We read about Industry 4.0 technologies all the time. But how can manufacturers (especially SMEs) know which ones are worth investing in? There’s no point buying new equipment or technology if it has no return on investment – that’s bad for business.
The MADE Cymru team understand how concerned businesses are about buying new technology. It needs to make good financial sense and to do that, a watertight case must justify the spend.
Industry 4.0 offers an opportunity to boost manufacturing. Yet many businesses share some common concerns:
- A lack of the correct skills amongst employees to manage it
- Little understanding of how it can help the business
- Not knowing what area to apply the new technology to
- How to know which is the right technology
- Hesitance by senior managers to invest
- Budget limitations
- Worry about disrupting production to install new technology
Covid-19 has accelerated the adoption of new digital technologies. Businesses that fail to do this may lose their competitive edge.
There are still a few weeks to talk to the MADE Cymru R&D team about how we can support you through this process. We are already working with many businesses from different sectors to:
- Save them time
- Boost productivity
- Respond to consumer demand
- Reduce waste and costs
- Introduce a new product
- Increase profits
Many of the projects we are working on are game changers for the company. Some of the manufacturers we speak to, don’t even realise they have a potential R&D project waiting in the wings.
Here are just some of the advanced manufacturing processes we use:
- Design for Advanced Manufacturing Methods – Re-design products for advanced additive manufacturing.
- Topology Optimisation/Generative Design Applications – Parts can be optimised to very light organic structures. Resulting in highly efficient and cost-saving designs.
- Optimisation for Batch Manufacturing – Material selection, computational modelling, and parametric studies to optimise production.
- Structural/Stress Analysis – Structural analysis can be performed using the latest ANSYS software ensuring products are safe and reliable.
- Complete End to End Product Development – The initial concept can be taken from design drawings to a working prototype that is ready for test trials.
- 3D Scanning/Reverse Engineering – Parts and assemblies can be scanned within fine tolerances to the original and a CAD file produced that can be used to reverse engineer.
- Election Beam Melting (EBM) Titanium Ti6Al4V – The EBM process takes place under a vacuum and at elevated temperatures using Titanium Ti6Al4V powder. This results in stress-relieved products with properties better than cast and comparable to wrought materials.
- Stereolithography – Produce medium/large-scale cost-effective 3D models in the shortest possible lead times. Utilise the excellent Somos Watershed XC Clear build material, which exhibits properties that mimic ABS.
- HD Multi Jet Technology – Produce robust, high quality and durable parts. Possible to manufacture geometries that have been previously unattainable using traditional methods.
- Vacuum Casting – Vacuum Casting is a process used to produce multiple components from a single master model in materials that closely mimic many production plastics.
Our funding ends soon. We’d love to work with you. Send us an email [email protected] or call 01792 481199. Even if this project is not suitable for you, there are other fantastic initiatives at UWTSD that might be appropriate.
Fully Funded by the European Regional Development Fund through Welsh Government. Delivered by University of Wales Trinity Saint David