Working with industry

Plymouth EMC has worked with industry for the last 30 years. With a commercial user group spanning a range of sectors from aerospace to manufacturing, engineering to textiles, microelectronics, biomedical and other sectors, we provide expert, local access to imaging and analysis instrumentation; supporting a diverse range of activities including:

  • analysis of defects and or failure in components
  • analysis of the properties of materials
  • confirmation of a product’s quality/ consistency
  • bio-imaging
  • mineralogical analysis.

Have a look at the University's Enterprise Solutions pages for details of some of the companies that we have worked with in just the last two years.

PEMC has strong links with other departments within Plymouth University, so can offer a full analytical service in addition to electron microscopy data capture, including composites, metallurgy, engineering and food science.

Our industry customers have benefited from using electron microscopy in terms of:

  • improved products and processes
  • improved quality control
  • reduction of waste (and therefore cost)
  • new product development
  • promotional images for web and printed materials.

PEMC is continuously updating facilities, equipment and instrumentation to enhance capability and create new opportunities for collaboration – see our facilities page for details of the current range or for an initial discussion about what we could do for your company, please contact Claire on +44 1752 588908 or emc@plymouth.ac.uk or enterprisesolutions@plymouth.ac.uk / 0800 052 5600.

How European Funding supported SMEs in the South West, using Electron Microscopy

Thanks to funding ERDF (European Regional Development Fund), between 2010 and 2015, we were able to give 121 companies 12 hours of free support in PEMC. Companies varied from Peter Day Precision Engineering Ltd (to verify the precision thickness of their platings for their customers) to Langage Farm LLP (examining the micro-structure of their quarg, leading to new product development), to BB Photonics Ltd (precision measurement to support new product development) - our customers came from Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire. 

A number of these companies have now come back to work with PEMC regularly, demonstrating the real value of our service to businesses of any size. In fact, Langage Farm LLP and New Generation BioGas Ltd have both embarked on Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) with Plymouth University, as a result of their initial work with PEMC.

For examples of companies we worked with, and the benefits they enjoyed, please visit the University's Enterprise Solutions case studies page.

Plymouth Electron Microscopy Centre