Parker Kittiwake, a Business Unit of the Parker Hannifin Corporation, and Pyreos, the Edinburgh-based infra-red sensor developer that is the only supplier of thin film pyroelectric sensors worldwide, revealed today a development programme that combines Parker Kittiwake’s unparalleled oil market knowledge and oil analysis expertise with Pyreos’ unique infra-red sensors and algorithm skills.
The two companies have signed a strategic purchasing agreement, with Pyreos providing bespoke sensors and optics support for trials and Parker Kittiwake continuing to work on product development.
Pyreos’ core technology was developed initially by Siemens and spun out into an independent company in 2007. Since then, Pyreos has reinforced the intellectual property portfolio, which now comprises 148 patents.
Pyreos’ core pyroelectric sensing technology is used in several different sensors, which can be applied to a range of oil products. The core technology is small, robust, and works in the “fingerprint” infra-red region, which allows very precise identification of oils, additives, and impurities.
Pyreos’ line arrays are unique in combining an array of thin film pyroelectric sensors with a wavelength dispersive element in the same package, resulting in a compact spectral analysis device and a lower system cost. They are also easy to customise for customer products because of Pyreos’ thin film microelectromechanical system (MEMS) production technology.
Pyreos has also developed patented end-user products for the oil markets, which apply the company’s expertise in sensing, software and hardware to everyday oil testing requirements. Parker Kittiwake is now working with this portfolio of sensors and end-user products to select the most appropriate for its markets.
Gavin Friend, Business Unit Manager, said, “We have been delighted with Pyreos’ focussed approach to support and its application of technical expertise allowing us to develop solutions to our industry’s problems. We look forward to an extensive partnership.”
Andrew Wallace, CEO of Pyreos, said, “The Parker team has strong expertise in oil analysis and the products which support oil users. We have been delighted to work with them on this first Parker application of our sensors and we are looking forward to a long and extensive supply relationship.”
About Pyreos. Pyreos was spun out from Siemens in 2007. The Scottish company’s technology is based on the equivalent of 75 man-years and some €10m (£8.5m) of investment and research at Siemens in ceramic thin-film technology. The company has filed over 148 patents to protect the intellectual property it has created so far.
Its major shareholders include Robert Bosch Venture Capital, Scottish Investment Bank (the investment arm of Scottish Enterprise), Seraphim Partners, Siemens Technology Accelerator and London Business Angels. All shareholders contributed to a fundraising round in 2016 that was extended to £1.8m.
The firm is based at the Scottish Microelectronics Centre in Edinburgh.