Digital technology company Gemini Digital Technologies (GemDT) has secured a significant investment from NPIF – BFS & MSIF Microfinance, a product managed by GC Business Finance and part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF).

GemDT, over the last 3 years, have been working with industry partners to establish a solution to enable the attainment of ‘The Digital Twin’ in manufacturing and through life.  Combining skills in inspection and metrology with IT they have developed a fast and accurate inspection solution, and a technology platform to manage that data through life.

The technology consists of three distinct sections, beginning with the initial conversion of 2D engineering drawings to 3D computer models. The technology then collects data using photogrammetry – a series of very accurate photographs of a manufactured part aiming at improved inspection efficiency and quality. Finally, the firm uses its ‘Engineering Hub’ app – a secure cloud-based repository – to inspect and interrogate the collected data.

This approach has significant cost and time-saving implications for a wide range of industries, including aviation, engineering, automotive and defence.

Minister for the Northern Powerhouse, the Rt Hon Jake Berry MP, said:
“Thanks to the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund, GemDT Ltd can expand its pioneering work in digital technology and the potential it has to revolutionise the aviation, engineering and automotive industries.

“I’m glad that this valued Northern Powerhouse Partner is being supported by the British Business Bank to drive their research and innovation while growing their business.”

The Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund project is supported financially by the European Union using funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020 and the European Investment Bank.