This will operate at the interface between academia and industry; accelerating new technology developments through the innovation phase and ensuring that real-world industrial challenges based on market need are solved through cutting-edge research.
Queen’s University Belfast, with Ulster University, have developed an ambitious plan for the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre (AMIC) that will become the springboard for manufacturing innovation within the region.
It will build on 50 years of sustained innovation and support to industry via exceptional industrial outreach centres such as the Northern Ireland Technology Centre (NITC) and the more recent university-industry partnership, NIACE (NI Advanced Composites and Engineering).
A new Factory of the Future facility is planned as the flagship for this BRCD project.
The facility will be unique and provide access to the very latest manufacturing technologies, supported by experienced professional engineers with design and simulation capability. This facility will enable companies to experiment with new process flows and materials before implementing in their own factories, and will be a location where new start-ups can prototype ideas before committing to the installation of expensive high-end equipment themselves.
This will sit alongside the upgrading of current facilities within the academic setting (NITC) and the industry environment (NIACE) to provide a coherent, linked suite of facilities for the manufacturing sector, uniquely bringing together advanced manufacturing techniques with Industry 4.0 disruptive technologies.
AMIC is closely interwoven with other BRCD projects, and in particular will draw on customised digital and data capabilities from the proposed Global Innovation Institute.