“2018 Year of Engineering” – “Engineering Week” - “Aerospace Manufacturing”

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15 October 2018 18:00 - 21:00
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"Aerospace Manufacturing"
Colm’s presentation will begin with a brief history of 50 years of the NITC before discussing the pioneering applied research, development and innovation (RD&I) projects in Aerospace Manufacturing. Key technology themes covered in the presentation include Digital manufacturing, Parallel Kinematic Machines and Automated Shim-less Assembly, before concluding with the recent development of a £7.5M state of the art Manufacturing Technology Factory.

The audience will be presented with case studies on how 3D factory simulation supported local aerospace companies with planning and preparing large factory investment business cases, highlighted with the design and simulation of Bombardier’s new C-Series/A220 wing manufacturing facility. This will be followed by an introduction to PKM technology with a case study on how the preparation of a wing root end interface supported the first shim-less wing/wing box assembly by Airbus, and an overview of current PKM activities.  The presentation will conclude with the journey of an exemplar KTP cluster of local aerospace SME’s and the NITC collaborating together led to the SCENIC investment which has encouraged QUB to invest in the latest chapter of the NITC through a major capital facelift and creation of an exciting new Manufacturing Technology Factory for Northern Ireland.

Refreshments will be available from 6pm with the main proceedings commencing at 6:30pm.

"Engineering Week" - Full Programme of Events

The programme of events will include the following however, for the details of each individual event please see the specific event page on the Near You website:

“Space Engineering” - Tuesday 9th October – Armagh Planetarium

“Engineering and Biodiversity” - Thursday 11th October – Malone House, Barnett Demesne

“Aerospace Manufacturing” - Monday 15th October – Ashby Building and NI Technology Centre

“Diversity in Engineering” - Tuesday 16th October – Malone House, Barnett Demesne

“Biomedical Engineering” - Wednesday 17th October – Wellington Park Hotel

"Electric and Hybrid Vehicles” - Thursday 18th October – Wellington Park Hotel

As the primary objective of the “Engineering Week” is to showcase Engineering to young people, the Committee asks and encourages all IMechE members to bring their own young people to the events but also to tell their wider family members, friends and associated teachers about them.


Colm Higgins, Head of the Northern Ireland Technology Centre at Queen's University Belfast


Ashby Building
Stranmillis Road
United Kingdom

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Alternative contact Peter Martin
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School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Queen's University Belfast
Ashby Building
Stranmillis Road
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