Being a part of something bigger...
Much of our R&D work is in collaboration with a number of external organisations - enabling us to share best practice, lead and support further development innovations within both global and UK, industry and research settings.
SPRINT (Space Research & Innovation Network for Technology) - University of Leicester
A business support project to develop digital twinning technology for space applications - to reduce the time and cost of the satellite development lifecycle. Collaborating with the University of Leicester, our expertise supported the commercial exploitation of space data and technologies to open up digital twinning to a wider audience.
AMRC (Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre) / NAMRC (Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre - University of Sheffield)
Working with these establishments enriches our horizon-scanning. Through this access to costly prototype hardware, we are able to benchmark our own activities and solutions to ensure that we remain at the forefront of emerging technology applications.
UltraMQL - Innovate UK
In 2021 we were invited to partner on Innovate UK's £1.35 million UltraMQL research collaboration - supporting environmentally friendly machining. Harnessing our digital twinning and advanced IoT data visualisation expertise to create next-generation virtual representations of a factory, we’re driving advantages in increased productivity, improved quality, and reduced risk within manufacturing processes and production management.
Project partners: University of Sheffield, NAMRC, University of Brighton AEC, Kugel Rotary Services and Quaker Houghton.
Knowledge Transfer Partnerships - University of Derby
These academic research partnerships are jointly funded by Bloc and the universities through Innovate UK/ the UKRI Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN). They contribute to our development of next-generation VR solutions that harness machine learning and data analytics. Following the completion of the first KTP in early 2021, the project's KTP Associate joined Bloc as a full-time member of our Research and Development staff. University of Sheffield, NAMRC, University of Brighton AEC, Kugel Rotary Services and Quaker Houghton.