International Congress of Precision Machining 2011
03 October 2011
The 6th International Congress of Precision Machining [ICPM2011], recently held at the Adelphi Brittania Hotel, was opened by Professor Nigel Weatherill and a welcome to Liverpool given by the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Cllr Frank Prendergast.
This biennial event, previously held in Eastern Europe, was established in 2001 in response to the increased need for ever greater precision in manufacturing production. The congress is developing into a major international event with a growing number of delegates participating to exchange their research findings with other researchers and practitioners.
The daily technical programmes were preceded by a series of prestigious Keynote presentations with speakers from Rolls-Royce, DELCAM, the NorthWest Automotive Alliance and Cranfield Precision. Event sponsors were the IET and Czech Republic Automotive Engineering Association.
The technical sessions of the Congress covered a wide range of issues related to precision machining, surface metrology and quality control.
Technical papers are to be published in a Science Citation Indexed journal and selected papers chosen for extension and publication in a special volume of International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology.
The event closed with an optional Liverpool guided tour or industrial visit to the OpticTechnium Science and Technology Innovation Centre in St. Asaph (a new facility dedicated to the global opto-electronics industry).
Dr Michael Morgan, Manager of the Advanced Manufacturing Research Laboratory [AMTReL], of the General Engineering Research Institute [GERI] and Congress Chair commented:
"This proved to be a highly successful and productive event wherein the foundations for future cooperations and many new contacts were established. LJMU is noted internationally for the high quality and impact of its research in manufacturing technology (GERI has attained a Grade 5 or equivalent in the past 3 RAEs) and it was particularly interesting to hear of the allied research occurring in other leading academic institutions outside the UK, particularly that within the new Eastern European states.
"The AMTReL continue to exert influence and shape developments in the area of manufacturing technology and it was pleasing that we were able to showcase laboratories equipped with some of the finest facilities in the UK for manufacturing research – built in partnership with research council, industry and LJMU investment in research infrastructure."