How can your manufacturing business innovate and embrace digital technologies post pandemic? In this webinar, we will look at how businesses can harness readily available, low cost digital technologies that will help them thrive.
Using practical examples, our expert speakers from the Institute of Manufacturing (IfM) at the University of Cambridge will share with you the work they have been doing with manufacturing companies and will help you to gain an understanding of:
• Common digital challenges in manufacturing SMEs• How low-cost solutions such as wifi cameras and Alexa voice controls can be used in manufacturing environments• How the IfM has been collaborating with manufacturers to find low risk digital solutions to support growth, productivity and resilience.
Some practical examples include:
Voice assisted assembly: A solution enabling workers to request fasteners (nuts and screws) from a turntable with Alexa, integrated to complete an assembly operation.
Part detection and tracking: Detecting and keeping track of QR codes of parts being delivered using a webcam connected to Raspberry Pi and screen.
Augmented reality status viewer: A solution enabling a factory supervisor to view the status of the shop-floor inventory system in augmented reality on a smart phone/tablet.
Low-cost monitoring for digital manufacturing: A low-cost machine monitoring system that can be attached to various machines, such as a 3D printer, using various sensors to obtain the status (e.g. temperature, activity) of the machine. Data from the sensors is analysed
Liz Salte, Industrial Associate, Institute for ManufacturingAs a member of the IfM ECS team Liz works with companies of all shapes and sizes to help them develop their business strategies and build the operational capabilities they need to create sustainable step changes in business performance and profitability. She leads the IfM ECS participation in the Government-funded Sharing in Growth activity, a £110m programme of intensive supplier development in the UK aerospace and nuclear industries. Liz also works closely with the IfM’s Distributed Information and Automation Laboratory research group in developing and applying approaches for advanced factory design and automation. Projects have been completed with a range of companies, including Foxconn, Laing O’Rourke and Jaguar Land Rover.
Before joining IfM ECS in 2010, Liz had more than 15 years' experience in manufacturing, with senior roles in operations management and manufacturing engineering. She initially built her career in the electronics industry, in an environment of highly configurable, build-to-order, complex electronic products on short lead times. She also worked extensively as a management consultant and project manager for a range of manufacturing companies. As a project manager, Liz has led projects in lead time reduction, delivery performance improvement, product transfers, cost reduction, resource planning, new product introduction and strategic reviews.Liz has a Masters Degree in Manufacturing Engineering from Cambridge University.
Rick Payne, Technical Manager, ICAEW Business and Management FacultyRick Payne is ICAEW's expert on building effective finance functions and is particularly interested in how accountants in business can support effective decision making. He qualified with KPMG and spent 17 years working in wholesale banking, including divisional CFO roles. At ICAEW, Rick has authored a number of reports on a wide range of topics from Finance Business Partnering to the Internet of Things. He speaks regularly at conferences and is a qualified trainer, with an MSc in Organisational Behaviour.
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