What is the RECODE Network?
Consumer Goods, Big Data and Re-Distributed Manufacturing (RECODE) has been created to develop an active and engaged community to identify, test and evaluate a multi-disciplinary vision and research agenda associated with the application of big data in the transition towards a Re-distributed Manufacturing model for consumer goods. The exponential growth of available and potentially valuable data, often referred to as big data, is already facilitating transformational change across sectors and holds enormous potential to address many of the key challenges being faced by the manufacturing industry including increased scarcity of resources, diverse global markets and a trend towards mass customisation. The consumer goods industry, has remained largely unchanged and is characterised by mass manufacture through multi-national corporations and globally dispersed supply chains. The role of Re-distributed Manufacturing in this sector is often overlooked, yet there is great potential, when combined with timely advances in big data, to re-define the consumer goods industry by changing the economics and organisation of manufacturing, particularly with regard to location and scale
What we did?
RECODE Network members have developed novel methods and held innovative events that engaged communities of academics, international experts, user groups, government and industrial organisations to define and scope the shared multi-national vision and research agenda:
Feasibility Studies: We have funded five short-term feasibility studies to test and evaluate specific research challenges. These studies were selected from applications submitted by members of the wider network
Student Projects: 20 student projects are completed in collaboration with a number of our industrial partners. MSc degrees were awarded based on these projects
Future Vision of Manufacturing: The network has made use of an innovative online tools and live events to identify challenges and opportunities for the future of manufacturing
Steering Group: We have relied on an active steering group of industrial professionals from across the core themes of the network to guide the research direction and network events
Watch the Video below to find out how the manufacture and use of a toothbrush could change in a re-distributed future.