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PRESS RELEASE - KEELE HIGH DENSITY LTD
Last year KHD announced its new hybrid high-density data memory system giving a maximum memory capacity of 135GB/cm2 or 10.8TB double-sided at credit card size.

Since that time, further development work has been completed and patents filed.  KHD are now able to give details on the most important software-related part of its overall technology, which will shortly become available for both memory and bandwidth capacity extension purposes.
Professor Williams of KHD has invented a new form of binary compression giving an eight times expansion of memory and bandwidth capacity.  The binary compression process when combined with the KHD hybrid silicon/M-O memory system, with special media/coating technology and a near-solid-state addressing system, gives the exceptionally high memory capacity mentioned above.  There is further development work needed on some hardware aspects, and this announcement relates only to the binary compression software system, which is commercially available now through licensing.

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THE NEW KHD BINARY COMPRESSION SYSTEM
The KHD compression system works by converting binary code into conventional 1,3 or 2,7 or 2,10 RLL coding.  The RLL code for each 'word' of the message is then arranged vertically below the previous word with the 1's for each word aligned into one column.  All 0's that are in the same position as for the previous word are deducted, so that only the 0's representing a change from that previous word need to be recorded.  The clock position of each digit is logged, allowing the complete word, and therefore, message to be reconstructed after storage or transmission.

ILLUSTRATION of RLL coding alignment:

Word 1 -         000100000record: 0001000000/1 = recorded digit
Word 2 -             01000record: xx_1___xxx  = recorded change
Word 3 -           0010000record: _0_1___0_  = unrecorded nil change
Word 4 -             0100 record:   x_1__xx


The ‘1’ is always recorded as it is the reference point for each word.

By effectively daisy-chaining each word to the next in this way, the amount of space needed for any given message is reduced by an average of eight times.  Additionally the amount of capacity needed for error checking can be dramatically reduced because of the daisy chaining.  In memory applications, because only a fraction of the message requires to be recorded, the processing time is also significantly reduced.

Because this part of KHD's overall technology is software-related, it can be 'immediately' applied to all existing memory and communications systems to increase capacity by eight times.  This means that all hard disk, CD, DVD, Flash and all other memory systems will achieve an eight-times increase in capacity by using the KHD system.  Clock times are held initially in silicon and consequentially, the KHD system is exceptionally fast.

Whilst continuing development of the hardware aspects of its memory system, KHD is now in the position to make its new binary compression system commercially available through licensing, with software engines available directly from KHD over the next few months.  KHD is setting-up a software production unit in the UK, and expects to announce an IPO later this year.


FURTHER BACKGROUND

During 1999 Keele High Density Ltd. (KHD) announced that it had developed a very high density memory system capable of holding 2.3TB of memory in the space of a credit card.

Further work since then has resulted in some significant upward changes to both the capacities previously stated and to the applications the KHD technology addresses. Some of this work is continuing, and there are further patent applications to be filed. The information available publicly is necessarily restricted until those patents have been filed.

The very high data densities are achieved through a combination of many different factors – some relating to the physical properties of the recording media, and some to the way of processing and handling data. The physical memory system is a hybrid combination of magneto-optics and silicon. The KHD memory system is applicable to both rotating and fixed media, and is not dependent on the laser-based media-addressing system used. Following the work undertaken since last year, the following data capacities are achievable:

  1. For rotating media, at DVD size, a single-sided capacity of 245 GB using a red laser
  2. For fixed media, a single-sided capacity of 45 GB/cm², giving a total capacity of 3.6 TB on the surface area of a credit card, double-sided and using a red laser. Using a violet laser (now being introduced), the capacity at credit card size will be 10.8 TB.

In last year’s announcement from KHD the primary focus was on the fixed media application, which with a novel form of laser addressing, could be described as ‘near solid state’ – involving no moving parts in the conventional sense. However, this aspect of the technology will require some further R&D work to bring it to a mass-production scale – although it is believed that this will not present insurmountable difficulties. These constraints do not apply to existing rotating media applications (for example, DVD), using conventional laser systems, and there are no reasons why the KHD technology cannot be implemented within a short timescale – measured literally in months.

