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The Center for Precision Technologies at the University of Huddersfield will receive Â£ 3million over the next five years to lead research programs aimed at making significant advances in machine design and performance.
The news follows the government’s recent announcement that more than Â£ 100million in new investment through its Strength in Places fund will support five new historic regional programs.
One of these is the West Yorkshire and Greater Manchester-based Cutting Edge Machinery and Productivity Initiative known as AMPI, which consists of 10 partners including the Center for Precision Technologies. (CPT)
This investment is expected to bring the UK’s state-of-the-art machinery capacity to an export capacity of Â£ 2 billion within ten years, creating more than 30,000 high value-added manufacturing jobs.
The project is led by Andrew Longstaff, professor of machine tool metrology and research director at the CPT.
He said: âWest Yorkshire and Manchester have been at the heart of innovation in machine design and manufacture since the first industrial revolution.
âThe future of manufacturing will require a radical change in the machines available to create advanced products made from new materials, with new functionality and greater reliability.
âThe process of designing, building and reconfiguring machines will need to be more efficient, more flexible and more user-friendly for a changing workforce.
âMachines also need to be more resource efficient throughout their lifetimes, in pursuit of the Net Zero target for greenhouse gas emissions.
âAMPI is a large-scale response to these challenges and will be an essential part of our future research programs, building on our existing strengths in machine design, modeling, simulation, metrology and control systems.
âBut AMPI is more than just a research project. The program has been defined in close consultation with our industry partners and includes multiple mechanisms to learn from each other and accelerate the progression of research results to commercial exploitation.
âThis emphasis on active collaboration between academia and the private sector is at the heart of AMPI’s ethics and its primary goal of a resurgent and world-class advanced machinery sector in the north of England. .
For more than two decades, the CPT has carried out large-scale research programs with national and global impact.
By bringing together academic and industry experts, the team provides modern and cutting-edge measurement theory and technologies for dimensional and surface texture, machine performance, and mathematics for measurement.
The global program is led by the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) from its site in the north of England, based at the university’s 3M Buckley Innovation Center.
The AMPI consortium also includes several local and regional industrial partners who have collaborated with the research team for several years, as well as academic teams from Leeds, Manchester and Salford.