Tuesday, June 19, 2012

News: AMRC at the forefront of innovation in manufacturing


The spin-out company of The University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing in Rotherham is to share government funding of over £6.5m to stimulate innovation in the UK's manufacturing sector.

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and the Technology Strategy Board are to provide grant funding to support the development of new technologies that have the potential to underpin new production processes in a wide range of industrial applications and market sectors.

AMRC Manufacturing Ltd has been named as a lead partner and the focus of the R&D will be on production technologies that can create high value through novel processes, advanced product manufacture, resource efficiency and production techniques.

The projects will also encourage the development of technologies that will facilitate greater environmental sustainability through efficient disposal, recycling or remanufacture of assets at the end of their useful life.

Projects include developing autonomous intelligent machining, on-line control of welding processes using ultrasonic test techniques and the sustainable and resource efficient cutting of titanium.

Established in 2001, the AMRC is a world-class centre for collaborative research. Based on the Advanced Manufacturing Park, the centre has over 60 industrial members, from global aerospace giants to local SMEs; and employs around 200 researchers and engineers, from apprentices to PhDs.

Professor Dave Delpy, chief executive of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), said: "Investment in cutting edge manufacturing research and the translation of that into commercial applications is the key to economic success. EPSRC has a portfolio of 350 live projects and an investment of £380m in the manufacturing sector.

"The UK is not alone in placing increased importance on advanced manufacturing. Funding projects such as these will help maintain our competitiveness against international peers such as the US and Germany."

Iain Gray, chief executive of the Technology Strategy Board, added: "The Technology Strategy Board has an important role to play, through funding for such collaborative research and development, helping UK businesses to accelerate the development of new equipment, processes and expertise brought about by technology innovation.

"Manufacturing capability is often built on, and strengthened by such new-found technology and this can be a significant driver of economic growth."

AMRC website

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Emma Willis June 19, 2012 at 1:39 PM  

View a short video on the excellent work at the AMRC & how they work with academia and indusrty.


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