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Digital Lifecycle Management

Welcome

Welcome to the Digital Lifecycle Management group page. The DLM group, headed by Professor Darek Ceglarek, conducts manufacturing systems research aimed at integrating products, processes and complex services with system design to create novel closed-loop production systems for “Factories-of-the-Future,” with capabilities to self-recover from product failures and changes.

Our Research

The Digital Lifecycle Management group entails four major research tracks: Digital Design & Manufacturing; Process Monitoring; Process Control; and Industrial Systems. Read more about our research here.

Our Facilities

Our research facilities are split into two categories: In-process Part Quality Monitoring and In-process Part Joining Monitoring. Read more about our facilities here.

The research program enables rapid deployment of RLW technology for aluminium and dissimilar materials, from new concept readiness to application readiness with intention to reach production implementation readiness. It provides a range of new capabilities for closed-loop in-process (CLIP) control such as: (1) Controlled heat flow in and around melting pot to prevent hot cracking and porosity - application to Al5xxx and Al6xxx. (2) Control of seam tracking and part-to-part gap variation through automatic selection and adjustment of key process parameters to prevent weld quality defects (3) Real-time monitoring of multiple key quality indicators (4) Intelligent defect root cause diagnosis and automatic quality improvement for preventive and corrective actions.

Our Team

Our team is led by Professor Darek Ceglarek, and is comprised of academic staff, research fellows and assistants, project engineers, interns, support staff and both PhD and MSc students. Meet our team here.

Success Stories

Encouraging lateral thinking, and pushing the boundaries of what is possible, we create an environment that inspires confidence and creativity. Through our diverse projects we have a real impact on economic growth, society, and the environment. To find out more about out success stories click here.

Projects

Remote Laser Welding (RLW) Project

The RLW project is aimed at developing an engineering platform for emerging joining technology from the automotive industry, Remote Laser Welding (RLW).

Other Projects

Other projects include the Chamaeleon project, Best Care, Anywhere: Integrating Primary Care in Coventry programme, and the In-process Quality Improvement (IPQI) project.

Publications

The researchers in our group have published numerous papers, with their research activity spanning over 20 years. Explore the myriad of publications here.

Downloads

Download our Fixture Analyser & Optimiser (v4.4), a tool which offers the possibility to evaluate and optimise assembly fixtures. Take a look at its benefits and video materials of it in action here.

Posters

Take a look at research posters designed by our researchers and engineers. The posters are split into two categories: the Digital Design & Manufacturing Track, and the Process Monitoring & Control Track.

Highlights from 2014-2016

If you would like to find out about the kind of events we held in the past two years, you can do so here.

Want to get in touch with our team?

If you would like to find out more about our projects or get in touch with us, drop an email to Alison Solman, our Research Projects Coordinator, at Alison.Solman@warwick.ac.uk