Smart-E Events

Work Package 2

The WP2 Technical Workshop in Salford (September 14-16 2015) brought together the researchers in SMART-E WP2 to learn about developments in the field of reconfigurable and logistics robotics, to consider how to apply their research in industrial contexts and to identify opportunities for synergies between projects and collaboration between researchers.

The first part of the workshop was focused on a site visit to HellermannTyton with the identification of solutions to specific industrial challenges. HellermannTyton is an International Company and  one of the leading cable management manufacturers of products for fastening, fixing, identifying and protecting cables and their connecting components. The HellermannTyton group has been present in the UK for over 80 years with around 500 employees. They manufacture a wide range of injection moulding products that range from tried and tested standard cable ties to complex products for specific applications for customers.  Research and development is a core part of their operation. 

The second part of the workshop focused on a presentation on “Stochastic modelling for degradation, lifetime prognosis and maintenance planning” given by Antoine Grall, Université de Technologie, Troyes. This was followed by the ESRs scientific presentations (30 minute presentation, 15 minute discussion/feedback) and a final WP 2 round-table where the ESRs discussed the synergies between projects and opportunities for collaboration with feedback / support for upcoming research outputs.