As an extension of the University of Strathclyde’s engineering faculty, the AFRC now employs over 130 that are using some of the world’s most technologically advanced precision engineering equipment. This equipment now includes the powerful hyperMILL CAM software from Open Mind Technologies to drive the machine tools.

Commenting upon installing the first seat of hyperMILL and becoming Tier 2 members of this strategic gateway to the Scottish manufacturing sector, Open Mind Technologies applications engineer Matthew Coulson says: “The AFRC has recently seconded the services of Professor Keith Ridgeway, the founder and figurehead of the world renowned AMRC facility in Sheffield. Following our ongoing success and partnership with the AMRC, Professor Ridgeway asked us to be involved in the AFRC enterprise and we were honoured to be invited to join the AFRC.”

He concludes: “Open Mind has been instrumental in building success for manufacturers in the Sheffield area and also the global aerospace industry that both rely so heavily on the technical expertise and innovation at the AMRC. Having the opportunity to emulate this model and the subsequent success in the Scottish manufacturing industry is a huge honour and opportunity for both Open Mind and the manufacturing companies that will be working with the AFRC in the coming years.”