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Successful digital manufacturing event for local businesses

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Focusing on digital manufacturing, the event attracted an audience from different business backgrounds including both large organisations and SMEs. A variety of talks from Andrew Hodgson (Siemens) and Prof. Cliff Brereton (OCF Data) on ‘Britain’s 4th Industrial Revolution’ and ‘The Future of Manufacturing for the Digital Age’, respectively, helped attendees develop a better understanding of the complex topic from different perspectives.

The audience was also entertained by a measurement competition which involved guessing the weight of a jar filled with marshmallows in comparison to another jar weighing 1 kilogram. The winner of the competition was Russell Haigh from Pland Stainless Steel, who received the prize of a TESA digital caliper.

The opportunity to network with likeminded people is key to the success of events like Digital Manufacturing as delegates often find potential customers and answers to issues they face in their day to day business.

Guests also shared their suggestions for topics to be covered at upcoming events. These included Additive Manufacturing, which is the theme of the NPL Manufacturer Measurement Network’s next event, which will take place on Tuesday 16 January 2018 at the 3M BIC. This event is being hosted in association with the Calderdale and Kirklees Manufacturing Alliance (CKMA).

Andy Morris, Operations Manager at NPL, explains: “Additive manufacturing processes (often referred to as 3D printing) offer a great deal of potential to manufacturers, opening up new possibilities, rapid prototyping, greater product design flexibility and increased product personalisation. Some industries have already adopted these processes, especially where design is more important than safety or functionality. However, the new freedoms created by additive manufacturing also mean new challenges with regards to product validation and assessment.”

The event will help attendees find out more about the current state-of-play in additive manufacturing. It will also enable them to share their experiences and hear from people who are already working in this environment and meeting challenges daily.

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