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ASTUTE 2020 Update September 2020

Here at ASTUTE 2020, we can support your business throughout this period of uncertainty. Our world-class academics and technical experts from across our strong Welsh Universities partnership are available to support you through research and innovation activities. If you wish to discuss opportunities for working with us e.g. to modify your production to develop solutions to support the fight against COVID-19, you can contact us via email.


Exploit Resources & Connectivity in the Manufacturing Process

Improve quality, productivity and sustainability.

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

Case studies Relating to Manufacturing Systems Engineering