I'm not going to spoil your enjoyment of the Annual Manufacturing Report 2019 by spilling all the detail here. But I do want to give you a flavour of what we discovered in this comprehensive overview of the sector’s state of mind in this critical year.
There is a growing need for UK manufacturers to embrace new technologies as they face ever-increasing demand to improve efficiency. Whether this is due to foreign competitors, the ambiguity of what to expect post-Brexit, or simply stakeholder pressure, businesses large and small are forced to do more with less.
My afternoon at this year’s Manufacturing Automation and Robotics Summit included a roundtable discussion on Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems, with delegates coming together to identify the key takeaways for them and their businesses.
My morning roundtables at this year's Manufacturing Automation and Robotics Summit included discussions around 'Autonomous Mobile Robotics', 'Cobots versus Standard Robots', and 'End of Line Automation'.
While the key to a successful digitalisation project is data, the key to meaningful, accurate data is the factory network. And businesses need to plan carefully to ensure theirs can deliver on their needs.