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Darwin Gray: Change Management - Expert Panel

Hear from industry experts to discuss the current technical and commercial challenges faced by the manufacturing sector and, more importantly, how to address them.

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24/09/2019

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Image: METAL - Joining Technology

24/09/2019

METAL - Joining Technology

Joining methods are widely used throughout manufacturing. This course offers an education in the principles of a broad range of joining techniques including welding, riveting, fasteners and adhesives.

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Image: METAL - Environmental Impact and Sustainability

09/10/2019

METAL - Environmental Impact and Sustainability

With focus on the environment ever increasing and legislation rapidly changing it is becoming more important to understand the influence industry has on the environment. This course provides an education into current legislation and the influence industry is having on the environment. Location: Newtown College, Powys

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Image: METAL - Corrosion and Coatings Technology

23/10/2019

METAL - Corrosion and Coatings Technology

This course provides an in-depth understanding of the world of corrosion, the electrochemical mechanisms and methods for preventing corrosion. A good understanding will also be gained of corrosion protective coatings and the technology used to apply them. Location: Newtown College, Powys

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ION Leadership: Celebrating Welsh Business

2019 sees ION leadership celebrate 10 years of developing extraordinary leaders. To celebrate we would love to invite you to join us at Liberty Stadium in Swansea to: Hear from leading industry experts, Take part in interactive workshops, Book appointments with business experts who can advise you on various areas of your business, Find out how you can get involved, and benefit from, future programmes, Network with local businesses in our marketplace.

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06/11/2019

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50 Years of Steel Alloy Design

It is 150 years since the founding in the UK of the Iron and Steel Institute – the forerunner of the Institute of Materials Minerals and Mining (IOM3). Over this period the steel industry has responded to the ever‐increasing demands of end users. There is a false perception that after 150 years there is limited scope for further major improvements in steel but about 75% of the grades used currently have been developed in the last 20 years. A good example is in the automotive sector where the development of higher strength steels has allowed reduced emissions and improved passenger safety.

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07/11/2019

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Image: Q&A with Dr Dawn Morgan - International Women in Engineering Day

23/06/2019 ASTUTE 2020 News

Q&A with Dr Dawn Morgan - International Women in Engineering Day

Dr Dawn Morgan grew up loving Maths in school but got involved in engineering at her first job. Now she uses computational software to simulate real-world problems.

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Image: ASTUTE 2020's collaboration with Tidal Anchors Holdings Ltd. on the Next Generation of Anchoring Solutions

25/03/2019 ASTUTE 2020 News

ASTUTE 2020's collaboration with Tidal Anchors Holdings Ltd. on the Next Generation of Anchoring Solutions

The results of the successful collaboration as well as the excellent reception of the Tidal Anchor® at the Seawork International Exhibition provided the company with the confidence to invest patent applications in numerous countries. To date, and in addition to the UK, seven patents have been granted in overseas territories including Europe, Hong Kong, China, Japan, USA and Australia.

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Image: Promoting, Supporting and Inspiring Women in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) - International Women's Day

08/03/2019 ASTUTE 2020 News

Promoting, Supporting and Inspiring Women in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) - International Women's Day

I have worked as part of team of engineers and have never felt that being female has been an issue. Within my role in ASTUTE I’ve always felt encouraged, supported and valued by all my colleagues. I think that if you have a passion for your topic and good knowledge in your field then people will listen to the things that you have to say, regardless of your gender.

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Image: Innovation & Knowledge Exchange - Investing in future manufacturing technologies

21/02/2019 ASTUTE 2020 News

Innovation & Knowledge Exchange - Investing in future manufacturing technologies

ASTUTE 2020 recently teamed up with NatWest and Industry Wales to run a free event for companies in the manufacturing sector to raise awareness of the support available to Welsh businesses that are looking to invest in future manufacturing technologies. The event highlighted the importance of exploiting existing and creating new opportunities to gain competitive advantages in future manufacturing technologies and the importance of adapting to change.

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Image: Having successfully collaborated with ASTUTE during the 2010 – 2015 funding phase, Affresol continues to strive for improvements within the company

24/01/2019 ASTUTE 2020 News

Having successfully collaborated with ASTUTE during the 2010 – 2015 funding phase, Affresol continues to strive for improvements within the company

Utilising ASTUTE 2020’s expertise to develop and enhance the efficiency of the manufacturing process by improving already existing or creating new methods that are more suitable for TPR® material.

