How SME Manufacturers Can Embrace & Fund Industry 4.0

Have you started your Industry 4.0 journey yet?

If you’re a not yet, that maybe fine for now, but when do you intend to begin? As the rate of adoption of new technologies starts to accelerate you don’t want to be left behind, but you also don’t want to be throwing money at expensive digital solutions that you don’t understand or that may not bring any benefit.

Local SME manufacturing businesses in the area are embracing new technologies and seeing tangible benefits to their performance. Want to how other business leaders like you are approaching Industry 4.0? They will be sharing the benefits and pit falls at the Manufacturers Alliance Annual Conference on 9th May.

What is Industry 4.0?

Industry 4.0 is a term that has been given to the advancements we are seeing in industrial developments. The 4th Industrial revolution. The use of digital technologies to drive better business performance.

There are local manufacturing businesses on your doorstep that are embracing new technologies in a cost effective way, that is having a dramatic effective on their business performance. Like what? The core areas SME manufacturing businesses are embracing Industry 4.0 are:

  • Cloud computing
  • Data capture and analysis
  • Robotics and automation
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Virtual reality

Want to learn more about Industry 4.0 get funded support?

Made Smarter are sponsoring this year’s Manufacturers Alliance Annual Conference and are offering funded support to organisations that are looking to start their Industry 4.0 journey. They will be on hand to help people understand the funding and support available. They will also be sharing best practice tips on the types of technologies other SME manufacturing businesses have adopted successfully.

Plus, 2 of our speakers at the Manufacturers Alliance Annual Conference on 9th May are SME manufacturing leaders sharing how they have embraced digital technologies and the benefits this has had on their businesses.

Speaker: Alain Dilworth

Company: Made Smarter

Presentation Title: Made Smarter: Powering Change in Manufacturing

Alain spent 25 years in private sector operational roles in large and small businesses in the oil exploration, defence engineering, packaging manufacture, home improvement and textiles sectors.  In 2010 Alain started work for the NWDA to pursue his interest in economic development, delivering grant-funding for the past 5 years. Alain now works at the Growth Company and is responsible for delivering the Made Smarter North West Pilot.

There’s a new programme helping to power change across the North West manufacturing sector. Hear how you can be part of it.  Learn how you can access fully funded specialist advice and match funding and significantly boost your business growth and competitiveness through the adoption of digital technology.

Speaker: Iain Crosley

Company: Hosokawa Micron

Presentation Title: The Digital Journey “Smoke & Mirrors”

Iain Crosley is the Managing Director of Hosokawa-Micron Ltd, based in Runcorn Cheshire. He a holds a D.Eng. in Process Modelling and Simulation and has over 30 years’ experience in the Powder and Particle Processing Industry.

The presentation looks at the reasons why Digital Transformation is important to SME Manufacturing Companies, and how to avoid jargon, the “consultants’ dram”, and other common pitfalls of the latest must have technology. A guide to our Digital Journey and the benefits we have gained.

Speaker: Richard Hagan

Company: Crystal Doors

Presentation Title: Transformation of Crystal Doors

Crystal Doors was founded by Richard Hagan 24 years ago and holds the position of Managing Director. Having first gained an honors degree in Food Manufacture, he enjoys the manufacturing environment and the demands it brings with 'just in time' production. The development of key personnel to build his philosophies of quality and service are the cornerstones of the company.

The presentation is about the transformation of Crystal Doors from a traditional manufacture of vinyl doors to integrating automation, robotics, and industry 4.0. Showing the benefits to reduce unit costs, open into new markets and develop new products. From being squeezed on margins in the Kitchen Bedroom Bathroom market to now providing unique value engineered products with high profit margins.