Harlow based mechatronics firm, PTB, has been awarded the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry’s SMART Innovation Award.

PTB is an OEM supplier of portable and socket-type RCDs (residual current devices) which protect against electrocution, but it is finding its market under increasing pressure from cheap Far Eastern imports.

To meet this challenge PTB has been developing new solid state replacements for the conventional wound toroids and solenoids universally used in existing products. PBT is now poised to translate these innovations from the laboratory bench to products in the market. The grant associated with the SMART Award will contribute to PBTs development of an ASIC (application specific integrated circuit) to provide intelligent control for their new generation devices.