Day of digital discovery for manufacturers

7th August 2019
Source: Novotek
Posted By : Anna Flockett
Day of digital discovery for manufacturers

Novotek UK and Ireland is again teaming up with GE Digital to deliver an industrial digitalisation discovery day in Manchester, UK. It follows successful days in Northampton, UK, and Dublin, Ireland, that attracted industrial, utilities and infrastructure business leaders. The free event takes place at the Science and Industry Museum, Liverpool Road, Manchester, on September 25th.

Novotek and GE’s free-to-attend digital day in Manchester will offer a thought-provoking exploration of how business can harness changing information and operational technologies (IT and OT) to achieve flexibility and reduce costs. Attendees can learn how to best deploy next-generation tools, particularly as many companies are unsure of how to apply these technologies effectively. Tickets for the event are available here via Eventbrite.

“While organisations are rushing to invest in machine learning or data platforms, we see many missed opportunities to layer new capabilities around existing solutions. Businesses can take steps to ensure that new tech provides benefits across multiple parts of their operation,” explained Sean Robinson, software and services manager at Novotek UK and Ireland. “A key objective of the digitalisation days is to educate manufacturers on how best to apply the latest developments in industrial automation and digital transformation within their own business.”

Novotek and GE’s previous events in Northampton and Dublin were successful in attracting larger, prominent industrial firms — both new and existing customers. Attendees learned how businesses can better organise for success and, by underpinning production and field processes with modern digital technologies, break their organisational silos and adopt new learning behaviours.

“It’s a surprise that most attendees at our previous digital days identified organisational challenges as the biggest blocks to finding value from new technology,” said George Walker, managing director of Novotek UK and Ireland. “It’s not just about using technology but understanding how these systems support wider business functions, such as supply chain management and asset investment strategies.

“These findings prompted us to really highlight how the right tools and approaches will always serve multiple stakeholders’ needs. The key is simple: to help business leaders see how one department’s requirements are a reflection or an aspect of another’s — it’s about making connections between people, processes and assets. This requires an organisational shift to avoid internal barriers.”

Visitors to the Manchester event can learn about this through seminars, round tables and workshops. Fincore, the specialist in data and risk management, will present a case study about how energy company Scottish & Southern Energy Connections used advanced analytics and digital twins to better understand why power poles can break or collapse. In this instance, modern data platforms and methods made it possible to conduct data experiments quickly and yielded surprising insights into the factors affecting the power poles’ health and effectiveness.

Other highlights include a presentation and workshop hosted by Hans Jørgen Lynggaard of ROB-EX A/S Lynggaard, the IT and engineering production scheduling specialist, on the best practices for adopting scheduling tools.

“Visitors to our previous digital days all ranked improving scheduling capabilities as their number one, or number two, priority,” added Sean Robinson. “This is a big shift from previous years, where general areas of productivity were mainly emphasised. We’ll also demonstrate how new tools and technologies integrate alongside existing systems.”

Novotek UK and Ireland has consulted and provided effective industrial automation equipment to businesses of all sizes across the UK and Ireland extensively in recent years. The company is the sole UK provider of GE Digital products for industrial automation and control.


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