Global heavy industry manufacturer IHI Corporation is benefitting from better goal alignment and increased dialogue across departments within the company as a result of integrating roadmapping into its business planning strategy.
Head of IfM’s Centre for International Manufacturing, Dr Jagjit Singh Srai, spoke with BBC’s Business Live co-presenter Sally Bundock about the close links between the US and Mexican automotive industries and the possible unintended consequences of introducing barriers against Mexican imports, such as tariffs.
At IfM we run a programme of short courses designed to develop delegates' capabilities in a number of key areas of IfM expertise. We also hold a number of annual thought leadership events at which industry leaders and Cambridge researchers share their insights on a wide range of topics.
Professor Andy Neely, Head of IfM, has been appointed as the University of Cambridge's new Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Enterprise and Business Relations.
Dr Alexandra Brintrup, recently appointed to the new post of Lecturer in Digital Manufacturing, explains how the IfM’s Distributed Information and Automation Laboratory (DIAL) has been at the forefront of digital thinking for the last two decades with its research into intelligent processes, products and services.
Professor Andy Neely, Head of the IfM and the Cambridge Service Alliance, suggests that industry leaders should focus on five key areas if they want to survive the journey to a digital future.
Eoin O’Sullivan, Head of the Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Policy, reflects on different policy perspectives, priorities and initiatives in key manufacturing economies (USA, Germany and Japan) and considers the implications for the UK.
The IfM is part of a new research hub to transform the way medicines and other high value materials are made.
IfM alumnus Keno Mario-Ghae has been named Young Engineer of the Year at the National Microelectronics Institute’s (NMI) 2016 Awards.
Start-up Nuritas, which uses artificial intelligence and DNA analysis to create health-benefiting ingredients has won the 5th Food & FMCG Innovation Pitching Event held in London on 23 November at Food Matters Live.
Issue 6 of the Institute for Manufacturing Review is now online. Articles include the digitalisation of manufacturing economies, new ways to manage the digital end to end supply chain and the importance of standards and best practice in the digital era.
Former IfM MET student, Christopher Bellamy was named Young Design Engineer of the Year at the British Engineering Excellence Awards.
The IfM has won a Cambridge BID Customer Experience Special Recognition Award for its participation in the Cambridge Science Festival 2016.
Dr Hamid Mughal, Director of Manufacturing at Rolls-Royce, visited the IfM this week to share his thoughts on UK manufacturing.
Researchers from the IfM’s NanoManufacturing group have created an innovative carbon nanotube structure which allows them to create extremely flexible batteries with superior performance.
Professor Andy Neely has been invited to be a panellist at the Financial Times Future of Manufacturing Summit on Tuesday 4 October in London.
Senior leaders from major food and FMCG firms, part of the Open Innovation (OI) Forum, are holding a pitching event on 23 November at Food Matters Live, ExCel, London.
IfM Head, Andy Neely awarded Institution of Engineering and Technology Achievement Medal for Manufacturing19 September 2016
Professor Andy Neely, Head of the Institute of Manufacturing and Founding Director of the Cambridge Service Alliance, has been awarded an Achievement Medal for Manufacturing.
The IfM has published a new consultation paper looking at the UK’s High Value Manufacturing (HVM) landscape over the next 15 to 20 years.
The IfM has helped more than 300 public and private sector organisations with their strategic, technology and innovation planning thanks to their strategic roadmapping work.
Professor Ian Hutchings explains how he discovered Leonardo da Vinci’s notes representing the first systematic study of friction.
A revolutionary continuous-flow waffle machine designed by undergraduate students at the IfM has been entered into the James Dyson Award 2016 competition.
Students from Chelmer Valley High School have visited the IfM to learn more about what engineers do.
DIAL has recently initiated an industrial review of Construction as Manufacturing (CaM) in collaboration with the Centre for Smart Infrastructure & Construction (CSIC) and Engineering Design Centre (EDC).
IfM ECS workshop brings academia and industry together to define bulk superconductivity research strategy19 July 2016
A roadmapping workshop facilitated by IfM ECS brought academics and industrialists together to develop an industrially-relevant strategy for bulk superconductivity research.
September is just around the corner – and at the IfM this marks the start of a busy season packed with courses, conferences and events for our industrial and academic delegates.
Dr Jag Srai, Head of the IfM's Centre for International Manufacturing, was a panellist at The Economist's Manufacturing Forum.
The Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (CSTI) at the IfM has published the report The Nature, Location and Functioning of International Research Collaborations'.
Our new White Paper looks at the theoretical challenges underpinning business model innovation and makes recommendations for academia, business, funding councils and government.
The Business Model Innovation White Paper (developed jointly by the University of Cambridge and the University of Exeter) looks at the challenges and opportunities presented by the unifying concept of the business model.
Dr Imoh Ilevbare, Product Manager for IfM Education and Consultancy Services, describes the IfM’s approach to developing business tools and processes from cutting-edge research.
The third Strategic Intellectual Property Forum, a half-day seminar designed to help companies better understand innovation and IP management, will take place on 24 May at the IfM.