A major development arising out of KHD’s work over recent months, is that the technology achieving these very high data density figures has application not just for memory systems, but will also produce significant enhancements for the transmission and processing of data generally. This means that KHD’s technology can achieve an effective increase in bandwidth capacity, because the very high data density properties, which are in addition to those from conventional compression methods, allow so much more data to be transmitted over a given bandwidth. The same advantages are also felt in terms of processing speeds. Work on this aspect of KHD’s technology is continuing, but the current calculations show that an effective eight-times increase in bandwidth capacity and processor speed can be achieved.

KHD’s development represents a fundamental advance in computing technology, with the benefits being felt across many industry areas. Following completion of the patenting position, KHD will be looking to license the technology to companies for mass-production, and for the ongoing R&D work needed to make the ‘solid-state’ memory commercially viable.

The technology has been developed by Professor Ted Williams at Keele University, Staffordshire, England, over a period of thirteen years. PROFILE: Ted Williams is Professor Emeritus of Optoelectronics at Keele University, Staffs, England, and visiting Professor of Electronic Engineering at South Bank University, London. Professor Williams was Director of Research with Sir Godfrey Hounsfield, Nobel Prizewinner, working on the invention and creation of the first NMR Scanner at Hammersmith Hospital, London. He has also held directorships with major international companies. His main focus over the last thirteen years has been the research and development of 3-dimensional magneto-optical recording systems.

KHD’s licensing and funding arrangements are managed by Mike Downey, Managing Director of Cavendish Management Resources. CMR is a venture capital and executive management company, based in London. CMR has supported the development of this technology.


Other Projects
Bioturbines
Milemiser
Wind Turbines
Rail Grip
CHP Oxidiser
EasiPush
Newton Downflow Water Aerator
New Hull & Keel Design
Computer Work Station
Automated Sandwich Production
Image enhancement technique for non medical applications.
High performance Welding Nozzles
Diesel exhaust particulate filter
Aircraft seat design to minimise Deep Vein Thrombosis

Urine collector

Filter for increasing period between oil changes
Flowvalve
Rayvalve
Scanning Laser
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OTHER PROJECTS
Bioturbines

Arising from a five year programme, at an approximate cost of £500,000, the inventors have developed and constructed a fully functional 40kWe demonstration rig, (with a very large amount of detailed experimental data and operational manuals), which with the exception of some further development of the combustor, is a market ready system capable of being readily scaled up to 250kWe. Still larger scale generation is also feasible using the same basic system, subject to further development being carried out. The demonstration rig utilises an ex Vulcan Bomber auxiliary power unit (APU), which has run on up to 50:50 wood fibre/aviation fuel mixture, the ratio only being limited by the size of the combustor. The combustor is of simple construction with no moving parts, hence only simple maintenance is required.

It is envisaged that the market ready Bioturbine will be a self contained unit, requiring little maintenance, fired by a pressurised 90% wood (Biomass) fuelled cyclone combustor. which can be sited close to a source of wood (or other Biomass) and used as a cost effective alternative to fossil fuelled power generation.

  • Generates cost effective electricity and heat whilst reducing global warming compared with fossil fuels.
  • Suitable both for developed countries committed to sustainable energy with low emissions, and for those regions of the world without fossil fuels resources.
  • · Sufficiently portable to be sited in remote areas where fossil fuels are unavailable.
  • · Likely to be attractive to companies already in the power generation or related industry, wishing to increase business in, or diversify into, the biomass CHP market
  • Major advantages over diesel generators, - compact dimensions, weight, transportability, lower vibration & noise, C02 neutral, lower maintenance costs and multi fuel capabilit

Milemiser

CMR has been retained to offer for license a unique device (Milemiser) which, when installed in a car or other vehicle, records and provides printed records of business and private mileage. 

