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Keeping the supply chain flowing

08 October 2015

In this age of rapid and escalating change, what can businesses do to flourish? Take a look at their supply chains, say researchers in the Centre for International Manufacturing, part of the IfM, based on their research in the UK and India.

What's new at the IfM - October

01 October 2015

Today is my first day as the Head of the IfM. My predecessor, Mike Gregory, leaves us in great shape to carry on doing what we do best - developing new insights into manufacturing and sharing them as widely as possible to help build successful businesses and industries.

Former student wins international design award

30 September 2015

David Wolffe, who graduated from the Manufacturing Engineering Tripos in 1986, has been awarded 2015 Good Design Award.

Strategic technology and innovation management consortium programme 2016

29 September 2015

The 2016 programme launch meeting will be hosted in Cambridge on Wednesday 18 November, providing interested companies with an opportunity to shape the programme for next year.

Big Data - the art of the possible

28 September 2015

The latest in a series of CSIC Future Technologies Workshops, Big Data – the Art of the Possible, attracted 50 leading professionals and academics from more than 30 organisations keen to discuss big data in the context of smart infrastructure and construction.

Growth through effective innovation & technology

25 September 2015

Innovation is key to growth – but how do you manage it efficiently and how do you go about deciding what new product or process to invest in?

Remedies Partners' Meeting

23 September 2015

Following the recent release of capital spend and funds for recruitment, a full Remedies consortium partner meeting was held at the IfM Cambridge to review progress on individual project workstreams and agree forward plans.

EPSRC Manufacturing the Future conference hosted by the IfM

21 September 2015

Nearly 300 of the UK’s top academics, industrialists and government representatives were in Cambridge last week discussing how to support innovation and world-class manufacturing in the UK.

Polish scientists learn about innovation and technology management at the IfM

18 September 2015

75 Polish scientists have spent their summer in Cambridge, learning how to manage collaborative research projects and bring high-technology products to market. 

Job Opportunities at the Centre for International Manufacturing

18 September 2015

The Centre for International Manufacturing is now hiring for Research Assistants/Associates.

The six burning questions for firms looking to make money from big data

11 September 2015

Big data has been touted as the 'new oil for business', representing incredible potential financial rewards. How should they go about using it, asks Professor Andy Neely.

What's new at the IfM - September

01 September 2015

Across the IfM, a range of exciting courses, events and conferences are being organised aimed at a wide range of audiences across industry, academia and government. 

What makes an intelligent infrastructure asset?

27 August 2015

What would it take to enable a piece of infrastructure to take care of itself, asks Duncan McFarlane of the Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure?

IfM work on UK pharmaceutical supply chains scales up as project moves into next phase

25 August 2015

£11.2m of government funding for the REMEDIES (RE-configuring MEDIcines End-to-end Supply) project has been approved, meaning work on the project can accelerate into its next phase.

Podcast - Making the Shift to Services in the Animal Health Industry

25 August 2015

Podcast Interview with Dr Veronica Martinez on 'Making the Shift to Services in the Animal Health Industry'.

Building strategic university-industry partnerships: lessons from the UK and US

12 August 2015

A new report discussing key lessons and effective practices from UK and US experiences for building and nurturing effective and mutually beneficial strategic university-industry partnerships.

How can big data create value for companies?

07 August 2015

Dr Mohamed Zaki describes recent research from the Cambridge Service Alliance into data-driven business models.

The Origin of the Internet of Things

31 July 2015

Most of you have probably heard the Internet of Things, or the IoT, mentioned but have you ever wondered what it means and where it all began?

Anticipating Manufacturability Needs and Challenges to Support the Pathway to Impact

29 July 2015

The first Pathways to Manufacturing Seminar explored how manufacturability challenges affect the scale-up and industrialisation (pathway to impact) of technical research and development (R&D).

Former MET filmed at the IfM

28 July 2015

Keno Mario-Ghai, who graduated last year, was filmed at the IfM for a television programme to go out on the Discovery Channel next year.

Understanding strategic decisions in technology development projects

27 July 2015

The Centre for Technology Management have launched a research study to better understand strategic decisions that need to be taken in the different stages of technology development projects.

INDIN 2015 Conference - special session hosted at the IfM

26 July 2015

In July, researchers from the Distributed Information and Automation Laboratory were actively involved in the IEEE INDIN 2015 conference on Industrial Informatics.

AMSCI Consortium meeting held at the IfM

24 July 2015

We are pleased to report that a quarterly meeting of Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI) was held at the Institute for Manufacturing on 17th July 2015.

