The Future of Manufacturing Futures

Monday 30 July 2018

IfM co-hosts roundtable for international experts on manufacturing foresight and policy analysis.

Advancing policymakers understanding of regional innovation funding

Friday 27 July 2018

CSTI brings together policymakers and researchers to explore ‘place-based’ funding programmes.

New Partnership Between IfM and EEF

Wednesday 20 June 2018

We are pleased to announce a new partnership between IfM Education and Consultancy Services and EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation.

IfM Design Show 2018: Inventive undergraduate product prototypes

Wednesday 6 June 2018

MET students displayed their original products, designed to have real business potential for an identified market. 2018 projects include Hexamill, Leaflogger, Soap for Life, the Hyperbot Pro, and several more creative inventions.

Manufacturing a Better World: IfM hosts vibrant 2018 Briefing Day

Friday 18 May 2018

Leaders and senior executives from industry, government and academia gathered together for a lively and thought-provoking annual Briefing Day at the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) on 17th May.

 

IfM wins 2018 EFMD Excellence in Practice Award

Wednesday 16 May 2018

The IfM's Executive and Professional Education programme has won the prestigious EFMD Silver Award for its learning partnership with Atos and Paderborn University.

'How Stuff Gets Made' - IfM and Faculty of Education deliver outreach days in primary schools

Tuesday 8 May 2018

Children in local primary schools around Cambridge have been learning more about ‘How Stuff Gets Made’ thanks to a programme being delivered by engineering students and researchers and the Faculty of Education.

Technology and innovation in the oil and gas sector

Monday 30 April 2018

Research from the Institute for Manufacturing will be discussed at the Future Oil & Gas conference in Aberdeen on 12 June 2018.

IfM joins collaborative project to strengthen the Internet of Things

Friday 20 April 2018

The Institute for Manufacturing (IfM), part of the Department of Engineering, has been selected to help enhance the Internet of Things (IoT) as part of a new collaborative project.

CTM News - April

Monday 9 April 2018

Policy links delivers report on international innovation policies to the Brazilian Industrial Board (CNI)

Monday 9 April 2018

Policy Links presented the results of a study on international approaches to innovation policy, commissioned by the Brazilian Industrial Board (CNI).

Science Festival at the IfM - Winners announced for i-Teams competition

Wednesday 4 April 2018

Budding young engineers and scientists were treated to a plethora of exhibits at the West Cambridge site on the last Saturday in March.

Transforming medicines manufacturing: REMEDIES partners meeting

Wednesday 14 March 2018

ReMediES partners meet at the IfM to report on progress as this phase of the project nears completion.

Sharing in Growth wins national skills innovation award

Wednesday 7 March 2018

IfM Education and Consultancy Services are a delivery partner for the Sharing in Growth programme which has just won the Semta Innovation Award.

New framework for modelling pharmaceutical supply chains

Tuesday 27 February 2018

In an article for Pharma Horizon, Dr Ettore Settanni and Dr Jag Srai propose a groundbreaking new framework for modelling supply chains in the pharmaceutical sector.

IfM providing supply chain expertise for major research collaboration to transfrom Indian agriculture

Friday 23 February 2018

Dr Jag Srai, Head of IfM's Centre for International Manufacturing, is taking part in a three-day workshop in Delhi to launch the TIGR2ESS project.

Digital Twins

Thursday 1 February 2018

Industrial Resilience

Thursday 1 February 2018

Data Management Update

Thursday 1 February 2018

Dr Jag Srai talks about digital supply chains for the World Economic Forum

Monday 15 January 2018

Dr Srai has written a blog, been interviewed for a podcast and guest edited the World Economic Forum's Agenda Weekly Expert Edition, sharing insignts on digital supply chains with WEF's community of experts. 

IfM Review Issue 8: The next production revolution

Thursday 4 January 2018

Rapid advances in production technologies, particularly when allied with the digitalisation of manufacturing, promise a huge range of opportunities for national governments and individual firms.

The alumni interviews: Andrew Hawes

Wednesday 3 January 2018

Newton Director Andrew Hawes shares some of the secrets behind his life-business success and some fond memories from his time at Cambridge.

PhD Spotlight: Katjana Lange

Tuesday 2 January 2018

Katjana Lange is developing novel techniques for ultrafast machining of high temperature superconductor nanostructures at the Centre for Industrial Photonics. 

KTF Funding

Monday 18 December 2017

STIM 2018

Friday 15 December 2017

IfM expertise to contribute to new Centre for Digital Built Britain

Sunday 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.

Dashmote wins 2017 OI Forum Pitching Competition

Thursday 23 November 2017

An innovative method that combines artificial intelligence (AI) and visual recognition technology to rapidly reveal insights into consumer food trends has won the 2017 Open Innovation Forum Food and FMCG Pitching Competition.

Making the most of the IIoT

Friday 17 November 2017

Professor Duncan McFarlane discusses the advances, challenges and questions that manufacturers need to think about when embarking on their IIoT journey.

A new form of globalisation and what it means for supply chains

Wednesday 15 November 2017

In an article for The Manufacturer, Dr Jag Srai, Head of the IfM's Centre for International Manufacturing, considers how globalisation may be changing and what that means for global supply chains.

See us at the Smart Factory Expo

Tuesday 14 November 2017

We are at the Smart Factory Expo in Liverpool tomorrow and Thursday, 15th and 16th November. Come and see us on Stand D12.

 

IfM researcher shortlisted for prestigious Newton Prize

Tuesday 17 October 2017

Dr Ajith Parlikad's project to develop Smart Manufacturing technologies in India has been shortlisted for the 2017 Newton Prize.

IfM researchers win Telford Premium prize

Wednesday 11 October 2017

A paper co-authored by IfM and CSIC investigators has been awarded the Telford Premium prize from ICE Publishing.

Professor Tim Minshall appointed Head of the Institute for Manufacturing

Tuesday 10 October 2017

Professor Tim Minshall, the inaugural Dr John C Taylor Professor of Innovation, has become the new Head of the IfM, taking over from Professor Andy Neely.

Don't fall prey to business ecosystem failure

Friday 6 October 2017

There are many reasons why great manufacturing innovations that should have succeeded end up on the scrap heap. Dr Florian Urmetzer, Senior Research Associate for the Cambridge Service Alliance explains that an often-overlooked but very common reason is failure to see the blind spots in your business ecosystem.

Experiment and learn fast for a digital supply chain to prosper

Wednesday 4 October 2017

The second annual IfM Digital Supply Chains Consortium meeting took place in Cambridge on 27th September, with representatives from organisations including ABB, Caterpillar, Grundfos, IKEA and Philips Lighting.

Globalisation revisited at the Cambridge International Symposium 2017

Wednesday 4 October 2017

Senior industrialists, policymakers and academics came together for the annual Cambridge International Manufacturing Symposium, to discuss emerging trends in global manufacturing.

Policy Links convenes workshop to support UK-Japan Policy Dialogue on advanced manufacturing

Friday 29 September 2017

Held at the British Embassy in Tokyo, the workshop set out to support the advanced manufacturing stream of the UK-Japan Industrial Policy Dialogue.

The future of automation

Tuesday 26 September 2017

Should we automate? Professor Duncan McFarlane gave a sell-out talk on the future of automation to Cambridge alumni.

Cambridge appoints new professor of innovation

Thursday 14 September 2017

Dr Tim Minshall has been appointed as the inaugural Dr John C Taylor Professor of Innovation at the University of Cambridge.

MET student in battle for LEGO supremacy in new tv show

Friday 25 August 2017

MET student James Gard and fellow Cambridge Engineering student and LEGO enthusiast, Jamil Jami, are competing in a new Channel 4 series to win the title of ‘LEGO Masters’.

Policy Links, CSTI and CTM offer joint training in South Africa to international delegation

Wednesday 16 August 2017

This workshop was aimed at providing key concepts about innovation management, discussing international experiences in manufacturing policy, and sharing experiences with colleagues with a common interest in RTOs.

Reducing food waste is key to food security: an interview with Dr Mukesh Kumar

Thursday 3 August 2017

Dr Mukesh Kumar talks about his work on food security as part of the Cambridge Global Food Security Strategic Research Initiative. 

Student research trip to Japan

Tuesday 1 August 2017

The IfM's Manufacturing Engineering Tripos (MET) part 2B students recently returned from a successful two-week overseas research project to Japan.

Why the skills gap is a major barrier to the adoption of additive manufacturing

Tuesday 1 August 2017

In this article in The Manufacturer, Dr Tim Minshall considers the UK 'skills' gap in additive manufacturing and what this means for the technology's expansion in Britain.

Promoting manufacturing career opportunities

Monday 31 July 2017

IfM's Deputy Head Dr Tim Minshall was interviewed on Cambridge TV about a new project to promote manufacturing career opportunities to young people.

Transforming Indian agriculture: IfM key partner in tackling major global challenge

Friday 21 July 2017

The IfM’s Centre for International Manufacturing is part of the Cambridge team working with Indian scientists to bring about a second Green Revolution. This project is one of two Cambridge-led research collaborations that have been awarded almost £15 million in funding.

UK's post-Brexit economy hinges on SME innovation

Tuesday 18 July 2017

The decisions that the UK Government makes in response to Brexit could either add billions to the nation’s economy or risk decimating the country’s more than 264,000 manufacturing SMEs.

Revolutionising the UK's next-generation internet

Thursday 13 July 2017

The IfM is a partner in a £5 million research collaboration that is set to revolutionise the UK's internet infrastructure.

Second Life for Retired Batteries from Electric Vehicles

Thursday 13 July 2017

Na Jiao won first runner-up and the best originality award for the international competition on Second Life for Retired Batteries from Electric Vehicles held in Hong Kong.

Boosting innovation through SME-university collaborations

Thursday 6 July 2017

Dr Nicky Athanassopoulou discusses the key enablers and barriers to improving interfaces between universities and SMEs that boost innovation in the latest edition of The Manufacturer.

WFSGI World Cycling Forum 2017

Wednesday 5 July 2017

Steve Evans was a keynote speaker and Q&A moderator at the first WFSGI World Cycling Forum 2017 on 7-8 June 2017 in Porto, Portugal.

Life-saving manufacturing engineering

Friday 23 June 2017

Two manufacturing engineering graduates, Susan Long and Abi Bush, are changing the face of humanitarian aid using innovative technology solutions to help people around the world that are affected by disaster or war.

Take your medicine

Monday 19 June 2017

Dr Jag Srai talks about the future of pharmaceutical supply chains in the latest issue of the University of Cambridge's research magazine, Research Horizons.

Next generation nano-battery

Friday 16 June 2017

A team of University of Cambridge engineers who are hoping to fuel an electric bus revolution are a step closer to their goal after their next-generation nanotechnology battery was commended in the 2017 Emerging Technologies Competition.

Professor Steve Evans talks about how to love factories at Hay Festival

Wednesday 14 June 2017

Professor Steve Evans, Head of IfM's Centre for Industrial Sustainability, gives talk at Hay Festival.

Big data essential for customer loyalty measurements

Tuesday 13 June 2017

Deputy Director of the Cambridge Service Alliance, Dr Mohamed Zaki, discusses the pitfalls of relying on simplistic numerical values to measure customer loyalty in Marketing Week.

Intelligent assets for the infrastructure of the future

Wednesday 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.

Developing effective strategies for emerging technologies

Wednesday 7 June 2017

Strategies for specific emerging technologies are being developed in the UK, USA, and Japan. A workshop exploring the ‘Lessons Learned and Emerging Practices’ from UK activities was hosted to inform future strategy development and the implications for policy makers.

Roadmapping UK physics future

Wednesday 7 June 2017

The UK’s Institute of Physics has engaged the roadmapping expertise of IfM ECS to support IOP Members to deliver transformational changes for society.

Factories that forage

Friday 2 June 2017

Professor Steve Evans will talk about sustainable industrial initiatives such as factories that create new products from waste at this year's Hay Festival.

Technology-based economic growth strategies

Wednesday 31 May 2017

Advanced economies no longer have comfortably long 'windows of opportunity' to translate new knowledge from research into manufacturing.

A vision for multidisciplinary engineering research

Tuesday 30 May 2017

A new study, commissioned by the US National Academy of Engineering and written by the IfM will help inform the future of engineering research.

The Next Production Revolution

Tuesday 30 May 2017

The IfM has contributed to a recently published OECD book Next Production Revolution: Implications for Governments and Business. 

Strategic Intellectual Property Forum continues engagement

Tuesday 23 May 2017

Industry experts at the forefront of software IP management presented at the latest Strategic Intellectual Property Forum.

Leadership in the age of digital disruption

Friday 19 May 2017

Professor Andy Neely discusses five key issues manufacturing industry leaders should focus on if they want to survive in the age of digital disruption in the February issues of The Manufacturer.

IfM Briefing Day 2017 The next production revolution

Friday 19 May 2017

On Thursday 11th May, over 100 delegates from across industry, government and academia gathered at the IfM in Cambridge to consider the implications of the next production revolution.

Thought for food

Thursday 18 May 2017

Dr Mukesh Kumar leads research in supply chain resilience at the IfM. He describes how his work is helping to tackle one of this century’s most important challenges: food safety.

Being open about IP

Monday 15 May 2017

In an article written for The Conversation, Dr Frank Tietze, describes how open intellectual property (IP) can contribute to society by accelerating the uptake of sustainable technologies and systems.

IfM Review Issue 7: Manufacturing a better world

Monday 15 May 2017

IfM research is helping to contribute to global industrial sustainability - economic, environmental and societal - by addressing global "Grand Challenges". Read about some of the high-impact research being undertaken through IfM's research-meets-practice model.

PhD Spotlight: Bang Ming Yong

Monday 15 May 2017

A passion for technology innovation and entrepreneurship and a desire to contribute to Malaysia’s burgeoning ICT industry is the driving force behind Bang Ming Yong’s seemingly endless energy.

Untangling the spaghetti

Friday 12 May 2017

The IfM’s NanoManufacturing group, under the leadership of Dr Michaël De Volder, is developing nanotechnologies to supply clean water for developing nations and build better batteries for renewable energy. Dr De Volder explains some of the strategies his team is employing to realise these goals.

Roadmapping a better future

Friday 12 May 2017

IfM Education and Consultancy Services (IfM ECS) has helped more than 300 public and private sector organisations with their strategic and technology innovation planning through the powerful technique of roadmapping.

Maintenance matters

Friday 12 May 2017

Dr Maria Holgado from the IfM’s Centre for Industrial Sustainability (CIS) has been researching maintenance and particularly how it can make a vital contribution to a company’s long-term sustainability – when measured economically, socially and environmentally.

Disaster relief operations

Friday 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.

Diagnosing deadly diseases

Friday 12 May 2017

University of Cambridge engineers and scientists from Fluids in Advanced Manufacturing and Cambridge Analytical Biotechnology groups have joined forces to develop an on-the-spot low-cost tool for the rapid diagnosis of infectious diseases.

High-value products from industrial waste

Tuesday 9 May 2017

The IfM's Centre for Industrial Sustainability (CIS) has been working closely with leading Sri Lankan garment manufacturing companies to transform waste streams into high value products through innovative remanufacturing processes and new business models.

Industrial sustainability: paradox or paradigm?

Monday 8 May 2017

IfM's Centre for Industrial Sustainability is focused on increasing our understanding of how to transform industrial behaviour to develop more sustainable environments, economies and societies. In this article, Centre Director, Professor Steve Evans, explains that increasing sustainability should not cost more.

BP pilot roundtable explores mobility future in Europe

Tuesday 2 May 2017

Experts from across Europe gathered in Cambridge recently to examine what mobility in Europe might look like in 2040.

Prestigious grant to help low-income entrepreneurs in Brazil

Wednesday 26 April 2017

IfM Centre for Industrial Sustainability Director, Professor Steve Evans, and doctoral student Paulo Savaget Nascimento have teamed up with a Brazilian non-governmental organisation (NGO) to win a prestigious grant to help low-income entrepreneurs living in the slums of Belo Horizonte.

Pushing design boundaries

Wednesday 26 April 2017

Young Design Engineer of the Year and MET alumnus Christopher Bellamy is using his innovative design skills to forge an exciting and diverse global career.

