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16 November 2016 | The Brewery, London, UK


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Manufacturing Technology


Manufacturing Technology Award Winner 2016


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Laser verification of complex precast concrete products

Development of process and integration of systems to enable laser scanning to verify complex precast concrete products are within tolerance. The process is staged to suit a suite of tolerances particular to each constituent material and embedded item that make up each bespoke product.

Laing O' Rourke

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The judging panel commented:

“The judges agreed that the winner demonstrated the innovative use of technology within a new industrial context with significant commercial benefits which are already being realised by the company.”


Also shortlisted:


New structural assembly system which transforms a largely manual process into an organised automated line

A new manufacturing system which will increase the speed and quality of single aisle wing production at Airbus' Broughton Plant. The new system will be a safer and better working environment for employees with improved ergonomics.

Airbus in the UK

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3D sensing and control platform with artificial intelligence

Titan Reality has developed a universal platform that consists of patented 3D sensors with artificial intelligence that overcome current technical limitations and at a consumer price. The platform can be used in all sectors (manufacture, robotics, healthcare, automotive) and in any environment where real-time 3D sensing and control is needed.

Titan Reality™

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Advanced fault diagnosis in electric motors based on current analysis

ATCSA is a new, non-invasive approach to detect incipient failures in electric motors. It is based on the analysis of machine currents by using advanced signal processing tools. ATCSA is valid for every operation regime and provides a highly reliable diagnostic, avoiding dangerous false diagnostics of the classical methods.

Universitat Politècnica de Valencia

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COMET HD blast wheel redefines surface preparation performance

COMET HD is a blast wheel – the heart of most shot blast machines, which are used to clean or peen metallic parts, for example after casting or before painting. With COMET HD, Wheelabrator has reinvented the blast wheel – by challenging conventional wisdom and taking an evolutionary design approach.

Wheelabrator Group Ltd

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Manufacturing Technology information


Category scope

Entries to the Manufacturing Technology category are welcomed from manufacturing companies of any size, whether independently owned or as part of a larger organisation.

Nominees may choose to showcase innovation within products brought to market within the last five years, or processes within the plant where potential has been realised.

Entries can range from research concepts and ideas to technical issues and industrial applications, and are encouraged from, but not limited to, the themes and topics in the following areas:

  • Innovative use of emerging technologies
    • Additive manufacturing/3D printing
    • Printed electronics
    • Ubiquitous sensors


  • Innovative use of automation to improve aspects such as:
    • Quality / consistency
    • Cost reduction
    • Energy efficiency
    • Reduction in pollutants
    • Flexible / agile production
    • Market response / customisation
    • End of life re-use


  • Innovative use of metrology and non-destructive testing


  • Innovative use of lasers for high integrity fabrication laser cladding or non-conventional machining


  • Innovative use of adaptive tooling and fixturing


  • New processes for metal removal or innovative applications of conventional CNC machining centres


  • Innovative use of materials e.g. genetic material & bio scaffolding


  • Innovative integration of design and manufacturing objectives


  • Innovation within the supply chain, e.g.
    • Development of clusters
    • Shared innovation programmes with suppliers


  • IP Protection