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SFI Manufacturing

SFI Manufacturing

Published 23 November 2015

SFI Manufacturing's vision is to show that sustainable manufacturing in a high-cost country like Norway is possible, given the right products, technologies and people. Cross-disciplinary research will provide a knowledge based toolbox for future industrial innovations.

Computerized production line at Plasto, 1 of the 14 industrial partners. Photo: Plasto
Computerized production line at Plasto, 1 of the 14 industrial partners. Photo: Plasto

SFI Manufacturing builds on existing national capabilities and aims to strengthen the Norwegian manufacturing companies' ability to innovate. The centre seeks to mirror the inherent cross-disciplinary innovation systems in the industry and combine research on multi-material product solutions, flexible automated manufacturing and organizational processes.

The innovation process itself is a core research topic and SFI Manufacturing strives to be a basis for unleashing innovation potentials and research challenges embedded in the crossdisciplinary interfaces, and to develop new research methods. The research activities in SFI Manufacturing are organised in three research areas:

1 Multi-material products and processes

To develop the ability to optimize material choice, multi materials geometry and processes simultaneously. The work is lead by Einar Hinrichsen in SINTEF Materials and Chemistry.

2 Robust and flexible automation

To further develop and link novel technologies and methodologies within automation to support innovation processes and advanced work systems in the manufacturing industries. The work is lead by Lars Tore Gellein in SINTEF Raufoss Manufacturing.

3 Innovative and sustainable organizations

To develop advanced work systems that are enabled to utilize new technology and flexible and automated processes to manufacture sustainable multi-material product solutions. The work is lead by Kjersti Øverbø Schulte in NTNU IØT.

Consortium

  • Benteler Automotive
  • Brødrene Aa
  • Ekornes ASA
  • GKN Aerospace Norway AS
  • Hexagon Raufoss
  • Hydro
  • Kongsberg Automotive
  • Nammo AS
  • Neumann Aluminium
  • Plasto AS
  • Rolls-Royce
  • Sandvik Teeness AS
  • HyBond AS
  • Mjøs Metallvarefabrikk AS
  • NTNU (3 faculties involved)
  • SINTEF (3 institutes involved)
  • SINTEF Raufoss Manufacturing AS (host institution)

Project duration

01/06/2015 - 31/05/2023