£750k partnership to help UK SMEs realise innovations faster

Posted on 8 Mar 2018 by The Manufacturer

Sensor City has partnered with Altium, to give SMEs access to specialist design software which promises to rapidly prototype their innovations and reduce to market.

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Liverpool’s Sensor City is a world-class innovation hub and centre of excellence devoted to the technologies of sensing.

The partnership aims to cement Sensor City’s position as a global hub for sensor technology, while improving design productivity and innovation capabilities of businesses in the Liverpool City Region.

It will provide access to 100 Altium Designer’s On-Demand licenses and £750,000 worth of Vault add-on support, which provides secure storage and security integrity for data generated from a board design and models.

It also enables the re-release of data as distinctly separate revisions – essentially tracking design changes over time without overwriting any previously released data.

These licenses will be used for commercial PCB design and in-house training and will be supplied to new and existing companies working within the building.

This is hoped to provide a flexible, streamlined approach to prototyping and printed circuit board design within Sensor City.

Discussing the new partnership, Alison Mitchell, executive director of Sensor City vommented: “Working with a big international organisation like Altium is fantastic and will really benefit Sensor City’s internal offering, while also providing local SMEs with technologically advanced design solutions.”

Sensor City is open to start-ups, entrepreneurs and big business who want to access the sensor related skills, services and equipment that will enable them to leapfrog from idea to prototype.

The centre includes a Software Design Suite, Mechanical Laboratory, Optical Laboratory and Electronics Laboratory, as well as offering coaching, business mentoring and access to funding.

Smart Factory Expo 

14 – 15 November, 2018 – Exhibition Centre, Liverpool

Sensor City is a partner of Smart Factory Expo – Europe’s largest showcase for digital manufacturing technology and innovation.

Now in its third year, Smart Factory Expo is where technology, finance and manufacturing meet.

Last year’s event attracted 3,968 visitors, 118 exhibitors, and live coverage on BBC News, which is why its footprint is being doubled for 2018!

Click here to register to attend Smart Factory Expo for free.

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