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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.

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Image: Welsh Government - Future-proofing Toolkit

11/10/2021

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: Celsa Manufacturing (UK) Ltd: recieves Industrial Energy Transformation Fund Grant

19/07/2021

Celsa Manufacturing (UK) Ltd: recieves Industrial Energy Transformation Fund Grant

Congratulations Celsa Manufacturing (UK) Ltd. on being one of the recipients of the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy - Industrial Energy Transformation Fund Grants to further your research on Energy Efficiency Deployment at your manufacturing facility in Cardiff. ASTUTE 2020+ looks forward to continuing our #research collaboration with you to reduce the cost of #steel production at your #Cardiff manufacturing facility.

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Image: Agile Marketing Impacting on Agile Engineering

12/07/2021 ASTUTE 2020 News

Agile Marketing Impacting on Agile Engineering

There are a lot of conversations taking place right now about Agility in business. But what does this mean in a marketing context and how will this impact engineering? Agility is the ability for an organisation to move fast when opportunities arise – to free themselves up from the management practices of the pre-Covid era.

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Image: Genichi Taguchi and the Taguchi Method

12/07/2021 ASTUTE 2020 News

Genichi Taguchi and the Taguchi Method

The Taguchi method is a well-established technique for Robust Design based on the scientific/statistical method of experimental design or design of Experiments (DoE). Whilst the reported applications of the Taguchi method have been growing steadily over the last 40 years, the challenge when applying the method to manufacturing process improvement has always been the availability of equipment and access to the appropriate measurement of relevant parameter data.

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Image: Meet the USW Team

12/07/2021 ASTUTE 2020 News

Meet the USW Team

The ASTUTE 2020+ team at the University of South Wales (USW) comprises of Professor Hefin Rowlands, Professor Jonathan Deacon, Steffan James and Carl Singleton. The team provides a unique mix of skills that complement those of the other academic partners in ASTUTE 2020+. The team has expertise in Quality improvement, the Taguchi Design of Experiments method, strategic supply chain management and developing strong supplier relationships and the ability to provide a human-centric focus to achieve a more market-oriented product.

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Image: What are Supply Chain Bottlenecks?

12/07/2021 ASTUTE 2020 News

What are Supply Chain Bottlenecks?

Most organisations assess spend categories based on the financial exposure and the supply risk they pose to the organisation. Financial exposure is measured by the relative monetary value of the product or service being sourced.

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Image: What is Quality 4.0?

12/07/2021 ASTUTE 2020 News

What is Quality 4.0?

We are currently experiencing unprecedented changes in the manufacturing industry which have primarily been driven through the widespread use of digital technologies. This has resulted in greater accessibility to data throughout the manufacturing process facilitated by the introduction of smart sensors and Artificial Intelligence (AI). These aspects form the core elements of the 4th Industrial revolution referred to as Industry 4.0.

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Image: What is the circular economy?

12/07/2021 ASTUTE 2020 News

What is the circular economy?

The circular economy is an alternative to the current ‘take, make, waste’ linear economy based on extracting raw materials, manufacturing a product, consuming and disposing of the product.

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Image: Advanced and Next-Generation Battery Materials and Cell Performance Research Through ASTUTE 2020+

30/06/2021 ASTUTE 2020 News

Advanced and Next-Generation Battery Materials and Cell Performance Research Through ASTUTE 2020+

Presently, the world’s energy demands are met mainly by the combustion of fossil fuels. Already we are witnessing the severe impacts on the environment, climatic patterns, and the world economy. Realising these disturbing effects, investments in alternative energy systems are accelerating, especially in electrochemical energy storage for various applications ranging from portable devices to grids. Efficient electric energy storage is required for mobile electronic devices but also next-generation hybrid and electric vehicles (EV).

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Image: International Women in Engineering Day 2021– Recognizing a Problem & Daring to be Part of the Solution

23/06/2021 ASTUTE 2020 News

International Women in Engineering Day 2021– Recognizing a Problem & Daring to be Part of the Solution

Today, 23rd June is International Women in Engineering Day. Gender equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace are an ongoing challenge, especially within the Engineering, Manufacturing and Innovation sectors which are more male-dominated. This year's International Women in Engineering day is celebrating ‘Engineering Heroes’, celebrating the amazing work that women engineers around the world are doing to respond to the pandemic but also to support lives and livelihoods every day – who recognize a problem, then dare to be part of the solution.

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Image: Industry-Academia Computational and Experimental Investigations into a Mould Tool for Aluminium Food Containers

17/02/2021 ASTUTE 2020 News

Industry-Academia Computational and Experimental Investigations into a Mould Tool for Aluminium Food Containers

Aluminium containers are formed by combining mechanical and air pressure to force a foil blank into a shaped die cavity. FSG Tool & Die Ltd. sought the support of the ASTUTE 2020 team to improve the performance of the press tooling components used in the manufacture of standard and smooth wall aluminium food containers such as take-away food, frozen food, desserts and airline meals.