 

  • In the UK alone there are almost 7 million cars with a requirement to report on business and private mileage,  Significant additional opportunities exist in Europe and the US.
  • The unit is low cost, simple to install, easy to operate and provides a printed mileage and cost record.  There is no comparable device on the market.  
  • It is completely self contained and does not require transfer of data  to a PC by, eg SMART card, disc or other device.  
  • Technical development is complete,   - although miniaturisation and redesign of the prototype case is suggested to improve aesthetic appeal. 
  • A patent was filed Oct 2002, with potential for world wide coverage under the PCT system.  

Milemiser comprises a small plastic casing containing readily available electronic components, including a simple printer.  The design is technically proven over some months in an installed prototype, but it is felt that further development work by the licensee to miniaturise the unit is needed to increase its aesthetic appeal, - and hence market penetration.   If required, the unit can be programmed to record speed (at a given time), with obvious implications to the insurance industry

It is easily installed in a vehicle via the 12V supply and speedometer  pulse feed.   For vehicles with mechanical odometers a simple conversion kit is available.

Manufactured cost has been independently quoted at  less than £25 and a consumer price of about £175 is envisaged.

When the ignition is switched on the driver is prompted to select business or private mileage.  From then on recording is automatic until the driver indicates that the journey is over.  Anti tamper pins prevent fraud.

The Milemiser target market is cars and other vehicles where there is a requirement to record and report on business and private mileage for, eg, cost management, verification of expenses, tax reporting and, increasingly, compliance with Health and Safety requirements and the European Working Time Directive.

With appropriate marketing, potential rewards are large.  For example, in the UK alone a 5% market penetration of the dual business/private car market, could generate an ex works turnover of  £17m      Light vans represent an additional attractive user group, and the US market is particularly attractive. 

Should the licensee require, the inventor (who is a successful businessman in his own right)  has extensive knowledge of Far East manufacturing and can offer modern warehousing facilities from which distribution could be arranged.

Wind Turbines

This unique technology for 2 - 50 KW units opens up wind powered turbines the global industrial & commercial energy market in moderate and varying wind resource areas.    Effectively it enables wind energy to be extracted from unfavourable wind regimes. A two metre diameter aluminium prototype is currently under construction and patent protection is in place.  The work required to scale up to marketable products from the prototype is not considered time or capital intensive, and the major resource requirement is likely to be global marketing.  

  • Enables customers to displace part of their utility energy purchases (electricity / gas)
  • Provides up to 70% increase in power generating capability for a 30% increase in installed cost.
  • Low marketing / technical risk

 CATT (Combined Augmentation Turbine Technology ) comprises a conventional horizontal axis turbine rotating within a short aerodynamic duct. The key technology is a new method of controlling airflow through the duct that guarantees the performance of the duct in any wind regime. In addition this allows a more powerful aerodynamic duct to be used, whose profile is based on established high lift aircraft wing technology. This results in a modern version of a ducted turbine uniquely suitable for use near buildings, where wind speed is variable and generally in the range 3 to 7 m/s.

 The Rutherford Appleton Laboratory has given its endorsement to the CATT turbine.

  • The CATT duct configuration is multifunctional and adds value by offering – air flow processing, augmentation, propeller over speed control, propeller containment and improved visual appearance.
  • CATT is designed to ‘process’ the veering and slightly turbulent winds into a smoother air flow which generates up to 70% more torque and power generating capability than the propeller alone.
  • The speed of  the propeller is controlled by turning the duct horizontally, such that noise, wear and safety issues are minimized.    As the duct can accept wind from a wide angle, the power curve is better than that of a "bare" propeller.

 CATT technology presents a major opportunity for a wind turbine manufacturer to offer a range of turbines to industrial & commercial customers in built up areas. CATT enables the ‘on site’ generation market to be developed and opens up the multi billion $ energy market directly to a wind turbine supplier.   Installed cost of CATT is about 25% of that for an equivalent Solar PV unit.

Typical customers will be offices, public buildings, industrial units, government facilities and special sites like exhibition halls and airports, where the energy produced substitutes for utility supplied power for electricity, space heating, hot water, cooling fans etc. In some countries customers can obtain capital grants and tax breaks for renewable technologies.

