New Machine Service Plan Rolled-Our in the UK

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A group of top engineering companies and research institutes have teamed-up with the University of Huddersfield to form a £1m pound project to improve competitiveness and efficiency for UK manufacturers.


The University of Huddersfield’s Centre for Precision Technologies (CPT) has experience in the use of metrology and digital technology for ensuring the accuracy of machine tools, leading to big efficiency gains for manufacturers. The CPT’s Principal Enterprise Fellow, Dr Andrew Longstaff, is heading its contribution to the new servitisation project.

It launches this month and is due to conclude in 2019. Innovate UK has awarded £783,511 to the project.

“The initial idea came from MTT, the lead partner,” said Longstaff. “They had been talking to one of their customers, who said they don’t want to buy machine tools, they just want to be able to make things. So MTT talked to us and to Cranfield University, which has expertise in servitisation business models.

Period28 Apr 2017

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