Authentise and team awarded UK Innovation Grant

The team consisting of Authentise, Lancaster University(J4IC), TWI Ltd. and Lloyd’s Register EMEA has successfully completed the application process for funding under UK Innovation entity.

Authentise (www.authentise.com), the leader in data-driven workflow tools for additive manufacturing, is leading a team of industry leaders in a project titled “Digital Supply Chain Adoption Curve (DSCAC)”, which has been accepted for a UK Innovation grant for the competition “Manufacturing made smarter: digital supply chain, feasibility studies”.

The project, which started on the 5th of April, will run for a projected period of 6 months, and aims to provide a product roadmap that helps deliver the vision of a fully integrated, digital supply chain. While the vision is not new, it has been stifled by a lack of adoption. That’s despite the fact that such an integration could deliver significant value in terms of efficiency, agility and security.

Yet, the vision has been held back by the fact that tools don’t address needs and fears of supply chain participants, particularly SME’s.

Through its previous work on both connected Manufacturing Execution Systems and research related to light weight digital supply chain tools, Authentise discovered a myriad of opportunities potentially exist that deliver value but, in falling short of full integration, address some of the challenges that have prevented this full integration from occurring. Intermediate products that address a particular need while limiting the information requirement, the adoption of a fully digital supply chain can be sped up. It is important that these tools are considered holistically to ensure that they are contributing to the vision of a fully integrated supply chain. 

Thus, in this feasibility study the main aim is to learn (including reviewing existing solutions and literature and questioning key supply chain stakeholders), design (including identifying potential product areas – both served and unserved – and compiling full product definitions on each of them), and test (including high level test with industry interviews and granular test in the TWI test bed) an integrated digital supply chain. 

The result is not just a report but a full set of product definitions that industry participants can use to identify and de-risk potential market opportunities. This type of holistic review yielding a product roadmap has not been available previously. The combination of research organisations (JI4C, TWI) with a software vendor (Authentise) and a certification agency (Lloyd’s Register) will ensure that these solutions have both regulatory and academic rigor whilst maintaining an action oriented approach that software vendors can use to deliver real-world results, which may be pursued through a follow on Industrial Research application.

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About Authentise

Authentise delivers data-driven process automation software for additive manufacturing. Its two products include AMES, a workflow management engine using machine data for automation, and 3Diax, a platform of manufacturing related software modules. These tools help Boeing, Ricoh, 3M, Danfoss and others at the forefront of R&D, prototyping and production to reduce effort and cost, improve traceability and transparency, and deliver quality. The products also serve as their core contextual data engine in manufacturing, enabling them to easily build connected Industry 4.0 solutions. The company was founded in 2012 in San Francisco and operates offices in Philadelphia, London, and Kiev.

About Lancaster University

(top 10 UK University) recently set up The Joining 4.0 Innovation Centre (J4IC) with the aim of developing a comprehensive research capability focused on the digitalisation of Joining and associated manufacturing technologies underpinned with academic research excellence with an industrial context. The centre aims to integrate the expert joining process knowledge of industry leaders with Lancaster’s world class specialisms in data science, computation and cybersecurity to bring about disruptive innovations in manufacturing systems. Formed in late 2016 the J4IC is supported by industry (via TWI’s strong network of industrial partners), specifically its Welding Systems Integration section (WSI), and by Lancaster’s Engineering and Data Science Institute (DSI). Supporting a wide range of welding, joining and associated repair technologies, materials, manufacturing systems integration activities and product certification.

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