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Factory in a Box demonstrates smart manufacturing

06 February, 2019

The UK’s Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) has developed an industrial-scale demonstrator to show manufacturers how they can benefit by adopting smart production technologies and processes. Called the “Factory in a Box”, the demonstrator has been developed in collaboration with the Universities of Birmingham and Loughborough, and several industrial partners.

The demonstrator showcases industrial digital technologies that can help manufacturers to speed up their routes to market and take advantage of new business models.

The MTC’s chief engineer, Robin Thatcher, describes the demonstration as “a rapidly deployable, remotely-managed, modular manufacturing supply chain network enabled by the latest digital technologies. As well as demonstrating those technologies, it can be a solution in its own right, providing a rapid route to market for manufacturing innovations. Our Smart Manufacturing Accelerator technologists can assess manufacturing businesses and their supply chains to plan, design and implement innovative manufacturing solutions.”

The demonstrator – which is part of the £60m Innovate UK-funded Energy Research Accelerator (ERA) programme – will be launched formally at the MTC's site in Coventry on 13 March. The Centre is inviting manufacturers to attend the free event, which will bring together industry leaders, academics and the MTC’s Smart Manufacturing Accelerator team, which uses digital technologies to help improve integrated manufacturing installations and supply chains.

The Factory in a Box is an industrial-scale demonstrator, showcasing how advanced industrial digital technologies can help manufacturers

“Attendees will see live demonstrations of the Factory in a Box and judge if it is right for them,” says Thatcher. “They can also take part in interactive workshops, and listen to high level presentations from advanced manufacturing experts.”

Although the event is free, places are limited. Registration is required at this Web site

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