Introduction to Industry 4.0

Introduction to Industry 4.0

The “Introduction to Industry 4.0” is a two-day Training Course delivering a six-module overview of Industry 4.0 focusing on the prerequisites methods and technologies necessary for manufacturing companies to transition forward into the fourth industrial revolution. Delivered from UCLan’s Engineering Innovation Centre (EIC), each module concludes with a practical activity that provides hands on experience applying what is learned to real world applications and case studies within a digital manufacturing context.

Entry and Admissions


LEVEL:Short Course / CPD

STUDY MODE: Full time



SCHOOL: School of Engineering

PARTNER COLLEGES: No Partner College

CAMPUS: Preston

START DATE: October 28th and 29th

Entry Requirements:

Who is the course for?

The Introduction to Industry 4.0 Training Course provides a technical overview of the required phases for Manufacturing/IT managers and engineers to embark upon digital transformation to improve any of the following areas.

  • Productivity
  • Quality
  • Cost Reduction
  • Asset Management
  • Supply Chain Optimisation

Course Content

Why study this course?

Do you want to explore Industry 4.0 and benefit from data driven insights within your own company? During the course you will have access to

  • Structured presentations with relevant case studies
  • Technical Demonstrations
  • Networking
  • Smart Manufacturing Analytic Roadmap (SMAR)
  • One-to-One Support
  • Focused reading material
  • Tutorials

What will you learn?

The course begins with an introduction to industry 4.0 then extends existing process mapping competencies with discrete event simulation to enable participants to effectively document a manufacturing process, identify data collection points and justify value added improvements before committing to purchasing new technologies. Conventional data collection techniques and integration technologies are explained such as 1D barcodes, 2D QR codes and RFID tags followed by more advanced IoT data acquisition and machine monitoring methodologies. Data processing is explained with emphasis on data preparation, analysis and visualisation via both on-premise and cloud-based interactive dashboards.

Course Outline

Day 1 – 28 October 2020:

  • 9:00 – Breakfast
  • 9:30 – What is Industry 4.0 (M1)
  • 11:30 – How to Process Map (M2)
  • 1:30 – Lunch
  • 2:00 – Data Collection (M3)
  • 4:00 – Feedback Questionnaires

Day 2 – 29 October 2020:

  • 9:00 – Breakfast
  • 9:30 – Industrial Internet of Things (M4)
  • 11:30 – Data Processing (M5)
  • 1:30 – Lunch
  • 2:00 – Interactive Data Visualisation (M6)
  • 4:00 – Feedback Questionnaires


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Learning Environment & Assessment

The course will run from room 301, in the state-of-the-art Engineering Innovation Centre (EIC).

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Academic Expertise

Industry 4.0, Data Acquisition/Processing/Analysis, Robotics & Automation, A.I.

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Learning outcome & aims

  • Improve their businesses competitive advantage by digital transformation.

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Industry links & professional accreditation

  • Bury Black Pudding Company
  • IoT Horizons

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“John delivered more than just a simple introductory course into what Industry 4.0 is actually about. There were certain points on almost all of the 6 sections that we can describe as ‘light bulb’ moments that made us smile and feel that what was presently happening in the business we work in was ‘old hat’, ‘lame’, ‘dated’ & most of all ‘inefficient & costly’.
Some specifics were quite detailed but we would say this is required as different knowledge is needed by different parties depending on their specific field of work. John was good at turning what he was saying into practical tasks that helped convince us that some aspects were far simpler than what we first believed.
Overall the course stimulated creative thoughts of what is possible for not a massive expense which could easily be seen to have short payback periods, as well as opening the doors for future developments within business – all leading to a more proactive workplace delivering better efficiencies” 09/01/2019

Richard Morris (Production Director)
Bury Black Pudding Company

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Progression Routes

  • BSc Digital & Technology Solutions (Degree Apprenticeship)
  • MSc Applied Data Science
  • Knowledge Transfer Partnerships/ PhD

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Fees & Funding

You can contact the Student Fees and Funding Team via phone, email, or post. If you are on the campus you can call into The 'i', for advice.
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892440
Student Fees and Funding Team, Foster Building 117, UCLan, Preston, PR1 2HE

One off course fee of £1,500 (inc VAT)

How to Apply

Applicants apply by clicking on the second link below via The Manufacturing Institutes online booking system.

About UCLan

Course Enquiries

University of Central Lancashire,
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400