Innovating at scale: Business model innovation in the UK

Tuesday 25 April 2017

Dr Chandler Velu, head of the Business Model Innovation research programme, has been interviewed by The Economist Intelligent Unit for their report ‘Innovating at scale: Business model innovation in the UK’. 

Transforming supply chains through digitalisation

Wednesday 19 April 2017

Dr Jag Srai discusses how companies can take practical steps toward the digitalisation of their operations and supply chains in the latest issue of The Manufacturer.

Engaging school children in how stuff gets made

Tuesday 4 April 2017

An innovative outreach project to challenge outdated views of manufacturing and inspire primary school children to think about how we make things has won funding from the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Policy Links report launched at global United Nations conference on manufacturing

Wednesday 29 March 2017

Governments need to take into account the increasing complexity of modern industries when developing new policies to support innovation, according to a new report on global advanced manufacturing.

Guiding industrial diversification in Trinidad and Tobago

Wednesday 22 March 2017

IfM ECS's Policy Links team has been working with the Government of Trinidad and Tobago and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to develop a strategic roadmap for productive development policy in Trinidad and Tobago.

Strategic roadmapping - take control in times of uncertainty

Tuesday 21 March 2017

Dr Imoh Ilevbare, Product Manager (Innovation and Technology Management) at IfM Education and Consultancy Services, provides some insights into staying on the front-foot in a complex and rapidly-shifting political and technological landscape.

Patent applications surge in China

Thursday 16 March 2017

IfM intellectual property (IP) expert Dr Frank Tietze discussed the strategy behind China's recent surge in patent filing in the Financial Times today.

Cambridge Service Alliance deputy director appointment

Wednesday 15 March 2017

Dr Mohamed Zaki has been appointed as Deputy Director of the Cambridge Service Alliance (CSA).

IfM lecturer recognised for teaching excellence

Tuesday 28 February 2017

Dr James Moultrie has been awarded one of the University of Cambridge's Pilkington Prizes - awarded to individuals who have shown teaching of exceptional quality.

Integrating roadmapping into whole of company strategy planning

Tuesday 21 February 2017

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.

What's new at IfM: courses and events 2017

Tuesday 24 January 2017

At IfM we run a programme of short courses designed to develop delegates' capabilities in a number of key areas of IfM expertise.

IfM Head appointed to new role leading University of Cambridge's engagement with industry

Monday 23 January 2017

Professor Andy Neely, Head of IfM, has been appointed as the University of Cambridge's new Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Enterprise and Business Relations.

The importance of standards in a digital world

Thursday 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.

Manufacturing leadership in the age of digital disruption

Thursday 8 December 2016

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.

Digital manufacturing at the IfM

Thursday 8 December 2016

Professor Andy Neely, Head of the IfM, introduces the IfM's take on digital manufacturing.

The digitalisation of manufacturing economies

Wednesday 7 December 2016

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.

IfM key partner in new manufacturing research hub

Wednesday 7 December 2016

The IfM is part of a new research hub to transform the way medicines and other high value materials are made.

MET alum named Young Engineer of the Year at the NMI 2016 Awards

Thursday 1 December 2016

IfM alumnus Keno Mario-Ghae has been named Young Engineer of the Year at the National Microelectronics Institute’s (NMI) 2016 Awards.

Innovative food technology start-up wins Open Innovation Food and FMCG Pitching Event

Wednesday 30 November 2016

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.

A disruptive influence

Thursday 24 November 2016

Stewart McTavish, Director of ideaSpace, Cambridge’s hub for early stage innovation and CTM Head Dr Tim Minshall reflect on how Stewart came to be running ideaSpace, how he has seen his vision for it become a reality, what he plans to do next – and how he invented crowdfunding.

How bright is your digital future?

Thursday 24 November 2016

Dr Jag Srai, Head of the IfM’s Centre for International Manufacturing (CIM), and his team have developed a new way to help companies embrace the challenges and opportunities of digitalising the extended supply chain. 

Getting smart with digital

Thursday 24 November 2016

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.

IfM Review Issue 6 - What's new at the IfM - November

Monday 21 November 2016

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.

What does Brexit mean for UK manufacturing?

Thursday 17 November 2016

IfM Head, Andy Neely and Head of the IfM's new Policy Links unit, Carlos Lopez Gomez, have written an article on the post-Brexit challenges for UK manufacturers for Prospect Magazine. 

IfM Alumn named Young Design Engineer of the Year

Monday 7 November 2016

Former IfM MET student, Christopher Bellamy was named Young Design Engineer of the Year at the British Engineering Excellence Awards.

IfM awarded best outreach ambassador for its Science Festival activities

Tuesday 11 October 2016

The IfM has won a Cambridge BID Customer Experience Special Recognition Award for its participation in the Cambridge Science Festival 2016.

Rolls-Royce Director of Manufacturing, Dr Hamid Mughal gives inspiring talk at the IfM

Thursday 6 October 2016

Dr Hamid Mughal, Director of Manufacturing at Rolls-Royce, visited the IfM this week to share his thoughts on UK manufacturing.

IfM researchers create ground-breaking ultraflexible battery

Wednesday 5 October 2016

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.

IfM Head, Professor Andy Neely to speak at Financial Times Future of Manufacturing Summit

Wednesday 28 September 2016

Professor Andy Neely has been invited to be a panellist at the Financial Times Future of Manufacturing Summit on Tuesday 4 October in London.

Food & FMCG giants are looking for innovators to pitch them new ideas

Thursday 22 September 2016

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 Manufacturing

Monday 19 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.

IfM publishes report highlighting opportunities and challenges for UK manufacturing

Monday 19 September 2016

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.

Innovative waffle machine designed by IfM students competes for Dyson Award

Monday 8 August 2016

A revolutionary continuous-flow waffle machine designed by undergraduate students at the IfM has been entered into the James Dyson Award 2016 competition.

How we get what we want

Monday 1 August 2016

Jag Srai, Head of CIM, gives Cambridge Business magazine an insight into what the IfM is doing to address the challenges involved in the modern supply chain.

IfM hosts biggest ever R&D Management Conference

Tuesday 26 July 2016

The 2016 annual R&D Management Conference was hosted in Cambridge by CTM between 3 and 6 July, with more than 450 delegates from 35 countries.

IfM ECS workshop brings academia and industry together to define bulk superconductivity research strategy

Tuesday 19 July 2016

A roadmapping workshop facilitated by IfM ECS brought academics and industrialists together to develop an industrially-relevant strategy for bulk superconductivity research.

Autumn courses, conferences and events - What's new at the IfM - July

Thursday 14 July 2016

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.

DIAL's latest research presented at MIM 2016

Thursday 14 July 2016

Wenrong Lu, doctoral researcher, presented DIAL’s latest work on data mining for inventory management at the 8th IFAC Conference on Manufacturing Modelling, Management and Control (MIM 2016).

IfM hosts biggest ever R&D Management Conference

Thursday 14 July 2016

The annual R&D Management Conference was held in Cambridge between 3 and 6 July, with more than 450 delegates from 30 countries.

DIAL visits YH Global in China

Tuesday 12 July 2016

Researchers from the Distributed Information and Automation Laboratory, Philip Woodall, Vaggelis Giannikas and Wenrong Lu, visited YH Global’s headquarters in June as part of the ITALI project.

Digital supply chains: Jag Srai takes part in The Economist Manufacturing Forum

Monday 4 July 2016

Dr Jag Srai, Head of the IfM's Centre for International Manufacturing, was a panellist at The Economist's Manufacturing Forum.

New book on asset management

Thursday 30 June 2016

Researchers from the Distributed Information and Automation Laboratory Raj Srinivasan and Ajith Parlikad had a new book, Decision-Making in Asset Management, published by the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE).

Prize-winning agri-tech entrepreneurs

Wednesday 29 June 2016

Two IfM graduate students reap the rewards of their entrepreneurial approach to agri-tech.

Best paper award for the ITALI team

Wednesday 29 June 2016

Researchers?from the Distributed Information and Automation Laboratory?won the best paper award at the 2016 International Conference on Information Quality.?

DIAL at the Airline Operations Conference

Saturday 25 June 2016

Alena Puchkova, research associate in DIAL, participated in the AGIFORS Airline Operations Conference that was held on the 16-19 May 2016 in Seattle, USA.

The Nature, Location and Functioning of International Research Collaborations

Wednesday 22 June 2016

The report follows a workshop which explored effective practices for building and nurturing effective international collaborations in manufacturing research which was hosted for the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.

Duncan McFarlane: the future of automation

Tuesday 21 June 2016

Professor Duncan McFarlane talked about how we should be thinking about automation at a summit on collaborative innovation at London's Royal Festival Hall.

Understanding Business Model Innovation - What's new at the IfM - June

Thursday 2 June 2016

Our new White Paper looks at the theoretical challenges underpinning business model innovation and makes recommendations for academia, business, funding councils and government.

A new White Paper has been published by the Business Model Innovation Research Programme at the IfM

Wednesday 1 June 2016

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.

Getting to grips with IP

Tuesday 24 May 2016

Intellectual property (IP) is clearly fundamental to technology-based companies but Dr Frank Tietze from the IfM’s Centre for Technology Management thinks that many firms can benefit from taking a more strategic approach to IP management.

Bridging the gap - How to create business tools and processes that really work

Tuesday 17 May 2016

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.

RFID ID and its Benefits

Tuesday 17 May 2016

Alan Thorne of the Cambridge Auto ID Centre at the IfM considers the latest developments in RFID ID and its benefits.

Digital futures - and other manufacturing matters

Monday 16 May 2016

On 12 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.

Make the most of your IP - register for the next Strategic Intellectual Property Forum

Friday 13 May 2016

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.

Inventing the wheel

Friday 13 May 2016

Jag Srai, Head of the IfM’s Centre for International Manufacturing, took part in The Forum, a recent BBC World Service programme discussing the history of the wheel and its twenty-first century uses in modern logistics and performance art.

Leonardo da Vinci: the first systematic study of friction

Monday 9 May 2016

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 innovation game

Friday 6 May 2016

Dr Chander Velu, head of the IfM’s Business Model Innovation research programme, explains why the time has come to put business model innovation under the microscope.

How can firms create value through servitization?

Wednesday 4 May 2016

IfM’s Head, Andy Neely explains how a focus on offering services can capture added value for manufacturing businesses.

Design for Transformation - What's new at the IfM - May

Tuesday 3 May 2016

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.

Why did they design it like that?

Tuesday 3 May 2016

James Moultrie looks for universal appeal when beauty in is the eye of the beholder.

Good Design is a Game Changer

Thursday 28 April 2016

James Moultrie, Head the IfM’s Design Management Group, argues that good design is just as important for industrial products as it is for consumer goods such as cars and electronics. 

The Cambridge Value Mapping Tool

Monday 25 April 2016

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.

A new collaborative award for Vaggelis Giannikas

Monday 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 research

Sunday 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 meeting

Friday 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 management

Wednesday 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.

Patently not obvious

Tuesday 19 April 2016

Frank Tietze knows more than most about IP and hopes to help Cambridge and the UK do a lot better in the global IP charts.

Supplying innovation: unlocking innovation in the supply chain

Friday 15 April 2016

The Cambridge Service Alliance have launched a new white paper 'Supplying Innovation - Unlocking Innovative Behaviours in the Supply Chain'.

Roadmapping at BASF

Friday 8 April 2016

How BASF’s experiences are shared by many of the companies taking part in a research project run by the IfM’s Strategic Technology and Innovation Management Consortium.

The future's bright - and tiny

Friday 8 April 2016

Professor Bill O’Neill from the Centre for Industrial Photonics at the IfM shows how new techniques are pointing the way to new processes at the nanoscale. 

No contact required: Digital inkjet printing enables new applications

Monday 4 April 2016

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.

Zhenglin Liang at The System Engineering and Management Science Conference

Monday 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.

Manufacturing leaders

Friday 1 April 2016

Roger Connor is President, Global Manufacturing & Supply at GSK. He met Judith Shawcross, Head of Professional and Executive Development at the IfM, to talk about the time he spent in Cambridge on the Manufacturing Leaders’ Programme (MLP) – and how it remains relevant to the challenges he faces today.

IfM Review Issue 5 - What's new at the IfM - April

Friday 1 April 2016

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.

Liquid assets

Thursday 24 March 2016

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.

The Newsletter of the Centre for Technology Management - March 2016

Wednesday 23 March 2016

Read the March issue of the Centre for Technology Management Newsletter.

'Where there is light, there is shadow' EPSRC photo competition winner

Tuesday 22 March 2016

Jon Parkins has been announced as the EPSRC Science Photo Competition entry winner for the Innovation category.

Colour Marketing Services: increased profits and future orders for specialist colour cards firm

Monday 21 March 2016

IfM ECS has recently worked with Colour Marketing Services, a manufacturer of colour systems and samples.

Science festival 2016 at the IfM

Sunday 20 March 2016

More than 1000 visitors of all ages visited the IfM on Saturday 19 March for the annual Cambridge Science Festival.

Circular Business Book: Collaborate and Circulate

Friday 18 March 2016

A new book Circular Business: Collaborate and Circulate has been published today.

What we do at the IfM

Friday 18 March 2016

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’.

50 years of tribology

Monday 14 March 2016

From wind farms to data storage, from deodorants to floor tiles, tribology is involved in many aspects of modern life – yet most people have never heard of the word, let alone know what it means.

CSTI and Policy Links host 'smart specialisation' workshop for the region's agri-tech community

Friday 11 March 2016

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. 

Launching Production and Design Group Workshop

Wednesday 9 March 2016

On Thursday 25 February the Centre for International Manufacturing took part in the launch of Leeds University's Cities themed Design and Production Group.

Balancing push and pull strategies within the production system

Monday 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.

Record attendance expected for the R&D Management Conference and PhD Colloquium

Thursday 3 March 2016

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.

Reducing the risk of failure in new product development

Tuesday 1 March 2016

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.

Podcast - The importance of academia to the manufacturing landscape

Thursday 25 February 2016

In this interview podcast, Andy Neely discusses his views on how the manufacturing landscape wouldn't be the same without academia.

Manufacturing metrics review report

Wednesday 24 February 2016

Today sees the launch of the Manufacturing metrics review report lead by Professor Sir Mike Gregory prepared for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

President Fox Visits the IfM

Wednesday 24 February 2016

Former President of Mexico, Vicente Fox and his wife Marta Sahagún de Fox visited the IfM last week. They were in Cambridge to understand more about the future trends in manufacturing and their implications for Mexico’s economy.

Making It - Advanced Manufacturing in the Liverpool City Region to 2020

Wednesday 17 February 2016

The Liverpool City Region (LCR) has a vision to become a global manufacturing hotspot with the smartest networks, talent, technology and investment.

Positive outlook for manufacturing

Tuesday 16 February 2016

Dr Jag Srai, Head of the IfM’s Centre for International Manufacturing, was interviewed for ITV’s Anglia News last week about the prospects for manufacturing in the region.

IfM convenes manufacturing and innovation policy workshop with senior UK and German policymakers

Friday 12 February 2016

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.

Manufacturing your future - High value manufacturing at the Alconbury Enterprise Campus

Thursday 11 February 2016

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.

Opportunities and Challenges in Additive Manufacturing

Monday 8 February 2016

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.

Getting up to speed with automation

Wednesday 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.

What's new at the IfM - February - Seven Critical Success Factors in the Shift to Services

Tuesday 2 February 2016

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.

BLOG: How can we develop effective and mutually beneficial strategic university-industry partnerships?

Monday 1 February 2016

What more can universities and companies do to develop effective and mutually beneficial strategic partnerships? A report by Tomas Coates Ulrichsen and Eoin O’Sullivan at the Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (CSTI) at the IfM focuses on this important question.

Add a service dimension to your business

Friday 29 January 2016

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.

Smart Products Through-Life Workshop

Friday 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.

Lean and agile strategies key to outsmart the competition

Wednesday 27 January 2016

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.

AMSCI-AMHBI consortium meeting and D(FMA)2 workshop on high-level information flows

Tuesday 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).

