What's new in DIAL
April 2016

Welcome from Professor Duncan McFarlane 

Welcome to the spring edition of the DIAL quarterly. It is some time since I reported on developments in our automation lab.

One of the big efforts over the last two years has been the transformation of our automated production facility into a resilient automation control system test-bed. This work, supported by Boeing, has enabled typical production disruptions to be generated on a random basis in order that strategies for resilient control, coordinated product & part track and smart inventory management can be tested.

A further recent addition has been the introduction of Additive Manufacturing capabilities into the lab environment in order that systems integration challenges with these systems can be assessed.

Thirdly, the Asset Management group within DIAL is using the lab equipment as a demonstrator for novel monitoring and maintenance strategies.

Finally we have also just launched a track and trace technology facility within the lab to support industrial partners seeking tracking and location solutions. In the coming months there will be more development - partially as we begin to establish an Industrial Internet of Things infrastructure within the lab and beyond.

A big thank you to laboratory manager Alan Throne and technical support, Simon Sennitt and Chris Jennings.

Embedded tracking within the manufactuirng resource (robot)
Application of tracking solutions to aid manual operations

Professor Duncan McFarlane
Head of DIAL
Institute for Manufacturing

A social network of things - New approaches to asset management
Dr Ajith Parlikad, Head of the IfM’s Asset Management Group, explains how effective asset management can deliver significant value both for manufacturers and for infrastructure owners and operators – and how his team is developing a ‘social network of things’ which has the potential to revolutionise the way in which organisations manage their assets.
Getting up to speed with automation
More than 50 manufacturing companies visited the IfM at the end of January 2016. A mix of SMEs and multinationals, they were all there to learn how automation can help grow their businesses, improve their productivity and create better working environments for their staff.
Cambridge Auto-ID lab showcased its latest research

Dr Vaggelis Giannikas and Dr Alexandra Brintrup represented the Cambridge Auto-ID lab at the GS1 Global Forum in Brussels in February. More than 750 participants from 89 countries attended this global event from GS1 Member Organisations, end user industry, key trade associations and solution providers.

Balancing push and pull strategies within the production system
Alena Puchkova, research associate in the Distributed Information and Automation Laboratory, presented a paper called "Balancing push and pull strategies within the production system" at the 7th IFAC Conference on Management and Control of Production and Logistics (MCPL 2016) in Bremen, Germany, February 22-24.
A new collaborative award for Vaggelis Giannikas
Dr Vaggelis Giannikas, research associate in the Distributed Information and Automation Laboratory, has been awarded a Cambridge-PSL-French Embassy Fund to establish a new collaboration with Paris Sciences et Lettres Research University (PSL).
Zhenglin Liang at The System Engineering and Management Science Conference
Zhenglin Liang participated in The System Engineering and Management Science Conference which took place in Beijing from the 1st – 2nd April 2016. The conference was organized by the Department of Systems Engineering and Engineering Management, the City University of Hong Kong and hosted at the Academy of Mathematics and Systems Science (AMSS), Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Report from AMSCI quarterly meeting
A quarterly meeting of Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI) – Advanced Manufacturing of Homes, Buildings and Infrastructure (AMHBI) was held at Grundfos Pumps Ltd, Sunderland on 15th April 2016.

Members news - New visitors in DIAL

Anna Ledwoch

Anna joined the Distributed Information and Automation Laboratory in March 2016 for six months. 

She is currently pursuing her PhD degree in the School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing at Cranfield University. Anna completed her double MSc degree in Computer Science at Cranfield University and Silesian University of Technology, Poland. She received BEng degree in Robotics, Electronics and Computer Science at Silesian University of Technology, Poland.

Her research interests are complex adaptive systems, complex networks, multiagent systems and systemic risk.

Rieke Baerenfaenger

Rieke Baerenfaenger joined the Distributed Information and Automation Laboratory in April 2016 as a visitor for three months.

Rieke is a PhD student and research assistant in her third year at the Institute of Information Management at the University of St. Gallen (HSG).
Before starting her PhD, Rieke completed a MA degree in Information, Media, and Technology Management at the University of St. Gallen. She also holds a BSc Hons in International Business from Maastricht University.

After completing her bachelors degree, Rieke worked as a project manager in a German Logistics services company.

Her research interests are business capabilities, information management capabilities, information services, service systems, information management strategy and digital business

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