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Image:  Launch for Formula 3D Circuit Race

21/01/2019

Launch for Formula 3D Circuit Race

The project, led by Swansea University’s College of Engineering in partnership with Carmarthenshire County Council, was initiated at Ysgol Gynradd Nantgaredig – a pioneering primary school where children are being introduced to digital technologies like 3D printing from a young age.

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Image: Vortex IoT announced as Factory of the Future partner

04/12/2018

Vortex IoT announced as Factory of the Future partner

Expert engineers and scientists at Swansea University will soon be collaborating with an innovative local manufacturing company to help boost the business for many years to come.

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Image: Magnetism to Raise the Pulse - How magnets are being used for the treatment of chronic heart failure

15/11/2018 ASTUTE 2020 News

Magnetism to Raise the Pulse - How magnets are being used for the treatment of chronic heart failure

The annual ‘Swansea Science Festival’ hosted by Swansea University took place on the weekend of the 3rd – 4th November. The largest festival of its kind in Wales, the family-friendly event held at the National Waterfront Museum, Swansea attracted 6,000 visitors to an array of interactive exhibits and workshops, all focused on the world of science.

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Image: ASTUTE 2020's collaboration with Lyte Industries (Wales) one of the few companies still manufacturing access equipment such as ladders in the UK

30/10/2018 ASTUTE 2020 News

ASTUTE 2020's collaboration with Lyte Industries (Wales) one of the few companies still manufacturing access equipment such as ladders in the UK

ASTUTE 2020's collaboration with Swansea based Lyte Industries (Wales) will allow Lyte to advance their manufacturing systems to evaluate and improve efficiency, quality and delivery, leading to increased sales revenue to ensure a long-term future for the company in West Wales and the Valleys

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Image: ASTUTE 2020's collaboration Team Precision Pipe Assemblies on comparing simulation and value stream mapping for cell layout

01/06/2018 ASTUTE 2020 News

ASTUTE 2020's collaboration Team Precision Pipe Assemblies on comparing simulation and value stream mapping for cell layout

Team Precision were seeking collaborative support from ASTUTE 2020 in gaining a better understanding of their current manufacturing capabilities and capacity, and ways to identify possible improvements.

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Image: Engaging the automotive industry with collaboration benefits

25/05/2018 ASTUTE 2020 News

Engaging the automotive industry with collaboration benefits

On Thursday 17th May, the Welsh Automotive Forum (WAF), Swansea University’s College of Engineering and ASTUTE 2020, co-hosted an event for WAF automotive industry representatives at the state-of-the-art Bay Campus, Swansea University as part of WAF’s South West regional meeting.

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Image: ASTUTE 2020's collaboration with Kautex Textron into liquid flow patterns through micro nozzles

09/05/2018 ASTUTE 2020 News

ASTUTE 2020's collaboration with Kautex Textron into liquid flow patterns through micro nozzles

Continuing from a series of successful collaborative projects during the 2010 – 2015 funding phase of ASTUTE, Kautex was able to utilise the knowledge gained from the previous projects to develop two of their own nozzle designs. To further increase Kautex’s understanding of the key parameters of the nozzles, a collaborative project on the liquid flow patterns was carried out with ASTUTE 2020.

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Image: ASTUTE 2020's collaboration with Weartech International evolving the research capacity into wear resistant multicomponent alloys – computational approach

25/04/2018 ASTUTE 2020 News

ASTUTE 2020's collaboration with Weartech International evolving the research capacity into wear resistant multicomponent alloys – computational approach

The collaborative project with ASTUTE 2020 aims to support Weartech’s ambition to potentially increase Weartech’s market share (up to 30% increase on orders), taking the company to a potential £15m turnover in the future.

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Image: ASTUTE 2020's collaboration with Weartech International on evolving the research capacity into wear resistant multicomponent alloys - microstructure approach

25/04/2018 ASTUTE 2020 News

ASTUTE 2020's collaboration with Weartech International on evolving the research capacity into wear resistant multicomponent alloys - microstructure approach

It is expected that through engagement and collaboration with ASTUTE 2020, Weartech’s advanced manufacturing knowledge will increase, alongside certain improvements, be applied more widely to production, providing additional gains for Weartech.

