DigitME2 is based at the University of Central Lancashire’s Burnley Campus in East Lancashire. Burnley has a long heritage of manufacturing and tradition. The project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and delivered by UCLan.
Who is it for?
The DigitME2 project aims to assist manufacturing companies throughout Lancashire in a bid to help them grow and develop their business, increase their productivity and become more efficient by introducing new digital technologies into their manufacturing process, such as robotics, data analytics and additive manufacturing.
DigitME2 is able to provide this support to manufacturing companies in Lancashire that fall into the SME category, which currently includes companies with fewer than 250 employees and which does not exceed a turnover of 50 million euro’s.
What will this involve?
Phase 1: A technical visit is carried out by DigitME2’s Client Technology Manager which helps to form the basis of a technical assessment. The technical assessment details the company’s current position for digital manufacturing and helps to identify where any new technological processes being researched and developed by DigitME2, can assist in improving the productivity and advancement of the SME.
Phase 2: Is the delivery of a funded feasibility study. The project uses a team of full time engineers to take a concept identified by the company and the DigitME2 team from the technical assessment, and using the ADMT lab, test the feasibility for use by the company.
Phase 3: On completion, the DigitME2 team will hand over work developed in the feasibility study. This work can then be trialled by the company for further integration in the manufacturing environment.
Phase 4: The University seeks to develop long term relationships with local SME’s and on completion of funded assistance, the University will offer a number of methods for continuation of what will hopefully develop into a successful partnership.
How will it benefit my business?