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EPSRC Reference: EP/F02553X/1
Title: Scottish Manufacturing Institute - Renewal, 2008 - 2013
Principal Investigator: Jones, Professor JDC
Other Investigators:
Ritchie, Professor JM Chantler, Professor M Desmulliez, Professor M
Hall, Professor D Hand, Professor D Moore, Professor AJ
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
3D Systems Inc Advanced Optical Technology Agilent Technologies Ltd
Airbus Operations Limited AWE BAE Systems
BCF Designs Ltd C A Models Ltd Cv FMC Technologies Ltd
D-Cubed Ltd Design LED Exception PCB Ltd
First Syngenta UIC FMC Energy Systems IceRobotics Ltd
IKEA Properties Investments Ltd IMEC Italian Institute of Technology
Ituna Solutions Limited J C Bamford Excavators Ltd (JCB) Kestrel 3D
Kodak Ltd Leonardo UK ltd Lightworks Design Ltd
Loadpoint Ltd Logitech Ltd Machineworks Ltd
Mactaggart Scott & Co Ltd MBDA Merlin Circuits
Micro Circuit Engineering Microstencil Ltd NCR
Omnova (Group) Optosci Ltd Pathtrace Engineering Systems Ltd
Piezo Composite Transducers (PCT) Ltd PowerPhotonic Ltd QinetiQ
Raytheon Systems Ltd Reachin software Renishaw
Rofin Sinar Rolls-Royce Plc (UK) Scotweave Ltd
SGI Sira Ltd SLI Limited
Sun Microsystems University of Bath University of Nottingham
University of Strathclyde University of Transylvania Virtual Interconnect Limited
Weidlinger Associates Inc
Department: Sch of Engineering and Physical Science
Organisation: Heriot-Watt University
Scheme: IMRC
Starts: 01 April 2008 Ends: 31 March 2013 Value (£): 7,146,844
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Design & Testing Technology Design of Process systems
Lasers & Optics Microsystems
Optoelect. Devices & Circuits
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Manufacturing Electronics
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Summary on Grant Application Form
The Scottish Manufacturing Institute aims to research technology for manufacture, addressing the requirements of European, UK and regional industries. It taps into the broad expanse of research at Heriot-Watt University to deliver innovative manufacturing technology solutions. The SMI delivers high quality research and education in innovative manufacturing technology for high value, lower volume, highly customised, and high IP content products that enable European and UK Manufacturers to compete in an environment of increased global competition, environmental concern, sustainability and regulation, where access to knowledge, skills and IP determine where manufacturing is located. Our mission is to deliver high impact research in innovative manufacturing technologies based on the multidisciplinary technology resource across Heriot-Watt University, the Edinburgh Research Partnership, the Scottish Universities Physics Alliance and beyond. The Institute is organised into three themes:- Digital Tools;- Photonics; and - MicrosystemsThe vision of the Digital Tools Theme is to provide tomorrow's engineers with tools that will help them to easily capture, locate, exploit and manipulate 3D information for mechanical products of all kinds using distributed, networked resources. Photonics has strong resonance with the needs of developed economies to compete in the 21st Century global market for manufacturing, providing: routes to low cost automated manufacture; and the key processes underpinning high added value products. We have a shared conviction that photonics technologies are an essential component of any credible strategy for knowledge-based industrial production. The Photonics Theme vision is for the SMI to be internationally recognised as the leading UK focus for industrially-relevant photonics R&D, delivering a mix of academic and commercial outputs in hardware, process technology and production applications.The principal strategy of the Microsystems Theme is to research into new integration and packaging solutions of MEMS that are low cost, mass manufacturable and easily adoptable by the industry. The vision is to become a European Centre of Excellence in MEMS integration and packaging over the next 5 years. We thus aspire to service UK manufacturing industry with innovative technology for high value, lower volume, highly customised, and high IP content products; and to help UK industry expand globally in an internationally competitive market.
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