Small and medium-sized manufacturing businesses in the North East LEP and Tees Valley LEP areas.
Made Smarter Adoption North East is a programme backed by world-renowned businesses and the UK government.
It connects manufacturers to digital tools, innovations and skills that can transform the way they work.
Made Smarter Adoption North East aims to drive growth amongst the region’s manufacturing businesses and advance the UK economy by improving the development and adoption of emerging technologies.
Through the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) programme, Platinum Electrical Engineering, experts in industrial automation solutions, based in Gateshead, collaborated with Northumbria University and KTP Associate Laurence Foster on the two year Building Additive Manufacture (BAM) project aimed at tackling issues within the construction industry contributing to the UK’s chronic housing deficit.
Sheffield Forgemasters, a manufacturer specialising in the production of casting and forging solutions for the world’s most complex engineering challenges, collaborated with MESTEC, a technology company which works with manufacturers to improve productivity and performance.
Operators now use touch screens to report the
status of a production job. This real-time shop floor data is collected, collated, analysed, and automatically updates a set of company-wide KPIs which are displayed around the factory to enable operators and managers to monitor performance.