Whatever the challenges, if we look back in history, we can see that the introduction of technology repeatedly created an environment that helped to solve the problems of the day. Paul Coates urges managers to grasp the opportunities digitalisation offers today as tomorrow may be too late.
The Manufacturer’s Digital Manufacturing Week, in Liverpool this coming November, brings together technology, finance and manufacturers in an annual celebration of British industry, writes Event Director James Smith.
As a manufacturer, you want to drive efficiency improvements across your entire operation – innovation, design, sales, purchasing, production, distribution and service. The value contained within your data can help achieve all those objectives, and then some.
A team of engineers are working together at the University of Sheffield to drive forward cutting-edge capabilities for manufacturing composite components in ways not currently available in the supply chain.
Whether they call it Industry 4.0 or “smart” manufacturing, experts worldwide are focused on how to extract data from intelligent machines and then analyse it to improve both their products and the processes used to create them.
The opportunities for UK manufacturing from digitalisation are huge – but there are risks. The need for cybersecurity is real and growing, and businesses need to take action now to protect their intellectual property, processes and to secure future customers.