UK invests £12 million in manufacturing IT innovation
The UK’s Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has announced £12 million in new funding for six research projects looking at IT innovation in manufacturing.
The six IT-related projects are as follows:
- Cloud manufacturing (£2.4 million) – led by the University of Nottingham, this project will apply the principles of cloud computing to allow manufacturers to share design and process resources.
- Decision support for chemicals manufacturing (£2.5 million) – a collaboration between the University of Strathclyde and Loughborough University, this project will develop software for analysing data from sensors used in the chemicals manufacturing process. The aim is to allow certain chemicals to be produced using continuous, rather than discrete, processes.
- Crowdsourced food and packaging design (£1.8) – this Notthingham and Brunel University project will develop IT tools that allow manufacturers to include customers in their product design and development processes.
- Simulating services in 3D (£1.5 million) – this Aston, Sheffield and Coventry University project aims to aid manufacturers as they move from product-centric to services-based business models by 3D developing virtual world in which those services can be simulated.
- Complex project analysis (£1.9 million) – the University of Bath project aims to improve complex, collaborative engineering projects by analysing the way the parties work together through email, computer-aided design (CAD)
- Improved information systems (£1.9) – Led by Loughborough University, this project aims to improve the availability of information throughout the manufacturing supply chain by developing “intelligent software services”.
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