18 November 2015 | The Brewery, London, UK
Supported by the IMechE
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 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 emerging technologies
- Additive manufacturing/3D printing
- Printed electronics
- Ubiquitous sensors
- 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
There are three simple steps to entering the awards
Prepare your entry form and any supporting evidence (if appropriate) along with a high res photo (min. 300dpi) of your innovation. You’ll need a succinct title and a brief description (50 words max), we also ask for a PR contact (if relevant).
Register as a new user on the online submission system and submit your entry form, evidence and photo following the on-screen instructions.
Put 18 November 2015 in your diary. You’ll need to attend the ceremony if you’re shortlisted!
Handy hints for completing your entry form
- The title of your entry should describe the content and not include the name of your company or organisation with no more than 15 words
- You may enter up to three categories with each innovation but will require a separate entry form for each
- Ensure you actually describe how your innovation works (simple, but not always the case!)
- No sales jargon please
- Be specific to the questions posed
- Remember to refer back to the judging criteria
- Please remember that it is quality over quantity. Pay attention to the guideline words lengths
- The description in question five may be used to describe your innovation in any general marketing and publicity that the institution does on your behalf should your entry reach finalist stage of the awards. This marketing will reach a very broad audience and needs to be constructed in non-technical terms. It should not simply repeat the entry title as the two will usually be listed together