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Jane Imrie

North East research project lands six-figure sum to digitise manufacturing supply chains

A North East-based research project has secured over a quarter of a million pounds to support the digitisation of UK manufacturing.

A collaborative research project driven by The NBT Group, Northumbria University and Senseye has been awarded over £250k by Innovate UK to evaluate new and emerging ‘smart’ technologies in a bid to digitalise and transform manufacturing supply chains.

The project is carrying out a feasibility study that will look at how manufacturers could use intelligence-based technologies to connect predictive maintenance software to stock management software.

Chief technology officer at Senseye, Robert Russell, commented: “At Senseye we’re always looking to innovate and partner with similarly minded organisations.

“This Innovate UK funding enabled us to deepen our relationship with both The NBT Group and Northumbria University in an exciting opportunity to bring together very different aspects of asset management that is only made possible by advancing digitisation of the manufacturing sector.

“The feasibility study is accelerating our vision for advanced technologies and generating new business opportunities.”

Northumbria University’s Dr Alireza Shokri, associate professor in operations and supply chain management and academic lead on the project, added: “In order to take on the challenges of tomorrow, knowledge exchange and enterprise development is pivotal.

“This Innovate UK funded project has enabled academics from different disciplines to collaborate with professional leading organisations such as The NBT Group and Senseye with innovative and open-minded leadership.”

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