CPI The Centre for Process Innovation
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The High Value Manufacturing Catapult
The Neville Hamlin Building, Thomas Wright Way, TS21 3FG, Sedgefield (United Kingdom)
The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) is a UK based technology innovation centre and the process arm of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult.
CPI collaborates with universities, SMEs and large corporates to help overcome innovation challenges and develop next generation products and processes. Operating across a broad range of technologies, we support our partners at every step of the way; from concept to market; business support to technology development; from scale up to supply chain intervention
Our partners operate across diverse markets including Healthcare, Food & Agriculture, FMCG, Electronics, Energy, Transportation and Construction. CPI is able to support such a broad-base of industries through our unique innovation processes, together with our diverse and expanding platform of technological expertise.
Overall the combination of CPI’s innovation processes and our outstanding scientific expertise, enables our partners to get more products to market faster, and at a lower overall cost.
Link to national or regional initiatives for digitising industry
The activities of the hub are well aligned with the British national initiatives for digitising industry, Digital Strategy and the Green paper on Industrial Strategy.
Market and Services
- Agriculture, hunting and forestry
- Mining and quarrying
- Electricity, gas and water supply
- Wholesale and retail trade
- Hotels and restaurants
- Transport, storage and communication
- Real estate, renting and business activities
- Health and social work
- Manufacture of food products, beverages and tobacco
- Manufacture of textiles and textile products
- Manufacture of leather and leather products
- Manufacture of wood and wood products
- Manufacture of pulp, paper and paper products; publishing and printing
- Manufacture of coke, refined petroleum products and nuclear fuel
- Manufacture of chemicals, chemical products and man-made fibres
- Manufacture of rubber and plastic products
- Manufacture of other non-metallic mineral products
- Manufacture of basic metals and fabricated metal products
- Manufacture of machinery and equipment
- Manufacture of electrical and optical equipment
- Manufacture of transport equipment
- Other Manufacturing
- TRL3 - Analytical and experimental critical function and/or characteristic proof of concept
- TRL4 - Component and/or breadboard validation in laboratory environment
- TRL5 - Component and/or breadboard validation in relevant environment
- TRL6 - System/subsystem model or prototype demonstration in a relevant environment
- TRL7 - System prototype demonstration in an operational environment
- Awareness creation
- Ecosystem building, scouting, brokerage, networking
- Visioning and Strategy Development for Businesses
- Collaborative Researchs
- Concept validation and prototyping
- Testing and validation
- Pre-competitive series production
- Commercial infrastructure
- Digital Maturity Assessment
- Incubator/accelerator support
- Voice of the customer, product consortia
- Market intelligence
- Access to Funding and Investor Readiness Services
- Education and skills development
Automotive and electronics companies face different challenges within their respective supply chains with regards to observation and traceability of products and systems, human operators (HOs) and environments. There is a common need throughout industry for companies to have more effective control and visibility of components throughout the product supply chain and their operational lifecycles.
The aim of the INTELLICO project was to realise the opportunities presented by distributing intelligent components throughout the manufacturing supply chain. The project looked at developing technologies for real-time processing, wireless communications and intelligent components that are embedded within products.
The consortium focused on RFID technologies, creating a network of RFID components with robust and reliable sensors, autonomous operation, and proactive reasoning, learning and social abilities.
CPI’s role in the project was to utilise printable electronics in the manufacturing of the RFID antennas. Developed by working closely with the University of Loughborough, the sensors can be printed onto metal and provide excellent read range. This significantly enhances the manufacturer’s ability to map stock on a factory floor, increasing productivity and quality assurance.
PragmatIC is a world leader in ultra-low cost flexible electronics, which have the potential to enable trillions of ‘smart objects’ that can sense, and communicate with, their environment. PragmatIC’s unique technology platform facilitates flexible integrated circuits (flexICs) that are thinner than a human hair. These components can be easily embedded within any surface, thus introducing interactivity into a wide range of everyday items.
Founded in 2010, PragmatIC currently employs 35 staff across two locations in the UK. The company has headquarters in Cambridge; its registered office and production facility have been based at CPI’s National Printable Electronics Centre in Sedgefield for the last four years. Here 17 full time members of PragmatIC staff are using CPI’s pilot production and scale-up facilities.
UK SME Silent Sensors Ltd has developed a new technology, products, and services to manage tyre safety, maintenance and manufacturing. The company’s technology tracks and manages tyres from the manufacturing process, through the supply chain, and onto the road, with a continuous stream of data being collected in the cloud and presented on the driver’s dashboard, or as warnings to the driver on the road. Silent Sensors’ technology will become part of the tyre’s whole life-cycle, leading to safer roads, and a cleaner environment.
Silent Sensors have engaged with CPI to commence a new product development programme which will improve existing antennae designs and incorporate printed sensors into the tyre manufacturing process and associated supply chain. As part of this development program CPI undertook an Innovation Integrator® assessment on Silent Sensors in order to evaluate the current state of the business, and identify its strengths, weaknesses, and the next steps required to progress innovation.
Public Private Partnership
Number of employees
- Horizon 2020
- European Regional Development Fund
- National specific innovation funding
- Regional funding
- Partner resources
University of Sunderland
Research & Technology organization
Sunderland Software City
The High Value Manufacturing Catapult
Research & Technology organization
- Cyber security (including biometrics)
- Advanced or High performance computing
- Data mining, big data, database management
- Software as a service and service architectures
- Cloud computing
- Additive manufacturing (3D printing)
- Laser based manufacturing
- Organic and Large Area Electronics (OLAE)
- Micro and nano electronics, smart system integration
- Sensors, actuators, MEMS, NEMS, RF
- Photonics, electronic and optical functional materials
- Broadband and other communication networks (e.g. 5G)
- Cyber physical systems (e.g. embedded systems)
- Internet of Things (e.g. connected devices, sensors and actuators networks)
- Interaction technologies (e.g. human-machine Interaction, motion recognition and language technologies)