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Connected Manufacturing - Transformation through technology


9:30 am - 1:00 pm

Digital Media Centre, County Way, Barnsley, S70 2JW

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About The Event

Calling all manufacturing businesses and digital and tech companies.

Find out how digital technology can have an impact on operational efficiency and productivity in manufacturing and make the connections that could help transform your business and bottom line.

Speakers will tell their stories of digital transformation, with both manufacturing and digital companies giving their perspectives, and our exhibition will allow you to explore the digital interventions in more detail.

Topics include data gathering and monitoring, data analytics, information management and reporting, connected devices and the Internet of Things and smart software solutions.

Key takeaways will include:

  • Knowledge of new services and innovations to make your business more efficient
  • An understanding of Industry 4.0 and the role of digital technology
  • Connections with experts to explore digital innovation in your business
  • Access to funding and programmes to facilitate digital innovation on the ground


9:30 Registration
9:55 Welcome from Chair – Caroline Gorski, digital manufacturing lead at Digital Catapult
10:00 Talks
10:50 Break
11:30 Talks and Manufacturers Panel
12:20 Lunch


Naylor Industries (Barnsley) and Siemens (Manchester)

  • A joint presentation on a collaboration to initiate Naylor’s digital transformation journey

Siemens Digital Factory (Manchester)

  • Hardware and software products to enable the integration of data from development, production and suppliers

Target Information Systems (Barnsley) and Coca-Cola European Partners (Wakefield)

  • A joint presentation on how digital transformation of business information systems can bring control, visibility, compliance and savings

Roy Woodhead – Internet of Things specialist, formerly of Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services (Sheffield)

  • Internet of Things and how it is helping to bring about the next Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0).

Valuechain (Sci-Tech, Daresbury) and Stainless Plating (Sheffield)

  • A joint presentation on software solutions for production control, business improvement and supply chain intelligence

Razor (Sheffield)

  • Digital solutions that lead to marginal gains for business transformation

Knowledge Transfer Network (Innovate UK)

  • Sustainable manufacturing and Industry 4.0 initiatives

Sheffield Innovation Programme

  • Business support opportunities and expert workshops from this joint programme of Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Sheffield Faculty of Engineering


  • Siemens Digital Factory
  • Digital Catapult Centre Yorkshire
  • Valuechain – provides innovative technology to connect smart factories and smart supply chains.
  • Northern Productivity Hub, University of Huddersfield
  • Sheffield Digital, the association for the people and businesses of Sheffield’s digital industries
  • Sheffield Innovation Programme (a joint business support programme of Sheffield Hallam University and the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Sheffield)
  • Super Fast South Yorkshire Connection & Innovation Voucher Scheme – provide 50% funding to assist SMEs to take up faster broadband and also to introduce digital innovations.
  • HMA ‘an experienced digital agency focused on science, healthcare and technology, with several manufacturing clients
  • VisualisedIt ‘a specialist video production company that has worked with a number of manufacturers on corporate videos and social media
  • Gibson Booth – a market leading accountants based in Barnsley with expertise in R&D Tax credits
  • Plus more to be announced

Connected Manufacturing Programme

Connected Manufacturing is designed to bring the manufacturing and digital communities together to showcase the opportunity offered by digital technologies to improve manufacturing productivity and competitiveness. The South Yorkshire programme is led by the Digital Media Centre, part of Enterprising Barnsley (the economic development arm of Barnsley Council) and our sponsors are Digital Catapult and Innovate UK. We are working in partnership with Sheffield Digital, University of Huddersfield and the Sheffield Innovation Programme (a joint initiative between Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Sheffield’s Faculty of Engineering, and is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

It is part of a Yorkshire-wide initiative led by Digital Catapult Centre Yorkshire that aims to connect digital manufacturing activities and run tailored events across the region.