As the dust settles after busy preparation for the first Northern Crucible meeting of 2020, here are some reflections and observations. In this event, we have placed our focus on Industry 4.0 and legislation surrounding it. The presentations included an in-depth overview of Industry 4.0. Mike Burrows from RS Components gave an insight to their first forays into rolling out this technology, what challenges the company faced and how they were overcome. Mike also discussed what was achieved as a result of implementing Industry 4.0. It was a very hands-on perspective on the challenge itself and on how it can be broken down to sizable chunks and implemented in a real-life factory scenario.
Irwin Mitchell also delivered three talks: one on why we gather more data and how this data gets used; the second talk was about personal data and how the government is more likely to support claims of individuals on misuse of data by large companies. The third talk focused on types of cyber-attacks and risks involved. For every risk, a defense strategy was offered.
The topic of the event (Industry 4.0 and connectivity) was particularly well received by the local heavy industry contingent in the meeting. This sector faces strong realization that implementing Industry 4.0 principles can turbo-charge their processes. Several attendees from metal industries have written in with positive feedback of how relevant and timely the meeting was. Some key points everyone agreed on:
The companies who learn and use Industry 4.0 will survive the next decade. Those who cannot cope, will downsize or even disappear
Training is the key to success. The biggest restriction to progress was board level not understanding how to roll this out. Even IT leaders, who had not kept up-to-date, were being left behind
A large amount of security risks was through lack of simple training
49% of companies have been security breached. Cyber-security is the key to safe processes
This event was kindly hosted by Irwin Mitchell at their headquarters in Sheffield. Irwin Mitchell is a full-service law firm with 15 sites in the UK. With over 1000 attorneys, it is one of the largest law firms in the UK. This event was supported by their manufacturing legal team. Also joining us on the night, was RS Components, a global trading company supplying electronic components and equipment. They have a worldwide turnover over £2.4 billion and are part of UK manufacturing supply chain backbone.
Northern Crucible visits IoT Tribe! The event is aimed at strengthening ties between start-ups, corporates and the broader global deeptech ecosystem. Our mission is to get start-ups to their first big enterprise sale and give our corporate partners access to the technologies that can fuel their businesses.
Founders are immersed in vibrant local and global manufacturing ecosystems and global business and investment networks from day one and supported by our outstanding mentors and technology partners.
April’s Northern Crucible event: 30th of April, 6.30pm. The venue: the National Fluid Power Centre, Carlton Road, Worksop, S81 7H.
In our April event, Northern Crucible members discussed real case studies focusing on real engineering solutions. Members heard presentations from Professional Energy Purchasing, GridBeyond and United Cast Bar. We have discussed one of the most acute costs in metal industry, energy, and looked into ways of optimising its use and storage from three view points: that of manufacturers, energy brokers and the National Grid.
If you are an engineer or a plant manager (or just involved in running a manufacturing business), you are eagerly invited to join the Northern Crucible group and benefit from this highly informative exchange of knowledge, experience and ideas.
Another great evening with the Northern Crucible! This was our third event and we have turned our attention to smart manufacturing, Internet of Things and digital connectivity in industry. Event was kindly hosted by Siemens at their MindSphere Lounge in The Diamond at the University of Sheffield.
The Diamond itself is a futuristic building that hosts world-class engineering, teaching and research facilities. The Northern Crucible members were treated to a building tour and saw how the University are bringing the next generation of engineering talent through.
The theme for the night was Internet of Things (#IoT) and smart manufacturing. The presentations included an inspirational talk by the very engaging professor Rab Scott from the rapidly expanding Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC). Prof. Scott gave an overview of the five key digital technologies: virtual and augmented reality, additive manufacturing, robotics and automation, machine learning (AI) and Internet of Things. It was also fantastic to see the high quality of innovation generated by the IOT Tribe start-up accelerator in the north.
The joy of the evening was a live project presented by the Sheffield Engineering Leadership Academy undergraduate students. Supported by Tinsley Bridge Group, the team analysed production, identified peaks of energy use and developed a way to accurately monitor energy consumption over a period of time.