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Contact Data

Coordinator

High Value Manufacturing Catapult

Year Established

2010

Location

Ansty Park, CV7 9JU, Coventry (United Kingdom)

Website

http://www.the-mtc.org/

Social Media

Contact information

Harald Egner
Harald.Egner@the-mtc.org
+447711369628

Contact information

Lina Huertas
Lina.Huertas@the-mtc.org
+447972195093

Description

Description

The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) is an Independent Research & Technology Organisation (RTO) with the objective of bridging the gap between academia and industry and inspire Great British Manufacturing.  . The MTC develops and proves innovative manufacturing processes and technologies in an agile, low risk environment, in partnership with industry, academia and other institutions. MTC operates of some of the most advanced manufacturing equipment in the world, and have a large number of high skilled engineers, many of whom are leading experts within their field of work.

The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) is an Independent Research & Technology Organisation (RTO) with the objective of bridging the gap between academia and industry and inspire Great British Manufacturing.  . The MTC develops and proves innovative manufacturing processes and technologies in an agile, low risk environment, in partnership with industry, academia and other institutions. MTC operates of some of the most advanced manufacturing equipment in the world, and have a large number of high skilled engineers, many of whom are leading experts within their field of work.

Link to national or regional initiatives for digitising industry

National and regional initiatives:

Made Smarter: Made Smarter was the initiative resulting from the Industrial Digitalisation Review commissioned by the government in the green paper issued in January 2017. The review makes four recommendations on the topics of Leadership, Adoption, Innovation and Skills. Significant progress has been made in at least three of these areas with the announcement of the Made Smarter Commission, the North West Pilot for the National Adoption Programme and the progress of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund application through Expression of Interest. Lina Huertas, who is MTC’s Head of Technology Strategy for Digital Manufacturing, is part of the Made Smarter implementation team and, as such, has been involved in defining the recommendations and driving their execution. Additionally, MTC was the stage for the launch of the Made Smarter review, which happened in October 2018 at the MTC’s Digitalising Manufacturing Conference.

Made Smarter Review: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/made-smarter-review

Industrial Strategy Green Paper: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/building-our-industrial-strategy

Launch of Made Smarter at Digitalising Manufacturing 2017: https://youtu.be/ryjEDVny27Y

Digitising European Industry: The MTC is an active player in the EU Digitising European Industry strategy. The MTC has been a key partner in the flagship I4MS initiative, driving the creation of the 29 pilot Digital Innovation Hubs. As a result, both Lina Huertas and Harald Egner (EU & Research Partnership Manager), have been active in the definition and shaping of Digital Innovation Hubs through the working group driven from the DG Connect unit. Lina Huertas and Harald Egner have been repeatedly invited to speak at European events to talk about the MTC as an exemplar Digital Innovation Hub, including The Digital Assembly 2016 and Manufuture 2017. The MTC continues to shape European initiatives through ConnectedFactories, led by EFFRA. We expect that the results of the project can make a significant contribution to the future European roadmaps for the delivery of Digital Manufacturing.

RIS3 refers to Regional Smart Specialisation, which doesn’t apply for England, as we don’t have regions recognised by the EU. Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales are. While we are involved in regional initiatives such as the Northern Power House and the Midlands Engine, these are not recognised by the EU. Neither are the new regional authorities, Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), with which we have significant contact and share initiatives.

 

The MTC has two memebers on the European Commission Digitalising European Industry working groups, Lina Huertas and Harald Egner as well as being involved  in other initiatives such as:  

