Digital Engineering

The need to embrace digital transformation has never been stronger. The challenge is how to harness digital technology to fuel innovation, agility and growth.

At the National Composites Centre, we work with engineering and manufacturing companies and digital technology providers of all sizes to develop innovative and impactful digital solutions. Working across industry, we help organisations to reduce costs, enhance their productivity, reduce time to market and develop sustainable products.

Through a collaborative approach, we bring together and partner with some of the best minds and brands in business, technology and engineering, inspiring new ideas and stimulating innovation.

Providing access to a range of 5G-enabled state-of-the-art industrial test beds we can test early-stage technologies and validate engineering transformation concepts, identifying efficiencies in product, process and technology development.

From Quantum to 5G through to composites and smart manufacturing, with so many new digital technologies to consider, we demystify and de-risk potential investment helping you to accelerate sustainable product innovation and engineering leadership.

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Major programmes

Digital Engineering Technology & Innovation (DETI)

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Digital Engineering Technology & Innovation (DETI)

DETI is a research, innovation and skills programme that enables organisations to address the barriers to digital transformation, inspiring the next generation of digital engineers. It will help companies identify and develop the tools, technologies and processes they need to rapidly accelerate digital engineering capabilities and identify the skills needed to embed digital.

NCC Smart Factory Innovation Hub Pilot

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NCC Smart Factory Innovation Hub Pilot

This programme provides a secure, state-of-the-art industry environment for manufacturers, technology providers and SMEs, to explore and digitally investigate how to de-risk transformation projects. Targeted towards manufacturers, technology organisations, SME’s and academia, organisations can use existing cell hardware and/or provide their own technology which can be integrated and tested through industry use cases. 

5G-Encode

5G-Encode explores the use of 5G applications in the manufacturing industry. The NCC hosts a state-of-the-art, private 5G-enabled network. The project is partially funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport of the UK Government as part of their 5G Testbeds and Trials Programme. The project is one of the UK Government’s biggest investment in 5G for manufacturing to date. 

 

Quantum Data Centre of the Future

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Quantum Data Centre of the Future

Developing quantum-safe communications solutions for modern data centres that enable users to securely and remotely access data, secured against computing attacks. Within the programme, the NCC’s state-of-the-art 5G enabled industrial test beds will be used to generate real-world data to test and demonstrate how a quantum computer could be used to solve industrial challenges.

Digital Supply Chain Innovation Hub

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Digital Supply Chain Innovation Hub

The hub is digitally enabling the supply chain in the UK to ensure resilience and reshoring of capabilities. Secure enterprise systems and IOT technologies will be baselined and supplier trained and integrated into systems which enhance operational efficiency and sustainability to services.  

Latest case studies

Optimising the design of a composite hydrogen pressure vessel

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Optimising the design of a composite hydrogen pressure vessel

As hydrogen has emerged as one of the most promising solutions for achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, the design of pressure vessels for transport and storage has been drawing increasing interest within industry. The NCC is advancing the knowledge required to establish a dynamic UK supply chain, investing in hydrogen pressure vessel research and development to seed manufacture in the
UK, progressing the technology to help it to remain competitive in the future. 

NCC Smart Factory Innovation Hub Pilot

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NCC Smart Factory Innovation Hub Pilot

The NCC selected INSPHERE to be a participant in the NCC Smart Factory Innovation Hub (SFIH) programme. Providing the company with access to its state-of-the art, secure 5G enabled virtual and physical test bed and sandpit environment, the NCC worked with Insphere to test its newly launched IONA System in the Smart Factory Innovation Hub Test Bed which concentrates on the Automated Preforming Cell (APC).

 

Digital Now - DETI delivers pioneering results in its first year

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Digital Now - DETI delivers pioneering results in its first year

Presenting nine key results, Digital Now introduces industry firsts including the DETI digital eco-meter which allows engineers to visualise the carbon footprint during manufacture of a composite product, such as a carbon fibre aircraft wing or car component.

 

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