Connected Everything II: Accelerating Digital Manufacturing Research Collaboration and Innovation

Lead Research Organisation: University of Nottingham
Department Name: Faculty of Engineering

Abstract

The Connected Everything II (CEII) Network Plus will deliver a network of networks which will accelerate multi-disciplinary collaboration, foster new collaborations between industry and academia and tackle emerging challenges which will underpin the UK academic community's research in support of people, technologies, products and systems for digital manufacturing. Through a range of activities, including feasibility studies, networking, and thematic research, CEII will bring together new teams within a multidisciplinary community to explore new ideas, demonstrate novel technologies in the context of digital manufacturing, and accelerate impact of research into industry.

The Network is inspired by the context of the four tenets of Industry 4.0: Interoperability; Information Transparency; Cognitive and Physical Assistance; and Decentralised Decisions and Actions. It will enable the multidisciplinary community to consider cross-cutting themes, some of which will emerge during the lifetime of the Network, but others - Creativity; Data-rich sociotechnical systems; and Regulation - which have been co-created by the industrial and academic members of the Network management team.

The CEII Network Plus aligns with a National and International priority of Digital Manufacturing, as highlighted in the Made Smarter report. It will contribute to the delivery of a Connected Nation, through consideration of how advances in digital technologies which connect objects and data in future, distributed manufacturing systems. It will contribute to a Productive Nation, through development of demonstrator projects that take concepts from other domains and apply them to Digital Manufacturing, as well as a range of activities which will support the development of future leaders.

Planned Impact

This Network Plus will generate impact for the following groups:

- Industry: through new knowledge generated in feasibility studies, including new insight into data sets examined via feasibility studies, new partnerships formed through industry participation in networking events, new research potentially directly funded by industry, and competitive advantage both for specific industrial network participant and industry within the UK as a whole. Industry will benefit through participation in Network Plus events, supporting academic placements in industry, and feasibility studies, and through the resources produced by the Network Plus, including the Digital World 2050 report. These outputs will help industry identify suitable collaboration partners for future research, and determine opportunities for investment in new technologies.

- Policy makers: through identification of key challenges and opportunities for the UK in future industrial systems, demonstration of potential technologies to be deployed within industrial settings, and prioritisation of requirements for research and capital investment, and use of the outputs produced as part of the Network Plus which will identifies strengths and opportunities for UK industry and academia for future Industrial Systems in the Digital Age. This will enable them to decide on financial priorities, encourage partnerships between key industrial and academic stakeholders, and influence standards and regulatory frameworks.

- General public: through new insight into the future notions for Digital Manufacturing. This will be achieved through our website, podcasts and videos, as well as the externally available reports.

Publications

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Description The feasibility studies which have been funded are all in partnership with non-academic partners and we will be monitoring impact. The podcasts have been available to the wider community.
First Year Of Impact 2020
Sector Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Creative Economy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Healthcare,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology
Impact Types Societal

 
Description Connected Everything 2020 Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Accelerating Digital Manufacturing Research Collaboration and Innovation conference was held on Tuesday 21 July - Wednesday 22 July 2020. The conference included presentations from industry, our funded feasibility studies, Made Smarter and delegate supported the shaping of the connected everything themes.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://connectedeverything.ac.uk/conference-2020/
 
Description Connected Everything 2020 Summer School 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact We were delighted to partner with the Smart Products Beacon at University of Nottingham to deliver our 2020 Summer School. This 3 day event focused on how co-bots could support a post-Covid world. 25 postgraduates joined the online event with support from academics, researchers and industry. The final day saw the students present their co-bot solutions and a team was selected by a panel of judges as the most appropriate response to the brief.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://connectedeverything.ac.uk/summer-schools-and-workshops/
 
Description Could solar power stations floating in space be the answer to our energy needs? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact An article appeared the The Conversation (https://theconversation.com/solar-power-stations-in-space-could-be-the-answer-to-our-energy-needs-150007) which used research coming from the Connected Everything funded feasibility study. This was then picked up by The Independent.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/solar-power-stations-space-green-energy-b1748368.html
 
Description Digital Manufacturing Week November 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Connected Everything presented at DMW during 2 seminars to gather feedback from delegates about the future of digital manufacturing in 2050. This was the start of our data gathering exercise for our horizon scanning work.
Connected Everything also hosted a stand in the (virtual) exhibition area during the week.

As result of this activity, an other article in the Manufacturer is planned and a survey to all the delegates we made contact with.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://digital-manufacturing-week.com/
 
Description How the Connected Everything Network is accelerating digital manufacturing 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Ahead of Connected Everything presenting at Digital Manufacturing Week from 9 - 13 November, we were delighted to share our recent work including our some of our recently funded feasibility studies in this article in The Manufacturer.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.themanufacturer.com/articles/connected-to-everything/
 
Description Sensors support machine learning 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Nik Watson, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Engineering discusses whether online sensors and machine learning can deliver industry 4.0 to the food and drink manufacturing sector in the Journal of the Institute of Food Science and Technology, vol 33 issue 4 December 2019.

"Manufacturing is experiencing the 4th industrial revolution, which is the use of Industrial Digital Technologies (IDTs) to produce new and existing products. Industrial digital technologies include sensors, robotics, the industrial internet of things (IoT), additive manufacturing, artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality, digital twins and cloud computing. At the heart of Industry 4.0 is the enhanced collection and use of data. Industry 4.0 is predicted to have a positive impact of over £450bn to UK manufacturing over the next ten years[1], with benefits such as increased productivity and reduced costs and environmental impacts. But what does this mean for the UK's largest manufacturing sector, food and drink?"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://fstjournal.org/sites/default/files/FST%20v33%204%20December%202019.pdf