On Saturday 16th September, WMG at the University of Warwick welcomed an esteemed guest, Mr Chandrasekaran, Group Chairman of Tata Sons. Professor Darek Ceglarek, Director of the Digital Lifecycle Management group, spoke to Mr Chandrasekaran about the Remote Laser Welding project, which works on this emerging promising joining technology (one of the Key Enabling Technologies) in vehicle manufacturing. Professor Ceglarek's presentation was supported by Senior Research Fellow Dr Pasquale Franciosa, Dr Rehab Al Botros, and Armando Serino.
JLR Global Manufacturing Expo
The JLR Global Manufacturing Expo was an exposition of 37 automotive suppliers and research institutions demonstrating the most innovative technology for automotive manufacturing. DLM demonstrated the ‘Closed-loop In-Process Quality Improvement (CLIP-QI) for Remote Laser Welding’. This demonstrator showcased simulation toolsets (incl. VR) and their application to automotive door assembly process. This led to first ever fully digitally developed aluminium car door with remote laser welding (RLW). These toolsets can also be applied to other manufacturing assembly processes with deformable parts, such as automotive body or aerospace wing or fuselage assembly.
Darek Ceglarek speaking at 'Laser Manufacturing of Lightweight Structures'
Darek Ceglarek will be speaking at the 'Laser Manufacturing of Lightweight Structures' event covering the topic of 'Remote Laser Welding of AI Alloys'.
'Light-weight' is a topic of increasing focus in the automotive and aerospace sectors, as manufacturers seek to reduce the weight of structures to:
The adoption of new materials with higher specific (e.g. carbon-fibre reinforced plastics, metal matrix composites, high strength steel, and aluminium/titanium/magnesium based alloys) is the principal approach to reduce the weight of structures. Additive Manufacturing (AM) also has the potential to be used for light weighting, by producing structures with novel load paths not possible with conventional techniques.
The Digital Lifecycle Management (DLM) group hosted Prof Russell Barton, Senior Associate Dean for Research and Faculty in the Smeal College of Business at the Pennsylvania State University, who delivered a seminar on Input Uncertainty in Output Analysis on 27 July 2017.
Prof Chung-Yee Lee's Seminar on How to Write Research Papers: Experience Sharing from Journal Editor
The Digital Lifecycle Management (DLM) group hosted Prof Chung-Yee Lee, Founding and Current Director of Logistics and Supply Chain Management Institute at the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST), who delivered a seminar on ‘How to write research papers: Experience Sharing from Journal Editor’ on 5 June 2017.
The Digital Lifecycle Management (DLM) group hosted Prof Qiang Huang, Associate Professor at the Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, who delivered a seminar on Geometric Shape Accuracy Control for Additive Manufacturing on 20 January 2017.
The Digital Lifecycle Management group hosted Professor Nam Suh, Cross Professor Emeritus at MIT and President of KAIST (2006-2013), for a seminar on Rational System Design on 7 August 2017.