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Non-intrusive inspection for manhole covers

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The Innovation Exchange programme is working alongside a large UK company. This business is looking to engage innovators and innovative companies that can help them solve a significant challenge they are trying to overcome in relation to a key productivity issue. The Challenge Owner will engage with the suppliers of innovation to support development, if necessary, to better suit the application. The organisation’s facilities are situated throughout the UK and activities take place across the world. Across the estate there are over 6,600 manhole covers or service trench covers in primarily industrial locations, which all require regular inspection. The business needs help to identify an alternative to the current manual inspection regime.


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Control of climate on board marine vessels

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The Innovation Exchange programme is working alongside a large UK company. This business is looking to engage innovators and innovative companies that can help them solve a significant challenge they are trying to overcome in relation to a key operational issue. The Challenge Owner will engage with the suppliers of innovation to support development, if necessary, to better suit the application. The Challenge Owner operates a number of large marine vessels (ships) with significant cooling and air quality requirements. Due to ongoing issues with the current system, based around condensers, the challenge owner is looking for novel approaches to ensuring the health and comfort of those on board through climate control. The Challenge Owner is willing to consider investment in potentially successful solutions.


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Non-destructive testing of GRP marine vessels

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The Innovation Exchange programme is working alongside a large UK company. This business is looking to engage innovators and innovative companies that can help them solve a significant challenge they are trying to overcome in relation to a key productivity issue. The Challenge Owner will engage with the suppliers of innovation to support development, if necessary, to better suit the application. The Challenge Owner operates a number of large marine vessels (ships) with hulls constructed from glass-fibre reinforced plastic (GRP). Hulls can be damaged as a result of collisions, abrasion, delamination of the GRP, blistering and other mechanisms.  It is important that the damage should be quickly and accurately detected in order to effect timely repair and avoid unnecessary time out of use. Current inspection methods are based around visual inspection. They are time-consuming, labour-intensive and prone to human error. The challenge owner seeks to identify technology to improve all aspects of hull inspection.


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Improving the durability of furnaces used for glass melting

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The iX challenge competition, delivered by KTN, is supporting Pilkington Technology Management Limited (PTML), part of NSG Group in reaching out to its network to identify innovative solutions that could lead to approaches across their business to deliver sustainable net zero manufacturing. Successful solution providers (industry or academia) to this challenge will be given a commercial opportunity to deliver their solution and receive support from PTML, KTN and the wider Innovate UK network. The Innovation Exchange programme is working alongside PTML to help them to identify innovative, robust and resilient materials for the refractory blocks in a gas/oil fired, electrically boosted, glass melting furnace.


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