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Tinsley Bridge Group

Industry 4.0 Manufacturing Project in Sheffield Digital Awards

Internet of Things

A collaboration project involving The University of Sheffield and Tinsley Bridge has been shortlisted in the Sheffield Digital Awards for the Best Use of Technology in Industry.

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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