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Dr Mark Swift, Head of SME Programmes, presented on the SME support available through WMG for businesses adopting digital technology.

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SME Support for Adopting Digital Technology, Dr Mark Swift

  1. 1. SME Support for Adopting Digital Technology Dr Mark Swift
  2. 2. Starting the journey What does i4.0 mean to SMEs… Isn't this just common sense? Digital is the glue, useful to get the basics right e.g. Lean techniques It must address your business questions – winning new business; where is it; operations; future business models; value from data and connectivity? Be wary of the challenges / barriers: Skills… Time… Resources… Infrastructure… Return Of Investment… Three levels: Supporting existing (manufacturing) operations Future services and business models Connecting supply chains
  3. 3. Wickens: Supporting existing manufacturing operations Manufacture heavy duty racking systems - cars, boats, steel rolls Used lean techniques = low throughput, bottlenecks time traps Digital manufacturing retro fit solution: Open-source platforms (Arduino, Raspberry Pi), industrial grade casings, sensors 15% efficiency saving Value from data is important! Accurate tool life prediction Capacity planning Supply chain visibility
  4. 4. Hobsons: Future services and business models Award winning brewery How many beer casks (barrel) do I have? Smart beer cask track and trace solution NFC tagged casks using smartphone and cloud based analytics Reduced cask ratio from 1:5 to 1:4 Created new business – working with major cider manufacturer Track high value returnable containers - e.g. gas cylinders, bottles, cages, bins, pallets… Data business
  5. 5. Where next and WMG can support? Diagnostic assessment (where do start, identify your business challenge) Lean Assessment Manufacturing Excellence Benchmarking Tool (Jay) Industry 4.0 Readiness Assessment (Jan launches today) Business model tool (under development) WMG SME Industry 4.0 Prototype Development Toolkit Asset tracking Manufacturing operations Supply chain visibility Real time costing tools Contact us WMG SME 024 7657 4299 wmgsme@warwick.ac.uk

Dr Mark Swift, Head of SME Programmes, presented on the SME support available through WMG for businesses adopting digital technology.

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