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www.vapour-degreasing.com INDUSTRY NEWS Sensor Coating Systems and National Physical Laboratory commence collaboration under Innovate UK to improve temperature measurements Sensor Coating Systems (SCS) has been awarded a grant under the A4I (Analysis for Innovators) programme to collaborate with the National Physical Laboratory (NPL). The funding was provided through the Government’s modern industrial strategy by Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation. The aim is the development of a new standard light source to enhance thermal measurements based on temperature memory materials. This will be beneficial to enable improved measurements on gas turbine parts for power generation, jet engines or for automotive parts. Consequently, this will improve cost efficiency and lower emissions. This short-term project runs under the A4I scheme of Innovate UK. This allows small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to ink up with large UK research institutes such as the National Physical Laboratories to collaboratively work on measurement challenges. The project will address a measurement challenge identified by SCS during the development of its thermal history technology. The combined resources of SCS and NPL will allow development of a standard Thermal History Technology aimed at reducing uncertainty and improve repeatability. The advances will enable the technology to be used globally with improved results. 26 APRIL 2019 The technology delivers valuable temperature data inside machinery where other technologies can’t be applied. Areas of application for this technology for temperature measurement include automotive and aerospace industry as well as power generation and industrial processes. Dr Jörg Feist, Managing Director at SCS said:” The team at SCS is very enthusiastic about working collaboratively with the National Physical Laboratories. A successful project will enable us to standardize specific aspects of our measurement technology. Hence this will improve our service offering globally by improving temperature measurement accuracy” About SCS Sensor Coating Systems (SCS) provides a unique luminescence-based sensing technology which enables engineers to record past temperatures on previously inaccessible components. The temperature measurement capability reaches from around 150°C to 1400°C and will be pushed further under this project. This makes the technology very useful for the evaluation and design of mission-critical components in harsh environments such as gas turbines or internal combustion engines. www.sensorcoatings.com About NPL The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) is the UK’s National Measurement Institute and is a world-leading centre of excellence in developing and applying the most accurate measurement standards, science and technology available. http://www.npl.co.uk/ About UK Research and Innovation UK Research and Innovation is a new organisation that brings together the UK Research Councils, Innovate UK and Research England into a single organisation to create the best environment for research and innovation to flourish. The vision is to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. For more information visit www.ukri.org twitter: @surfaceworldmag