Warwick Manufacturing Group has received a £22 million boost in a new link up with technology company Siemens.
The agreement will see Siemens PLM Software, a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, provide software to researchers, students and businesses using the new Warwick Digital Laboratory.
The £120 million Digital Lab is the latest of WMG’s ambitious projects to establish the first digital research centre of its kind in the world. A multi-disciplinary centre for research and learning, WDL will showcase the latest technology and create a platform for new collaborations when it opens this year. The facility, the brainchild of Professor Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya, will involve collaborations with Airbus, Corus, GE Healthcare and Jaguar Land Rover.
It will provide state-of-the-art facilities for innovative problem solving through collaborative research, demonstrators, knowledge transfer, education and training.
The Siemens agreement is a coup for the facility as although globally the company has entered into similar arrangements with top universities in the US and China, this is the only deal of this size struck with a UK university.
The research will be in a number of areas including digital manufacturing, e-security, e-business, mass customisation and digital healthcare.
As part of the agreement, WMG will gain access to a portfolio of Siemens PLM Software, including the latest technologies within digital manufacturing.
The digital manufacturing technology combines knowledge management with process improvement in a virtual environment that lets organisations optimise the quality, process, plant, resource and simulation aspects of their manufacturing operations.
The latest 3D visualisation techniques and interactive tools will be used to bring together students, designers and customers in the conceptual design, prototyping and testing of products in virtual reality before production. Guy Langley, UK managing director at Siemens PLM Software, said: “This agreement will allow postgraduates, WMG staff and their clients to visualise and interact with a virtual product.
“Siemens PLM will be able to further develop and train our staff in the latest techniques in digital manufacturing, and drive opportunities to work with WMG and its clients. We’ll also gain additional feedback in the use of our tools.”