  1. ICT Innovation for Manufacturing SMEs (I4MS) – EU : I4MS is a program promoted by the European Commission to expand the digital innovation of manufacturing SMEs in Europe. SMEs or mid-caps can apply for technological and financial support to experiment with different technologies and services. MTC were part of a project, “Access to I4MS” which supported the development of Digital Innovation Hubs across Europe who will be supporting SMEs within their regions. http://i4ms.eu/
  2. ROBOTT-NET – EU : ROBOTT-NET : Support the development and implementation of robotic solutions through cross nation technology transfer. The MTC is working with three other EU RTO’s to transfer technology learning and dissemination to allow robot technology developer  and end users find solutions to their challenging robot problems. The project provides consultancy services for companies to create business value through the development of their technology projects or end use cases leading through to prototypes and pilot project applications. http://www.the-mtc.org/our-projects/robott-net
  3.  Made Smarter– (Industrial Digitalisation Review) : The MTC is part of a Made Smarter Review , which is the UK national initiative and also participate in the working groups for the European Policy Initiative. The link to the Made Smarter Review can be viewed at https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/655570/20171027_MadeSmarter_FINAL_DIGITAL.pdf   and  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/made-smarter-review .  The Made Smarter report analyses  how the UK can increase productivity within the manufacturing sector by using (IDTs) Industrial Digitalisation Technologies which includes 3D printing, augmented / virtual reality and robotics. Within the review  it looks at recommendations that the UK should consider to help increase the productivity within manufacturing. The Made Smarter review considers three major themes which are: Adoption, Innovation and Leadership.
  4. IoT4Industry (Internet of Things for Industry): IoT4Industry is looking to support and promote IoT technology adoption amongst SMEs throughout Europe. This project provides voucher funding to manufacturing SMEs to undertake projects using IoT technologies in collaboration with an IoT technology providers. The vouchers can be used for Feasibility studies, Prototyping or Demonstrator development with up to €60,000 available to an SME depending on the project type. More information is available on the project website: https://www.iot4industry.eu

Market and Services

Market sectors

  • Mining and quarrying
  • Electricity, gas and water supply
  • Construction
  • Wholesale and retail trade
  • Public administration and defence
  • Education
  • 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

TRL Focus

  • 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

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
  • Incubator/accelerator support
  • Voice of the customer, product consortia
  • Market intelligence
  • Access to Funding and Investor Readiness Services
  • Mentoring
  • Education and skills development

Service Examples

PERFoRM- Compressor trains for Oil & Gas application

Client Profile: Compressor trains for Oil & Gas application

Client Needs: 

  • Produce more customised , cheaper and higher quality products.

  • Improve availability of equipment. Improved condition detection system.

Provided solutions to meet the needs:

  • Data Analytics tool for analysing historical data related to failures and machine conditions to predict maintenance tasks;

  • Implement demonstrator to de-risk technology solutions before deploying at industrial environment;

  • Integrated solution for visualisation and predictive maintenance.


DECLAIM- Decentralised Control for Flexible Manufacturing

Client Profile: Decentralised Control for Flexible Manufacturing.

Client Needs: 

  • Lifecycle management process for tool assemblies (BAE Systems);

  • Enable flexibility in shop floor manufacturing operations involving high program variability and uncertainty in the process requirements through decentralised control architectures;

  • Demonstrate the opportunity of maturing low TRL control solutions and M2M technologies for IoT Automation and Flexible Manufacturing;

Provided solutions to meet the needs:

  • Developing a local control system architecture that takes advantage of “one to many” interoperability models and state of the art connectivity technologies;

  • Implement horizontal interoperability between manufacturing and sensing devices and autonomous control software agents;

  • Implementing a modular computing architecture to operate the system;


Meggitt- M4

Client Profile: M4

Client Needs:

  • Enhance productivity and cost efficiency for highly complex products supplied in aerospace industry, where automation can’t be justified.

Provided solutions to meet the needs:

  • Develop a simulation model to predict capacity requirements and generate optimised product routings;

  • Develop an automated delivery system made of autonomous intelligent vehicles and smart boxes to materialise the flexible transport system of the future factory.

 

M4 is an Innovate UK project funded by the Aerospace Technology Institute and lead by Meggitt. Meggitt are working in collaboration with the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), Cranfield University and IBM UK.

 

 

More details: https://www.ati.org.uk/portfolio/projects/meggitt-modular-modifiable-manufacturing/

SelSus –Self-Sustainable Manufacturing System

Client Profile: Automotive OEM

Client Needs: 

  • Reduced productivity due to unforeseen failures.

  • Hardware degradation due to human error.

  • Loss of quality due to unfit equipment.

  • Over –reliance on human knowledge.

Provided solutions to meet the needs:

  • Self-healing production system.

  • Enabled predictive maintenance.

  • Smart scheduling of maintenance and repairs.

  • Failure diagnosis through embedded expert knowledge and real-time sensor data.


SME REACH

Helping SMEs across the UK supply chain increase productivity using the latest manufacturing technology.

The MTC has developed over 100 value accelerators.  A value accelerator is any toolkit, methodology or transferable best practice that:

Improves productivity

Reduces costs

Embeds Innovation

De-risks the use of new technology in a factory

http://www.the-mtc.org/what-we-do/sme-support


Product Manufacturing Incubator (PMI)

PMI helps provide a de-risked environment for SMEs.

