Grant to develop tool to help the rapid acceptance of technology in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic
Astrimar, a specialist engineering consultancy with offices at the Cranfield Innovation Centre, has won a grant worth £50,000 from Innovate UK. This will be used to help to develop a new online tool to help product developers gain rapid acceptance of technology in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Astrimar said that the tool will lead developers through a series of questions to help them define technology and user requirements, to understand how to show and document fulfilment of the requirements so the technology can be verified/approved for use by the end-user.
It will also support acceptance/procurement authorities reviewing the submitted evidence of the product’s fitness for purpose and certification when required. Caroline Roberts, Haritonov, Astrimar managing director, said:
“We believe this tool will help hundreds of small-scale producers who have responded to the pandemic with stocks of goodwill PPE and medical components, but are currently restricted from use due to lack of necessary certification and approval.
“We are delighted to receive the funding to enable us to develop and prove the concept, trial it as a prototype and launch it for wider use, both for the current and any future crises.”
The funding will be used to develop the software tool and to enable collaboration with experts in advanced manufacturing at the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland, operated by the University of Strathclyde, product certification at Lloyds Register and the Medical Devices Unit at NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, to achieve clarity on acceptance requirements and effective best practice.
Astrimar aims to develop the framework tool for accelerated technology acceptance and trial it with developer Angus 3D Solutions Ltd to help them gain acceptance for their ventilated PPE hood concept, before making it available to a wider market of technology developers over the next 12 months.
Founded in 2010 and based in Cranfield and Aberdeenshire, Astrimar offers reliability engineering, technical risk management and technology qualification assurance services.