SMDH hits the road on the Scotland Roadshow

By Marielle Emile - SMDH Business Development Manager, Scotland

Introducing the Smart Manufacturing Data Hub to Scotland’s regions

As the Smart Manufacturing Data Hub continues to roll out its services across the UK, the latest successful roll-out has been the Scotland Roadshow, a series of workshops delivered to an audience of manufacturers from the Scottish regions.

The roadshow took place in three regions of Scotland; Glasgow, Aberdeen and Inverness. Businesses in attendance were able to ask questions, discuss their needs and challenges and learn about solutions to help them start their digitalisation journey. The roadshow workshop addressed topics such as data collection, data analytics (processes, energy consumption and performance), smart factories, digitalisation and more. Attendees had the opportunity to observe real-time live demonstrations showcasing the solutions offered by the Smart Manufacturing Data Hub including: Energy Monitoring, Temperature Monitoring, Air Quality and Job Tracking.

The SMDH team delivered the workshops at host organisations, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Opportunity North East. Highlands and Islands Enterprise is the economic and community development agency for the Highlands and Islands region of Scotland; and Opportunity North East, drives transformational change to diversify North East Scotland's economy. Their support was invaluable to reach those regions of Scotland and deploy the programme to northern manufacturers.

SMDH partners MEGA (Manufacturing and Engineering Growth and Advancement) and lead partner Ulster University helped support the delivery of the Scotland Roadshow and shared their experience of deployment of the Northern Ireland SMDH pilot.

The roadshow received positive feedback and several companies have signed up to participate in the SMDH project. It was insightful and engaging to discuss face-to-face with companies regarding their needs and challenges while highlighting the benefits they will gain from implementing new technologies in their factories.  

A future trip is to be planned to address other regions of Scotland in the next few months.

The Scotland Roadshow was facilitated by SMDH consortium partners in Scotland, Scottish Engineering and The Data Lab.

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