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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

Dr Jun Huang

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

 

Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha

The University of Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM) is a young university, with a high teaching and research potential. It It has its main campuses located in four cities: Albacete, Ciudad Real, Cuenca and Toledo, as well as university premises in Talavera de la Reina and Almadén. It is a modern, competitive institution which more than 25.000 students, 2.400 lecturers and researchers and 1.100 administrative and services staff members. This implies having a great human capital at the institution, making it a smart option for those who wish to improve their lifelong learning and, also, for international students who chase their academic, vital or language enrichment. UCLM integrates 36 academic departments offering 45 degree qualifications, having two peculiar features: a) it is multi-disciplinary, undertaking work in practically all branches of knowledge; and b) its activities are very wide-ranging, embracing the spectrum from basic research to technological development. Moreover, UCLM possesses an important attractiveness for industry, since it is able to find opportunities to optimise their R&D options in our wide research catalogue. Promoting collaborations between industry and academia and favouring the dissemination of technological advances are part of our University's missions, demonstrating the strong commitment that UCLM has with the productive sectors of the region. The Knowledge and Technology Transfer Office is the structure within the University that strongly collaborates in this task.

Main People:

Dr F. Javier Ramirez

website: https://www.uclm.es/

 

Wuhan University of Technology (WUT)

Founded in 1893, the Wuhan University of Technology has existed since 2000, stemming from a merger between Wuhan Transportation University and the Wuhan Automotive Polytechnic University. As a leading Chinese higher level institution, WUT was selected as a priority under the “State 211 Project” for Chinese universities, and its Material Science and Engineering research made it into the “State 985 Project” supporting research and the internationalisation of the faculty.

Main People:

Prof Zude Zhou

Prof Quan Liu

Prof Wenjun Xu

website: http://english.whut.edu.cn/

 

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

 

RecoTurbo

Reco Turbo Ltd is an independent company based in the UK who specialise in the Remanufacture of turbochargers. Reco Turbo Ltd has also been actively involved in efficient recycling concepts for many years as part of the company’s environmental sustainability strategy.  The aim of the recycling process is to reclaim resources and materials contained in vehicles quickly and comprehensively in order to fill the gaps in material cycles and thus to use resources as sparingly and efficiently as possible.

website: http://recoturbo.co.uk/

 

SHENYANG YUANDA  SCIENCE&TECHNOLOGY PARK (SYSTP)

SYSTP, supported by Yuanda China Group, is a high-tech enterprise incubation platform focusing on high-end equipment manufacturing. The group's business involves industrial robot, high-power ultrasonic application, vibration engineering application, system simulation, industrial engineering, and digitalising industrial information.

website: http://www.cnydsci.com/