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IN THIS ISSUE Power Up the North Northern Powerhouse Report

5G & Manufacturing A closer look at how 5G impacts the manufacturing sector

How Is Industry 4.0 Changing the Industry?

CAPULA offers an SI Perspective

The Big Data Potential Insights for SME’s

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Thank you for reading the 11th issue of The Industry 4.0 magazine. It has been three months since our flagship event – The Industry 4.0 Summit & Expo in Manchester. The developments in Industry 4.0 have continued apace since. In this issue we report on the Northern Powerhouse and how Made Smarter is enabling companies in the region to adapt to Industry 4.0. The UK has been running 5G trials in factories for just over a year – Simon Mead of Cambridge Wireless looks at the state of 5G in manufacturing in the UK. In this issue we have also included a number of features on the topics covered at The Industry 4.0 Summit this year – ranging from systems integration to Big Data. In 2020 we are launching the World Advanced Materials Summit & Expo alongside the Industry 4.0 Summit & Expo in Manchester – we have included an overview on the materials ecosystem in the North West and the ground breaking research being conducted at the local universities. We hope you enjoy reading this edition and we look forward to receiving feedback from you. Kind regards

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On June 9, 2019, 33 regional newspapers in the North of England united in an unprecedented move to call on the government to act on the promises made five years ago about the creation of a Northern Powerhouse. Analysis by the Institute for Public Policy Research North, published in December 2018, found that total public spending since the government began its austerity programme, has fallen in the North faster than in any other UK region. Spending rose by £3.2 billion in the Southeast and Southwest, fell by £1.1 billion in London, but fell by £6.3 billion in the North.

“We know this is a great place to do business. Our economic assets, industrial heritage and quality of life combine to create a business environment that is hard to beat. But we also know that this region could achieve with the right investment and support.“


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Key metrics – including on opportunity and life expectancy – show the gulf between north and south continues to widen.

The region employs more than 15 million people – around a quarter of the UK workforce – and is the UK’s largest manufacturing region.

Lord Bob Kerslake, the former Civil Service head, has suggested that the divide between London and the North is now comparable to the gulf which existed in Germany after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Kerslake warned closing the gap could take 50 years.

It is estimated the region currently generates around £343 billion per year – enough for it to rank ninth in terms of size of European economies were the North to be a country.

Jonathan Walker, assistant director of policy for the North East England Chamber of Commerce says: “For decades, the North has been held back by a lack of investment in critical infrastructure and centralised decision making. Successive governments have talked about redressing the economic imbalances, but progress has been limited and frustratingly slow.” The newspaper campaign is calling for investment in education, transport, and broadband, as well as the devolution of further powers, especially over transport policy.

Walker continues, “We know this is a great place to do business. Our economic assets, industrial heritage and quality of life combine to create a business environment that is hard to beat. But we also know that this region could achieve with the right investment and support. It is time for the Government to show us that they agree.”

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Advancing the UK’s largest manufacturing region In this context, the North West pilot of the UK Government-funded and business-supported Made Smarter programme, designed to embed advanced manufacturing in the region, is a much-needed success story. Industry 4.0 magazine caught up with Alain Dilworth, Made Smarter North West Pilot Programme Manager, to find out more about how the programme is powering growth. “We’re taking a flexible approach as we move and approve and engage with the region’s SME manufacturers,” Dilworth says. “Since it is a pilot, we need maximum flexibility to experiment. We only began the first funding decisions in March and April of this year, and I’m really pleased with the progress we’ve made since then.” The pilot has already announced funding for 16 North West manufacturing businesses. And Dilworth reports he has a further four applications awaiting imminent approval. Deciding which businesses to work with comes down to an assessment of the application and, in particular, the potential GVA growth. The success of the pilot programme will be measured on the GVA it delivers to the region’s economy. “We take the most recent published accounts as a baseline,” Dilworth explains. “Then we ask for a three-year forecast to assess GVA growth. Ensuring we have consistent reporting across the programme is one of the areas we’re working on with the Government. It’s exciting that we’re well ahead of where we expected to be in terms of projected growth with the first couple of projects.” The first 16 projects to get the green light are predicting a boost to GVA of £11 million.


This rises to £15.9 million when the four projects awaiting approval are included. If these forecasts prove accurate, the pilot is aiming ahead of the run rate it is targeted to achieve. Dilworth hopes to see the first indications of successful growth in the Autumn, when some of the participating companies can produce estimates based on management accounts, although he acknowledges that is will be 2020 before the majority of annual accounts are published and the results can be reported formally. “We’re in the very early days of reporting,” acknowledges Dilworth, “but we’re already seeing some positive feedback in terms of job growth and reskilling. The companies we are now engaging with are hoping to create 100 new jobs. Which would be a fantastic contribution.” Recruitment will require a mix of upskilling and employing new talent. Dilworth says so far both approaches are being pursued. Anecdotally, some SMEs have raised concerns about the difficulty in finding and recruiting the right talent. The programme is engaging with local educational establishments as well as experienced consultants to broaden participants’ access to the talent and experienced required.

