Research and Development

Our engineering R&D team, specialize in industrial fluid dynamics and related technologies. Our R&D engineers research and develop novel solutions for new products to meet customer challenges and focusing on industries where a set of conditions exists that can cause bodily harm over a period of time, commonly referred to as harsh environments. These environments require technologies to reduce or eliminate this exposure.

Our engineers take into account this harsh environment prior to the design stage of development. The specific environmental conditions in which the product will be used will ultimately effect the product specifications.

The R&D programme is based on obtaining new knowledge applicable to the company's business needs that eventually will result in new or improved products, processes, systems or services that can lead to commercialisation and ultimately increase the company's sales and profits.

Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP)

We joined forces with the University of Manchester in 2015, through the Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) programme. The KTP is a three-way partnership between Forth, the university, and an excellent academic associate. The programme is aimed at working together on a project central to our company's needs. The programme offers rewarding and ongoing collaboration supported by experienced staff and academics.

The collaboration programme enables the company to take new ideas forward or find innovative solutions to business challenges improve the business by working with the University and a highly qualified associate. The programme will also enable the company to access other skills, expertise and facilities within the University. The scheme is a flagship programme of Innovation and will enable the company to develop new technologies. Dr Farshad Arvin was appointed in 2015 on the KTP Programme, with a PhD in Computer Science Dr, Arvin has vast experience and interest in Collective Robotics, Swarm Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Swarm Intelligence, Signal Processing and Hardware, as well as a multidisciplinary field of science that includes a combination of mechanical engineering.

The project of the KTP programme is focused around the development of a robotic spider. The spider will enable equipment to be deployed in harsh environments within the nuclear, marine, gas, oil and subsea industries. The programme is aimed at combining clients requirements for remote operated vehicles with specific requirements to address issues faced within an highly regulated industry with legacy issues and decommissioning requirements.

In the past we have developed robots through modification of other products, this project will see Forth progress in to the next phase of robotics. Our students and employees also have the unique opportunity to work with highly qualified academics in a variety of fields including mechatronics and contribute to the development of pioneering projects.

We are currently in the process of collaborating on our second KTP programme; July 2016 saw a second associated appointed an Electronic Systems Engineer for Robotic Platform Development.

Dr Dehao Wu, has experience of collaborative research work with different research groups globally, modelling and experimental work on optical communication, positioning and sensing systems, free space optical wireless communications and signal process.

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