Dassault Systèmes has announced that it has become a member of the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) in Sheffield, to support the UK manufacturing industry as it embraces automation, robotics and visualisation at all levels.
The AMRC, part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, is a world-class research centre for advanced manufacturing, developing sustainable solutions to improve UK productivity, talent and skills. By introducing new ways of automatically assembling complex products and using advanced technologies such as robotics, augmented reality and large-volume metrology, the AMRC addresses the key operational challenges its partners face as they develop the factories of the future through digital transformation.
Séverine Trouillet, Global Affairs Director, EuroNorth at Dassault Systèmes said: “We strongly believe that we have entered the Industry Renaissance, a new era where experience will be at the heart of everything we do, from the way we innovate to the way we produce goods. The tools of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, whether automation, robotics or visualisation, are the basis on which we are building a radically new world where entire sectors will be turned upside down. No industry will be transformed quite as much as manufacturing, which is why we are proud to be joining the AMRC and helping its members adopt a digital-first way of thinking, but also create the Future of Manufacturing at the heart of the industrial North.”
As part of its AMRC membership, Dassault Systèmes will work closely with UK manufacturers to help deliver the Made Smarter Commission’s goal of transforming manufacturing through the adoption of digital industrial technologies. Working with the AMRC, Dassault Systèmes will help manufacturing maximise the benefits of virtualisation and modeling technologies to innovate faster, improve public–private collaboration and become sustainability champions in the UK.
Last year, Corporate Knights – the gold standard for sustainability analysis – ranked Dassault Systèmes No. 1 among the top 100 most sustainable companies in the world. The ranking recognised Dassault Systèmes’ holistic sustainability strategy, from reducing its environmental footprint, to developing the workforce of the future and driving the definition of new business models in today’s Industrial Renaissance.
Dassault Systèmes will also support UK industry as it tackles business transformation challenges, whilst turning the UK into the most innovative economy in the world through the use of game-changing technology.
To celebrate its membership, Dassault Systèmes will also be engaged in a Made Smarter initiative, recently launched at the AMRC, to create an open-access Smart Factory test bed, which will allow companies to improve their productivity, reduce defects and time to market.
Commenting on the news, Rab Scott, Head of Digital at the AMRC said: “British manufacturing has a track record of being among the most innovative and inventive in the world; it was the home of the First Industrial Revolution and it aspires to be the home of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. With Dassault Systèmes as a Tier 1 partner, the AMRC is ideally placed to deliver the sustainable step-changes in productivity that the UK economy desperately needs. Its suite of digital technologies strengthens the AMRC’s portfolio of advanced manufacturing capabilities and puts us in the forefront of Industry 4.0 research and development.”
As the innovation hub of the Northern Powerhouse, the AMRC will work with Dassault Systèmes to help the industry prepare the workers of tomorrow. By anticipating the roles required for the future, and by digitally capturing the expertise of retiring engineers, it will be possible to minimise the risk an ageing workforce poses to the UK economy, ensuring that the manufacturing memory of its industrial base is not lost. This will allow for the continuity of innovation in the engineering process, whilst providing a platform for new roles to emerge in a world where information, innovation and production all benefit from the combined access to real and virtual worlds.
A strong supporter of British innovation and knowledge sharing, Dassault Systèmes has been involved with the High Value Manufacturing Catapult’s National Composites Centre (NCC) for a number of years. It has helped develop new methods and technologies that have turned the centre into the UK’s hub for design and rapid manufacturing of high quality composite products. Leveraging the learning from its involvement with the NCC and the Bristol & Bath Science Park, Dassault Systèmes will bring similar opportunities to businesses and R&D labs at the AMRC.