About us

Our Story

It was 2021 when Productive Machines spun out  from the University of Sheffield Advanced  Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) but  the journey began long before that.

/images/About_us_story 1.jpeg AMRC’s machining dynamics team

In 2010, Dr Erdem Ozturk, Founder and CEO of Productive Machines formed a research team at the AMRC and together they worked for ten years to push the boundaries of the machining dynamics field using specially developed digital twins and simulations to improve productivity, monitor tool life and eliminate chatter vibrations.

Thanks to the support of the University of Sheffield, the AMRC, and the ATI Boeing Accelerator, Productive Machines was formed to bring the results of this groundbreaking innovation to every machining workshop and to make the technology we had developed at the Machining Dynamics Team available commercially.

/images/team-smile.jpg Productive Machines Team HQ at the Advanced Manufacturing Park Technology Centre

Today the company has already impacted leading manufacturers from a variety of sectors from medical to construction. Productive Machines has raised a cumulative £3m investment and grown an amazing team of exceptional staff.

Our Vision

We are on a mission to make manufacturing companies’ life easier by eliminating trial and error processes and making sure that each machine tool reaches its full potential with our Software as a Service (Saas) solutions. We are creating a future where every manufacturer and machine operator can maximise quality, productivity and sustainability. We want to make process optimization technology accessible to all, regardless of the scale of operation or expertise.


Productive Machines' vision extends beyond mere technological advancement; it's about empowering manufacturers and machine operators to excel, to save costs - and to help save our planet.


Our digital twin is used to simulate millions of combinations of machine settings to arrive at the optimum feed rates and spindle speeds setting for a given process prior to manufacturing.


Every machine tool generates unique resonant frequencies that can be diagnosed via a simple tap test using equipment supplied by our partner, Kistler. This resonant frequency diagnosis is an essential input to our digital twin for the analysis across the toolpath using specific cutting tools.

Our Team

We are on a  mission to maximize productivity of machines tools

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Dr Erdem Ozturk is an internationally recognised leader in the digital machining field and is a domain expert. He has more than 20 years of experience in the research and development landscape. He is an Associate member of CIRP (The International Academy for Production Engineering). He has raised £4.2 million funding for research projects he led at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre.

Dr Erdem Ozturk

Founder & CEO

Dr Huseyin has studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Sheffield with a PhD on the dynamics of robotic machining. Throughout his studies, he focused on designing, modelling, and solving complex engineering problems on very short time scales. Within Productive Machines, he is responsible for software development and for machining process modelling, analysis, and optimisation.

Dr Huseyin Celikag

CTO & Co-founder

Richard is a "C suite" executive from the aerospace sector, having run Customer Support for Leonardo Helicopters and Safran Nacelles. He currently develops the Sales and Customer Success functions, making use of his experience to forge value based, commercial relationships with large, established manufacturers.

Richard Nevil

Commercial Director

Kate Woods is a qualified Chartered Accountant, having completed her training contract with PWC. Following a move into the engineering sector she was promoted to Divisional Finance Director for a $350m division of Tyco, a large US engineering conglomerate.Over the last decade she has operated as a Portfolio FD, working with both established and start up SMEs across a variety of sectors, including Space, Manufacturing, Retail and Publishing.

Kate Woods

Financial Director

Peter is a serial entrepreneur in the clean-tech space, having founded several companies with a market value now totalling over £100m. He is the founder of Iceotope and inventor of a server cooling technology for data centres that has had millions of pounds investment. He is a Freeman of the Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire and received many awards from the companies he started and supported.

Peter Hopton


Dr Luke has many years experience working with academic and commercial partners to produce innovative digital solutions and products. His fields of interest include high performance computing, quantum computing and cloud technologies. Luke is responsible for the design and delivery of our software products, enabling our customers to benefit from the latest in machining process modelling, analysis and optimisation.

Dr Luke Mason

Chief Software Architect

Dr Mateo has a PhD in data-driven modelling of robotic machining processes. He has a unique combination of research & industrial experience in Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) applications for manufacturing. Within Productive Machines, he is responsible for leading data science projects and expanding the overall ML & AI capability.

