The Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) is a globally recognised centre of excellence in metal forming research, manufacturing technologies and innovation. It is the heart of Scotland’s manufacturing research and development sector and is the country’s only High Value Manufacturing Catapult centre; one of just seven in the UK. The AFRC addresses the important challenge of taking low maturity technologies developed within research environments and deploying them within industrial manufacturing facilities. It fills the gap between traditional university research and the industrial need to demonstrate new technology on real products, in real factories. This is often expressed in terms of manufacturing readiness levels which were derived from the NASA TRL scale and are used to articulate the journey to industrial application of new technologies.
- Formed in 2009
- Whole centre is 5,600m2 in size
- Workshops total 2,376m2
- 8 laboratories
- Robotics cell commissioned in 2015
- Employing over 130 talented individuals: researchers, chartered and non-chartered engineers, technicians, EngD and PHD students all supported by commercially astute business development and programme management teams