UK company Tribosonics develops sensing technology to create data, enabling digitization. Its tech stack — which includes embedded ultrasonic measurement technologies generating smart data — has been transforming the transport, power generation, and manufacturing sectors.
During Covid-19, the production of plastic packaging and medical plastics has been booming because of the intense pressure on supply chains. Sadly, sustainability has slipped to the bottom of the list of priorities. In June, Tribosonics won a £50,000 grant from Innovate UK as part of a program to drive forward new technological advances in response to the current pandemic. The project will develop a more productive and responsible polymer processing industry that will be sustainable both in times of crisis and post-crisis.
Tom Chaldecott is the company’s engineering manager.
“We are experiencing a once-in-a-lifetime inflection point in the industry,” Chaldecott tells Business Insider. “The change that has been thrust upon us is hard to swallow and we are seeing areas struggle and sectors slow down. Despite this, we have been provided with an opportunity to engage with long-standing and underlying issues throughout industry: process efficiencies and understanding, resistance to technology implementation, and greenhouse emissions.”
Chaldecott adds: “Over the next year, I want to see industry become more data-driven through the use of sensing and connectivity technologies, as well as increased collaboration and agility through technologies enabling remote access and information sharing capabilities.”