The AMRC Integrated Manufacturing Group (IMG) develops new ways of automatically assembling complex products to help partners in the aerospace and other high-value industries improve their global competitiveness.
Aerospace is increasingly seeking to automate complex manual assembly tasks in order to improve manufacturing flexibility, speed and quality, while also reducing costs.
IMG works with industrial and academic partners to bring together advanced technologies, such as robotics, augmented reality and large-volume metrology, to develop innovative, integrated systems that ensure complex structures are assembled perfectly, first time and every time.
The Group secured £20 million from the Higher Education Funding Council for England and European Regional Development Fund in 2014 towards the construction of Factory 2050 – the world’s first totally reconfigurable factory and soon to be the group’s new home.
The £43 million facility will address a rising need for high variation and mass customisation manufacturing. Factory 2050 will respond to requests for new products to be manufactured by optimising its own operations, using ‘Big Data’ technology to process large volumes of information, collected from sensors on each machine.
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Head of IMG
Ben joined the AMRC in 2008 and has worked on a range of projects for the AMRC’s major industrial partners. He has been the technical lead and project manager for the majority of IMG’s robotics projects, and led work for BAE Systems and Airbus.