Collaboration strengthens company’s cutting-edge research and development capabilities
ERIEZ have announced the inauguration of their cutting-edge research and development hub, Eriez at sbarc, located at Cardiff University, in Wales. This strategic partnership with Cardiff Innovations underscores the company’s dedication to fostering innovation and expanding its R&D initiatives. Eriez’s Wales-based R&D team now operate primarily from this new, state-of-the-art facility.
Eriez’s history of working with Cardiff University began when the company 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 ground-breaking new series of metal detectors from Eriez which are scheduled to launch in early 2024.
Highlighting the success of the eKTP, Gareth Meese, managing director of Eriez-Europe, said: ‘The fusion of the technical prowess of the university with Eriez’s industry expertise led to significant advancements in signal processing and electronic design for our new metal detectors.’ He emphasized that the collaborative partnership with Cardiff University will provide Eriez with streamlined access to support and a seamless communication pipeline.
In addition to these achievements, Eriez have privately funded a project with the Cardiff University School of Engineering, focusing on enhancing the performance and reliability of metal detector coils. The company is also actively involved in supporting an Accelerated Knowledge Transfer (AKT) initiative, investigating and developing AI applications within metal detection and other related fields.
Mike Mankosa, Eriez’s executive vice-president of global technology, said: ‘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. Joining forces has been instrumental in driving innovation at Eriez, positioning us at the forefront of cutting-edge research and development and propelling our global technological leadership.’