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Wanted: Innovative coating technologies for advanced manufacturing

Wanted: Innovative coating technologies for advanced manufacturing

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The government’s innovation agency, Innovate UK, is to invest up to £2 million for studies into new surface engineering and coating technologies that will help the UK to lead the way in advanced manufacturing.

The competition covers new technologies that could enhance the way components perform, such as improved anti-fouling, corrosion-protection and wear-resistance.

These technologies will improve the UK’s competitive advantage in advanced manufacturing and benefit industries such as aerospace, motor, energy and medical.

Coatings applied in the UK’s advanced manufacturing industry are already worth £11 billion a year, and the sector represents a significant opportunity for further growth.

The competition aims to stimulate innovation in:

  • Creation and evaluation of of innovative and accessible real-time process control technology
  • Process informatics
  • Improved characterisation techniques
  • The measurement of critical coating and surface properties
  • Integration of existing surface engineering and coating technologies with digital manufacturing technology

 

The competition opened on 11 January 2016 and the deadline for registration is at noon on 9 March 2016.

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