The DSM NetworkPlus is a £1million investment by the EPSRC to bring together the diverse expertise and capabilities in UK academia to enhance digitalisation in surface manufacturing and to move the sector forward to meet the Industry 4.0 challenges.

1 July 2022, 9:30 am – 11: 50 am UK BST

9:30 am: Prof Jochen M. Schneider, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
Title: Are hard coatings predictable?
10:30 am: 15 min comfort break
10:45 am: Dr Aleksey Yerokhin, The University of Manchester, UK
Title: Dynamic Voltammetry Diagnostics of Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation Process
11:50 am: Close

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21, 22, 23 and 24 March 2022, UK London Time

DSMN+ Thermal Spray Week

EPSRC NetworkPlus in Digitalised Surface Manufacturing celebrates its 3rd annual anniversary in March 2022 and will host the world leaders and pioneers to discuss the future of Thermal Spray technologies and evaluate role of the technology in achieving Net Zero by adopting digitalisation. The Made Smarter report estimated benefits of adopting Industrial Digital Technologies to be upto £455bn in next decade for UK manufacturing sector. Thermal spraying is estimated to be a £7.5 billion market worldwide and it is poised to grow to about £20 billion by 2027. The findings from the event will contribute to the formulation of white paper necessary to develop new policies and lay foundation to a roadmap for research, innovation and cross-sectoral collaboration in this important area of manufacturing given the imminent concern of climate change.

The event will bring together experts from international centres of excellence from countries such as Australia, Canada and world leading organisations from USA, India and Middle-East. The event is designed to spread over a week to maximise inclusion from each country based on their convenient time zone allowing stronger participation from both industry and academia in their respective countries.

21 March 2022
2-3 pm: Christian Moreau, Concordia University, Canada
3-4 pm: Sanjay Sampath, Stony Brook University, USA

22 March 2022
9-10 am: Chris Berndt, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
10-11 am: Rehan Ahmed, Heriot-Watt University, UK/Dubai
11 am -12 noon: Harpreet Singh, Indian Institute of Technology, India

23 March 2022
12 noon -1 pm: Shrikant Joshi, University West, Sweden
1-2 pm: Armelle Vardelle, University of Limoges, France

24 March 2022 UK London Time (Presented by Early Career Researchers)
11 am -12 noon: Avneesh Kumar, Indian Institute of Technology, India
12 noon -1 pm: Vish Venkatachalapathy, London South Bank University, UK
1-2 pm: John Saputo, Stony Brook University, USA


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Call closes on 28 February 2022, 5 pm UK BST

Tackling COP26 challenges using digitalised surface manufacturing 

The EPSRC NetworkPlus in Digitalised Surface Manufacturing invites 3rd round of Feasibility Studies Projects. Bids must conform to EPSRC priority areas in manufacturing. DSMN+ particularly welcome bids at the interface between surface engineering and digital manufacturing. Both computational and experimental based proposals are within the scope for this call.

More information and application forms . – CLICK HERE

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11 October 2021, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm, UK BST

Tackling COP26 challenges using digitalised surface manufacturing 

This virtual event is presented by experts and leaders in the field. Collectively, they discuss current and future trends, highlight possible solutions and importance of the surface engineering and coatings sector in combating climate change for a more sustainable future. Chaired by Prof Allan Matthews (DSM Director) from The University of Manchester. 

Please visit our you-tube channel to listen to the recordings of the session. – RECORDINGS HERE

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20 Sept 2021, 2:30- 4:15 pm, UK BST

Online event to highlight opportunities to tackle COP26 challenges. Presented by Early Career Researchers  

This virtual event is presented by DSM Early Career Researchers. Listen to our brilliant young minds and future leaders discussing their research in relation the COP26 challenges and what solutions does their research offers to the world. The event is facilitated by Dr Saurav Goel (DSM ECR Lead) from LSBU and Chaired by Prof Allan Matthews (DSM Director) from The University of Manchester. 


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The title of the Course is “The Smart Enough Factory: Achieving Low Cost, Low Skill, Low Risk Industry 4.0”.

We are delighted on completion of a free on-line course on Digitalisation and Industry4.0. The course was delivered in 3 parts by Dr Steve Dowey. First part of the course was delivered on Tuesday 22nd December 2020, the second part was delivered on 25 February 2021 and the third (last) part was delivered on 8 April 2021. 

RECORDINGS OF ALL PARTS could be accessed via our MEMBERS AREA on the network website, which will be accessible once you have registered.

  • More information- LINK
  • Recordings- LINK

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We are thankful to our valued partners for their Unconditional commitment and proactive participation

DSM Network strives to Take the Coatings and Surface Manufacturing Sector Towards Digitalisation by bringing people and capabilities together to address the challenges of Industry 4.0.