Over two days, (13 & 14 November) the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) will be running hands-on workshops on their business solution tools including Automation Assessment as part of Digital Manufacturing Week.

Facilitated by their experienced Industrial Fellows, you’ll have the opportunity to understand how some of these methods could help overcome the challenges your organisation faces.


You must be a registered Smart Factory Expo visitor to join these workshops. If you haven't registered yet, register for the expo today.

See below the more information on each workshop available
 

Workshop Facilitators
Benjamin Schönfuß
PhD Student
Institute for Manufacturing
Liz Salter
Industrial Associate
IfM Education and Consultancy Services
Imoh Llevbare
Product Manager
IfM Education and Consultancy Services
Diana Khripko
Solution Development Specialist
IfM Education and Consultancy Services
Nicky Athanassopoulou
Senior Industrial Fellow
IfM Education and Consultancy Services
Tim Minshall
Dr John C Taylor Professor of Innovation & Head of the Institute for Manufacturing
University of Cambridge

DAY 1: WHERE WOULD DIGITAL ADD VALUE TO YOUR BUSINESS? (Duration: 1 hour)

Rather than being pressured into adopting technologies to keep up with the digital transformation curve, manufacturers need to consider how they can use technologies to solve the challenges they are facing and add real value to the business.
A first step to achieving this can be to identify your organisation’s core competencies – those resources and capabilities that provide your organisation with a strategic advantage.  During the workshop you will use the IfM’s tools to identify your core competencies and consider whether digitalisation could add value to these areas.

Who is this workshop for?
Individuals with responsibility for strategy and operations within their organisation, including:
-    MD/CEO
-    Operations Manager
-    Supply chain Manager

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DAY 1: HOW CAN YOU BECOME THE PARTNER OF CHOICE FOR THE MOST INNOVATIVE START-UPS? (Duration: 1 hour)

It is well known that ‘elephant and mouse’ partnerships (i.e. when a very small, new company seeks to partner with a large, more mature one) are very difficult to manage. In this workshop, drawing upon research carried out at the University of Cambridge in collaboration with a wide range of industrial partners, we will explore:
•    Why are these partnerships so difficult to manage?
•    Is it getting easier to set-up and manage such partnerships?
•    Are some sectors better at doing this than others?
•    What can be done to improve the success rate of such partnerships?

Who is this workshop for?
This session is designed for those who regularly work with, or who want to, work with start-up companies. The workshop would be most useful for Innovation Managers, R&D Managers, Technology Transfer Managers, Collaboration Managers and Technology Entrepreneurs.

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DAY 1: NEW WAYS OF THINKING TO CREATE DISRUPTIVE IDEAS (Duration: 1 hour)

Do you need a fresh perspective on how challenges faced by your organisation can be turned into opportunities? During the session we will work with creativity techniques that will help to spark new ideas and create new solutions.

You will try approaching problems differently, generating ideas on how you could unlock new value in your business, leaving with a fresh perspective on how to approach challenges. This session applies tools and approaches researched and developed at the Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge.

Who is this workshop for?
Those who are interested in creative techniques to create new solutions to everyday problems. Those open to being inspired by new ways of approaching problems and want to be able to apply this in their organisation.

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DAY 1: LOW-COST DIGITAL SOLUTIONS FOR MANUFACTURING SMEs (Duration: 1 hour)

A project with a difference; the IfM are leading a cross-university collaborative research project called ‘Digital Manufacturing on a Shoestring’. It asks how existing and readily available technologies could be implemented on a low-cost basis to support growth and productivity in SMEs. Rather than implementing digital at all costs, the focus is on addressing the common concern that recent developments in digital manufacturing are unlikely to be affordable to SMEs. 
 
In this workshop, we will:
•    Outline the aims of the project and it’s progress to date
•    Gather the most pressing digital requirements from manufacturers
•    Look at how this project aims to create appropriate digital solutions that demonstrate significant value for SMEs
•    Highlight how you can get involved with the project

Who is this workshop for?
This session would be of interest to small to medium-sized manufacturers wanting to understand how they can use low-cost technologies in their operations. The workshop is most relevant for Factory Managers, Technology Directors and Senior Managers.

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DAY 2: DISCOVER THE BENEFITS OF ROADMAPPING FOR STRATEGIC PLANNING (Duration: 1 hour)

Roadmapping is a powerful strategic planning technique that is integral to creating and delivering strategic and technology plans. 
This workshop will help you understand how strategic roadmapping could benefit your organisation. You’ll understand the graphic and collaborative nature of roadmapping and how this facilitates strategic alignment and dialogue between functions from across your organisation.

This hands-on session will guide you through a roadmapping template, showing how it can help your organisation align technological and commercial objectives, as well as detailing our fast-start, resource-efficient approaches to developing roadmaps. 

Watch our video highlighting the benefits of roadmapping.

Who is this workshop for? Individuals with responsibility for/involved in digital transformation strategy within their organisation, including:
•    Strategic planners
•    Product managers
•    Technical managers

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DAY 2: TO AUTOMATE OR NOT? THAT IS THE QUESTION. (Duration: 1 hour)

Automation can be the answer to a whole host of manufacturing and operations questions. But deciding what, how and when to automate is not straightforward, and getting it wrong can be expensive and highly visible. 

During this workshop you will learn about an Automation Assessment tool developed at the University of Cambridge that supports organisations through the decision-making process. Benefits of the assessment include: a full review of production capabilities, clarification of automation objectives and priorities, and uniting stakeholders from across the organisation to create a company-wide strategy.

We will look at how a structured approach can help you progress along the ‘Automation Maturity Path’ and find out how it is already being used to make decisions in organisations including Jaguar Land Rover, Foxconn and Schlumberger. 

Who is this workshop for? Individuals with responsibility for/involved in automation within their organisation, including:
•    Technical directors/managers
•    Automation leads
•    Factory managers

 

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DAY 2: TECHNOLOGY ACQUISITIONS AND PARTNERSHIPS (Duration: 1 hour)
You’ve decided that you need to acquire new technology in order to achieve your digitalisation ambition. How can you objectively assess potential partners and technology providers to decide which is the best route to pursue, when there are so many potential solution providers you could work with? 

During this workshop, you will work through the IfM’s Technology Acquisition Tool to help you determine whether a potential partner or technology you are looking to purchase matches the needs of your organisation. 

You will consider and score the following criteria:
-    your organisations ability to absorb a new technology 
-    compatibility of your organisation and the potential partner
-    Suitability of the tech for your organisation’s needs

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Please note: These are free workshops organised by the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM), University of Cambridge. The IfM’s mission is to manufacture a better world through the impact of our research and education activities on the manufacturing community. To support this objective, we are only accepting bookings from manufacturing and technology organisations for this workshop - we will not be accepting bookings from consultancies.

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