Advanced manufacturing research
Manufacturing has been at the core of Loughborough University since its origins in 1909. It remains a very significant research activity and addresses leading edge, next generation manufacturing processes (bio-manufacturing, laser processing, additive manufacturing), manufacturing technologies (automation, robotics, digital manufacturing), organisation (people, processes and operations) and sustainability (resource efficiency, circular manufacturing).
Activities we address include but are not limited to
Sports Technology Research Group
The group has an international reputation for the computer-aided design, simulation and manufacture of sporting goods.
Sustainable Manufacturing Research Group
This group has a multi-disciplinary team with a diverse background and skill set.
Intelligent Automation Research Group
Intelligent automation provides supervisory functionality as well as production functionality. Intelligent automation systems deploy sensors to measure the input and output of a process as well as intermediate parts of the process.
Manufacturing ICT Research Group
ICT tools are key strategically important technologies to enable current and next generations of manufacturing. Research in this space addresses the full spectrum of design tools, knowledge management and methodologies to support design, through to production with embedded intelligence to operational life and service and eventually end-of-life and re-birth into new products and processes.
Electronics Manufacturing Research Group
The group's work is based around the challenges in the design, materials science and manufacture of electronics intensive products.
Technology and Operations Management Research Group
An internationally recognised group who conduct research, teaching and consultancy across the breadth of technology and operations management practice.
Optical Engineering Research Group
A multi-disciplinary group, active in all areas of optics and laser technology across a range of mechanical engineering applications.
Mechanics of Advanced Materials Research Group
The group undertakes multi-disciplinary research into the response of advanced engineering and bio-materials to various types of external loading and environmental conditions, using a combination of analytical, numerical and experimental techniques.
Additive Manufacturing Research Group
Widely regarded as the world's leading centre for Additive Manufacturing research, development and dissemination.
EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Intelligent Automation
We undertake research to develop powerful generic technologies for application on difficult to automate manufacturing tasks and processes, often through human-automation collaboration. This work is fundamental to secure the future of UK manufacturing.
EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Embedded Intelligence
This £13.6M EPSRC/industry/University jointly sponsored Centre is the first of its kind in Europe and addresses high priority areas such as autonomous complex manufactured products and systems, functional materials with high performance systems, data-to-knowledge solutions (e.g. digital healthcare and digitally connected citizens), and engineering for industry, life and health.