DIAL goes shopping.....at festival in China

Monday 25 January 2016

DIAL's research associate Vaggelis Giannikas and PhD student Wernong Lu visited China during the Singles' Day festival in November as part of an ongoing research project between DIAL and YH Global.

Enabling the 4th industrial revolution - "industrie 4.0" or the "internet of things"?

Monday 25 January 2016

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.

Cambridge Auto-ID lab at the GS1 Global Forum

Monday 25 January 2016

Cambridge Auto-ID lab will be presented at the GS1 Global Forum by DIAL's researchers Vaggelis Giannikas and Alexandra Brintrup.

First Repair Services for Domestic Appliances Workshop

Wednesday 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.

Torben Jess investigates Industy 4.0 for Boeing

Monday 18 January 2016

DIAL's Torben Jess had a unique opportunity to work as an intern with Boeing Research and Technology in St Louis for three months.

Manufacturing - an exciting place and time

Monday 18 January 2016

Andy Neely, Head of the at the IfM, explains why he thinks this is a wonderful time to be involved with manufacturing.

Webinar - Innovating Your Business Model: The Capability Assessment Tool

Wednesday 13 January 2016

In this webinar Andy Neely revisits original research conducted by the Cambridge Service Alliance which set out to answer the question - 'what capabilities do firms need to successfully innovate their business model for services and solutions'.

What's new at the IfM - January - The Year Ahead

Friday 8 January 2016

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.

Prize awarded to Tadas Kartanas at VitaScientia 2016

Monday 4 January 2016

Congratulations to Tadas Kartanas, who was selected as the 2nd best short oral presentation at the recent 2nd Vita Scientia conference at the Joint Centre for Life Sciences in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Developing successful people, capabilities and businesses

Tuesday 22 December 2015

Judith Shawcross, Head of Professional and Executive Development at the IfM, explains why manufacturing and technology companies need scientists, engineers and technologists who can operate at a strategic business level, work across functional divides and integrate their technical knowledge into business planning.

Additive manufacturing: understanding the bigger picture

Monday 21 December 2015

Governments around the world have high hopes for Additive Manufacturing (AM) – also widely referred to as ‘3D printing’. But if it is to have the economic impact they are looking for, there needs to be a better understanding of both the huge opportunities AM presents as well as the barriers that may prevent it realising its potential.

Understanding the customer: new service-based business models

Friday 18 December 2015

At the Cambridge Service Alliance we are exploring new service-based business models and, in particular, what the business to business (B2B) world needs to learn from consumer-focused companies.

Big and clever: a system-wide approach to data analytics

Thursday 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.

2015 MRS Fall Meeting and Exhibition Boston

Friday 4 December 2015

Yoanna Shams from the Fluids in Advanced Manufacturing (FIAM) group and the CDT in Ultra Precision attended the MRS meeting in Boston for a five-day conference covering a wide range of Materials Science and Engineering topics. Yoanna presented her work on combining inkjet printing with ultra-fast laser ablation to manufacture nanomaterial-based sensors.

PrISMS programme publishes preliminary results of its work with UK SMEs

Thursday 3 December 2015

The preliminary results of IfM Education and Consultancy Services’ (IfM ECS) three-year work helping SMEs through the PrISMS programme have just been released. 

What's new at the IfM - December - Latest from the Centre for International Manufacturing

Tuesday 1 December 2015

These are interesting times for global manufacturers. At our recent annual Cambridge International Manufacturing Symposium, we learnt first-hand from companies such as Cisco, Jaguar Land Rover and Schneider Electric about the radical transformations they are undergoing as they move towards increasingly connected, smarter, digitally-enabled supply chains.

IfM students shine in engineering photo competition

Tuesday 1 December 2015

Four PhD students at the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) participated in the 2015 Carl Zeiss Photography competition, with one winning second prize.

Student Overseas Research Project 2016

Monday 30 November 2015

The Overseas Research Project is a two-week project organised by the final-year Manufacturing Engineering students.

Make the most of your intellectual property - register for the Strategic Intellectual Property Forum at the IfM on December 8th

Monday 30 November 2015

The IfM has joined forces with Cambridge-based intellectual property firm Avidity IP to start the Strategic Intellectual Property Forum.

Pharma Integrates 2015 - Video from Panel Session with Dr Jag Srai

Friday 27 November 2015

Watch the video with Dr Jag Srai from the panel session at Pharma Integrates 2015 on the topoc of Advanced Manufacturing – Moving the Contracting Relationships On?

Open Innovation Food and FMCG Pitching Event winners announced

Wednesday 25 November 2015

On Tuesday 17 November, 18 innovators pitched their new ideas for food-related products and services to members of the Open Innovation Forum – a group of senior executives from major food and FMCG firms, such as Mars, Unilever, General Mills, Tate & Lyle, Tesco and Crown Packaging.

IfM ECS helps create roadmap to boost European manufacturing through ICT research

Wednesday 25 November 2015

IfM Education and Consultancy Services has helped EU-funded project Road4FAME to create a roadmap to align future information and communication technology research with the needs of European manufacturing businesses.

Making a better future

Tuesday 24 November 2015

Imagine a world where factories clean the water they use, where the air is higher quality leaving the factory than it is coming in, where locally available materials are used in advanced processes to create personalised versions of global products, and where everyone wants to work in factories because they offer the highest value jobs.

Industrial Evolution - Making British Manufacturing Sustainable

Friday 20 November 2015

Report from the UK Manufacturing Commission Inquiry into Industrial Sustainability in which vital measures are outlined that government and industry should take to ensure that British manufacturing is here to stay.

IfM Hosts Annual Symposium of the Engineering Education Research Network

Friday 13 November 2015

The Manufacturing Industry Education Research Group at the IfM has hosted the 3rd Annual Symposium of the UK & Ireland Engineering Education Research Network.

Watch the interview with Dr Jag Srai on Cambridge TV

Wednesday 11 November 2015

Dr Jag Srai from the Centre for International Manufacturing at the IfM has recently taken part in an interview for Cambridge TV.

The alumni interviews: MET over lunch

Tuesday 10 November 2015

Jonathan Duck took the Production Engineering Tripos (PET) 1981-1983, when it was only in its third year. It was renamed the Manufacturing Engineering Tripos (MET) soon after.

IfM ECS helps to unlock huge opportunities for specialist metals fabricator Stainless Metalcraft

Monday 9 November 2015

Stainless Metalcraft is a high specification fabrication and machining company planning to triple its turnover helped by expert facilitation from IfM ECS through the Civil Nuclear Sharing in Growth programme.

New handbook to help with grant applications

Friday 6 November 2015

Offering basic tips for researchers preparing grant applications including advice on how to communicate the novelty, strengths and importance of your research ideas, as well as how to convey your abilities to plan, manage and deliver on your project.

Small but mighty: the manufacturing challenges of nanotechnology

Tuesday 3 November 2015

Head of NanoManufacturing at the IfM, Dr Michaël de Volder explains why manufacturing carbon nanotubes is so difficult – and so important.

The Newsletter of the Centre for Technology Management - November 2015

Sunday 1 November 2015

Read the November issue of the Centre for Technology Management Newsletter.

Connecting the unconnected: New thinking on next generation supply chains

Friday 30 October 2015

As the annual Cambridge International Manufacturing Symposium marks its twentieth year Dr Tomás Harrington, Dr Jag Srai and Paul Christodoulou from the IfM’s Centre for International Manufacturing (CIM) reflect on the new supply chain thinking that is emerging from companies such as Cisco, Coca-Cola, Jaguar Land Rover, Johnson Matthey, Cambridge University Press and Schneider Electric.

Seeing the bigger picture: How experts at Atos are becoming trusted advisors

Friday 30 October 2015

IfM Education and Consultancy Services (IfM ECS) has developed a bespoke executive education programme for IT experts at the global technology company, Atos.

IfM Review Issue 4

Friday 30 October 2015

This issue includes articles on: 50 years of manufacturing at Cambridge – research, education and practice; The IfM’s distinctive approach to science, technology & innovation policy; The manufacturing challenges of nanotechnology; New thinking about next generation supply chains; Executive and professional development: how experts at Atos are becoming ‘trusted advisors'; And an alumni interview with Jonathan Duck - MET over Lunch.

Report from AMSCI Consortium meeting

Thursday 29 October 2015

We are pleased to report that a quarterly meeting of Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI) Consortium was held at Thorn Lighting, Spennymoor, Durham on 16th October 2015.

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.

Industrial Sustainability Annual Review

Wednesday 28 October 2015

The EPSRC Centre for Industrial Sustainability has published its fourth Annual Review.

50 years of manufacturing at Cambridge

Monday 26 October 2015

2015 is an important year for the IfM. This October sees the 50th annual intake of students on its MPhil in Industrial Systems, Manufacture and Management. This was a pioneering course when it was first conceived and its twenty-first century graduates are more sought after than ever. October 2015 is also when Professor Sir Mike Gregory retires after 20 years leading manufacturing research, education and practice at the University of Cambridge and we welcome his successor, Professor Andy Neely.

AutomationML PlugFest 2015

Monday 26 October 2015

AutomationML is a rising standard in the context of Industry 4.0. In the meeting, the methods for data access and exchange for automation systems engineering and commissioning were discussed.

Maintenance optimisation for multi-component assets with fault propagation

Monday 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.

Given in evidence

Tuesday 20 October 2015

The IfM’s Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Policy aims to give policymakers the information they need to provide effective support for emerging technologies and industries.

Supporting sustainable growth in the East of England

Monday 19 October 2015

A three-year project has significantly enhanced the growth prospects of 120 manufacturing SMEs across the Eastern Region, leading to the creation of approximately 140 new jobs and safeguarding many more.

Conference Summary - Creating Value Through Customer Services

Friday 16 October 2015

In a world of data enabled ecosystems - Podcasts, presentations and posters.

Asset management workshop

Friday 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.

Technology roadmap for the UK marine industries

Wednesday 14 October 2015

IfM ECS has delivered a roadmapping project for the UK’s marine industries on behalf of Innovate UK. 

Keeping the supply chain flowing

Thursday 8 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

Thursday 1 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

Wednesday 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

Tuesday 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

Monday 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

Friday 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

Wednesday 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

Monday 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

Friday 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

Friday 18 September 2015

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

Deans' Forum Lecture Series - University of Tokyo

Monday 14 September 2015

Qingxin Zhang from the Fluids in Advanced Manufacturing (FIAM) group attended the Deans’ Forum at the University of Tokyo for a five-day intensive lecture programme about microfluidics and its biomedical applications.

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

Friday 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.

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

Friday 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 makes an intelligent infrastructure asset?

Thursday 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

Tuesday 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

Tuesday 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

Wednesday 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?

Friday 7 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

Friday 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?

Former MET filmed at the IfM

Tuesday 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

Monday 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

Sunday 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

Friday 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

Thursday 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

Tuesday 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

Tuesday 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

Monday 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

Thursday 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).

Mukesh Kumar Podcast from the - UK-India food supply chains: sustainability and food security conference

Monday 13 July 2015

Listen now to the podcast of Dr Mukesh Kumar Podcast from the UK-India food supply chains: sustainability and food security conference.

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

Wednesday 1 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

Wednesday 1 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

Tuesday 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

Monday 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

Wednesday 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

Tuesday 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

Friday 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

Thursday 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

Wednesday 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

Wednesday 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

Monday 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

Friday 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

Friday 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

Thursday 4 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. 

Ecotile: boosting growth through innovation and efficiency

Monday 1 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

Friday 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

Wednesday 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

Friday 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

Thursday 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?

Monday 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

Friday 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

Friday 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

Thursday 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

Tuesday 5 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

Friday 1 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

Thursday 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?

Wednesday 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

Wednesday 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

Tuesday 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

Tuesday 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?

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.

Advanced manufacturing - From research to real products

Monday 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

Thursday 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

Wednesday 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

Tuesday 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

Friday 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

Wednesday 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

Friday 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

Wednesday 8 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

Thursday 2 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

Wednesday 1 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.

Manufacturing Zone at the 2015 Cambridge Science Festival

Monday 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.

IfM leads UK-US workshop on manufacturing and innovation policy

Monday 23 March 2015

On 18 March, the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) held a workshop at the White House, Washington D.C., where UK and US government agency representatives and academics compared their approaches to developing advanced manufacturing institutes.

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

Wednesday 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

Tuesday 10 March 2015

Lessons and Effective Practices from UK and US Experiences.

 

Milbank Concrete Products: cementing its growth through innovation

Monday 9 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.

IfM Review Issue 3

Sunday 1 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.

Quantum technologies roadmap

Sunday 1 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?

Tuesday 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

Monday 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

Friday 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

Wednesday 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?

Wednesday 4 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

Thursday 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?

Wednesday 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

Tuesday 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

Friday 9 January 2015

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

From smoothies to Star Wars

Monday 5 January 2015

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

 

Making the shift to services

Thursday 18 December 2014

Professor Andy Neely, Director of the Cambridge Service Alliance and the Royal Academy of Engineering Professor of Complex Services at the University of Cambridge, reflects on some of the key trends in servitization and the strategic choices facing today’s manufacturers.

Indian High Commissioner HE Mr Rajan Mathai visits the IfM

Tuesday 16 December 2014

The Institute for Manufacturing recently welcomed His Excellency Mr Ranjan Mathai, High Commissioner of India to the UK to give an address in the Babbage Lecture Series. 

Company recycling coffee into biofuel wins Innovation pitching event

Monday 15 December 2014

The 3rd Food & FMCG Innovation Pitching Event, held on 19 November at Food Matters Live in London, saw some very innovative ideas presented.

The lost art of risk management

Thursday 11 December 2014

Dr Mukesh Kumar from the Centre for International Manufacturing suggests that multinational manufacturers are taking unnecessary risks with their industrial investments – and he offers a solution.

Take a peek into the magical world of photonics and nanoparticles

Tuesday 2 December 2014

Three doctoral students and a lecturer from the IfM entered images of carbon nanotube shapes, laser metal depositions and crystals into the annual Carl Zeiss Photo Competition.

Molecular Dimensions: doubling the laboratory capacity for protein crystallography specialists

Wednesday 12 November 2014

Molecular Dimensions 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.

A new way to make microstructured surfaces

Tuesday 11 November 2014

A team of researchers led by Dr Michael de Volder, Lecturer at the IfM, has created a new way of manufacturing microstructured surfaces that have novel three-dimensional textures.

DIAL B for Boeing

Friday 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.

IfM launches 3D printing lab for students

Tuesday 28 October 2014

The Institute for Manufacturing has added a new cutting-edge facility to its offering – its very own 3D printing laboratory, created to support Manufacturing Engineering Tripos (MET) Design modules.

IfM Review Issue 2

Friday 17 October 2014

Featuring articles on intelligent supply and resilience, servitization, managing risk in industrial investment and new business models for sustainability as well as a case study on Linde Gases, and much more.

IfM discusses opportunities to cooperate with Japan on developing high value manufacturing

Tuesday 7 October 2014

The Institute for Manufacturing took part in a workshop aimed at building closer links between industrialists, officials and academics involved with manufacturing in the UK and Japan.

Photofabrication: photochemical specialist firm achieves sustainable energy savings

Monday 6 October 2014

Photofabrication is one of around 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 ECS - supporting industry and government in achieving sustainable, long-term growth

Wednesday 1 October 2014

The Institute for Manufacturing’s dissemination arm, IfM Education and Consultancy Services (IfM ECS), has issued two new documents which show some of the key services it can provide for industry and government.

Pitch your innovative idea to Food & FMCG giants such as Unilever, Tesco and Mars

Monday 29 September 2014

The Open Innovation Forum, whose members are major Food and FMCG firms, is holding the 3rd Food & FMCG Innovation Pitching Event on Wednesday 19 November at Food Matters Live, ExCel centre, London.

Podcast - What is 3D printing? Dr Tim Minshall

Thursday 25 September 2014

With news of 3D printed cars, houses and even food, is this the future of manufacturing? The Naked Scientists take a closer look at the workings of 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, and what this might mean for our collective futures. Tim Minshall took Kat Arney through the basics.

New head of SME support team for ECS

Thursday 25 September 2014

Dr Karen Smith has joined IfM Education and Consultancy Services to lead its work helping SMEs to develop and grow their businesses.

