ONE and SMAS launch food and drink manufacturing 4.0 academy

A new programme has been designed to help food and drink businesses understand how digital technologies can deliver productivity improvements and process savings.

Developed by private sector economic development body Opportunity North East (ONE) and the Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service (SMAS), the Food & Drink Manufacturing 4.0 Academy will support food and drink businesses who are exploring digital manufacturing and process improvement to develop an action orientated practical roadmap that sets out the ‘Factory of the Future’ journey for their business.

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The programme is delivered over six workshops over a three month period and includes two one-to-one consultations in delegates’ own business. Peer-to-peer learning is a major element of the programme and it is based around visits to north east food and drink businesses, including Farmlay, Mackies and Dean’s, to see how others have invested in digital manufacturing to reshape processes.

More information, including workshop topics, can be found here ONE SMAS 4.0 Academy 2019. The programme requires a commitment of your time for the whole programme. Workshop dates are:

  • Workshop 1 – 22 May
  • Workshop 2 – 29 May
  • Workshop 3 – 5 June
  • Workshop 4 – 19 June
  • Workshop 5 – 26 June
  • Workshop 6 – end of August (to be confirmed)

This bespoke, pilot programme is offered at the rate of £300 (excl.VAT) per delegate. Applications for the programme can be made online here and should be submitted by 5pm on Friday 3 May 2019. Interested parties can contact Neil Freckingham, ONE Food Hub Director, for more information.

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