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Industrial Agri-Engineering Hub

Location: Canterbury

Overview of facility

The Industrial Agri-Engineering Hub at Canterbury Christ Church University, located in the Verena Holmes Building, a multi-million-pound facility for Science, Technology, Health, Engineering, and Medicine, opened in 2021. The facility, designed with and for regional employers and industry, contains the technologies and spaces for ground-breaking innovation and pioneering research, supporting businesses, emerging entrepreneurs, and innovators in taking ideas from concept to market.

The Industrial Agri-Engineering Hub is ready and available for the creation and development of ground-breaking innovative engineering and manufacturing for the food and horticulture sector.  With professional facilities including:

  • Engineering Laboratories
    • Mechatronics
    • Electronic and electrical engineering
    • Control and instrumentation
    • Thermo-fluids
    • Materials and mechanical physics
  • Traditional and advanced engineering fabrication and manufacturing workshops
  • Large-scale laboratories
  • Growing rooms & greenhouses
  • Conference facilities over four storeys

The Hub offers a wide range of cutting-edge equipment and technical knowledge, which will help further both the understanding and execution of smart farming within the UK by assisting in Agriculture Automation. They can do this through, for example:

  • Design and creation of Fruit Picking Robots
  • Weeding machines
  • Development of sustainable manufacturing
  • Digital transformation in manufacturing
  • Effluent system design, management, and maintenance
  • Automation
  • Materials characterisation and testing
  • Additive and advanced manufacturing; Product design, Finite element analysis, CFD
  • Product and process verification/simulation
  • Dynamic modelling and analysis