David Copley is the Industrial Systems Specialist at Sensor City supporting the LCR4.0 programme. He has a background in automotive electronics development for both Tier 1 suppliers and OEMs and is now working with SMEs in Liverpool City Region to adopt Industry 4 (4IR) technologies.
Sensor City is a Liverpool-based technical innovation centre and University Enterprise Zone. It’s a joint venture between Liverpool University and Liverpool John Moores University. The idea behind the Sensor City is to create a community of collaboration and upskill the local community, it’s a global hub for sensor technologies – the place for companies to come together and work on sensor related technologies and IoT.
Some key points from the talk:
- LCR4.0 – Liverpool City Region Industry 4.0 – fully funded by EU initiative to support SMEs within Liverpool City Region in adopting Industry 4.0 technologies for products and processes.
- Vision: transform manufacturing in Liverpool City Region, give businesses access to the support, facilities and technology needed to make things happen, bring together world class practical support
- Targets: deliver support to 300 SMEs in Liverpool City Region, support 70 new product development cases, create 60 new jobs in supported businesses
- Initially they thought they will consult with already existing production lines, but due to the equipment they’ve got, they do a lot of product development from scratch – from concept to pre-production in one building.
- Range of technical expertise:
- Sensor systems
- Electronic integration
- Product design
- 3D prototyping
- Digital marketing
- Project management
Some case studies mentioned:
- CNC Robotics – provided them with monitoring technology
- Gallagher Medical Devices (GDM) – supports the rapid prototyping of the housing, electronics and embedded software.
- Feedwater – Sensor City built a peak detector circuit to analyse the signal from the sensor and will be designing a conductivity module
- Real Space – benefited from design skills, academic/industrial collaboration and the latest technology – provided a number of CADs
- Aqua Running – helped reduce valuable liaison and discussion time with suppliers
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