This research aims to deliver a platform for next generation resilient connected manufacturing services. It will allow future manufacturing operations to be delivered by ubiquitous production units that can autonomously morph into different configurations to meet specific product and volume requirements, supply chain variations and disruptions. The University of Sheffield team will focus on investigating how in-process monitoring and control can be used to extend the limits to morphability of manufacturing systems. This will be achieved by developing an in-process monitoring and control infrastructure that is able to provide real-time intelligence on the current and future states of a process, thus allowing dynamic task planning that can self-adapt to facilitate multiple product and process variations.
These will support the technology developments and research projects carried out under Made Smarter Innovation - Research Centre for Connected Factories (EP/V062123/1, September 2021 – February 2025), funded by the EPSRC on behalf of UKRI and its ISCF. This project theme will be undertaken in collaboration between the University of Nottingham (lead), the University of Sheffield and the University of Cambridge. The partners of this Centre include Airbus, BAE Systems, Beckhoff Automation, BMW, Bosch Rexroth, Cosworth, Fanuc Robotics, GKN, Loop Technology, MakeUK, NPL, Nestle, Omron Electronics, PA Consulting, Real-Time Innovations, Siemens, Spirit Aerosystems, Starrag, Target3D and MTC.