Automation

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. Some processes have been completely automated.

Across the HVM Catapult, the next generation of manufacturing automation systems are being developed to automate complex manufacturing processes and develop new systems that can cope with the demands of tomorrow’s manufacturing. To do this, the HVM Catapult looks at new and innovative automation technologies that allow companies to manufacture high value goods using the skills of their existing workforce. This includes the development of advanced robotic manipulators for use in assembly, as well as logistics and materials processing.

The HVM Catapult Automation Forum, which spans the seven centres, researches the interactions between humans and machines and provides automated systems with the cognitive ability to react to changes in consumer demand and product variability. The Automation Forum is actively working with manufacturers to provide simpler methods to implement automated systems, and in doing so, provide a greater uptake of technology to increase competitiveness.

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Other Capabilities

CPI works across a range of technology platforms to enable their clients to develop, prove, prototype and scale up the next generation of products and processes.
Advanced Assembly

Advanced Assembly

Assembly is the general term for applications that assemble and inspect the fundamental parts to form a final product or sub-component.

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Automation

Automation

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.

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Biologics

Biologics

Biologics are preparations, such as a drug, a vaccine, or an antitoxin, that are synthesized from living organisms or their products and used as a diagnostic, preventive, or therapeutic agent.

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Biotechnology

Biotechnology

Biotechnology uses microorganisms, such as bacteria or yeasts, or biological substances, such as enzymes, to perform specific industrial or manufacturing processes.

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Composites

Composites

Composite materials are materials made from two or more constituent materials with significantly different physical or chemical properties, that when combined, produce a material with characteristics different from the individual components.

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Design

Design

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.

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Digital manufacturing

Digital manufacturing

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Electronics

Electronics

Electronics deals with electrical circuits that involve active electrical components such as vacuum tubes, transistors, diodes and integrated circuits, and associated passive electrical components and interconnection technologies.

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Formulation

Formulation

Formulations refer to the putting together of components in appropriate relationships or structures, according to a formula.

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High Temperature Processing

High Temperature Processing

Forming of metallic components by use of carefully controlled combinations of temperature and pressure to effect viscoelastic flow and/or plastic deformation.

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Joining

Joining

Joining technology is fundamental to engineering and manufacturing.

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Materials Characterisation

Materials Characterisation

Materials characterisation refers to the broad and general process by which a material’s structure and properties are probed, measured and tested.

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Metrology

Metrology

Metrology (the science of measurement) provides critical quality assurance for manufacturing processes.

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Modelling and Simulation

Modelling and Simulation

Modelling and simulation is getting information about how something will behave without actually testing it in real life.

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Netshape and Additive Manufacturing

Netshape and Additive Manufacturing

Additive Manufacturing (AM) is the process of creating objects directly from digital files via the successive addition of discrete layers of material.

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Powder Technology

Powder Technology

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Powder and Energy Storage

Powder and Energy Storage

Environmental legislation is creating a significant demand for electrochemical storage solutions for both static and mobile application.

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Resource Efficient and Sustainable Manufacturing

Resource Efficient and Sustainable Manufacturing

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.

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Printable Electronics

Printable Electronics

Printable electronics refers to the methods used to create electrical devices on various substrates including thin film, textiles and paper.

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Surface Engineering

Surface Engineering

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.

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Tooling and Fixtures

Tooling and Fixtures

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.

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