Cumbernauld-based Gas Sensing Solutions (GSS) is preparing for rapid international expansion with the launch of two new products, developed as part of a pioneering collaborative research (R&D) project in Scotland.
The manufacturing firm will present its CozIR®-LP2and SprintIR®-Rsensors today (25 June 2019) at two of the biggest industry exhibitions in the world: the Sensor and Test 2019 Expo in Nuremberg, Germany and the Sensors Expo in San Jose, California.
Taking up to 50 CO2 readings per second, the SprintIR®-Rsensor can quickly detect leaks in food packaging and reduce excess wastage. The technology will also allow healthcare professionals to monitor CO2 levels in patients’ breath when they are using respiratory machines, helping to quickly identify any potential problems.
The CozIR®-LP2is a low-power CO2 sensor designed to identify minor levels of carbon dioxide, with low power, making it ideal for use in wearables and other portable products. This can be used to inform wearers when levels of CO2 are potentially dangerous. A previous iteration of this technology has been used on the International Space Station to highlight the differences in tolerance.
Founded in 2006, GSS has produced CO2 sensors for a variety of applications including healthcare, industrial safety, aerospace and food processing in markets across the globe. In the past 12 months the business has doubled its production capacity.
GSS has recently been listed as finalists in two categories at the UK-wide Electronics Industry Awards, including Excellence in Innovation.
GSS Chief Executive, Calum MacGregor, said: “Our two new products are an integral part of our plans to rapidly grow GSS into 2020 and beyond. We already provided best-in-class technology with previous iterations of these products, and these advancements allow us to remain competitive and improve outcomes for our global customer base.”
The new products were developed following a £6 million Government-backed R&D project facilitated by CENSIS – Scotland’s innovation centre for sensor and imaging systems and the Internet of Things – and Scottish Enterprise1.
GSS was one of four manufacturers to take part in the initiative – the first of its kind in Scotland – during which businesses worked together on the production of materials used in manufacturing a range of household and industrial products which use sensors.
Calum MacGregor added:
“The Mirage project has allowed Gas Sensing Solutions the opportunity to further develop our research and development within the company. This in turn has enabled us to continue to produce leading technology world-wide for our clients.”
Paul Winstanley, Chief Executive of CENSIS, said: “The success of GSS is evidence of what can be achieved when valuable knowledge is shared across academia and industry. Projects like this can help to develop complex technology for use across multiple sectors and will ultimately lead to the employment of more and more highly-skilled workers in Scotland.
“The overall ambition was to support SMEs to work together, develop and grow. Cooperating in this way can propel Scotland to the front of the global sensor industry and create a supply chain that is competitive on the world stage.”
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- About the project:
1The project consists of Cascade Technologies (lead company partner), CST Global, Gas Sensing Solutions Ltd (GSS), Amethyst Research Ltd – and the Research Division of Electronics and Nanoscale Engineering at The University of Glasgow to cumulatively boost turnover for the businesses by £135 million over 10 years, and cut their production costs by up to 50%, the project will give them a critical competitive edge in the global mid-IR sensors market. The project is expected to deliver £56 million to the Scottish economy over a decade.
Providing the organisations with access to III-V semiconductors, the project allows the companies involved to create cutting-edge, quality mid-IR sensors in high volumes with greater sensitivity, lower cost, reduced energy use and a longer lifespan than existing products. These can be employed in a wealth of applications including: gas analysers, methane sensors, distributed feedback lasers and a vast array of industrial processes. The breadth of applications means that none of the companies involved compete with each other.
The project is supported with almost £6 million in funding, comprising £2.8 million from the companies participating, £2.6 million from Scottish Enterprise’s collaborative R&D support and £241,000 plus capital equipment provided by CENSIS.
- About GSS
GSS is a world leader in CO2 sensor design, manufacture and customisation. Its disruptive technology uses proprietary, mid Infra-Red LED sensors to enable best-in-class records for fastest response times, lowest power consumption and longest product lifetime. Based in Scotland, this technology pioneer exports state-of-the-art sensors worldwide, and has in-house bespoke development capabilities to support its International customer base.
- About CENSIS
CENSIS is the centre of excellence for sensing and imaging systems and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies. We help organisations innovate and overcome technology barriers to achieve business transformation and reach global markets. As one of Scotland’s innovation centres, our focus is on creating sustainable social and economic benefit in the Scottish economy.
- About Highlands and Islands Enterprise
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is an economic and community development agency implementing Scotland’s Economic Strategy across a region that covers more than half the country. With around 300 staff, HIE supports hundreds of client businesses and social enterprises; strengthens communities, particularly in fragile areas; develops growth sectors, and invests in infrastructure to create a more competitive and low carbon region.
- About Scottish Enterprise
Scottish Enterprise is Scotland’s main economic development agency and aims to deliver a significant, lasting effect on the Scottish economy. Its role is to help identify and exploit the best opportunities for economic growth. Scottish Enterprise supports ambitious Scottish companies to compete within the global marketplace and help build Scotland’s globally competitive sectors. It also works with a range of partners in the public and private sectors to attract new investment to Scotland and to help create a world-class business environment.
- About the Scottish Funding Council
The Scottish Funding Council (SFC) is helping to make Scotland the best place in the world to educate, to research and to innovate. Investing around £1.8 billion of public money each year, SFC’s funding enables Scotland’s colleges and universities to provide life-changing opportunities for over half a million people and to help create a prosperous future economy.