Sumitomo SHI Demag has completed its latest ‘Get Active 2019’ event.
Held at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, this is the sixth event in the series. Previous meetings were held at the headquarters of what is now the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing F1 team and at Rockingham Motor Speedway.
According to Nigel Flowers, managing director of Sumitomo SHI Demag, AMRC was selected in order to provide new insight into “man management” and how advanced robotics can be beneficial across manufacturing.
Shirley Harrison, company engagement manager at AMRC, offered some additional background covering the research facility, noting that the extended campus now incorporates six technical facilities.
Areas of research currently include (but are not limited to) the Composites Centre, the Design and Prototyping Group, Additive Manufacturing and Metrology. Harrison added: “AMRC is looking at how data can support Industry 4.0.”
A tour of the AMRC Factory 2050 site included coverage of various technical programmes, including a new solution from Hexagon Metrology to eliminate laser reflection from composite structures to improve measurement test results.
Other areas of investigation included development of intelligent automated guided vehicles and how virtual reality can be used to support both employee training and product validation.
The event was rounded out with a presentation by Sean Fitzpatrick, former captain of the New Zealand All Blacks international rugby team. Following on from his new book, ‘Winning Matters’, Fitzpatrick highlighted how his rugby experiences can help improve business performance.
“Like sport, in business you should enjoy your success. But you should limit that enjoyment and get back to it,” he explained. “There’s more to be learned from losses, you should never forget how that felt so you don’t want to have that feeling again.”
Sponsor partners for Get Active 2019 included: Mouldshop; Plastribution, Piovan, Sierra 57 Consult and Sepro Group.