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Image: New Collaborative Robot Brings Industry 4.0 research opportunities to the Manufacturing Sector Across Wales

16/02/2021 ASTUTE 2020 News

New Collaborative Robot Brings Industry 4.0 research opportunities to the Manufacturing Sector Across Wales

ASTUTE 2020+’s continued drive to support manufacturing companies across Wales to remain at the forefront of innovation has led to adding a new collaborative robot to their extensive state-of-the-art equipment and facilities available to manufacturers for research collaborations.

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Image: Maximise Productivity and Minimise Waste by Predicting How Products and Manufacturing Processes React to Real-World Conditions

08/02/2021 ASTUTE 2020 News

Maximise Productivity and Minimise Waste by Predicting How Products and Manufacturing Processes React to Real-World Conditions

Computational engineering applies mathematical models and simulations to solve complex physical problems arising in design or natural phenomena. The ASTUTE 2020+ team offer Computational Engineering Modelling expertise to predict how products and processes react to real-life forces and other physical effects. Finite Element Analysis (FEA) is one such modelling technique; in this article, we look at how FEA can support manufacturing businesses to review product performance in its intended use and throughout the manufacturing process.

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Image: Brother Industries (U.K.) Ltd. Introduces Toner Cartridges Produced Using Recycled Materials from End-Of-Life Products Thanks to Industry-Academia Collaboration

20/01/2021 ASTUTE 2020 News

Brother Industries (U.K.) Ltd. Introduces Toner Cartridges Produced Using Recycled Materials from End-Of-Life Products Thanks to Industry-Academia Collaboration

North Wales-based manufacturer and supplier of printing consumables, Brother Industries (U.K.) Ltd. has started production on their first “new” Brother-branded toner cartridges with frames moulded using 100% recycled material, thanks to an industry-academia collaboration.

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Image: Brother Industries (U.K.) Ltd. Launches Toner Cartridges Produced Using Recycled Plastics Thanks to Industry-Academia Collaboration

20/01/2021 ASTUTE 2020 News

Brother Industries (U.K.) Ltd. Launches Toner Cartridges Produced Using Recycled Plastics Thanks to Industry-Academia Collaboration

Brother Industries (U.K.) Ltd. ("BIUK") is adopting the principles of ‘Circular Economy’, placing the business at the forefront as an ethical and sustainable manufacturer of plastic components and becoming the Recycling Technology Centre (RTC) for the global Brother Group. ASTUTE 2020 supported BIUK in investigating the technical difficulties of using recycled High Impact Polystyrene (HIPS) materials.

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Image: Swansea Team Help Company Recycle Old Products Into New Toner Cartridges

20/01/2021

Swansea Team Help Company Recycle Old Products Into New Toner Cartridges

The EU-Funded ASTUTE 2020 operation based at Swansea University has provided industrial Research, Development, and Innovation (RD&I) support to help Brother Industries (U.K) Ltd. produce their first Brother branded toner cartridge manufactured from recycled materials recovered from End of Life products. Brother Industries (U.K.) Ltd., based in Wrexham, has produced their first “new” Brother-branded toner cartridges with frames moulded using 100% recycled material.

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Image: Merthyr Tydfil Manufacturer Achieves Significant Cost Savings and Environmental Benefits Thanks to Industry-Academia Collaboration

16/12/2020 ASTUTE 2020 News

Merthyr Tydfil Manufacturer Achieves Significant Cost Savings and Environmental Benefits Thanks to Industry-Academia Collaboration

ASTUTE 2020 and Amnitec’s collaboration aimed to understand the metallurgical construction of a copper to a stainless steel welded joint improving consistency, enhancing the quality of these welds to eliminate leakage and reduce scrap in products that employ this welding method, thereby enhancing productivity and company competitiveness in this niche market

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Image: Industry-Academia Collaboration Helps Towards Accreditation of Laser Wire Stripping Process for Aerospace Industries

15/12/2020 ASTUTE 2020 News

Industry-Academia Collaboration Helps Towards Accreditation of Laser Wire Stripping Process for Aerospace Industries

Spectrum Technologies Ltd. and ASTUTE 2020 have worked together to enable the company to proceed with acquiring a route to certification of the laser wire stripping for the aerospace industry supply chain which was previously inaccessible. The collaborative project has given the company confidence in their updated laser cutting system and they have recently secured a large order from Boeing. As a direct result, four new jobs have been created at the Welsh Headquarters and several jobs have been safeguarded through the new contracts and OEM accreditation.

