KTN’s Made Smarter Innovation Network is running a series of events from 14 April to 29 June, focused on helping manufacturers and digital technology companies Make Manufacturing Smarter.

We often hear how UK productivity has slowed down. One of the key reasons behind this is that the UK is poor in developing innovation and adopting technologies that improve productivity.

In 2017, the Made Smarter UK review found a very obvious opportunity for growth in UK manufacturing, stating that “the positive impact of faster innovation and adoption of Industrial Digital Technologies could be worth as much as £455 billion for UK manufacturing over the next decade, increasing manufacturing sector growth between 1.5 and 3 percent per annum, creating a conservative estimated net gain of 175,000 jobs throughout the economy”.

To support and accelerate the digitalisation of the manufacturing industry, KTN is working with UKRI to drive innovation to support the adoption of digital technology through Manufacturing Made Smarter. Manufacturing Made Smarter (MMS) is one of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund programmes, investing £147m into creating a fully connected, dynamic manufacturing ecosystem inspiring innovation across academia, technology providers and manufacturers.

The Made Smarter Innovation Network webinars will showcase the journeys of manufacturers who have been innovative in their adoption of digital technologies to improve performance, alongside digital technology providers creating innovative solutions to aid the manufacturers journey.

Digital Technologies such as Additive Manufacturing, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Data Analytics, Robotics, AR and VR and the Internet of Things are the tools with which we can make UK manufacturing more modern, innovative, connected, flexible, resilient and productive. This webinar series will explore the opportunities each of these technologies offer.

This 12 week webinar series will showcase, at each webinar, a manufacturer, digital technology provider and UK technology founder to share their experiences, best practice and key challenges across 12 improvement themes including;

Industrial Energy Efficiency, 14 April 

Exploring how manufacturers can gather, process, present and analyse data throughout the factory to enable rigorous management decisions regarding energy reduction is key to running an efficient factory. This webinar will explore the opportunities for cost savings and efficiencies and digital solutions targeting this area.

Web Based Customer Order Tracking, 20 April  

Customers want to be able to track orders to help them plan better.

In this webinar we will be looking at how manufacturers can gather, process and present data from the factory in sufficient detail to give customers visibility of their orders.

Continuous Improvement, 27 April

Capturing data to support decision making is crucial to modern continuous improvement programmes. This area of innovation is progressing at a fast pace, and in this webinar we will highlight the significant benefits of dedicated solutions in this technology area.

Factory Floor and Production Systems, 4 May

This webinar series will focus on the integrated digital production management systems within a business to deliver control and optimisation of manufacturing, product lifecycle and resource management processes.

Predictive Maintenance, 11 May

This event will explore the emergence of products and services that inform manufacturers as to when their shop floor equipment is likely to require maintenance. We will hear from both providers of these services and from manufacturers that have seen the benefits and provide a meeting place for the two communities – technology providers/developers and interested manufacturers.

New Product Development, 18 May

This event will explore the digital technologies and associated systems across supply chains that can drive and enable opportunities for new products or variants.

Quality Management, 25 May

Ensuring your finished product meets the requirements of your customers is the difference between selling your product (and not).  This event will explore how the application of digital technology may improve production quality directly or reduce the time involved in ensuring quality through management and data sharing activity.

Mass Customisation, 1 June

Scaling up to mass produce a product in line with specific customer’s needs and preferences is an art!  In this webinar we will explore strategies to undertake this skill keeping unit costs low.

Circular Economy, 8 June

This event will explore the synergy between digital manufacturing and the notion of a more “circular economy” and make exciting connections across the various communities that will catalyse action- manufacturers, tech providers and circular economy experts.

Design for Manufacture, 15 June

We will explore how advances in manufacturing and materials technology may allow you to offer opportunities for DfM decisions to create a product that is easily and economically manufactured.

Servitisation, 22 June

This event will explore servitization and how digital technologies and approaches can facilitate it, making exciting connections across the various communities, catalysing uptake – manufacturers, tech providers and servitization experts.

Flexible Manufacturing, 29 June

Production efficiency often centres around a consistent product and process, optimised to run with minimal downtime. But what happens when customers demand more product variation, where you need to switch a process from one product to another, or where batch sizes are small? This event will explore how digital technology can help manufacturers maintain efficiency and asset utilisation whilst offering the customer what they want.


Who should attend

The events will be of interest to manufacturers aspiring to be more productive, efficient, competitive and resilient through the use of digital technologies, integrators, innovators and digital technology solution providers who want to reach a manufacturing audience.

Digital technology solution providers and developers engaged in the series will also have early access to express their interest in taking a stand at Innovation Alley, within The Manufacturers inaugural exhibition Smart Factory Expo at Digital Manufacturing Week.

Find out more about each of the individual online events and book your place here.

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