Technologies

We offer technology innovation and scale-up capabilities across the spectrum of process and discrete manufacturing industries. Our relationship with the research base keeps us at the cutting edge.

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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Casting

Casting

Casting is a manufacturing process by which a liquid material is usually poured into a mold, which contains a hollow cavity of the desired shape, and is then allowed to solidify.

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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

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.

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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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Flexible Manufacturing

Flexible Manufacturing

A method for producing goods that is readily adaptable to changes in the product being manufactured, in which machines are able to manufacture parts and with the ability to handle varying levels of production.

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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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Machining

Machining

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.

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Manufacturing with Polymers

Manufacturing with Polymers

Polymeric materials are created via polymerisation of many small molecules.

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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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Metal Forming and Forging

Metal Forming and Forging

Forging is a manufacturing process involving the shaping of metal using localized compressive forces.

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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

Modeling 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

Many of the emerging production methods that produce net shape components begin with powdered metals.

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Power and Energy Storage

Power and Energy Storage

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

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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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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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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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Visualisation and Virtual Reality

Visualisation and Virtual Reality

Virtual reality refers to a set of techniques in which one interacts with a synthetic (“virtual”) environment that exists solely in the computer.

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