The Manufacturing Engineering research group focuses on solving problems in manufacturing industry. We cooperate with industry, universities and universities of applied sciences in the field of RDI.
The RDI activities of the research group focus on five priority areas:
General manufacturing technology
This research theme focuses on the research and development of manufacturing techniques in mechanical engineering and the industrialisation of new manufacturing techniques. Research topics include machining, sheet metal working techniques and assembly. This theme will also address how to increase the use of robotics and automation in manufacturing and how to overcome the constraints of use.
Welding and joining
This research topic will focus both on the development of joining processes and on the analysis of joints in terms of quality, design and cost. It will also look at joints from the point of view of strength, mechanical properties and materials engineering. The research topic will also consider the impact and challenges of automation in manufacturing and, in particular, the serial production perspective on joining technologies.
Manufacturing quality and economics
This research theme takes a broader view of manufacturing production methods in the manufacturing industry. From a qualitative perspective, the research topics focus on the development of process quality performance, the monitoring of manufacturing quality, and the use of quality data in manufacturing process control.
The research theme will not only explore the potential of additive manufacturing to produce new types of products, but also develop these manufacturing techniques. The research will provide information on the possibilities and constraints of additive manufacturing to produce different 3D shapes, as well as information on the material properties of the manufactured material at the point of use. This will enable the product designer to make the right decisions at the design stage.
Manufacturing techniques for electrical energy storage devices
The research theme aims to address the challenges and develop production methods for battery technology in electric vehicles and non-road machinery. These research activities support the battery cluster in Southwest Finland.
The research theme will address issues of particular relevance to battery manufacturing, such as electrical safety in manufacturing, manufacturing productivity, quality management and quality assurance.