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Image: ASTUTE 2020: Supporting Welsh Manufacturing Through Lockdown to Recovery

09/09/2020 ASTUTE 2020 News

ASTUTE 2020: Supporting Welsh Manufacturing Through Lockdown to Recovery

If you are a manufacturing company, you can access University-based industrially focussed research specialists to support your business to grow out of lockdown and build long-term resilience.... How can we support you?

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Logistics Research Network Annual Conference 2020

Logistics Research Network Annual Conference 2020: The public value supply chain: delivering economic, environmental and social benefits to all - Call for Papers now open

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09/09/2020

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Image: Cardiff Capital Region: Graduate Scheme

16/07/2020

Cardiff Capital Region: Graduate Scheme

A graduate internship scheme to link talented graduates with ambitious businesses in the Cardiff Capital Region

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USW Exchange Business Network

Register your free membership to the USW Exchange business network and join a powerful community, that's primed to support a range of business challenges by harnessing the talent of the University of South Wales. Register for upcoming events and webinars

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16/07/2020

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Funded training available from Swansea University METaL Project.

The METaL Project are currently offering online training courses free of charge to businesses in Wales. ‘Corrosion & Coatings Technology’ is currently live and ready for enrolment, ‘Manufacturing Technology’ will be launching shortly. Get in touch for more info or to register - tellmemore@project-metal.co.uk

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13/07/2020

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Image: Fully-funded leadership programmes to support Welsh businesses

10/07/2020

Fully-funded leadership programmes to support Welsh businesses

ION leadership is backed by £3.6 million from the European Social Fund to raise skills and drive productivity and turnover in businesses in West Wales, the Valleys and areas of North Wales. The fully-funded programme is available to businesses and individuals across Wales who meet certain eligibility criteria.

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Image: COVID-19 Support and Funding

01/07/2020

COVID-19 Support and Funding

The Welsh Government are looking to support innovative businesses and research organisations based in Wales to deliver solutions that address these challenges.

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Image: Face Shields Designed by University Team Get CE Mark For Safety for NHS To Use

01/07/2020 ASTUTE 2020 News

Face Shields Designed by University Team Get CE Mark For Safety for NHS To Use

Face shields to protect NHS staff, designed and 3D printed by a Swansea University team, have been awarded the CE safety mark, which means they can now be manufactured at larger scale for hospitals.

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Image: Respond to the Current Lockdown Challenge: Time to Reflect, Analyse and Improve your Manufacturing Production with ASTUTE 2020

24/06/2020 ASTUTE 2020 News

Respond to the Current Lockdown Challenge: Time to Reflect, Analyse and Improve your Manufacturing Production with ASTUTE 2020

ASTUTE 2020’s focus is on technologies related to manufacturing, and our academic and technical expertise utilises a multi-disciplinary approach that encompasses research into the product’s whole life cycle, allowing companies to develop sustainable products and services through integrated applications of knowledge, information, equipment, materials, and people. Connecting with ASTUTE 2020 remotely can help your business to stimulate ideas and address any current manufacturing challenges you may be facing. In this article, we find out about Robust Quality Methods and how it is critical to efficiency.

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Image: #ShapeTheWorld Together through Research with ASTUTE 2020 – International Women in Engineering Day 2020

23/06/2020 ASTUTE 2020 News

#ShapeTheWorld Together through Research with ASTUTE 2020 – International Women in Engineering Day 2020

Today, 23rd June is International Women in Engineering Day and this year’s theme is ‘Shape the World’ Here at ASTUTE 2020, we are proud to elevate the profile of women engineers and encourage everyone to consider engineering as a profession for all. In this article, we are discussing research, its importance and how collaboration with ASTUTE 2020 can benefit manufacturers in Wales to #ShapeTheWorld.

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Image: RECOVERING FROM CORONAVIRUS: NEW VENTILATOR CAN SAVE LIVES AND CREATE JOBS

10/06/2020 ASTUTE 2020 News

RECOVERING FROM CORONAVIRUS: NEW VENTILATOR CAN SAVE LIVES AND CREATE JOBS

A team of Swansea doctors and engineers has designed a new ventilator that can be built quickly from local parts and – crucially - used even for patients with severe coronavirus. Until now, ventilator designs could either be one or the other, but not both.

