Laser physics, optics and spectroscopy
Our photonics team has considerable experience of developing optical instrumentation and systems for applications in hazardous or difficult-access industrial environments. The team is proficient in a wide range of photonics techniques including light manipulation using precision optics, high-power Q-switched lasers, fibre-optics, optical engineering CAD and laser spectroscopy such as Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS), Raman spectroscopy and fluorescence spectroscopy.
Engineering design & component manufacture
Our engineering team includes time-served toolmakers and professional mechanical engineers. We are able to take an idea from concept through to design using the latest CAD techniques and on to manufacture using our in-house precision engineering workshop facilities. We pride ourselves on our speedy response to customer requirements and in our ability to produce custom-designed components in a cost-effective manner.
With experience gained through the development and application of vision and remote inspection camera systems for the nuclear industry, we are able to provide a unique service to industry in the design and application of custom-built vision systems for specialist applications in hazardous industrial environments.
Nuclear industry related skills
Three of our staff are trained and experienced in a wide range of nuclear industry activities having worked previously for many years at BNFL's nuclear complex at Sellafield in Cumbria. In addition to being classified radiation workers and having security clearance for unescorted access to nuclear licensed sites, they are trained in areas such as radiological safety, the use of active laboratories and alpha gloveboxes, working in C2 and C3 (respirator) areas and AGR in-vessel C3/R4 work requiring the use of air-fed "Hot" suits. Experience gained to date includes nuclear fuel manufacture, nuclear power plant outage work (Magnox and AGR, including in-vessel work), spent fuel reprocessing, plutonium processing plants, high-level waste plants and decommissioning of redundant nuclear facilities such as alpha plants, hot-cells and fuel storage ponds.
Systems engineering & product development
We are able to develop a concept into a fully operational system ready for installation at a customer's site. Our products are always designed with the end-user in mind and are fully compliant with the relevant UK and European regulations; all our products are CE marked.
Our software engineers are proficient in the development of system control software based on the graphical programming language LabVIEWTM. We have developed system control software for all of our instruments and are able to provide software tailored to each customer requirement.