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Page Last updated:  February 2013

February 2013

World Leading Research Institute Purchases Smart ER Fluid

Smart is very pleased to receive a purchase order for its ER fluid from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA of the USA.

Initial feedback shows that the fluid is behaving well .

May 2007  

Smart signs a Joint Venture Agreement with Anshan Hentong of China


Smart and Anshan Hentong Metallurgical & Mining Manufacturing Company Limited, of Anshan, Liaoning , People Republic of China has signed an agreement to establish Smart-Hentong Machinery Manufacture Co Limited (Smart-Hentong).  The new Joint Venture company will be based in Anshan in the new site which is currently being constructed.  Smart-Hentong will manufacture and market Smart product range in China and the Far East.

During the signing ceremony on 18 May 2007, Mr Yao Bo, General Manager of Hentong said that he was delighted to help Smart in manufacturing its product in the new facility.  Dr Ahmed, Smart's Managing Director said that this was an excellent opportunity for Smart.

For further details please contact Mr Michael Xiao, Marketing Director of Smart-Hentong Telephone 013925226580


Dr Ahmed and Mr Yao after signing the JV agreement


 The new site for Hentong in Anshan where Smart-Hentong will be based





[May 2006] The EU has formally concluded that the ItactI project is successfully completed.

Despite the major challenges which were encountered by partners the work continued.  As stated by the independent reviewers of the  EU in their final assessment “the project has to a large extent reached its ambitious goals”

They have also stated in their 3rd year assessment: “.. this is a breakthrough and based on solving many problems. The  technical matters are being well managed and problems are being quickly investigated and solutions found.  The Reviewers  are impressed by the way the consortium addressed and had overcome the technical challenges”

 The project achieved all its objectives.  Again in the words of the assessors: “An exploitation plan has been developed, indicating  conservative and realistic market data, as well as realistic step by step approach in reaching different market areas.”

For further information on the ITACTI project click here.

Read more in IST Cordis web - pages:


[April 2006] Smart now manufacture its ER fluid in Melton Mowbray
Smart Technology has moved its manufacturing and test facility from Coleshill to Melton Mowbray.  Mr Brian Bellamy is now in charge of ER manufacture and test.  Please refer to Brian's contact details in Contact Us
[August 2005] Smart looking for VARs
Smart Technology is looking for Value Added Resellers (VARs) worldwide, who are willing to sell, distribute, and support various tactile product lines. If you are interested in becoming a VAR for Smart Tactile Products, please contact Dr Sami Ahmed using the Contact Us webpage.


[August 2005] Capital Funding
Smart Technology Limited is currently seeking external funding to market the newly developed tactile display units and to continue R&D and support of ER technology.
For more information, please feel free to contact Dr Sami Ahmed using the Contact Us webpage.


[April 2005] EC funded project ItactI has ended

The EC funded ItactI (Interactive Tactile Interface) project for the visually impaired and blind finished at the end of January 2005.
Currently testing of the completed full graphical tactile display is ongoing and a final report is expected to be completed in June 2005.

Initially the display will have driver support for Windows OS only. Third party application development is however encouraged by releasing the API protocol into the public domain. The latest copy of the ItactI API Developers Manual can be downloaded here.


[November 2004] EC funded project ItactI extended by 6 months

In June 2004 the consortium applied for and received approval from the EU to continue the project beyond the original completion date to allow further development on the graphical tactile array.
Delays were encountered due to the highly innovative technology and the development of an intermediate single line display. Testing results are expected in the new year.


[September 2001] ER Fluid Developments now part of Smart Technology

Smart Technology has greatly increased its interest in Smart materials by acquiring the intellectual property and key personnel of ER Fluid Development Limited. Smart will now be developing novel and innovative products based on patented electro-rheological fluid technology.

A new section has been added to the website with detailed information about electro-rheological fluid. Click on this link to find out more about Smart ER fluid.


[August 2001] EC funded project ItactI starts

1st August marked the beginning of the CEC funded ItactI project. This project aims to develop a novel interactive display for the visually impaired and blind. One of the objectives of the project is to present tactile graphics in a meaningful way that is not currently available. Smart take a leading role in the project as Technical Coordinator.


[May 2001] DTI SMART award successful

Smart has successfully concluded the feasibility study of a new type of piezo-electric linear actuator designed for use in specialist Electro Discharge Machining (EDM) applications. The new Piezo EDM servo design was successfully tested, offering improvement in performance, design flexibility and simplicity for lightweight specialist EDM applications. Smart now intends to integrate this new actuator technology into its core technology.

Please look at our Actuators Page for more information about piezo-electric actuator technology.


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