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THE TEAM

 

AUTOREMAN will be led by scientists at the Department of Mechanical Engineering of University of Birmingham. The work will be carried out in partnership with three UK manufacturers: Caterpillar, Meritor and MG Motor.  Two technology translating partners, the High Speed Sustainable Manufacturing Research Institute and the Manufacturing Technology Centre, will help disseminate the project results to wider industry.

The team are looking to recruit industrial users and academic researchers to form a network for sharing information from the project and the field of remanufacturing in general. You can express interest in joining the network by emailing autoreman@contacts.bham.ac.uk

 

University of Birmingham

The University of Birmingham is a founder of the Russell Group of research-intensive UK universities.  Established by Royal Charter in 1900, the University has been challenging and developing great minds for more than a century.  Characterised by a tradition of innovation, research at the University has broken new ground, pushed forward the boundaries of knowledge and made an impact on people’s lives.

Main People:

Duc Truong Pham FREng (Principal investigator; PhD in robotic assembly; DEng in systems engineering; research experience in robotics, intelligent systems and manufacturing) is Chance Professor of Engineering and Head of Mechanical Engineering.  He has been researching in robotic assembly, intelligent systems and manufacturing for over 30 years. He has published more than 500 papers and books and has attracted over £30M in research grants. 

Dr Robert Cripps (Co-investigator; PhD in mathematical modelling; research experience in computational geometry) is a senior lecturer in CAD and Geometric Modelling. He has over 30 years’ experience of collaborative research in CADCAM and Computational Geometry. 

Dr Mozafar Saadat (Co-investigator; PhD in manufacturing automation; research experience in modelling assembly of large aerospace components, robotic manipulation of flexible materials and holonic manufacturing system modelling and design) is a senior lecturer in manufacturing systems and industrial automation. 

Dr Marco Castellani (Co-investigator; PhD in intelligent control; research experience in computational intelligence and machine vision) is a lecturer in mathematics and intelligent systems.  He has nearly 20 years’ interdisciplinary research experience in engineering, biology and computer science.

Dr Khamis Essa (Co-investigator; PhD in finite-element modelling of sheet forming; research experience in modelling of manufacturing processes) is a lecturer in process modelling.

Dr Chunqian Ji

Dr Shizhong Su

Dr Yongjing Wang

website: www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/engineering/mechanical-engineering/index.aspx

 

Caterpillar

Caterpillar is the world’s largest manufacturer of heavy equipment.  It has world-leading expertise in remanufacturing technologies for engines, gas turbines, locomotives and heavy industry machinery, as well as a strong commitment to sustainability and environmental responsibility.

Main People:

website: www.caterpillar.com

 

Meritor

Meritor is a leading global supplier of drivetrain, mobility and braking solutions.  It has been providing innovative products to commercial truck, trailer, defence, specialty and aftermarket customers around the world for over 100 years.  It has a strong track record in component recovery and aftermarket products through remanufacture for the global commercial vehicle and industrial markets.

Main People:

website: www.meritor.com

 

MG Motor

MG Motor, the manufacturer of the iconic MG cars, has a long history of sustainable engineering and expertise in robotised automobile manufacturing and mass production processes.  The new range of MG models were designed and engineered at MG’s 69-acre site in Longbridge, Birmingham.

Main People:

website: www.mg.co.uk

 

The High Speed Sustainable Manufacturing Institute

The High Speed Sustainable Manufacturing Institute (HSSMI) is an independent institute set up as a joint venture between industry, academia and the UK Department of Communities and Local Government for accelerating the effective use of manufacturing technology across the UK.  HSSMI delivers leading-edge research and technology and looks to deploy innovative technology and new processes in all projects and programmes. This is all with the aim of improving the efficiency of UK and European manufacturers and their value chains.

Main People:

website: www.hssmi.org

 

The Manufacturing Technology Centre

The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) is part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult.  The MTC provides a platform to prove manufacturing processes and technologies in a de-risking environment.  The MTC’s mission is to generate rapid and sustainable growth by delivering integrated manufacturing system solutions through a wide field of expertise. 

Main People:

website: www.the-mtc.org