HVM Catapult trail in place at MACH 2020

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The High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult will be exhibiting on Stand 622 in Hall 6 at MACH 2020, which takes place at the Birmingham NEC this April.

Consisting of four stands across the exhibition, the HVM Catapult trail will demonstrate how companies can harness key Industry 4.0 technologies to improve their bottom line. All seven of the HVM Catapult’s centres of innovation will be on display along the trail, with special features on the future of machining, additive manufacturing, digitalisation and automation.

With the continued push towards near net shape manufacturing, the Manufacturing Technology Centre’s expertise in additive manufacturing will be on show at Stand 602 in Hall 17, with a carbon-fibre printer producing components throughout the event.

Making their way along the trail to the Advanced Forming Research Centre (Stand 520, Hall 6), visitors can then discuss Machining 4.0, an Intereg-funded project that helps SMEs innovate with the latest machining technologies, including hybrid systems.

Completing the journey along the supply chain, the HVM Catapult trail ends with the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre’s display of its automation and digitalisation capabilities on Stand 810 in Hall 6. On the stand, visitors will discover a Caterham sports car that forms the centrepiece of the AMRC’s ELLI (ELectrification and Lightweighting in Industry 4.0) project. The demonstrations will tie into an overarching digital twin, providing real-time manufacturing data.

Dick Elsy, chief executive of the HVM Catapult, says: “Since 2011, the HVM Catapult has worked with thousands of companies of all sizes to raise their game through innovation. It’s right that we are part of MACH 2020 to connect with more manufacturers. Our team of specialists will be on hand across the HVM Catapult trail to help visitors achieve a step-change in company performance.”

James Selka, MTA, CEO, adds: “This is a fantastic addition to MACH 2020 and another good reason to attend the UK’s national manufacturing exhibition. We’re so pleased to have such strong support from the HVM Catapult network; they play an integral role in ensuring UK firms adapt to new technologies and improve productivity.”