Within these above parameters, key features include:

  • Low wind speed augmentation  - CATT operates in moderate wind regimes that cover up to 55% of the earth’s landmass.   (Wind farm technology restricted to 7%)
  • Noise reduction  - duct swings sideways to shield propeller from the wind, thus slowing it down and preventing noise.
  • Shorter tower  - the duct reduces the effects of wind surface roughness, which diminishes tower size and cost.   Assists with planning permission..
  • Flexible ‘on site’ positioning - less sensitive to wind velocity and quality than conventional wind turbines.   Makes marketing the turbine easier.
  • Low technical risk - based on proven, commonly available components and materials.

 CMR believe that the full commercial potential of this technology is best achieved by licensing the technology to a company with significant involvement and recognition in the wind turbine market, ideally in a position to develop this new market segment. The entry risk for CATT is small because existing propeller / alternator technology may be used, the scale of the assemblies is manageable and the customer’s sites are not remote. Additionally it is envisaged that the ‘on site’ generation market,  will be easier to penetrate than the ‘wind farm’ market, where there are many barriers outside the control of the wind turbine supplier.

Railgrip

This invention  offers the licensee the potential to generate significant revenue from a widely recognised , high profile problem.  It is likely to be of interest  to a major supplier of OEM and/or retrofit locomotive components

Developed by a tolling stock engineer with many years hands on experience in the railway industry, the key features of Railgrip include:

  • Fits to a standard locomotive,  either OEM or retrofit. 
  • Eliminates the need for special, slow speed  "leaf removal" trains. 
  • Operates at loco speeds of up to 120 mph.
  • Uses proven technology.
  • Low operating costs.  
  • Eliminates both leaf debris and ice.

Despite investment of  more than £50m on new technology, including purpose built vehicles with de-icers, sand cannon, glue sprays, laser blasting, detergents, high pressure hoses, train borne gritters and a satellite location system, published data shows that leaves falling onto 20,000 miles of railtrack  cause delays of more the 4000 hours per year.  Keeping banks clear from overgrowing vegetation costs £3m per year, and repair of damage to tracks is estimated at £15m per year.    In the current political climate, the market is without doubt ready for a cost effective solution to this high profile problem.

Railgrip recognises and addresses the problem of the need for special slow speed trains, the abrasive properties of sand based treatment, the cost of laser based treatment and the need for storage of water (or water based mixtures) for high pressure hoses.  It is simple to fit to a locomotive (either OEM or retrofit) ,  does not requires storage of , eg, water  or sand,  and works at passenger train line speeds.    By cleaning the track ahead of the train during normal operations safety is improved and delays minimised.

Initial estimates suggest the device could be fitted to a locomotive operating at line speeds of 120 mph for about £30,000.

A test rig to define operating parameters at simulated line speeds of up to 120 mph is under constructio.

CHP OXIDISER

The CHP Oxidiser technology enables power generating combustion engines to use industrial air pollution as a source of energy. It links Power Generation, Pollution Control and Contract Energy and will be of major interest to global utility suppliers..

  • Controls industrial air pollution to meet the needs of a legislation driven market.
  • Substantial reduction in energy costs
    • Reduction in energy ensures the lowest operating costs compared to all conventional competitive equipment in the market.
    • Energy savings can contribute to an energy supply contract, enabling a customer to outsource his pollution control with power generation.
  • Environmental benefits
    • Up to 25% less CO2 emissions than conventional on site power generation (CHP).
    • Allows access to low-carbon incentive schemes, e.g., the UK Climate Change Levy.
  • Suited for new or retrofit opportunities
  • Addresses a $2.3 billion OEM market that exceeds 3000 projects a year.
  • Can be retrofitted to existing pollution control equipment, of which there are in excess of 30,000 installations.

A key feature of this Licensing Opportunity is the technical and commercial experience of the two inventors in the pollution control/power generation market, which can be made available to the licensee.

