Arden Fine Foods, a Tile Hill-based firm specialising in sweet and savoury bakery products, were keen on producing the creatively shaped biscuit, but to achieve this vision they needed to engineer a unique shape to cut the biscuit dough.
The challenge required employing a flexible process that could easily be altered when minor shape changes were needed – allowing for design freedom and efficient tool manufacture.
WMG researchers used 3D printing, design and additive layer manufacturing capabilities, to help explore new designs and create dough cutters that were used to trial a number of different biscuit shapes, allowing the company to achieve the perfect shape before investing in a drum to fit onto the dough-depositing machine.
WMG technology helps Midlands cycle company create next generation bicycles for Transport for London
Engineers from WMG, at the University of Warwick, are providing advanced technology support for Stratford-Upon-Avon’s Pashley Cycles, England’s longest established bicycle manufacturer based in who, with Serco, who this week won the contract to supply the next generation of bicycles for the Transport for London (TfL) Cycle Hire Scheme.
Under the new contract Serco will introduce bicycles, made by Pashley, with the first ones available at the start of October 2017. The new bicycles, which will be produced in the company’s home town of Stratford-Upon-Avon, used WMG’s technical support and advice to help create cycles that are 10% lighter than the current model and that are designed to give a more manoeuvrable and comfortable riding experience.
Through the WMG centre High Value Manufacturing Catapult, based at the University of Warwick, and renowned for its expertise in light weighting, the WMG SME Group provided “additive layer manufacturing” and 3D printing assistance to enable Pashley to develop the new bicycle. This support played a significant part in creating the bike prototype, which in turn helped secure the TfL contract.
In July our SME team welcomed a group of interns as part of the 2017 Summer Internship Programme. They are working with local SMEs on a range of projects covering design and manufacture, tool development, electronics, materials testing and characterisation, and lean methodologies.
Over the past five years, we have delivered 110 internship projects and will deliver another 25 as part of this year’s programme. The interns work alongside our team of experts, giving them valuable work experience, and in turn our SMEs get to work with talented up and coming undergraduates, and access to the state-of-the-art research facilities at the University of Warwick.
If your company is interested in our Internships Programme contact Jen Manerova, Internships Officer, on 02476 523 776 or email: email@example.com for more details.
Part funded by the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, WMG’s SME group at the University of Warwick has been delivering this internship scheme since 2010, with over 120 businesses so far benefiting from a range of impactful outcomes.
The scheme encourages students studying STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects to consider careers in the manufacturing supply chain. Coupled with this, it supports SME manufacturers to increase productivity by embedding new technologies and processes into their businesses for minimal cost (£2000 per 8-week project).
On Wednesday (22 March), our SME Group presented ‘Why Innovation Matters’ to SMEs across the Black Country.
The exclusive invite-only event took place at the NatWest Manufacturing Hub in Wolverhampton with speeches from Alison Rose, CEO of Commercial and Private Banking, and Richard Hill Head of Sector Automotive and Manufacturing at NatWest. Archie MacPherson CEO, WMG centre High Value Manufacturing Catapult and Paul Milne, Innovation Manager in our SME team, represented WMG.
Attendees were given a chance to hear first-hand about our SME Group’s specialist Product Innovation Accelerator Project. The Project is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund. It was developed to help manufacturing SMEs, based in Coventry and Warwickshire and the Black Country, develop new products, processes and access new technology through collaboration.
The event aimed to show SMEs the variety of support available at WMG to help evaluate current processes and implement cost-effective and practical digital solutions to overcome a range of business challenges. In attendance were small businesses, academics and large companies spanning a range of sectors, including automotive, motorsport, marine, digital health and aerospace.
Chris White, MP for Warwick and Leamington, gave the keynote address, speaking passionately about why adopting the techniques and philosophies of ‘Industry 4.0’ are vital to our economy, output and competitiveness, both as a nation and as a region.
Onur Eren, Technology Transfer Engineer and qualified Lean Six Sigma practitioner, at WMG, is leading the project which will help businesses evaluate their current operations and receive ideas on how they can transform current processes for the better.
The first stages of the project usually involve collecting data and gaining a better understanding of specific business issues, prior to applying a range of technologies and methodologies to develop and implement the necessary solutions.
Projects are being allocated on a first come-first served basis, email firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest in receiving a free Six Sigma assessment.
WMG’s SME Group is giving food for thought, with two exciting events scheduled for next week.
Internet of Things (IoT) Midlands
On Tuesday 12 July, the 12th Internet of Things (IoT) Midlands UK event will take place. The theme for this event is Data and Security. There’ll be an opportunity to network with the SME team and other delegates, as well as hear from key speakers including: Steve Robbin, MD of Kairos CyberTec Ltd; Hugh Boyes Principal Fellow at WMG’s Cyber Security Centre, and Craig Heath, Working Group Chair IoT Security Foundation.
To register visit: https://www.meetup.com/IoTMidlands
Six senior managers from the UK’s Midlands Assembly Network (MAN) are among the first to complete a new Innovation Business Leadership (IBL) postgraduate programme at WMG, University of Warwick designed to create new Midlands’s business leaders who can bring significant benefits to their businesses.