Leading UK technical innovator – James Dyson has announced a massive expansion of his research and development plans. Figures of over one billion pounds have been quoted in the press. His team of engineers, only nine hundred a few years ago is going to increase to some three thousand five hundred over the next few years. He is passionate about British technology.
At Titan we share this passion. The only way for a company to expand, or for that matter remain competitive in the global market is to ensure that its products and technologies are ahead of the competition. Unlike Dyson we do not have a an English Electric Lightening jet hanging from the ceiling in our canteen. Infact we do not have a canteen but if we did I would gladly hang some British technology from the ceiling. Perhaps a Harrier jump jet or Whittle jet of some sort. In the foyer at Titan’s UK headquarters would be the double acting triple expansion steam engine from the SS Glen Strathallan which I worked on as a student that is now placed in between the iconic first steam powered machines in the science museum the likes of which changed the industrialised world. Technology is fundamental to the well-being of a company and a country.
Over the past few years – Titan has spent some 15% of our turnover on R&D. The national average is around 4%. This level of investment puts us ahead of 3M, Samsung and GE but behind Google, Tesla Motors and Facebook. Our level of spending is in good company. We have developed new ultrasonic algorithms unseen in the technical press, devised new methods of extending the operational time of battery power LCD instrumentation and produced our own ultrasonic algorithm operating and recording system. We are in the process of developing wide ranging (3000:1 operating range), low flow (3ml/min) and high pressure (1350 Bar) ultrasonic meters for demanding applications. We believe these new algorithms will permit us to produce accurate small bore clamp-on ultrasonic meters for medical and ultra-pure applications that will be accurate to better than ±2% between tube changes.