EasiPush

EasiPush is a revolutionary new design of door lock with benefits for Rheumatoid Arthritis sufferers and the Elderly.

  • The user no longer has to turn a key - often a painful or impossible experience for Rheumatoid Arthritis sufferers, disabled people and the Elderly
  • Operation is by a simple insertion of the key and a push button – no twisting action required
  • External appearance identical to a traditional door lock.
  • Discreet Push Button only indication of speciality
  • Applicable for use in both new construction and retrofit application
  • Simple to fit and requires no new procedures compared to the installation of existing products are required and is suitable for the DIY retrofit market
  • No compromise on level of security
  • Cheaper, easier to install and simpler to operate than electrical/electronic locking devices

Key global markets are Rheumatoid Arthritis Sufferers (600,000 in the UK) and the elderly (8 million in the UK).

Newton Downflow Water Aerator

The Newton downflow water aeration technology has major economic advantages over  current systems which inject air/oxygen or spray droplets onto the liquid surface.

  • Capital cost approximately halved.
  • At least 50 % reduction in energy demand.
  • Lower maintenance costs
  • Able to operate in remote locations using sustainable energy sources such as solar panels or wind turbines.

Based on the natural water aeration process observed when water flows over a waterfall or weir, the Newton process  comprises four separate phases, each of which maximises the quantity of oxygen presented to the base of the pond/tank whilst minimising the energy input.

  • Lifting a volume of liquid to the top of the aerator (1-2 metres)
  • Entrainment of the air as discrete bubbles in a film of liquid as it plunges to a lower level.
  • Controlled mixing of the bubbles and liquid in a vertical column.
  • Transport of the oxygenated liquid to the base of the tank/pond.

The only moving part is a pump, costing about 50% of a conventionally  used compressor system.   Similarly, operating costs are much lower than a compressor based systems, since energy is only required to raise water 1- 2 metres from pond level.  The transfer efficiency ( 5 kg oxygen per kWh) is significantly greater than  typically specified  for activated sludge treatment plants. (2 kg oxygen per kWh)

It is envisaged that the licensee will be a major company familiar with the water & waste treatment markets, with the strategy to increase market share and profit margins, and that  markets for this highly cost effective technology will include:

  • Provision of oxygen to support microbes in effluent treatment plants and support fish and plant life in  fish farms
  • Counteracting oxygen depletion caused by run-offs to rivers systems from fertilised farmlands during floods
  • Combating algae and obnoxious odours in Docks, Canals and  Reservoirs
  • Restricting hydrated ferric oxide flow into river systems from mine
Personalised Exhaust Decoration

Protected by Registered Design, this device personalises the vehicle by mounting to the exhaust system  of cars, motorcycles and HGV's  a high quality decorative fitting containing, eg, letters, numbers and images.   It is much less expensive, and offer far greater design opportunities,  than  personalised number plates.

The designer, who is a successful business man in  his own right ,  introduced his product at the 1999 UK NEC Motor Show .   It aroused a tremendous amount of interest and generated  prepaid orders to the value of about £90,000, with a unit sales price of £128 of £700,  followed by a further 2000 enquiries, including 70 company directors expressing  corporate and personal interests.   A key selling point was the flexibility of design , particularly  regarding material of construction and motifs.  There was a lot of  interest from the 17 - 35 year old age range, the majority being female.  Sporting motifs such as baseball players and tennis rackets with an inscribed name were much in demand.  Importantly, interest was registered from several manufacturers who wished to take a license.

Due to other business interests,  the project has only recently been made available for license, ideally to a company with strong marketing resources and  the capability to manufacture small runs of "specialised" products., which we  plan to achieve by licensing. 

New Hull & Keel Design

Michael Wingeatt has developed a low wash hull design for displacement vessels in which the need to plane is eradicated, bow or stern waves are not produced, and there is no top speed threshold. In effect a medium to heavy cruising yacht can compete and surpass a stripped out racing craft.

The concept can be scaled up or down and therefore can be applied to a large number of commercial, service and civil roles. It provides for medium to fast eminently seaworthy craft with economic, low wash characteristics. The simplicity of design offers practicality and versatility in both manufacture and usage.  

