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Digital Lifecycle Management Research

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.

The Digital Lifecycle Management group entails four major research tracks: Digital Design & Manufacturing, Process Monitoring, Process Control, and Industrial Systems.

The principles which guide closed-loop production systems and factories are underpinned by the fact that manufacturing processes, products and interlinked services are challenged by rapidly evolving external drivers including new materials, new regulations, new technologies, sustainability, along with services and communications systems in an intensely cost-pressured environment. Meeting these challenges demands the development for new enabling technologies which entail:

  1. Simulation tools with capabilities to simulate products along with processes and services in the whole product lifecycle to achieve “right-first-time”
  2. Data warehouses and cloud solutions which capture heterogeneous data and information from the whole product lifecycle; and,
  3. Lifecycle analytics and data mining which exploit cloud computing to eliminate product and process failures to ensure zero-defect products and services
  4. Innovative efforts that link cyber-physical systems with industrial informatics and intelligent data analytics.

Results will have significant impact on a range of areas including automotive, aerospace, consumer goods and healthcare industries.

Success Story: Remote Laser Welding (RLW)

RLW Navigator began as a three year, €3.9million project funded by the European Commission under the ICT-Factories of the Future programme. Co-ordinated by Professor Darek Ceglarek, the project aimed to develop an engineering platform for emerging joining technology from the automotive industry, Remote Laser Welding (RLW), that would enable the exploitation of RLW and ultimately support other joining processes.