Assembly is the general term for applications that assemble and inspect the fundamental parts to form a final product or sub-component. Industry is increasingly seeking to automate complex manual assembly tasks in order to improve manufacturing flexibility, speed and quality, while also reducing costs.
The HVM Catapult brings together advanced technologies such as robotics, augmented reality and large volume metrology to develop innovative, integrated systems that ensure complex structures are assembled perfectly, first time and every time. The HVM Catapult houses the process knowledge and modelling to support industry in optimizing assembly processes across a number of sectors and for a range of parts. As well as parts for sectors such as aerospace and automotive, the HVM Catapult offers expertise in the area of battery assembly and the assembly of electronic circuits.
Although the centre’s capabilities are focused on the nuclear manufacturing sector, its resources and expertise can also address the large-scale manufacturing demands of other high-value industries such as oil and gas, offshore wind, chemicals and aerospace.
Automation is the use of various control systems for operating equipment such as machinery, processes in factories, and other applications with minimal or reduced human intervention.
Design for manufacture is a term used to describe the process of designing products/parts/components in a way that optimises all the manufacturing functions as well as ensuring that design supports the optimisation of cost, quality and regulatory compliance.
Advanced manufacturing is a highly knowledge intensive sector where advances in IT systems have a huge role to play in improving manufacturing intelligence; capturing, sharing and managing big data; supporting collaboration; increasing efficiency & speeding up innovation.
Joining technology is fundamental to engineering and manufacturing.
Machining is any of various processes in which a piece of raw material is cut into a desired final shape and size by a controlled material-removal process.
Materials characterisation refers to the broad and general process by which a material’s structure and properties are probed, measured and tested.
Metrology (the science of measurement) provides critical quality assurance for manufacturing processes.
Modelling and simulation is getting information about how something will behave without actually testing it in real life.
Additive Manufacturing (AM) is the process of creating objects directly from digital files via the successive addition of discrete layers of material.
Many of the emerging production methods that produce net shape components begin with powdered metals.
The efficient use of resources in manufacturing processes coupled with low carbon and low energy manufacturing processes is a major target across the whole of manufacturing industry.
Surface engineering refers to a wide range of technologies designed to modify the surface properties of metallic and non-metallic components for decorative and/or functional purposes.
Tooling refers to workings or specialist manufacturing aids which are usually limited in use to a specific production line or the performance of a specific contract or job.
Virtual reality refers to a set of techniques in which one interacts with a synthetic (“virtual”) environment that exists solely in the computer.