; Dr Bass has become a senior fellow of the HEA after drawing on learning from the KTP to shape and update the University’s software syllabus and the KTP has supported a number of final year and Master’s projects , including one on how the data could best be visualised.
Further, two research papers have already been published, including one on Product Innovation which won ‘Best Paper Award’ at the iSociety conference Dublin 2017.
The University is now undertaking a second KTP with Add Energy to develop automated asset tracking for change management processes.
Aug 01, 2017
Last month, colleagues from the Ecosystems and Environment Research Centre (EERC) in the School of Environment & Life Sciences visited the new Mersey Gateway Crossing between Widnes and Runcorn.
As part of our ICZ partnership with the Mersey Gateway Environmental Trust (MGET), the area around the new toll bridge will be a ‘living laboratory’ to monitor saltmarsh changes and effects on grazing cattle.
Professor Philip James, Leader of the EERC said: “For over a decade now we have been working in the Upper Mersey Estuary. Four PhD projects have been successfully completed and three more are currently underway, two of which are supported by i-Case funding.
"One of the aims of the visit was to agree the location for a 5km x1km RAPELD module, the first site in the UK to be part of the international Programa de Pesquisa em Biodiversidade (PPBio). This will offer University of Salford students excellent opportunities to carry out biodiversity surveys and contribute to an international biodiversity monitoring programme."
The team was given a tour of the insides of the bridge, something that won’t be possible once it’s operational in the next few months. They were also able to take a lift to the top of the north tower from which they were able to see the Upper Mersey Estuary and begin locating the sampling points for the monitoring programme. They then visited various parts of the estuary at ground level to examine the sites in greater detail.
Paul Oldfield from the Mersey Gateway Environmental Trust said: “We would not be able to do this without the support of the University of Salford. Becoming part of an international programme exceeds our expectations of where we thought we would be at this stage of our development.”
Hat-trick of industry collaboration wins
Colleagues in the school of Computing, Science and Engineering are providing their expertise to boost growth and jobs at three UK-based manufacturers.
Experts in civil engineering, acoustics and spray research have won Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) with Farrat Isolevel Ltd, Technocover Ltd and the Carlisle Fluid Technologies Group. The three KTPs are a clear demonstration of our university-wide drive towards initiating industry collaboration.
Partially funded by the government, the KTP programme is an innovate scheme, which for the past 40 years has helped companies to improve their competitiveness and productivity through a three-way partnership between a business, a university and a recent graduate (also known as a KTP Associate).
Prof Sunil Vadera, Dean of the School of Computing, Science and Engineering said: "To win not one but three bids is a huge vote of confidence in the industry-focussed credentials of academics in the School."
So who are the beneficiary companies we’ll be working with?
1) Finishing Brands Holdings is part of the Carlisle Fluid Technologies Group, a global manufacturer of spray equipment for the automotive, aerospace, marine, rail and construction industries. Supervised by Prof Ghasem Nasr and Dr Amir Nourian, this two-year KTP aims to help the manufacturer maximise the atomisation potential of products for increased transfer-to-surface efficiency.
2) Technocover Ltd, based in North Wales, provide security infrastructure for electrical, gas and power installation and factories. The aim of this KTP is to "embed R&D capability incorporating systematic testing and modelling process leading to design and development of new product range". The academic team are civil engineers Neil Currie and Dr Levi Augusthus-Nelson.
3) The third project teams up engineers at Farrat Isolevel Ltd with Prof Andy Moorhouse and Dr Andy Elliott in a bid to develop, implement and validate a cutting edge methodology to predict the vibro-acoustic response of buildings that incorporate vibration control.
Janet Morana, KTP Manager, said: "We are delighted to have been able to announce these three KTPs at a time when the University is setting out a clear strategy to strengthen partnerships and create Industry Collaboration Zones (ICZs)."