The hollow keel increases cabin space, conventional materials of manufacture allow manufacturing costs to be minimised, and greater seaworthiness is achieved from the inherent strength of the integral keel. A major safety feature of Mike’s invention is that it is self righting, making it  ideal for family sailing as well as for the rapidly increasing number of sailors with disabilities.

A 1:10 scale model which was tested and proved in a fluid dynamics tank at University College (London) and a 8788mm long prototype with a displacement of 1184kg and a sail area of 22sq.m, has recorded a speed of 18.3 knots in the Solent.

At this years Boat Show the inventor  won the highly prestigious Amateur Yacht Research Society’s (AYRS) John Hogg Prize for his radical design.

 Given the potential speed, economy, range and build/maintenance advantages of the concept over current designs the market potential for this unique technology is large and global.   The concept can be adapted for all displacement and semi-displacement craft, all types of yachts, commercial service and civil boats. Typical applications include police launches, harbourmaster’s launches , club launches or small pleasure craft, customs vessel (replacement for the RNLI Mersey class) , , a customs vessel (replacement for the RNLI Severn class) or medium pleasure craft, Coast-guard vessels and small naval patrol vessels.

Computer Work Station

This device was developed by a consultant site engineer who was unable to source a sturdy, folding work station which he could use for operating his lap top on site for lengthy periods.  He required the equipment to  be easy to erect,  very sturdy,  yet light enough to carry easily and small enough when folded to take up very little room in what was normally an almost full car boot or rear seat.   Sturdy commercially available equipment did not satisfy these criteria. 

His work station, which was tested/developed for some months and is now in daily use by the inventor,  satisfies all these criteria, it's  particularly strong points are stability, and small folded size.  It is manufactured from steel section and wood, but materials of construction are not crucial and can be selected to seek manufacturer preference and market need.

 Although originally designed a high specification on site lap top work station, people who have seen the prototype clearly recognise a multitude of other applications in the leisure and professional markets.  It is envisaged that use could include, eg,  computer stations, drawing boards, reading tables, school work stations, drawing boards, writing desks, ironing board.

Automated Sandwich Production

Developed by Jayan Ragavan (a key figure in the global automated food processing industry), using robotic devices invented by himself, together with other commercially available components,  this process gives major financial and technical advantages over current practice

Key advantages include:

Totally automated assembly and packaging, resulting in low operating costs, short pay back period and minimal hygiene risks
Automated short production runs with frequent  component changes, using a short (3 to 5 metres) production line
Capital cost approx 50% of currently available automated sandwich lines.

Although the snack and confectionery industries are now highly automated in production terms,  this has not taken place to a significant extent in the sandwich manufacturing industry for a number of reasons.

Sandwiches have no rigidity and the normal automated "pick and place" or pouring processes used in other types of assembly are not practical.
Holding the sandwich together during assembly or cutting is difficult, as the application of more than very light pressure will spoil the appearance of the sandwich or squeeze out some of the filling.
Assembling cutting and packaging the sandwich with the filling securely inside it cannot easily be automated at present and even with a large degree of manual input, spillage of the contents and misalignment of the assembly remains a production problem at economic production line speed.
Different shapes and sizes of bread or other outer item make the design of automated handling machinery difficult.
Market demand dictates  a wide  and changing variety of fillings, although a short shelf life means that long sandwich runs "made for stock" are not a practical.
The Ragavan process addresses and resolves these concerns and, for technical and commercial reasons,  offers the sandwich manufacturer the potential to increase both margin and  market share.

Image enhancement technique for non medical applications.
Funded by a SMART award, this image edge definition and enhancement, technology has already raised very significant interest in the medical field. However, it is also likely to be of considerable interest to companies concerned with non medical applications such as DNA Pattern Analysis, finger print analysis, credit card fraud, x-ray hairline crack analysis and astronomy picture analysis.
High performance Welding Nozzles

The working temperature of current welding nozzles means that they are easily subject to damage in use and an individual nozzle rarely lasts as long as a week. Each time a nozzle has to be changed the welding machine has to be cooled and the consequent down-time can be up to 20 minutes. These problems are greater when welders are working in cramped areas or confined spaces.

