Plant & Works Engineering
Automation and robotics specialist joins AMRC
Published:  19 December, 2022

Advanced automation and robotics specialist, Loop Technology has become a member of the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), following collaborations on a number of key automation technology projects..

Loop Technology specialises in state-of-the-art industrial automation technology and undertakes projects aimed at high-value manufacturing sectors including aerospace, automotive and renewable energy, aligning with the AMRC’s key strategic focus research areas.

Over the past six years, Loop Technology has worked with the AMRC on various research and development (R&D) programmes, including advanced automation projects for the aerospace industry and most recently, robotic ‘Distributed Automatic Cutting System’ - or DACS as it is known - to develop novel automation technology for the construction industry.

Gary Ottley, business development manager at Loop Technology, said: “We see the AMRC as a very proactive and capable organisation.In this formalised relationship, we are keen to develop an open working environment between our engineering teams to benefit us both.

“We look forward to supporting them with our experience in technology implementation, and working collaboratively with the AMRC and fellow members in the future.”

Loop Technology has joined as a Tier 2 member at the AMRC, which is part of the High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult network of research centres. The new partnership allows Loop Technology to participate in, and obtain the results of all generic research projects, as well as being represented on the AMRC’s industrial board.

Ben Morgan, research director for the AMRC, said: “Robotics and automation are critical technologies that will help the UK solve its productivity challenges. Loop Technology is at the forefront of the UK response to that challenge, specifically in the high value sectors such as aerospace.

“The AMRC and Loop Technology have a strong history of working well together and I am thrilled that through this partnership, it will create even more opportunities to collaborate with the team.”