Manufacturing systems are changing rapidly because of the global competition, the sustainability push and the emergence of new technologies. Major transformations are happening in many industries in terms of adoption of sustainable materials, development of energy-efficient and digital manufacturing processes, implementation of modularity principles, and design of flexible supply chains.

Here in the manufacturing systems sub-theme we work to develop fundamental understanding of the manufacturing challenges faced by industry and to engineer practical solutions. The research focuses on manufacturing systems design, modelling, analysis and implementation. The approaches we employ range from mathematical modelling to design-led innovation. We work in collaboration with partners from a variety of sectors including construction, mining and consumer goods. The ultimate aim of the research is to create tangible benefits for our partners.

Research areas broadly include:

  • Sustainable materials and manufacturing
  • DFMA for modular products
  • Manufacturing logistics
  • Manufacturing technology and equipment

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