Made Smarter - Innovation Network: Factory Floor and Production Systems

This webinar series will focus on the integrated digital production management systems within a business to deliver control and optimisation of manufacturing, product lifecycle and resource management processes.

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10.00 - 11.30



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Our series of Made Smarter | Innovation Network webinars – delivered as part of the ISCF Manufacturing Made Smarter programme –  showcases the journeys of manufacturers innovating with digital technologies to improve the performance of their business, alongside digital technology providers creating innovative solutions to aid the manufacturers journey.

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You can register for one or more of the webinars based on your specific areas of interest.

Manufacturing Made Smarter (MMS) is one of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund programmes, investing £147m into creating a fully connected, dynamic manufacturing ecosystem inspiring innovation across academia, technology providers and manufacturers.

Who should attend?

If you are a manufacturer aspiring to be more productive, efficient, competitive, resilient through the use of digital technologies, an integrator or a digital technology solution provider or developer who wants to reach a manufacturing audience, then this event series will be of interest to you.

Digital technology solution providers and developers engaged in the series will have early access to express their interest in taking a stand at Innovation Alley, within The Manufacturers inaugural exhibition Smart Factory Expo at Digital Manufacturing Week.


  • 10:10 | The Manufacturer – WE DID IT! – Sheffield Forgemasters

Master production scheduler Rob Woodhouse from Sheffield Forgemasters will explain his journey from transferring manual works order cards in extreme environmental conditions to managing his labour utilisation, performance and productivity on a real-time basis and the transformation this has made to their factory floor. When previously audited by Rolls Royce for planning systems and control, they were failing badly.  Now with the support of Mestec, their most recent score was 87%.

  • 10:20 | The Tech Provider – WE MADE IT POSSIBLE! – Mestec

Mark Carleton, CEO of Mestec will explain their journey with Sheffield Forgemasters which started 6 years ago exploring simple work order labour systems, and how they have developed an innovative solution for their factory floor. Mestec ensures that all the constraints in the factory, no matter how complex, can be comprehensively planned: labour, material, machine capacity, space, logistics etc which will be continuously evaluated to accommodate changing production requirements.

  • 10:30 | The UK Tech Founder – WE’RE INNOVATING IT – Qinetiq

Grant Williams has an exciting role as Novel Product Incubation Manager for Qinetiq.  Electronics are all around us.  They are in everything we do in modern society and we are heavily dependent on them to keep our world and our factory floors running smoothly.  Anything containing electronics can be disrupted.  Qinetiq has developed Totem, designed to provide detection of Electromagnetic Spectrum (EM) disruption as part of a resilience strategy and Grant will tell us why all manufacturers should be aware of the risks associated with EM disruption and where Totem could fit.

  • 10:40 | The UK Manufacturing Supporter – WE’RE SUPPORTING IT – KTN

Hazel Biggs from KTN heads up the Electromagnetic Innovation Network at KTN.  The digital world on which we have come to rely (Wi-Fi, Internet of Things, radio broadcasts to name a few) is underpinned by this invisible finite resource, but it lacks resilience and is rapidly becoming the widest open door for anyone who wants to disrupt critical services. In order for future innovative solutions to function, both effectively and safely, this needs to be addressed. Understanding the resilience of new approaches will also be important in developing innovative solutions which draw on electromagnetic energy (EME), without congesting this further.

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