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Project Sonnet

Project Details

Start Date
01 Feb 2020
End Date
03 Jul 2023
Project No.
25R19P02993
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About Project Sonnet

Providing accelerated access to market for Internet of Things devices 

CPI are delivering this project on behalf of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) who are providing funding for Small Medium Enterprises (SME’s) to develop innovative applications for smart devices, digital technology and the wider digital economy. It will also provide signposting to collaborative partners, access to investment and understanding of legislation and intellectual property requirements needed to take an idea to a viable proposition. 

CPI has unique facilities in Sedgefield and Newton Aycliffe specifically built to provide expertise and equipment enabling companies to design and develop initial prototypes and ultimately take these through to pilot scale production. This offers companies with novel ideas of low cost, high volume interconnected devices the opportunity to rapidly test these ideas, decreasing the time to market and de-risking the route to commercialisation. 

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CPI’s Flexible, Printed and Hybrid Electronics

The Internet of Things (IoT) is usually defined as a system of interconnected objects such as; autonomous sensors, computing devices, mechanical and digital machines with the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction.

Flexible hybrid electronics creates new opportunities in design freedom and new form factors for highly functional electronic systems, ideally suited for applications in the Internet of Things. Our experienced engineers, scientists and strategists can support you from early concepts through to the commercialisation of your innovative products and applications.

Smart Connected Technology Innovation Programme SONNET is being hosted by CPI to develop applications for smart devices, digital technology and the wider digital economy. It will also provide signposting to collaborative partners, access to investment understanding of legislation and intellectual property requirements needed to take an idea to a viable proposition.

SONNETwill offer funding to support SMEs giving them access CPI’s expertise and facilities to translate smart IoT concepts to viable commercial products. CPI will tailor SME support to give design, development, upscaling, and potential market seeding of these novel products. These will include processes to develop Internet of Things hardware, Smart Packaging solutions and connected Medical Devices which rely on the acquisition, analysis and application of data

Equipment available:

CPI has a range of printing techniques; screen, inkjet, flexographic at development and industrial scale. Cleanroom facilities; sheet-to-sheet and roll-to-roll integration of hybrid electronics; and design, testing and assessment of electronic and photonic technologies. CPI has wide chemical and formulation experience in materials required for the development in these new technologies. Overall this provides any company with a strong base for developing disruptive technologies

Eligibility:

Small/​Medium Enterprises (SMEs) with a presence in the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (NELEP) region can apply for support which will include business support for innovative technologies, technical and engineering support to test feasibility with the final aim to build demonstration models to show ideas in real environments.

The support offered will help innovative companies better understand the challenge of scaling up manufacturing; and provide sufficient quantity of product to enable market testing and assess business concepts resulting from the new digital economy.

Photo of Printed Electronics Facility at Newton Aycliffe