As part of the Sheffield Engineering Leadership Academy (SELA), a team from the university has implemented a practical example of Internet of Things (Industry 4.0) technology to increase manufacturing efficiency and boost productivity at Tinsley Bridge.
With a focus to minimise capital outlay, which is often a barrier to SMEs adopting digital technologies, the team developed a low-cost prototype incorporating both data acquisition sensors and a data transmission capability to provide real time dashboard information that Tinsley Bridge is able to use to reduce manufacturing costs.
Dr Gary Wood, Head of SELA, said: “It is fantastic that this project has demonstrated a successful model for digital adoption in Sheffield, with higher education, the city region, and a SME manufacturer working together to drive innovation towards a more competitive industrial sector. It has identified significant benefits adopting Industrial Digital Technologies, with the hope this will now inspire other regional manufacturers to explore the potential of Industry 4.0”.
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