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Bath Engineering Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre. Overview. Introduction to the E-IMRC. Established in 2001 as part of a joint IMRC with the University’s School of Management. Funding (Engineering) £3.9 million over 5 years.

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Introduction to the e imrc
Introduction to the E-IMRC

  • Established in 2001 as part of a joint IMRC with the University’s School of Management.

  • Funding (Engineering) £3.9 million over 5 years.

  • Origins in the Bath Engineering Design Centre and in leading-edge research in manufacturing processes and systems and machine design.

  • Located in the recently completed CPTMC building.

  • Facilities include a virtual-reality suite, video conferencing and rapid prototyping systems

  • 11 members of Academic Staff

  • 22 PhD students and 19 Research Officers


The centre s research focus
The Centre’s Research Focus

  • Research context:

    • Complex products and processes

    • Globally distributed design and manufacture

    • Move from physical prototypes to simulation-based engineering

    • Movement towards sustainable engineering.

    • The key importance of knowledge management.

  • The Bath Engineering IMRC’s mission is to develop tools, methods and knowledge, underpinned by appropriate theory and fundamental research, to support engineering enterprises in these new circumstances.


Imrc themes
IMRC Themes

The research programme is divided into three complementary themes:

Design Technologies

THEME 3

Design Information & Knowledge

THEME 2

Manufacturing Processes & Systems

THEME 1


The thrust of research activities
The Thrust of Research Activities

  • Creation of tools and methods, characterised by support for engineering design, manufacturing systems design, reverse engineering and information management.

  • Research on the development of specific knowledge characterised by “design for X” e.g. design for changeover, design for remanufacturing, design for intrinsic safety.

  • Development of analytical engineering techniques and simulation capabilities in a number of areas characterised by machine-material interaction – for example in packaging, forming and electroplating.


Portfolio balance
Portfolio Balance

Long-term

BATH ENGINEERING IMRC

DESIGN INFORMATION

& KNOWLEDGE

MANUFACTURING PROCESSES & SYSTEMS

DESIGN TECHNOLOGIES

Short-term

CSA = volume of work


Future direction
Future Direction

BATH ENGINEERING IMRC BEYOND 2004

GRAND CHALLENGE - THROUGH LIFE INFORMATION

BATH ENGINEERING IMRC 04

DESIGN INFORMATION & KNOWLEDGE

DESIGN

MANUFACTURE

IN-SERVICE

NEW PRODUCT INTRODUCTION PROCESS / FULL LIFE CYCLE

  • CREATION OF:

  • Supportive Tools

  • Modelling Tools

  • Design Methodologies

  • New Processes

  • FOCUSING ON:

  • Design For X

  • Machine-Material Interaction

  • Flexibility

  • Subsystem interface



Information push technologies in design
Information Push Technologies in Design

DELIVERY (or AUTONOMOUS RETRIEVAL) SYSTEMS

  • 3 main elements to the model:

    • Representation of information needs (Profile):

    • Information set or stream (content):

    • Profile-content unification mechanism:

  • Generic Strategies:

    • Pushing historical items of information to a user that become relevant to the user’s current activity focus

    • Pushing newly created items of information in accordance with the predefined profiles of the user.

FILTERING SYSTEMS



Remanufacturing business and the environment
Remanufacturing, Business and the Environment

Remanufacturing concept & significance

  • Integrates waste in production cycle to generate revenue, and limit landfilling, pollution, energy and other resource.

Recycle

Remanufacturing

Re-use

(inc. repair, reconditioning)

Raw material

Manufacturer /

Remanufacturer

User

Primary

producer

Disposal

Conventional manufacturing

Earth

Earth

Earth


Document decomposition
Document Decomposition

Theme A:

Document

Structures

&

Decomposition

Schemes

Theme B:

Engineers’ Exploration

Behaviour

&

Document Use

Patterns

Theme C:

Computational

Methods

&

Mark-up

Languages


Information access research continuum
Information Access Research Continuum

None

None

Medium

Plain text

Text plus (progressively more complex) structure

(e.g. styles, indexing, classification, &etc))

Document tagged using, e.g. XML

RDF & OWL-marked up documents

Reasoning

paradigms

Semantic Content

no meaning representation

Limited meaning representation

None

Some

Free text search

Advanced free-text search (synonym ID, more like this)

Browsing classification hierarchies

Waypoint-like browsing of hierarchies

Semantic Web (marked-up documents, ontologies)

Search paradigms

Inference Support

No inference

Manualinference

Automaticinference

High

Document Structures & Information Use Patterns


Design technology machine modelling
Design Technology: Machine Modelling

  • Machine/system modelling

  • Product modelling

  • Human modelling

  • Interaction modelling


Two main imrc funded projects
Two main IMRC funded projects

  • IMPACT – machine-material interaction

  • OBSERVER – cervical smear analysis


Related projects
Related projects

DEFRA and FPF funded projects

  • “YOGHURT” - modelling of yoghurt properties and manufacture

  • “COFFEE” - modelling and evaluation of food processing equipment

  • “ARCHAPS” - confectionary handling systems


Related projects1
Related projects

  • “VIXION” - use of X-ray techniques for inspection

  • “MIXED” - surface modelling for use with product design and RP systems


Current projects manufacturing systems
Current Projects – Manufacturing Systems

  • Design for Changeover (DFC)

    SWMAS, Boothroyd and Dewhurst, Erlson, Cooper Avon, Clares,

    SUIKO WCS, Renishaw

  • Builds on research embeddedin a leading book

  • Several new collaboratorshave been secured includingDaimler-Chrysler of Germany

  • Professor Winston Knight from the University of Rhode Island USA and a Director of Boothroyd and Dehurst DFMA Ltd, has made an input as a visiting professor/collaborator

  • A DFC index tool is being developed for machine design


Current projects manufacturing processes
Current Projects – Manufacturing Processes

  • Incremental Sheet Forming (ISF) process:

    Corus, Dyson, Renishaw, Delcam, Aga

    The objective is to develop and model this new sheet

    metal, rapid prototyping technique aimed at producing

    complex sheet metal components without the use of dies.

    Four visiting researchers have made an input to the project

    An international ISF group has been formed with members from 6 countries (Canada, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Japan and the UK)

    Bath organised an international group meeting in November 2004, that was partially funded by EPSRC.

    The group is to co-author a key note paper in the Annals of CIRP 2005.

    The researcher is to have an extended research visit to the group in Italy.


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