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Image: The Confusing Topic of the Internet of Things: Understanding what it is and what benefits it brings to Manufacturing

10/12/2020 ASTUTE 2020 News

The Confusing Topic of the Internet of Things: Understanding what it is and what benefits it brings to Manufacturing

In today’s digital world and ever-evolving future of manufacturing, manufacturers need to be flexible and open-minded in adapting, developing and collaborating to advance their systems. The Internet of Things (IoT) is one of the most confusing applications in manufacturing systems but is becoming an increasingly important piece of technology within the sector.

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Image: ASTUTE 2020 £4m Research Funding Boost for Welsh Manufacturing Sector

08/12/2020 ASTUTE 2020 News

ASTUTE 2020 £4m Research Funding Boost for Welsh Manufacturing Sector

Manufacturing businesses across Wales can remain at the forefront of innovation, thanks to £4 million of EU funding announced by the Welsh Government. Thanks to the additional funding from the European Regional Development Fund, ASTUTE 2020 can continue to support businesses until September 2022.

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Image: Industry-Academia Collaboration of IoT Device That Instantly Turns Beer Kegs into Smart Containers

26/11/2020 ASTUTE 2020 News

Industry-Academia Collaboration of IoT Device That Instantly Turns Beer Kegs into Smart Containers

The unique collaboration between the Smart Container Company and ASTUTE 2020 has utilised renowned manufacturing systems expertise to research methods of fluid level management and establish the feasibility of energy harvesting methods for powering the IoT device through the use of sensors.

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Image: Lockdown to Recovery: Understanding Interactions and Effects of Products/Processes Performance Through Computational Research with ASTUTE 2020

17/11/2020 ASTUTE 2020 News

Lockdown to Recovery: Understanding Interactions and Effects of Products/Processes Performance Through Computational Research with ASTUTE 2020

Improving manufacturing processes and manufactured products often require experimentation. Along with a costly ‘trial and error’ approach, this can be a lengthy process with an uncertain outcome. Computational Modelling is an essential tool that can increase the understanding of complex processes and products. In this article, we look specifically at Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and how it can support manufacturing business in understanding complex processes and products.

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Image: Testing and Evaluation of the Physical Properties of an Innovative Modular All-in-One Coat and Sleeping System (ROOF)

11/11/2020 ASTUTE 2020 News

Testing and Evaluation of the Physical Properties of an Innovative Modular All-in-One Coat and Sleeping System (ROOF)

RDF approached the ASTUTE 2020 team at UWTSD to engage with their extensive expertise in Advanced Materials and conventional and non-destructive testing (NDT) capabilities. The request was to collaborate on the optimisation of ROOF and to establish that the garment is fit for purpose and performs in the most extreme conditions.

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Image: Lockdown to Recovery: The benefits of Incorporating Robotics into Manufacturing

07/10/2020 ASTUTE 2020 News

Lockdown to Recovery: The benefits of Incorporating Robotics into Manufacturing

The manufacturing industry’s landscape will be significantly different due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses will need to consider embracing robotics within their production processes and through collaboration with ASTUTE 2020, we can support you to implement change and provide solutions to exploit new opportunities. Automation, robotics and humans both have a place in manufacturing and are critical to the industry’s recovery and future success. In this article, we discuss how and where robotics is used within manufacturing and the benefit automation can have on manufacturing as highlighted during the current COVID-pandemic.

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

17/09/2020 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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Image: Industry-Academia Collaborations to Improve the Economy and Environment in Wales

09/09/2020 ASTUTE 2020 News

Industry-Academia Collaborations to Improve the Economy and Environment in Wales

To increase value within the academia-industrial collaborative projects that ASTUTE 2020 undertake with the Welsh manufacturing industry, we focus on trying to incorporate, implement and embed equal opportunities and gender mainstreaming, sustainable development and tackling poverty along with social inclusion. In this article, we take a look at the benefits of the Cross-Cutting Themes within the ASTUTE 2020 partnership and our industrial projects.

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Image: Lockdown to Recovery: Fulfil your potential with Additive Layer Manufacturing (ALM)

21/08/2020 ASTUTE 2020 News

Lockdown to Recovery: Fulfil your potential with Additive Layer Manufacturing (ALM)

Materials used to manufacture components is a key area for ensuring efficient production and optimum performance. Additive Layer Manufacturing can have a large impact on the way products are developed and produced. For example, enabling the creation of lighter, stronger parts and systems. In this article, we discuss the opportunities and challenges of Additive Layer Manufacturing and how ASTUTE 2020 provided support to a Welsh manufacturing company with their medical device aimed at treating COVID-19 patients.

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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: ‘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: 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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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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08/03/2019

ASTUTE 2020 Event

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

ASTUTE 2020 Event

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 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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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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