Perceptive Engineering/ University of Manchester

PERCEPTIVE ENGINEERING was formed in 2002 by an amalgamation of the technology
developed at the Control Technology Centre at the University of Manchester, with
engineering and management skills recruited from industry.
Perc eptive Engineering is one of

PERCEPTIVE ENGINEERING was formed in 2002 by an amalgamation of the technology developed at the Control Technology Centre at the University of Manchester, with engineering and management skills recruited from industry. Perc eptive Engineering is one of a select number of companies which exploit modelbased engineering techniques to achieve improvements in the performance of industrial  manufacturing. The application of model based controllers in conjunction with statistica process monitoring in a real-time environment is an innovative use of two existing technologies, assisting industrial manufacturers to achieve improved performance through the following:

Fault detection and diagnosis of abnormal conditions; identification of optimum operating points to reduce the amount of waste and low-grade product; recreation of optimum operation leading to increased production and efficiency; quality control. Its core products are software systems capable of monitoring the complex multiple variables (temperature, pressure, flow rates etc) which characterise an industrial process and of analysing that data and predicting future trends or events. The software initially analyses historic data to provide a model of the optimum process and then uses sophisticated and complex mathematical algorithms to predict deviations from the norm. These deviations are flagged using simplified graphical interfaces allowing the operator to take preventative actions to maintain optimum operating conditions or to prevent process breakdown.

Over the past three years the company has continued to develop leading edge industry-ready products, recently forming collaborative alliances with a major pharmaceutical company and world-leading instrument manufacturer. Since inception the software has been extended to provide non-linear model predictive control, batch monitoring and chemometric capabilities to address broader applications. The company has received venture capital and internal investment to extend its coretechnologies, and has established relationships with a number of multinationals.

For more information go to www.perceptive-engineering.co.uk