The MTC journey - Manufacturing Research Platform

Report
Advanced Manufacturing
Lessons Learned from the UK
The MTC journey
(in 20 months…)
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The MTC journey
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UK Manufacturing
 Still one of the largest manufacturers in the world
 Approximately half of each Airbus is made in the UK
 Rejuvenated automotive industry
 Home to 70% of Formula One teams
 Preferred location for food manufacture & export
 World class research and academic institutes
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The UK Value Proposition
The UK has a world class academic base
…..but UK plc. has failed to capitalise on the early
stage research coming out of Universities
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The MTC Partnership Solution
The Completed Capability Pipeline
Research Partners
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Basic
Idea
2
Concept
Developed
3
Proof of
Concept
Industrial Members
MTC
4
Process
Validation
In Lab
5
Process
Validation
Production
Scale
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Process
Capability
Validated
Capability
Validated
Economic
Run
Capability
Validated
Range
Of Parts
Capability
Validated
Over Long
Period
The Complementary Funding Pipeline
Business
EPSRC
TSB
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Manufacturing Technology Centre
 Purpose:
 To improve the business performance of our members by
providing novel and well developed manufacturing solutions
 Founded by leading research organisations:
University of Birmingham
Loughborough University
University of Nottingham
TWI
 12,000m2 facility set up with £40 million of public investment
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Research Themes
 Originally FOUR core research activities:
 Intelligent Automation
 High Integrity Fabrication
 Advanced Tooling & Fixturing
 Net Shape Manufacturing
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Research Themes
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Net shape
manufacturing
 Additive Manufacturing (AM)
 Net Shape Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP)
 Diffusion bonding
 Non-Destructive Evaluation (NDE)
 3D measurement – internal & external
 Research partner: University of Birmingham
 Active projects: Rail wheel cladding & Medical implants
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High integrity
fabrication
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Rotary Friction Welding
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Automated Joining Processes
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High Accuracy Arc Welding
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Laser Processing
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Joint Analysis and Testing
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Research partner: TWI
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Active projects: Automated welding of
aerospace components
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Intelligent
automation
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Elimination of manufacturing induced defects
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Automated in-line inspection
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High variety, low volume, very complex products
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Human-robot cooperation
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Process control & monitoring
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Research partner: Loughborough University
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Active projects: Automated turbine blade manufacture & Sticky food
handling
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Advanced tooling
& fixturing
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“Right-First-and-Every-Time” rapid product setup
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Reduced jigs and fixtures inventory
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Metrology-assisted control of process error build-up
and propagation
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Mechanical or electronic in-process adaptive control
of clamping forces to improve product and process
stability
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Research partner: University of Nottingham
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Active projects: Multi spindle drill head & Automated
sealant application
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Electronics
manufacturing
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Elimination of manufacturing induced
defects and adverse reliability impacts
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Solder-free packaging/assembly
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Development of higher temperature tolerant
materials and interconnects
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Development of new materials and
manufacturing processes
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Research partner: Loughborough University
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Active projects: EV-Lite & Intellico
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Manufacturing
Simulation
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Process simulation
 simulation of static & dynamic scenarios
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Cell simulation
 cell design/layout, cell operation optimisation
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Production line simulation
 assembly simulation, factory layout optimisation
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Overall operation of facility
 cost modelling, supply chain configuration/design/risk
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Research partner: University of Birmingham
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Active projects: Low drag aircraft wing simulation
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Current Membership
Tier 1
Tier 2
Tier 3
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MTC Membership: Industry split
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Rate of Growth
New
members
3
15
>30
New
employees
7
45
>70
New
projects
5
>30
>60
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Nov ‘11
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What can MTC do for you?
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KNOWLEDGE
Sharing knowledge,
info, best practice
Access to experts
Access to nonconfidential research
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RESEARCH
First access to TRL13 research
Significant gearing
Engage in OEM &
Tier 1 supply chains
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FACILITIES
State-of-the art
equipment:
 Production
 Inspection
 Test
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SERVICES
X-thematic R&D
Consultancy
Tech transfer
External
research funding
Advice
Training
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NETWORKING
Cross sector
Supply chain
TIC
KTN’s
Showcase
technology
Conferences/
seminars
HVM Catapult
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In March 2011 the UK Government announced the formation
of a number of Technology Innovation Centres (TICs) – now
known as “Catapult”
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The HVM Catapult is the country's first technology and
innovation centre and will act as the model for others to follow
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Intended to provide an integrated capability and embrace all
forms of manufacture using metals and composites, in addition
to process manufacturing technologies and bio-processing
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HVM Catapult Centres
AFRC
CPI
NAMRC
MTC
AMRC
WMG
NCC
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Ansty Business Park
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Manufacturing Technology Academy
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Contact Details
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Steve Statham
Business Development Manager
Email: [email protected]
Tel: 07791 458532
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