HUDDERSFIELD University is set to help firms sharpen their competitive edge.
The university’s respected experts in the science of measurement and machine tool accuracy will be able to help more companies become world class under a new £8m five-year project.
The university has secured funding to create an amazing “factory on a machine” – in a move which also creates 10 jobs.
The project will enable companies to fit their existing machine tools with devices that ensure almost total accuracy – with massive savings in costs and huge increases in efficiency.
The university’s existing Centre for Precision Technologies secured £4.7m from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and £3m from a consortium of big industrial players such as Rolls Royce, Cummins Turbo Technologies and David Brown.
The £8m funding total is the biggest single sum to come to the university for a research project.
Project director Prof Jane Jiang, backed by Prof Liam Blunt, head of the existing centre and colleagues including Prof Alan Myers and Prof Paul Scott, prepared a series of detailed submissions and presentations to secure the funding.
The result of the 11-month process is that the EPSRC awarded the university a highly-coveted and prestigious Centre for Innovative Manufacture.
The CIM will create 10 new posts, including manufacturing engineers and metrologists. Some of the country’s most promising PhD students in the field have also applied to take part.