This High Performance Nozzle Technology extends the life of welding nozzles by a factor of ten or more. Additionally, a simple daily cleaning routine to rapidly remove build up of debris further improves nozzle life.

  • Benefits the user by extending the life of welding nozzles by a factor of at least ten.
    • reduces down-time on changing nozzles
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    • excellent for working in cramped positions
  • Allows the manufacturer to greatly improve margins
  • Requires only simple addition to existing welding nozzle manufacturing processes
  • Patent protection (UK, Europe and USA), enables greater marketing control and protection of margins.

The inventor of this nozzle has been a welder all his working life, in wide range of engineering companies, on North Sea installations and as demonstrator in BOC’s welding training centre. He is aware of all the practical issues faced by welders on the shop floor. This invention has grown out of that experience and long discussions with welders about their needs. Over the past two years this technology has been successfully field tested in engineering companies in the West Midlands.

Diesel exhaust particulate filter

This low cost device removes harmful particulates from diesel engine exhausts : -

  • Simple and easy to fit to the end of a conventional exhaust system;
  • Low initial cost;
  • No moving parts and has, therefore, a long life;
  • Contains renewable filtration media within a metal or plastic container;
  • Applicable for use in both new and retrofit applications;
  • When fitted to HGV and PSV engines, will qualify for lower Vehicle Excise Duty.

The device, which can be manufactured from either metal or plastic, is fitted to the exhaust outlet pipe of the engine. The exhaust gases pass into the device and in doing so expand and cool. The cooled gases then pass through a natural fibre matted filter that removes almost all of the particulate matter contained within the exhaust gases. The filtered gases then pass out into the atmosphere in the normal way.

The device has no moving parts and can be fitted to new engines or as a retrofit to existing engines. The device thus has a long life, and the natural fibre matted filter (which is washable and renewable), can be disposed of without causing environmental problems.

Aircraft seat design to minimise Deep Vein Thrombosis

Invented by a team of highly qualified physicists and medical doctors, this technology reduces the highly topical risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis in aircraft passengers by modifying the combined contours of the seat and footrest such that the bends between the torso & thighs and thighs & legs of a passenger’s body are straightened and blood flow is not impeded. Vibrating mats may be incorporated into the seat and/or footrest to further aid blood circulation.

Importantly, the device can either be included in original equipment or retrofitted, thus greatly reducing the cost of its early introduction into aircraft.

The technology, which has been proved on the basis of simple laboratory models, is the subject of a searched patent application, which will be used as the basis of world wide protection via the PCT system. Preparation of one or more prototypes will not be a major task for a company already concerned with aircraft seats, and the inventors are prepared to further advise on technical and medical matters during development of a marketable product.

Urine collector

CMR has been retained to offer for license this cost effective urine handling system which offers unique advantages over current systems.

  • Unisex urine collecting device
  • One size fits all.
  • One handed operation - it fits easily into, and is used in, one hand.
  • Jet can enter at any angle and the user does not get wet
  • Can be used by men and women in most body positions
  • Urine pumped away faster than it can collect, so does not depend on gravity
  • Does not have to be emptied between uses – passes via a small bore pipe out to tank or direct to waste
  • User can urinate in private and unassisted
  • Waste products discretely enclosed and hidden from view
  • No spills or smells
  • Attractive, ergonomically refined shape.

The product has been developed in conjunction with suppliers and manufacturers of injection moulded medical equipment in the UK, USA, Canada and Europe, continence advisers and doctors, and has been user tested (male and female).

We believe this device to be unique in that it is a unisex device, enabling both men and women to urinate from most body positions, without the assistance of a carer, this being a great advantage for both the user and the carer.

