Title: An Industry 4.0+ cyber-physical manufacturing platform

Funding body: EPSRC ECR Capital Enhancement Programme 2018

Awarded: £107,133 (includes ~£25k for motion capture lab run by Stuart Wilson and Hannes Saal)

PIs: James Law, Michael Mangan, Mauricio Alvarez, Jonathan Aitken, Windo Hutabarat, Boyang Song, Divya Tiwari, Michael Farnsworth, David Cameron, Hannes Saal, Stuart Wilson, Hector Marin-Reyes, Gabriel Kapellmann-Zafra, Samantha Abrego-Hernandez, Stevienna de Saille, Nicola Ridgway

Project summary
The equipment creates a cyber-physical manufacturing platform for research and development into industry 4.0 processes and beyond. The system includes two elements: a remote operating suite with virtual, augmented, and haptic interface equipment, enhanced by installation in our existing motion capture suite. This system will remotely link to a human-robot collaborative work cell with a collaborative robot, safety systems, and local augmented reality interfaces. Together these will enable us to investigate a wide variety of future manufacturing processes including cobotics, digital twins, user interfaces, cyber security, artificial intelligence, attitudes towards robots, and the impact of robotics on work. The industry-standard equipment has been carefully selected to be compatible with industrial demonstrators at the AMRC, enabling rapid technology transfer without redevelopment, and a direct pathway to industrial impact.