Tomorrow’s factories will be intelligent, highly responsive units—components will be assembled utilising ‘Internet of Things’ technologies to talk to machines and people.
Meggitt Modular Modifiable Manufacturing (M4) is leading the revolution, turning traditional factory layout and flow on its head with a ground-breaking combination of present and future technology.
M4 will enable us to make a wider variety of components in each factory, maximise use of all our state-of-the-art equipment and integrate new technologies when they come on stream. Big data, captured at each stage of manufacturing, will feed into improved assembly and design, taking each of our factories closer and closer to performance gold.
M4 is well under way. Backed by the Aerospace Technology Institute, IBM, the UK’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) and the Manufacturing Technology Centre, Coventry, we started work on the three-year initiative in 2014. The first phase is our Closed Loop Adaptive Assembly Workbench (CLAAW).
This pioneering smart workbench will enable operators to build a wider variety of products and drive a quantum leap in output, quality, repeatability and traceability.