Harms & Wende
Centro Ricerche Fiat
IEF Werner GmbH
University of Applied Sciences Karlsruhe
University of Oulu
University of Loughborough
Institute of Systems and Robotics
ISG-Industrielle Steuerungstechnik GmbH
Polytechnic University of Madrid
Loughborough University partner description
Loughborough University (LU) is a research-intensive university and internationally acclaimed centre of research excellence. The campus is home to more than 40 research institutes and centres and over 100 research groups. The Wolfson School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering is one of the biggest engineering schools of its kind in the UK. In addition to holding a prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize in the category of Optical engineering: applications and knowledge transfer we are home to two EPSRC National Centres, for Innovative Manufacturing in Regenerative Medicine and for Innovative Manufacturing in Intelligent Automation.
The EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Intelligent Automation is a partnership between Loughborough University, Cranfield University, Rolls-Royce, Airbus, Aero Engine Controls, and the Manufacturing Technology Centre. The EPSRC Centre is part of a unique pipeline from discovery through to industrial deployment. Work initiated within an academic environment can be developed through an established innovation pathway (the Manufacturing Technology Centre and Cranfield Partners) to reach major industrial companies with the funding and commitment to exploit the results. This continuous pipeline is central to the success and value of the Centre and unique within the UK. The EPSRC Centre has been provided with 400 square metres of dedicated lab space at Loughborough University along with access to state of the art research facilities at Cranfield University. Academics and researchers work collaboratively across the two sites and out with industrial partners, sharing their complementary expertise to develop truly multidisciplinary research. Resources include several large industrial robot arms, machine vision and motion sensing equipment.
Loughborough University’s role and contribution to ReBorn
The Loughborough University is leading work package 3 (Knowledge driven methodologies for innovative factory lay-out design and adaptive reconfigurations). As part of this work package, Loughborough University is responsible for the development self-organisation methods for new and adapted factory designs. Bio-inspired algorithms will be applied to allow new factory layouts to configure themselves supported by semantic technology and knowledge-driven production equipment re-use strategies. Loughborough University will also contribute to work package 2 (Strategies for modular plug&produce equipment with build-in intelligence for versatile productions) providing expertise in data acquisition and semantic annotation. The aim is to rapidly analyse the behaviour of a system based on its constituent plug&produce equipment modules. The results of the RTD activities will be used as part of the demonstration activities in work packages 5 and 6.