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Internet of Things Cloud Computing

Cyber Security

The nine technology areas of Industry 4.0

Big Data

Augmented/ Virtual Reality

Autonomous/ Collaborative Robots (Cobots)

Simulation/ Digital Twins

Additive Manufacturing/ 3D Printing

Horizontal/ Vertical System Integration

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A Clarion Call to North West Manufacturers “It is both gratifying and a little bit scary that so many SMEs are engaging with us,” says Dilworth. “We were expecting interest, but not at this level. I expect it to snowball further when people see the success stories.” The pilot is tasked with engaging with 3,000 SMEs. It will work intensively with 600 organisations, and 480 of these will progress to an investable project. Any North West SME that makes, creates or manufactures is urged to engage now. Organisations can engage in a number of ways. The easiest way to register interest is online. Here, manufacturers and creators can register for a fully funded audit of their operations. The pilot team are also organising and engaging with a number of local events which will explore the business challenges as well as the technologies. Dilworth says, “We’re now working on some half-day sessions which ask how digitalisation works within your existing business plan. Where will it have the most impact? Where is the roadmap? How can you make the investment less risky? 8

At this stage, we’re still exploring with businesses ways in which we can best support them to position Industry 4.0 within their overall strategy.” By March 2020, the pilot programme hopes to have secured the funded participation of 200 North West SME manufacturers. Funded businesses must match the programme’s contribution, but the investment doesn’t have to be massively sizeable to have an impact. Dilworth says: “So far, we’ve seen four main themes emerging: systems integration, IIoT, robotics, and additive manufacturing. But we’re keen to explore all nine technology areas. One area we talk about very little is cybersecurity. We need to think harder about how to have those conversations with business – perhaps we need a more national approach on cybersecurity. When we start getting the first results early next year, we will be able to see which investments are demonstrating the biggest rewards.”

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Looking forward to a wider roll out Dilworth recognises the need to roll out the programme on a wider basis, but cautions there is still a lot to learn. “We seem to have hit a sweet spot in the North West. We’re getting good engagement. And having resources like the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University’s Print City is great because we can take people there and they can see for themselves what is possible. “We know there is a national need to do this and we are getting a lot of interest from the other regions. But we have to balance that with not moving too quickly. Although we are already seeing that you don’t have to spend huge amounts of money on projects – you can do stuff with a relatively small investment – we need to invest the time to work out the best way to deliver support.”



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Made Smarter North West pilot success stories With sixteen co-funded projects underway, the Made Smarter North West pilot is already reporting success stories.



Launched in 2013, Fusion Implants is one of the few UK companies specialising in the research and development, design and manufacture of veterinary implants and instrumentation. Its Fusion TTA implant has already been used in more than 4,000 operations.

DT Engineering has established its expertise in steel fabrication, mechanical engineering, welding, hydraulics and electrics over the last decade, growing to a team of sixteen over this time.

When creating stratified generic plates, the topography of French Bulldogs humeral condyle presents a particular challenge. The company applied for match-funding from Made Smarter to fund an internship to aid the analysis of French Bulldog CT scans and use of leading-edge biomedical software to plot measurements and identify stratified samples that can be used to develop anatomical bone plates. Dr Dan Jones, MD of Fusion Implants said: “By engaging with the Made Smarter program we are able to accelerate our research and development capacity for Fusion Implants, whilst also giving a graduate the opportunity to develop skills in additive manufacturing and implant design and development. Our end goal is to have a prototype product which we can take to market, and a new employee.�


The team identified a need for a stronger set of controls for the control over access to and use of potentially lethal lifting machinery. By using RFID or biometric authorisation, access could be better limited to trained and approved personnel. Having developed the smart access system architecture in conjunction with Innovate UK, DT Engineering sought further support from Made Smarter to productise the system with a view to wider adoption across the UK and for export.

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THE NURSERY KITCHEN, BIRKENHEAD Katy Elliot’s catering business delivers 15,000 meals per week to 40 customers, but spends more than fifty manhours on paper-based processes every week. As well as offering minimal visibility of work in progress or inventory levels, these paper-based processes amount to about 17 percent of the company’s total payroll. Through its discussions with Made Smarter, The Nursery Kitchen has identified key IDT solutions which will move the company to a more automated and integrated resource planning, stock control and client ordering system. This will drastically reduce the administrative burden, minimise errors, increase productivity and aid compliance with food safety standards. Other projects which could help the company on its digitalisation journey include an IIoT solution for monitoring and recording freezer temperature. Katy forecasts the proposals will boost growth by 14 percent over the next three years. She said: “Our hope is that these significant changes to our systems and processes will improve efficiency allowing us to increase our existing capacity.”

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About Made Smarter North West

MADE SMARTER. The Made Smarter North West pilot was launched following the UK Government’s national review of manufacturing, the Made Smarter review led by Siemens UK Chief Executive Jürgen Maier. The pilot is a £20 million investment between government and industry and a generational opportunity for North West manufacturing to anchor and advance high-value manufacturing. The programme aims to increase regional gross value add (GVA) by up to £115 million through engagement with 3,000 manufacturing SMEs. Up to 600 North West firms will also qualify for more intense support, including potential grant funding. For more information, visit:

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5G & Manufacturing A closer look at how 5G impacts the manufacturing sector

The UK has been running 5G trials in factories for just over a year. Initial results suggest that manufacturing firms could see a 1% increase in productivity from this new technology thanks to increased understanding of machine health, predictive maintenance, decreased machinery downtime and improved service quality. Manufacturing & Utilities combined are expected to contribute over a third of the mind-blowingly large figure of $2.2 trillion that the GSMA predicts 5G will contribute to the global economy over the next fifteen years.

