Coventry and Warwickshire Innovation Programme

Innovation Programme - Feraru Dynamics Ltd case study

Glove with Midlands Engine and ERDF logos

Feraru Dynamics designs, engineers and collaborates to manufacture reliable, non-intrusive wearable monitoring devices, ensuring a proactive & fully informed health & safety management approach. The Company’s mission is to create and maintain a safe working environment for all tool operators while adding value towards the efficiency of the workforce & the quality of the work done.

Company has been awarded an Innovation grant of £11,992 from C&W Innovation programme which is part funded by European Development Regional Fund (ERDF) to develop a novel wearable device that is able to measure the exposure to vibration while taking into account all relevant parameters, not only acceleration. The ERDF grant allowed an accelerated pace in the product development and also provided some very useful industry connections to key manufacturing partners.

The main output achieved was the successful launch of a proactive, wearable vibrational dosage meter. The device is in a form of a glove with sensors to measure vibration from heavy duty power tools. Vibration exposure causes permanent hand injuries, Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS). The HAV-Sentry digital-glove prevents industry workers regularly using vibrating tools from over exposure to vibration & create a safe work environment through compliance with ISO 5349 & ISO 8041.

The novel glove takes measurements of grip force, hand orientation & acceleration at
the point of contact between the human hand & tool handle. the glove guides the user towards safe operation with a pro-active alert system placed on the back of the hand.

The company has not only created and launched new product but also new process of Automated Exposure Assessment Algorithm and a new service - Online Health & Safety Management of Hand Arm Vibration exposure and workforce productivity. They have also filed product patents for Europe, U.S.A & Canada and created a job in the Coventry & Warwickshire area.

Feraru Dynamics is going to address the market through offering product trials and show the value the product can bring to the workplace. Andrei Ferraru, the Founder & Managing Director said:

‘’I am very glad I applied and was supported by the Innovation Programme. The support provided by the Business Advisor – Paul and the Programme Manager – Marzena was very valuable. The grant provided helped accelerate the product development spend and reduced the time spent on developing a final market ready product. Moreover, the company has made valuable connections through the Innovation Programme network with potential customers and also manufacturing partners.’’

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