September events highlights - conferences and courses

Tuesday 2 September 2014

Throughout the month of September, a range of exciting courses and conferences is being organised across the Institute for Manufacturing, aimed at a wide range of audiences from industry, academia and government.

UK-India Manufacturing Policy Roundtable summary report now available

Tuesday 22 July 2014

The UK-India Manufacturing Policy Roundtable, organised by the IfM and UK Science and Innovation Network (SIN), was held in April in New Delhi, India.

IfM ECS works with Yucatan government on its industrial development strategy

Monday 21 July 2014

IfM Education and Consultancy Services (IfM ECS) is helping the government of the state of Yucatan, Mexico develop their industrial strategy.

Future engineers challenged to build a crane during IfM visit

Monday 21 July 2014

A group of students from Chelmer Valley High School have visited the IfM to learn more about what engineers do.

Open Innovation Forum hosted by Mars at 'The Biggest Chocolate Factory in the World'

Tuesday 8 July 2014

More than 30 innovation leaders from major companies were hosted by Mars in Veghel, Netherlands for the June 2014 meeting of the Open Innovation Forum in the Food and FMCG Value Chain.

Key IfM role in new research centre to help manufacturers improve efficiency

Thursday 3 July 2014

The Institute for Manufacturing’s research skills will be a key component of a new specialist centre dedicated to finding ways to help businesses improve efficiency in manufacturing.

Students showcase innovative new product ideas at annual Design Show

Wednesday 2 July 2014

Students showcased their project work at the annual Manufacturing Engineering Tripos (MET) Design Show at the IfM.

Twenty-first century supply chains: Transforming the pharmaceutical industry

Tuesday 1 July 2014

The Centre for International Manufacturing (CIM) is leading the research programme in REMEDIES, a £23m sector-wide initiative to understand how pharmaceutical supply chains in the UK are set to change.

NASA executive with US energy and aerospace sector expertise joins ECS

Monday 30 June 2014

John Saiz, a NASA executive and formerly Chief Technology Officer at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, has joined IfM Education and Consultancy Services. 

Insights shared to make collaborative research work better

Monday 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. 

Building Long Term Strategic University-Industry Partnerships: Lessons and Effective Practices from UK and US Experiences

Friday 13 June 2014

The Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (CSTI) has released a summary of the key findings from a recent workshop on building strategic university-industry partnerships.

Advanced materials: one of the UK's eight great technologies for future growth

Wednesday 11 June 2014

The importance of advanced materials as one of the UK's “eight great technologies” for future growth is discussed by Professor Bill O’Neill in a series which focuses on research into advanced materials across the University of Cambridge.

First year PhD students showcase research at conference

Monday 9 June 2014

The 1st year PhD Students’ Conference, organised and run by the students at the IfM, showcased the work of 19 researchers. 

Why SMEs need to board the Big Data train

Tuesday 3 June 2014

Failing to jump aboard the Big Data train will leave businesses in the dust of newer, smarter start-ups, says Andy Neely in a blog article in The Telegraph.

Small is beautiful: Why ultra precision manufacturing is such a big deal

Monday 2 June 2014

Are you happy with your smartphone? Bill O’Neill, Professor of Laser Engineering and Director of the IfM’s Centre for Industrial Photonics isn’t.

New Open Innovation Forum in Health is launched

Friday 30 May 2014

The Open Innovation Forum in Health was launched with a full-day workshop at the IfM looking at open innovation (OI) skills and trends and drivers in the health sector.

Business model innovation in India

Wednesday 21 May 2014

A new study by Chander Velu, from the University of Cambridge’s Institute for Manufacturing and Mahima Kanna from the International Finance Corporation, aims to shed light on business model innovation in India over the last decade.

Outstanding Paper award for IfM article on start-ups in emerging industries

Friday 16 May 2014

An article by IfM authors on manufacturing start-ups in emerging industries has been chosen as the 2014 Outstanding Paper winner by the Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management.

Barack Obama's former manufacturing advisor delivers Babbage Lecture

Friday 16 May 2014

Barack Obama’s former Assistant Director for Advanced Manufacturing, Thomas R Kurfess, delivered the Babbage Lecture on 13 May: The Digital Future of Manufacturing, Policy and Technology Opportunities for American Innovation.

IfM Briefing Day attracts more than 150 senior industrialists and policymakers

Wednesday 14 May 2014

More than 150 senior representatives from industry and government as well as UK and multinational companies attended the annual IfM Briefing Day.

Health and wellbeing in the UK rail industry

Wednesday 14 May 2014

Strategy and priorities needed to achieve the industry’s vision.

Highly commended papers made freely available by journal publishers for a month

Thursday 1 May 2014

Two highly commended papers by IfM authors have been made freely available for a month by the publishers of the journals in which they feature.

Predicting the unpredictable: the future of manufacturing

Thursday 1 May 2014

Dr Dai Morgan from the IfM’s Centre for Industrial Sustainability (CIS) reflects on the UK government’s recent Foresight report on the future of manufacturing.

Minister visits IfM to meet manufacturing firms benefitting from the PrISMS programme

Tuesday 29 April 2014

A Government Minister visited the IfM today (Tuesday 29 April) to meet some of the 100 firms currently benefitting from a programme to create and safeguard jobs across the East of England.

Infrastructure seminar looks ahead with futureproofing

Tuesday 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 Management

Wednesday 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.

Cambridge: the view from Mars

Tuesday 15 April 2014

In October 2013, Mars and the University of Cambridge announced a formal collaboration. Its dual aim: to help Mars tackle global sustainability challenges that both its business and society share through first-class academic research, and to involve the University and its students in the development of new commercial applications.

New report on the latest trends in the globalisation of manufacturing

Monday 14 April 2014

Capturing value from global networks, published on April 14 by the IfM, describes a set of approaches developed by IfM researchers and put into practice with a range of leading manufacturers to help them effectively design and manage their global networks.

Engineering in a connected world: Tim Minshall at TEDxCambridge

Thursday 10 April 2014

What does it mean to be an engineer, and how might we all draw on our inner-engineer to change the world we live in?

Joint UK-India research programme launched to develop sustainable supply networks

Wednesday 9 April 2014

Research partners from the UK and India came together in Delhi on April 9 to launch a programme aimed at developing sustainable global supply networks.

i-Teams competition prompts novel ideas for new inventions

Tuesday 8 April 2014

Using moss to power fairy lights and allowing pigs to reach their food through a catflap were some of the bright ideas for scientific inventions in the What would you use THAT for? competition.

A knowledge economy that works

Friday 4 April 2014

Manufacturing is an essential step in capturing value from ideas, says Professor Sir Mike Gregory, Head of the Institute for Manufacturing.

3D printing: The shape of things to come?

Tuesday 1 April 2014

Dr Simon Ford, from IfM’s Centre for Technology Management, explains why we need to take a clear-eyed view of this much hyped technology if it is to realise its potential.

Insights from the UK and USA on building strategic university-industry partnerships

Monday 24 March 2014

The Centre for Science, Technology & Innovation Policy (CSTI) hosted a two-day workshop exploring ways of building long-term strategic university-industry partnerships.

IfM to lead research in £23m project to reconfigure UK pharma supply chains

Friday 21 March 2014

The IfM will lead research into a £23m collaborative project on reconfiguring UK pharmaceutical supply chains.

Putting the fun into computer programming with a robot that is a toy at heart

Thursday 13 March 2014

John Ginger, a recent Manufacturing Engineering Tripos (MET) graduate, is one half of a team developing a small robot to help children learn programming and robotics while they play.

IfM Review Issue 1

Saturday 1 March 2014

We hope you will enjoy this new publication from the IfM which is designed to provide something for everyone – a glimpse of our current activities as well as a deeper look at some of our major lines of research and engagement with industry.

An inside view of manufacturing

Friday 7 February 2014

Inside IfM gave around 150 representatives from government, industry and academia the opportunity to discover more about the latest research and projects and meet the experts who make that possible.

Increasing the uptake of electric car rentals in Japan - case study

Monday 3 February 2014

Researchers at the Cambridge Service Alliance have suggested new ways of increasing the uptake of electric car usage.

Mike Sharman 1933 - 2013

Wednesday 15 January 2014

Mike Sharman, a pioneering course director in manufacturing at the University of Cambridge’s Department of Engineering, has died, aged 80.

Unlocking the potential of IT architectures and services for manufacturing in Europe

Tuesday 17 December 2013

IfM ECS will play a key role in Road4FAME, a project that aims to unlock the innovation potential of IT architectures and services for the manufacturing industry across Europe.

'Making It' happen for manufacturing in the future in the Liverpool city region

Monday 9 December 2013

The future for manufacturing in the Liverpool area has been examined in a study by IfM Education and Consultancy Services for the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and its partners.

New industrial policy forum series is launched by CSTI with the first focus on Japan

Thursday 5 December 2013

New industrial policy forum series launched by the Centre for Science, Technology & Industrial Policy (CSTI).

UK manufacturing on the rise

Sunday 1 December 2013

The UK Office for National Statistics measured manufacturing from industrial production as having increased in the first three quarters of 2013. It is hoped the manufacturing revival – dubbed the ‘march of the makers’ by the Chancellor of the Exchequer – will help to rebuild the UK economy.

US Ambassador visits the IfM

Monday 25 November 2013

Matthew Barzun, the US Ambassador to the UK, visited the IfM and was impressed by what he termed “great cutting-edge technology”.

Redefining 21st Century Supply Chains

Wednesday 6 November 2013

The globalization of manufacturing has radically transformed how supply chains are built. As a result, tomorrow's supply networks will need to be more strategic, resilient, sustainable, and customer-focused.

The future of manufacturing - an expert view

Friday 1 November 2013

The Future of Manufacturing: A new era of opportunity and challenge for the UK sets out a vision for the UK up to the year 2050 and one of the lead experts behind the report was Professor Steve Evans.

The importance of open innovation in the FMCG sector

Friday 1 November 2013

In a sector characterised by the need to reduce time to market and find new ideas to generate new products, firms are constantly searching for ideas and innovations that will give them a competitive edge. Open innovation can facilitate this process.

Innovators present bright ideas to world-leading firms at pitching event

Monday 28 October 2013

Eighteen innovators presented their ideas when the Open Innovation Forum held its second pitching event.

Ambitious £110m programme to boost UK aerospace industry gets off the ground

Tuesday 22 October 2013

Sharing in Growth – an ambitious programme that will raise the capability of UK aerospace suppliers to share in the growth of this global market – has been launched.

Inspiring images win top prizes in photographic competition

Monday 21 October 2013

Two stunning images from the IfM secured top prizes in the University of Cambridge Department of Engineering's annual photographic competition. 

Mars and University of Cambridge Collaborate in Pursuit of Global Food Security

Tuesday 8 October 2013

Mars, Incorporated and the University of Cambridge today announced an agreement to build on their existing collaboration in order to further scientific research in the field of food security.

Businesses must understand ecosystems or risk failure, warn researchers

Tuesday 1 October 2013

What businesses can learn from how major cities operate



Discovering the outsourcing potential of South East Asia

Friday 13 September 2013

Twenty-five MET students will travel to Malaysia to examine the area’s potential as an outsourcing destination – and they are inviting technology start-ups, manufacturing firms and academics to get involved in their project.

Struggling to make the shift to solutions

Tuesday 10 September 2013

The Cambridge Service Alliance, based at the IfM, has issued its latest blog - and it poses a question for companies struggling to make the move from products to solutions.

Students study tour takes them to San Francisco

Tuesday 10 September 2013

A group of students from the IfM visited the San Francisco Bay area on a study tour with the objective of looking at four themes: innovation, sustainability, supply chain management and the economic downturn.

Three new lecturers for the new academic year

Monday 9 September 2013

The IfM welcomes three new lecturers as the academic year starts - Dr Ronan Daly, Dr Michael De Volder and Dr Chander Velu.

Closing date nears to apply for two PhD studentships

Thursday 5 September 2013

Two funded PhD studentships are on offer - but you need to apply quickly as the closing dates for applications are fast approaching.

Scaling the heights for charity

Wednesday 14 August 2013

Dominic Oughton, Principal Industrial Fellow at ECS, will climb the equivalent of a vertical mile of rock - solo and un-roped - in 24 hours for charity.

Digital fabrication - getting behind the hype

Wednesday 31 July 2013

The reality and the potential of digital fabrication for the UK economy will be examined in a new research project by the Centre for Technology Management's Technology Enterprise Group, funded by the ESRC and EPSRC.

Programme for growth and sustainability in the East of England helps 47 local firms improve their business

Thursday 25 July 2013

A year after its launch, the PrISMS programme has already helped 47 companies in the East of England develop their business.

Research from University of Cambridge helping Welsh companies improve their business

Tuesday 23 July 2013

The knowledge transfer arm of the University of Cambridge’s Institute for Manufacturing has launched a campaign to help small and medium-sized manufacturers based in Wales reach their innovation, growth and business improvement goals.

The challenge of selling services

Tuesday 16 July 2013

Businesses are increasingly looking to sell services rather than products. But as Andy Neely, director of the Cambridge Service Alliance, explains to Della Bradshaw, business education editor of the Financial Times, the transition poses problems.

Innovators invited to pitch their ideas to some of the world's leading companies

Wednesday 10 July 2013

Following the success of the first Open Innovation Forum pitching event, a new pitching event has been announced for Monday 14 October at Colworth Science Park in Bedfordshire.

Senior academics, policymakers and industrialists discuss the future of manufacturing at 10th UK Manufacturing Professors Forum

Thursday 4 July 2013

The IfM was well represented at the 10th UK Manufacturing Professors’ Forum, held on 24 June at the National Liberal Club in London.

Lord Sainsbury gives a talk as part of the Babbage Lecture Series

Monday 1 July 2013

The IfM hosted a talk by Lord Sainsbury of Turville, Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, on ‘Linking science, engineering and economics – a progressive capitalism approach’.

Students reveal their innovative product ideas at the annual Design Show

Tuesday 18 June 2013

On Wednesday 5 June, the annual Manufacturing Engineering Tripos (MET) Design Show was held at the IfM, where third-year students displayed innovative products designed by them.

Engineering the Future

Tuesday 18 June 2013

The UK needs to recruit more bright, young engineers - but what do young people really think engineering involves? Tim Minshall decided to find out.

CSTI chosen to host international meeting on standardisation and innovation

Monday 17 June 2013

On Friday 7 June, the Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (CSTI) hosted a workshop as part of the Tripartite meeting, a platform to discuss standardisation and innovation-related issues.

IfM takes part in servitization workshops in China

Wednesday 22 May 2013

Senior academics and researchers from the IfM were invited to participate in two workshops on the topic of servitization, held in China. 

New Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Policy launched

Wednesday 15 May 2013

A new IfM research unit funded by the Gatsby Foundation has been launched - the Centre for Science, Technology & Innovation Policy (CSTI).

IfM holds first 'Make it Here' event

Tuesday 14 May 2013

The IfM hosted the first of a series of ‘Make it Here’ events, which aim to build the manufacturing network and community.

Technology roadmap research project helps United Nations tackle climate change

Thursday 9 May 2013

CTM, in collaboration with the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands, was commissioned by the United Nations to research how technology roadmapping could help tackle greenhouse gas emissions and climate change.

IfM to host 2013 Design Management conference

Wednesday 8 May 2013

Following the success of the first Cambridge Academic Design Management Conference (CADMC) in 2011, the 2013 conference will be held on 4 and 5 September at the Institute for Manufacturing in Cambridge.

Tim Minshall to speak at Hay Festival

Tuesday 7 May 2013

Dr Tim Minshall, Senior Lecturer at the University of Cambridge, has been invited to take part in this year’s Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts on Sunday 2 June at 11.30.

IfM Invited to Indian Government Seminar - International Workshop on Industry-Academia Collaboration

Tuesday 30 April 2013

The IfM was recently invited to contribute to a high-level seminar in Delhi on industry-academia links, hosted by the Indian Government.

New report on service innovation

Tuesday 30 April 2013

The Cambridge Service Alliance has issued a new executive briefing which looks at the process of service innovation in an attempt to improve the way that service and product-service providers develop new services.

