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KEY 3: Keynote Speech 3 (Kai CHENG)
Wednesday, 28/Jun/2017:
10:00am - 10:55am

Location: Aula Convegni (first floor)
Smart toolings and machines, and smart manufacturing

Session Abstract

Smart manufacturing has tremendous potential and is becoming the next generation manufacturing technology particularly in the Industry 4.0 context. Smart machining processes will enable a new level of machining capability and adaptability, including high process reliability, high precision, machining process optimization, plug-and-produce operations, and bespoke high value applications. This presentation will present some innovative design concepts on the development of a number of smart tooling devices and smart machines, including a force-based smart cutting tool, a temperature-based internally-cooled smart cutting tool, smart diamond cutting tool, smart spindles and next generation ophthalmic manufacturing machines, particularly for precision and micro manufacturing purposes. Practical implementation and application issues for these smart tooling and machines are explored and discussed, taking account of the requirements for smart machining against a number of industrial applications, such as contamination-free machining, high speed smart drilling, machining of tool-wear-prone Si-based infra-red devices and ophthalmic manufacturing applications. Additional research on smart tooling implementation and application perspectives will also be presented, including: (a) plug-and-produce design principle; (b) novel cutting force modelling and the associated implementation algorithms; (c) critical cutting temperature reduction and control in real-time machining; (d) Multi-physics based design and analysis of smart tooling, and (e) application exemplars on smart machining. The presentation will conclude with further discussion on the potentials and applications of smart tooling / machines / manufacturing for future manufacturing industry.

Short Bio: Prof. Kai Cheng is Chair in Manufacturing Systems at the Institute of Materials & Manufacturing, College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences, at the Brunel University London. His current research interests are focused on design of high precision machines, ultraprecision and micro manufacturing, smart tooling and smart machining, and sustainable manufacturing systems. He is currently leading the Ultraprecision and Micro/nano Manufacturing Theme at Brunel University London and working on a number of research projects funded by the EPSRC, NATEP Program, RAEng, Innovate UK program, EU Horizon 2020 Programs, and the industry. Professor Cheng and his team have enjoyed working closely with industrial companies in the UK, Europe, USA and Far East. Professor Cheng is a Charted Engineer and a Fellow of the IMechE and IET, the European Editor for International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology and a member of the Editorial Board at International Journal of Machine Tools and Manufacture.

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