Manufacturing solutions addressed 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.

  • Exploiting process consolidation through the co-creation of products with 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 that add multifunctionalities and/or enhance operational capability by novel processing of substrates; Mechanobiological solutions (e.g. markers for osteoblastogenesis) and at different scales (e.g. cellular or scaffold macrostructure level).
  • EI in processes to develop 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.

exemplar of PhD Projects with a focus in the area included:

  • 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"
  • Joe Holt co-sponsored by Far-UK "Design and Manufacture of Functionally-tailored Multimaterial Structures with Embedded Intelligence"
  • Peter D'Ath co-sponsored by Innospec "Optimisation Studies for Acid Chloride Synthesis and Scale-up"
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Loughborough University
Loughborough, Leicestershire
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