University of Chester - NoWFOOD-
NoWFOOD is a new state of the art research and development facility located on the Main Campus at the University of Chester, made possible by ERDF and University of Chester funding. It provides a centre of excellence for food science and technology for producers across the region. As well as encouraging and nurturing small and medium sized food businesses, NoWFOOD will help support the economic growth of the region. With the right expertise, food and drink manufacturers could find new markets, develop new product ideas and hopefully generate employment opportunities within the sector.
Maud Duthie, the Project Manager for NoWFOOD explains: “Currently there is no one venue in the North West that offers a complete end-to-end product development and testing service to food producers in the region. We set out to provide a facility that could add value to any food or drink producer by offering hands-on specialist technical support, test kitchens, incubation space for start-ups, sensory testing units, and ongoing business advice. This means that small producers can move away from their kitchens at home into serious, purpose-built facilities. Larger food companies can access exciting new technologies and processes such as our sensory unit for obtaining consumer insights and opinions.”
There were four parts to the installation:
- 1 x Digital Signage Screen in front foyer.
- Meeting Room with a Philips 65” Touch screen and a LifeSize Team 220 VC System. All local sources are switched and scaled by an Extron IN1606 and an
Extron SW2 HDMI. Audio is being routed by an Extron DMP64. Control of system is provided via an Extron MLC226IP
- The conference space has an Epson WUXGA EB-G6550WU projector. All local sources are switched and scaled by an Extron IN1606 and audio switching is handled by an Extron DMP64.
- Extron Products were used throughout for the amplifiers and speakers. The whole system was controlled via an Extron TLP700MV and an IPL250.
In addition to the above, a 55” touchscreen was fitted to a mobile stand with an integrated rack underneath which housed the local PC and laptop connection points.
All lecterns, racks and trolleys were supplied by JM Lecterns and finished in American Cherry to match the rest of the furniture in the building.
The aim of the project was to give the end user the full functionality they required but making the control and the user interfaces of the system as simple to use as possible. This was particularly important as all spaces within the building are regularly rented out to third party users.