Simon Mead, CEO, Cambridge Wireless

So what makes 5G better than what has come before? There are three core pillars that make 5G what it is:


Enhanced Mobile Broadband

Massive Machine Type Connectivity

UltraReliable Low-Latency Comms

The ability to stream a large amount of data, for example UHD video, quickly.

The ability to manage thousands of smart devices (such as internet-connected thermometers) on one network.

The ability to transmit data with neither fail nor lag / sluggishness.

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5G in Manufacturing

While the first pillar will be the first to achieve mass market adoption and is the focus of recent high profile launches such as that of EE in London, it is the other pillars that proffer the next industrial revolution. Massive machine type connection is exemplified by the idea of vast, low-power sensor networks throughout a factory, all gathering data on temperatures, vibrations, pressures and more. When accumulated, this sensor network provides invaluable insight into the operational performance of equipment and can alert engineers when a machine comes close to its limits. Darren Danks is the manufacturing project leader at Worcester Bosch, one of the companies leading the charge in the trials of 5G in manufacturing. His team believes that 5G has the potential to increase the efficiency of the plant by using this sensor network to reduce the amount of time that machinery is out of action. The Worcester Bosch factory has installed 100 5G-connected sensors along with two high resolution cameras. This equipment monitors about half of the plant, focussing on the more heavily automated upstream section of production where the components are made, rather than assembled.

“We wanted something that would allow us to see the health of a machine or a piece of equipment in a way we hadn’t been able to before. Rather than waiting for something to break down, which would cause problems in terms of shutting down our assembly processes, we’re now able to spot a potential issue before it happens and deal with it in a planned and controlled way.” Sensor networks in a factory are nothing new. What 5G brings to the table is the real-time nature of data analysis and the ability to have ten times the numbers of sensors in the same area contributing to the overall decision making process. “We wanted something that would allow us to see the health of a machine or a piece of equipment in a way we hadn’t been able to before. Rather than waiting for something to break down, which would cause problems in terms of shutting down our assembly processes”


industry 4.0 Issue no 11 - July 2019 The manufacturer working alongside Bosch in the Worcestershire 5G Consortium, a testbed funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, is the Japanese machine tool builder Yamazaki Mazak. This company is augmenting the capabilities of their machine tool servicing team in order to save customers time and money and provide a higher level of service quality. Using an augmented reality headset equipped with an HD camera and a microphone, an on-site Yamazaki Mazak service engineer can stream exactly what he is seeing to a remote expert and receive step-by-step instructions instantaneously on how to fix an issue, if he is unclear how to proceed himself. This reduces the risk of service engineers needing to return for a second visit if the first respondent is not trained to handle the issue that he encounters. Augmented reality use cases rely on both the low latency element of 5G for the instantaneous transmission of instructions and enhanced mobile broadband to stream the HD video quickly.


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5G & Manufacturing Elsewhere, Nokia has been building a “factory of the future” in Oulu, Finland. In this building, sensor networks, computer vision and autonomous robots that traverse the factory floor alongside employees are the norm. One experiment that Nokia has run compares the speed of automation of 4G and 5G-connected robots. In the same time period, the 4G-connected robot assembled 12 parts while the 5G-connected robot assembled 31 parts – a huge 260% productivity gain thanks to 5G’s significantly lower latency. Across the telecommunications industry, there is a recognition of the need for increased collaboration with enterprise customers as 5G is rolled out to ensure that the new technology reaches its full potential. O2 supports this collaborative viewpoint. On the launch of the Worcestershire 5G Consortium project, Derek McManus, COO of O2 (one of the project members), said that in order for 5G to achieve the estimated £173Bn incremental revenue that the Government predicts in its first ten years, rolling out the technology isn’t enough.

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He believes that “the only way the UK will benefit is if we can make technology and mobile collaborate with British industry and with local authorities. If the three can work together, then the infrastructure will be there, the capability will be understood, and the benefit will be driven out.”

Factories may be able to customise security levels, latency requirements, geographic spread and support levels in real-time. This “5G as a Service”, subscription-based business model could revolutionise enterprise connectivity by minimizing the capital cost of deploying a network.

Dr Derek Long, Head of Telecoms & Mobile at Cambridge Consultants is working to help service providers and industry to unlock the potential of 5G and goes further. He suggests that “5G provides an opportunity for telecom operators to change their value proposition to enterprise clients from simple network-capacity providers to innovative digital-service partners, to the great benefit of both. However, to accomplish this will require more than just a technology shift. Telecom operators will need to embrace a cultural shift. Telecom operators will need to respond to the unique needs of diverse enterprise customers.”

It has been over a year since the Worcestershire testbed started and participants are starting to feedback lessons learned. Unsurprisingly, skills emerge as a critical factor. More employees will be needed that not only understand manufacturing processes and the mechanical elements of a factory, but also the digital technology that will bring it together and deliver the insights upon which decisions are made. Ongoing collaboration and communication between the UK Government, the technology sector and manufacturers will be key to ensuring the UK fills this skills gap and maximises the productivity potential of 5G.

Some of the more technical elements of 5G, such as network slicing, should result in operators being able to offer differentiated services to enterprise clients.

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Simon is an experienced Commercial Director & CEO across hi-tech, on-line, media sales, broadcast and financial service industries. Since 1994 Simon has held a series of senior roles handling company sales, MBOs, and early stage funding. He has led the preparation and negotiation of the sale of a hi-tech business, generating a tenfold return on investment for the VC’s involved. Simon is currently CEO of CW, a popular community for the wireless industry and the lead partner in the UK5G Innovation Network.