The PMI includes 3 stages which are (1) Idea, (2) Growth and (3) Community.

Idea- Bring your product idea to us and we’ll work with you to evaluate it, conduct a feasibility study and develop a business case for investment.

Growth- We can offer a unique business incubation system, where we can provide the facilities, knowledge and test bed to develop your idea. 

You can access the very latest technology and leading engineers at the MTC, as we seek to create the perfect manufacturing system solution for you, your idea and your aspiring business.

Community- Working with us can provide unique access to the MTC and its connections.

These include willing investors, the manufacturing and engineering communities, decision makers from numerous industry sectors and academia as well as the wealth of knowledge and expertise at the MTC itself.

 

http://www.the-mtc.org/what-we-do/pmi/introduction


SelSus (Self-Healing and Smart Maintenance)

SelSus (Self-Healing and Smart Maintenance). The Self-Healing Intelligent Manufacturing Devices demonstrator showcases two separate features - (1) a self-healing component that can recover from a collision through the use of smart materials; (2) a decision-support system for predicting and diagnosing mechanical and quality failures in manufacturing environments.

Organization

Organizational form

(part of) Public organization (part of RTO, or university)

Turnover

>5.000.000

Number of employees

>100

Evolutionary Stage

Fully operational

Geographical Scope

National

Funding

  • Horizon 2020
  • National basic research funding
  • National specific innovation funding
  • Private funding
  • Memberships

Customers

Number of customers annually

>50

Type of customers

  • Start-up companies
  • SMEs (<250 employees)
  • MidCaps (between €2-10 billion turnover)

Partners

High Value Manufacturing Catapult


Rolls-Royce

Website

https://www.rolls-royce.com/


Siemens

Website

https://www.siemens.com/global/en/home.html


Airbus

Website

https://www.airbus.com/


Bosch-Rexroth

Website

https://m.boschrexroth.com/en/xc/home/index


Sandvik

Website

https://www.home.sandvik/en/


University of Birmingham

Partner Type

University

Website

https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/index.aspx


University of Nottingham

Partner Type

University

Website

https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/


Loughborough University

Partner Type

University

Website

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/


TNO

Partner Type

Research & Technology organization

Website

https://www.tno.nl/en/


Fraunhofer

Partner Type

Research & Technology organization

Website

https://www.fraunhofer.de/


BEIS

Partner Type

National government

Website

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy


Innovate UK

Partner Type

National government

Website

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/innovate-uk


Gambica

Partner Type

National government

Website

http://www.gambica.org.uk/


IET

Partner Type

National government

Website

https://www.theiet.org/index.cfm?


IMechE

Partner Type

National government

Website

http://www.imeche.org/


Digital Catapult

Website

https://www.digicatapult.org.uk/


AMRC

Website

http://www.amrc.co.uk/


WMG

Website

https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/wmg/


AFRC

Website

https://www.strath.ac.uk/research/advancedformingresearchcentre/


Meggitt

Website

https://www.meggitt.com/

Technological competences

  • Micro and nano electronics, smart system integration
  • Sensors, actuators, MEMS, NEMS, RF
  • Photonics, electronic and optical functional materials
  • Screens and display technologies
  • 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)
  • Cyber security (including biometrics)
  • Advanced or High performance computing
  • Simulation and modelling
  • Gamification
  • Software as a service and service architectures
  • Cloud computing
  • Additive manufacturing (3D printing)
  • Laser based manufacturing
  • ICT management, logistics and business systems
  • Internet services (e.g. web development, web production, design, networking, and e-commerce)
  • New Media technologies

H2020 Projects

  • EuroCPS
    European Network of competencies and platforms for Enabling SME from any sector building Innovative CPS products to sustain demand for European manufacturing
    European Network of competencies and platforms for Enabling SME from any sector building Innovative CPS products to sustain demand for European manufacturing

    SMEs play a key role in European economies; they constitute the largest business block and provide the bulk of employment. They generate most of the innovative ideas for ICT and CPS-enabled IoT products, two areas which represent an inflection point for innovators and industry in Europe.  
    EuroCPS is an ambitious project that aims to arm Europe with a network of design centres that will boost and initiate synergies between SMEs, major CPS-platforms, and CPS-competency providers, to capture the emerging markets for IoT products.

