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Commercialising research often drives new innovation not just the on the factory floor, but also in the tools we are able to use.Through these innovations, we are not only building the UK’s manufacturing sector into an economic powerhouse. We are also developing technology that can spur the economic revolution of the future. It is the machines and processes in our Centres today that will be seen across the sector in the factory of tomorrow.
Making the factory of tomorrow
Here are just a few examples of this work
Demand for composites is growing as manufacturers seek to make products lighter, stronger and more durable. In the UK alone, the value of composites is expected to reach around £12.5bn by 2030. The NCC ensures that Britain is at the forefront of this fast-growing sector.
Metal forging remains a vital part of the global metal production industry. The AFRC’s FutureForge facility will transform the forging sector, helping it to embrace the gains of digitalisation.
Very large assemblies, such as reactor pressure vessels in the nuclear industry, are often slow to produce. One of the biggest sources of unproductive time comes from moving these parts between different machines for welding, machining, inspection and other operations. Doing everything on a single platform would allow significant time and cost savings for large complex fabrications in a host of industries.
Many pharmaceutical companies have complicated supply chains that are becoming inefficient against increasing and varied demands. Working with partners including GSK and AstraZeneca, the Grand Challenge 2 project at CPI’s Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre aims to deliver a more agile and responsive clinical supply chain and reduce waste.