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Contact Data

Coordinator

University of Sheffield

Coordinator website

https://www.sheffield.ac.uk

Year Established

2001

Location

AMRC Factory 2050 Europa Avenue Sheffield S9 1ZA, S9 1ZA, Sheffield (United Kingdom)

Website

http://www.amrc.co.uk/facilities/factory-2050

Social Media

Contact information

Dr Phil Yates
p.yates@amrc.co.uk
+44(0)114 222 7692

Contact information

Ben Morgan
f2050Enquiries@amrc.co.uk
+44 (0)114 215 8200

Contact information

Dr Rosemary Gault
r.gault@amrc.co.uk
+44(0)7798570599

Contact information

Prof Rab Scott
r.w.scott@amrc.co.uk
+44(0)114 222 7866

Description

Description

The Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre is part of the AMRC Group, a cluster of world-class centres for industry-focused research and development of technologies used in high-value manufacturing sectors.

The group has specialist expertise in machining, casting, welding, powder metallurgy, composites, designing for manufacturing, testing and training.

It has a global reputation for helping companies overcome manufacturing problems and has become a model for collaborative research involving universities, academics and industry, worldwide.

The AMRC has always developed technologies for a large range of companies and by selecting emerging technologies from University spin out organizations we often link the SME's to the global companies.
The UK has always specialized in the bespoke or niche markets and the AMRC has deliberately targeted this traditional manufacturing sector to enhance their product quality and the technologies deployed without removing the artisan element from the product. In Sheffield, there is an emerging Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District, with the AMRC as its nucleus institution. Rolls-Royce, McLaren, and Boeing are just three of the global brands who are investing in production in this nascent innovation district. Smaller, dynamic innovators, like Performance Engineered Solutions and Iceotope have also set up shop in the region, keen to be close to the capabilities and experience of the AMRC

The Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre is part of the AMRC Group, a cluster of world-class centres for industry-focused research and development of technologies used in high-value manufacturing sectors.

The group has specialist expertise in machining, casting, welding, powder metallurgy, composites, designing for manufacturing, testing and training.

It has a global reputation for helping companies overcome manufacturing problems and has become a model for collaborative research involving universities, academics and industry, worldwide.

Link to national or regional initiatives for digitising industry

IDR – Industrial Digitalisation Review : The AMRC is part of the 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 AMRC also sits on the national D4IU (Digital for Indutry) working group which advises the Made Smarter Commission.

The AMRC has always had a strong presence in projects and has undertaken projects funded by Horizon 2020, and FP7.  
The AMRC is based in an area that has seen its traditional heavy industries decline. Its technology driven attitude to manufacturing is based on developing innovative solutions that new companies can implement, allowing both the new companies to prosper while supporting the existing companies.

 

The AMRC F2050 has worked with the compainies listed below

SAS Digital - https://www.sas.com/en_gb/insights/marketing/digital-marketing.html

Deloitte Digital - https://eu.deloittedigital.com/en/home

 

Market and Services

Market sectors

  • Electricity, gas and water supply
  • Construction
  • Transport, storage and communication
  • 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 chemicals, chemical products and man-made fibres
  • Manufacture of basic metals and fabricated metal products
  • Manufacture of machinery and equipment
  • Manufacture of electrical and optical equipment
  • Manufacture of transport equipment
  • Other Manufacturing

TRL Focus

  • 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
  • TRL8 - Actual system completed and qualified through test and demonstration

Services provided

  • Awareness creation
  • Ecosystem building, scouting, brokerage, networking
  • Visioning and Strategy Development for Businesses
  • Collaborative Researchs
  • Concept validation and prototyping
  • Testing and validation
  • Digital Maturity Assessment
  • Incubator/accelerator support

Service Examples

Manufacturing Informatics

  1. Client profile:

Aerospace component suppler

  1. Client needs:

To provide an digital method to assist in the manufacture of components

  1. Provided solution to meet the needs:
    A system that utilised:
  • Data capture and extraction systems with integrated low power sensors
  • Enterprise architectures & embedded systems
  • Analytics (machine learning & artificial intelligence)
  • Real-time factory wide monitoring and tracking
  • Simulation and emulation  (digital twining & digital masters)

More details: https://www.theengineer.co.uk/amrc-factory-2050/

Digitally Assisted Assembly

  1. Client profile:

SMEs, RD Institutions and supportive environment of the high volume manufacturing sector

  1. Client needs:

To provide an overview of the available services, support schemes and supportive digital systems.

  1. Provided solution to meet the needs:
  • Operator work instructions (process & task verification)
  • Smart connected devices
  • Space planning, layout & optimisation (simulation and virtual reality)
  • Data visualisation (real-time (just in time) interactive display technologies)
  • System integration (digital thread and trust in data)

More details: http://thearea.org/digitally-assisted-manufacturing-factory-2050/

Machine Learning

Data analytics via advanced algorithms.

a) Client Profile
Industrial equipment manufacturer

b) Client needs
The AMRC has worked with Siemens who are a large supplier of Industry 4 technologies

The AMRC has recognized that the best way to showcase these technologies and engage with the users of this equipment is to build physical demonstrators so that the benefits can be clearly demonstrated.

c) Provided solution to meet the needs:

One solution the AMRC has deployed is the linking of mindsphere to legacy machine tooling so that local businesses can see the benefits of the connected world.

More details: http://www.amrc.co.uk/news/made-smarter-in-sheffield

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

Global

Funding

  • Horizon 2020
  • European Social Fund
  • European Regional Development Fund
  • National basic research funding
  • National specific innovation funding
  • Regional funding
  • Private funding
  • Partner resources
  • Memberships

Customers

Number of customers annually

>50

Type of customers

  • Start-up companies
  • SMEs (<250 employees)
  • MidCaps (between €2-10 billion turnover)
  • Large companies, multi-nationals
  • Research organisations

Partners

KUKA ROBOTER GMBH


Airbus

Partner Type

Large enterprise

Website

https://www.airbus.com/


3DScanners

Partner Type

SME

Website

https://3dscanners.co.uk/


Diad

Partner Type

SME

Website

http://www.diadgroup.com/DIAD_Group/WELCOME.html


High Value Manufacturing Catapult

Partner Type

National government

Website

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


ABB Robotics

Partner Type

Large enterprise

Website

https://new.abb.com/products/robotics


The Boeing Corp (UK)

Partner Type

Large enterprise

Website

https://www.boeing.co.uk/


McLaren Cars

Partner Type

Large enterprise

Website

http://cars.mclaren.com/


Hexagon Metrology Ltd

Partner Type

Large enterprise

Website

https://www.hexagonmi.com/

Technological competences

  • Sensors, actuators, MEMS, NEMS, RF
  • 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)
  • Data mining, big data, database management
  • Augmented and virtual reality, visualization
  • Simulation and modelling
  • Gamification
  • Additive manufacturing (3D printing)
  • Other
Last updated: 06/09/18 14:31