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Powering your manufacturing through Digital Transformation

  • The Atrium, Sci-Tech Daresbury Keckwick Lane Warrington (map)

Would you like to understand how digital transformation can boost your competitiveness? Are you interested in hearing about how other businesses in the North West have implemented new technology?

Join us at Sci Tech Daresbury where you will hear how to transform your business with digital transformation. Whether you’re at the start of your journey or a seasoned early adopter, you will get the opportunity to realise Digital technologies in action so you can visualise how they could be implemented into your day-to-day operations and hear real life experiences from North West manufacturing businesses who have adopted technology. You will gain access to an exclusive talk by Abbey Group, one of the first successful applicants to the Made Smarter pilot, which will give you an insight into the process and the wide-ranging benefits. The event is designed to help you explore your different options within digital transformation through case studies, our panel of experts and real-life demonstrations.

Learn first-hand about the newly launched Made Smarter programme - supporting manufacturers to digitise and innovate through expert advice, grant funding, leadership development & technical student placements.

Get the opportunity to speak with a Made Smarter adviser who can discuss your business needs and advise you of the next steps and how Made Smarter will be able to support you.


8:30am - Arrival, breakfast and drinks served.

8:55am - An Introduction from Alain Dilworth, Programme Manager Made Smarter North West Pilot.

9:00am - Digital Transformation presentation by Tim Andrews, Senior Consultant, Manufacturing Technology Centre.

9:30am - A short Q&A session led by Tim Andrews.

9:40am - Why is leadership an important part of the digital transformation journey for your business? A presentation by Pete Cornwall from Lancaster University Management School.

9:50am - Break and the opportunity to view technology demonstrators.

10:05am - A selection of SME & technology case studies:

Adam Kelly from Abbey Group, one of the first succesful applicants to the made Smarter pilot tells us about how and why Abbey Group decided to embark on a digital transformation journey and the benefits they expect to see.

Stephen Greer, Sales Manager at Liverpool based Brainboxes, a manufacturer of data and I/O connectivity products talks about how digital technology has helped them grow and win new clients.

CNC Robotics is the UK's leading robotics integration company specialising in advanced robotics systems for machining. Michael Gilbert, Development Engineer, will explain how they have used data to enhance their product capability.

Claire Holt, Business and Parternships Consultant at Hosokawa Micron Ltd discuss data driven manufacturing.

Mike Todd from Digital Training Solutions, pioneers in the emerging field of immersive learning, will be talking about the some of the work they’ve been involved in and how immersive learning is playing a key role in different sectors.

James Dearing, Engineering Manager at RS Clare & Co will share his experience, having begun their own digital transformation journey recently. He will discuss the decision making process, the benefits and plans for the future.

Andrew Borland, Commercialisation Manager for the Virtual Engineering Centre will discuss the impact LCR 4.0 has had on the businesses and region and then how this leads onto businesses engaging with Made Smarter UK.

11:05am - Julian Ford, Industrial Digital Technology Adviser at Made Smarter shares some of the challenges facing North West SMEs and his experiences and findings so far whilst working on the programme.

11:15am - Q&A session led by Alain Dilworth.

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