National Manufacturing Institute Scotland

Case studies

Whatever your unique situation is, we're sure that we can help your business achieve its goals. See below how NMIS has helped similar companies from Scotland and around the world make more money, access new markets and become the industry leaders in their field.

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Digital Factory

Malin Group

3D printing technology delivers sustainability at sea

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Sheffield Forgemasters

Simulation speeds Sheffield Forgemasters on its digital journey

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Whittaker Engineering

Wire arc additive manufacturing (WAAM) reduces manufacturing time for oil and gas parts from months to days

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Confidence Plus

NMIS Digital Factory teams help innovative medical product get closer to market

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Nami Surgical

NMIS boosts development of a promising new technology for robotic surgery

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Quartztec Europe

Scottish manufacturer explores automation to increase capacity

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Electric moped seller explores green shoring and plans to grow its team in Scotland

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Advanced Clothing Solutions (ACS)

Scottish circular fashion hub reduces emissions by 90% and nets £10m green investment

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Brengor Innovation

A team from the AFRC collaborated with Darren Haley, former prison officer and owner of Brengor Innovation, who has developed a recyclable razor designed to reduce incidents of self-harm.

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ACT Blade

The new wind turbine blade set to make green energy even greener

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As part of a £1.2 million project part-funded by Innovate UK, NMIS collaborated with six other project partners to identify a solution to remanufacture dies using additive manufacturing and machining.

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A team from NMIS Digital Factory collaborated with luxury eco-fashion brand ROCIO, to create a new version of its signature handbag design using 3D printing.

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WEIR Group

Mining company digs into alternative manufacturing routes to validate its existing approach

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3D demonstrator component showcases tooling performance and attracts new customers

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New aluminium design heats up business for Glasgow company

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3D printed sensor enclosure opens doors to new markets and cost savings

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Filling in the cracks for building surveyors with innovative AR and AI technology

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European Space Agency (ESA)

Spacecraft R&D project with TWI, Airbus and NMIS lifts off

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NMIS helps Forfar start-up identify low cost way to make its innovative skiing product

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AR technology brings the operating theatre to surgeons in remote areas of Africa.

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Reusable sanitary products can reduce emissions by 90%

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Carruthers Renewables

Reinventing the wheel to provide hydropower solution for the developing world

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New tool accelerates product development process

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Breathe Easy

NMIS helps bring lip-reading face mask closer to medical certification

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Kigtek, Siemens and Diageo

Digital twin combined with innovative whisky cask filling solution set to save millions

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MacTaggart Scott

NMIS engineers and researchers provided close examination and testing of the customer’s materials and processes

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Malin Fabrication

Review of part verification techniques helps local manufacturer meet production goals and secure jobs

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The team at the AFRC explored combining flow forming and centrifugal casting using one of it’s onsite flow formers.

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Mountain Bike Centre of Scotland

NMIS supported the project by creating an accurate 3D model of the centre to showcase to partners

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NMIS Graduate training - PowerHouse project

Engineer hails graduate scheme as life-changing opportunity

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NMIS Graduate training - Renewable Parts

Scots graduate secures 'dream job' with help of graduate scheme

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PAB Coventry

Key luxury car components can be reduced in weight by 24% through new hydroforming technology

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RAM Engineering & Tooling

NMIS de-risks new additive technologies for Scottish engineering firm

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The digital team at the AFRC used novel laser scanning and photogrammetric techniques to create a high-quality 3D visualisation of the facility, incorporating the Rolls-Royce’s bestselling engine

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An extensive data mining activity on many years of historic Rolls-Royce manufacturing data for fan blades was managed by AFRC engineers.

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Safran Landing Systems

Researchers and engineers from the AFRC’s forging and incremental technologies team carried out a series of trials on the component using the WF STR600 flow former machine.

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Scotland's Bravest Manufacturing Company

Ergonomic 3D printed sign-cutting tool drives productivity and inclusivity for social enterprise

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Sheet forming

Realising magnesium sheet forming potential using a novel hydroforming process variant

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Support for technology start-up helps it secure funding, access new markets and increase headcount

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Scottish Institute for Remanufacturing

Repurposing face masks could prevent 20,000 tonnes of landfill waste each year

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Split Forming

Split forming puts AFRC in pole position to reduce automotive emissions

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AFRC supports development of innovative oil well decommissioning tool

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TGM Lightweight Solutions

Collaborative lightweight car battery concept drives down weight, emissions and production costs.

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Tinsley Bridge Group

A review of forging processes paves the way for automation and a productivity boost.

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Turtle Pack

Support for swimming aid entrepreneur navigating the choppy waters of early product development

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MacDeck Lansdcaping

Using composite material in a tryly innovative type of construction. Key to the project was understanding how the decking structure would perform under certain stress.

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Spirit Aerosystems

The results of this project are potentially transformative for manufacturing inspection.

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WH Tildesley

The aim of the KTP project was to embed advanced forging, materials engineering and simulation expertise within the company, allowing it to exploit high-value opportunities within a number of premium and previously unexplored markets.

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William Tracy

Investigating different methods of heat treating ash waste material with the aim of removing contaminants to produce a high quality concrete pellet.

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The Kibosh Rapid Repair Clamp could increase asset integrity and provide easier and faster pipe maintenance.

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