The Lean Engineering Research Group has been very successful in receiving Government funding to carry out research, below is a list of current and past projects:

Integrated discrete-event simulation and generic algorithm optimisation tools for sutomatically maximising throughput levels whislt optimising inventory and schedules
Projct overview:
This project will examine the feasibility of using discrete event simulation (DES) to apply biological control principles to increase the levels of autonomous decision-making within industrial operational systems through the integration of local control with design, planning, and scheduling activities. See here for more...
Reducing empty running of road freight vehicles
Project overview:
This collaborative R&D project aims to improve the abilities of third party haulage and own account haulage enterprises to achieve significantly higher levels of backloading. Achievement of these aims will provide the technology by which these enterprises can drastically reduce their levels of 'empty and/or partial-full loading' of delivery vehicles. See here for more... 
Reducing theatre production costs and lead times
Project Backgrouns and Aims:
Within the performing arts sector, creating a live performance from the initial script, requires a large number of diverse activities, involving many different creative, management, decision-making and production skills. Such is the nature of audiences and critics within this sector that failure to undertake even one of these activities could lead to commercial failure for the whole production. It is essential, therefore, that a high level of task planning and control needs to take place and that the output from creative processes can be designed and planned in detail and measured in terms of their feasibility and commericial effects. See here for more...
Development of an Autonomous System Development Tool (ASDT) for boosting manufacturing process competantices
Project overview:
The key objectives of this project are to provide a means of adding autonomous decision-making capability to the existing Finite Capacity Planning (FCP) processes of manufacturing organisations. The focus is on using such capability to enable organisations to make significantly faster, more flexible and more cost-effective responses to customers' demands, and to enable efficient management and provision of higher levels of product customisation, process innovation and delivery service. See here for more...
Development of an Innovative Autonomous & Intelligent Demand Management Tool (AIDMT) fir Refrigerated and Shelf-Life Constrained Food Supply Chains
Project overview:
Within refrigerated and shelf-life constrained food supply chains extremely high levels of variability exist in terms of the frequency and levels with which demand fluctuations and product change-overs arise. Such variability makes management of customer demand a critical business process in enabling high levels of customer service and efficient use of resources. This project is aimed at improving demand management processes from procurement of basic materials by processers and manufacturers through to distribution of finished goods to retail customers. See here for more...
Improving customer demand and cost forecasting methods
Project Overview:
This project is aimed at improving the hierarchical forecasting of inventory and capacity requirements within supply chains. Self-optimising artificial intelligence (AI) forecasting tools, will be developed, capable of undertaking the search, retrieval, aggregation of data from disparate multimedia sources and for discovering, within this data, inventory demand and capacity cost relationships. See here for more...
Accelerating process excellence using virtual discrete event process simulation
Project Overview:
Lean practices significantly increase business competitiveness through the elimination of waste labour, time and material resources while delivering quality products on time, at least cost and lead time, and with greater efficiency. This collaborative R&D project will accelerate the adoption and use of lean practices within a wide range of industrial and service sectors. A Virtual Discrete Event Process Simulation (V-DEPS) tool will be developed capable of providing a learning, training and decision support environment for lean practitioners from complete novices to experienced lean champions. See here for more...
Development of a Metadata-based Animation and Art Production Improvement Tool
Project Overview:
This collaborative R&D project aims to improve the ability of animation and art creation industries to achieve significantly improvements in production and operational efficiency enabling higher levels of cost, quality and delivery performance. See here for more...
Achieving vertically-integrated carbon fibre reinforcement design and manufacture demonstrators for structural manufacturing and construction 3D composites
Project Overview:
The overall objective of this innovative project is to achieve robust vertically-integrated design and manufacture for structural 3-D carbon-fibre reinforced composites (CFRCs) for the High-Value Manufacturing sector and woven 3-D woven reinforcements for concrete and composites for the Construction sector. See here for more...



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