Self-Healing and Smart Coatings: The Future of Materials

23 July 2015

Dr Ronan Daly describes new research into sensors and smart surfaces can be designed and deployed to extend the operating life of machinery and manufactured products.

IfM's work with Linde Gases results in prestigious 'Red Dot' award

21 July 2015

In 2014 IfM helped Linde Gases develop its technologically advanced gas cylinder valve, EVOS™ Ci. On 29 June Linde received the 2015 ‘Red Dot’ award for Product Design, seeing off competition from nearly 5,000 other entries.

Manufacturing the Future conference: key speakers confirmed

21 July 2015

Leading UK academics, industrialists and senior government representatives will gather at the fourth EPSRC Manufacturing the Future Conference at the University of Cambridge on 17 and 18 September 2015.

Cutting edge research presented at the 4th Annual Sustainability conference

20 July 2015

The EPSRC Centre for Industrial Sustainability (CIS) held its Fourth Annual Conference on 6-7 July at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. 

Towards Lean and Resilient Production

16 July 2015

Dr Alena Puchkova presented a paper titled "Towards Lean and Resilient Production" at the Symposium on Information Control in Manufacturing (INCOM 2015).

Can you help Mars, PepsiCo and Heineken find innovative solutions to their business challenges?

01 July 2015

Pitch your ideas and products to senior leaders from major food and FMCG firms at the 4th Food & FMCG Innovation Pitching Event on 17 November at Food Matters Live, ExCel, London.

IfM researchers visit YH Global in China

01 July 2015

Researchers from the Distributed Information and Automation Laboratory visited YH Global in China for a two-week field trip in June as part of the ITALI project.

Happy Academy: children's greetings cards that nurture positive emotions

30 June 2015

Happy Academy is one of more than 100 smaller manufacturers that IfM ECS is working with as part of the PrISMS programme – and this case study highlights the difference it has made.

IfM to hold first Strategic Intellectual Property Forum

29 June 2015

The Institute for Manufacturing is launching the Strategic Intellectual Property Forum (SIPF) to support companies in using their IP when making strategic decisions. The Forum's first event will be held on Tuesday 7 July.

News and updates for the SME community

24 June 2015

The latest edition of the SMe-bulletin contains information on a 'Make it Here' event, two new case studies, and reports on recent events.

dB Broadcast: delivering broadcast system integration from studio to transmission worldwide

23 June 2015

dB Broadcast is one of more than 100 smaller manufacturers that IfM ECS is working with as part of the PrISMS programme – and this case study highlights the difference it has made.

Researchers at the IfM win prize at the Institute of Asset Management Annual Conference

19 June 2015

CSIC’s Asset Management team based at the Institute for Manufacturing has won a prize for the Best Poster and Presentation at the Institute of Asset Management (IAM) Annual Conference 2015.

Photonics PhD student explains influence of Star Wars novel on her work

18 June 2015

PhD student Karen Yu explains how George Lucas' Star Wars novel has influenced her work in the field of photonic lasers as part of the University of Cambridge's 'Novel Thoughts' project.

MET students display their innovative projects at the 2015 Design Show

17 June 2015

Teams of MET students completed a major design project to develop a new product with real business potential, which they then presented at the Design Show on 3 June.

Expecting the Unexpected

17 June 2015

Expecting the Unexpected article by CSIC's Duncan McFarlane and Tariq Masood published in Infrastructure Intelligence.

New head for Institute for Manufacturing

15 June 2015

Professor Andy Neely has been appointed as the new head of the Institute for Manufacturing and Professor of Manufacturing on the retirement of Professor Sir Mike Gregory on 30 September. 

Call for Evidence: development of UK National Strategy for Additive Manufacturing/3D printing

12 June 2015

Researchers from the Institute for Manufacturing are helping to run a nationwide Call for Evidence to support the development of a UK national strategy for additive manufacturing/3D printing (AM-3DP). 

IfM ECS helps identify priorities for manufacturing research in Europe

12 June 2015

IfM Education and Consultancy Services (IfM ECS) is taking part in a project to advise the European Commission on priorities for research to help boost manufacturing productivity and competitiveness across Europe. 

Senior civil service officials from Pakistan visit the IfM

04 June 2015

A ten-member delegation comprising senior civil servants from various administrative sections of the Government of Pakistan paid a visit to the IfM on 25 May. 

The Different Roles of Technology in Technological Emergence

03 June 2015

These briefing notes are short summaries of some of the ongoing work being conducted in CSTI. They are developed to communicate some potentially useful concepts, observations and practices, particularly for the purpose of informing policy developers.