Centre for International Manufacturing (CIM) - research in sustainable supply networks

Friday 19 April 2013

CIM has recently been awarded two major grants in the area of sustainable supply networks. This month it has also had an article published in Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part B: Journal of Engineering Manufacture.

Clever kids come up with smart ways to use new technologies

Thursday 11 April 2013

i-Teams' annual "What would you use THAT for?" competition, held at the IfM as part of the Cambridge Science Festival, saw children come up with some fantastic ideas for using new technology.

IfM receives UK-India Advanced Manufacturing Research Grant of around £1 million

Wednesday 10 April 2013

The Centre for International Manufacturing (CIM) has won a major new grant from EPSRC and the Department of Science and Technology (DST) of India for the project 'Engineering Driven Sustainable Supply Networks - A UK/India Collaborative Study'.

ideaSpace Director shortlisted at the Cambridge Business Excellence Awards

Tuesday 26 March 2013

Stewart McTavish, who heads ideaSpace, was a finalist in the Business Person of the Year category of the Cambridge News Business Excellence Awards 2013.

Come to the IfM for some laser rocket racing, laser-bunny hopping and FantasTech as part of the Cambridge Science Festival

Tuesday 19 March 2013

On Saturday, 23 March, the IfM will open its doors to the public for an afternoon full of exciting activities and talks aimed at children of all ages.

New technology for improving food safety wins first Open Innovation Forum Pitching Event

Thursday 14 March 2013

The Open Innovation Forum held its first Pitching Event this week at the Hauser Forum in Cambridge, where 18 innovators presented their ideas to an audience of senior leaders and decision-makers from major companies.

Excellence in Teaching Award for Tim Minshall

Tuesday 12 March 2013

Dr Tim Minshall, Senior Lecturer in Technology Management, has won a Royal Academy of Engineering ExxonMobil Excellence in Teaching Award.

New briefing on business models to help adoption of sustainable technologies

Thursday 7 March 2013

A new briefing on how innovative sustainable technologies can be spread to make an impact on global warming and resource scarcity has been released.

Final report from the KT-Box programme now online

Tuesday 5 March 2013

The final report from the Knowledge-Transfer Box (KT-Box) programme, 'Improving the competitiveness of UK service providers through applying academic research', is now available to download.

IfM students help Siemens Mechanical Drives improve their business

Tuesday 19 February 2013

Four students studying with the IfM recently spent a fortnight at the Leeds factory of Siemens Mechanical Drives as part of their Manufacturing Engineering Tripos (MET) course.

IfM trains first cohort of students from new Doctoral Training Centre

Wednesday 6 February 2013

The IfM's Centre for International Manufacturing (CIM) has delivered a week of training to the first cohort of students from the Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) in Continuous Manufacturing and Crystallisation (CMAC).

Inside IfM

Friday 1 February 2013

Last night the IfM opened its doors to over 100 guests all interested in discovering more about the work that takes place at the IfM.

Tim Minshall and a group of MET students help CBeebies' Nina and the Neurons explain engineering

Tuesday 22 January 2013

Dr Tim Minshall was contacted by producers of Nina and the Neurons, a BBC programme aired on children’s channel CBeebies, to help them explain some engineering concepts to young children.

IfM's relationship with India strengthened with invitation to Society of Operations Management conference

Thursday 17 January 2013

The Society of Operations Management (SOM), based in India, held their Annual International Conference on 21-23 December 2012 at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, to which the Head of IfM and one of our researchers were invited.

Dr Alan Reece 1927 - 2012

Wednesday 16 January 2013

The University is sad to report the death of one of its benefactors.

Recruiting Ultra Precision Scientists and Engineers of the Future

Tuesday 15 January 2013

The new EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Ultra Precision is currently recruiting Postgraduate students interested in developing the next generation of ultra precision manufacturing systems and products, for an October start. Deadline to apply for the fully-funded MRes is 31st March.

Mars, Bacardi, Moy Park and Imerys join the panel of the Food & FMCG Innovation Pitching Event

Wednesday 9 January 2013

As the deadline to apply for the Food & FMCG Innovation Pitching Event draws near, four new major food and FMCG companies have joined the judging panel: Mars, Bacardi, Moy Park and Imerys.

New strategic technology and innovation management consortium launched

Tuesday 8 January 2013

A new collaborative industry-university programme, the Strategic Technology and Innovation Management (STIM) Consortium, has been launched with the aim to build a sustainable collaborative research-practice partnership delivering benefits to both industrial and research communities.

Food and FMCG giants call for innovators to pitch their ideas

Tuesday 11 December 2012

Major food and FMCG companies such as Unilever, General Mills, Tate & Lyle and Crown Packaging are seeking small commercial or university-based organisations which could provide innovative solutions to business challenges. 

Car-leasing models for the technological era - a new study on mobility-as-a-service

Wednesday 5 December 2012

Innovative business models for modern transport are explored in a new case study-based research.

Ultra Precision Engineering- the key to a finer future

Friday 30 November 2012

Interdisciplinarity is becoming increasingly important for the engineers of the future and this is reflected in being successfully awarded funding through the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training.

The future of the UK pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries mapped using techniques developed at the University of Cambridge

Wednesday 28 November 2012

A new study aimed at identifying needs, opportunities and challenges in the UK pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical manufacturing sectors was published today.

Getting ship shape: IfM develops a fleet management tool for the Royal Navy

Thursday 15 November 2012

Researchers Clive Kerr and Simon Ford from the IfM’s Centre for Technology Management have developed a software tool to help the Royal Navy manage its fleet of Type 23 frigates.

Dr Tim Minshall's TEDx talk 'Building the Future'

Tuesday 13 November 2012

Dr Tim Minshall, Senior Lecturer in Technology Management recently gave a TEDx talk based around the perception of what primary school children think engineers do.

Two award-winning students get a taste of the IfM

Thursday 8 November 2012

Two sixth form students who won the British Sugar Academy Excellence Awards competition were given a tour of the IfM as part of a one-week 'money can't buy' internship at British Sugar.

New programme to create jobs in the East of England and help the environment

Tuesday 23 October 2012

A £2.25m business support programme for start-ups and small and medium-sized (SMEs) manufacturing companies is launched in Cambridge today.

The future of flying

Tuesday 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.

Help for Essex manufacturing firms to boost performance and create new jobs

Tuesday 16 October 2012

A new programme of support for small, medium-sized (SME) and start-up manufacturing companies based in Essex.

Picture perfect

Monday 15 October 2012

Ronan Daly and Alfonso Castrejon-Pita from the Inkjet Research Centre have won the Engineering Department’s 2012 photography competition.

The art of business, ideaSpace Enterprise Accelerator awards grant to Wysing Arts Centre

Tuesday 9 October 2012

ideaSpace Enterprise Accelerator awards grant to Wysing Arts Centre for its work on encouraging innovation in the East of England.

Ashok Thakur visits Cambridge

Monday 8 October 2012

Mr Ashok Thakur, Special Secretary of the Department of Higher Education in India’s Ministry of Human Resource Development, visited Cambridge recently.

Vince Cable visits the IfM

Wednesday 3 October 2012

Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, visited the IfM today.

Hi-Wi project awarded poster prize at REPM'12 conference

Monday 1 October 2012

David Hopkinson wins best poster presentation award

Researchers develop printable lasers

Thursday 20 September 2012

A way of printing lasers using everyday inkjet technology has been created by scientists. The development has a wide range of possible applications, ranging from biomedical testing to laser arrays for displays.

Inkjet Research Centre is part of a new collaborative research centre

Friday 31 August 2012

The IfM's Inkjet Research Centre is a partner in the KACST-Cambridge Research Centre, studying the application of inkjet technology in additive manufacturing.

Two years on and the arrival of the 100th member

Thursday 30 August 2012

Just a couple of months ago, ideaSpace celebrated its second birthday and now welcomes its 100th member, Tom White of Skin Analytics.

How offshore wind turbines could be more efficient

Friday 17 August 2012

Jim Platts lecturer at the Institute for Manufacturing, has overseen a new study that suggests offshore wind farms could be 100 per cent more efficient in terms of energy payback if manufacturers embraced new methods for making the structures that support the turbines.

1,000 mile trip on fold-up bikes raises at least £30,000

Thursday 19 July 2012

Two former IfM students, Phil Deakin and Harry Bullivant have cycled from Land’s End to John O’Groats on fold-up Brompton bikes to raise money for three charities.

IfM plays host to the next generation of engineers

Tuesday 17 July 2012

The IfM played host to 29 GCSE students from Chelmer Valley High School, Chelmsford as part of an outreach project.

Premiere conference on performance management attracts delegates from all over the globe

Friday 13 July 2012

Leading experts discussed the latest thinking in the field of performance management at an international conference in Cambridge this week that attracted 170 delegates from 40 countries

Commercialising medical device innovation

Friday 13 July 2012

New medical devices take a long time to reach the market - and many never make it. Jon Johnson, a researcher at Cambridge’s Institute for Manufacturing, is looking at ways of making the process of commercialisation more efficient.

New partnership aims to unlock a manufacturing revolution

Tuesday 3 July 2012

New initiative to investigate the potential for businesses to cut energy consumption and reduce waste cut costs in ways that improve margins and create jobs.

IfM lecturer named as one of university's top teachers

Thursday 28 June 2012

Dr Tim Minshall has been awarded one of Cambridge University's Pilkington Prizes.

Defining the future of Australian rail travel - On Track to 2040

Tuesday 26 June 2012

Opportunities and priorities for the next 30 years of the Australian rail sector have been identified in a new report.

Student product designs unveiled at Design Show

Thursday 7 June 2012

Eleven innovative design projects were on display at the Institute for Manufacturing on June 6th to mark the end of a year-long project.

Bill O'Neill appointed Professor of Laser Engineering

Wednesday 6 June 2012

Congratulations to Dr Bill O’Neill who has been appointed Professor of Laser Engineering.

KT Box event to introduce tools for complex engineering services

Thursday 31 May 2012

KT-Box is a unique collaboration of some of the UK’s academic and industrial leaders in the new field of complex service provision. 

Global Health Commercialization and Funding Roundtable

Thursday 17 May 2012

The IfM has hosted the first Global Health Commercialization and Funding Roundtable. 

IfM Briefing Day

Tuesday 15 May 2012

More than one hundred senior representatives from industry, government and UK and multi-national companies attended the IfM Briefing Day.

Sir Michael Marshall unveils new Gallery at IfM

Monday 14 May 2012

A new gallery of images featuring the Marshall Group of companies has been unveiled at the IfM.

New programme of support launched to help small and medium manufacturers

Saturday 31 March 2012

IfM Education and Consultancy Services has launched a UK-wide programme of support for small and medium sized manufacturing businesses.

New agreement brings powerful approach to support smaller manufacturers in the North West

Thursday 29 March 2012

IfM Education and Consultancy Services (IfM ECS) Limited is pleased to announce the availability in the North West of a powerful approach to help smaller manufacturing businesses.

European Students go head to head in Business Case Study Tournament

Thursday 29 March 2012

European Students of Industrial Engineering and Management (ESTIEM), visited IfM for the Business Case Study semi-final in March.

Solved: one of the ink-jet printing industry's greatest challenges

Wednesday 28 March 2012

Scientists at the IfM have developed a method for predicting whether a filament of fluid will condense along its length into a single droplet, or collapse into multiple droplets.

Institute for 'Magical Factories' opens its doors!

Tuesday 27 March 2012

Hundreds of families flocked to the IfM on Saturday 24 March to enjoy a host of demos, hands on activities and talks - all part of this year’s Cambridge Science Festival.

Job security and pay fears at heart of manufacturing's "image problem"

Thursday 8 March 2012

Misplaced fears about job security and low pay could thwart efforts to strengthen British manufacturing and rebalance the economy, a new analysis of the sector’s image among the general public has revealed.

New programme of support launched to help small and medium manufacturers

Thursday 1 March 2012

IfM Education and Consultancy Services (IfM ECS) Limited, the IfM's dissemination arm, has launched a UK-wide programme of support for small and medium sized manufacturing businesses, following the success of recent projects in the Midlands and East of England.

Solved: one of the ink-jet printing industry's greatest challenges

Tuesday 28 February 2012

Scientists at the IfM have developed a method for predicting whether a filament of fluid will condense along its length into a single droplet, or collapse into multiple droplets. The research, published  in the journal Physical Review Letters, could aid in designing processes for paint-spraying, ink-jet printing and the dispersion of drugs for inhalation.

Progressive future for UK manufacturing says new report

Thursday 23 February 2012

Future trends, challenges and opportunities for UK manufacturing have been identified in a new study by Cambridge Institute for Manufacturing.

Design Icons event comes to the IfM

Tuesday 14 February 2012

Cambridge is home to some of the most iconic modern product design. Design Icons: Cambridge Innovation Festival is a celebration of Cambridge design talent taking place throughout February 2012.

Moss table wins people's choice

Tuesday 24 January 2012

Alex Driver and Carlos Peralta’s ‘Moss Table’ has won the People’s Choice poll to be included in the Design Icons: Cambridge Innovation Festival exhibition at Anglia Ruskin University.

 

Under the Microscope #1 & #2 - Small things, big thinking

Thursday 19 January 2012

Using an electron microscope it’s possible for the human eye to see in minute detail the foot of the fruit fly – an appendage that is just about the same width as a human hair.

Mapping the future of the Australian rail supply network

Thursday 12 January 2012

IfM Education and Consultancy Services is helping to map out the next 30 years of the Australian rail industry following the great success of the Automotive Australia 2020 Roadmap undertaken in 2009.

Former IfM student becomes a visionary for the next generation

Thursday 15 December 2011

Former IfM student Philip Deakin was recently named Undergraduate Visionary of 2011 by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

Sound recognition technology to be used to detect crimes

Tuesday 15 November 2011

New sound-recognition technology developed by a Cambridge company is to be used in intercom systems to protect prison, hospital and commercial staff from violence, break-ins and vandalism.

Alquist carries off another major award

Tuesday 15 November 2011

A high-tech temperature monitoring device which could help UK firms cut millions of pounds off their energy bills, has given its inventor his second major product award this year.

ideaSpace company to open new R&D centre in the North East

Thursday 3 November 2011

Award-winning ideaSpace company Polysolar is opening a new research and development office in County Durham.

Award winning students visit the IfM

Thursday 27 October 2011

Two award winning sixth form students were given an introduction to student life at the IfM as part of a week’s placement with British Sugar.

ideaSpace company enters research collaboration with marine survey company to reduce CO2 emissions

Thursday 20 October 2011

Cambridge Carbon Capture (CCC) has entered into a research collaboration with Polarcus Limited to develop its carbon mineralization technology.

How Cambridge high tech cluster stands up to recession

Thursday 13 October 2011

The Cambridge high tech cluster proved relatively resilient amidst what many consider the worst economic crisis since the early 1930s, according to new research from the Institute for  Manufacturing.

Table demonstrates the hidden power of moss

Thursday 22 September 2011

A team of designers from the IfM's Design Management Group are exhibiting a novel 'moss table' at the London Design Festival this week.

Shift to service is 'vital' for UK industry

Wednesday 21 September 2011

New research led by Professor Andy Neely, Director of the Cambridge Service Alliance (CSA) argues that a shift to services is vital for UK industry.

Award for product which could slash industry energy bills

Tuesday 20 September 2011

An ideaSpace-based company has been shortlisted for its third major product award in a year. Alquist has been nominated for its product Celsius, a high-tech temperature monitoring device which could help UK firms cut millions of pounds off their energy bills.

IfM graduate wins James Dyson design award

Thursday 8 September 2011

A former IfM student, Michael Korn, is the UK winner of the James Dyson Award, an international design competition run across 18 countries. 

Head of IfM made Fellow of Royal Academy of Engineering

Friday 26 August 2011

IfM Head, Professor Sir Mike Gregory, has been elected  a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in recognition of his distinguished career teaching and researching at the forefront of Engineering.

EPSRC funded report into Japanese interests in Industrial Sustainability

Thursday 28 July 2011

Over thirty delegates came together at the Institute of Materials Minerals and Mining in London to join the launch of an EPSRC funded report into Japanese interests in Industrial Sustainability. 