David Robinson is Capula’s Head of Technology and Innovation. He spoke to us at the Industry 4.0 Summit and Expo about how Industry 4.0 is changing the role of the system integrator.

David Robinson, Head of Technology and Innovation, Capula

Proof of Value not Proof of Concept “It can’t be business as usual,” says David Robinson when Industry 4.0 magazine catches up with him at the Industry 4.0 Expo in Manchester. “Proof of concept does nothing except test the tech. We want to move away from that.” David is keen to stress that the effects of Industry 4.0 are being felt by system integrators as keenly as they are by manufacturers across industry.

As a result, customers may know the business outcome they want to achieve, but they are no longer in a position to understand how to get there.”

“Industry 4.0 is happening and it’s real; it’s not just about technologies or marketing. It is a true disruptor to this market sector.”

This means system integration businesses like Capula must adapt.

Capula has been deploying systems for energy, infrastructure and manufacturing businesses for fifty years. For most of that time, its end customers have had a pretty good idea about what they wanted to do and how they wanted to do it. However, David says that’s often not the case now. “The pace of change in technology innovation has increased so rapidly, businesses have fewer inhouse capabilities, and the workforce is getting older.


As well as increasing their own technical knowledge – widening out from the traditional industrial suppliers to include emerging tech from other sectors – David explains that Industry 4.0 requires a change of approach as well. The changes are two-fold. First, in terms of meeting changing customer expectations. Second, in terms of project planning, delivery and management. As a result, Capula has shifted from its traditional focus when working with a new client from delivering a “proof of concept” to a new focus on delivering “proof of value”.

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What is proof of value? Proof of value shifts the focus from the technology to the business goals. Instead of assessing whether the technology can operate as desired, it asks the question: does this technology answer the business question in a way that delivers value? David says, “To deliver value to the end customer, we need to start off with the key question: what value do you need to prove? It’s a different way of engaging with clients; the conversations must start earlier and be more open. Instead of asking us, a system integrator, about which SCADA solution is the best one for the job, the question is now: how to we achieve this particular business outcome?” This is where Capula’s “proof of value” concept excels; it shows how well the technology answers the target business outcome, not whether it ticks all the “SCADA” boxes.

“To demonstrate proof of value, we need to deliver value very quickly and this means developing the first part of the system very quickly. For this type of rapid application development, we’re moving away from rigid functionalities and the traditional waterfall approach to project management. Agile and scrum methodologies are ideally suited – so the way we develop solutions has changed. “Instead of taking six months to write a detailed functional spec and project plan and still not having delivered anything practical, we’re now typically looking at three months to stand up functional software and see it working and tested. It’s rapid and it’s at a reduced cost, because we’re avoiding all that front-end work.”


“Look to embrace what Industry 4.0 has to offer because it can deliver value, but you need to engage with people early. Don’t waste time because otherwise, before you make a start, things will have changed. Stay open. Start small, but think big!”

What does it mean in practice? Capula’s changing skill set isn’t limited to project management; the company’s internal technology skills are changing too. The changes in the wider IT market are beginning to permeate into the Industrial sector. Java script skills are required, Linux is moving into the industrial space, open source is becoming more prevalent. For David, the key consideration is keeping solutions as open as possible; to avoid falling back into the old trap of vendor lock-in. He offers the example of a distribution network operator (DNO) in the energy sector that wished to incorporate live operational data into its modelling software for network planning. “The existing systems had an architecture built for servers, not for cloud. So we had to approach the challenge in a different way;

by bringing disparate sets of data together and contextualising it in a way the business understands, it is possible to show proof of value very quickly.” His advice for end users? “Look to embrace what Industry 4.0 has to offer because it can deliver value, but you need to engage with people early. Don’t waste time because otherwise, before you make a start, things will have changed. Stay open. Start small, but think big!”

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The Big Data Potential Insights for SME’s

Valuechain experts chaired our big data SME Clinic at the Industry 4.0 Summit and Expo in Manchester this year, so who better to ask for insights about the potential of data to transform our sector?

Valuechain is a software business that specialises in supply chain solutions. As such, it is attempting to answer many different kinds of data problems for its customers – from acquiring the data in the first place right through to using machine intelligence to drive data analysis that can power business improvements. When we caught up with them at the Industry 4.0 Summit and Expo this year, the Valuechain team explained that most of the conversations they’d been having were focused on the earlier stages of that data and analytics journey. “There is interest,” explains Alasdair Pettigrew, CEO of Tricorn, the Valuechain company that delivers manufacturing MRP software for SMEs. “But many of the companies we’re speaking with don’t really understand the value of their data.


If you’re grappling with a problem of productivity, it can sometimes be hard to see how big data answers that question.” For SMEs, the problem is exacerbated. While many of the tools and approaches around data and analytics are becoming more accessible, SMEs face a challenge in terms of expertise. “SMEs can’t do it all in house,” says Alasdair, “they’re already wearing so many hats. They need to partner.”

“Many SMEs still don’t collect data. Some are using paper, or there are a lot of systems that are not being brought together. If you don’t bring everything together and make sense of it, how can you understand?”

The SME Experience of Data Valuechain Chief Operating Officer, Michael Schraps also spent time speaking with and advising visitors to the Expo’s SME clinic. “Many SMEs still don’t collect data,” Michael says. “Some are using paper, or there are a lot of systems that are not being brought together. If you don’t bring everything together and make sense of it, how can you understand?”

