Made Smarter Innovation Webinar Series: September - November 2022

Posted on: 12/08/2022
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Register for our webinars in the ‘Making Manufacturing Smarter Webinar Series’ with Made Smarter Innovation in association with each of the Made Smarter Innovation Research Centres.

Made Smarter has an integrated approach across leadership, skills, innovation, and adoption. The Innovation Challenge focuses mostly on research and innovation across multiple sectors and how digital technologies such as AI, Robotics & Automation, Additive Manufacturing, AR/VR, IIoT, and Digital Twins can make the manufacturing supply chain processes more efficient and productive, whilst creating company growth.

The Made Smarter Research Centres and Innovation Hubs represent a key component in the UK’s approach to commercialise the emerging technologies and creating that national level growth element through creating early-stage, transformative innovative ideas, that cover both the technological and societal aspects. The centres and hubs target a specific area to drive that growth and collate engagement across the entire innovation landscape.

The webinars are a platform to come learn, ask questions, network, and form connections with people across industry, academia, and government.

About the events:

Within this webinar series, we will hear from the research centres and innovation hubs, funded through Made Smarter Innovation, to better understand what their key focus areas are, what innovative technologies they work in, and which sectors they cover. We will also learn about successful case studies, funding opportunities, and how people can get involved to collaborate with the centres.

The webinars will be open to anyone interested in learning more about these innovative ideas and digital technologies, not only from a manufacturing background, but any sector curious about the innovation of future technologies to drive their business forward, with growth opportunities and numerous other benefits.

Register for any or all events in the series here.


20 September 2022

Introducing the Research Centres & Innovation Hubs: Materials Made Smarter Research Centre


The Materials Made Smarter Centre is working towards the digitalisation of the materials intensive industries, such as metals, ceramics, composites. Researching underpinning digital technologies, understanding the social and organisational changes these will and demonstrating them within the partner EPSRC Future Manufacturing Hubs. This webinar will provide more detail on the activities of The Centre with case study examples.


27 September 2022

Research Centre for Smart, Collaborative Industrial Robotics


Made Smarter Innovation’s Smart Cobotics Centre, is a collaboration between 6 leading UK universities: Loughborough, Cranfield, Strathclyde, Dundee, Warwick and Bristol with Loughborough University as the lead. The academic partners involved have significant complementary experience and are enhanced by experienced researchers and doctoral researchers. There is a strong relationship between academic and industrial partners. The aim of the Centre is to advance Smart Manufacturing by eliminating barriers and accelerating widespread use of smart, collaborative robotics technology to unlock the full potential of the UK industry in productivity, quality and adaptability. In this webinar we will present details about the Centre and the latest activities that are currently underway. In addition, he will highlight the range of opportunities within the Centre for industrial engagement.


4 October 2022

Introducing the Research Centres & Innovation Hubs: Centre for People-Led Digitalisation


Digital technologies have the potential to transform manufacturing by increasing productivity and opening up new business opportunities. However, the UK has had lower levels of adoption than some of our competitors. While this may appear a purely technical challenge to overcome, in practice many of the most pressing barriers can be attributed to a ‘human’ element e.g., a digital skills gap, implementation that fails to support human capability, employee resistance and a lack of senior management support or vision. The mission of the Made Smarter Innovation: Centre for People-Led Digitalisation is to create “needs driven” processes to support industry in realising the potential of a people-led approach to digitalisation. The webinar will give an introduction to the people and the research being conducted within the Centre and provide details on how you can get involve with our work.


11 October 2022

Research Centre for Connected Factories


The Made Smarter Research Centre for Connected Factories proposes a radical new approach to building the manufacturing infrastructure of the future with the aim to provide UK industry with a blueprint for a unique connected network of future smart factories. It will show how manufacturing operations can become more resilient and able to respond to changes such as product demand or volume through research in system design, modelling, control and integration, as well as a set of application studies addressing emerging industrial needs. The seminar will focus on describing the industrial application studies ranging from factory level digital design and integration to advanced control techniques for individual processes such as adaptive accurate machining and 3D printing. In it we will describe the problems that such technologies and techniques are trying to solve; how they could be applied across multiple sectors, products and processes and how businesses can get involved throughout the programme.


18 October 2022

Medicines Made Smarter: Data, AI, Robotics and the future of medicines manufacturing


Centre Overview: Made Smarter Innovation | Digital Medicines Manufacturing research centre (DM2) is an ambitious 3.5 year programme. It aims to advance medicines development, manufacture, quality control (QC) and supply through the creation and accelerated adoption of data-driven Industrial Digital Technologies (IDTs) including AI, robotics and digital twins.

To achieve this, work is being carried out across five integrated research platforms:

  • Platform 1: The Data Platform
  • Platform 2: Autonomous Microscale Manufacturing
  • Platform 3: Digital Quality Control
  • Platform 4: Adaptive Digital Supply
  • Platform 5: DM² Network & Skills

Led by the Centre for Continuous Manufacturing and Advanced Crystallisation (CMAC) at the University of Strathclyde in collaboration with the universities of Cambridge and Loughborough, each Platform team not only works closely with each other but with industry partners from across the whole medicines manufacturing community.

Webinar overview: DM2 is a flagship programme in CMAC’s research portfolio. It’s agenda aligns with CMAC’s wider ambitions to digitalise Chemistry, Manufacturing and Controls (CMC) and create the ‘Lab of the Future’, along with the skilled workforce to operate seamlessly and effectively within it. In this webinar, you’ll hear from Prof. Alastair Florence, DM2 PI and others as they introduce you to the early demonstrations in AI, robotics and more that they are working on to make the future a reality.

Join us on 18th October, 12:00 – 13:00 to start your digital CMC transformation journey with us.


25 October 2022

Introducing the Research Centres & Innovation Hubs: InterAct


InterAct is a £4.4 million, Made Smarter Innovation funded, Economic and Social Research Council-led network that aims to bring together economic and social scientists, UK manufacturers, and digital technology providers to address the human issues resulting from the diffusion of new technologies in industry. Our long-term vision is to build a strong, vibrant, interdisciplinary community to support UK manufacturing in the adoption and development of digital technologies that will result in a stronger, more resilient, manufacturing base. The future of manufacturing is dependent on successful digitalization, but UK manufacturers struggle with their investments in digitalization. This threatens lost business opportunities and missed innovation cycles. What can we learn about digital technology adoption from history? As part of the InterAct network, an interdisciplinary team from Aston and Cranfield Universities are reviewing historical cases of industrial transitions. By identifying cases related to mechanisation, electrification and computerisation, we aim to support successful adoption of industrial digital technology for digitalisation of manufacturing.As part of the InterAct Network, a team from Aston University is using a systematic literature review method to identify the range of technological, organisational, and social barriers that inhibit effective digital investments and how manufacturers should overcome these. The webinar will present the findings of the research and outline how future research could support UK manufacturers with their digital investment challenges, as well as showcase the work being undertaken to bring historical technology adoption stories to life, to help address the human side of digitalisation.


8 November 2022

Introducing the Research Centres & Innovation Hubs: Smart Factory Hub


Smart Manufacturing Data Hub (SMDH) supports small and medium size manufacturers to capture and better utilise their data, helping them increase productivity, growth and sustainability. Businesses in sectors spanning from food and drink, aerospace, and many more will be supported to develop, test, and adopt the latest data-driven technologies. In this webinar, businesses will learn more about what support is on offer at the SMDH Centre, the benefits it will have for their business, and the funding options that are available.

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