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Arrow Success Stories: Armatrex & Product Development

Read how Arrow facilitated Armatrex with the skills and knowledge required to realise their commercial goals, and take their idea from paper to finished product.

Driving innovation

Armatrex Ltd’s concept was developed by preserving wreckage and artefacts in transit from the RMS Titanic and applying this solution to the medical sector. From the haunting depths of the North Atlantic ocean, to driving innovation in the North East of England; read how this ingenious SME realised their commercial goals with Newcastle University and Arrow.

Arrow Success Stories look at the innovation journey of the SMEs that have benefited directly from the Arrow programme. From transforming business decisions to new product development, our team has worked closely with local business owners to help them drive their businesses forward through innovation.

Read our new product development case study below.

Armatrex: expanding foam splints

Armatrex Ltd is a company that utilises expanding foam polymers for the use of emergency response casts, supports, and splints.

Not only are the commercial uses of expanding foam technology widespread, but they’re also:

  • low-cost
  • lightweight
  • easily operated by a non-technical person

Armatrex’s device, once activated, provides a bespoke-fitting support to both the casualty and their unique injury. The SME has developed an incredible product. One that could revolutionise the way emergency response teams currently work.

The challenge Armatrex faced was improving their foam system so it could be deployed at the point-of-care when required, but remain robust in transit. The SME found it critical to use Newcastle University’s technical expertise to develop their device. Particularly as their own team lacked anyone with experience in material science.

Arrow’s intervention: Stages of the new product development process

Following an initial scoping exercise, Armatrex and the Arrow Team explored the opportunities at hand. They were then able to establish how the University could best work with such a niche product.

What followed was a series of phases, comprising of:

  • Planning required resources and support facilities
  • Budgeting required consumables and technical services
  • Prototype development and testing
  • Reporting milestones and final report summary

Armatrex were able to apply the knowledge and talent of Newcastle University academics to take their vision and turn it into a reality.

Armatrex and Arrow

If you need product development help to enable your business to reach its full potential, get in touch with Arrow using the link to the form below to discuss ways in which we could work together.