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Duke of York Opens AMRC Factory 2050

Duke of York Opens AMRC Factory 2050

Added to MTDCNC by MTDCNC on 12 April 2017

HRH The Duke of York has visited Sheffield to officially open the University of Sheffield’s Factory 2050 at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC).

Factory 2050 is the UK’s first fully reconfigurable collaborative research facility, dedicated to digital assembly and flexible component manufacturing. Factory 2050 is at the heart of the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Campus, and is situated on the site once occupied by Sheffield Airport. The iconic building helps manufacturers to conduct research into flexible manufacturing processes for high-value components and one-off parts for customers from a wide range of sectors.

As part of his visit, The Duke of York was given a tour of the factory by Ben Morgan, Head of the AMRC’s Integrated Manufacturing Group, which is based in Factory 2050. Mr Morgan demonstrated the work being done by the AMRC to enable robots to accurately machine holes in composite aircraft components - a project which has matured into a production system and is on track to save BAE Systems millions of pounds in capital and operational costs.

The Duke of York also saw how robots are being used for high-accuracy, flexible machining applications, and also had the opportunity to experience the latest cutting-edge mixed reality technologies being used to improve assembly, construction and manufacturing processes. After the tour, The Duke of York unveiled a plaque commemorating the opening. The Royal Family are long-time supporters of the work of the AMRC. The Duke of York also opened the AMRC Rolls-Royce Factory of the Future in 2008 and the AMRC Training Centre in 2014.

HRH The Duke of York unveils a plaque at the official opening of the AMRC Factory 2050 using a KUKA IIWA collaborative-robot or ‘cobot’.

Executive Dean of the AMRC, Professor Keith Ridgway said: "Factory 2050 is an important part in the future development of the AMRC which is hugely significant for both the Sheffield City Region and the UK. It will keep us at the forefront of manufacturing technology and is a beacon for the Region - hopefully attracting young people to careers in manufacturing. It is an absolute honour to welcome HRH The Duke of York to officially open this exceptional facility."

Speaking at the opening, the University of Sheffield’s Provost and Deputy Vice Chancellor, Professor Shearer West, said: “We are very proud of this new addition to the AMRC's world-class facilities. I am delighted to welcome HRH The Duke of York to our facility, which is named The Duke of York Factory 2050 in his honour."

The University of Sheffield’s AMRC has grown to include over 90 industrial partners from sectors such as aerospace, medical, automotive and construction and has become a worldwide model in how to conduct collaborative research to develop new manufacturing techniques and technologies.

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