- Exploiting process consolidation through co-creation of products and EI features, e.g. antennae or electrical interconnect, by means of additive manufacturing and assembly of electronics and sensors to embody light-weight, high performance EI into products, processes and operational environments;
- Enabling cradle-to-cradle approaches for remanufacturing, recycling and re-use, by means of intelligent processes interrogating products at their end of life, identifying through-life history and BOM;
- Developing novel manufacturing solutions, e.g. emerging from nature-inspired propositions. Biomimetics and biomorphism lend themselves to disguising EI devices and systems, to adding multifunctionalities or, to enhancing operational capability by novel processing of substrates; Mechanobiological solutions (e.g. stress-indicating bacteria) and at different scales (e.g. self-assembly nanowhiskers) will push the boundaries of EI devices and systems manufacture beyond traditional approaches.
- EI in processes will allow development of Industry 4.0 features, allowing communications between processes and products during production, providing opportunities for closed-loop optimisation of processes to products and vice versa.
Manufacturing solutions addresses the challenges associated with manufacturing in its widest sense e.g. the product itself, stages of production, production tools and processes, and the overall production process.
PhD Projects with a focus in the area include:
- Adam Kaye co-sponsored by Printed Electronics "Ink-Jet Printing Antennas on 3D Curved Surfaces"
- Athanasis Pouchias co-sponored by TWI "RTM Process Monitoring and Predictive Analysis"
- Simon Blackwell co-sponsored by Far-UK "Manufacturing cellular solids"