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Industry X Innovation Centre at the AMRC smart factory

Demystify disruptive innovation. Experience the latest digital technologies, test drive solutions and help redefine the future of manufacturing.

The smart factory partnership

University of Sheffield AMRC

The University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) specialises in carrying out world-leading research into advanced machining and manufacturing digitisation.


Accenture is ranked first in the top 10 Manufacturing Service Providers 2019 report. We help manufacturers navigate disruptive technologies and transform into digital enterprises.


Rolls-Royce, a major partner of the AMRC, is the world’s second-largest maker of aircraft engines and currently influences the deployment of IT/OT solutions at the Smart Factory.

Closing the gap between today and Industry X

Industry X Innovation Centre at the AMRC smart factory overview

What to expect


Facilitate ideation and design thinking with workshops to co-develop innovative industrial solutions.

Smart factory sandpit

Come play in the "sandpit," a risk-free environment that can be configured, tested and developed to prove the value of digital manufacturing solutions.

Technology partners

The smart factory technology partners provide the perfect opportunity to understand, develop and test-drive several different solutions.

The role of the smart factory

Smart factory hub

Begin your journey. Learn how the smart factory technology backbone integrates manufacturing and digital to solve practical business problems.


Gain a deeper understanding of factors affecting outcomes by evaluating different scenarios.

Flexible factory

Modular floor for quick and easy reconfiguration between workloads.

Parts inspection

Increase consistency and accuracy with automated visual inspection using digital imaging and machine learning.

Smart machining

Digital Twins provide real-time performance data to optimise the manufacturing process.

Smart kitting

Reduce errors, find and locate parts quickly and efficiently.


Digital technologies support and optimise the assembly process for the connected worker.

What we think

How digital twins enable autonomous operations

Manufacturing systems need to evolve to support manufacturer's transformation toward data-driven adaptive operations.

Technology Vision 2020

Leading in this new decade means working to redefine the intersection between people and technology.

Our Leaders

Nigel Stacey

Global Lead – Industry X

Where to find us