CPE team were very proactive in setting up the joint project and managing it. They provided strong communication throughout the 2-month project, and ran it smoothly to its conclusion. We now have a much stronger understanding of what was possible for our optical product concept and have already identified the follow-up opportunity to take advantage of the CPE’s vacuum coating facility.
Supporting Welsh businesses through collaborative innovation
The Centre for Photonics Expertise, CPE, aims to accelerate business growth by working together with industry supporting the development of processes, products or systems.
CPE’s pan-Wales team from four Welsh universities draws on leading academic capabilities offering light-based technological solutions to businesses across Wales at no cash cost to the company.
We at Mon Naturals were really impressed with CPE and their project capabilities. After initially agreeing to a possible collaboration with the CPE Team, a project was put in place and up and running in no time. This process was efficient and allowed the focus to be on the project rather than the paperwork. From the start this has been a positive experience and I can only thank the team for their professionalism.
Ianto Jones, Director
Being a small start up in the Environmental Sector can be daunting when looking for advice and help to progress basic ideas. Producing a collaboration with CPE was not only quick to instigate but provided a sounding board and technical capability to advance our basic idea to prototype stage for further funding. The administration tasks were made simple and without this form of academic help the project may have been on hold indefinitely until spare time and cash flow would allow.
Tony Powell, Managing Director
Working with the CPE team has assisted Grafmarine in re-evaluating its manufacturing processes using photonics technology, resulting in the delivery of improved product development, closer supply chain collaboration with SME suppliers in Wales and the realisation that innovation is a core strategy to our growth.
Martin Leigh, Director
Bangor University CPE team have invested significant time and resources into solving this problem by successfully implementing photonics and bespoke programming. Welsh Slate are looking forward to advancing the project further with Bangor University, with the aims of improving accuracy and implementing pattern recognition, ensuring the system will be able to run successfully in the production environment.
Dylan Evans, Project Engineer
The feasibility study undertaken through CPE has enabled us to ensure with confidence the equipment and budget for the PV enabled power supply for our process developments to progress with our first stage pilot trials in Namibia. Subject to the success of these pilot trials we would be keen to work with the team again on identifying PV requirements as we scale up.
Huw Parry, Managing Director
We strongly believe that nano marking using laser scribing, with photonics to uniquely mark the diamonds in a non-destructive way, is the answer for secure tracing and identification. Working with CPE partner Bangor University has clearly showed this is possible in their feasibility study, and we would look forward to working with them again to fully explore this innovative process
Kelvin James, Managing Director
Working in collaborating with CPE has helped us to identify 3D printing solutions that fulfil our demanding tolerances in our laser products. We now believe that this technology can be applied to a number of products which will lead to huge cost reductions and help us improve our profits. We are very pleased with the insight that this project has given.
David Beckerley, Financial Director
Collaborative R&D Projects
Welsh Businesses Supported
New/Improved Products or Processes
Business Led Grant Applications
CPE is a multi – academic, industrial collaborative research partnership.
CPE is funded by the European Regional Development Fund & Welsh Government to support and provide technical solutions to businesses in Wales with their manufacturing processes and their potential product innovations through the application of photonics technology.
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How it works
- We will have an introductory meeting to introduce CPE and to discuss your business and how we could work together.
- Our technical team will then work with you to discuss in more detail any potential collaborations and put together a project plan.
- Eligible collaborations must involve a company who has a business address within the West Wales and the Valleys region, and must plan to impact business growth and development.
- As soon as both parties agree a project plan, work can begin.
- There is no cash cost to the company. Projects are to be matched in-kind by the industrial partner in staff costs.
What is CPE and how is it relevant to Welsh Businesses?
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