Supports & Services



CAPPA is positioned to deliver a broad spectrum of supports to an industrial partner. These supports range from short-term service provision all the way to long term R&D collaboration. Typically prospective partners have identified a problem for which:

  • expertise or resources outside of their own organisation are necessary or
  • commercial solutions are not available or viable.

In such cases where photonics or optics may provide a solution path then CAPPA is capable of helping such partners to solve their problem or provide the information necessary to decide on the most appropriate next steps.


Examples of the types of services that CAPPA can and do perform for industrial partners are outlined below. Broadly speaking we engage at a number of different levels appropriate to the partner and the scale and scope of the work. This includes:

  • Consultancy
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Contract R&D
  • Collaborative Research

With some partnerships which have progressed to Collaborative Research programmes the initial step was the provision of a short-term service to the company.


CAPPA can provide access to a number of analytical techniques of interest to those engaged in manufacturing as well as product and process design. These services can provide you with new or unknown information on your product or process. Such knowledge can assist in the design or technology transfer phase but also support FMEA, process excursion and low yield investigations.

Technique Potential Uses
Electron Microscopy High-magnification Imaging to nm resolution
Optical Microscopy Bright Field, Dark Field, Transmission & DIC
FT-IR Spectroscopy NIR, MIR & THz Spectroscopy for chemical analysis and identification
Raman Spectroscopy Spectroscopy for chemical analysis and identification
UV-Vis Spectroscopy Spectroscopy & Luminescence for chemical analysis and identification
Chemical Imaging 2-D FT-IR & Raman imaging of chemical distributions such as surface coatings and tablets
Surface Measurement Various techniques for surface profiling and roughness
Particle Size Scattering system for measuring powders etc.

Feasibility Studies

CAPPA can provide Feasibility or Proof-of-Concept studies as part of your product or process development and improvement cycles. Activities include path finding for optical solutions to process issues, such as yield, cycle-time and quality, or providing support for your organisation’s PAT, QbD or CIP Programmes. Additionally CAPPA can help in the development or characterisation of your photonic based product or application.

In some instances, partners have engaged CAPPA when they have exhausted off-the-shelf solutions and need to investigate an approach tailored to their specific requirements. In other cases partners have already identified potential equipment vendors and would like an independent study on the suitability of the proposed optical techniques to their problem. While each work programme is unique to the partner and problem statement, CAPPA’s Feasibility Studies commonly include:

  • Background Research
  • Technical Due Diligence on potential techniques
  • Experimental Analysis of the Process or Product
  • Search for Commercially Available & Viable solutions
  • Recommendations for next steps

Through our Stepping Stone Programme you can explore the possibilities of your problem statement in a risk-free environment. For potential new partners this is the best way to initiate interaction with CAPPA.

Contract R&D

Either initiating with a feasibility study or directly from a problem statement you can engage CAPPA to provide you with R&D support on a contract basis. Such contract work is usually framed around a known problem that may have several or novel solution paths requiring further investigation. As a guideline such work typically runs from 3 to 12 months in duration with clear target goals identified at the outset.

Contract work with a high degree of risk, novelty and innovation can in some instances be eligible for support from funding schemes which reduces the cost burden for the industrial partner. See the Funding section for more details.

Collaborative Research

Similar to the Contract R&D offered above, our Collaborative Research partnerships usually follow-on from previously completed work. These research programmes and projects are based on shared investment of resources by CAPPA and the industrial partner with the goal of providing added value to both partners by exploiting the developed technology. Durations for these types of engagement are typically 12 to 24 months and provide the best long term benefits to both CAPPA and the industrial partners. The relationship built up in these collaborative efforts can have implications for other functions within your organisation outside the scope of the project. Working in close proximity provides CAPPA with a deep understanding of the partner’s needs while exposing the company to the potential of our technologies and research.

In the majority of cases, Collaborative Research is eligible for support from funding schemes which reduces the cost burden for the industrial partner. See the Funding section for more details.