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Eriez opens Cardiff University R&D hub

Eriez has opened its advanced research and development hub, Eriez at sbarc, located at Cardiff University in Wales.

Eriez has opened its advanced research and development hub, Eriez at sbarc, located at Cardiff University in Wales.

The strategic partnership between Eriez and Cardiff Innovations aims to expand research and development (R&D) initiatives. Eriez’s Wales-based R&D team will now operate from this new facility.

Eriez’ began working with Cardiff University it joined the advisory board for the university’s Magnetic Materials & Applications (MAGMA) research centre. The relationship progressed into a successful Engineering and Knowledge Transfer Partnership (eKTP) from 2019 to 2022. The result of this effort is a new series of metal detectors from Eriez which are scheduled to launch in early 2024.

Eriez-Europe managing director Gareth Meese said the collaborative partnership with the University provides Eriez with streamlined access to support and a seamless communication pipeline.

“The fusion of the technical prowess of the University with Eriez’ industry expertise led to significant advancements in signal processing and electronic design for our new metal detectors,” Meese said.

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Eriez has also privately funded a project with the Cardiff University School of Engineering, focusing on enhancing the performance and reliability of metal detector coils.

As of 2024, Eriez continues its partnership with Cardiff University on an Artificial Intelligence (AI) feasibility study, supported by InnovateUK, exploring AI techniques in metal detection for the food and pharmaceutical industries.

Eriez is also actively involved in supporting an Accelerated Knowledge Transfer (AKT) initiative, investigating and developing AI applications within metal detection and other related fields, according to Chris Dyer, Research and Development Engineer, Eriez-Europe.

Eriez executive vice president of global technology said joining forces with the university has been instrumental in driving innovation at Eriez, positioning it at the forefront of cutting-edge research and development.

“Working with Cardiff University has enabled Eriez to tap into unparalleled technical expertise, enhancing our existing products and exploring new technologies without the usual hurdles associated with significant upfront investments,” he said.

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