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Panintelligence Analytics shows how SMEs can adopt affordable technologies at MACH2018

Our first visit to MACH2018 was an exciting couple of days! This week long event occupies almost every NEC Hall available and means there’s no question you’re going to clock up your 10,000 steps on the FitBit, while you take in the latest and greatest in machines, robotics, automation, testing, metrology and digital manufacturing solutions!

We were delighted to be supporting OCFdata on their stand. OCF are partners providing an end to end data and analytics service marrying up business requirements with technology and data science solutions.

SMEs can adopt low cost 4.0 technologies to improve productivity

OCFData have been working with the AMRC to demonstrate cost-effective solutions for the integration of Industry 4.0 technologies into SME manufacturers. The AMRC were showcasing key research projects in familiar manufacturing settings. For example, in one installation legacy lathes were being run with sensors tracking vibration so that efficiency could be monitored. Data collected from the sensors was displayed visually in the Panintelligence dashboard demonstrating how data could be used to improve productivity.

Professor Rab Scott, Head of Digital at the AMRC said: “People have been excited to see the 1956 Colchester Bantam lathe, some saying they trained on one of these, or they have one of these in their company and didn’t realise how easily - and cheaply - they could digitally enable these workhorses of the installed SME base.”

UK manufacturers want to adopt 4th Industrial Revolution technologies and have been looking for ways to do this which don’t cost the earth and minimize disruption to business as usual. MACH2018 has been the perfect platform to demonstrate the ease with which companies can start their digital journey.

New technologies aiding Caterham car assembly

Also on the AMRC stand were demonstrations of the latest technologies like VR and AR, and another attraction gaining a lot of attention was a Caterham sports car which was being assembled by hand as per the written instructions, while the other half was being assembled using a variety of technologies including robotics, integrated metrology, manufacturing informatics and visualization of data to collect information about the various construction processes along the way.

BLOODHOUND supersonic car aims at 500mph!

Other highlights included a lifesize model of the jet and rocket powered BLOODHOUND Supersonic Car aiming to set a new World Land Speed Record. We learnt how a specially created race track in a dried up lake in the Kalahari desert, South Africa was currently being used as a testing ground for the latest milestone target of 500mph!