Our team of UK and Italian engineers have expertise in a range of disciplines and can apply their knowledge and experience along with a “team” approach to solving tricky problems where an engineering solution is needed.
Typically we work in collaboration with R&D centres of large corporate companies (commonly in a process industry), universities, and technology start-ups. We have also been involved as a partner in government funded R&D projects (eg Innovate grants).
We are able to use custom engineering modelling, intelligent design, and deep understanding of fundamental engineering principles to turn initial small-scale ideas into pilot scale equipment, or into a full workable solution.
Our approach can start from just an initial idea of a process, which we will work up to a pilot scale, or from an idea which has worked on a “lab scale” but now needs to be scaled up further. We can deliver fully working plant on an industrial scale, if that is what is needed.
Our approach is bespoke to each piece of work we do, and we are not afraid of tackling the unknown and things that haven’t been tried before!
Fundamentally, our aim is to help companies find engineering solutions to their tricky problems.
If it sounds like we could help you to take your concept to reality, and realise your innovative ideas, please get in touch – we’d love to chat about your ideas.
If no one else can build it – we probably can!
Over the years, ICMEA has gained a wide range of experience, and been involved in a range of situations. Here are some of the projects, and pieces of work we’ve undertaken, and been involved in:
We specialise in working with others to scale up innovations. We can start with an idea and produce a workable pilot scale rig; or can take a process from a small scale (Lab / Bench-top) to a Pilot Scale operation, or demonstrator.
Teamwork is critical to what we do – both internally within ICMEA, but also with our Customers and Partners. We will work closely with you to understand what you want to achieve and to ensure that your needs are met. We can take on specific pieces of work, or are happy to consider being part of collaborative projects, eg through Innovate UK.
We are able to provide a range of services depending on our customers' needs. Here are some of the types of thing we can do, but if what you need is not listed, please get in touch, as we're happy to chat about whether we can help you.
We can help universities and other researchers take their research to the next level through scale-up, pilot plants and demonstrators.
Using your detailed knowledge of the physics/ chemistry/ biology of your research, along with our engineering expertise, we can help take your research out of the lab to the next stage and beyond. From small, automated bench top systems to large demonstrators – we provide the engineering skills to allow you to develop your process or system further
We also build test rigs and systems, including specialist climate control chambers and mechanical test systems.
From your initial innovative ideas for a process, you’ve taken steps such as setting up your own company and raising finance, but obviously need to now prove to investors that it can work – we can help!
We can help build an automated system, or scale up your innovation to a pilot plant or demonstrator.
We can help improve process efficiency, and look at alternative methods to achieve results
We can also support you with plans for scaling up even further – for example, estimating costs of further scale-up as part of your business planning.
For smaller pilot units we have the resources to host and run systems, providing a flexible source of labour to take your idea forwards