About the unit of Manufacturing & Metrology Systems

Manufacturing & Metrology Systems is two fields combined into one unit, these fields are Machine and Process technology and Metrology and Optics.

Head of Unit

Introduction

In 2014, two research teams at IIP were merged: Machine and Process Technology and Industrial Metrology and Optics. Aftermath, the new division was established and named Manufacturing and Metrology Systems (MMS). The division has focus on the following research areas:

The MMS team is from all over the World (13 nationalities) and comprises 2 professors, 1 assistant professor, 3 senior researchers, 2 postdocs, 4 research engineers, 9 doctoral students, 4 industrial doctoral students. Since 2012 to 2020, MMS team published more than 100 journal papers, 52 conference papers, 1 book, 5 book chapters, 15 doctoral theses, 14 licentiate theses, and has supervised more than 210 master theses for students to completing their MSc studies.

Research questions

The central research questions for the MMS division are:

  • How can manufacturing industry, considering product design, manufacturing processes and systems, become more competitive while minimising its environmental footprint?
  • How to increase precision, productivity and sustainability on each level of the production, starting from the design, through manufacturing processes to the novel metrology systems?
  • How to design and implement manufacturing systems with restorative and regenerative characteristics, meant to design out waste from the industrial environment and support industry in its transition from linear to circular systems?
  • What are the parameters for successful (e.g. crack free, dense, geometrically reliable) AM manufacturing, to improve the material performance and to increase the production rate? How can we measure and monitor the corresponding AM parameters? What are the diverse postprocessing requirements in realising fully functional AM components and products?

Education

Besides formal research contributions the MMS team members have also contributed to state-of-the-art in societal context by patenting 3 ideas and setting up 4 spin-off companies creating positive socio-technical and socio-economic impact of research.

MMS division is coordinating master studies program Industrial Production Engineering and Management. MMS is also coordinating 2 bachelor and 8 master level courses, 1 PhD level course, 1 industrial course, and contributing to more than 5 courses beyond the MMS division. All teaching activities are interlinked with the research activities at MMS, either through existing research projects or master and PhD theses. For example, through the contributions of CMS team more than 300 undergraduate and 50 graduate students have undergone education in CMS in past 5 years. Two PhD defence were held in CMS in past couple of years. The team has developed a PhD course in circular Economy and Industrial Systems which is offered every year since 2018. CMS is also a theme in BSc thesis for production engineering students and MSc thesis for all students at KTH. CMS is also a new research area developed at IIP, which is now an active topic for PhD research under the production engineering program.

Furthermore, the CMS team through CE@KTH initiative is trying to maintain a database of courses in CE related topics to organize KTH’s CE education. A master’s level course in CE is in preparation, which is planned to be launched in late 2020/early 2021. The CMS team is also responsible for developing a new track for mechanical engineering program called Cyber Physical Products, in which CE approach is proposed to be integrated.

Since 2017, additive manufacturing has been part of the master course ‘Advanced Manufacturing Technologies’, given at IIP. Explorative aspects of AM are also presented to students through invited lectures at both master and bachelor levels. As part of the production engineering programme a PhD course on AM of metals is also under development with the help of colleagues from materials engineering department and solid mechanics. This course is planned to be given from autumn 2020. Following this, another PhD course will be developed on AM of polymers and ceramics. With experience of running these courses at the PhD level, the course design and contents will be used for development of AM courses at master level as well.

Research and education engagement of MMS division has strong connection with the aims and objectives of sustainable development and UN’s sustainable development goals. Moving to digital production processes through AM is not only opening new avenues innovation in personalised health through, for example customised implants it is also improving the work environment in production making it cleaner and decent. Research in precision engineering and machine tools on the other hand is boosting innovation in the production environment to enhance productivity and competitive advantage. Putting all together, the circular manufacturing systems are assuming responsibility beyond the boundaries of production shops aiming to make the industrial systems restorative and regenerative, both minimising waste and environmental footprint of manufacturing industry. The SDGs 3, 4, 8, 9, 12 and 13 are the most relevant and provide a common ground for evaluating the impact and contribution of our engagement in the context of sustainable development.

United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals

No. 3, 4, 8, 9, 12 & 13 of UN's SDG's (Sustainable Development Goals), click the image to read more on SDG's website.

Research and education engagement of MMS division has strong connection with the aims and objectives of sustainable development and UN’s sustainable development goals. Moving to digital production processes through AM is not only opening new avenues innovation in personalised health through, for example customised implants it is also improving the work environment in production making it cleaner and decent. Research in precision engineering and machine tools on the other hand is boosting innovation in the production environment to enhance productivity and competitive advantage.

Putting all together, the circular manufacturing systems are assuming responsibility beyond the boundaries of production shops aiming to make the industrial systems restorative and regenerative, both minimising waste and environmental footprint of manufacturing industry. The SDGs 3, 4, 8, 9, 12 and 13 are the most relevant and provide a common ground for evaluating the impact and contribution of our engagement in the context of sustainable development.

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Last changed: Jun 15, 2020