IfM plugs into new Made Smarter investments in smart manufacturingTuesday 27 July 2021
The institute is working across projects in connected factories and healthcare innovation, partnering with government, industry, catapults and academia.
Digital Manufacturing on a Shoestring update - Spring 2021Tuesday 27 April 2021
The Digital Manufacturing on a Shoestring programme is focused on the development of simple, low cost digital devices and systems that improve the effectiveness of operations of small manufacturing companies.
IfM team set up logistics for Cambridge student COVID-19 testingWednesday 18 November 2020
This term, the University has embarked on the weekly COVID-19 testing of all Cambridge students living in college accommodation. A group of IfM staff, students and alumni are handling the job.
Low-cost automation ‘on a shoestring’ demos in actionWednesday 19 June 2019
New solutions for low-cost automation for SME manufacturers were demonstrated to project partners at the Digital Manufacturing on a Shoestring meeting.
Boeing talk: Making it lighter, cheaper and fasterMonday 5 November 2018
We were lucky to be joined on 30 Oct by Dr Leo Christodoulou of The Boeing Company, who talked to an engaged IfM audience about the exciting engineering challenges of aerospace manufacturing.
IfM expertise to contribute to new Centre for Digital Built BritainSunday 3 December 2017
The UK Government has announced £5.4 million in funding for a new centre to champion the digital revolution in the built environment.
IfM researcher shortlisted for prestigious Newton PrizeTuesday 17 October 2017
Dr Ajith Parlikad's project to develop Smart Manufacturing technologies in India has been shortlisted for the 2017 Newton Prize.
Intelligent assets for the infrastructure of the futureWednesday 7 June 2017
IfM's Professor Duncan McFarlane (Head of DIAL) and Ajith Parlikad (Head of Asset Management) have co-authored an ICE (Institution of Civil Engineers) Guidance Paper on how new technologies will transform the infrastructures of the future.
Disaster relief operationsFriday 12 May 2017
Earthquakes, tsunamis, floods and droughts: when a natural disaster strikes, relief organisations react by providing medical treatment, food, water and shelter. However, in these difficult and chaotic circumstances mistakes are inevitably made and supply networks often prove to be insufficiently resilient.
The importance of standards in a digital worldThursday 8 December 2016
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.
A new collaborative award for Vaggelis GiannikasMonday 25 April 2016
Dr Vaggelis Giannikas, research associate in the Distributed Information and Automation Laboratory, has been awarded a Cambridge-PSL-French Embassy Fund to establish a new collaboration with Paris Sciences et Lettres Research University (PSL).
Cambridge Auto-ID lab showcased its latest researchSunday 24 April 2016
Researchers from the Distributed Information and Automation Laboratory, Dr Vaggelis Giannikas and Dr Alexandra Brintrup represented the Cambridge Auto-ID lab at the GS1 Global Forum in Brussels in February.
Report from AMSCI quarterly meetingFriday 22 April 2016
Tariq Masood and Brian Robertson from the Distributed Information and Automation Laboratory attended quarterly meeting of Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI) - Advanced Manufacturing of Homes, Buildings and Infrastructure (AMHBI) which was held at Grundfos Pumps Ltd, Sunderland on 15th April 2016.
A social network of things - New approaches to asset managementWednesday 20 April 2016
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.
Zhenglin Liang at The System Engineering and Management Science ConferenceMonday 4 April 2016
Zhenglin Liang participated in The System Engineering and Management Science Conference which took place in Beijing from the 1st – 2nd April 2016.
Balancing push and pull strategies within the production systemMonday 7 March 2016
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.
Getting up to speed with automationWednesday 3 February 2016
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.
Smart Products Through-Life WorkshopFriday 29 January 2016
On 28th January DIAL hosted the Smart Products Through-Life workshop which was second in the series of three, which aims to establish collaboration and outline the research roadmap required to support smart products through-life.
AMSCI-AMHBI consortium meeting and D(FMA)2 workshop on high-level information flowsTuesday 26 January 2016
A quarterly meeting of Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI) – Advanced Manufacturing of Homes, Buildings and Infrastructure (AMHBI) was held at BRE, Watford on 22 January 2016 with a consortium dinner the night before. The meeting was jointly organised by Laing O’Rourke, BRE and University of Cambridge - DIAL and Engineering Design Centre (EDC).
First Repair Services for Domestic Appliances WorkshopWednesday 20 January 2016
Distributed Information and Automation Laboratory group is currently engaged in scoping a research project to look at Enhanced Repair of Domestic Appliances.
Big and clever: a system-wide approach to data analyticsThursday 17 December 2015
The Distributed Information and Automation Laboratory (DIAL) at the IfM are working with companies to develop smart ways of using data to improve performance and increase resilience.
