High-Value Manufacturing Research Group

The High Value Manufacturing Group conducts research across a range of areas including intelligent and knowledge-based systems, smart systems, sustainable manufacturing, advanced manufacturing technologies and micro/nano manufacturing.

Smart systems

Research in this area includes the deployment of microcontrollers with ever increasing facilities and capabilities to enable the deployment of systems with embedded intelligence. These are embodied in the provision and operation of smart sensors that are capable of acquiring and analysing data at high speeds and in real time.

In conducting this research the Group brings together expertise in mechanical, manufacturing, control, ICT, robotics and human factors engineering to form a multi-disciplined team capable of innovative and internationally recognised research.

Sustainable manufacturing

Our work in this area aims to enable the manufacturing industry to grow by adopting more advanced technologies, and at the same time improve its sustainability by reducing its environmental impact.

This work is conducted in close partnership with several Welsh universities within the framework of ASTUTE, a large-scale multi-million collaborative project. The project will improve the competitiveness of Welsh companies by applying advanced engineering techniques to both the design of products and to the manufacturing process thus securing many jobs and leading to the initial creation of more than 130 highly skilled new jobs in the sector.

The Group provides expertise in sustainable technologies, product design and innovation, design for sustainability and sustainable manufacturing, eco-innovation and manufacturing, products and services for sustainable living, sustainable supply chains, condition monitoring for sustainability, and improved, effective and sustainable management systems.

Advanced manufacturing technologies

World-class research and development is conducted in all major areas of advanced manufacturing and the output is used to promote the introduction of new manufacturing technology and practice to industry.

In particular, a number of recently won multi-million projects focus on civil and medical robotics, data mining, biosensors, manufacturing panels for architectural, aerospace and automotive industries without the use of tooling, and improving the performance of production lasers using disruptive techniques.

Additive Manufacturing

The Additive Manufacturing Laboratories (AM Labs) facilitate research into intelligent and knowledge-based systems; smart systems; sustainable manufacturing; advanced manufacturing technologies; and micro / nano manufacturing. Cardiff was one of the first UK universities to develop research in additive manufacturing and over the past 20 years the research team and extensive facilities have been at the heart of regional, national and FP4 to FP7 European research projects.

In 2014/15, the AM Labs produced an average of 40+ parts per day for academic research and industrial R&D using resin-based processes (SLA and DLP), Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM), four plastic powder machines (SLM) and metal powder bed fusion – over 20 years building a mass of expertise. Research collaborators include names such as Dyson, BAE Systems and Hozelock, whilst a strategic partnership with Renishaw helps the AM Lab to maintain its leading status.

Micro/Nano manufacturing

The focus of our micro and nano Manufacturing (MNM) theme is on advanced manufacturing technologies for micro- and nano-systems, one of the priority areas in the UK Technology Strategy.

In taking forward this innovation agenda, the aim of our MNM programme is to facilitate the creation of manufacturing capabilities in the UK to meet demands for:

  • product miniaturisation through innovative integration and development of knowledge-based technologies and production concepts (especially micro and nano) for processing of non-silicon materials
  • prediction of product and process performance to reduce/manage the risk during product development and production, and reduce time to market for the next generation of microsystems-based products
  • future product platforms to meet the requirements of the next generation of microsystems-based products, and of more stringent regulations and environmental legislation

Production scale-up to ensure effective and efficient transfer of product and technology ideas from laboratories to serial production.

Lead researcher

Rossi Setchi

Professor Rossi Setchi

Professor

Email:
setchi@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 5720

Academic staff

Samuel Bigot

Dr Samuel Bigot

Senior Lecturer - Teaching and Research

Email:
bigots@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 5946
Emmanuel Brousseau

Dr Emmanuel Brousseau

Reader

Email:
brousseaue@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 5752
Roger Grosvenor

Dr Roger Grosvenor

Reader

Email:
grosvenor@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 5913
Ze Ji

Ze Ji

Lecturer

Email:
jiz1@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 0017
Ying Liu

Dr Ying Liu

Senior Lecturer - Teaching and Research

Email:
liuy81@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 4696
Manuela Pacella

Dr Manuela Pacella

Lecturer

Email:
pacellam@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 6175
Michael Packianather

Dr Michael Packianather

Senior Lecturer - Teaching and Research

Email:
packianatherms@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 5911
Paul Prickett

Paul Prickett

Senior Lecturer - Teaching and Research

Email:
prickett@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 5900
Chunlei Qiu

Dr Chunlei Qiu

Lecturer - Teaching and Research

Email:
qiuc@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 0018
Pete Theobald

Dr Peter Theobald

Senior Lecturer - Teaching and Research

Email:
theobaldps@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 4726

Mechanics, materials and advanced manufacturing

Mechanics, materials and advanced manufacturing

We develop innovative, advanced and environmentally friendly technology for application in the transport, energy generation and manufacturing industries.