University of Sheffield
Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) Factory 2050
UKRPIF award: £10 million
Officially opened: April 2017
Factory 2050 is the UK’s first fully reconfigurable assembly and component manufacturing demonstrator facility, designed to integrate research into manufacturing technology and systems. The facility is the centrepiece to the university’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre.
The 7,023m2 facility is home to the AMRC Integrated Manufacturing Group (IMG) who specialise in the following research themes:
- Digitally assisted assembly
- Integrated large volume metrology
- Robotics and automation
- Manufacturing informatics
The UK Research Partnership Investment Fund (UKRPIF) award was double match-funded through the AMRC membership group, which includes leading companies working across manufacturing and engineering, including BAE Systems, Rolls Royce and Seco Tools.
The construction of Factory 2050 has catalysed further developments within the university’s AMRC facilities, with additional investment from industry partners, including the McLaren Composites Technology Centre and the Boeing Sheffield Facility.