Ecotile: boosting growth through innovation and efficiency

01 June 2015

Ecotile is one of more than 100 smaller manufacturers that IfM ECS is working with as part of the PrISMS programme – and this case study highlights the difference it has made.

Cambridge Service Alliance Annual Report 2014

29 May 2015

The 2014 Annual Report from the Cambridge Service Alliance has been published - The Alliance is a unique global partnership between businesses and universities.

From Tripos to TripAdvisor

27 May 2015

Since leaving the Department of Engineering, where she pursued the Manufacturing Engineering Tripos (MET), alumna Lily Cheng has had a whirlwind career that now boasts President, APAC, at TripAdvisor.

Understanding the landscape: High value manufacturing strategies for the regions

22 May 2015

IfM ECS has been working with Swindon and Wiltshire LEP and the Liverpool City Region LEP to help them develop their own vision for high value manufacturing in their regions, and to do so in a way that supports national initiatives.

Good things come in smart packaging: an IfM ECS/Lloyds Bank thought leadership event

21 May 2015

Industry experts and researchers shared their insights on smart packaging and its applications in the food and drink industry in a thought leadership event held at the IfM.

Is big data still big news?

18 May 2015

People are describing data as being ‘the new oil’ - but is it true? Dr Mohamed Zaki from the Cambridge Service Alliance explains that, while many companies are already benefiting from big data, it also presents some tough challenges.

IfM Briefing Day 2015

15 May 2015

On 14 May, the IfM held its annual Briefing Day – attended by more than 150 senior industrialists and policymakers who heard about the IfM’s latest research and the work it is doing with industry and government.

Alumnus Phil Sorrell helps revolutionise high street banking with mobile innovation

15 May 2015

Over a decade ago, Phil Sorrell set up FE-Mobile and with colleagues created the world’s first highly secure downloadable mobile banking platform, now used by millions worldwide.

News for the SME community

14 May 2015

The latest edition of the SMe-bulletin contains a new case study, information on recent events and an upcoming thought leadership event on smart packaging.

Newton Commercial: in the driving seat in the classic car market

05 May 2015

Newton Commercial is one of more than 100 smaller manufacturers that IfM ECS is working with as part of the PrISMS programme – and this case study highlights the difference it has made.

The Manufacturability Challenges of Emerging Technologies

01 May 2015

This CSTI project 'Pathways to Manufacturing' aims to advance understanding of the manufacturability challenges faced when deploying a new technology at scale.

Speakers from Jaguar Land Rover, Coca-Cola Enterprises and Cisco confirmed at Cambridge International Manufacturing Symposium

30 April 2015

An outstanding line-up of speakers from industry and academia have confirmed their presence at the 19th Cambridge International Manufacturing Symposium on 24-25 September.

What's all this rubbish about repair?

29 April 2015

The UK generated over 200 million tons of waste in 2012 which comprised 14% from households. Of household waste, 2 million tons can be attributed to waste electrical and electronic equipment each year.

A new research initiative - AMSCI

29 April 2015

Distributed Information and Automation Laboratory (DIAL) at the Institute for Manufacturing is pleased to introduce a new research project in liaison with the Engineering Design Centre (EDC), aimed at advanced manufacturing of smart products for homes, buildings and infrastructure.

DIAL Recommender System at the ECIS Conference

28 April 2015

An Industrial Data Recommender System to Solve the Problem of Data Overload" at the European Conference on Information Systems.

Sohoma 2015 to be hosted in Cambridge

28 April 2015

In November 2015, the Distributed Information and Automation Laboratory at the Institute for Manufacturing will host Sohoma 2015, an international workshop on Service Orientation in Holonic and Multi-Agent Manufacturing.

The Facebook of Things?

28 April 2015

RedBite Solutions is a technology company that turns physical objects into smart objects by connecting them to the cloud. Any object can have it’s own digital profile – just like people do on social networks, which means you can connect with the things that you own, manage and use in a much more intelligent way.

Advanced manufacturing - From research to real products

27 April 2015

Dr Ronan Daly explains why taking a cross-disciplinary approach to advanced manufacturing research has the potential to deliver solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems.

IfM supports new website for manufacturing growth

23 April 2015

The Institute for Manufacturing is among a number of organisations in the education, public and private sector to support the new manufacturing-focused website Made Here Now, launched today.

IfM people, projects and activities 2015

22 April 2015

The 2015 annual report has been published. The booklet contains details of current IfM research and education projects, activities with industry and government and outreach initiatives.