    EuroCPS will
    1. Leverage the existing regional ecosystem across the full value chain (from micro-electronics, smart systems, and CPS, to high value added products and services) and range of expertise and competencies to provide innovators from any sector with an easy path to build innovative CPS-enabled systems.
    2. Act as a one-stop-shop that provides a critical mass of technologies and competencies by facilitating user-supplier partnerships across value-chains and regions. Hence the typical development time of innovative for CPS applications will be significantly decreased through the ease of access to the platforms, and coaching by the competence partners within EuroCPS.
    3. Link software, system and nano-electronic industries along the full CPS value chain to demonstrate a new cooperation model evidenced by experiments initiated and led by innovators that translate the rich pool of ideas from end users into implementation of CPS applications made in Europe.

    EuroCPS gathers major European system suppliers and world class research centres and technology providers, all rooted in the top European regional ecosystems. Based on strong foundations in European and national initiatives, EuroCPS will, through pan European collaboration and knowledge exchange and access to the strong value chain in this strategic sector, significantly reduce development time and certification efforts, thus putting Europe at the cutting edge of CPS development and implementation.
  • FED4SAE
    Federated CPS Digital Innovation Hubs for the Smart Anything Everywhere Initiative
    Federated CPS Digital Innovation Hubs for the Smart Anything Everywhere Initiative

    The overall ambition of the FED4SAE innovation action (IA) is to boost and sustain the digitization of the European industry by strengthening competitiveness in Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) and embedded system markets. In alignment with the "Smart Anything Everywhere" initiative goals, FED4SAE will:
    - Create a pan-European network of Digital Innovation Hubs (DIH) by leveraging existing regional ecosystems across full value chains and a range of competencies. DIHs will enable both tech and non-tech innovative Third parties (Startups SMEs, Midcaps) from any sector to build new products and services with “digital inside”.
    - Act as a European added-value one-stop-shop to facilitate innovators-suppliers cross-border partnerships which will accelerate innovation in products and processes of European Third parties by providing technical, industrial and innovation management expertise. This will lead to quantifiable increases in market shares, productivity, industrial capacities of the Third parties, and a broader adoption of CPS and embedded systems solutions.
    - Link innovators to investors associated to DIHs to reach out to further funding opportunities and enable the next steps of the Third parties’ developments after completing their application experiments (AEs).
    - Ensure the self-sustainability of the DIHs pan-European network by developing cooperation with regional organizations and key stakeholders engaging public and or private investment to fund FED4SAE network activities.
    FED4SAE is built upon the key learnings obtained in the EuroCPS, Gateone-project, CPSE Labs IAs. FED4SAE will leverage the best practices related to Third party engagement, submission, evaluation and selection of AEs. FED4SAE will give birth to a competitive ecosystem where European Startups, SMEs and Midcaps will thrive as they access to leading technology sources, competencies and industrial platforms and also to well-connected business infrastructures and existing regional innovation hubs.
  • DigiFed
    Digital Innovation Hubs (DIH) federation for large scale adoption of digital technologies by European SMEs
    Digital Innovation Hubs (DIH) federation for large scale adoption of digital technologies by European SMEs

    DigiFed’s main objective is to encourage the adoption of advanced digital technologies by EU SMEs with a focus on non-digital businesses. DigiFed implements a business plan for the sustainability of the federation of Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs), while providing significant support mechanisms for individual and groups of SMEs to foster the introduction of digital technologies in their product and service offerings. DigiFed aims to engage at least 200 SMEs and midcaps from all across Europe in its innovation programme. At least 80 of these will receive also funding support and benefits from one of Digifed’s innovation pathways- half of these will be businesses with low digital maturity.
    DigiFed’s business model is based on collaborative investments with fair return for contributing parties, realised by our ability to reduce innovation risks and generate new business opportunities. DigiFed leverage both funding from private sector and public co-funding from regions of DIHs, in order to maximise value from EU investments. These will be used for the development of truly differentiated and impactful digitization solutions targeting the needs of different markets, penetrating the value chain down to non-technology companies.
    DigiFed focuses on Cyber Physical and Embedded Systems with a particular attention on security and privacy, autonomy and human-machine interaction. Its innovation pathways offer two main instruments: Generic Experiments target a group of mainly non-tech SMEs to implement advanced technology demonstrators with co-funding from regional authorities; Application Experiments allow individual SMEs to define an R&I project to disrupt, upgrade or manufacture an innovative digital product or service.
    DigiFed gathers 6 DIHs from different countries with established ecosystems and will continue expanding and linking with other DIHs and DIH networks through its lifetime to create a truly EU-wide offering of sustainable cross-border DIH services.
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