Martec Ltd: Improving the Technology in Body Worn Antennae

Knowledge Transfer Partnership

Martec Ltd specialises in the design and manufacture of high quality precision components across a wide range of industries from military, marine and aerospace to medical and industrial applications. They embarked on a two year Knowledge Transfer Partnership with the University of Kent to fast-track their technological advances.

The Challenge

Martec Ltd wanted to develop a pin-less connector in their Body Worn Antenna to give greater reliability under stress in hostile environments.

 The Approach

In partnership with the School of Engineering and Digital Arts, the Company embarked on a two year Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) to develop a prototype offering unique features unavailable at the time.

Part-funded by the Technology Strategy Board and other funding organisations, KTP is Europe’s leading programme helping businesses to improve their competitiveness and productivity through the better use of knowledge, technology and skills that reside within academic institutions.

“The KTP has allowed Martec to develop a new style interconnection solution that is at the forefront of technology. This has enabled us to look at new markets and become involved in opportunities that we would not have previously been considered for.”

Dan Harnett, Managing Director of Martec Ltd

The Result

A working prototype was developed, generating significant interest and excitement. Martec worked with two external partners to evaluate the capability of the new product named WiPES (Wireless Integrated Power Electronics Systems). The success has led to Martec setting up a development lab to support future advances of the technology; the company will also explored the option of setting up a separate Division to concentrate on future product development.

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This partnership received financial support from the Knowledge Transfer Partnerships programme (KTP). KTP aims to help businesses to improve their competitiveness and productivity through the better use of knowledge, technology and skills that reside within the UK knowledge base. This successful Knowledge Transfer Partnership project, funded by UK Research and Innovation through Innovate UK, is part of the government’s Industrial Strategy.

If you are interested in finding out about KTPs, watch our KTP Officer Clare Witcher talking about KTP projects on our YouTube channel, and contact the team to arrange a one-to-one.