Supply chain risk and resilience for multinational corporations

21 April 2015

Dr Mukesh Kumar shares research and guidance from the Centre for International Manufacturing which can help multinational companies manage their supply network risk more efficiently.

IfM project will define research agenda for 3D printing-enabled re-distributed manufacturing

17 April 2015

The Bit by Bit research team has launched a new project to explore the interrelationships between 3D printing/additive manufacturing and re-distributed manufacturing.

Getting creative in the kitchen

15 April 2015

Former IfM postgraduate student, Richard Joseph set up innovative kitchenware company, Joseph Joseph in 2003 with his twin brother. It now has a turnover of £40 million, sells its products in 104 countries and has 80 employees.

Manufacturing Policy Portal launched

10 April 2015

The Centre for Science, Technology & Innovation Policy (CSTI) at the Institute for Manufacturing has launched a portal focused on manufacturing policies.

Business model innovation research at the IfM

08 April 2015

The Institute for Manufacturing has launched a new research programme focused around business model innovation.

Management tools and toolkits: the good, the bad and the ugly

02 April 2015

Dr Clive Kerr and Dr Rob Phaal from the IfM’s Centre for Technology Management (CTM) are looking at better ways to design and use management tools and toolkits.

Advanced manufacturing - From research to real products

01 April 2015

Dr Ronan Daly, from the IfM’s Inkjet Research Centre and founder of the new Fluids in Advanced Manufacturing Group, explains why taking a cross-disciplinary approach to advanced manufacturing research has the potential to deliver solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems.

IfM Review Issue 3

27 March 2015

This issue features articles on advanced manufacturing, big data, management tools and toolkits and high value manufacturing, as well as news and updates from the IfM.

Manufacturing Zone at the 2015 Cambridge Science Festival

23 March 2015

We had a great day yesterday at the Manufacturing Zone at the Institute for Manufacturing organised as part of the 2015 Cambridge Science Festival.

New UK-India project investigates impact of food processing on supply chain sustainability

11 March 2015

The Centre for International Manufacturing has secured a grant for their new project: ‘Exploring impact of food processing on the sustainability of food supply chains – a UK-India bilateral analysis’.

Building Long Term Strategic University-Industry Partnerships Report

10 March 2015

Lessons and Effective Practices from UK and US Experiences.


Milbank Concrete Products: cementing its growth through innovation

09 March 2015

Milbank Concrete Products is one of more than 100 smaller manufacturers that IfM ECS is working with as part of the PrISMS programme – and this case study highlights the difference it has made.

Quantum technologies roadmap

01 March 2015

Quantum technology has been identified by the UK Government as having the potential to deliver significant benefits to the UK economy.

Sustainable business models: what are they and why are they important?

24 February 2015

Dr Doroteya Vladimirova explains sustainable business models and why they are important to firms which want to remain competitive in the current environment.

News and views for the SME community

23 February 2015

The latest edition of the SMe-bulletin has just been published and it contains a new case study, information on recent events and upcoming courses  and opportunities for companies to engage with the IfM.

Working with mid-size manufacturing and technology companies

20 February 2015

The Institute for Manufacturing’s dissemination arm, IfM Education and Consultancy Services (IfM ECS) has issued a document detailing how it can help mid-size manufacturing and technology companies.

Harlow Group: sustainability at the heart of expansion for precision metal manufacturer

18 February 2015

Harlow Group is one of more than 100 smaller manufacturers that IfM ECS is working with as part of the PrISMS programme – and this case study highlights the difference it has made.

What is the future of servitization?

04 February 2015

Many manufacturers are choosing to adopt a service-based model to create new and longer-term revenue streams. But how will servitization evolve in the future and affect businesses and consumers?

IfM ECS launches Manufacturing Growth Series for SMEs and mid-sized firms

22 January 2015

IfM ECS has held the inaugural event in its Manufacturing Growth Series aimed at senior leaders in SMEs and mid-sized manufacturing companies.

The 3D printing 'revolution': what's behind the hype?

21 January 2015

Does the 3D printing revolution mean I will be able to print anything I want from the comfort of my own home?

Communicating Technology Intelligence

20 January 2015

This Practice Guide examines some of the barriers to effective Technology Intelligence communication and explores the ways in which intelligence can be better communicated and hence transferred to decision-makers.

Executive Briefing: Key Considerations in Asset Management Design

09 January 2015

The Cambridge Service Alliance has published its latest executive briefing. ‘Key Considerations in Asset Management Design’.

From smoothies to Star Wars

05 January 2015

George Rose graduated with an MEng in Manufacturing Engineering in 2010 and explains how she has moved from smoothies to Star Wars.


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