Connectivity, automated data capture and the thoughtful structure of data and data integration are the first steps Alasdair recommends, as he makes the case for investing in process control software. “What’s the point having a sensor if you can’t see what’s happening on it?” he asks.

“That shows, in itself, that many SMEs don’t understand the value of the data they hold,” agrees Alasdair.

Michael agrees: “The big data and artificial intelligence stuff is all very well and good, but if you can’t visualise it in a way that people can understand it easily and then take better decisions based on the data that’s being visualised it’s worthless. It’s a context question. Because it is still a human making those decisions, we need to ensure the pertinent information is highlighted to them in a way that’s easy to understand.”

Tricorn works with businesses to help collect and compile this data. “If you start small you can get your money back just through efficiency,” Alasdair continues. “SMEs don’t have money to burn, so data projects need to look at one return on investment at a time.”


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The Sharp End of Innovation While SMEs may typically be at an earlier stage, this isn’t stopping the Valuechain team from pushing forward with “the big data and artificial intelligence stuff”. The company’s work spans the area of big data concerned with machine and production data which was the focus of so many of the exhibitors in Manchester. But it goes further to include less traditional data sources too.

To leverage the potential of this information, Valuechain is working with a team of data scientists at the University of Huddersfield. This team is developing machine learning algorithms that pull datasets in from diverse online sources.

“Cambridge Analytica has raised most people’s awareness about what is possible with online and social media data and the kind of micro-targeting that is possible,” says Alasdair. “Although you might not be able to see that big picture when you are on the first steps of this journey, the traditional production data and the postsales performance data from intelligent products and the social media feedback are all interconnected and part of the same big picture.”

The goals are two-fold: • To offer more comprehensive risk profiles for potential partners, suppliers and customers with a 360˚ perspective. • To understand news and events that are happening throughout the supply chain in real time. While accessing a company’s risk profile information is likely to be a one-off event, the supply chain monitoring is conceived as a rolling stream of data and insights.

Penetrating Deeper into the Supply Chain The artificial intelligence (AI) tools are mapping data that is already publicly available, but that you wouldn’t typically seek out or use within day-to-day decision making. Using AI to collate this information makes it cost effective to integrate into decision-making processes. “The AI finds out data about your suppliers that you wouldn’t normally know,” says Michael. “It will consider things like catastrophes, infringement of law, trends on social media – so it is intelligently scraping data from the web to provide operational intelligence. This live data about things that are happening within the supply chain gives you additional visibility and a constant review of the status of your operating environment. For example, you’re going to know about a flood which is impeding on-time delivery before your supplier tells you about it.”


In this way, Valuechain’s AI tools help to manage risk and improve partnerships, processes and performance. “You can’t even think of this vast potential when you first get started with data,” says Alasdair, “It’s hard to grasp what big data is or what it could mean for your business specifically. But by partnering with a solution expert like Valuechain you have a route to implementing this technology throughout your supply chain eventually. We will be seeking to roll it out throughout our entire software ecosystem.”

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Valuechain’s Data Intelligence Solutions The Data Analysis Bureau team was part of the Industry 4.0 Summit and Expo’s Innovation Showcase, as well as presenting an introduction to data science and machine learning for industry in the event’s Open Technology Forum. When Industry 4.0 magazine catches up with them at the Innovation Showcase, the team is keen to stress that there’s a lot of misinformation about data. “Anyone who tells you they can just turn up and wave a magical analytical wand has understood nothing,” says George Hancock, The Data Analysis Bureau’s Head of Business Development. “Everyone gets caught up in the idea of machine learning and algorithms, but data science is nothing without domain knowledge.”

It’s this philosophy that makes the company’s approach so effective. In addition to its core team of data scientists, data engineers and solution architects, The Data Analysis Bureau works with a carefully selected, but extensive, network of associates. As a result, it can leverage domain and technical knowledge exactly suited to the data project in hand. “The fact that we can arrive with that domain knowledge already existing is a big asset,” says George. “If you don’t understand the question you’re trying to answer in the first place – which is domain knowledge – you’ve got no hope of answering it right.”


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The Big Data Potential

How should one approach a Big Data project? Dr Eric Topham, CEO & Data Science Director, and George Hancock, Head of Business Development, of THE DATA ANALYSIS BUREAU talk through the questions you need be asking when embarking on a Big Data project. • Any project starts with a question; so the first step is to identify the problem we want to answer. Is it productivity? Spoilage? Downtime? • We then need to understand what answering that question is worth to the business; what does that problem cost them? • From there, we can break it into a set of clear problem statements. • What does a data-driven solution look like if it is to answer those statements? • What are some hypotheses? Which of those hypotheses can we build some very specific projects around? • What data do we have that can satisfy those projects? • What in-house structures can support it? What in-house talent do I have? What extra resources do we need to bring in?

Many Different Starting Points George is keen to stress that, while the businesses he met at the Summit & Expo are at different points of maturity when it comes to data analysis, they share the need to start from the same basic premise: what is the business problem you are trying to solve? While it is very tempting to ask “what can you do with our data?”, George says that to start with the data is to start the wrong way around. For example, it may be that an organisation is awash with data but that none of it answers the question to which the business needs an answer.