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Image: Respond to the Current Lockdown Challenge: Manage your Forecasting and Inventory Control Remotely with Support from ASTUTE 2020

19/05/2020 ASTUTE 2020 News

Respond to the Current Lockdown Challenge: Manage your Forecasting and Inventory Control Remotely with Support from ASTUTE 2020

It is more important than ever to ensure your business has a good forecasting and inventory strategy; how you manage this can make all the difference to your business. The ASTUTE 2020 team are available to provide remote support during these challenging times. In this article, we explore Forecasting and Inventory Control, how companies are enhancing the robustness of their manufacturing systems and how we can helping you to gain clarity, control and confidence in developing a sustainable forecasting and inventory strategy.

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Image: Celebrating 10 Years of Working in Collaboration with the Manufacturing Industry

09/05/2020 ASTUTE 2020 News

Celebrating 10 Years of Working in Collaboration with the Manufacturing Industry

This month, the ASTUTE partnership is celebrating a huge milestone: May 1st marks 10 years of successful operation, engagement with over 500 companies, and support of more than 370 businesses across Wales to address manufacturing challenges.

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Image: Respond to the current lockdown challenge: Exploit your manufacturing connectivity through machine learning with ASTUTE 2020

21/04/2020 ASTUTE 2020 News

Respond to the current lockdown challenge: Exploit your manufacturing connectivity through machine learning with ASTUTE 2020

ASTUTE 2020’s support is underpinned by recognised expertise critical to manufacturing processes. The uniqueness of ASTUTE 2020’s support is aimed at meeting the industrial need of improving the use of resources through manufacturing processes and managing the supply chain of products and services. In this article, we find out about Machine Learning and how it exploits connectivity in the manufacturing process.

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Image: ASTUTE 2020 Response to the COVID-19 crisis

15/04/2020 ASTUTE 2020 News

ASTUTE 2020 Response to the COVID-19 crisis

We are here if you wish to discuss opportunities for working with us or are looking to modify your production to develop solutions to support the fight against COVID-19.

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Image: METAL - Online Courses Now Available

31/03/2020

METAL - Online Courses Now Available

METAL online courses now available! For a limited time METAL are offering their brand new online courses for free. Get in touch for more information tellmemore@project-metal.co.uk

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Image: ‘Spotlight’ on How University Partnership can Help Welsh Manufacturers

11/02/2020 ASTUTE 2020 News

‘Spotlight’ on How University Partnership can Help Welsh Manufacturers

A multi-university partnership, led by Swansea University, has created a series of short videos which showcase how it can help manufacturers in Wales boost their innovation, research and success.

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Image: Neath/Port Talbot Manufacture of Precision Instrumentation that Measures Temperature, Pressure, Level and Flow, Collaborates with EU Funds Cymru ASTUTE 2020 for Research, Development & Innovation Success

08/01/2020 ASTUTE 2020 News

Neath/Port Talbot Manufacture of Precision Instrumentation that Measures Temperature, Pressure, Level and Flow, Collaborates with EU Funds Cymru ASTUTE 2020 for Research, Development & Innovation Success

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Image: Queen’s Awards Enterprise Forecasts Growth and Improvement Thanks to Industry-Academia Research Collaboration

10/12/2019 ASTUTE 2020 News

Queen’s Awards Enterprise Forecasts Growth and Improvement Thanks to Industry-Academia Research Collaboration

This project with ASTUTE 2020 has helped enhance the resilience of the Markes International’s manufacturing systems and supply chain through the application of novel methodologies such as Robust Agile Lean Flexible (RALF) and dynamic capabilities. Continued research as part of this project is expected to lead to better inventory control through the implementation of an improved forecasting system addressing a mixed order book of fast, slow and infrequently sold items.

