Digital Technologies for Manufacturing Innovation: Embracing Industry 4.0, 30th Nov-1st Dec 2015, The Trent Building, University of Nottingham.
It was an early start for Dr David Meehan travelling to Nottingham recently, prior to presenting at the Digital Technologies for Manufacturing Innovation: Embracing Industry 4.0 there was a stop scheduled at the Rotherham site of Tata Speciality Steels to check on the gas measurement system which would be the basis of the showcase presentation, but as expected, there was very little to do as the laser based gas analyser has been running with little to no maintenance since its installation earlier this year in a very harsh operating environment on a secondary steel making process.
TDL have been working with Tata Speciality Steel since January 2014 to develop an in situ gas analysis system to measure the off gases in a steel batch production process, this was part of the Improving Premium Steel Manufacturing through Automation project funded by Innovate UK (formerly the Technology Strategy Board).
The two year project is coming to the end and Tata and TDL were invited by Innovate UK to present a short overview of the project to an audience interested in novel and exciting approaches to current challenges in manufacturing and how the UK is shaping up to ensure it is at the forefront of developing and implementing technologies and methodologies in the 21st century.
The event was hosted by the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing at the University of Nottingham with the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Innovate UK. There were a number of talks from representatives of industry leaders (including Siemens PLC, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, IBM, Rolls Royce and BAE Systems), SMEs and academic institutions and lively debate from all sides on the challenges and opportunities facing the UK.
There was an exhibition and networking event at the end of the first day and the TDL and Tata stall attracted a lot of attention from a number of interested parties, not least due to the large flashing demonstration unit!
Key words: TDL, Tata Steel, Innovate UK, University of Nottingham, Manufacturing, EPSRC, SME