Factory 2050

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Factory 2050 is the UK’s first state of the art factory, entirely dedicated to conducting collaborative research into reconfigurable digitally assisted assembly, component manufacturing and machining technologies and is capable of rapidly switching production between different high-value components and one-off parts.

The creation of the new facility is supported by a £10 million grant from the Research Partnership Investment Fund, managed by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

Factory 2050 is home to the AMRC’s Integrated Manufacturing Group. Its work spans robotics and automation, integrated large volume metrology, digitally assisted assembly and manufacturing informatics. Among other things, the group is developing ways of meeting demand for high variation and mass customisation, intelligent machines and process that monitor and optimise their operations, techniques to shorten lead times and ramp production up and down rapidly, ways of handling and making sense of big data, human machine collaboration and techniques for digitally assisted assembly.

Factory 2050 has an area of around 6,730 sq m, and is constructed largely from glass, to showcase the advanced manufacturing technologies being developed within. It houses around 75 AMRC staff plus visiting staff from our partner companies.

Factory 2050 aims to anchor a new wave of advanced manufacturing developments called the Advanced Manufacturing Campus on the Sheffield Business Park. It is around half a mile from the Advanced Manufacturing Park which is now reaching the limits of its available land.