Production Effectiveness

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.

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IODS Pipeclad Ltd

IODS Pipeclad, based in East Kilbride, specialises in a process of weld overlay cladding of the internal surfaces of carbon steel pipes and various high integrity components including subsea tools and production equipment. They are working with the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Strathclyde to embed advanced robotics expertise, sensors and sensing systems knowledge and underpinning control theory to develop a highly flexible robotic system for weld overlay cladding.

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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.

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Peak Scientific Instruments Ltd

Peak Scientific are a world-renowned hydrogen generator and nitrogen generator supplier. Their range of products includes the Genius, Infinity and Precision generators, which are small to large scale nitrogen and hydrogen gas systems for the Gas Chromatography and Liquid Chromatography Mass Spectrometry markets. They are currently working with the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Strathclyde to help Peak Scientific to develop it's next generation of Genius Nitrogen generators using state-of-the art computational fluid dynamics and design optimisation.

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Spirit Aerosystems (Europe) Ltd

Spirit AeroSystems is one of the world’s largest independent producers of commercial aerostructures. Their core products include fuselages, pylons, nacelles and wing components. They are currently working with the department of Design Manufacture and Engineering Management at the University of Strathclyde to apply an advanced systems engineering approach to develop and optimise a resource planning and cost modelling tool; improving business efficiency and increasing competitive advantage.

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BiP Solutions Ltd

  BiP Solutions is a leading provider of cutting edge solutions and services that help optimise supply chain value. They help businesses win government contracts, and assist procurement in the public sector through effective tendering. They are currently working with the School of Computing at the University of the West of Scotland to embed key technical expertise, principally in database design and optimisation and data warehousing, modelling and analysis, in order to enable the development of the next generation of unique business intelligence products and services.

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Vascutek Ltd

VASCUTEK, a TERUMO Company is a world leader in the design and
manufacture of products that address the needs of vascular and
cardiovascular clinicians throughout the world. They are currently
working with the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
at the University of Strathclyde to establish new low profile endovascular
products through the integration of computational fluid dynamic and
structural analysis techniques to allow optimisation of existing products.

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Scottish Water

Scottish Water are a publicly owned company, answerable to the Scottish Parliament and the people of Scotland. They are currently working with the Adam Smith Business School at the University of Glasgow to introduce a company-wide knowledge management programme, to combine risk-management imperatives alongside collaborative product and service innovation fit for a multi-sited and mobile organization.

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Paisley South Housing Association

Paisley South Housing Association are a developer of new affordable housing and a Registered Social Landlord with over 1200 homes for rent. Their subsidiary Paisley South Property Services factors 301 properties. They are currently working with the School of Computing at the University of the West of Scotland to deliver a new framework for provision of online services, leading to improvements in customer service, occupancy rates, internal operational efficiency and supply chain engagement.

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Doble PowerTest

Doble PowerTest offers a team of highly experienced engineering specialists who provide solutions for electrical apparatus condition assessment of high-voltage substation and generator plants, including motor, rotating plant, switchgear, transformer, cable, and network equipment. They are currently working with the School of Engineering and Build Environment at Glasgow Caledonian University to develop the capability of ElectroMagnetic Interference (EMI) for diagnostic condition assessment of generators, motors and cables to support the power generation industry.

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Howden Group Ltd

Howden designs, engineers and supplies air and gas handling equipment, including industrial fans, process gas compressors and rotary heat exchangers. They are currently working with the Department of Marketing at the University of Strathclyde to develop and implement a sustainable new product development procedure that will ensure timely and cost-effective delivery of commercially viable products to the market.

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First ScotRail Ltd

First ScotRail Ltd operates over 95% of passenger train services in Scotland under a franchise agreement with the Scottish Executive. They are currently working with the department of Mechanical, Electrical and Environmental Engineering at Glasgow Caledonian University to review existing maintenance practices, develop condition monitoring products on First ScotRail passenger trains and identify optimal cost effective maintenance strategy and periodicities.

 

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P.S. Auto Grinding

P.S. Auto Grinding distributes and installs automatic grinding machines for the founding industry. They are currently working with the Department of Design Manufacturing and Engineering Management at the University of Strathclyde to embed control system engineering expertise in support of new product development and existing system upgrades, and to embed new product development expertise and launch the next generation of automated finishing solution for steel castings.

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Integrated Environmental Solutions Ltd

IES’ mission is to advance the sustainability of the world’s buildings through the use of integrated building performance modelling technology which more intelligently and assuredly determines the measures required to mitigate climate change and conserve our natural resources for future generations. They are currently working with the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Strathclyde to develop an optimisation control strategy and integrate it with the dynamic simulation environment and real-time building energy performance models.

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Impact Solutions Ltd

Impact Solutions is a spin-out from BP Chemicals, based at Grangemouth, which is the main processing, refining and petrochemicals centre for North Sea Oil & Gas operations. They are currently working with the University of Strathclyde on the development of inspection criteria for a robust ultrasonic system that can be used by the operator in the field to give an instant pass/fail result to ensure weld integrity.

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Bio-Images Research Ltd

Bio-Images Research Ltd are experts in scintigraphic clinical trials on drug delivery systems. They are currently working with the Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences to diversify a contract research provision and establish a new drug delivery division that will provide opportunities for high business growth.

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Woodward International Inc

Woodward integrates leading-edge technologies into fuel, combustion, fluid, actuation, and electronic control systems for the aerospace and energy markets. They are currently working with the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Glasgow on the automation of fuel control testing, improving test productivity and reliability.

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Rossyew

Rossyew was established with the aim of offering an efficient by-product collection service to the Scottish Salmon industry and producing value added ingredients for the pet food and feed industry. They are currently working with the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering at the University of Strathclyde to increase the yield of higher value Salmon oil from Salmon viscera by reducing the residual oil content in the lower value protein product.

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Highland Colour Coaters

Highland provides galvanizing and powder coating. They are currently working with the School of Engineering & Built Environment at Glasgow Caledonian University to reveal knowledge about the phenomenon known as “gassing” and hence optimise production yield, quality and scope in powdercoating on galvanized steel.

 

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Blairs Limited

Blairs Ltd is a leading manufacturer of high quality, bespoke timber windows and external doorsets. Working with the Department of Design, Manufacture & Engineering Management (DMEM) at Strathclyde University, this Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) aimed to adapt the existing manufacturing software to accommodate a wide range of new product features and improve the overall production line.
 

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Highland Spring Ltd

Highland Spring Limited engaged the services of academics from the University of Strathclyde in this highly successful KTP project, which built on the success of an earlier partnership. The work has improved the effectiveness of new bottling lines by instilling a continuous improvement culture at the company, including processes, methods, tools techniques and systems within the operations function. These were integrated with the company’s overall business systems and processes.

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