Institute for Manufacturing (IfM), University of Cambridge

Institute for Manufacturing (IfM), University of Cambridge

The Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) provides a unique environment for the creation and sharing of new ideas and approaches to modern industrial practice.

Telephone: +44 (0)1223 766 141
Address: Alan Reece Building, 17 Charles Babbage Road, Cambridge
Postcode: CB3 0FS
Country: United Kingdom
Website: http://www.ifm.eng.cam.ac.uk
Membership type:Cambridge University Department

The Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) provides a unique environment for the creation and sharing of new ideas and approaches to modern industrial practice.

Part of the University's Department of Engineering, it takes a distinctive, cross-disciplinary approach, bringing together expertise in management, technology and policy to address the full spectrum of industrial issues.

The IfM integrates  research and education with practical application in industry. It disseminates its research findings via a University-owned knowledge transfer company, IfM ECS.

All areas of the IfM work closely with industry. Research is undertaken in collaboration with companies, ensuring its relevance to industrial needs and the rapid dissemination of new ideas and approaches. The IfM’s education programmes combine a thorough grounding in management and manufacturing technology with the chance to put theory into practice via industry-based projects.

"Combining intellectual rigour with real-world relevance, the IfM has developed an integrated community of academics, students and industrialists with a shared passion for modern manufacturing." Professor Sir Mike Gregory, Head of IfM

Research is clustered into a number of research areas. Particular themes include industrial and innovation policy; the integration of technology considerations into business decisions; international manufacturing and supply networks; strategy and performance; next-generation inkjet technologies; distributed information and automation systems; and industrial photonics. Various interdisciplinary, cross centre programmes have been established to address such issues as service and support engineering, industrial sustainability, emerging industries and high value production.

Tips for successful innovation management

How does innovation happen in your organisation?

Dr Clemens Chaskel and John Saiz, Industrial Fellows for IfM Education and Consultancy Services, have worked extensively with senior executives at a range of corporations to help them assess and strengthen their corporate innovation and technology management.

22 February 2019Read in full

Innovate your business model for productivity gains

If you’re looking to gain an advantage over your competitors in 2018, then making changes to your business model could provide you with new ways to create, deliver and capture value.

6 March 2018Read in full

New Professor of Innovation appointed head of the Institute for Manufacturing

New Professor of Innovation appointed head of the Institute for Manufacturing

Professor Tim Minshall, the recently appointed Dr John C Taylor Professor of Innovation, has become the new Head of the University of Cambridge’s Institute for Manufacturing (IfM), taking over from Professor Andy Neely.

10 October 2017Read in full

Engaging school children in how stuff gets made

Engaging school children in how stuff gets made

An innovative outreach project to challenge outdated views of manufacturing and inspire primary school children to think about how we make things has won funding from the Royal Academy of Engineering.

13 April 2017Read in full

Making sure it’s win-win: the IP issues when large and small firms join forces

The fourth Strategic Intellectual Property Forum, a half-day seminar designed to help companies better understand innovation and IP management, will take place next Thursday (1 December) at the University of Cambridge’s Institute for Manufacturing (IfM). IP experts will share their knowledge on this Forum’s theme: Small meets large – IP challenges.

24 November 2016Read in full

Food and FMCG giants are looking for innovators to pitch them new ideas

Food and FMCG giants are looking for innovators to pitch them new ideas

Do you have an innovative idea or product that could help companies such as Mars, Tesco and Crown Packaging overcome their business challenges?

23 September 2016Read in full

IP experts share knowledge with local businesses at Strategic Intellectual Property Forum

The third Strategic Intellectual Property Forum, a half-day seminar designed to help companies better understand innovation and IP management, will take place on Tuesday 24 May at the University of Cambridge’s Institute for Manufacturing (IfM).

12 May 2016Read in full

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Strategic IP Forum helps companies understand the value of intellectual property

The University of Cambridge Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) and Cambridge-based intellectual property firm Avidity IP have teamed up to start the Strategic Intellectual Property Forum, a new IP community which aims to help companies in the Cambridge area and beyond better understand intellectual property and how to exploit it on a commercial and strategic basis.

30 November 2015Read in full

Open Innovation Pitching event

Can you help Mars, PepsiCo and Heineken find innovative solutions to business challenges?

Pitch your ideas and products to senior leaders from major food and FMCG firms at the 4th Food & FMCG Innovation Pitching Event on 17 November at Food Matters Live, ExCel, London.

8 July 2015Read in full

New group aims to share best practice among IP champions

Intellectual property (IP) is a key asset for many companies, but recent research reveals that UK companies lack awareness and capabilities to effectively manage it. IP champions are invited to come and learn more at the Institute for Manufacturing's first Strategic IP Forum next Tuesday (7th July).

3 July 2015Read in full

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Technology and Innovation Management Course

26 Mar 2019 - 28 Mar 2019Moller Centre, Cambridge

Key tools and techniques for managing and exploiting technological investments and opportunities.

SME workshop: creativity and idea generation

3 Apr 2019Institute for Manufacturing

Understand the basic principles of creativity. Demonstrate (with hands-on application) how to generate innovative ideas. Address customer needs, whilst aligning with a company’s core capabilities.

SME workshop: Operations management

8 May 2019Institute for Manufacturing

This will look at the underpinning systems and show how these are used to plan and control activities to achieve performance targets.

Making the Shift to Services

14 May 2019 - 15 May 2019Institute for Manufacturing

Drawing on the latest work from the Cambridge Service Alliance, this thought-provoking and practical two-day workshop considers how to design the shift to services.

Design for Assembly

14 May 2019Institute for Manufacturing

This course covers the IfM’s proven approach to improving product design to make production line assembly as easy as possible – dramatically increasing the number of units you can make and the speed with which you can make them.

Making the Right Things in the Right Places

15 May 2019 - 16 May 2019Institute for Manufacturing, Alan Reece Building, 17 Charles Babbage Road Cambridge, CB3 OFS

Take a structured approach to reconfiguring your company’s international footprint of manufacturing activities in this one day intensive course.

Strategic Roadmapping Course

12 Jun 2019 - 13 Jun 2019Institute for Manufacturing, Alan Reece Building, 17 Charles Babbage Road Cambridge, CB3 OFS

A thorough introduction to strategic roadmapping, guiding participants through each step of the roadmapping process.

The Cambridge Tribology Course: Friction, Wear and Lubrication

9 Sep 2019 - 11 Sep 2019Moller Centre, Cambridge

Intensive three-day programme offering an excellent opportunity to gain an overview of the field of tribology.

Strategic Roadmapping Course

9 Oct 2019 - 10 Oct 2019Institute for Manufacturing, Alan Reece Building, 17 Charles Babbage Road Cambridge, CB3 OFS

A thorough introduction to strategic roadmapping, guiding participants through each step of the roadmapping process.

20/03/2019

PITCH-IN Project Operations Manager

IfM ECS disseminates the research and education outputs of the University of Cambridge Institute for Manufacturing (IfM); and su...

Location: Cambridge
Salary: £30,000 - £40,000
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