Are you a small business looking to improve your efficiency, increase productivity and develop competitive advantage?
This one-day event will show how WMG can support you to evaluate your current processes and implement cost-effective and practical digital solutions to overcome a range of business challenges.
Each of the four breakout sessions are run by WMG experts, providing an update on the latest research in their area, practical demonstrations of take-home solutions to help your business, and suggestions for collaborative projects.
In addition, you will hear from innovative companies and SMEs who have already benefited from embracing digital, as well as a keynote speech from Chris White, MP for Warwick and Leamington, and a supporter of UK manufacturing and industry.
Exhibition space is available, please contact Hannah Dodd (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further information.
09:45 Welcome and Introduction (Archie MacPherson)
09:50 Key Note Speech: Why is Industry 4.0 so important to the Midlands Economy? (Chris White MP)
10:05 The WMG Capability (Simon Buckingham)
10:15 SME Support for Adopting Digital Technologies (Mark Swift)
10:25 Collaborative B2B Marketplace Cloud (Prof Jay Bal)
10:40 Feedback from SME Adopters On the Digital Journey (Cox & Plant, Bond Retail Service, Autins)
11:10 Brief introductions:
Cyber Security (Prof Carsten Maple)
Digital Manufacturing (Prof Robert Harrison)
Simulation Tools (Prof Darek Ceglarek)
Supply Chain (Prof Jan Godsell)
11:45 Practical Workshops
Participants to split into 4 Groups with 20 minutes at each station: demonstrations, questions to the group, practical solutions for businesses to use
Session 1 – Prof Carsten Maple, Cyber Security
Session 2 – Prof Robert Harrison VueOne, Digital Manufacturing
Session 3 – Prof Darek Ceglarek, Simulation Tools
Session 4 – Prof Jan Godsell, Supply Chain
Examples of simple digital solutions currently being used by industry:
13:40 Digital Readiness Level (Simon Barnes, HSSMI)
13:55 Britain’s 4th Industrial Revolution (Alan Norbury, Siemens)
14:25 Panel and Feedback from the Floor: what support would help your business to adopt digital technologies?
14:50 Education, Skills & Training - Overview of the educational journey at WMG.
15:05 Funding Opportunities (Access to finance Barclays Bank; Manuf KTN: Collaborative R&D Opportunities; APC (DETC spoke)
15:40 Tour of WMG (Including Manufacturing Automation/Intelligent Vehicle Simulator, AMPLiFII Lab)