Hazel Carlin, on of our cohort 5 research students, attended the The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) Conference on Digitalising Manufacturing 2018 was held  at the MTC at Anstey Park, Coventry on the 29th-30th October 2018.  Hazel provided a write on her experience:

First of all, we gathered in the lecture theatre and heardStands At The Mtc various short presentations on Asset Utilisation and Future Business Models. Then we had the choice of different ‘technology presentations’ held in separate rooms upstairs.

Firstly I went to the Outsystems session. This is a company that provides ‘low-code’ which enables a user to create programs and apps without coding. Being relatively inexperienced in programming, I thought this looked like a good idea.

Then there were formal presentations on topics such as Meggitt’s Intelligent Workbench and the Digital Readiness Level tool. Before lunch there was another choice of technology sessions, so I attended the one by ATS Bus. This showed me the practicalities of how the Internet of Things can join different hardware items together.

Following lunch there was a choice of interactive workshops where industry leaders discussed their projects and we could ask questions. I chose the ‘Asset Utilisation’ strand, where Network Rail was represented, amongst others. There was a final wrap-up session before everyone departed.

I found it a really interesting conference that sparked my interest in various Internet of Things topics.

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