Research & Development

Camlin has received support from Invest NI and funding from the European Union’s European Regional Development Fund Investment for Growth and Jobs to undertake research and development activities.  The projects will be implemented over the next three years and aim to develop new optical sensor technologies and solutions for the energy, industrial and security sectors.


The research group consists of several teams with a wide variety of skill sets, from physicists and chemical engineers to artificial intelligence researchers, data science experts, and biomedical engineers. The team is engaged in the design and development of innovative technologies enabling technical differentiation for products in our core businesses of Power and Rail as well as in new sectors such as Healthcare, Security and beyond.

Innovation is achieved by a combination of our own in-house expertise partnered with research institutions across the world. Our research facilities include clean rooms for optical and ultra-high vacuum projects, a fully equipped advanced human machine interface laboratory, and a laboratory space for prototyping and further experimental projects.

In addition to experimental work, the group is involved in advanced modelling and optical simulations. The research group endeavours to develop new concepts that are timely, intelligent and cost effective solutions.

Current projects cover a wide range of research topics including infrared Spectroscopy, Intelligent Switching, Surface Plasmon Resonance, Quantum Cascade Lasers, Cable Fault Detection and Artificial Intelligence.


In close cooperation with the research team, our engineering division manages the whole product development cycle. Focusing on customer requirements we continuously strive to deliver creative solutions while complying with international and industry standards.

Across our multidisciplinary teams, excellence is assured by our quality first approach. We adopt advanced modelling techniques to validate our designs and solutions in a range of areas including thermal performance, material selection, electronics and power network emulation. Extensive automated frameworks continuously test the ongoing quality of our software based on modern techniques such as Continuous Integration, Behavioural Driven Development and Test Driven Development.

Dedicated groups ensure product compliance in all areas including type testing, performance metrics, product certification and system security. The reliability of our products is underpinned by completing a broad Failure Mode Effects Analysis.

Our continued success is rooted in our ability to create flexibly architected advanced solutions enabling fast product evolution and optimum time to market.

Technology is the heartbeat of our company and we have built extensive in-house expertise in numerous fields including full spectrum software development, algorithms, mechanical engineering, electronic engineering, compliance engineering and manufacturing engineering as well as a suite of technical experts in various subject matters.

Organisation and control are key to successful project delivery and to facilitate this we have an extensive Project Management Office equipped to use various project management methodologies. From agile development through to more traditional approaches, governance is maintained by regular structured communication and gate controls.

Showcasing Innovation



Concept to product