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Image: Ultrasonic Technology Research for High-Quality Cleaning Results

10/12/2019 ASTUTE 2020 News

Ultrasonic Technology Research for High-Quality Cleaning Results

Ultrawave approached ASTUTE 2020 as the company wanted to enhance and develop their understanding of the adhesive mechanism of thermocouples; accelerate the testing regime of a new attachment and create confidence in the new solution, improving reliability and extending service intervals.

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Image: Wales’ largest science festival returned to Swansea last Month (26th – 27th October)

15/11/2019 ASTUTE 2020 News

Wales’ largest science festival returned to Swansea last Month (26th – 27th October)

Swansea University once again presented a spectacular display of inspiring research to the people of Swansea and beyond at their annual ‘Swansea Science Festival’ last weekend.

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Image: Welsh Government - Future-proofing Toolkit

16/10/2019

Welsh Government - Future-proofing Toolkit

Inspired by the Well-Being of Future Generations of Wales Act, businesses, the public sector and people across Wales are taking steps to make the nation a better place to live and work. You can join the journey by future-proofing your business to enhance its sustainability and prosperity.

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Image: Enhanced Powder production enables crack-free High Temperature Nickel Superalloy (H-X) parts by Additive Manufacturing

14/10/2019 ASTUTE 2020 News

Enhanced Powder production enables crack-free High Temperature Nickel Superalloy (H-X) parts by Additive Manufacturing

Sandvik Osprey Ltd. decided to collaborate with the ASTUTE 2020 programme to gain a better understanding of the mechanisms controlling hot cracking and to assess different approaches to the elimination of microcracks in AM fabricated H-X parts, including (1) optimization of the alloy composition and (2) use of nanoparticle additions. Enabling the production of crack-free parts in H-X through Additive Manufacturing will open up the potential for new industrial applications, which will hopefully in turn increase the demand for high quality nickel superalloy powders.

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Image: Academia Research Supports NDT Testing Specialists in Continuing to Promote Cutting Edge Engineering and Manufacturing in Wales

09/10/2019 ASTUTE 2020 News

Academia Research Supports NDT Testing Specialists in Continuing to Promote Cutting Edge Engineering and Manufacturing in Wales

The project was a collaboration between Swansea University, University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) and TWI. As a direct result of the collaboration, two new jobs have been created at the Port Talbot facility, allowing TWI to modify the current design of their ultrasonic water couplant delivery system in the IntACom device.

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Image: Engineering Company Seeks Industry-Academia Collaboration to Develop Advanced Heat Densification Technology to Recycle Waste Expanded Foam Material

24/09/2019 ASTUTE 2020 News

Engineering Company Seeks Industry-Academia Collaboration to Develop Advanced Heat Densification Technology to Recycle Waste Expanded Foam Material

This project has assisted Styrene Systems to draw closer to their objective of preparing a package of detailed plans and expertise that can be sold or licensed to third-party manufacturers for the large scale production of these devices.

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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 project shortlisted for EU award – public choice voting now open

03/07/2018 ASTUTE 2020 News

ASTUTE project shortlisted for EU award – public choice voting now open

A project led by Swansea University has been shortlisted for a European Union RegioStars Award. ASTUTE (Advanced Sustainable Manufacturing Technologies 2010-2015) is a vibrant alliance between eight universities in Wales, specifically formed to stimulate regional and national economic growth.

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ASTUTE (2010-2015) named as RegioStars 2018 Finalist

ASTUTE (2010-2015) project is one of two Welsh projects shortlisted for European Commission RegioStars Award 2018 in the Supporting smart industrial transition.

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18/06/2018

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Image: ASTUTE (2010-2015) named as RegioStars 2018 Finalist
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: International Women in Engineering Day

23/06/2017 ASTUTE 2020 News

International Women in Engineering Day

International Women in Engineering Day takes place on 23 June annually. This day focuses attention on the amazing careers in engineering and technical roles for girls, and allows us to celebrate the achievements of our outstanding women engineers.

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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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Image: Unique EU-funded Project Driving Research and Innovation Success

17/07/2014 ASTUTE 2020 News

Unique EU-funded Project Driving Research and Innovation Success

Unique EU-funded Project Driving Research and Innovation Success & ASTUTE Project Showcases its Support for Welsh Manufacturing.

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