Software simulates bulk solid movements

Scottish company launches software product that enables companies to better understand the movement of bulk materials and particles.

New start-up software specialist Particle Analytics, a University of Edinburgh spin-out company, has attracted business leaders, investors, academics and clients to the official launch of its simulation technology.

Particle Analytics, which has already won awards for innovation, has developed intelligent software that allows organisations across a range of industries to simulate the movement of bulk solids and particles in a more advanced, efficient and cost effective way.

The technology enhances the efficiency of conventional Discrete Element Modelling (DEM) software reducing the time needed for simulations from days to hours. It provides a more advanced and in-depth level of insight into the data produced, improving decision making and reducing design risk. Businesses are able to get products to market faster at a much reduced cost.

Having received nearly £300,000 in investment from Mercia Fund Management and a further £150,000 from Old College Capital, the University of Edinburgh’s in-house venture capital fund in 2015, Particle Analytics’ innovative technology has already generated considerable interest from companies involved in a wide range of industrial applications spanning mixing, storage, transport, milling, excavation and soil movement across sectors as diverse as pharmaceuticals, mining, oil and gas, agriculture, manufacturing and construction. Its portfolio of clients already includes Procter & Gamble, Johnson Matthey, Astec and a number of research organisations.

The launch event will be used as a platform through which the technology and its implications for business will be showcased. Guests will hear about the benefits being derived by existing customers and how Particle Analytics software stands to revolutionise the field of DEM simulation and visualisation.

Dr Carlos Labra, CEO and co-founder of Particle Analytics commented: “This is a hugely exciting time for the company and we are looking forward to welcoming our clients, potential collaborators and industry specialists from around the world to our commercial launch. We’re also thrilled a number of science and technology specialists will be attending, along with investors and academics from the University of Edinburgh.

“Our software is already delivering significant benefits for the businesses we’re working with, helping them gain greater insights into their simulation activity. Feedback has been resoundingly positive and we look forward to the opportunity to explain the innovation and technology behind our software at the launch.”

Tom Ogilvie, Enterprise Manager at Edinburgh Research & Innovation (ERI), said: “The launch of Particle Analytics is another prime example of how the University of Edinburgh is dedicated to successfully translating its research into practical application by industry through Edinburgh Research & Innovation, the University’s commercialisation arm.

“We are delighted to have supported the commercialisation of this industrially important university technology into a Scottish-based spin-out company that will undoubtedly have a bright future.”

In 2016, Particle Analytics won both Spin-Out Out of the Year at ERI’s annual Inspire Launch Grow 2016 Awards and a Scottish EDGE award which recognises entrepreneurial talent.

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