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Enterprise Awards 2013

Knowledge Transfer

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Loughborough expertise provides product innovation for building control company

Loughborough academic lead
Professor Malcolm Cook, School of Civil and Building Engineering
Research Associate
Narguess Khatami, School of Civil and Building Engineering
Partnership
Knowledge Transfer Partnership

SE Controls – a leading specialist in natural ventilation and smoke control – manufactures, installs and maintains smart, adaptive systems which control building environments.

The Lichfield-based company had long specialised in new build projects, but was keen to move into a new market – the refurbishment of existing commercial premises.

By accessing Loughborough’s cutting-edge expertise via a Knowledge Transfer Partnership, SE Controls developed new products and processes – equipping them to enter this newly identified market.

Professor Malcolm Cook, from the University’s school of Civil and Building Engineering School, supported associate Narguess Khatami who joined the company for the two-year KTP project.

The work has led to the design and manufacture of a new, state-of-the-art, building controller, NV LogIQTM, which incorporates the new algorithms developed during the project, and is now the centrepiece of a new product range.

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Impact

  • SE Controls developed computer simulation tools, enabling them to attract new clients in the commercial refurbishment market
  • Expertise underpinned the development of a new product which the company took to market in 2012, giving SE Controls a unique advantage in the marketplace
  • SE Controls’ MD predicts a direct effect on turnover within 12 months and a significant effect on turnover in 12-24 months

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