St Andrews Instrumentation invests in new premises

St Andrews Instrumentation – a wholly owned subsidiary of the University of St Andrews – is one of the UK’s leading designers and manufacturers of innovative acoustic technologies. The company has taken a lease on two units at the Mill Court Industrial Estate in Tayport, Dundee, which will almost triple the size of its premises. The two building will be utilised as a new headquarters and test centre for St Andrews Instrumentation as it advances its global production ambitions.

The move comes after three years of research and development and around £1 million of investment by the University and the SOI Group.

SA Instrumentation is a pioneer in real-time autonomous acoustic detection and it has designed and manufactured a portfolio of products, with a growing range of applications, from marine mammal detection to advanced human diagnostics equipment.

Recent project work, such as that with Liquid Robotics, has helped St Andrews Instrumentation underpin the company’s decision to open the new office. The new premises will accommodate the company’s five research, development engineers and administrative staff. There will be a new workshop area comprising design, test and despatch areas, as well as office space.

Creating products for the oil and gas industry

The company’s products include the Decimus® which is used in support of environmental assessments, mitigation measures and scientific research. Applications of this product include marine renewables, oil and gas, decommissioning, marine civil engineering and infrastructure projects by the government, security and defence contractors, and the scientific community.

Earlier this year, the company launched its data acquisition (DAQ) card, a new solution for acoustic processing, including, marine mammal research and noise monitoring. The product allows for the detection of acoustic data over a wide frequency band width that allow user control over the gain and filtering on all its analogue inputs combined with small size and power requirement.

Comment from SA Instrumentation

SA Instrumentation’s CEO, Derek Watson, said that the Decimus range, including the DAQ, has broken the boundaries of modern technology. He commented:“The new four-channel DAQ card, in particular, is a ground-breaking acoustic device, which can be used to pick up the smallest of sounds in the seas and on the land. Decimus has been developed following requests from companies in the marine, oil and gas, construction and security markets looking for a device which will give them cost-effective, long term monitoring and detection capabilities.”

“Having all of our personnel and facilities located together on one site is of huge benefit; the move supports the continuation of SA Instrumentation’s growth and significant research and development activities. This is crucial to our success as we develop and improve existing and new technologies and services to lead the way in this area,” he added.

Edited from source by Elizabeth Corner

Published on 01/07/2015

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