PI UK is an official supporter of The Smart Industry series of Conferences, a series of events launched, in the words of the organisers, to “address and unravel the vast array of conflicting information around 4IR, discussing the practicalities, technologies and issues surrounding transition and implementation of digitalisation in manufacturing across key market sectors in clear and concise language.”
The next Smart Industry Conference at which we will be in attendance will be on the 20th November 2019. Entitled “Demystifying the jargon: How to make the digitalisation transition” the event will be held at the MTC in Coventry.
The main aim of the event is to provide a practical, jargon-free opportunity to those starting out on the digital transformation process, to experience a complete smart roadmap, highlighting the incremental stages of the 4IR journey covering all aspects of the digital transformation across ALL UK manufacturing sectors.
To maximise the benefit to delegates the organisers have widened the scope to make it non-sector specific in order to be more inclusive as demand and topics reach across sectors and better reflect the need of industry with the cross-pollination of ideas.
Many businesses are increasingly adopting automation and digitalisation technologies that give them a competitive edge, allowing them to produce more efficiently and provide insightful information for decision making. Manufacturers who lag behind will find themselves unable to compete in the smart era. Technologies that used to be optional are now required for plants and factories that want to remain competitive in a rapidly changing, cost-competitive landscape.
In addition, a key barrier to implementation is a lack of knowledge and the necessary skills to design and execute a company-wide digital strategy.
Other key barriers include SME funding for investment, and the trust needed between supplier and manufacturer to share data electronically.
The forthcoming event is a unique opportunity to help both SMEs and Bluechip businesses provide a roadmap to bring these automation and digitalisation solutions to your organisation and to overcome the barriers to implementation.