If you watch the opening scenes of the 1997 film, The Full Monty, you get a pre-AMRC tour of the city of Sheffield. The AMRC is the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, founded a just few years later by our friends and colleagues, Adrian Allen and Keith Ridgway. Today, the AMRC has nine centers of excellence, 1,150 staff and takes on 250 apprentices every year. More importantly, the AMRC has attracted over $2 Billion in investment to the area.
Adrian was a guest on the MakingChips podcast stage at IMTS. He told of the 91% unemployment in the area where the AMRC began and the land, a former coal mine was essentially worthless. Today, that same industrial land is the most expensive, with the lowest unemployment, in Western Europe. While the AMRC’s mission has expanded many-fold, machining is at its core and Machining Dynamics science was, and still is, a focus.
What they have done in Sheffield is transformative. And it can be duplicated. Adrian has been consulting on the Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center R&D (OMIC). On one of his visits to Portland, he presented a seminar entitled: “The Dynamics of Machining”
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