5G and IoT in Industry 4.0 in Worcestershire
- 5 leading universities in the area, including the University of Warwick, specialising in Physics, Engineering and Computer Science.
- A pipeline of over 8,000 graduates in key-related subjects each year.
- Over 16,000 people working in advanced technology in the region.
A business support ecosystem
- Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership provides access to £84 million worth of growth funding from the UK government.
- Betaden, Worcestershire’s Tech accelerator, offers a package and proof-of-concept grant worth a combined £65,000 as well as free co-working space and introductions to universities and businesses.
- The UK Government provides support to help access markets across Europe.
- Travel to London and Manchester in just over an hour.
- Within an hour of Birmingham and Bristol International Airports.
- Proximity to the UK’s 7 High Value Manufacturing Catapult Centres, providing opportunities for collaboration.
- Worcestershire is a cost-efficient location for business; property and labour costs are as much as 20 percent lower than other European destinations.
This opportunity is:
Costs of labour, industrial property and utilities are highly competitive in the UK.
Supported by the Government
The UK’s visa system is investor friendly and the Department for International trade offers advice on skills, finance and more.
Business networks and access to funding and academic institutions can help you get established and growing.
Worcester Bosch has been a partner and user of the 5G testbed. They used Bosch XDK sensors and 5G powers to take preventative measures to new levels. Sensors attached to machines monitored temperature, pressure, and vibrations in real-time and detected issues with performance before they became failures, identifying opportunities for improving productivity.
Worcester Bosch has continued to work with W5G to improve the functionality of automated guided vehicles in the factory to transport products and materials. Ongoing work includes the installation of collision detection sensors and new devices connected over the 5G Private Network to help ensure health and safety on the factory floor.
Yamazaki Mazak’s European Manufacturing plant, in Worcester UK, opened in June 1987 and was immediately recognised as the most advanced machine tool manufacturing plant in Europe. Serving European markets, over 80 percent of the machine tools built in Worcester are exported from the UK into Europe.
The W5G Consortium has worked with Yamazaki Mazak to aid in the development of Preventative Maintenance and Augmented Realist-Remote Expert. Both initiatives have provided innovative options for unmanned components of the manufacturing process, helping drive efficiencies within the company.