Dr Mateo Leco

Head of Data Science

Sally is a Resourcing Professional with nearly two decades of experience and a proven track record of building high performing teams within the Engineering, Manufacturing and Technology sectors.

Thomas has 18 years of experience in technology sales having worked for well established, multi-national, Fortune 500 companies and fast growing, fast moving startups. Thomas is uniquely positioned to benefit productive machines, with his family’s business background in manufacturing, but his own career background in IT and technology.

Thomas Goldthorpe

Sales Executive

Cristina has over 20 years experience delivering International Marketing Strategy & Digital Communications for High Tech engineering companies in the fields of telecommunications, subtractive and additive manufacturing. She has seen the international manufacturing community becoming more diverse and inclusive and contributed to Women in 3D Printing as volunteer, ambassador, panel speaker and host.

Gokturk has studied Double Major in Mechatronics Engineering and Computer Science & Engineering in Sabanci University. Within Productive Machines, he is responsible for the software development and optimisation.

Mustafa Gokturk Yandim

Software Developer

Dr Hamid has studied Manufacturing engineering at Sabanci University and during his Ph.D. he investigated several aspects of super abrasive machining including kinematic, dynamic, temperature, and thermal damages. He also was a Research Associate at the University of Sheffield modeling precision milling. He is responsible for machining process modeling, optimization, and software development at Productive Machines.

Dr Hamid Jamshidi

Machining Physics Developer

Dr Muhammet Ozsoy has extensive background in machining science and his PhD focuses on robotic assisted milling, active vibration control, and chatter suppression methods. He is responsible for machining process optimisation, active vibration/chatter control applications, and software development at Productive Machines.

Dr Muhammet Ozsoy

Machining Physics Developer

Arvind has studied Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, with a Masters in Advanced Computer Science from the University of Sheffield, focusing on AI/ML. He has a strong background in AI/ML, NLP, low level systems, parallelization and GPUs, and cloud computing. He is responsible for software development and optimization.

Arvind Anandhanarayanan

Software Developer

Baris, an Electrical and Electronics Engineering graduate from Middle East Technical University, specialises in computer science. Proficient in both low and high-level programming languages, he possesses a strong background in embedded systems and computer architecture. Within Productive Machines, he is responsible for software development and optimisation, with a focus on CAD/CAM plug-ins.

Barış Güzel

Software Developer

Arman got his MSc (Res) from University of Sheffield on Advanced Manufacturing Methodologies focusing on force modelling of micromilling. Following that, he worked for the civil nuclear industry with an emphasis on machining dynamics, robotic decommissioning and finite element analysis of milling and distortion. Currently at Productive Machines, he is responsible for machining process modelling, analysis and optimization.

Dr Máté studied Mechanical Engineering at Budapest University of Technology and Economics, specialising in vibration analysis, especially of turning and milling tools. Carrying on in the same field, he completed his PhD at The University of Sheffield, where his focus turned to chatter suppression in grinding. At Productive Machines, he is responsible for machining process modelling and optimisation.

Dr Máté Tóth

Machining Physics Developer

Maina has obtained a Master's Degree in Artificial Intelligence(AI) and Machine Learning(ML) from University of Birmingham, which further enriched him with vast knowledge across the AI/ML domain and implementation; such as Deep Learning,NLP and Generative AI. As a Software Developer in Productive Machines, he is responsible for AI/ML optimisation and full-stack development.

Maina Shallangwa

Software Developer

Selin is a Computer Science and Engineering student at Sabancı University. She is currently interning as a Software Developer at Productive Machines, where she is learning and contributing to software development projects.

Farheen Ansari is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Conflict Analysis and Mediation at Sabancı University. With a strong enthusiasm for the business sector, she is also the founder of an educational startup. She is currently working as an intern at Productive Machines, where she is focusing on sales and marketing research analysis.

Farheen Ansari

Marketing Intern

Melih is a Computer Science and Engineering student at Sabanci University and Melih is currently gaining hands-on experience as a Software Developer Intern at Productive Machines. In this role he contributes to the software development process.