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Image: ASTUTE 2020's collaboration with Frontier Medical Group exploring the development of methodologies for enhanced and sustainable competitiveness in injection moulding

29/03/2018 ASTUTE 2020 News

ASTUTE 2020's collaboration with Frontier Medical Group exploring the development of methodologies for enhanced and sustainable competitiveness in injection moulding

Following on from a successful collaboration between Frontier and ASTUTE (2010 – 2015) on Repose® and Frontier’s ongoing focus to remain competitive, utilise new materials and optimise processes, a collaborative Research and Development (R&D) project with ASTUTE 2020 was scoped.

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Image: £8m EU-backed boost to roll out initiative to drive ground breaking research to support the manufacturing industry

16/02/2018 ASTUTE 2020 News

£8m EU-backed boost to roll out initiative to drive ground breaking research to support the manufacturing industry

Welsh manufacturing businesses will benefit from an extra £8m to extend a scheme to help them access world-class expertise to develop cutting-edge new products and services, Finance Secretary Mark Drakeford today said. [16.02.18]

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Image: Swansea-based collaboration leads to wave energy innovation

27/10/2017 ASTUTE 2020 News

Swansea-based collaboration leads to wave energy innovation

The EU-backed ASTUTE 2020 (Advanced Sustainable Manufacturing Technologies) operation led by Swansea University in partnership with Cardiff and Aberystwyth universities and University of Wales Trinity Saint David has collaborated with Swansea-based Marine Power Systems (MPS) to support the development of a Wave Energy Converter to address the challenge of extracting wave energy at a viable cost.

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Image: ASTUTE 2020's collaboration with The Aluminium Lighting Company Ltd. into the Remonte Monitoring of Lighting Columns in Service

04/10/2017 ASTUTE 2020 News

ASTUTE 2020's collaboration with The Aluminium Lighting Company Ltd. into the Remonte Monitoring of Lighting Columns in Service

Continuing from successful collaborations during the 2010 –2015 funding phase of ASTUTE, ASTUTE 2020’s collaboration with ALC aimed to identify more closely how a lighting column is actually performing in real time against its predicted level of performance.

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Image: ASTUTE 2020 in collaboration with Marine Power Systems Ltd. on their clean, Reliable and Affordable Wave Power Technology

14/09/2017 ASTUTE 2020 News

ASTUTE 2020 in collaboration with Marine Power Systems Ltd. on their clean, Reliable and Affordable Wave Power Technology

ASTUTE 2020 is working with MPS on generating suitable computational models using information supplied by MPS along with performing finite element analysis on the structure.

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Image: ASTUTE 2020 Innovative & Experimental Capabilities Showcased

13/09/2017 ASTUTE 2020 News

ASTUTE 2020 Innovative & Experimental Capabilities Showcased

On the weekend of the 9th – 10th September, ASTUTE 2020 participated in Swansea University’s Science Festival.

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Image: Highly Commended Tidal Anchor Demonstrated at Seawork International 2017

13/09/2017 ASTUTE 2020 News

Highly Commended Tidal Anchor Demonstrated at Seawork International 2017

Divemex Ltd. were experienced in maritime industries and recognised the necessity for a new type of anchor. ASTUTE 2020’s collaboration with Divemex was to determine performance parameters with particular reference to accuracy/repeatability of launch position and embedding final position of the new anchor.

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Image: ASTUTE 2020 collaboration with Calon Cardio-Technology Ltd. will enable clinical trials in the UK's first Ventricular Assist Device

17/07/2017 ASTUTE 2020 News

ASTUTE 2020 collaboration with Calon Cardio-Technology Ltd. will enable clinical trials in the UK's first Ventricular Assist Device

Calon Cardio is developing the next generation of implantable blood pumps for the treatment of advanced chronic heart failure, the MiniVAD™, Miniature Ventricular Assist Device.

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Image: Welsh Companies can Capitalise on Academic Expertise in Industry 4.0

25/05/2017 ASTUTE 2020 News

Welsh Companies can Capitalise on Academic Expertise in Industry 4.0

Welsh companies have the opportunity to learn from the experience gained on ‘what worked’ and ‘what did not work’ during Uni-Pol’s journey to Industry 4.0 through collaboration with ASTUTE 2020.

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