Exploring Digital ‘Building Blocks’ at D&AM SIG Event 

Silverstone Technology Cluster

21st June 2019

On 20 June, at the Barclays Eagle Lab ‘incubation hub’ in Cranfield, our Digital & Advanced Manufacturing Special Interest Group gathered for an event with a difference. The focus was to highlight the accessibility of digital solutions to businesses.

Please find links to the 3 presentations below.

Our special guests from the University of Cambridge, Dr Lavindra de Silva and Liz Salter, shared their ‘Digital on a Shoestring’ R&D project. Over the next 3 years, they aim to clarify the needs and digital solutions required to support manufacturing SMEs in solving some key business priorities. In an engaging hands-on workshop, our delegates considered the business priorities they would most like to tackle with digital solutions. By collating SME views from a series of such workshops, the IfM aim to develop a collection of affordable digital ‘building blocks’, both off-the-shelf and newly developed, that can be made available to SMEs in the near future.  

We were also delighted to hear from Luke Mason of the Science and Technology Facilities Council.The STFC aim to “transform UK industry by accelerating the adoption of high performance computing, big data and cognitive technologies”. Luke shared 2 fantastic UK-wide funding opportunities for companies wanting to overcome difficult product, manufacturing or process performance issues or to solve an analysis or measurement problem from within their existing business. Take a look at his slides for the details.

Luke invited all to an event next week that aims to offer insight, provoke discussion and help you accelerate your own digital journey:

Event: Industrial Digitalisation Accelerator Launch Event

When: 9.30am on 26thJune 2019 

Where:  STFC Hartree Centre, Sci-Tech Daresbury, WA4 4AD

We look forward to keeping our members informed on developments from the IfM and STFC to help you benefit from potential digital solutions.

Presentation links:

Digital Manufacturing on a Shoestring‘ – Dr Lavindra de Silva, Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge

Digital on a Shoestring Workshop‘ – Liz Salter, Institute of Manufacturing, University of Cambridge 

AI & Analytics for Manufacturing‘ – Luke Mason, STFC

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