Resource efficient manufacturing

Resource efficiency is a global challenge and the urgency to address this challenge is driven by the need to reduce the environmental impact of materials processing and the need to reduce cost in manufacturing.

The basic theme for this research is how we can get more productivity from manufacturing while using less raw materials and energy resources. We are excited by the challenge of modelling and developing traceability in the use of material and energy resources and moving on the optimising manufacturing processes so that they are resource efficient and resource effective. 

Research focus

  • manufacturing engineering solutions for reducing energy demand,
  • reducing or eliminating the use of environmentally unfriendly chemicals,
  • promoting material and water efficient processing,
  • developing methodologies and software quantifying energy use before planning manufacturing processes to enable cost, production rate, resource efficiency and environmental impact.

People

Academic Staff: Dr Paul Mativenga

Please contact us to discuss opportunities for collaboration for example in technology strategy board funded projects, case studentships, and advanced skills training in machining science and technology, project studentships and consultancy.

Facilites

Mikron HSM 400 high speed milling centre.

Collaboration

We have collaborated with a number of companies; Agie Charmilles, BAe systems, Granta Design Ltd, Hanson and Thorpe Precision Toolmakers, Microsystems UK, Rainford Precision machines, Rolls Royce Plc, Teer Coatings, Toyota UK Manufacturing.

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