Loughborough University (LU) is a research-intensive university and internationally acclaimed centre of research excellence. The campus is home to more than 40 research institutes and centres and over 100 research groups. The Wolfson School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering is one of the biggest engineering schools of its kind in the UK and home to two EPSRC National Centres, for Innovative Manufacturing in Regenerative Medicine and for Innovative Manufacturing in Intelligent Automation.
The EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Intelligent Automation is a partnership between Loughborough University, Cranfield University, Rolls-Royce, Airbus, Aero Engine Controls, and the Manufacturing Technology Centre. The EPSRC Centre is part of a unique pipeline from discovery through to industrial deployment. Work initiated within an academic environment can be developed through an established innovation pathway to reach major industrial companies with the funding and commitment to exploit the results. Resources include several large industrial robot arms, machine vision and motion sensing equipment.
Role and contribution to Co-FACTOR:
The University of Loughborough (LU) was leader of task force 2 “Smart production cells & equipment” and of task 5.1 "Consolidation of lessons learnt and trends". As a University and research organization, LU actively participated in scientific conferences relevant in the field and was strongly involved in tasks 2.1 and 2.3 which focussed on the engagement of young adults and students as a new generation of engineers and ICT professionals.