By necessity of the internet enabled age, the manufacturing industry is undergoing a significant shift. As one of the most important contributors to a country’s economy, it’s never been more important that the sector embraces change in order to stay competitive. However, for all the hype and discussion, the fourth industrial revolution – and all its component parts – is still in its germinal stages.

This Discovery Day is designed to review the key challenges of adopting digital manufacturing techniques, to consider what IoT means to the manufacturing industry, and provide bespoke solutions to the issues the industry is facing.

As an innovation hub for sensor and IoT related technologies, we support ambitious companies looking to grow through the adoption and integration of digital technologies. As part of the ongoing support offered to the manufacturing and engineering sectors, and in support of our role within the LCR Start programme, we are working in partnership with The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) and Imagin3D, to launch a rolling programme of Discovery Days. Other dates include 11th June and 8th October 2020.

Our Discovery Days will provide attendees with valuable insight, practical guidance and facilitated connections, which will provide all-round exposure to the support available, helping participating organisations to take the next steps on their digital journey.


Our Discovery Days are designed for Manufacturing and Engineering companies looking to scale-up or integrate digital technologies into their products or processes. Companies attending should already be revenue generating but looking to grow the business further by adopting IoT or developing their activities through creative R&D and digitisation.

Open to companies across the UK, attendees should be Technical Leads or key decision makers in the business, who are in a position to drive change and implement a digital strategy.


  • Provide companies with an interesting and interactive day that raises awareness of support available via the event partners, using demonstrations, presentations and workshops.
  • Understand more about each attending company’s bespoke support requirements and recommend tailored onward activities
  • Promote participation through supply chain integration into the Digital Manufacturing Accelerator (DMA).


> 10am – Registration and refreshments

> 10:15am – Welcome and overview

> 10:30am – Institute for Manufacturing (IfM): ‘Digital Manufacturing on a Shoestring’
Workshop approach to discover the key drivers for digital adoption and to start the conversation going in the room

> 10:50am – Imagin3D: ‘Benefits of the virtual factory’
Presentation on how your virtual factory can be used for space planning, maintenance, H&S and more, with a complete case study funded via Made Smarter.

> 11:10am – Break

> 11:20am – Sensor City: ‘Technical support and digital integration’
An introduction to the rapid prototyping support available and headline information on how to approach an IoT deployment

> 11:40am – MTC: ‘Accelerating Adoption of Technology’
An Introduction to MTC’s key initiatives and support offered

> 12pm – Lunch

> 12:30pm – 1-2-1 Sessions (10 mins each)
Opportunity to meet with key members of Sensor City and partner teams, to explore the support and funding opportunities available:

• Sensor City: Connections, Innovation Support, Resident options
• Sensor City: Growth Package (Grants, State Aid Support, CPD, Student talent)
• Sensor City: Technical work, IoT University, Lab in a Box
• Sensor City: Marketing, Profile, Events
• MTC: Digital Manufacturing Acceleration
• MTC: Commercialisation to OEM requirements
• MTC: Supply Chain Readiness
• MTC: Industrial IoT for Manufacturing
• IfM: Digital Manufacturing
• Imagin3D: Virtualisation

> 2:50pm – Summary and next steps

> 3pm – Close

> 3pm onwards: Opportunity to tour the Sensor City laboratories or the MTC Liverpool (5 minute walk to the Liverpool Science Park)




Sensor City is a global hub for the development of sensor and IoT technologies. We provide ambitious businesses with the support, expertise and state-of-the-art equipment they need to meet their growth aspirations. Sensor City also provides rapid prototyping, engineering support and technical workshops, facilitates access to student talent and facilitates network connectivity between appropriate companies and support providers, University partners and Industry leaders.


We specialise in digital manufacturing, additive manufacturing, automation and robotics as well as intelligent automation. We operate some of the most advanced manufacturing equipment in the world, and employ a team of highly skilled engineers, many of whom are leading experts in their field. This creates a high quality environment for the development and demonstration of new processes and technologies on an industrial scale.


The IfM is part of the University of Cambridge’s Department of Engineering, who undertake World-leading research, World-class education and Real-world applications. Working with business is fundamental to everything we do at IfM: our researchers work with industry to understand their challenges and to develop cutting-edge solutions to them; our students work in companies on real industrial problems; and our dissemination arm, IfM ECS, transfers new ideas developed by IfM researchers to companies through consultancy and executive and professional development.


As leaders in intelligent, immersive content our mission is to transform the way you promote, inform and educate your audience using 3D mediums. Your requirements are at the heart of everything we do and by using the very latest in augmented and virtual reality technology with continuous academic validation, our approach delivers quality results, return on investment and value for money.

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