20th Anniversary of the Distributed Information and Automation Laboratory (DIAL)Thursday 29 October 2015
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Distributed Information and Automation Laboratory (DIAL) – having started in 1995 as the Manufacturing Automation and Control Systems Group and briefly morphing into the Centre for Distributed Automation and Control or CDAC.
Maintenance optimisation for multi-component assets with fault propagationMonday 26 October 2015
The reliability engineering community has been battling with the difficulty of modelling the complex behaviour of asset deterioration. One of the key research areas receiving increasing attention is to use mathematical models to capture the phenomenon of dependences among components within multi-component assets.
Asset management workshopFriday 16 October 2015
Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction held an industrial workshop on Asset Management at the Institute for Manufacturing on the 28th of September. The workshop brought together practitioners across different infrastructure sectors to discuss the emerging challenges in asset management, and to help the Centre set directions for future research.
Big Data - the art of the possibleMonday 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.
INDIN 2015 Conference - special session hosted at the IfMSunday 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.
Researchers at the IfM win prize at the Institute of Asset Management Annual ConferenceFriday 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.
A new research initiative - AMSCIWednesday 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.
The Facebook of Things?Tuesday 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.
DIAL B for BoeingFriday 31 October 2014
Duncan McFarlane, Professor of Industrial Information Engineering and head of the IfM’s Distributed Information & Automation Laboratory (DIAL), and members of his research team have been working with Boeing since 2005, finding intelligent solutions to some challenging industrial problems.
Insights shared to make collaborative research work betterMonday 23 June 2014
More than 80 people from 50 companies and Cambridge University met to discuss lessons and insights on how best to manage collaborative research between academia and industry.
Infrastructure seminar looks ahead with futureproofingTuesday 22 April 2014
A workshop around the theme of Infrastructure Futureproofing was held at the IfM as part of a collaboration with Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC).
Successful webinar on Total Information Risk ManagementWednesday 16 April 2014
IfM held a successful webinar outlining a new approach to quantifying the business value of high quality data and the risk to businesses of poor quality data.
The future of flyingTuesday 23 October 2012
Aircraft that work together to solve complicated mathematical problems and airports with more flexibly used runways could be the future of flying, according to studies by University of Cambridge engineers and their industrial and academic partners.
New university partnership set to revolutionise engineering IndustryTuesday 4 March 2008
A major £2 million research programme has been launched to examine changes required by the engineering industry as it moves to provide more product-related services, rather than just the products themselves.
Reconfigurable production systems needed for 21st Century manufacturingThursday 3 January 2008
Traditional manufacturing systems are poorly suited to the highly competitive, globalised markets of today according to a new book co-authored by Duncan McFarlane, Professor of Service and Support Engineering at the IfM.
Announcement of new project - Asset Information Management StrategiesWednesday 2 May 2007
The Distributed Information and Automation Laboratory (DIAL) has announced it is to begin a new two-year research project to develop asset information management strategies for complex engineering systems that deploys key emerging technologies.
Centre for Distributed Automation and Control explore reconfigurabilityMonday 2 October 2006
The Centre for Distributed Automation and Control held a one-day workshop on 28th September.
Cambridge Auto-ID Lab and Auto-ID Lab Japan enter into collaborationMonday 4 September 2006
The Cambridge Auto-ID Lab at Cambridge University and Auto-ID Lab Japan at Keio University have signed an academic partnership and research collaboration protocol.
Duncan McFarlane appointed to RAE Engineering ProfessorshipWednesday 2 August 2006
Dr Duncan McFarlane from the Centre for Distributed Automation Control has been appointed to the new Royal Academy of Engineering Professorship in Service and Support Engineering.
Cambridge Auto ID Labs launches Aerospace ID Technologies Research Programme with blue-chip aerospace companies and solutions providersMonday 5 September 2005
Cambridge Auto ID Labs today announced the formation of a global partnership.
Senior Industrial Fellow appointed Fellow of the Institute of PhysicsMonday 19 July 2004
Senior Industrial Fellow at the IfM, Andy Shaw, has just been appointed Fellow of the Institute of Physics.
Centre for Distributed Automation and Control opens within the Institute for ManufacturingFriday 29 November 2002
Research to focus on advanced automation technologies for the manufacturing supply chain.
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AI in Asset Management - DIAL Newsletter Summer 2019Thursday 25 July 2019
Highlights of Hannover - DIAL Newsletter Spring 2019Monday 29 April 2019
Digital Shoestring Student Projects - DIAL Newsletter Winter 2019Tuesday 29 January 2019