National Physical Laboratory

Manufacturing Measurement Network – Digital Manufacturing event in South Yorkshire

11 September 2018

There is much talk about the coming of the Fourth Industrial Revolution – which is known by many names, but usually misunderstood, occasionally causing concern to companies that feel they may be left behind as technology progresses, or that it has no relevance to them without really understanding the commercial benefits.

The next Manufacturing Measurement Network (MMN) event entitled 'Digital Manufacturing' will attempt to clarify what is actually meant by these concepts and how they can be adopted, and the benefits embraced by manufacturers. Focusing primarily on SMEs, as it is smaller businesses who often find the aspects of introducing new technologies more challenging due to time and cost constraints, we will attempt to challenge pre-conceived ideas, to bring clarity and understanding to how you can take the first steps in becoming more digitally enabled.

There are many reasons why manufacturers should consider adopting new digital technologies as soon as possible, including:

  • Reducing the cost of unplanned maintenance shut downs to boost productivity
  • Potential pressure from higher tiers in the supply chain to share data, possibly even live views of suppliers manufacturing processes
  • Opportunities for adoption of digital technologies to better understand, manage and control manufacturing processes, thereby reducing the cost of quality or energy use
  • Helping to create more flexible manufacturing systems which are more agile and able to react quickly to customers emerging needs

Adopting digital technologies does not necessarily mean designing new manufacturing processes from scratch; much can be done to instrument current systems in order to be able to capture useful data. It is the intelligent use of this data that can make a difference to how a business operates. Register for our Digital Manufacturing event to find out more, to network with like-minded businesses and to stay in touch with new technologies and new ideas. Learn how to use data to create business benefits.

Car parking is available for the event and complementary food and drink will be provided.

Optional lab tours will also commence at 3:00 pm for anyone who would like to look around the NAMRC facilities. For anyone wishing to attend the lab tours, please arrive no later than 3:00 pm and please bring safety boots in order to enter the shop floor.

Speakers include:

  • Jonathan Bray (AMRC)
  • Andy Hodgson (Siemens)
  • Prof Richard Hill (University of Huddersfield)
  • Sheffield City Region Growth Hub

Details about the event, including location and parking information will be sent in a follow-up email after registration.


Nuclear AMRC Knowledge Transfer Centre
Brunel Way
S60 5WG



Free to attend, but registration is essential


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