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ASTUTE 2020

Exploit Resources & Connectivity in the Manufacturing Process

Improve quality, productivity and sustainability.


The Whole Life Cycle


Utilising a multi-disciplinary approach that encompasses the product's whole life cycle allows companies to develop sustainable products and services through integrated application of knowledge, information, equipment, materials, energy, transport and people.  The goal of optimising a product, process or service, and its supporting supply chain and logistics. Optimisation of complex processes and systems eliminates steps that do not add value and improves manufacturing quality, productivity and sustainability. Frequently, there will also be aspects from more than one expertise needed to move a manufacturing process or manufactured product forward.

Underpinning Area of Expertise Critical to Effective Production


Manufacturing Systems Engineering is critical to effective production processes. Examples of the expertise available in critical underpinning areas include: Systems Engineering, Operational Excellence, Manufacturing Process Improvement, Production and Inventory Control, Supply Chain Re-engineering and Re-shoring, Failure Modes Effects Analysis and Ontology, Biomedical Engineering, Resource Efficiency, Life Cycle Analysis, Circular Economy, Re-manufacturing and Recycling, and Sustainable Supply Chains. Access to these areas of expertise via ASTUTE 2020 is aimed at fulfilling the industrial need of improving the use of resources in the manufacturing process and managing the supply chain of products and services.

Harnessing Connectivity for Smart Manufacturing


Utilising expertise across all three areas of key expertise covered by ASTUTE 2020 allows the team to conduct research in smart manufacturing combining cyberphysical systems, simulation, 3D visualisation, sensor technology, data collection, analytics, decentralised decisions and monitoring physical processes. This enables companies to leverage current key global megatrends in connectivity including “Big Data”, “Internet of Things” and “Internet of Services”.

Capabilities Opportunities for Collaborative R&D


The ASTUTE 2020 HEI partners have extensive facilities including modern laboratories and state of the art equipment and software. Companies conducting collaborative R&D projects with ASTUTE 2020 are able to access equipment, software, academic expertise and skilled technical specialists.

Industry 4.0 (Internet of Things)

  • Automation, Robotics and Vision Systems
  • Data Exchange
  • Digital Manufacturing
  • SMART Products

 

  • Big Data, Data Mining, Data Collection
  • Sensor Technology
  • Collaborative Robotics and Human-Machine Interface
  • Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence

Sustainable Manufacturing

  • Resource Efficiency
  • Carbon Efficiency
  • End of Life

 

  • Reduce, Re-use, Re-Manufacture, Recycle
  • Circular Economy
  • Redistributed Manufacturing

Supply Chain Re-Engineering

  • Re-shoring
  • Green Logistics
  • Resilient Supply Chain

 

  • Servitisation
  • Leagility - integrating lean manufacturing with agile
  • Logistics Optimisation

Advanced Manufacturing Technologies

  • Condition Monitoring
  • Metrology
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Failure Modes Effects Analysis & Ontology
  • Nano & Micro Manufacturing

Production Planning & Control

  • Inventory Management
  • Forecasting
  • Optimisation of planning and control

Case studies Relating to Manufacturing Systems Engineering