This understanding will shape subsequent work; it will help you understand what form the insight needs to have. From there, given the question you are trying to answer, you can decide which analytical processes, techniques and data sets you are going to use.

It seems a little counterintuitive for data science specialists to be recommending that you forget the data for now, but George stresses that SMEs, in particular, need to see payback on any data analysis investments. It’s therefore important to understand what value any insight is going to have when you deliver it.

Taking this approach, says George, helps organisations to focus data and analytics investment on the areas where it can deliver swiftest return and maximum value to the business.

“To start with the data is to start the wrong way around. For example, it may be that an organisation is awash with data but that none of it answers the question to which the business needs an answer”


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Cheap Learning, Not Deep Learning The Data Analysis Bureau team call their approach “cheap learning” – as opposed to deep learning. Nevertheless, its team are pushing at the edges of the envelope when it comes to machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies. “The people we’ve met at the show fit into a typical mix: people who haven’t started any data collection yet; people who have data all over the place and who need help to bring it all together; and people who have taken first steps but need specialist support with an objective,” says George. “Wherever people are on that journey we can help – from putting in the ‘plumbing’ and developing databases, warehouses, lakes… to getting the data ingested, cleaned, structured, transformed, loaded, through business intelligence and analytics right through to the sharp end of machine learning.”

Cheap learning means taking each step at a time; thinking big but starting small and seeing payback before moving on to the next step. George says, “Typically, the majority of projects will have some infrastructure in place – although it might not be suitable for what they want to do. But we do try to accommodate this in the early stages of a project. We will try to do as much as we can with what they already have. It’s about proving the concept before making the move from, for example, on-premise Microsoft SQL server instances to the cloud.”

An Inevitable Drift Cloudwards Eventually, if you are serious about data analysis there will be a move to the cloud, George admits. “Inevitably, that’s going to have to happen because you need the compute. And the tools available in the cloud; some of them are not so easily available as on-premise solutions – or, if they are, there’s a large upfront cost.” The cloud is simply another way of pursuing the “cheap learning” agenda – seeing returns before making serious investment. “Typically, we can show people there are legs to their data in a one- to two-week proof of concept project,” says The Data Analysis Bureau CEO and Data Science Director, Dr. Eric Topham. about Valuechain

“Even after that, we don’t need to aim for something big. As long as it delivers some value, that’s good. Then we can look at how we can do it better, and do it again. By taking an agile approach to projects, we can continue to develop them over time. A lot of people are shouting about Big Data and Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence, but we want to prove the value of the data – that’s the real goal for us.”

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An Industry 4 Expo Success Story:

Elements Technology A prize winner returns to the scene of his triumph! A prize winner returns to the scene of his triumph! Meet Dr. Joe Handsaker of Elements Technology, an innovative start-up using plug-and-play consumer technologies to make Industry 4.0 concepts more accessible for SMEs.

Dr. Joe Handsaker, CEO and Founder, Elements Technology

Another familiar face to be seen at the 2019 Industry 4.0 Summit and Expo in Manchester was Dr. Joe Handsaker, CEO and founder of Elements Technology. Joe was the winner of last year’s Expo Digital Catapult Hack & Pitch event and received much praise from the industry judges from Rolls Royce who named his innovation the winning idea of 2018.


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We caught up with Joe on the Elements Technology stand in the Expo’s Innovation Showcase area. “We’re back!” he tells us. “One year on… and we’ve gone from just an idea twelve months ago to a soft launch here at the show this year in advance of our full launch in May.” Since winning the Expo’s Hack & Pitch first prize in 2018, Joe has tweaked his ideas to create a solution designed specifically for SME manufacturers. Combining order tracking, order management and order generation functions, it offers SMEs an easy and accessible way to get started with Industry 4.0. Joe explains: “We use consumer technologies like mobile phones and simple-to-use technologies such as contactless so that people can track orders on the shopfloor in the same way that they can pay for a coffee in Costa or Starbucks.” Commentators have noted for some time that consumer technologies have raced ahead while workplace solutions have been slow to leverage the same technological advances in an affordable way, and Joe is aiming to close this gap.

His solution asks why SMEs shouldn’t experience the benefits of the technologies we’ve become used to using in our home lives in the workplace? In taking this approach, Elements Technology is also bringing down the cost of Industry 4.0 solutions. “Ninety-nine percent of manufacturers are SMEs,” Joe points out. “And, of them, 92 percent are small and micro businesses. By replacing barcode or RFID technologies with contactless, we are able to provide an accessible, low-cost solution. You can use any Android phone – and that opens up all sorts of possibilities. Plus, we can activate all sorts of existing components on the phone to build onto the platform. For example, we might want to use the camera for quality control purposes. Or GPS for order tracking.” As well as bringing the price of the solution right down, using existing consumer technologies also reduces the fear factor. We are used to handling phones, so the solution feels much more intuitive than, for example, a barcode scanner. This minimises the need for training. 27

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Joe’s so confident in the solution’s “plug and play” credentials that he offers a demo kit to trial the solution first-hand. This includes a phone in a ruggedised case, and the app pre-installed; as well as a license for up to eight users to use the platform for a month. At the 2019 Industry 4.0 Expo, it was possible to pick up a demo kit for just £250 on the Elements Technology stand. Feedback from the beta trial has been incorporated into new product development. Joe is passionate that future development should be customer-led. “We’re looking at quality control, bill and materials, and integration with finance and ERP systems,” he explains.


