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Fareham Innovation Centre company wins Middle East contract

Fareham Innovation Centre company wins Middle East contract

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In a related development, 3-Sci has also received quality assurance certification to manufacture the sensors and their wireless communication system for safe use in explosive atmospheres.

 Adrian Bowles, one of the UK’s leading wireless sensing technology specialists and a University of Southampton post-graduate in microelectronics, is 3-Sci’s technical director.

He said: “The UAE order is the first major one overseas for 3-Sci and took quite a few  months to get across the line from initial discussions with the end-users.

“Oil and gas industries and staff are notoriously conservative about the deployment of new technology unless their peers are using it already, which is always a bit of a problem for a company like 3-Sci, which is near-continuously bringing out new products.

“3-Sci’s premium-end technology, underpinned by third-party certification for quality assurance purposes, has a wide range of money-saving benefits for the operators of oil rigs, petrochemical refineries and, also we perceive, other areas like water and sewage treatment plants and pipework

 “The more ‘health’ information operators have about the  condition of pipes have, the better. 

“It can cost a £1m a day to shut down an oil rig. With our devices, it gives them really early indications of changes to metals which are occurring due to their production dynamics.

“These are exciting times for 3-Sci, having made the sometimes challenging journey from concept to sales.”

Adrian added: “Our technology is also about delivering efficiency improvements to the UK oil industry, which is reportedly looking to decrease the unit costs of each barrel by nearly half from a peak of $29.30 per barrel in 2014 to $16 per barrel.” 

Richard May, the innovation director at Fareham Innovation Centre, which is fully occupied with 27 businesses in 24 offices and 15 light-manufacturing units, has been supporting 3-Sci with advice, insights and introductions.

He said: “3-Sci’s game-changing wireless sensors are set to revolutionise the remote monitoring of pipe corrosion in explosive atmospheres, such as oil rigs, petrochemical refineries and sewage treatment plants. 

“They also help prevent environmental damage - the autonomous sensor networks alert maintenance teams to pipes at risk of leaks due to excessive corrosion. 

“Oxford Innovation has helped 3-Sci uncover other commercial applications as the UK looks to develop ‘smart’ infrastructure through the use of networked and embedded sensors collecting and exchanging new forms of important decision-making data.”

Purpose-built Fareham Innovation Centre, which opened in April 2015, is run by UKSPA member Oxford Innovation on behalf of owner Fareham Borough Council. 

Many of the centre’s occupiers are from the marine, automotive, aerospace and engineering sectors, with dozens of other businesses regularly using drop-in facilities, including hired conference and meeting rooms.

An extension, more than doubling the size of Fareham Innovation Centre, is due to open in spring 2018, with an additional 33 offices, five workshops and two conference rooms.

How 3-Sci innovation is creating jobs in the UK

The electronics and printed circuit boards and the box assembly are made in Loughborough, the sensors are built in-house or in Dorset, the precision engineering of the mechanical parts in Portchester, near Portsmouth, and final assembly and testing at Fareham Innovation Centre. Each element requires human labour.


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