Who is it for?
The DigitME2 project aims to assist manufacturing companies throughout Lancashire in a bid to help them grow and develop their business, increase their productivity and become more efficient by introducing new digital technologies into their manufacturing process, such as robotics, data analytics and additive manufacturing.
DigitME2 is able to provide this free support to manufacturing companies in Lancashire that fall into the SME category, which currently includes companies with fewer than 250 employees and which does not exceed a turnover of 50 million euros.
What will this involve?
Phase 1: A technical visit is carried out by DigitME2’s Client Technology Manager which helps to form the basis of a technical assessment. The technical assessment details the company’s current position for digital manufacturing and helps to identify where any new technological processes being researched and developed by DigitME2, can assist in improving the productivity and advancement of the SME.
Phase 2: Is the delivery of a funded feasibility study. The project uses a team of full time engineers to take a concept identified by the company and the DigitME2 team from the technical assessment, and using the ADMT lab, test the feasibility for use by the company.
Phase 3: On completion, the DigitME2 team will hand over work developed in the feasibility study. This work can then be trialled by the company for further integration in the manufacturing environment.
Phase 4: The University seeks to develop long term relationships with local SME’s and on completion of funded assistance, the University will offer a number of methods for continuation of what will hopefully develop into a successful partnership.
How will it benefit my business?
Through the provision of support and assistance of the DigitME2 programme our aim is to showcase modern technology and how it can assist companies in their development.
Providing funded support through consultancy is only one step in the DigitME2 journey. The team will provide independent expert advice and will supply each business with tailored handover points that will help them adopt the recommendations made during the consultation.
12 hours’ of bespoke technology assessment that maps out the company’s manufacturing process will help show where technology can add value. A further 140 hours is available to provide a bespoke feasibility study which will then take recommendations from the technology assessment, to help prove that new technologies can add value.
Industry 4.0 includes a combination of old and new technologies which will allow cyber-physical systems to monitor physical processes and make decentralized decisions. Access to industry 4.0 technologies and expertise comes through UCLan’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Research Centre, which offers the chance to develop an on-going relationship with one of the North West’s leading universities.