Industry 4.0 is here and it’s brought with it new challenges for industries that have traditionally been ‘non-digital’, such as manufacturing. There have never been more opportunities to improve productivity, reduce waste and downtime and increase quality, efficiency and safety. Yet conversely, it can feel like it’s never been more difficult to start exploring new technologies – where do you start, which technology is most relevant – especially when you still have your day-to-day job to do.

The secret, therefore, is starting small. Manufacturers need to educate themselves on emerging technology, and then begin with a pilot project that can be managed easily. Starting off small with pilot projects is a great way to:

  • Grow internal buy-in by proving the process
  • Build confidence in a particular technology, amongst management and employees alike
  • Automatically reduce the risk to the business (as less money or resources are needed)
  • Implemented a technology quickly, allowing it to demonstrate its worth before being rolled out more widely

Whether or not your company has never explored ‘digital’ projects, or has started to but has been put off implementing them by inflated prices and timescales, there are practical ways all manufacturers can remain competitive during the digital age of business. The Digital Manufacturing Programme has been designed to help manufacturing companies understand new technologies, including:

  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • 5G
  • Low Powered Wide Area Networks (LPWAN)
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Machine Learning
  • Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Realities

The Programme is made up of 4 workshops, with manufacturing-specific case studies and hands-on testing of equipment. This is followed by 6 days of one-to-one consultancy to help you plan or prepare for implementation.

The Digital Manufacturing Programme, delivered by Digital Catapult Centre North East & Tees Valley, will run from Sept 2018, and again in January 2019. For full details, to register, or to find out about possible funding options, please contact Naomi Morrow on 0191 5623351 or naomi.morrow@sunderlandsoftwarecity.com