At Digital Talks 2019, Sarah Black-Smith, Head of Factory Operations at Siemens Congleton chatted to science and technology journalist, Katherine Templar-Lewis, about the journey of continuous improvement that the Congleton factory is on.
GE Digital’s Predix Manufacturing Data Cloud promises to give manufacturers an ‘unprecedented’ ability to create smart connected factories, offering greater flexibility of deployment, fewer on-premises systems and optimised performance.
A further 11 companies based in the North West have signed up to benefit from the business-led programme designed to boost the country’s productivity and economic growth through the adoption of digital technology.
Leading figures in UK manufacturing recently met to discuss how to capitalise on the wealth of opportunities enabled by emerging technologies, and assess whether fears over automation, digitalisation, and artificial intelligence are justified.
Manufacturing is adopting and adapting to new technology, but sometimes businesses can end up chasing their tail in proving the business case for the latest kit. Utilising the cloud and edge computing can maximise a manufacturer's data, operations and productivity, but the element of risk still weighs on decision-makers minds.
Manufacturing is in need of its own digital disruptor in order to break the status quo and shake businesses out of their current level of complacency. Nick Wright, head of Manufacturing Industries at the Digital Catapult, reports.
Twelve manufacturing business leaders have embarked on an eight-month Made Smarter Leadership Programme, run in collaboration with Lancaster University Management School and the government-backed £20m Made Smarter initiative for North West manufacturers.