Digital Manufacturing Programme: Digital Catapult North East Tees Valley Launch Digital Manufacturing Programme

Developed and delivered by the Digital Catapult North East Tees Valley (NETV) the Digital Manufacturing programme has been created to support manufacturing organisations to experience, explore and adopt emerging technologies.

the programme will introduce companies to a range of new technologies, including the Internet of Things (IoT), Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN), Virtual and Augmented reality (VR/AR) and Artificial Intelligence (AI). Led by industry specialists, attendees will explore how new technological developments will impact the manufacturing industry and how to utilise them to improve productivity and competitiveness.

Made up of 4 expert-led workshops, followed by 6 days of direct one-to-one support, delegates will leave the programme with a wide understanding of the technology landscape and an in-depth understanding of the areas most relevant to their business, with an actionable plan to help implement any necessary changes.


1.Introducing you to Digital Manufacturing, this interactive workshop will also cover the need and opportunities for innovation within your business. Your team will receive one-to-ones with technology specialists and have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with exciting new hardware and software developments.

2. Held at the North East & Tees Valley Immersive Lab, the second workshop covers a wide variety of immersive technologies (including VR, AR and MR). During the workshop, you’ll learn how these technologies can be applied to your business and hear case studies from the Manufacturing Industry. You’ll also spend time testing out the hardware in the Lab and will have the opportunity to view industry-specific content. Immersive technologies, particularly AR, have the potential to revolutionise complex design and manufacturing operations. Companies are already beginning to embrace the use of AR on the shop floor as training aids and to simplify or de-risk complex manufacturing operations by guiding the user or operative through the process in real-time.

3. In our third workshop, you’ll be introduced to AI and ML. You’ll also hear case studies from businesses who are using these to improve manufacturing processes, to help you understand how your business could do the same. Of all the advanced technologies, it is perhaps AI that offers the greatest potential for increased productivity, reducing wasted and downtime, increasing quality, efficiency and safety – ultimately driving entirely new business models.

 4. During the final workshop, you’ll explore IoT, 5G and LPWAN and learn about businesses that are already deploying these technologies within manufacturing. This session includes hands-on testing and demonstrations.Businesses of the future will be enabled by, and their success largely based on, the way they leverage data. The capture of this data is key to enabling the advanced machine learning operations capable of driving better decision making. The rapid fall in the cost of sensor technology is enabling the exponential collection of information from manufacturing and supply chain operations. This is also driving the requirement for low power networking technologies and 5G wireless facilities. There are two main areas we can see these technologies being adopted in the manufacturing environment: asset tracking and asset monitoring.




Our experienced consultants will work with you to understand your business needs and guide you through the programme.


Providing you with a unique roadmap for your business with insights into which areas could be improved through the adoption of new technologies.


Carried out by technology specialists to understand the productivity and efficiency of your current company processes, along with challenges, barriers to growth and digital requirements.


To help you implement the recommendations outlined in the Digital Needs Analysis including cost, timescales, internal and external skills requirements. Our experts will be able to advise on how best to implement any new technology.


Every client we work with is introduced to a dedicated project manager, someone who is familiar not only with emerging technologies but also at managing change within global organisations. Project managers are supported by highly experienced consultants, including technology specialists, industry experts and academics. Our aim is always to tailor the innovation team, based on the scope of the project and your company’s objectives.

EXPERIENCED WITH CHANGE MANAGEMENT: Implementing new technologies or processes can be difficult, especially if your company spans the globe. Our Innovation Team have years of experience managing change for clients in every industry. We work closely with your internal teams not only to identify problems, but also to make sure that any new solution will work with your existing processes. Where necessary, we can advise on how to adapt your processes to allow you to benefit from a supply chain that includes innovative SMEs. Should your team need additional training to help roll out a new technology, we can help with that too.

GLOBAL NETWORKS: Digital Catapult Centre North East Tees Valley is part of a UK wide network of Catapults working across almost every industry. Our team have world-class connections to industry experts, cutting-edge technology and a global innovation ecosystem. If you have a specific interest in a particular geography’s SME supply chain or technology clusters, we can help you map it out.

GET INVOLVED: The programme is suitable for project managers, innovation officers, staff members with responsibility for strategic and business views, and senior management teams.

For further details, please contact:

Sophie Craggs

0773 479 1044

0845 872 8575