West Midlands 5G (WM5G) is hosting a series of free sessions to help manufacturers understand how advanced connectivity tools, such as 5G, can boost their customer offering and drive greater productivity within their business.
The integration of digital technology is crucial for manufacturers as we enter the age of Industry 4.0. The benefits are felt both by manufacturers, who will gain improved productivity and efficiency, and by the customer, who benefit from greater certainty of delivery and quality.
WM5G offer a programme – Manufacturing – The Digital Journey - which is suitable for manufacturing businesses of all sizes and at all stages of digital implementation and expertise to begin to gain the knowledge and skills needed to implement digital technologies into the manufacturing processes. It contains modules which span across five levels, designed to support manufacturers at all stages of their digital journey, from ‘Digital Novice’ to ‘Digital Disruptor’.
The team at WM5G can advise the best point at which to enter the journey based on the organisations existing knowledge and experience, ensuring manufacturers get the most worthwhile experience and are able to implement measures to deliver benefits for customers straight away.
The sessions are a must-attend for forward thinking manufacturers, exploring how advanced connectivity can improve productivity, and ultimately, the customer experience. It will compare common and upcoming technologies using WM5Gs easy-to-use comparison tables, which help manufacturers to decipher the pros and cons of different technologies.
If you would like to find out more about the programme, the WM5G ‘Explore’ sessions provide an ideal introduction. They are pleased to announce that the next Explore - ‘What a connected factory is and why it matters to the future of manufacturing’ – is being hosted jointly with Intercity Technology and will run on Wednesday 17th November at the University of Warwick Science Park.
Intercity Technology has over 35 years of experience in defining and launching technology solutions through a people-first approach. In partnership with WM5G, they will guide manufacturers in how to integrate innovative technologies into their operations.
The session will also act as a starting point for manufacturers to develop their own 5G-connected trials or ‘use cases’, with the opportunity to learn from other recent real-world examples. This will showcase the range of benefits achieved and demonstrate how digital connectivity has made a real difference, encouraging manufacturers to do the same.
Through a bespoke diagnostic assessment provided by WM5G, manufacturers will gain a better understanding of which technology will work best for their scenario and setting. The sessions can also be used to learn from other organisations through networking.
Riccardo Weber, Manufacturing Innovation Lead at WM5G, said: “We are looking forward to coming together with Intercity Technology to equip manufacturers of all sizes with the knowledge and skills to begin their journey to digitalisation. By offering twelve hours of fully funded digital support, we hope to give manufacturers from across the region the confidence to feel they can progress towards becoming more connected.
“Equipped with the knowledge from these sessions, manufacturers can begin integrating digital technologies into their processes to achieve greater efficiencies and ultimately boost revenue. Not only this, but their customers will also benefit from an improved experience and the assurance that they are receiving the quality they expect.”
Further sessions will provide a wide range of information to support manufacturers along their journey, including advising on which previous trials apply to different organisations, working on developing companies’ long-term digitalisation strategy, understanding what to focus on first, and learning about the components of digital networks.
David Owen, Managing Director Communications Division at Intercity Technology, added: “Industry 4.0 has been revolutionising the manufacturing sector since 2011. With increasing connectivity, the lower cost of sensorization and huge increases in computing power, the pace of change continues to accelerate. One of the biggest challenges in the SME space is how to automate and digitise processes where the learned knowledge sits in the heads of your workforce.
“Here at Intercity, we believe connectivity is the key to taking those first steps towards automating systems and production. Without a reliable and secure connection, data will continue to sit in silos and frustrate the realisation of what Industrial IoT can deliver.
“Predictive maintenance, streamlining supply chain, connected services and more, will dramatically improve manufacturing outcomes, reducing waste, speeding up production, and improving yield and the quality of goods produced. It’s not always about the race to develop digital twins, sometimes taking those smaller first steps can dramatically improve productivity.”
To find out more about WM5Gs Manufacturing Digital Journey, please click here.