Special Purpose Machines & Equipment

Special Purpose Machines & Equipment

Technologies Assembly Systems Special Purpose Machines & Equipment

Industrial customers often recognise their processes can be improved if they can implement a new technology or use an existing technology in a novel way.

The theme specialises in the design and manufacture of unique, bespoke and highly customised machines and equipment with the aim of:

  • Enabling brand new types of products to be manufactured
  • Improving productivity of existing manufacturing processes
  • Eliminating the risk to operators by replacing manual tasks

Using the latest design tools and techniques, the engineers have developed a solid portfolio of successes and have experience in developing first of their kind:

  • Multi-axis CNC metal forming machines
  • Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) equipment
  • Prototype end effectors and manipulators
  • Stewart Platforms (Hexapods)
  • Adaptive and dynamic work holding
  • ‘Factory-in-a-Box’ type process lines

Working in a partnership with the client embedded into the team; in collaboration with academic partners and members, the theme can:

  • Help clients to understand current state-of-the-art technologies for their process.
  • Concept new and novel machine technologies.
  • De-risk the process in which to develop ‘first-of-a-kind’ machines and equipment
  • Design, manufacture, commission and test prototype machines and equipment
  • Help define the route to full scale production

The MTC is an unparalleled environment for a young engineer wishing to break into the industry. The work that we are doing here today will shape the manufacturing industry for years to come. To be part of that is not only exciting but a real privilege.
Dr Clive Hickman
Chief Executive, MTC