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Innovation Studio

4IR.UK British Systems

Industry-engagement and our strong maker culture puts collaboration at the heart of everything we do.

4IR.UK British Systems

Product labelling for a new Industrial Internet of Things device. Supported by European Regional Development Funding (ERDF).

4IR.UK British Systems was founded locally in 2016 to support the Electronics Assembly industry move towards the Fourth Industrial Revolution. This included the full spectrum of customers from equipment suppliers to contract manufacturers. One such advancement was the release of IPC-HERMES-9852 in 2017 which is superseding IPC-SMEMA-9851, so the industry required an upgrade path. Following discussions with Electro Design AB who are manufacturers of board handling equipment, a SMEMA Hermes Adaptor was developed based on a Raspberry Pi and assembled at a contract manufacturer in Poole.

Funding was secured in 2019 and AUB Innovation supported with the prototyping of UV printed and laser cut acrylic labelling giving the product a durable and finished appearance.

The SMEMA Hermes Adaptor is now being used in electronic assembly factories across Europe and America.

European Regional Development Funds

This project is supported through match-funding by the England European Regional Development Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. This fund was established by the European Union to help local areas stimulate their economic development.

This investment will help to support innovation, businesses, skills and employment to improve local growth and create jobs. For more information visit

Explore the Innovation Studio

Innovation Studio, photographed by Richard Bryant. Photo of an exterior wall with two reverse-L shaped windows and three semi-circle panels visible. A person walks past towards the right.


The Innovation Studio operates as a lab for creative technologies, a nucleus for start-ups and enterprises and an industry engagement hub.

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Events and workshops

A series of workshops and lectures for industry professionals to develop innovation and creative capabilities.

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Take a look at some of our recent collaborative projects with external partners and businesses

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Associate Programme

Our Associate Programme offers membership of our Innovation Studio to regional businesses seeking research and development support.

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Pre Start-Up Programme

Our Pre Start-Up Programme offers membership for creative individuals or businesses looking to develop new products or services.

Innovation Studio, photographed by Richard Bryant. Photo of an interior space, with several people sat working at tables. A rectangle-shaped railing is in the middle of the room.

Creative Technologies

The Innovation Studio features state-of-the-art equipment and digital resources, and the latest manufacturing technology.