You’re invited to an online workshop “Improve testing in new product development and manufacturing”

The Open University

13th June 2022

We are working on a research project to investigate “Physical testing in the era of sustainable transformation and digital manufacturing: how to manage testing better?”

About this study

Physical testing is essential to ensure quality and validate a new product. But testing is often extremely costly, accounting for 30-50% of development costs in automotive or aerospace industries. Virtual testing facilitates physical testing, but the need for physical testing increases as uncertainty arises due to new technology, new manufacturing processes and infrastructure. For example, the UK Industrial Decarbonisation Strategy highlights the need for enhanced testing across different uses and stages of new technologies, including low-carbon hydrogen production and heat recovery (2021). A critical trade-off is how the cost of physical testing can be reduced without compromising the quality, especially for radical emerging technologies requiring comprehensive testing?

The workshop aims to bring academic and industrial experts together to discuss the critical role testing plays in new product development. We want to gather a more comprehensive understanding of current practices and challenges. In future, we want to co-create solutions that benefit both industries and academic research. We hope this workshop will be a valuable platform to collaborate and learn from each other.

We want to welcome you to the workshop.

To register for the online workshop on Tuesday, 21st June, from 14:00 – 17:00 BST, find the link here.

We would also like to invite you to participate in a survey if you are interested in testing and have experience in product design, verification and validation, testing (virtual and physical), and systems engineering in automotive, aerospace, and other manufacturing industries.

To participate in the survey, you can find the link here. The outcome of the survey will be discussed in the workshop.

Please consider taking part and feel free to distribute this to others, including on social media.

For any information, please get in touch: khadija.tahera@open.ac.uk

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