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To date, innovation has been customer led. The last twelve months have been quite a journey. From a one-man outfit when he attended the Industry 4.0 Summit and Expo last year, Joe has grown the operation to a fully-fledged Industry 4.0 innovator. “In December 2018 we won investment from the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund,” Joe says, “and we’re working with AMRC and Digital Catapult. We speak with Rolls Royce regularly as well. It’s enabled us to hire people and develop the look and feel of the app.” It’s great to see such a positive success story: from small beginnings at the Industry 4.0 Summit and Expo, great apps can grow.

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MANCHESTER UK Hub of Advanced Materials

There is no manufacturing without materials and the steady evolution of smart materials provides new manufacturing opportunities undreamt of even in the recent past. Advanced materials include those that have a specific function and meet a specific industry need. Moreover, sustainability is also increasingly a factor in materials research and development as well.

Manchester Manchester was the original industrial pioneer. It has been the heart of successive industrial revolutions including the 1st and now the 4th and a hub of innovation in research including John Dalton’s atomic theory in 1805, the splitting of the atom by Ernest Rutherford in 1917 and the invention of graphene, the first atom-thin 2D material, which earned a Nobel Prize for Professor Andre Geim and Professor Konstantin Novoselov at the University of Manchester in 2011. Manchester has long been at the vanguard of research into the natural building blocks of matter and investigating how to adapt existing and invent new materials. The city is home to several major materials institutions involved in advanced materials research and a host of industrial facilities directly and indirectly involved in the sector. The city fosters a collaborative atmosphere where technical dreams can be turned into industrial reality. Understandably, given its birthplace, much of materials science research is centred on graphene and other 2-D materials. Graphene is a versatile and highly conductive 2-D material 100 times stronger than steel. It has a range of properties and applications in modern technology including in smart devices, solar panels, batteries, coatings, capacitors and 3-D printers. The centre of the graphene industry in the UK is the National Graphene Institute (NGI), a supporter of the event, at the University of Manchester. A 7,825 square metre facility containing £13 million of state-of-the-art equipment enabling academics and industry partners to collaborate directly on developing existing and exploring new applications for the material. The Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC) focuses on development a commercialisation of graphene and other 2D materials.


The BP International Centre for Advanced Materials (ICAM) is an important partnership between BP, the University of Manchester, University of Cambridge, Imperial College London and the University of Illinois. ICAM was set up by BP in 2012 with a $100 million investment combining the strengths of four world-leading universities with BP’s expertise in oil and gas to create an international centre for advanced materials research.

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The Director of ICAM and Chairman of the Programme Management Board is Professor Allan Matthews of the University of Manchester. The Henry Royce Institute is a partnership of eight universities and research organisations around the hub at the University of Manchester, which provides a base for innovation in the development of advanced materials. Research areas are grouped into four themes: energy, engineering, functional and soft materials, each of which are expected to underpin the Government’s industrial strategy. Manchester’s Inward Investment Agency (MIDAS) describes Manchester as Europe’s largest materials science research centre with a wealth of investment opportunities. MIDAS highlights Manchester’s strengths in the application of advanced materials in aerospace, automotive, nuclear, oil & gas, biomedical and electronics industries, with particular emphasis on graphene and other 2-D materials, light alloys, coatings and surfaces, composites and technical textiles. Among the key Manchester and North West companies involved in advanced materials listed by MIDAS are: BP, Airbus, BASF, gsk, Innovia, Pilkington, Rolls Royce, Vauxhall, Unilever, SUMED, victrex, sigmatex, Bluestone Global, FibrLec and SunChemical. It states that £121 million has already been invested in NGI and Graphene Engineering Centre. Advanced materials are being made and used in and around Manchester every day. Researchers contribute directly to the city’s manufacturing companies, such as LUXFUR Mel Technologies/ Magnesium Elektron, which makes advanced lightweight magnesium alloys that were developed at the University’s School of Materials, for the aerospace, automotive and medical industries. Manchester researchers also worked with Rolls Royce on compressing the atomic structure of engine fan blades to make them more resilient to cracking. Plus, the wings of Airbus commercial aircraft built at Broughton, near Manchester, rely heavily on polymer composites. Furthermore, Highways England has now linkedup with GEIC in Manchester to see how Graphene can be added to road surfaces and markings to improve the road network. The new materials revolution has already begun with Manchester its beating heart. Metamaterials, nanomaterials, composites, biomaterials, graphene, polymers, ceramics, industrial textiles and coatings are all represented and will be featured at the World Advanced Materials Summit and Expo where smart materials and smart ideas will be attracting the smartest industrialists.


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Why Manchester? Manchester is the centre of the UK’s advanced materials sector and heavily invested as a link between industry and research. Institutions located here include University of Manchester Tracing it’s roots back to 1824, the University has over 40,000 students and is both the home of graphene and the location of the National Graphene Centre. It also can boast two Noble Prize Winners for Physics in Professor Andre Geim and Professor Konstantin Novoselov - awarded in 2010 for their discovery of graphene. National Graphene Institute Located at the University of Manchester central city campus, the £60m building offers 7,600 sqm of research space and is an open door for new businesses. It is the centre of the UK’s burgeoning graphene industry. Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC) Opened in December 2018, the GEIC is critical for the development of commercial applications for graphene and other 2D materials. It is the University of Manchester’s second facility and focuses on pilot production and commercialisation within the industry. BP Centre for Advanced Materials An academia partnership between BP and The University of Manchester, the University of Cambridge, Imperial College London and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, combining game-changing capabilities in structural materials, corrosion, separations, surfaces, deposits and self-healing materials. Henry Royce Institute The UK’s national institute for advanced materials research an innovation. The Royce is a partnership of nine UK universities and other research organisation partners including the University of Manchester (the hub), Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, Imperial College London, National Nuclear Laboratory, University of Cambridge, University of Leeds, University of Liverpool, University of Oxford and the University of Sheffield.


