Infomatics boost for auto supply chain
Performance engineering group, Cosworth, has revealed details of a collaborative R & D programme that will create a centre of excellence for niche volume manufacturing at its Northampton campus in the UK.
Cosworth will be lead partner in the programme, which will apply best of breed informatics systems from Flexeye, and world class research from Cranfield University, to address challenges in flexible manufacturing, intelligent quality assurance and supply chain management.
Supported by a grant from the Government’s Advanced Manufacturing and Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI), the programme will form a key component in Cosworth’s strategy to develop world-leading flexible manufacturing systems to deliver the next generation of automotive internal combustion engines.
Hal Reisiger, Cosworth CEO said: “With Automotive Propulsion a key component of the UK’s industrial growth strategy, we welcome the forward thinking of BIS and AMSCI in supporting Cosworth’s long-term structured investment in the technology, manufacturing and skills needed to establish our new facility in Northampton.
“Cosworth’s position as an independent high performance engineering and manufacturing business enables us to work with a range of automotive vehicle manufacturers and technology partners.
“We believe that creating this centre of excellence will benefit both our automotive customers by enabling cost effective production of more advanced engine designs in smaller quantities, and the wider manufacturing supply chain that we rely on in the UK - creating jobs and securing industry investment in the process.”
Professor Ashutosh Tiwari, Professor of Manufacturing Informatics at Cranfield University added: “Cosworth’s new engine manufacturing facility in the UK that will house some of the most advanced technologies will be supported by the world-leading manufacturing informatics research expertise at Cranfield University.
“We will develop novel assembly optimisation algorithms and supply chain modelling/visualisation techniques to enable flexible manufacturing at Cosworth using latest informatics technologies.”