Moray technology firm celebrate major award success

Scottish Secretary David Mundell hands over the winning trophy to Copernicus.
Scottish Secretary David Mundell hands over the winning trophy to Copernicus.

A MORAY TECHNOLOGY Firm has scooped an award for excellence in research and innovation at the SCDI Business Excellence Awards.

Copernicus Technology scooped the HIE Award just eight years after setting up business in Moray – during which time they have built a wealth of expertise through providing products and services that reduce equipment downtime for their aerospace, defence and transport clients.

The firm has produced data analysis tools that have paved the way in applying their intermittent fault detection system, the Ncompass-Voyager. The tester has significantly reduced the time taken for avionics repairs and their data analysis identifies problems early which improves the prioritisation of solutions.

The tester is now being used successfully for the Spanish Eurofighter, US Blackhawk helicopters and the RAF’s Chinook and Hercules fleets.

Commenting on their latest success Giles Huby, the firm’s managing director, said: “As a small company we’ve worked hard to develop better analytics of maintenance data and develop the Ncompass-Voyager testing products and services so that together these technologies reduce our client’s costs and equipment downtime enormously.

“Our expertise across a range of sectors has allowed us to create solutions that are innovative, cost effective and trusted by the growing list of applications that now benefit from it.

“I’m delighted that our work is receiving this recognition and I’m grateful for the hard work and energy that all of our team – almost all of whom are ex-RAF engineers and aircrew – have put in to achieving our current success and positioning us for further growth.”

Karen Peasnall from HIE’s business growth team in Moray added: “The Highlands and Islands region is home to some outstanding businesses that are leaders in their fields.

“Copernicus Technology is showing what can be done through the development of solutions that are not only helping them grow but improving the competitiveness and reducing costs for their clients.

“It’s great to see a relatively new company applying innovation in this way and I am delighted at their success in the awards.”

Copernicus and the Robertson Group were the only Moray firms to receive awards.

Roo Hornby, business development manager for Copernicus, said: ‘Whilst this award is for work we have done in the wider Defence and Aerospace arena, we and our sister company, Viable Ventures, also offer a number of innovative services to support local businesses support their strategy.

“We achieve this by improving productivity and quality assurance – these include effective exploitation of the myriad of data they gather and also, affordable resource and task management tools to sweep away all the post-it notes and disparate spreadsheets.’

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