Digital Manufacturing

Digital Manufacturing


The manufacturing research group focuses on improvements to the whole life-cycle of manufacturing processes to improve their efficiency and effectiveness and address the major challenges in productivity that are increasingly faced by UK manufacturing industry.

Key to our success at higher Technology Readiness Levels and Manufacturing Readiness Levels is our strategic collaboration with Unipart – The Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (AME) – which provides an industrial partner with whom to develop proposals for collaborative projects and enables us to work with their supply chain and customer base.

Areas of research

Our research groups cover multiple disciplines and capabilities that are combined to address the following innovation and research areas:

Digital, virtual and efficient manufacturing (Industry 4.0)

Our research in this area includes factory design, data collection and management, operation and planning, from real time to long term optimisation approaches, as well as vertical and horizontal integration in manufacturing.

Intelligent and adaptive manufacturing systems

This area encompasses innovative manufacturing equipment at component and system levels, mechatronics, control and monitoring systems.

Functional Materials

In the Functional Materials group we have a range of exciting research interests focused on surface chemistry to produce coatings and modifications of materials for a number of applications. These include developments of wearable technology integrated in clothing and new processes for the circular economy such as use of organic waste to generate hydrogen for fuel cells.

Metrology 4.0

Our research covers the critical aspects of measurement systems in the context of digital and integrated engineering and manufacturing systems, including the role of metrology and uncertainty of measurement systems in connected and autonomous decision making for Industry 4.0 and beyond.

People Centred Productivity (PCP)

Here we explore the potential causes and solutions to low productivity levels in manufacturing through a people-centred lens, including the enhancement of the role of people in manufacturing, and how to optimise technology deployment by understanding people’s interactions with it.

Advanced Manufacturing Processes

The research in this area expands across topics such as new and emerging advanced materials and processes and their applications, new product functionalities through surface manufacturing processes, joining and manufacturing for disassembly and recycling/reuse of advanced material combinations and innovative physical, chemical and physicochemical processes.

Sustainable manufacturing

This research area is aimed at understanding how advanced manufacturing technologies can enable the implementation of circularity and ultimately scale up the recirculation of resources (including innovative processes and systems for sustainability in terms of energy and resource consumption). We are also considering the impact on the environment and circular economy of different business models for the manufacturing industry.

New manufacturing business models

The research in this area includes topics such as adaptable manufacturing business models and strategies; value and IP identification, generation, protection and capture via intangible assets in digital manufacturing businesses; modular manufacturing systems, reconfigurable machines and processes for networked and efficient adaptation to customer demand.

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University of the year shortlisted
QS Five Star Rating 2020
Coventry City of Culture 2021