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PARD Projects

You will find below summaries of the nine main PARD research projects carried out within the £72 Million PARD Programme.

To find out more about each project, please click on the project title.

 
 
Manufacturing Processes
With drive towards improvements in vehicle safety and weight reduction, the move towards the use of high performance materials such as high strength steels, aluminium alloys or other materials has intensified. To take up these new materials an understanding of the production implications of these materials is required. More...
 
 
Hybrid Vehicles
WMG's hybrid vehicle project has been established to provide automotive manufacturers and suppliers with access to guidance, technical know-how and novel research relating to hybrid design, development and new product introduction. More...
 
 
Vehicle Interior Air Quality
WMG’s Vehicle Interior Air Quality project aims to improve the customer experience inside cars, by developing the capability within the supply base to satisfy the emission requirements for emergent legislation in the UK. In Japan, manufacturers are already observing a voluntary code of conduct. More...
 
Manufacturing Processes
Automotive manufacturers are relying increasingly on simulation techniques at the design stage of new product introduction. The WMG Simulation Project, part of PARD Extension, encompasses a wide variety of subjects with the continuing aim of improving modelling capabilities. More...
 
Electrical Integration
To meet customer and legislative demands, products such as cars, boats, trains and aircraft, require increasingly sophisticated and complex electrical and electronic systems. This project has developed methods and tools for the development and test of complex distributed electronic systems to address software integration and validation challenges within short development lifecycles. More...
 
Materials
A team of WMG researchers is leading the way in making cars safer by creating new methods of testing how different materials react in a crash. This project has developed new high-speed testing technology, which will enable materials and joints to be characterised in a consistent and effective way, for application in impact simulation software tools used by wider industry. More...
 
E-Projects
The flow of information is the lifeblood of any company, and smarter and slicker ways of processing and presenting data can generate real competitive advantage. The team at WMG has identified and focused on improving on a number of key operations including logistics, quality and warranty. More...
 
Craftsmanship
The customer comes first - that's the philosophy behind the PARD Craftsmanship project. People buying luxury cars are more aware than ever of the quality of the detail and a WMG project aims to find out just what makes customers of premium brands tick when it comes to buying. More...
 
Transforming Capability
Formerly known as Skills Development, this project is aimed at helping companies overcome barriers to innovation, from both organisational and individual perspectives. It has focused on the issues surrounding the evaluation, adoption, adaptation and embedding of enhanced technology and other significant value-added changes.
 
Zero Prototype
Any new product requires a period of design and development. For complex products this time period often spans many years, and huge competitive advantages can be gained by shortening its duration. This project has developed a range of new techniques, as well as refining existing ones, to enable companies to undertake New Product Introduction (NPI) in a leaner and more agile manner. More...
 

 

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