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In the 2017 Made Smarter UK review it was revealed that faster innovation and adoption of Industrial Digital Technologies (IDTs) could spark an incredibly positive impact:

  • An additional £455 billion for UK manufacturing over the next decade
  • A 5–3% boost to sector growth yearly
  • Creation of 175,000 jobs throughout the economy

The Made Smarter Innovation Network endeavours to support this future success. Our ambition is to help UK manufacturing be more productive, competitive and sustainable – specifically via a powerful ecosystem of innovative IDT providers being developed across a variety of leading-edge technologies.

The transformative technologies explained
  • Additive Manufacturing (AM)

    Progression in these technologies brings opportunity for new innovation. Companies can now design for AM to complement traditional processes, triggering a great shift in its use especially within aerospace, medical, transportation, energy and consumer products.

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML) and Data Analytics

    AI leverages data to identify patterns, plus learn and adapt to new things via machine intelligence. This is extremely valuable to manufacturers – you can make decisions that lead to productivity and process improvements.

  • Robotics And Process Control Automation

    These can boost flexibility and productivity, plus cut labour and downtime. Robots automate repetitive tasks and reduce margins of error to negligible rates. What’s more, they work alongside humans to enable you to focus on more value-add areas. 

  • Augmented Reality (AR) & Virtual Reality (VR)

    Immersive technologies are disrupting traditional processes. VR digitally simulates a product or environment, whilst with AR, the digital product is projected onto the real-world backdrop by overlaying data directly onto scenes of your factory.

  • Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and connectivity

    This is all things data. It’s captured from sensors and machines, then communicated to the cloud by IIoT connectivity solutions deployed at factory level. You can automatically collect and analyse data, in turn empowering you to make better-informed decisions which optimise productivity.

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