The Manufacturing Informatics research theme is part of the MTC’s response to advancing UK manufacturing on a global stage through ICT. The overarching aim of the theme is to enable connected, autonomous and adaptable manufacturing systems and supply networks through informatics solutions and associated technologies (e.g. modelling, simulation and automation).
The key technology areas of the theme are:
Given the low levels of maturity of the manufacturing sector in the adoption of ICT solutions as a strategic technology, previous and current work in the theme has been focused on researching current manifestations of informatics in manufacturing supply chains, understanding the barriers to the adoption of informatics solutions and providing high level guidelines for the initial uptake of ICT’s. In addition, the theme is involved in internal and collaborative projects in areas including quality and equipment health, developing informatics solutions for various applications, such as additive manufacturing and automation. Sectors of work include aerospace, automotive, food and drink and logistics.