THE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY – BOTH IN THE NETHERLANDS AND AROUND THE WORLD – IS FACING HUGE CHANGES.
New technologies, often combined with ICT, are causing far-reaching changes in production methods, process design and supply chains. UT researchers are among those leading the way towards a new manufacturing era.
From prehistoric time, finding new ways of creating products has been central to human existence. Today, this quest has become more urgent than ever. We want to – and must – be increasingly careful with natural resources. At the same time, as consumers, we want better, cheaper, more personalized products delivered to us instantly, while the manufacturing industry is seeking for new ways to reshore production, for example by reducing labour costs through automation.
TOWARDS A NEW MANUFACTURING ERA
All of this places heavy demands on the manufacturing industry. More efficient – even zero defect – production, predictive maintenance, accurate prediction of consumer needs, smart systems and new business models. Previously independent factories and chains are merging into so-called Intelligent Manufacturing Systems. The so-called 4th Industrial Revolution is changing the manufacturing industry beyond recognition.
As engineers, computer scientists, mathematicians and physicists increasingly search for solutions together with specialists in material, manufacturing and supply chains, the results for industry will amaze us all. Here are three sneak previews of the new manufacturing era.
The University of Twente is a leading international player and the go-to institute in the Netherlands in the growing field of Intelligent Manufacturing Systems. Our university excels in a number of domains and underlying scientific disciplines that are essential for further growth in this area:
The real key to mature Intelligent Manufacturing Systems, we believe, lies in merging research areas. Our cross-disciplinary way of thinking and working enables us to contribute to entirely new concepts and production ecosystems.
The University of Twente has state-of-the-art facilities that offer many opportunities for collaboration in the field of research and education. For example, companies can collaborate with the UT on product research or testing in a wind tunnel. Contact Timo Meinders if you want to discuss working with us.
For the third time in a row, the University of Twente was given the award for Most Entrepreneurial University in the Netherlands in 2017. We are successful in converting developed knowledge into economic activity: over the years we’ve already helped start up more than a thousand spinoffs. Below are a few examples:
In addition to the Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes mentioned below, we offer numerous specialized courses in the area of INTELLIGENT MANUFACTURING SYSTEMS
Interested? Contact Timo Meinders