Navigation Links
Research to make UK manufacturing flexible and adaptable

Factories that use networks of light-based measurement systems for accurate measurement of products and real time control of machines; precise metal forming processes that can deliver small batches high value components and products; assembly lines that evolve and adapt quickly to new demands and use interchangeable components.

These are visions for UK manufacturing in the future according to six new research projects that have been awarded a total of 12.2 million Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) grant funding as part of a 45 million package of investments in manufacturing research announced today by David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science.

Speaking ahead of the BIS Manufacturing Summit on Thursday, Mr Willetts said:

"The UK has a proud history of manufacturing but to build on this success industry needs access to the very latest science and technology. This 45 million package of investment will see our world-class research base investigating innovative new manufacturing equipment and techniques. This will support our industrial strategy in a range of important sectors, driving growth and keeping the UK ahead in the global race."

The projects, which begin this month at universities across the country, will look into a variety of challenges connected to developing more flexible and adaptive manufacturing technology and systems.

They are:

  • The Light Controlled Factory EP/K018124/1 led by Professor Paul Maropoulos at the University of Bath Grant value 2.5 million

  • Precision guided flexible forming: closed-loop control of geometry and properties for high value metal component manufacture EP/K018108/1 led by Dr Julian Allwood at the University of Cambridge Grant value 1.7 million

  • Evolvable assembly systems towards open, adaptable and context-aware equipment and systems EP/K018205/1 led by Professor Svetan Ratchev at the University of Nottingham Grant value 2.2 million

  • Knowledge driven configurable manufacturing (KDCM) EP/K018191/1 led by Professor Robert Harrison at the University of Warwick Grant value 1.9 million

  • Miniature, flexible and reconfigurable manufacturing system for 3D micro-products EP/K018345/1 led by Dr Xichun Luo at the University of Huddersfield Grant value 2 million

  • Metrology concepts for a new generation of plasma manufacturing with atom-scale precision EP/K018388/1 led by Professor Timo Gans at the University of York Grant value 1.9 million

EPSRC's Chief Executive, Professor David Delpy said: "Our high labour costs combined with global competition mean that the future of UK manufacturing lies in being as smart as possible. The country has the scientific and engineering know-how to not only develop new, valuable products, but the means to produce them more precisely, efficiently and to order. These research projects will help the country gear up for a future that can redefine manufacturing worldwide."

Contact: EPSRC Press Release
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

Related medicine news :

1. UCLA Brain Injury Research Center gets NCAA funding for research on sports concussions
2. NIH awards $20 million over 5 years to train next generation of global health researchers
3. Researchers develop a new cell and animal model of inflammatory breast cancer
4. Researchers uncover a viable way for colorectal cancer patients to overcome drug resistance
5. Sexually abused boys at risk for more unsafe sex: UBC research
6. Researchers Find Gene Mutations That May Be a Key to Autism
7. LSUHSC research finds HPV-related head & neck cancers rising, highest in middle-aged white men
8. Researchers find evidence of banned antibiotics in poultry products
9. Presidential keynote address and new research highlights from the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology meeting
10. Scientific session and new research highlights
11. NJ stroke researchers report advances in spatial neglect research at AAN Conference
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/28/2015)... Aliso Viejo, CA (PRWEB) , ... November 28, 2015 , ... ... 30 new fully customizable media panels to choose from, the possibilities are endless. Users ... angle, and more. With the ProPanel: Pulse masking effects, users are sure to get ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... CO (PRWEB) , ... November 27, 2015 , ... According ... cities are not changing the way that they are handling security in light of ... police and security presence in an attempt to stop an attack from reaching U.S. ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... November 27, 2015 , ... ... were," said an inventor from Hillside, N.J. "Many people catch diseases simply from ... that individuals will always be protected from germs." , He developed the patent-pending ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... , ... MPWH, the No.1 Herpes-only dating community in the world, revealed that over 50% of ... than 3.7 billion people under the age of 50 – or 67% of the population ... global estimates of HSV-1 infection . , "The data shocks us highly!" said Michelle ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... , ... November 27, 2015 , ... ... Secura Consultants has prided itself for not only fulfilling the needs of advisers ... solutions at an affordable price and providing top-tier customer service. However, there's always ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/26/2015)... , November 26, 2015 ... addition of the "Radioimmunoassay Market by ... (Hospital, Pharmaceutical Industry, Academics, Clinical Diagnostic Labs), ... Global Forecast to 2020" report to ... has announced the addition of the ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... 25, 2015  Amgen (NASDAQ: AMGN ) today ... with the United States (U.S.) ... biosimilar candidate to Humira ® (adalimumab). Amgen believes ... to the FDA and represents Amgen,s first BLA submission ... Harper , M.D., executive vice president of Research and ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... On Tuesday, November 24, 2015, the ... Wright Medical Technology, Inc. for product liability and ... implant device, awarded $11 million in favor of ... and three days of deliberations, the jury found ... designed and unreasonably dangerous, and that Wright Medical ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: