Peter Davies, Chief Executive of James Lister & Sons, is co-chair of MAN and heard Dr Mark Swift from WMG, University of Warwick, discussing Made Smarter during a virtual meeting.
The four MAN businesses involved in this case study had varying needs because of their different specialisms in manufacturing.
Jit enlisted the help of Onur Eren and the team from WMG centre High Manufacturing Catapult at the University of Warwick, one of Made Smarter’s strategic partners, who visited each business to discuss their digital plans in detail.
Birmingham-based Brandauer is a 162-year-old family-owned business providing precision-stamped components to ten different sectors worldwide, as well as increasingly the manufacture of high-speed progression tooling.
Engineering supplies and services company James Lister & Sons, which has branches throughout the West Midlands and South Wales, wanted to explore R&D in 3D printing to offer a new service for its customers.
Alucast in Wednesbury, an award-winning aluminium casting foundry supplying fully machined components, approached Made Smarter to begin their digitisation adventure.
And, finally, plastic injection moulding specialists Barkley Plastics in Birmingham had toyed with the idea of introducing a collaborative robot and wanted advice whether it was the right step to take.