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The countries’ largest digital manufacturing show – Smart Factory Expo, took place last week at the Exhibition Centre in Liverpool.

The Smart Factory Expo is part of ‘Digital Manufacturing Week’ – the UK’s showcase for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. It brings together expertise, ideas and opportunities in all aspects of manufacturing operations with exhibition floor presentations and drop-in advisory clinics, throughout six dedicated exhibition zones – Industrial Automation, Internet of Things, Digital Transformation, Smart Factory, Manufacturing Innovation, Industrial Data.

Running through the entire exhibition was ‘Innovation Alley’ – a showcase for manufacturing tech start-ups, ensuring that the whole 4IR ecosystem is represented. Exhibitors had the opportunity to engage directly with attendees and the discussion forums also allowed visitors to gain knowledge and hear best practice advice from thought-leaders in their respective sectors.

The Expo also launched the North West Pilot of the Government’s Made Smarter Review. This is a commission aimed at transforming the manufacturing industry with digital technologies to boost productivity, create more highly skilled jobs, and enable more efficient production systems.