Autonomous Inspection in Manufacturing & Remanufacturing (AIMaReM)

Project: Research

Project Details


"High value manufacturing is an essential component of the UK economy, contributing strongly to our economic prosperity and engineering status around the world. The growth in high value manufacturing to support aerospace, nuclear and other high integrity engineering components, has placed huge pressure on the rapid delivery of reliable and high quality Non-Destructive Evaluation (NDE) to inspect these parts. Currently, much inspection of safety critical components (sometimes requiring 100% part inspection) is performed manually, leading to significant bottlenecks associated with the NDE. Existing robots typically follow pre-programmed paths making them unsuitable to handle, inspect and disassemble parts with a significant tolerance or variability. A new end-to-end approach is needed, embracing manufacture, transport through factory, parts alignment, parts tracking, and inspection (both surface form metrology and NDE) with the associated high volume data management feeding into the quality and assurance compliance processes.
Exactly the same process bottlenecks occur when we translate the problem to the regime of Remanufacturing, hence the integrated approach taken through this proposal. Remanufacturing has been identified as being central to the creation of economic growth in the UK and global markets. With supplies of resources and energy limited, the transition to a low carbon economy with strong emphasis on resource efficiency is key to the UK's Industrial Strategy. Remanufacturing can support this transition by achieving significant impact in all industrial sectors through preventing waste, improving resource management, generating sustainable economic growth, increasing productivity and enhancing competitiveness.

AIMaReM (Autonomous Inspection in Manufacturing Remanufacturing) provides a unique combination of data collection, processing and visualisation tools combined with efficient robot path planning and obstacle avoidance, with a focus on manufacturing inspection (NDE and surface form metrology). The project will deliver an automated, systems integrated solution, that will be of direct benefit to the manufacturing sector to allow faster integrated inspection and parts handling, thus saving time, and reducing costs whilst enhancing quality and throughput."
Effective start/end date1/05/1631/12/20


  • EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council): £1,988,392.00

Research Output

  • 16 Article
  • 5 Paper
  • 1 Conference contribution book
  • 1 Working paper

Autonomous ultrasonic inspection using Bayesian optimisation and robust outlier analysis

Fuentes, R., Gardner, P., Mineo, C., Rogers, T. J., Pierce, S. G., Worden, K., Dervilis, N. & Cross, E., 11 May 2020, In : Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing. 145, 20 p., 106897.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • 10 Downloads (Pure)
    Open Access
  • 4 Citations (Scopus)
    17 Downloads (Pure)

    Correction of B-scan distortion for optimum ultrasonic imaging of back walls with complex geometries

    Davì, S., Mineo, C., MacLeod, C., Pierce, S. G., Gachagan, A., Paton, S., Munro, G., O'Brien-O'Reilly, J. & McCubbin, C., 1 Apr 2020, In : Insight: The Journal of the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing. 62, 4, p. 184-191 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 12 Downloads (Pure)


    Interfacing Toolbox for Robotic Arms

    Mineo, C. (Creator), University of Strathclyde, 20 Sep 2019


    Data for: "Novel algorithms for 3D surface point cloud boundary detection and edge reconstruction"

    Mineo, C. (Creator), Pierce, G. (Creator) & Summan, R. (Creator), University of Strathclyde, 17 Sep 2019



    • 1 Invited talk
    • 1 Visiting an external academic institution

    Novel data visualisation approaches for ultrasonic inspection of complex geometries

    Carmelo Mineo (Speaker)

    22 Apr 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    RWTH Aachen University

    Carmelo Mineo (Visiting researcher)

    18 Dec 2017

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution