New Industrial Systems (Early and Established Career)

Our concept of New Industrial systems (NIS), represented by the diagram on the right, comprises the intersection of the other three priority areas. How the drivers behind these areas come together at a systems level will help define the future productivity of the manufacturing sector. New industrial systems must be developed that are more effective at creating and capturing value at a variety of scales and levels. 

This area could be interpreted at different levels:

  • Tangible level - alternative machine tools, cellular manufacturing, self-healing tools, systems that self-build.
  • Different models of operation – alternative supply chains and business models.
  • Evolution of the current predominantly centralised manufacturing system towards a portfolio of industrial systems that develop to become more effective at creating and capturing value at a variety of scales.
  • Mass customisation in consumer products and personalisation of healthcare.

To align with this priority area the proposed research must be set in a manufacturing context. If you are unsure about the alignment of your research please contact EPSRC to discuss.

Possible research topics include but are not limited to:

  • Flexible Manufacturing
  • Re-Distributed Manufacturing
  • Transition to a Bio-Economy
  • Enabling of a Circular Economy and Remanufacturing
  • Industrial Internet of Things
  • Personalised manufacturing
  • Human Factors in Advanced Manufacturing