Automation in manufacturing

Make confident manufacturing automation decisions utilising IfM’s robust Automation Assessment Tool based on University of Cambridge research and applied by industry experts.

Industry 4.0 and the advancement in automation possibilities create multiple opportunities to solve many manufacturing challenges including increased customer demand, rising labour costs, quality issues, safety concerns and a changing manufacturing footprint.

An effective automation process can be the answer to many manufacturing and operations questions. But deciding what, how and when to automate is not straightforward, and getting it wrong can be expensive and highly visible.

IfM Engage provides a structured and robust way to consider how automation could help your organisation, highlighting appropriate steps you need to take to progress along an automation maturity path.

Make confident manufacturing automation decisions utilising IfM’s robust Automation Assessment Tool based on University of Cambridge research and applied by industry experts.

Industry 4.0 and the advancement in automation possibilities create multiple opportunities to solve many manufacturing challenges including increased customer demand, rising labour costs, quality issues, safety concerns and a changing manufacturing footprint.

An effective automation process can be the answer to many manufacturing and operations questions. But deciding what, how and when to automate is not straightforward, and getting it wrong can be expensive and highly visible.

IfM Engage provides a structured and robust way to consider how automation could help your organisation, highlighting appropriate steps you need to take to progress along an automation maturity path.

HOW WE CAN HELP

Automation Assessment Tool

The IfM’s Distributed Information and Automation Laboratory (DIAL) developed the Automation Assessment Tool which takes a structured approach to guide you through the decision-making process. The tool highlights and prioritises steps that should be taken to progress companies along the automation maturity path.

The five-step process includes:

1. Scope – our team spend time getting to know your production operations, identifying production issues and understanding your future aspirations.

2. Identify projects – a structured review takes place to capture automation project ideas from your company as well as gathering input from IfM Engage experts.

3. Criteria workshop – we help you assess the pros and cons of automation in your company and identify opportunity and feasibility criteria for the project ideas.

4. Project scoring – drawing on key expertise from across your business, the projects are individually scored against the opportunity and feasibility criteria.

5. Assessment – the IfM Engage team present a detailed evaluation of the project scoring and help you draw out the best projects to pursue to meet your business objectives.

The benefits:

  • A full assessment of your current production capabilities and your automation objectives.
  • Identification of the areas you could automate and a feasibility analysis of each option.
  • Development of a structured and prioritised implementation pathway. 
  • We build a robust, shared, company-wide vision for  your automation strategy by working with your production engineers.

The five-step process includes:

    1. Scope – our team spend time getting to know your production operations, identifying production issues and understanding your future aspirations.

    2. Identify projects – a structured review takes place to capture automation project ideas from your company as well as gathering input from IfM Engage experts.

    3. Criteria workshop – we help you assess the pros and cons of automation in your company and identify opportunity and feasibility criteria for the project ideas.

    4. Project scoring – drawing on key expertise from across your business, the projects are individually scored against the opportunity and feasibility criteria.

    5. Assessment – the IfM Engage team present a detailed evaluation of the project scoring and help you draw out the best projects to pursue to meet your business objectives.

The benefits:

  • A full assessment of your current production capabilities and your automation objectives.
  • Identification of the areas you could automate and a feasibility analysis of each option.
  • Development of a structured and prioritised implementation pathway. 
  • We build a robust, shared, company-wide vision for  your automation strategy by working with your production engineers.

FEATURED RESOURCES

Webinar – Assessing your automation investment decisions

ENGAGE WITH US

Strategic Technology &
Innovation Management
Consortium (STIM)

STIM is a vibrant network of industrial member companies and researchers who share best practice and develop practical solutions to current and emerging technology and innovation management challenges.

The Consortium’s goal is to build a sustainable collaborative research-practice network delivering benefits to both industrial and academic communities.

Consultancy
services

Our global network of automation and digitalisation experts combine the latest insights with senior level industry experience. We take a collaborative approach and understand our client’s individual objectives and draw from research, world-class tools and industrial knowledge to empower impactful decisions and action.

Talent and capability
development

We offer bespoke programmes and open courses on topics such as Automation 2030 which considers future trends for automation and the applicability to your organisation.

ENGAGE WITH US

Strategic Technology & Innovation Management Consortium (STIM)

STIM is a vibrant network of industrial member companies and researchers who share best practice and develop practical solutions to current and emerging technology and innovation management challenges.

The Consortium’s goal is to build a sustainable collaborative research-practice network delivering benefits to both industrial and academic communities.

Consultancy services

Consultancy services

Our global network of automation and digitalisation experts combine the latest insights with senior level industry experience. We take a collaborative approach and understand our client’s individual objectives and draw from research, world-class tools and industrial knowledge to empower impactful decisions and action.

Talent capability development

Talent and capability development

We offer bespoke programmes and open courses on topics such as Automation 2030 which considers future trends for automation and the applicability to your organisation.

HOW THIS SOLUTION WAS DEVELOPED

The IfM’s Automation Assessment tool was developed through research conducted by the IfM’s Distributed Information and Automation Laboratory (DIAL) at the Institute for Manufacturing.

Academic Expert: Alan Thorne

FEATURED EXPERT

Liz Salter

HOW THIS SOLUTION WAS DEVELOPED

The IfM’s Automation Assessment tool was developed through research conducted by the IfM’s Distributed Information and Automation Laboratory (DIAL) at the Institute for Manufacturing.

Academic Expert: Alan Thorne

FEATURED EXPERT

Liz Salter

GET IN TOUCH

Contact us to find out more about how you can develop a robust automation process through IfM’s Automation Assessment Tool and partnership with leading academics and industry consultants.

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