Manufacturing Group

Manufacturing on a metal lathe

About the Manufacturing Group

Most countries are now looking to manufacturing as the development path to a higher standard of living, so research is essential as competition continually increases. The Manufacturing Group is actively engaged in an extensive range of research interests, as indicated below. This group maintains strong links with the other research groups, in particular the Design Group and the Robotics, Instrumentation and Control Group.

Dirk Pons: Biomedical engineering; engineering design; engineering management; manufacturing, production, and operational engineering; risk and reliability.

Technical Assistance

Scott Amies: Senior Technical Officer. CNC facilities

  • Computer-Aided Process Planning and Design of Fixtures and Dies
  • Computer-Aided Tolerance Analysis
  • Requirements for Integrating the Design and Production Functions
  • Strategic Manufacturing Management
  • Evaluation and Implementation of Innovation and New Technology
  • Equipment Diagnosis and Maintenance Management
  • Manufacturing System Dynamics
  • Manufacturing Systems Design and Improvement
  • Computer Control of Robotic Mechanisms
  • Expert Systems In Management, Design and Teaching
  • Flexible Automation
  • Automated Manufacturing
  • Laser based Inspection
  • Virtual One-of-a-kind Production Planning and Control
  • Intelligent Manufacturing Systems
  • Minimisation of Trimloss
  • Virtual Enterprise for Injection Mould/toolmaking
  • Factory Floor Optimisation
  • Rapid Response Tool Design and Manufacture
  • Rapid Product Development for World Class Manufacturing
  • Tolerance Based Reverse Engineering for Rapid, Quality Product Development
  • Intelligent Manufacturing Systems

Research Opportunities

Postgraduate Research Projects Available.

If the research direction of the Manufacturing Group is of interest to you, and you are in possession (or about to be) of a good Honours degree in Engineering, please contact:

Dirk Pons

Associate Professor
Civil Mechanical E544
Internal Phone: 95826

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