Nov
7
Mon
£2.4m Funding competition: Urban innovation in Brazil
Nov 7 2016 @ 3:38 pm – May 3 2017 @ 4:38 pm

Innovate UK is investing up to £2.4 million for projects that use cutting-edge solutions to improve cities in Brazil.

The aim of this competition is to encourage innovative partnerships between the UK and Brazil. Innovate UK and the Brazilian government are funding this competition, administered by the Newton Fund.

Projects should address one or more of the following urban challenges:

  • the governance of urban systems
  • urban infrastructure
  • sustainable urban environments

We expect total UK project costs of between £200,000 to £500,000, giving rise to total UK grant of approximately £350,000. Projects should last between 12 and 24 months.

If you are a UK business, you can carry out the project as the only UK partner or you can work with others. However, at least one partner must be Brazilian. A UK business must lead the project.

The competition opens on 7 November 2016.

You must register before noon on 26 April 2017.

You must apply before noon on 3 May 2017.

Attend the briefing event on Monday 14 November 2016 at 15.30pm by webinar using the password: Newton.

Jun
13
Tue
Seagate Pitstop – Digital Manufacturing @ Seagate
Jun 13 – Jun 14 all-day
Seagate Pitstop - Digital Manufacturing @ Seagate | Northern Ireland | United Kingdom

Applications are now open for small and medium sized companies, academics and experts interested in developing innovative solutions to assist with digital manufacturing. Applications close 05 May 2017.

The Pit Stop will take place 13th June 18 12:00-19:00 and 14th June 09:00-17:00 at the Seagate Technology (Ireland) Springtown Facility and City Hotel in Derry, Northern Ireland.

Background

The Pit Stop is a highly focused open innovation activity designed to accelerate the growth of new ideas – the Seagate Pit Stop focuses specifically on digital manufacturing. This Pit Stop will be of value to companies working with a range of technologies including Artificial Intelligence; IoT; data visualisation, data infrastructure; and modelling and simulation. You’ll get the chance to explore specific challenges within the Seagate manufacturing process and discuss potential solutions with Seagate and industry experts.

Watch a video here to find out about previous Pit Stops.

Seagate Technology (Ireland) Pit Stop: Digital Manufacturing  

The aim of the Seagate Pit Stop is to identify challenges and opportunities for optimising tooling performance, process efficiency and product quality in the context of Seagate’s HDD ‘read/write’ head manufacturing.

The Seagate atomic scale read/write head manufacturing processes require high value tooling to perform over 1500 unique process steps involving critical dimensions 1/1000th the size of a grain of salt.

Seagate collects a comprehensive amount of manufacturing data, including Terrabytes of tool sensor and process data totalling over 1.5PB stored at the facility and archived for up to 7 years. A major challenge has been trying to understand the performance of their fleet of 500+ tools in terms of comparative performance and impact on downstream product quality.

Examples of tool performance challenges that impact Seagate business metrics include:

  • Yield – Challenges in detecting and controling processes critical to end product quality results in scrap of end products
  • Quality – Inability to measure product quality throughout manufacturing processes results in risk to scrap of end products
  • Cycletime – Impact of tool performance issues on production schedules
  • Capital Utilization – Limited understanding of the causes leading to differences in tool performance prevents a more proactive approach to Predictive Maintenance

What to expect

Pit Stop participants will collaborate with Seagate, experts and other innovators to:

  • Develop a common understanding of Seagate challenges within the context of Digital Manufacturing
  • Identify areas where solutions could positively impact manufacturing tooling performance, process efficiencies or end product quality
  • Explore how solutions could be integrated into Seagate manufacturing operations

Successful proposals submitted after the Pit Stop may lead to direct procurement or collaborative applications with Seagate for development funding via Invest Northern Ireland or Innovate UK.

Who should apply?

Innovators experienced in developing solutions, with expertise in all or some the following areas:

  • Advanced multi-variate anomaly detection
  • Real time asset condition monitoring and predictive maintenance
  • Modelling and simulation of processes and asset behaviour
  • Data visualisation
  • Data infrastructure
  • IoT enabled data generation

If you are working within these areas and think you can contribute to the development of scaleable Digital Manufacturing solutions for Seagate, please apply for the Pit Stop at https://www.digitalcatapultcentre.org.uk/open-calls/seagate-pitstop/

Date, times and location

The closing date to apply for this Pit Stop is midnight on Friday 05 May 2017.

Those interested to take part must complete the short application form below. Places will be allocated to those with the most appropriate skills, expertise, services and products in line with the Open Call. The aim is to respond to all applications within 14 days of the Open Call closing.

The Pit Stop will take place 13th June 18 12:00-19:00 and 14th June 09:00-17:00 at the Seagate Technology (Ireland) Springtown Facility and City Hotel in Derry, Northern Ireland.

About Seagate Technology PLC

Seagate PLC is the global leader in data storage solutions and the Springown, Northern Ireland facility sits at the heart of the US$25B worldwide data storage industry.

This high tech nanotechnology manufacturing facility, one of only 5 such facilities of it’s type in the world, focuses on the manufacturing of read/write heads, a key hardware component of the Hard Disc Drive (HDD).

Provisional Agenda

Tuesday 13th June

1200 – Seagate Facility Tour (Optional)

1500 – Registration Starts

1900 – Close

Wednesday 14th June

0900- Arrivals

0915 – Start

1600 – Sessions Finish

1800 – Networking Close