Photonics expertise for West Midlands SMEs


The Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies (AIPT), is currently running a programme funded by the European Regional Development fund to promote and support photonic technology in the West Midlands region by offering free consultancy to SMEs. This is an opportunity to find out about how light based technologies – such as lasers, fibre optics and spectroscopy - could be useful to your company in ways you might not have expected. The AIPT team are happy to visit you on site and discuss if photonic technology can help address issues and strengthen business areas. With mutual agreement, AIPT are able to offer resources for initial investigations at no cost to you. 

To arrange a meeting, please contact Dr David Benton on d.benton@aston.ac.uk or Dr Kaiming Zhou on k.zhou@aston.ac.uk.

Fibre optics and laser sensing Technology: Phase II

Markets that can benefit from photonic technology:  

  • Information and communication

  • Entertainment

  • Mobility and transport

  • Illumination and energy

  • Pollution and conservation

  • Food

  • Life sciences & health care

  • Water

  • Safety & Security

  • Manufacturing

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Aston University Sensing technology can
  • Monitor strain & temperature throughout composite structures
  • Monitor vibrations
  • Measure high-resolution temperature or strain profiles of key parts
  • Monitor flow, level detection or proximity alarms
  • Monitor vibrations

Businesses assisted include:

Malvern Optical
Geotechnical Instruments
Creating Dimensions
Eastern Direct Business
Raison Foster Associates
LED (UK) ltd
Helping & Co
Cox Turner Morse
BTI test and inspection

Arden Photonics, Cable Detection, AAC Eurovent
Applied Functional Materials,  Actatek (UK)
Fisher Leak System, BBN
LivingStone Technology Management,  Branscan
Malvern Modulators, Chamois Metrology,ICE (UK)
Sencon,BK Consultants,Malvern Optical
Grontmij, Micro Metrology 2000,Gas Data
Hawker Electronics,  Astasense
David Symond Association and more. 
  • Measure wear on test components
  • Check critical design parameters during design phase & understand how full-size structures operate
  • Monitor temperatures up to at least 600°c
  • Allow very high precision monitoring of pressure through Interferometric sensors


Sergei Turistyn, Lin Zhang

Kaiming Zhou,  Neil Gordon, Chengbo Mou, Stanislav Kolpakov, David Benton


For more information, contact: Kaiming Zhou at k.zhou@aston.ac.uk


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