Friction is immensely important to us – without it, for example, we could not walk or even crawl – yet it is only 50 years since a special word – ‘tribology’ – was first coined to describe its study.
The IfM’s Design Management Group uses experience-based and academically-underpinned tools to transform a company’s product range, deliver sustainable growth and produce improvements to productivity.
The Cambridge Value Mapping Tool has been developed and refined over the last five years. It uses a structured and visual approach to identify ‘value uncaptured’ in the form of failed value exchanges: value missed, destroyed, surplus, and absence.
Dr Ajith Parlikad, Head of the IfM’s Asset Management Group, explains how effective asset management can deliver significant value both for manufacturers and for infrastructure owners and operators – and how his team is developing a ‘social network of things’ which has the potential to revolutionise the way in which organisations manage their assets.
The Cambridge Service Alliance have launched a new white paper 'Supplying Innovation - Unlocking Innovative Behaviours in the Supply Chain'.
Dr Steve Hoath, Senior Research Associate at the Inkjet Research Centre of the IfM explains how his and colleagues’ work is focused on understanding the underlying science of inkjet printing.
Issue 5 of the Institute for Manufacturing Review is now available online. Articles include the importance of business model innovation, advances in inkjet printing and fluid engineering, the 'social network of things' and the benefits and challenges of embedding roadmapping.
Understanding fluids and their behaviour is key to developing new manufacturing processes and a wide range of applications. Professor Ian Hutchings, Head of the Inkjet Research Centre, and Dr Ronan Daly, Head of the Fluids in Advanced Manufacturing Group, explain how the IfM’s research in this area has evolved over the last ten years – and where they see it heading.
Read the March issue of the Centre for Technology Management Newsletter.
Jon Parkins has been announced as the EPSRC Science Photo Competition entry winner for the Innovation category.
IfM ECS has recently worked with Colour Marketing Services, a manufacturer of colour systems and samples.
The People, Projects and Activities 2016 report provides an insight into the range of work we do in all areas of manufacturing, from carbon nanotubes to global supply chains, from supporting national R&D strategies to understanding the impact of the ‘digital revolution’.
The IfM’s Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (CSTI) and its knowledge exchange unit, Policy Links, held a ‘smart specialisation’ workshop this week bringing together the agri-tech community in the East of England. The workshop was designed to identify the distinctive strengths of the region as one of Europe’s leading agri-tech clusters.
Dr Alena Puchkova, research associate in the Distributed Information and Automation Laboratory, presented a paper called "Balancing push and pull strategies within the production system" at the 7th IFAC Conference on Management and Control of Production and Logistics.
Preparations are in full swing for a record attendance at this year’s R&D Management Conference, hosted by the Centre for Technology Management at Churchill College.
New Practice Guide examines the front end of innovation and considers how this can be organised using formal processes to avoid such failures in innovation processes, and to improve the success of the innovation pipeline.
In this interview podcast, Andy Neely discusses his views on how the manufacturing landscape wouldn't be the same without academia.
The Liverpool City Region (LCR) has a vision to become a global manufacturing hotspot with the smartest networks, talent, technology and investment.
In January 2016 the IfM’s Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (CSTI) brought together a high profile group of policymakers and practitioners from UK and German institutions to share experiences and identify best practices in implementing innovation policies.
The new Alconbury Enterprise Campus in Cambridgeshire needed a clear vision to develop the economic potential of the exciting new facility. It required a better understanding of the sector strengths of the region, and to identify any gaps that could be used to inform decisions on training provision for its technical and vocational training centre.
Dr Tim Minshall who leads the bit-by-bit project at the IfM explains why Additive Manufacturing (or 3D Printing) could have huge application in sectors from cars to space stations.
More than 50 manufacturing companies visited the IfM last week. A mix of SMEs and multinationals, they were all there to learn how automation can help grow their businesses, improve their productivity and create better working environments for their staff.
A new Executive Briefing from the Cambridge Service Alliance, 'Seven Critical Success Factors in the Shift to Services’, sets out a roadmap for making the shift to services journey.
Dr Veronica Martinez explains that UK manufacturing companies often cannot compete on price alone, while product differentiation is getting more difficult and expensive. Services are the key to creating a more diversified business and to building stronger customer relationships, she argues.
Dr Rob Phaal from the Centre for Technology Management at the IfM in this short video makes the case for lean and agile strategy as a source of competitive advantage.
I've been struck recently by the range of people talking about new digital and data developments in manufacturing. Of particular interest has been the apparent explosion of discussion about industrie 4.0, internet plus and the industrial internet.
2016 promises to be an exciting year for everyone involved in manufacturing as we continue to embrace new technologies, new business models and changing customer expectations - as well as the increasingly pressing need to run businesses in a way which will preserve our planet for future generations.
IfM has just published a report, commissioned by BSI (British Standards Institute), which looks at the challenges for UK manufacturers of ‘going digital’ – and how standards and good practice can help the UK benefit from the digital revolution.