Filter for increasing period between oil changes
A full flow filter removes metal particles, carbon and water from vehicle oils and other lubricants, such that the period between changes is dramatically extended. Prototypes and long term vehicle trials clearly demonstrate the effectiveness of the technology. Of particular interest is the concept of a totally plastic housing, which can be disposable or refillable. Potential licensees include vehicle accessory manufacturers/suppliers and plastic injection moulding companies having links with the automotive industry.
Flowvalve

Flowvalve is a small unit which, when plumbed into an existing or new hot water system, will produce instant hot water at the point of draw off by maintaining water at source temperature throughout the delivery pipe-work.

revolutionary new design of hot water system for domestic, commercial and industrial application. As soon as the tap is turned on, the system delivers an immediate flow of hot water at the point of draw off, thus offering considerable saving in water and heating costs.

The system offers: -

  • simple and easy installation by a competent plumber or DIY exponent;
  • low cost with a very short pay-back period;
  • fitting at the time of construction of the building or retrofitted to most existing systems;
  • immediate and substantial savings in water consumption through reduction in water wasted;
  • immediate and significant reduction in heating energy costs through reduced escape of heat from circulation/delivery pipes prior to draw off.

The product, which is already fitted in a number of domestic, commercial and industrial premises, uses the concept of a pipe loop (i.e. an outward and return flow of water) but applies this concept in a single pipe. A conventional water circulation pump is located near to the heat source to propel the hot water from the source to the point of use. A ‘Flowmizer’ unit is located near to the source to route the hot water through a micro-bore tube that is fitted inside the pre-existing pipe-work. The micro-bore tube has an open end near to the draw off point. When the tap is opened, hot water flows from the micro-bore tube immediately giving instant hot water. When the tap is closed, the hot water circulates outward via the micro-bore tube returning to the source through the main part of the pipe.

The system can be fitted to all sizes of hot water systems and central heating systems, such that all radiators to exude heat at or very near source temperature rather than the present situation that applies where the radiators furthest from the heat source are much cooler than the ones nearest to the source.

Interestingly, it can also be utilised in cooling systems to keep the temperature at or near the cooling source temperature.

Rayvalve

The Rayvalve allows a radiator to be emptied of water very quickly and easily, thus enabling it to be removed rapidly to facilitate decoration of the room. The design of the valve also enables much easier ‘bleeding ‘ of the radiator.

The valve is: -

  • simple and easy to fit by a competent plumber or DIY exponent;
  • low cost;
  • capable of being retrofitted to all existing central heating radiators;
  • easy to operate making the removal of radiators very simple and straightforward.

Orthodox valves contain a square headed screw that is operated by a key to allow air to escape from the radiator. The Rayvalve is fitted with a ‘Schroder’ type valve, as used in car tyres, rather than a square headed screw, which allows very easy bleeding of the radiator by depressing the plunger and quick emptying of the radiator.

To empty the radiator of water to facilitate easy removal for room decoration, a normal bicycle pump is connected to the valve and air is pumped into the radiator thus expelling the water. When all the water has been expelled, the valves at the bottom of the radiator are closed and disconnected and the empty (and consequently light) radiator can be easily removed.

Scanning Laser
A recent project in which multi purpose indoor sports arenas are marked with coatings which become selectively visible when exposed to a scanning laser.
XML browser

The XML DATA ENTRY BROWSER enables quick and easy deployment of systems across a local area network, thus preventing different users on the network from using different versions of programs - a very thorny issue for companies with enterprise systems.

  • Software fully designed and developed
  • Provides a user friendly data entry screen which can be easily customised to the customer’s needs
  • Meets a key need in large corporate and the financial services sector
  • Successfully piloted within a Trading Solution for stockbrokers and banks
  • Works with any server platform
  • Will provide an easy and quick deployment integration tool for disparate enterprise systems for use by systems integrators, developers or in-house IT departments
  • Can be easily modified to facilitate web browser applications

The software reads XML documents (files or streams from an application server) to define the interface and also to populate any drop down lists etc. When the user saves their data, it is sent to XML files or to the application server for update to the back end database as an XML fragment.


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