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World Advanced Materials Summit and Expo In the Spring of 2020 upwards of 3,500 of the world’s senior advanced material industry executives will gather at the World Advanced Materials Summit and Expo in Manchester to attend the most important UK conference on the subject in the UK and listen to more than 80 top academics and industry leaders speak about the applications, potential and challenges of advanced materials in modern industry. An exhibition will also be showcasing latest technologies and research displayed and explained by over 125 exhibiting companies. This unmissable event will be collocated with the Industry 4.0 Summit and Expo, the UK’s premier event for the digitalisation of manufacturing.

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POST SHOW REPORT The first industrial revolution took place in the cotton mills of Manchester in the 18th century. Today we are in the midst of the 4th industrial revolution, a digital one often referred to as industry 4.0.

Our flagship event, The Industry 4.0 Summit and Expo returned in 2019 – bigger and better than ever in Manchester this April. For those of us who braved the snow in 2018, this year’s spring sunshine was a real treat – but even that paled by comparison with the gems of insight that came tumbling out of the conference and Expo halls this year. April saw a gathering of global digital innovators converging in Manchester at the UK’s largest digital manufacturing event, the Industry 4.0 Summit & Expo at the Manchester Central Convention Complex. Focused on the future of manufacturing from an expert perspective, the Summit showcased the very latest technologies and solutions designed to make manufacturing smarter all set to a backdrop of compelling round table events, real-world case studies, networking and seminars delivered by a global panel of thought leaders. Featured topics across the two-day Summit included seminars and round tables on pressing issues such as increasing the uptake of digital technologies in manufacturing, upskilling, delivering profitability in manufacturing and supply chain with Digital Transformation and IIOT, achieving incremental improvements, Introducing factory digitalisation step by step, made smarter funding & using AR/VR in a manufacturing environment. 34

Manufacturers eager to gain knowledge on how to adopt new management strategies to help improve their operations gained unprecedented access to a world-class roster of Industry 4.0 experts, including representatives from government and industry associates. The two-day event will also offered deep dive into government policy, facilitate access to finance and provide guidance and support for those ready to adopt the latest business models. Event Director Gary Gilmour commented, “Our event attracts visitors across the manufacturing spectrum eager to get a better understanding of how to adopt industry 4.0 and then put this into practice. Our event provides knowledge and solutions, and plenty of case studies from companies who have already started their digital transformation.

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The Expo portion of the show included the handson Intel IoT workshop, designed for engineers, software developers and researchers. The expo brings together market leading companies across the areas of automation, software, big data, cloud, robotics, sensors and VR/AR.


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Meet the Innovators at Innovation Showcase New to the exhibition floor this year was the Innovation Showcase – a corridor of emerging talent and companies bringing their solutions to the UK for the first time. Amongst them was Joe Handsaker, winner of last year’s Innovation challenge, who returned to the Industry 4.0 Summit 2019 having productised his winning idea.


Joe was really impressed by the new Innovation Showcase area. “It’s been really good,” he said. “We’ve talked with some really interesting people with some really interesting problems and, most importantly, they seem really interested in us.”


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Digital Innovation Challenge Winner

This year’s finalists:

One of the highlights of Day One of the Expo is always the presentations from new talent in the Digital Innovation Challenge, sponsored by Protolabs.

Adam Votava @alookanalytics

The competition has international reach. This year, judges assessed hundreds of entries from around the world before shortlisting the eight finalists who presented their Industry 4.0 innovations on the Expo floor.

Emmanuel Ayodele @UniversityLeeds

Elen Parry @ManMetUni

Marcin Regulski @MiddlesexUni David Byrne @LimerickIT

Dien Curtis @HiveUrbanFarms Thomas Kendall @OfficialUoM Emiliano Pinto @OfficialUoM

The winner of 2019’s Digital Innovation Challenge was Emmanuel Ayodele. His winning entry is a wearable textile with the capability of using the Internet of Things (IoT)


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SME CLINIC ANSWERS YOUR QUESTIONS Another new initiative at this year’s Industry 4.0 Expo was the SME Clinic, sponsored by Value Chain. Here, visitors were invited to bring their challenges to the booths staffed by industry experts to access in-depth advice. Alasdair Pettigrew, CEO of Tricorn, spent some time manning the Big Data clinic. He said, “The conversations I’ve had today have really been about what are the implications and opportunities of Big Data in manufacturing in general. And for me where it becomes transformational is where you can dice that data down to specifics.

Understanding the clear ownership of data is important, especially for SMEs because they can’t do it all in-house.” Also manning the clinic was Valuechain Chief Operating Officer, Michael Schraps who agreed that many SMEs aren’t yet collecting data. Read more about Alasdair and Michael’s advice here.

The Industry 4.0 Skills Gap Thursday’s panel discussion on the main stage focused on the skills gap facing the industry – from identifying which skills are required, to strategies for recruiting and retaining talent.


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