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06 July 2021

Case Study on RAPAT published by NMIS

The National Manufacturing Institute Scotland has published a case study highlighting their support for Astrimar's RAPAT Innovation Management and Guidance Tool

The National Manufacturing Institute Scotland, operated by the University of Strathclyde, was instrumental in forming the project team that was awarded Business response to COVID funding from Innovate UK, the UK's Innovation Agency, for the development of the RAPAT tool.  RAPAT (Rapid Acceptance of Products and Technologies), was developed by Astrimar as an easy-to-use Excel-based tool, to help technology developers meet the urgent need for emergency product acceptance.  

NMIS engineers from the Design Engineering team provided feedback together with insight and advice for the development of the tool, ensuring it represents cross-sector best practice in product realisation. 

The Excel-based tool guides users through an efficient risk-based process. It includes:

  • Understanding user/regulatory requirements
  • Planning to meet these requirements while managing commercial/technical risks
  • Defining/undertaking required testing and assurance activities
  • Documenting evidence to support certification, end-user approval and acceptance.

RAPAT incorporates focused worksheets, help sheets and tutorial videos, reflecting industry-leading experience and expertise in product development, technology qualification and product certification. 

Aimed particularly at small and micro enterprises, start-ups and organisations stepping into new sectors, such as energy transition and net-zero technologies, RAPAT helps product/technology developers to understand what they need to do to achieve market/product acceptance and to plan and implement those requirements to maximise their chances of successful commercialisation with minimum wasted effort/cost.

The NMIS Case Study about RAPAT can be seen on their website here:

More details about RAPAT are available here