Award for research paper into true costs of outsourcing to China

Tuesday 26 July 2011

Companies who outsource to China significantly underestimate the costs involved. Although cost savings are cited as a major reason for sourcing from China, the actual savings may not be as great as expected. This is the finding of a research paper by Dr Ken Platts of the IfM.

School children get a taste of manufacturing engineering

Thursday 21 July 2011

Twenty-three children from a Chelmsford secondary school spent a day at the IfM, having fun and learning about manufacturing engineering.

IfM to host student precision engineering challenge

Tuesday 28 June 2011

The cream of European engineering talent will be converging on Cambridge next month to take part in an annual international competition.

Cambridge gains another first

Thursday 16 June 2011

Michael Herring, an apprentice at the IfM’s Centre for Industrial Photonics (CIP), has just been named Apprentice of the Year by Cambridge Regional College’s Engineering Academy.

IfM's got Design Talent

Thursday 9 June 2011

A group of four Cambridge Manufacturing Engineering students have come up with a new design for a extreme sports device which could save lives.

Science Minister opens new innovation hub

Wednesday 25 May 2011

A new multi-million pound science and enterprise hub designed to encourage  collaboration and foster the commercialisation of scientific research and innovation, has been officially opened by Science Minister David Willetts at Colworth Science Park, Bedfordshire.

Doctoral student leads Rwanda enterprise initiative

Tuesday 17 May 2011

An IfM doctoral student is playing a leading role in trying to find budding Bransons in poverty-stricken Rwanda.

IfM to partner in two major manufacturing research initiatives

Monday 16 May 2011

The IfM is to be a major partner in two new research centres designed to help boost UK manufacturing.  The Institute is a partner in both the new EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Ultra Precision and the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing for Continuous Manufacturing and Crystallisation.

Dr Bill O'Neill elected as Fellow of Institute of Physics

Thursday 12 May 2011

Dr Bill O’Neill was recently elected by the Council of the Institute of Physics to a Fellowship of the Institute in recognition of his personal contribution to the advancement of physics.

Fast-tracking Open Innovation research

Thursday 5 May 2011

The Open Innovation Research Forum (OIRF) launched with a two-day ‘fast start’ research proposal development workshop. The OIRF workshop – sponsored by the UK Innovation Research Centre and Japan’s Institute for Technology, Enterprise and Competitiveness – brought together 40 representatives of multinationals, open innovation intermediaries, and academics from around the world to discuss the links between geographic location and the successful implementation of open innovation.

Prestigious award for IfM SRA

Tuesday 5 April 2011

David Gill, a Senior Research Associate at the IfM, has received a prestigious award for Outstanding Contribution to Business Incubation 2011.

Budding Branson's have winning ideas for top tech!

Tuesday 5 April 2011

A robot door opener, an interactive recipe book and an automatic school register were just some of the imaginative ideas submitted in a great gadget competition.

IfM forms part of new Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Industrial sustainability

Wednesday 30 March 2011

The IfM is to be a major partner in a multi-million pound project to establish a new national research centre in the field of industrial sustainability.

Manufacturing on the agenda as trade mission visits Cambridge

Thursday 17 March 2011

A high-profile US trade mission visited the IfM as part of an international 10-day trade tour of Israel and the UK.

MET alumni have a 'Six' sense for business

Thursday 10 March 2011

Two former students are busy putting the lessons learned from the IfM's Manufacturing Engineering Tripos into practice.

Massachusetts trade mission to visit the IfM

Tuesday 8 March 2011

The IfM is to receive a visit by the State Governor of Massachusetts, Deval Patrick, and his Innovation Economy Partnership Mission team.

Chinese Ambassador explores opportunites for collaboration with IfM

Tuesday 1 March 2011

Mr Liu Xiaoming, Chinese Ambassador to the UK, visited the Institute for Manufacturing to discuss the Institute’s connections with China and explore opportunities for future collaboration.

European Commission President visits IfM

Wednesday 23 February 2011

The President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, has visited the IfM.

IfM Open Evening highlights research activity

Tuesday 22 February 2011

An audience of industrialists and academics attended the IfM Open Evening to find out more about the institute's latest projects.

Japan trip throws light on industrial sustainability

Monday 21 February 2011

A group of UK academics have visited Japan to find out more about the country's approach to industrial sustainability.

Research hopes to boost NPD success

Thursday 10 February 2011

An ambitious research project aims to improve the chances of success for new products – by studying the role of senior management in the development process.

EurOMA breaks record for paper submissions

Tuesday 8 February 2011

A prestigious international conference on Operations Management has become a record breaker, having received more than 850 academic paper submissions.

IfM hosts visit from Mexican delegation

Tuesday 25 January 2011

A delegation of Mexican government officials paid a visit to the IfM to find out more about the Institute’s research on industrial policy and its role in assisting small businesses.

ideaSpace announces seven programmes to support innovation and enterprise

Thursday 20 January 2011

Seven projects designed to support innovators and entrepreneurs across the Eastern Region have been announced by the ideaSpace Enterprise Accelerator (iEA).

Wizard win for IfM’s amateur cartoonist

Monday 10 January 2011

An IfM researcher has been named Young Cartoonist of the Year thanks to his illustration depicting rejected Harry Potter titles.

Professor Mike Gregory knighted in New Year Honours

Tuesday 4 January 2011

Professor Mike Gregory, Head of the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) and of the Manufacturing and Management Division of the Department of Engineering, has received a knighthood in the New Years Honours for services to technology.

Entrepreneur full of praise for i-Teams

Tuesday 21 December 2010

One of the UK’s most successful digital entrepreneurs has praised a programme which aims to help turn scientific breakthroughs into business success stories.

Expanded support programme will boost growth in Eastern region

Monday 20 December 2010

A new enterprise and innovation programme will enable businesses and jobs to be created across the Eastern region, it has been announced.

Dr Bill O'Neill elected as Fellow of the Laser Institute of America

Wednesday 8 December 2010

The Laser Institute of America has elected the IfM's Dr Bill O'Neill as Fellow. The grade of Fellow is the highest level of membership in the LIA.

IfM visiting researcher awarded Stafford Beer Medal

Wednesday 1 December 2010

IfM visiting researcher Jasser Al-Kassab has won a prestigious award for the best paper published in a leading scientific journal.

Report helps businesses select perfect innovation aide

Wednesday 1 December 2010

Companies hoping to collaborate with other firms to create new innovative business opportunities will benefit from a new report by the IfM.

IfM stages international workshop on asset management

Wednesday 24 November 2010

The latest developments in asset management research have been showcased at a major international event at the IfM.

Caterpillar's global production network: case study

Friday 19 November 2010

The IfM's Centre for International Manufacturing has just published its latest briefing, based on a long-term project with Caterpillar.

DIAL quarterly newsletter published

Thursday 21 October 2010

The IfM's Distributed Information and Automation Laboratory has just published its first quarterly electronic newsletter.

Enabling economic growth: new report

Wednesday 20 October 2010

With the Government today unveiling the details of its comprehensive spending review, a new report has been published highlighting how small and medium sized manufacturing companies (SMEs) can help the UK's economic revival.

Royal visit to the IfM

Tuesday 19 October 2010

His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Bahrain recently paid a visit to the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM).

£17m Innovation and Knowledge Centre announced

Tuesday 19 October 2010

Funding has been announced for a major new research centre  based at the Department of Engineering.

IfM publishes first comprehensive roadmapping textbook

Tuesday 5 October 2010

Looking into the future may sound like the stuff of science fiction, but a Cambridge academic has produced a new textbook which could help organisations to take on this challenge.

Open Innovation Forum gets Paris launch

Tuesday 5 October 2010

The IfM has launched a new Open Innovation initiative aimed at firms involved in the Food & Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) Value Streams.

New global alliance to research challenges of complex service systems

Thursday 23 September 2010

BAE Systems and IBM have joined forces with the University of Cambridge to launch a new research initiative designed to equip business with the skills needed to deal with complex service systems.

IfM takes part in Open Cambridge for first time

Wednesday 22 September 2010

On Friday 10th September, the IfM threw open its doors to members of the public, providing tours of the building and giving them an insight into some of the research activities in the Alan Reece Building.

Report outlines future scenarios for food industry

Friday 10 September 2010

A new report by the IfM's Centre for Industry and Government on possible future scenarios for the food and drink sector is due to be debated in Westminster.

Top prize means Camilla completes unusual record

Wednesday 8 September 2010

Camilla, who graduated this summer with a first, was awarded the best engineering student prize by her college Trinity Hall.

Report outlines new approach for business support

Wednesday 11 August 2010

Small and medium size manufacturing companies could hold one of the keys to the UK’s economic revival, says a new report.

Children from Chernobyl and Chelmsford at IfM

Monday 9 August 2010

A group of children from the charity Friends of Chernobyl's Children came to the IfM to learn all about lasers as part of a visit to Cambridge. The IfM also welcomed children from Chelmer Valley High School in Chelmsford.

IfM Industrial Fellow publishes book

Tuesday 20 July 2010

A Principal Industrial Fellow with the IfM has published a book designed to help companies across the world achieve strategic goals.

New report on value of food & drink sector

Monday 5 July 2010

An ongoing demonstrable commitment to innovation and high-value production are key reasons why the UK’s food and drink industry has emerged from recession in better shape than many other manufacturing sectors, according to a new report from the IfM.

Doctoral researcher commended for servicisation work

Tuesday 29 June 2010

Guang-Jie Ren received the coveted accolade from the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD).

Leading business figure visits IfM

Tuesday 22 June 2010

One of the world’s leading business figures has paid a visit to the IfM as part of a short tour of the University’s Engineering Department. Ratan Tata, head of the Tata conglomerate, was in Cambridge to receive an honorary degree from the University.

Students aim to patent life-saving design

Tuesday 15 June 2010

Three students have come up with a new design for a syringe which may have the potential to save hundreds of thousands of lives in the developing world.

IfM wins top awards at EurOMA Conference

Friday 11 June 2010

Researchers at the IfM won both major paper awards on offer at the 17th Annual EurOMA (European Operations and Management Association) Conference in Porto, Portugal.

Research into organisational creativity wins award

Wednesday 9 June 2010

Dr James Moultrie's paper 'Exploratory Study of Organisational Creativity in Creative Organisations', published in Creativity and Innovation Management Journal last year, has been awarded the Tudor Rickards Award for the best paper published in the journal during 2009, as voted for by the editorial panel.

i-Teams scores university hat-trick as scheme expands

Wednesday 9 June 2010

A scheme which provides budding entrepreneurs with a real-life experience of turning ideas into business opportunities is expanding to other universities.

Entrepreneurship is the focus for Indiana University visitors

Tuesday 1 June 2010

A delegation from Indiana University heard how enterprise and entrepreneurship is supported across Cambridge University on a visit to the IfM.

Pakistani Vice-Chancellor visits IfM

Wednesday 26 May 2010

Professor Syed Imtiaz Gilani, Vice-Chancellor of Pakistan's University of Engineering and Technology (UET) visited the IfM.

IfM researchers hope to drum up interest in engineering

Thursday 13 May 2010

Mention steel drums and you might think of the Notting Hill Carnival or the Caribbean – rather than a powerful new way of getting youngsters interested in engineering. However, two researchers from the IfM reckon the popular musical instrument could be just the way to get children from ethnic minorities interested in science and technology.

IfM welcomes Mexican delegation

Wednesday 28 April 2010

The IfM welcomed a delegation from the Mexican Embassy to the UK as part of a visit designed to strengthen ties between Cambridge and the Central American country.

Midlands manufacturers to get help from IfM

Tuesday 13 April 2010

The IfM is joining forces with Business Link West Midlands and the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) to help support small businesses in the region.

Open Innovation experts set to share insights

Wednesday 31 March 2010

The IfM has confirmed the programme for its two Open Innovation workshops next month.

Doctoral researchers head to IfM

Thursday 25 March 2010

More than 50 doctoral students from around 20 of the UK's leading universities were at the IfM for the 17th annual Research Methodology Workshop.

Forensic science spin out a first for i-Teams

Tuesday 23 March 2010

A new forensic science technique which could revolutionise the way police forces detect illegal drugs has been given a business boost.

Laser Fest - relive the photonic fun

Tuesday 23 March 2010

Photographs from the IfM's first ever Laser Fest event are now available online.

Set phasers for fun - IfM hosts laser fest

Wednesday 17 March 2010

Racing rockets, a close look at microscopic marvels and a chance to see how engineers are changing the world are just some of the activities on offer at the first ever Laser Fest.

IfM laser lab to feature in BBC documentary

Friday 12 March 2010

A BBC film crew filmed a series of laser demonstrations today for a new documentary featuring Professor Robert Winston.

RFID award for IfM visiting researcher

Tuesday 9 March 2010

An IfM visiting researcher has been awarded the prestigious EHI Science Award as part of a team looking at the business value of RFID technology in the retail sector.

Groundbreaking ceremony at new Open Innovation centre

Monday 8 March 2010

A special ceremony has been held to mark the start of construction work on The Exchange - a new open innovation centre at Colworth Science Park.

Talented trio scoops entrepreneurial prize

Thursday 4 March 2010

Three IfM students are celebrating after winning £1,000 in a prestigious business competition organised by Pembroke College.

Enhanced manufacturing website for the East of England

Wednesday 3 March 2010

To reflect the importance of the manufacturing sector to the East of England's economy, the East of England Development Agency (EEDA) has expanded the manufacturing station on its Business Map.

Industrialists get close-up look at the IfM during Open Evening

Monday 22 February 2010

More than 100 invited guests attended the IfM's annual Open Evening held last Thursday.

R&D Society hears from head of the IfM

Monday 22 February 2010

Professor Mike Gregory has called for a new generation of industrial researchers to meet the needs of 21st century manufacturing.

Companies told going green is key to business success

Thursday 18 February 2010

Manufacturers contemplating ‘going green' have been told that sustainability is the greatest business opportunity they will ever have.

IfM signs MoU to Develop a Programme in Management, Policy and Innovation focused on the Middle East

Friday 12 February 2010

The University of Cambridge's Institute for Manufacturing (IfM), part of the Department of Engineering, today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to develop a programme in support of economic, industrial and social development in the Middle East through research into management, policy and innovation.

IfM aims to help companies 'go green'

Wednesday 10 February 2010

The IfM is looking at ways in which industry can become more sustainable by taking immediate steps using existing expertise and technologies to reduce waste and energy use

IfM lecturer delivers keynote address at cluster conference

Thursday 4 February 2010

The IfM's Dr Tim Minshall, was the only non-Japanese speaker at the recent 2010 Japan Cluster Conference in Tokyo.

Links forged with India in drive towards green industrial revolution

Tuesday 2 February 2010

A seminar examining ways in which industry could go green could lead to high profile collaborations between Cambridge and India.

Helping Product Design, Development and Introduction in the North East

Monday 18 January 2010

The IfM is providing tools and advice to help firms in the North East of England design and bring new products to market.

IfM to stage Manufacturing Transformation Workshops

Thursday 14 January 2010

A series of workshops to help small and medium sized manufacturing businesses are to be held throughout the Eastern Region.

Hi-tech firm praises business support programme

Monday 11 January 2010

A firm which makes hi-tech monitoring equipment has saved thousands of pounds and seen a long-running business problem solved – thanks to a free business support scheme developed by the IfM.

i-Teams praised by former Dragons' Den star

Monday 14 December 2009

A new way of repelling insects, a device aimed at finding the next generation of sporting superstars and a novel plant extract have all been unveiled at a special business event.

Overseas Research Project is full of eastern promise...

Friday 11 December 2009

The burgeoning technological powerhouses of Malaysia and Singapore are the focus of a new research project by IfM students.

MET student Gareth is a real world beater

Monday 7 December 2009

An IfM student has beaten hundreds of fellow scholars across the world in a prestigious examination.

Royal opening for IfM's Alan Reece Building

Thursday 19 November 2009

The Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, today officially opened the IfM’s new home, The Alan Reece Building.

Multi-million pound grant boosts Ink-jet research

Tuesday 10 November 2009

It may sound like science fiction, but industry could soon be producing complex electronics and hi-tech gadgetry simply by pressing the print button.  A consortium, led by the University of Cambridge, has been awarded a multi-million pound grant to investigate how ink-jet print technology could revolutionise manufacturing processes.

