Under the direction of Professor Linda Newnes, the University of Bath has been awarded £523K by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) for research which will help manufacturing companies respond to change.
If not dealt with quickly changes within the system such as product demand, or supplies of materials, can have significant impact on the productivity of manufacturing companies. Faced with this, decisions can be made for speed, without a clear understanding of the implications. The ambition of the two-year, Maximising Value Through Life project, is to create a step-by-step process which can be used by manufacturing companies to rapidly assess the impact of change against the things which they value for example: cost, environmental impact, quality.
Led by Professor Newnes the team includes Professor Marcelle McManus, Dr HaNa Yu and Dr Susan Lattanzio and is a collaboration with the Manufacturing Technology Centre, and three industry partners: Ove Arup & Partners, ARES Software UK Ltd, and Quick Release (Automotive) Ltd.