Digital Catapult has partnered with two UK manufacturers, Dyer Engineering and Special Metals Wiggin, to demonstrate the potential of industrial internet of things (IIoT) technology.
The Connected Factory Demonstrator will explore how future networks technologies including LPWAN (low-powered, wide area networks) can drive improvements throughout the product lifecycle – streamlining processes, improving yield and increasing quality control.
As part of the project, Digital Catapult has issued an open call to find startups working with IoT and LPWAN technologies, inviting them to help solve some of the challenges related to process measurement, optimisation and control as well as indoor tracking for the location of assets, equipment and components.
“This project will show how, by utilising technology to help innovation flourish, businesses can expect to see numerous practical benefits, from improved processes to better quality control,” said Digital Catapult CEO Jeremy Silver.
Dyer Engineering Group, based in County Durham, is a fabrication and machining business that makes metal components and structures. Hereford-based Special Metals Wiggin produces nickel alloys used in aerospace, energy, marine, automotive and nuclear industries.
Dr Jonathan Silk, quality and technical director at Special Metals Wiggin, said: “We anticipate that by introducing state-of-the-art wireless technology we will make significant advancements in process control and asset tracking. This will enhance our position in a highly competitive worldwide market for the supply of nickel alloys.”
“Adopting industrial digital technology is of paramount importance to safeguard UK manufacturing for generations to come,” added Richard Larder, operations manager at Dyer Engineering. “We have benefited from the technological pioneers before us and now feel it is our time to pick up the mantle and take on the challenges and risks of significant change, and we are truly up for it!”
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