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Masterclass for SMEs - Industry 4.0: How digital tech can help you to grow your business

Industrial digitalisation can help businesses to reduce waste. To streamline processes. To explore new markets. To develop new products…

What exactly is it, though? And what’s the impact on small businesses?

Join us as we explore all things Industry 4.0 and the ways digital technology can help to transform SMEs.

You can register for your free ticket here.


  • What do ‘Industry 4.0’ and ‘industrial digitalisation’ mean? And how will digitalisation change engineering and manufacturing?

We’ll begin our masterclass with an introduction to Industry 4.0. We’ll explore what industrial digitalisation means and how digital technology can help businesses to improve.

Dr Carl Diver: “What information do you need to help you make decisions quickly and effectively that’ll help with your productivity and manage your resources effectively?

“It might be a bottleneck in your production line where, for example, machines break down quite often and you’re not 100 per cent sure why it’s happening.

“We can put sensors inside the equipment that will provide the information about an impending mechanical failure to either the operator or the other stakeholders within the facility that need to make a decision on how to address that, allowing them to make that decision quicker.”

Read the full article here

  • Should digital tech be part of your business strategy? Is your business ready to adopt digital tech? Assessing your SME.

From digitally printing prototypes to programmes that streamline workload planning, digital tech can transform everyday business operations. Yet, adopting new technologies can feel incredibly daunting.

As a business leader, how do you find out what these tech tools can ‘do’? How do you know which technology will drive productivity in your manufacturing business? And how will digitalisation affect your workforce?

As part of this section, we’ll introduce you to an online resource you can work through. It’ll help you to see how digital-ready your business is.

  • Is 3D printing useful for small businesses? What is Additive Manufacturing?

We’ll introduce you to one of the technologies that’s developed out of Industry 4.0: 3D printing. And how businesses across all industries, from fashion to healthcare, use 3D printers.

At Manchester Metropolitan, we have a 3D additive and digital manufacturing centre, PrintCity. It’s home to manufacturing experts, designers, engineers, and students on our MSc Industrial Digitalisation course. And it’s open to small businesses too.

Find out more about PrintCity here 

About the Speakers:

  • Dr Carl Diver

Dr Carl Diver is the Academic Lead on Industry 4.0 and a Reader in Industrial Digitalisation at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Prior to academia, Carl worked in the manufacturing sector for over 20 years.

  • Claire Scott

Industrial Digitalisation Technology Adviser - Made Smarter

Claire Scott is an experienced engineer with a background in technology development. Claire works with businesses to help identify what is the right technology for them to adopt and at the right time.

  • Mark Chester

Innovation Development Manager – PrintCity - Manchester Metropolitan University

With a background in product design, Mark is responsible for designing and delivering prototypes for a range of clients. Specialising in additive manufacturing, Mark provides design consultation for additive and technical services within PrintCity, helping customers to develop their ideas further and turn them into reality.


We're hosting this event through pro-Manchester and it's open to all small business owners.

You can book your free ticket here


Friday, June 11, 2021 10:00 am - 11:00 am
United Kingdom
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