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Invest in Great Ideas: Design in Innovation for Digital Manufacturing

The Knowledge Transfer Network

Thursday, 27 April 2017 from 09:00 to 13:00 (BST)

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In today’s dynamic market it is better to disrupt your own business and capture new value than have your competitors force disruption upon you. Any company exploring how digital tools will transform UK manufacturing must take a user-centred view to ensure successful adoption of new technologies.


The world’s most innovative companies use design to help them explore and envision better products, services, processes and business models.”

The Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) and the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), are hosting A half day event to explore how design strategy can play an essential role in the development of outstanding innovations for digital manufacturing.

Design in innovation can help your business to discover new solutions that offer outstanding customer experiences and generate significant added value. Good design process can help you to focus on the right problems, de-risk innovation, promote a compelling offer, and speed up your route to market. It has greatest impact when embedded from the very beginning and throughout the innovation journey.

Taking the first steps in customer-centric innovation may feel like uncharted territory. This event will help you:

  • hear from companies who have created new value using early-stage design
  • identify business opportunities for user-centred design interventions
  • understand the nature of business support available at the Catapult
  • learn about potential partners to help support this type of development



08.30 – Arrival, registration and coffee

09.00 – Welcome and Introductions – Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), Innovate UK and AMRC

09.15 – Ben Griffin, Innovation Lead, Design - Innovate UK Ben introduces round 2 of Innovate UK’s Design Foundations funding programme. This is a fantastic opportunity for businesses to develop their innovation capabilities by collaborating with design experts in the development of a human-centric approach to digital manufacturing.

09.45 – Phil Kennedy, Head of External and Digital Innovation - 3M Phil will describe 3M’s culture of collaborative innovation, with particular focus on the advantages of digital technology platforms and a global outlook. He will provide valuable insights into the tools and methodologies that 3M employ to facilitate collaboration with customers in the delivery of ground-breaking solutions.

10.15 – Andy Curtis, Knowledge Transfer Manager, Digital Economy – KTN Smart manufacturing, or “Industry 4.0” as it is often referred to, will transform the way that products are manufactured in the future. With so many disruptive technologies to consider, how can your business choose where to start? Andy will introduce the KTN’s Manufacturing SME support programme ‘4 Manufacturing’ and describe how the KTN can guide your business through an effective evaluation of the many digital tools on offer.

10.30 – Dr Andy Bell, Design Prototype and Test Centre Lead – AMRC Andy will present a study of how access to the advanced equipment available through the CATAPULT network is shaping the future of design and how organisations can navigate the uncertainties and opportunities that this affords.

10:45 – Design in Innovation Workshop An opportunity to roll up your sleeves and explore the methodologies that designers use to create customer/market insights and how these translate into high value product and service proposals

12.15 – Lunch

13:00 - Close

Do you have questions about Invest in Great Ideas: Design in Innovation for Digital Manufacturing? Contact The Knowledge Transfer Network

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Rotherham Wallis Way
S60 5TZ Rotherham
United Kingdom

Thursday, 27 April 2017 from 09:00 to 13:00 (BST)

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The Knowledge Transfer Network is the UK’s innovation network. We bring together business, entrepreneurs, academics and funders to develop new products, processes and services.

We can help you develop ideas, expertise and technologies, that have the potential to be world-beating products. Central to what we do is the initiation and building of collaborations.

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