New website links enterprise activities across Cambridge

Monday 9 November 2009

A new website designed to improve the flow of information to staff and students on the wide range of enterprise activities at the University of Cambridge has been launched.

IfM academics to speak at major European conference

Friday 6 November 2009

Laure Brévignon-Dodin and Dr Letizia Mortara will be attending the Connect Research event run by Cranfield University in collaboration with the Organsiation for Economic Co-Operation and Development and the UK’s Science and Innovation Network, a project run by BIS.

Cambridge helps Australian motor makers set sights on future

Monday 26 October 2009

The IfM is playing a role in helping the Australian automotive industry define its long-term future. The Australian Government and Victorian State Government asked the IfM to help create a strategic plan for the country’s car industry.

i-Teams receives Hauser Forum IdeaSpace funding

Monday 19 October 2009

I-Teams, a scheme designed to help inventors realise the commercial potential of innovative designs, has been given a financial boost.

IfM plays host to Eastern region’s export heroes

Friday 16 October 2009

Lord Davies of Abersoch, Minister of State for Trade, Investment and Business, was in Cambridge to reward some of the Eastern region’s export heroes.



Brazil's BRIC foundations provides strong base for growth

Thursday 15 October 2009

Think of Brazil and your thoughts probably turn to World Cup winning football, Sugarloaf Mountain or its recent successful bid to host the 2016 Olympics. You may not immediately associate Brazil with innovation and industrial success.



 

Could Cambridge be a blueprint for UK industry?

Tuesday 6 October 2009

Could Cambridge's Silicon Fen provide an industrial blueprint for Britain as a whole? Are there important lessons to be learned from the Cambridge hi-tech cluster of companies that could benefit the country's economy? These issues will be discussed at a seminar this week organised by the IfM.



Engineering firm rewards manufacturing talent

Thursday 1 October 2009

A design for a solar fridge by three manufacturing engineering students has won this year’s Shearline Manufacturability Award.



New guide highlights ways to introduce open innovation

Tuesday 29 September 2009

What have the British-based multinational Unilever, oil firm BP, pharmaceutical giant GSK, and electronics manufacturer Philips got in common? The answer is they have all embraced Open Innovation (OI) as way of developing new products or accessing new technologies.

Practical steps announced at launch of new report

Monday 28 September 2009

A raft of practical steps to help create a greener industrial system were unveiled at the IfM.



IfM welcomes back alumni to new building

Sunday 27 September 2009

More than 50 former students of the IfM had a first look at the Alan Reece building - the IfM's new home on the West Cambridge site - at an open day on Saturday, September 26th.



Call to drive the next industrial revolution

Wednesday 23 September 2009

Industrialists, academics and government should join forces to drive a new industrial revolution which would help tackle climate change.



Technology strategy text gets China launch

Monday 14 September 2009

David Probert and Dr Rob Phaal, from the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) Centre for Technology Management, have flown out to Beijing for the launch of their best-selling text book.



IfM has hi-tech cure for Spanish Ham producers

Thursday 10 September 2009

Spanish firm COVAP, a major producer of the luxury foodstuff, has turned to researchers at the University of Cambridge Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) for hi-tech help in making the process more efficient.



IfM to lead major knowledge transfer project

Monday 7 September 2009

The University of Cambridge Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) is leading a consortium of universities awarded more than £2 million to help academics exploit their research.



New platform provokes debate on future of high-tech cluster

Thursday 27 August 2009

A new blog has been set up to prompt debate on the future of Cambridge's Silicon Fen as it reaches a critical point in its evolution.



Project aims to safeguard technology IP

Sunday 9 August 2009

A new research project has been launched by the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) to investigate how firms can acquire new technology while protecting intellectual property.



Industrial Jewels in India's Crown

Wednesday 15 July 2009

Students from the Institute for Manufacturing have just returned from a fact-finding tour of India.

Houston, we have some visitors - NASA lands at IfM

Tuesday 14 July 2009

John Vickers, Manager from the space agency's National Center for Advanced Manufacturing (NCAM), is in Britain as part of a nationwide tour of UK manufacturers and research centres.



IfM members benefit from cut-price offer

Monday 13 July 2009

Members of the Institute for Manufacturing can benefit from money off registration for a major business event.



Companies to get free taste of IfM

Friday 10 July 2009

The Institute for Manufacturing is to stage a free event designed to showcase some of its innovative programmes for small businesses.



IfM plays host to Chancellor of Exchequer

Thursday 9 July 2009

The Rt Hon Alistair Darling MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer, paid a visit to the Institute for Manufacturing today.



IfM welcomes Arab League Ambassadors

Wednesday 8 July 2009

Ambassadors from the League of Arab States paid a visit to the Institute for Manufacturing on Monday 6th July.



IfM new home a hit with Alumni

Tuesday 7 July 2009

More than 70 former students of the IfM had a first look at the Alan Reece building - the IfM's new home on the West Cambridge site - at a special summer event on July 4th.



Students give boost to Jordanian green scheme

Monday 6 July 2009

Recycling in a Middle Eastern country could be boosted thanks to two students at the  University of Cambridge's Institute for Manufacturing.





I-Teams focus on commercial potential for KidzEyez device

Wednesday 1 July 2009

A technique for testing the peripheral vision of young children could be given a boost – thanks to the inventors putting it in the hands of Cambridge students.



Cambridge students embark on passage to India

Tuesday 23 June 2009

A group of around 40 Manufacturing Engineering students are jetting off to the sub-continent as part of their summer study tour.



Car parts firm bucks auto trend thanks to IfM

Monday 22 June 2009

While car giants Ford and Chrysler battle global economic recession, and GM, the world’s biggest motor maker is saved from extinction, a Suffolk firm is bucking the trend.



A chair that calms autistic children, a solar-powered fridge and a solution to global water problems…

Friday 5 June 2009

A chair that creates a safe haven for autistic children, a fridge powered by the sun and an economical way to provide clean water in developing countries are just some of the latest ideas by Cambridge University students hoping to bring new products to market.




Help on offer for trouble-hit manufacturers in the Eastern region

Tuesday 2 June 2009

Manufacturers in the Eastern region are being offered free help to overhaul their business and improve their chance of success in today’s challenging economic times.



IfM building handover

Tuesday 21 April 2009

The Institute for Manufacturing formally took possession of the keys to the building from developer Marriott Construction this week at a special event to celebrate the completion of the £15 million building.



East Asian countries emerging as new design "powerhouses"

Wednesday 15 April 2009

East Asian countries such as Korea and Singapore are beginning to shift their economic emphasis away from low-cost production and into design, new research suggests.



Could the recession be the best time to start a new business?

Thursday 26 March 2009

Cambridge high-tech businesses founded in the recession of the 1990s enjoyed consistently better survival rates than companies started in the boom years. This is one of the findings of a University of Cambridge study examining the fortunes of the Cambridge hi tech cluster over the past two decades.



China offers major opportunities for UK companies across the manufacturing value chain according to new University of Cambridge study

Tuesday 17 March 2009

China is rapidly developing new capabilities across the manufacturing value chain, beyond its established role in mass production, according to a new University of Cambridge report.



Encouraging good ideas means taking some risks - intrapreneurship survey

Friday 20 February 2009

Companies need to create an environment that encourages greater risk taking and does not stigmatise failure, if they want to encourage their staff to have innovative ideas. These are some of the preliminary findings emerging from a survey of technology managers.



150 Essex companies are first to receive economic downturn help

Wednesday 18 February 2009

Manufacturing companies in Essex are be offered extra support from this month as the first of the 10 proposals launched by Essex County Council in December to help the county through the economic downturn gets underway.



Running the world's leading drinks company: Behind the Scenes at Diageo

Monday 2 February 2009

A seminar on Monday 16 February at the Institute for Manufacturing, Mill Lane, is an opportunity to hear from a senior executive of the company about the business. The event will be an interactive session with plenty of time allowed for questions.



The Fundamentals of Food Manufacturing Management

Friday 23 January 2009

How can the food industry become more sustainable? Can manufacturers reduce current levels of waste? These are some of the issues looked at by a recent Institute for Manufacturing study and a forthcoming workshop.



IfM wins prizes for sustainability posters

Friday 28 November 2008

A poster designed by Master's student Daniel Neal together with IfM's Dr Claire Barlow has won the £500 first prize in a competition aimed at showcasing new research ideas in sustainability.

MET student wins Rolls-Royce manufacturing engineering award

Friday 21 November 2008

Michael Ansbro, a second year Manufacturing Engineering student, has won a Manufacturing Engineering Award from Rolls Royce.

Creating the future in global trade & logistics

Friday 21 November 2008

Professor Duncan McFarlane recently presented at a Symposium at Rotterdam School of Management to celebrate the Honorary doctorate awarded to Professor Hau Lee from Stanford.

IfM celebrates its 10th anniversary

Tuesday 18 November 2008

A celebration to mark the 10th Anniversary of the IfM's foundation was held in London last night. Over 100 guests from industry, government and academia attended the evening reception held at the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Dr Julian Allwood awarded EPSRC Leadership Fellowship

Monday 15 September 2008

Dr Julian Allwood has been awarded an EPSRC Leadership Fellowship for his work to reduce global carbon emissions that arises in the production of steel and aluminium parts.

Yak Yak - promise of a better future for people of the Pamirs

Tuesday 2 September 2008

Yak down (fine hair) is set to revitalise the economy of one of the world’s most remote regions thanks to efforts from a Cambridge University engineering graduate.

Manufacturing Strategy Review: New Challenges, New Opportunities

Monday 1 September 2008

The government has launched a new review for its strategy of manufacturing called "Manufacturing: New Challenges, New Opportunities".  According to the strategy review, it sets out an ambitious new vision for a globally competitive manufacturing sector that leads the world in capturing higher value components of the global value chain.

GreenPB wins first Armourers & Brasiers' Venture Prize

Friday 1 August 2008

The first Armourers & Brasiers' Venture Prize of £25,000 has been won by GreenPB, a team of scientists and engineers based at the University of Cambridge.

Design students win commercial manufacturing award

Tuesday 1 July 2008

Four students from Cambridge University have won a commercial manufacturing award as part of the Manufacturing Engineering Trips programme.

Planes ready for take-off in fraction of the time

Friday 6 June 2008

New Cambridge University project could reduce aircraft turnaround delays by a quarter, saving airline industry millions.

'Mosquito traps, cocktail makers and intelligent litter bins

Friday 6 June 2008

A high street litter bin that sorts waste and a device to help deaf musicians feel the beat are just two of the latest ideas by Cambridge University students hoping to bring new products to market.



'Dragon' talks at IfM

Tuesday 20 May 2008

Tips on how to get business angels to back new business ventures were given by successful entrepreneur and former BBC 'dragon' Doug Richard on 20th May at IfM.

Intellectual Property in Open Innovation: A dangerous mix?

Wednesday 14 May 2008

How can start-ups and large firms work together to bring ideas to market? What are the challenges of making this form of 'open innovation' work? The Cambridge Network's Special Interest Group on IP sought to address these issues at an event on 14th May organised in partnership with the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM).

Free help for small manufacturing businesses on offer from Cambridge University

Thursday 1 May 2008

Small manufacturing companies can get free help to improve their business from experts at the University of Cambridge Institute for Manufacturing (IfM). Up to 100-man days of impartial guidance is on offer between now and the end of September.

Global leaders in business and academia call for new focus on service innovation

Monday 28 April 2008

The University of Cambridge and IBM today release a report that challenges governments, businesses and universities to drive increased support and funding for service innovation.

 

Low cost suppliers from China and India are not necessarily the answer IfM expert tells conference

Tuesday 22 April 2008

Many firms are failing to establish effective global production networks and rely too heavily on short-term outsourcing and offshoring to countries such as India and China.

New university partnership set to revolutionise engineering Industry

Tuesday 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.

New home for IfM at West Cambridge

Tuesday 26 February 2008

Work has begun on a new, £15 million home for Cambridge University's Institute for Manufacturing.

 

Supporting development in South-Eastern Europe

Monday 4 February 2008

The Institute for Manufacturing is taking its expertise in industrial innovation to the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia under a new partnership with one of the country's universities.

New Cambridge Technopole Report published

Friday 1 February 2008

The Spring 2008 issue of the Cambridge Technopole Report has just been published by St Johns Innovation Centre with support from the Cambridge Network and the Institute for Manufacturing.

Reconfigurable production systems needed for 21st Century manufacturing

Thursday 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.

New IfM guide warns that 'offshoring' and 'lean thinking' are not sufficient to guarantee futures of major manufacturers

Monday 3 December 2007

Many of the world's biggest manufacturing firms could be missing out on "breathtaking" benefits because their production networks are not designed to suit 21st century demands.

Material, Energy and Climate Change

Friday 2 November 2007

The industrial sector emits almost 43 percent of the world's man-made carbon dioxide emissions through the production of materials and products. Further energy is used to transport materials and products and to process the waste.

Venture Navigator goes live

Thursday 1 November 2007

The IfM is part of a UK consortium behind a new online service to help start-ups and small businesses improve their chance of success.

Daylight Saving in GB; Is there evidence in favour of clock time on GMT?

Thursday 4 October 2007

Turning the clocks back each autumn has generated millions of tonnes of carbon emissions as well as increasing electricity costs during GMT months.

Sustainability pays - the business case for going green

Wednesday 3 October 2007

Companies who embrace sustainable practices are gaining huge economic rewards and represent real 'drivers for change', a US champion of sustainable development argued in a lecture given at the Institute for Manufacturing.

Engineering for a low carbon future: a cross-divisional seminar series

Tuesday 2 October 2007

This Department of Engineering seminar series aims to share ideas between engineering disciplines about potential technological responses to climate change.

Cambridge Service Science, Management and Engineering Symposium

Monday 1 October 2007

This symposium brought together a small group of leading academics and senior industrialists in an open and interactive forum to recognise practical challenges, identify theoretical underpinnings, and explore promising avenues for development.

Cambridge University groups join forces to help budding entrepreneurs

Wednesday 5 September 2007

Sixteen Cambridge University groups involved in the support of enterprise and innovation are working together to improve support for would-be entrepreneurs.



Successful innovation in an uncertain world: Recognising and exploiting opportunities

Tuesday 4 September 2007

The Centre for Technology Management's (CTM) annual two day Symposium will explore the theme of “Successful innovation in an uncertain world: Recognising and exploiting opportunities”.

IfM lecturer presents report findings at the 8th Cambridge Enterprise Conference

Monday 3 September 2007

IfM lecturer Dr Tim Minshall presented the findings of a report he co-authored examining the impact of government policy on technology commercialisation since the 1960s at the 8th annual Cambridge Enterprise Conference.

IfM students win Best Student Paper Award at POMS Conference

Wednesday 1 August 2007

Two IfM students, Aiesha Maxwell and Guangjie Ren, received the Best Student Paper Award for their paper “New Technology Adoption in Field Service Operations: An Exploratory Study”.

IfM researcher presents findings on Well Dressed report at Barcelona conference

Wednesday 4 July 2007

IfM researcher Cecilia Malvido de Rodríguez was invited to present the findings of the IfM’s “Well Dressed?” report at the Techno Textile Conference in Barcelona on 6th July.

Ian Hutchings awarded the Staudinger-Durrer Prize and Medal

Tuesday 3 July 2007

Professor Ian Hutchings, GKN Professor of Manufacturing Engineering at the IfM, gave the Staudinger-Durrer lecture at the ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich) where he was awarded the Staudinger-Durrer Prize and Medal.

IfM students win £5,000 in Cambridge University Entrepreneurs competition - Where Angels Dare 2007

Monday 2 July 2007

Manufacturing Engineering Tripos students recently took part in the final round of the Cambridge University Entrepreneurs (CUE) Business Creation Competition ‘Where Angels Dare 2007’ with their business idea the 'TouchSight Vision Mitt'.

The car that diagnoses its own servicing needs

Tuesday 5 June 2007

An intelligent system that could before long enable cars to tell mechanics which of their parts need servicing is being unveiled by engineers at the University of Cambridge.

