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The High Value Manufacturing Catapult The High Value Manufacturing Catapult

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Coordinator (Other)

The High Value Manufacturing Catapult

Coordinator website

https://hvm.catapult.org.uk/

Year Established

2011

Location

Shirley, B90 8AD, Solihull (United Kingdom)

Website

https://hvm.catapult.org.uk/

Social Media

Contact information

Tamarin Adshead
tamarin.adshead@hvm.catapult.org.uk
0121 506 9780

Description

Description

The High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult is the catalyst for the future growth and success of advanced manufacturing in the UK. Our 7 Technology and Innovation centres work with companies of all sizes to bridge the gap in – and accelerate the activity between – technology concept and commercialisation. Our centres offer access to leading edge equipment, expertise and an environment of company collaboration.

The High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult is the catalyst for the future growth and success of advanced manufacturing in the UK. Our 7 Technology and Innovation centres work with companies of all sizes to bridge the gap in – and accelerate the activity between – technology concept and commercialisation. Our centres offer access to leading edge equipment, expertise and an environment of company collaboration.

Link to national or regional initiatives for digitising industry

The activities of the hub are well aligned with the British national initiatives for digitising industry, Digital Strategy and the Green paper on Industrial Strategy.

Market and Services

Market sectors

  • Transport, storage and communication
  • Real estate, renting and business activities
  • Public administration and defence
  • Manufacture of food products, beverages and tobacco
  • Manufacture of textiles and textile products
  • Manufacture of leather and leather products
  • Manufacture of wood and wood products
  • Manufacture of pulp, paper and paper products; publishing and printing
  • Manufacture of coke, refined petroleum products and nuclear fuel
  • Manufacture of chemicals, chemical products and man-made fibres
  • Manufacture of rubber and plastic products
  • Manufacture of other non-metallic mineral products
  • Manufacture of basic metals and fabricated metal products
  • Manufacture of machinery and equipment
  • Manufacture of electrical and optical equipment
  • Manufacture of transport equipment
  • Other markets

TRL Focus

  • TRL1 - Basic principles observed and reported
  • TRL2 - Technology concept and/or application formulated
  • TRL3 - Analytical and experimental critical function and/or characteristic proof of concept
  • TRL4 - Component and/or breadboard validation in laboratory environment
  • TRL5 - Component and/or breadboard validation in relevant environment
  • TRL6 - System/subsystem model or prototype demonstration in a relevant environment
  • TRL7 - System prototype demonstration in an operational environment

Services provided

  • Awareness creation
  • Ecosystem building, scouting, brokerage, networking
  • Visioning and Strategy Development for Businesses
  • Collaborative Researchs
  • Concept validation and prototyping
  • Testing and validation
  • Pre-competitive series production
  • Commercial infrastructure
  • Digital Maturity Assessment
  • Incubator/accelerator support
  • Voice of the customer, product consortia
  • Market intelligence
  • Access to Funding and Investor Readiness Services
  • Education and skills development

Service Examples

A big part of 4IR is embedding sensors in products to collect data for product traceability. The INTELLICO project set out to realise the opportunities of distributed intelligent components throughout the manufacturing supply chain. The project looked at developing technologies for real-time processing, wireless communications and intelligent components that are embedded within products. The Centre for Process innovation’s role was to utilise printable electronics in the manufacturing of the RFID antennas. Working closely with the University of Loughborough, the CPI has developed sensors that can be printed onto metal and provide excellent read range. This significantly enhances the manufacturer’s ability to map stock on a factory floor, increasing productivity and quality assurance.

https://hvm.catapult.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/4th-industrial-revolution-demystified.pdf


Meggitt’s CLAAW Global engineering group Meggitt has a huge product inventory, producing thousands of certain components as well as one-off spare parts for discontinued aircraft. It has developed a Closed Loop Adaptive Assembly Workbench (CLAAW), which aims to take a big step not only in production output but quality, repeatability and traceability using guidance via lasers, display screens and ‘smart’ tools. CLAAW’s fixture includes targets to guide the calibration of an overhead laser. A shaft is encoded to enable precise rotation measurements. A power-on brake provides stability for torque operations and product assemblies can be mounted and removed swiftly using a pneumatic easy-click clamp. The system is part of the M4 production system – Meggitt, Modular, Modifiable, Manufacturing.

https://hvm.catapult.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/4th-industrial-revolution-demystified.pdf


A virtual reality CAVE (Computer Aided Virtual Environment) system has saved Siemens Digital Factory’s Motion Control facility thousands of pounds in product, factory and tooling development and given customers far higher business value. Siemens was inspired by the CAVE system demonstrated at the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC). Scott Haberton, an MTC engineer working with augmented reality, says “CAVE systems and headset mounted devices can make a non-existent environment seem real, allowing natural manipulation of data by non-experts and intuitive communication. This can uncover opportunities quickly and frugally, reducing the gap from digital to final product and the reliance on expensive physical prototypes.” Siemens Congleton is implementing other 4IR technology and is probably the closest the UK has to an operational ‘4IR factory’

https://hvm.catapult.org.uk/impact/case-studies/mtc-inspires-siemens-digital-factory-to-use-virtual-reality-for-product-and-factory-design/

Organization

Organizational form

Public Private Partnership

Turnover

>5.000.000

Number of employees

>100

Evolutionary Stage

Fully operational

Geographical Scope

National

Funding

  • National specific innovation funding

Partners

The High Value Manufacturing Catapult Network

Partner Type

Other

Website

https://hvm.catapult.org.uk/

Technological competences

  • Organic and Large Area Electronics (OLAE)
  • Micro and nano electronics, smart system integration
  • Sensors, actuators, MEMS, NEMS, RF
  • Photonics, electronic and optical functional materials
  • Screens and display technologies
  • Broadband and other communication networks (e.g. 5G)
  • Cyber physical systems (e.g. embedded systems)
  • Robotics and autonomous systems
  • Internet of Things (e.g. connected devices, sensors and actuators networks)
  • Artificial Intelligence and cognitive systems
  • Location based technologies (e.g. GPS, GIS, in-house localization)
  • Interaction technologies (e.g. human-machine Interaction, motion recognition and language technologies)
  • Advanced or High performance computing
  • Data mining, big data, database management
  • Augmented and virtual reality, visualization
Last updated: 04/09/18 06:23