Funded EngD Scholarship: Development and integration of Industry 4.0 into Engine Manufacture

Swansea University - Engineering

Start date: October 2018

Sponsoring Company: Ford Motor Company Ltd

Academic Supervisor: Dr C Giannetti

The Ford Motor Company is the third largest car manufacturer in the world and the second largest in Europe. Bridgend Engine Plant (BEP) was opened in 1980, employs over 1700 people and supplies Ford Assembly Plants worldwide along with Jaguar Land Rover in the UK.

As a plant in 2017 we produced over 600,000 engines across two engine architectures with a third engine production facility coming on-line in 2018.

Bridgend Engine Plant is some way along the road of Industry 4.0 and is already collecting vast amounts of data on both our production and back room process. We also utilise cutting edge technology to machine engine components such as cylinder blocks and heads and then subsequently assembly them into a finish product.

Project Aims:
The aim of this project is to investigate the rapid development of technology around Industry 4.0 and how it can be utilised to improve productivity, improve quality and reduce cost in a modern engine manufacturing site.

To compete in the global forum we have to identify emerging technologies, understand if and how they can leverage our business, turning those ideas to a reality in a shorter space of time than ever before.

This research project will look at what technologies we currently utilise as a company then investigate emerging technologies and their suitability to the automotive industry. This is not confined to manufacturing and will also need the research of other fields; for example how developments in sports science could benefit employees who perform repetitive manual operations to name just one.

Eligibility
Candidates should hold an Engineering or Physical Sciences degree with a minimum classification level of 2:1 or equivalent relevant experience. 

Please visit our website for more information.

Additional Funding Information
The scholarship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a tax free stipend of £20,000 p.a.

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PhD

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Wales