Good morning and welcome to this week’s Friday Brief.
Firstly, we’d like to apologise for there being no Friday Brief last week, normal service has now been resumed. Before we do anything else – can we quickly remind members that the early- bird rate for bookings for the MTA Centenary Dinner on the 28th of February 2019 expires at the beginning of next week. (We don’t think anyone who was there in 1919 is still with us and you’d be doing pretty well to make it to 2119 – so this really is a once in a lifetime opportunity). https://www.mta.org.uk/event/mta-centenary-dinner-2019
Yesterday saw the launch of the long awaited Made Smarter Commission. Its establishment was a recommendation of last year’s Made Smarter Review and it aims to give a senior industry lead to the UK’s push for industrial digitalisation.
To be co-Chaired by Business Secretary Greg Clark and Siemens UK CEO Juergen Maier, the 19 strong Commission’s priorities include the North West pilot for adoption of digital technology by manufacturers in the North West and the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund bid for digital manufacturing
Last week the MTA was representing its members at AMB Stuttgart. The show has really grown in size and scope over the years with all 10 Halls at the Messe being sold out, There were over 90,000 visitors to the show. There was a strong showing from UK companies but we would like to be able to field even more is 2020 - to find out more please see the story below.
The MTA will once again be hosting a ‘Wellbeing Event’. This half-day workshop, delivered by Business Psychologist, Alan Bradshaw, explores the management of common health problems and introduces a new, evidence-based approaches to the topic. The event will be held at NIKKEN Innovation Centre Europe on 13th November, to find out how you can attend within the Brief.
Calderdale and Kirklees Manufacturing Alliance group CKMA, is set to encourage and educate students at its ‘Make it into Manufacturing’ events. In line with the national Year of Engineering, CKMA aims to showcase the crucial role that manufacturing plays within the Yorkshire region.
The Process Monitoring & Control team at the AMRC are in the early stages of planning work to further develop methods and systems of condition monitoring for the application to machine tools. The AMRC have put together a short survey which they wold like our members to contribute, if you have a spare few minutes please fill it out.
Staying with surveys the CBI have one on preparing for Brexit which they would like your view points on. The survey will help shape their policy positions ahead of a critical phase in the negotiations. Please take the time to fill it out – it is essential that the policy of the UK’s largest business body is appropriately influenced by manufacturers. You can do so here
Ward CNC are holding an open house on October 9th and 10th, The day will features a range of high-quality yet cost-effective machine tools, as well as a host of complementary manufacturing technologies, will be demonstrated at the Redditch-based Midlands & South showroom of T W Ward CNC Machinery (Ward CNC).
CECIMO has established a liaison agreement with the ISO Technical Committee on Additive Manufacturing (AM), with the objective of contributing to the development of standards that support the uptake of the technology at an industrial level. See below for more details.
A new report on the Feasibility of an Immersive Digital Twin, which is published by the UK’s High Value Manufacturing Catapult (HVMC), was produced by a team of researchers within the HVMC who work at the cutting edge of manufacturing digitalisation, with a special focus on augmented reality and digital twins.
That’s all for this week, we’ll be back next Friday with more industry news, until then have a great weekend from everyone at the MTA.