Northern Crucible presents at Industry 4.0 and Smart Manufacturing webinar.

Sean Ibrahim was invited to address the manufacturing audience at Sheffield IoT meet-up. Due to the current situation with the Coronavirus, the meeting was held in the form of a live webinar with 68 attendees. Sean’s presentation slides are available from this website.

The discussion was an exciting exploration of Internet of Things in manufacturing and featured the highest quality input from RollsRoyce R2 Data Labs, the AMRC, Tinsley Bridge, Ioetec as well as Northern Crucible. In his talk, Sean outlined Industry 4.0 highlighting reasons why it remained such a challenge for legacy industry. He also explored common issues that legacy industry faced in adapting Industry 4.0 principles and what could be done to change this landscape. The talk was well received with numerous questions particularly from IoT suppliers about breaking into the market and what IT skills shortages existed in manufacturing. It also confirmed that this market is certainly the toughest to penetrate.

The main take-away from the meeting that most attendees agreed to was the local presence of the IoT provider, industry knowledge and access to government funding were certainly the major criteria of winning business in our region.

The online hosting of the meeting was eye-opening into new ways of hosting similar events and attracting larger audiences that may or may not be located in Sheffield.

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Northern Crucible IOT Tribe Visit

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.

Northern Crucible IOT meeting Event

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.

SELA students
SELA students presenting
Northern Crucible members, enthused with innovation!
Northern Crucible members
Northern Crucible
The Diamond, University of Sheffield. A £50mln engineering department at the heart of Sheffield.
Prof. Rab Scott
Professor Rab Scott giving a inspirational talk.