Cambridge engineering students display their design skills

Monday 4 June 2007

Manufacturing Engineering students at Cambridge University held their 2007 Design Show on Wednesday 6th June, displaying a range of new products that they have developed as part of their course, including a pocket Braille reading tool and a system that holds up speeding motorists.

Helping companies keep track of the latest technological developments

Friday 1 June 2007

Companies need to keep abreast of the latest technical developments in their field if they are to seize new business opportunities and avoid being overtaken by competitors.

Aerospace ID Forum

Friday 4 May 2007

A one day Forum focused on automated identification technologies in the aerospace industry will take place in Cambridge on Wednesday 20 June.

Announcement of new project - Asset Information Management Strategies

Wednesday 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.

Launch of Innovation and Design Management Club a success

Tuesday 1 May 2007

The IfM's newly formed Innovation and Design Management (IDM) club was successfully launched in March. There are around 25 members, representing a range of local businesses from heavy machinery to consumer goods.

IfM lecturer helps China to develop bamboo wind turbine blades

Wednesday 4 April 2007

Dr Jim Platts, Lecturer in the Production Processes Group, has been assisting China to develop wind turbine blades made out of bamboo to exploit its wind energy capacity.

April's IfM briefing explores the importance of Technology Intelligence systems in keeping track of the latest technological developments

Tuesday 3 April 2007

April's IfM briefing explores the importance of Technology Intelligence (TI) systems in keeping ahead of competitors. Companies need to be aware of the latest technological innovations if they are to exploit new business opportunities and avoid potential threats.

IfM course investigates technology & innovation management

Monday 2 April 2007

The Centre for Technology Management (CTM) held its second executive training course in March on Technology and Innovation Management.

IfM students triumph at international entrepreneur competition

Thursday 1 March 2007

MET students have won an international competition for young entrepreneurs with their business idea the 'TouchSight Vision Mitt'.

IfM students win Oxbridge "Varsity Pitch" competition

Monday 5 February 2007

MET students from the IfM have beaten off Oxford rivals to win the 'Varsity Pitch' competition.

IfM students win Cambridge University Entrepreneurs £1k Business Idea Competition

Friday 2 February 2007

MET students from the IfM have won the Cambridge University Entrepreneurs £1k Business Idea Competition with their idea the 'TouchSight Vision Mitt'.

Unilever and IfM announce new research project

Thursday 1 February 2007

Unilever and the IfM today announced the launch of a new research project to explore how companies can successfully implement a radical approach to collaboration in the research and development process, known as 'open innovation'.

Professor Mike Gregory to give lecture at ee-net event

Friday 5 January 2007

The East of England Development Agency and European Social Fund are funding an afternoon dedicated to cutting-edge engineering and manufacturing in the East of England, on the 15th February in Cambridge.

Funding technology: Britain forty years on

Thursday 4 January 2007

With increasing competition from emerging economies, such as India and China, the UK is being urged to address the issue of commercialising new technologies to support sustainable economic growth.

Centre for Technology Management paper investigates environmental effects of abandoning Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)

Wednesday 3 January 2007

Centre for Technology Management researcher, Dr Garnsey, has lead a position paper investigating the environmental effects of discarding GMT and bringing the UK inline with central Europe.

Dr Claire Barlow to speak at the Institute for Physics and Royal Society of Chemistry seminar

Friday 1 December 2006

The Institute of Physics and the Royal Society of Chemistry are holding an evening seminar entitled 'Science and the Environment: Solutions for mitigating pollution' on Wednesday 13 December.

Cambridge report lays out options for an environmentally sustainable fashion industry

Wednesday 1 November 2006

Researchers have laid out a set of proposals outlining how consumers could satisfy their needs for clothes and textiles with significantly reduced impact on the environment, while also offering new business opportunities to UK companies.

Centre for Technology Management support Shell "opportunities for innovations" study 2006

Tuesday 3 October 2006

"The business opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprises (SME's) in tackling the causes of climate change" is a study for Shell Springboard by consultants at Vivid Economics.

Centre for Distributed Automation and Control explore reconfigurability

Monday 2 October 2006

The Centre for Distributed Automation and Control held a one-day workshop on 28th September.

Mike Gregory nominated in The Manufacturer Power 50 2006

Tuesday 5 September 2006

The Manufacturer magazine set about finding the 50 most influential people in the UK manufacturing community.

Cambridge Auto-ID Lab and Auto-ID Lab Japan enter into collaboration

Monday 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.

European Manufacturing Strategies Summit, Germany, October 9th & 10th 2006

Friday 1 September 2006

The European Manufacturing Strategies Summit (EMS Summit) will take place in Düsseldorf, Germany, on October 9th and 10th.

Duncan McFarlane appointed to RAE Engineering Professorship

Wednesday 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.

12th Cambridge Technology Management Symposium announced

Tuesday 1 August 2006

This year's Cambridge Technology Management Symposium will focus on creativity, design and innovation.

IfM research associate wins Epson Photography Competition at the Department of Engineering

Monday 5 June 2006

IfM research associate Dr Steve Hoath from the Production Processes Group has won the Epson Photography Competition.

Engineering students display their design skills

Friday 2 June 2006

Manufacturing Engineering students at Cambridge University held their 2006 Design Show, displaying a range of new products that they have developed as part of their course.

Ken Platts and Rob Perrons win the 'Dr Theo Williamson award'

Thursday 1 June 2006

A paper by Dr Ken Platts and Dr Rob Perrons was the 2006 winner of the Dr Theo Williamson Outstanding Paper award.

Announcement of new project - High Efficiency Gas-assisted cutting using optimised next generation fibre lasers

Monday 1 May 2006

The Centre for Industrial Photonics has announced it is to begin a £350,000 research project funded by the DTI as part of their 'Optoelectronics and Disruptive Electronics Programme'.

First Technology and Innovation Management Course is a success

Tuesday 4 April 2006

CTM ran its first executive education course on technology and innovation management in March.

Phil Hanson presents keynote at Hethel Engineering Open Day

Monday 3 April 2006

Phil Hanson was invited to give the keynote address at the Hethel Engineering Open Day on Wednesday 29 March.

Towards 2020 Science

Monday 6 March 2006

The Centre for Technology Management joined 'Towards 2020 Science' to facilitate a workshop debating the role and future of science over the next 14 years.

IfM takes on the Grand Challenges of manufacturing

Friday 3 March 2006

The Cambridge Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) has won funding for ground-breaking projects tackling the challenges facing manufacturing in the 21st Century.

Students from IfM attend Younger Scientists, Engineers and Technologists for Britain reception at the House of Commons

Thursday 2 March 2006

Tom Counsell and Helen Ward from the IfM's Sustainable Manufacturing Group attended the eighth annual reception for Britain's top Younger Scientists, Engineers and Technologists at the House of Commons on Monday 13 March.

Centre for Industrial Photonics - Leading the field of advanced photonic systems

Wednesday 1 February 2006

The Institute for Manufacturing has launched its Centre for Industrial Photonics (CIP).

MET I Student George Hutchinson receives STEP Award

Thursday 3 November 2005

George Hutchinson's research findings will provide a significant reduction in costs and have resulted in Weston EU Ltd saving £13K per annum.

Dr O'Neill elected a Director of the Laser Institute of America

Wednesday 2 November 2005

Dr Bill O'Neill of the IfM has been elected a Director of the Laser Institute of America (LIA).

Professor Mike Gregory CBE is appointed as UK Executive Director of the Cambridge-MIT Institute

Tuesday 1 November 2005

Professor Mike Gregory CBE, will take up his appointment, as the new UK Executive Director of CMI with effect from 1st November 2005.

Faraday Packaging Partnership 'Associate of the Year' award joint winner

Friday 28 October 2005

David Beeton of the Centre for Technology Management was recently named joint winner of the Faraday Packaging Partnership 'Associate of the Year' award.

Professor Mike Gregory to Speak at The Manufacturer LIVE 2005 Event

Tuesday 27 September 2005

Professor Mike Gregory is speaking at The Manufacturer Live Event 2005 as part of the DTI Manufacturing Forum.

IfM announces launch of Global Manufacturing Networks Forum

Tuesday 20 September 2005

The IfM announced it will be launching the Global Manufacturing Networks Forum in January 2006.

Ex-MET student design wins British Standards Institution 2005 Environmental Design Award

Wednesday 7 September 2005

Peter Brewin, recently an MET student here at the IfM and now a design student at the UK's Royal College of Art has designed a shower which recycles water and promises to save householders money and energy.

Cambridge Auto ID Labs launches Aerospace ID Technologies Research Programme with blue-chip aerospace companies and solutions providers

Monday 5 September 2005

Cambridge Auto ID Labs today announced the formation of a global partnership.

IfM Research Student wins Departmental photographic competition

Monday 16 May 2005

This photograph, taken by Kathryn Jackson, is the winning entry for the Engineering Department's photography competition.

Shingo prize recognises research excellence in world-class manufacturing

Wednesday 20 April 2005

A Research Prize was awarded to the article "The Effects of Just-in-Time/Lean Production on Worker Job Stress" by Robert Conti, Bryant University and the University of Cambridge; Jannis Angelis and Colin Gill, University of Cambridge.

Lord Broers' Reith Lecture broadcast

Monday 4 April 2005

Lord Broers gave the second of the BBC's prestigious Reith lectures at the Department of Engineering last month.

Cambridge-trained engineers take on the world's best

Monday 21 February 2005

A team of Cambridge-trained technology entrepreneurs from around the UK have reached the semi-finals of a premier US business plan competition.

Free lecture on 'the Airbus A380'

Thursday 10 February 2005

Dr Gareth Williams of Airbus UK will lecture on 'the Airbus A380' at Churchill College, Cambridge.

Professor Sir David King

Thursday 16 December 2004

Professor Sir David King, Chief Scientific Advisor to HM Government, gave a presentation at the 16th December IfM London Breakfast briefing.

Manufacturing Planning and Control Group hold first event

Thursday 2 December 2004

The first event of the Manufacturing Planning and Control Group was held on Wednesday 24 November at Downing College in Cambridge.

EPSRC awards £2m for major university/industry collaboration in the ink jet sector

Friday 22 October 2004

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has awarded a new research grant of just under £2m to a major university/industry collaboration in the ink jet sector.

New Industry Network on Manufacturing Planning and Control

Wednesday 20 October 2004

The Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) is launching a new network called the Manufacturing Planning and Control Group.

World leaders in ring-rolling visit IfM

Tuesday 19 October 2004

The IfM recently welcomed three of the world's leading experts on ring-rolling as part of an ongoing collaboration to develop more flexible ring-rolling machines.

CTM Symposium - UK Technology Strategy outlined

Tuesday 5 October 2004

10th Annual CTM Symposium at Downing College drew an impressive audience of senior technology and innovation managers from leading companies.

CIM Symposium - Major multi-nationals explore global restructuring

Tuesday 5 October 2004

Senior executives from leading multi-nationals attended the first day of the recent CIM Symposium at Jesus College.

CUEA Annual Conference - products plus services

Tuesday 28 September 2004

Alumni, current students and industrialists attended the CUEA's (Cambridge University's Engineering Association) Annual Conference on 'Products and services.

ESRC Chief Executive leads latest Breakfast Briefing Series

Friday 17 September 2004

Chief Executive of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Professor Ian Diamond, led the first in the IfM's latest Breakfast Briefing series.

Malaysian Minister of Higher Education visits the Institute for Manufacturing

Monday 2 August 2004

The Minister, Dato' Dr Hj Shafie B. Hj Mohd. Salleh, accompanied by the Director of Higher Education and nine other delegates visited the IfM on 29th July 2004.

IfM cited in the DTI's Review of the Government's Manufacturing Strategy

Monday 19 July 2004

The Institute for Manufacturing is cited as a positive example of intermediaries working for manufacturing.

Senior Industrial Fellow appointed Fellow of the Institute of Physics

Monday 19 July 2004

Senior Industrial Fellow at the IfM, Andy Shaw, has just been appointed Fellow of the Institute of Physics.

Students and teachers visit IfM

Tuesday 6 July 2004

Over 20 year nine students from Chelmer Valley High School spent the day with the IfM.

The IfM takes part in the Hunts Post Business Awards

Monday 28 June 2004

The IfM is sponsoring a 'Manufacturer of the Year' award in this year's Hunts Post Huntingdonshire Business Awards.

KTP Associate Joins the IfM

Thursday 27 May 2004

Karan Kumar joins the IfM as a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Associate.

The IfM relaunches its NPI club

Thursday 27 May 2004

The IfM is relaunching its New Product Introduction (NPI) club with a meeting on 3rd June at the IfM's premises in Mill Lane.

Cambridge University's Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) Helps Thomas Swan to Make a £1m Cash Flow Saving

Tuesday 20 April 2004

Cambridge University's Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) Helps Thomas Swan to Make a £1m Cash Flow Saving.

Chevening Technology Enterprise Scholar at Cambridge University's Institute for Manufacturing to Commercialise Strategy and Performance Tool

Wednesday 4 February 2004

Cambridge University's Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) has recently welcomed a Chevening Technology Enterprise Scholar, Sirirat Sae-Lim.

Software Sourcing Problems? - Cambridge University's Institute for Manufacturing Trials Tools for Embedded Software Sourcing Decisions

Tuesday 27 January 2004

Cambridge University's Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) is ready to trial its tools for supporting embedded software sourcing decisions.

Cambridge University's Institute for Manufacturing Helps Sofa & Co to Meet Growth Challenges

Thursday 22 January 2004

Cambridge University's Institute for Manufacturing and Sofa & Co work together to meet the challenges of a 50% increase in demand.

Richard Lambert to Kick Off Next Breakfast Briefings for Cambridge University's Institute for Manufacturing

Tuesday 20 January 2004

Cambridge University's Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) launches its next series of Breakfast Briefings.

Institute for Manufacturing Celebrates Five Years of Growth

Wednesday 14 January 2004

Cambridge University's Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) welcomed over sixty guests to evening reception to celebrate five years of growth, at its premises in Cambridge last week.

Topping Out Ceremony for New Industrial Education Facility for Wolfson College and Institute for Manufacturing

Thursday 18 December 2003

Cambridge University's Wolfson College and Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) are holding a topping out ceremony for a new building at the College at 1.30pm today.

MET Alumnus Wins IEE Manufacturing/IBM MEng Project Prize

Monday 1 December 2003

Aled Laugharne awarded IEE Manufacturing/IBM M.Eng Project Prize.

Cambridge University and FoodFen deliver world-class manufacturing training to Fenland food industry

Friday 7 November 2003

Cambridge University's Institute for Manufacturing and FoodFen deliver a tailor-made training course for Fenland food companies.

Distinguished Taiwanese academics visit IfM

Tuesday 4 November 2003

A distinguished group of Taiwanese academics visited the Institute for Manufacturing to visit three key technology research centres.

Senior Executives from Central and Eastern Europe lead Cambridge University workshop on manufacturing in the region

Thursday 30 October 2003

Senior executives from leading companies in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) are speaking today at a workshop 'Making it in Central and Eastern Europe'.

Cambridge University's Institute for Manufacturing helps Michell Instruments to fund an increased investment in R&D

Monday 27 October 2003

Cambridge University's Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) has been working with local SME, Michell Instruments Ltd (Michell), to help them fund an increased investment in R&D.

Cambridge University's Institute for Manufacturing teams up with Business Link and MAS East to deliver value to local companies

Wednesday 22 October 2003

Cambridge University's Institute for Manufacturing (IfM), Business Link for Cambridgeshire, and the Manufacturing Advisory Service in the East of England (MAS East) have launched a new service for small to medium sized companies in Cambridgeshire.

DTI Director-General of Innovation to Speak at Cambridge Technology Management Symposium

Tuesday 16 September 2003

The DTI Director-General of Innovation to give the keynote speech at the Cambridge Technology Management Symposium.

Institute for Manufacturing launches membership and support scheme for business

Wednesday 22 January 2003

Industrial fellows will provide tailored support programmes for manufacturers.

Centre for Distributed Automation and Control opens within the Institute for Manufacturing

Friday 29 November 2002

Research to focus on advanced automation technologies for the manufacturing supply chain.

The Imperative for Business Model Innovation - A Research and Practice Perspective

Saturday 20 November 1999

A new white paper have been published by the Business Model Innovation research programme at the IfM.

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