The FourJaw Story
FourJaw Manufacturing Analytics was founded by Chris Iveson and Robin Hartley from within the skunk-works of the University of Sheffield's Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre.
While in the AMRC, Chris and Robin both knew that manufacturers must adopt digital technologies to compete on the global stage. However they saw that manufacturers were tired of "Industry 4 hype" that always seemed just out of reach.
Robin was a Research Engineer who had developed a CNC data analytics platform. The original purpose of Robins' platform was to help colleagues measure and analyse their research. However, whenever visiting manufacturers saw the platform, they were enthusiastic about its application in industry. Robin met with Chris, then the AMRC's Commercialisation Manager, and the two set to work building a business around the technology together.
The result is FourJaw.
FourJaw offers a machine agnostic data analytics platform that's accessible, affordable, and uses Industry 4 tech to deliver productivity improvements with tangible benefits to a manufacturers' bottom line.
Chris Iveson MBA
Founder and CEO
Chris has a background in engineering and product design. He forged a successful early career developing: mechanical seals for AESSEAL; consumer products for Morphy Richards and Evolution Power Tools; and while at the AMRC, various products for industries spanning medical devices, aerospace and additive manufacturing.
Due to this background, Chris has extensive experience as a user of the CAD/CAM systems that feed into CNC machines, and has worked with local and global manufacturers to produce his designs on spec, on price and on time.
While at the AMRC, Chris completed an Executive MBA specialising in Advanced Manufacturing Management, which lead to a career change into Intellectual Property and Commercialisation Manager: translating the AMRC's world-class research outputs into industry.
Chris is motivated by the burning desire to turn nothing into something in a way that solves a real problem for real people, and creates real value in the process.
This is why he decided to set up FourJaw.
Robin Hartley MEng
Founder and CTO
Robin studied a Masters in Engineering and started his career in the renewable energy industry, managing on-site commissioning activities and completing technical due diligence on energy-from-waste plants.
On evenings, Robins' passion was developing computer automation products which he sold to hobbyists and hackers worldwide. It gave a first taste of entrepreneurship and was a serious technical skill builder, requiring software development, electronic design, and small-batch manufacturing.
On a chance sales call to a contact at the AMRC, Robin was offered a job in the Machining Group where he took up a research position developing software to improve CNC machining processes. Robin spent several years in this role, working closely with shopfloor staff to understand the intricacies of machining processes and the data they produce.
Robin founded FourJaw with the mission of delivering productivity and profitability improvements to the manufacturing industry through machine monitoring technology. In pursuit of this mission, Robin has been awarded an Enterprise Fellowship at the Royal Academy of Engineering.