Smart Factory Innovation Hubs are places you can go to test the latest digital manufacturing solutions in a broad range of applications, without investment. They allow you to test quick-fire projects and early stage technologies in a safe, industry-like environment with expert support, and reduce the risk before they are deployed in your own facilities.
With open access to expertise from our Centres and innovative tech providers from across the UK, you will get all the support you need to address live business challenges and move to your next phase of development.
Whether you’re developing a new production technique, want to upgrade your existing kit or would like to understand how data can better inform your decision-making, Smart Factory Innovation Hubs are here for you.
Funded by UKRI’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, there is no cost to businesses participating in this pilot.
We have sixteen physical and virtual spaces dedicated to reducing the risk of implementing new digital manufacturing solutions within your businesses.
Automated robotic manufacturing assembly
Cybersecurity for Manufacturing
Digital Automation & Logistics
Digitally supported manual operations
Factory in a Box 1
Factory in a Box 2
Food & Fast-moving Consumer Goods
Composite forming & in-process verification