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Additive Manufacturing for Modular Robotic System Design

  • Full or part time
    Prof P Breedon
  • Application Deadline
    Tuesday, April 02, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. PepsiCo generated approximately $63 billion in net revenue in 2016, driven by a complementary food and beverage portfolio that includes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker and Tropicana. PepsiCo’s product portfolio includes a wide range of enjoyable foods and beverages, including 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales. PepsiCo pride themselves on their superb work force. The people in their business genuinely care about doing a great job! They have a common goal - strive to continuously improve their business performance and their own personal development.

Current pricing, speed and safety have been the key challenges in unlocking the potential of robotics within PepsiCo and there is a desire to research into a ‘3D printed robot technology’ to integrate with the packaging halls of the company’s manufacturing sites globally.

The aim of this research project is to create and develop an advanced prototype of a modular robotics design system. The system will enable the user to specify, design and produce the appropriate data for the manufacture of bespoke robotic systems for utilisation within the food production and packaging industry. A combination of experimental, analytical and additive manufacturing design techniques will need be developed in order to determine the best and most efficient approach to solving this problem.

At the highest level the project can be divided in to the following specific areas -

1. An intuitive robot specification, design and user interface platform;

2. 3D printed robot component design;

3. User programming and control interface.

4. Artificial Intelligence based system to allow the robot to make decisions about speed, pick and place.

The aspiration of the project is to deliver an advanced system prototype for robotic system design and implementation.

Previous applicants can re-apply to this studentship.

Funding Notes

The studentship will pay UK/EU tuition fees (currently set at £4,260 for 2018/19 and are revised annually). It will also provide a maintenance stipend of approximately £14,777 per year for three years (the stipend is linked to the RCUK rate, starting in 2018).

This studentship is 50% funded by PepsiCo and 50% funded by NTU. A contractual PhD bursary agreement is in place and successful applicants would be required to sign this agreement.

How good is research at Nottingham Trent University in General Engineering?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 14.40

Research output data provided by the Research Excellence Framework (REF)

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