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Industrial Digitalisation Technology Centre

Making digital technology work for you

What is IDTC?

The Industrial Digitalisation Technology Centre (IDTC) supports SMEs in the Tees Valley to explore the opportunities that Industry 4.0 technologies bring, such as the Internet of Things (IoT), big data analytics, modelling, simulation and sensor technology - creating an essential competitive edge that generates real value for businesses. As an SME seeking time, production or financial efficiencies - perhaps all three, IDTC recognises there is no one-size-fits-all approach to digitalisation. Businesses all have different starting points and levels of risk they feel comfortable with. We understand the level of risk investing in new projects is often higher for SMEs, who are juggling multiple priorities with less resource, compared to counterparts in larger organisations.

The IDTC provides a way for SMEs to de-risk their investment. We work with you to structure an innovation project that is practical and pragmatic and most importantly, at the right pace and level for your business. We break down the jargon and buzzwords to explore the opportunities available, and help you bridge the gap between where your business is now and where it needs to be. Building on the University's reputation for innovation, academic excellence, world-class research and industrial experience, the IDTC offers consultancy and mentoring for digitalisation projects that typically last from 6 - 12 months. The IDTC offers SMEs a practical opportunity to investigate the digital tools and services available to help a business plan its digitalisation journey.

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Industry 2.0

Industry 2.0

Organisations at this level of digitalisation include businesses that operate with legacy equipment, little to no sensor devices for collecting real-time data, and perhaps only a basic material requirements planning (MRP) system. Paper-based tracking & ordering is usual, as is manual data entry and so on. The vast majority of SMEs within the manufacturing sector fall into this category.

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Serious Play Facilities within the IDTC for Industry 2.0 businesses include the following:

  • Digital shop-floor data capture
  • Sensor kit setup on existing equipment
  • Analysis of real-time OEE (a metric used to measure equipment efficiency)
  • Time lost analysis
Industry 3.0

Industry 3.0

Organsiations at this level of digitalisation include businesses that are more advanced than I2.0 and will most likely operate relevant enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems for job/part tracking. Industry 3.0 businesses have usually adopted sensor devices for collecting real-time data, QR code scanners, devices with increased processing power, and Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and so on.

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Serious Play Facilities within the IDTC for Industry 3.0 businesses include the following:

  • PowerBI - Data analytics and dashboarding tool
  • ERP+ tools – linking your data to a centralised system
  • Part tracking and QR code data entry
  • Live shop-floor data sharing (via tablets, display nodes etc.)
  • Automated scheduling tools
  • Robotic Process Automation (RPA)
  • Cloud storage
Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 describes the fourth industrial revolution and the underlying digital transformation in today’s business and the consumer market. Businesses in this category rely heavily on smart sensors, live data analysis, process automation & control, and prediction of a possible outcome either on a physical machine or virtual transfer.

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Serious Play Facilities within the IDTC for Industry 4.0 businesses include the following:

  • Access to Siemens IoT Mindsphere platform
  • Data analytics and automation tools
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Cloud storage of real-time data & API data transfers
  • Augmented Reality & Virtual Reality tools for use in training and maintenance
  • Digital twin models

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Virtual reality and immersive technologies

Immersive technology is transforming the world around us and will become a significant part of our everyday lives. Find out how you can transform your business.

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Meet the team

Mikey Thompson

Mikey Thompson

Project Manager

Mikey leads the Industrial Digitalisation Technology Centre (IDTC) program and engages local SMEs directly to help them engage in R&D and innovation activity. His role covers both the day-to-day operations of the Centre, as well as the long-term goals and aspirations of the IDTC in the wider landscape of digital transformation. Mikey's background experience in coordinating teams, maintaining customer liaison and working as a project lead for proposal creation for multinational corporations in the iron & steel industry, compliment the activities of his current role at IDTC.

Dave Spencer

Dave Spencer

Business Innovation Manager

Dave is responsible for promoting the services of the IDTC to a wider audience. He works with local SMEs to identify and address innovation needs through effective liaison, diagnosis and sourcing of appropriate support. He helps businesses understand what technology is available and how it can impact the growth and sustainability of a business. Dave’s experience working with businesses over many years gave him an appreciation of the problems businesses face and the challenges they need to overcome in order to grow.

Martin Holliday

Martin Holliday

Business Innovation Manager

Martin is responsible for the management of innovation projects that develop through the centre. After many enjoyable years working in a worldwide capacity at a leading project and programme management consultancy, he returned to study full time towards a MSc in IT Project Management, graduating with distinction. In addition to his role, Martin is also studying towards a PhD. His research aims to explore artificial intelligence and gamification in an industrial context, meaning there is often lots of crossover between the innovations he is studying in academia and the innovations he is managing in industry.

Jade Davies

Jade Davies

Marketing, Comms & Events Co-ordinator

Jade is responsible for all aspects in marketing and events, overseeing B2B social media activity, providing coordination for the IDTC in arranging and delivering events. She also supports the delivery and promotion of business-focused events, e-campaigns and marketing information, and providing evaluation reports to inform future marketing strategy. Jade is also studying a master’s degree in digital marketing, gaining insight to Industry 4.0.

Dr Josiah Balota

Dr Josiah Balota

Cyber Physical System Innovation Technician

Josiah's role is centred around using IoT (Internet of Things) linked devices to assist SMEs digitalise and upscale from Industry 2.0 to Industry 4.0. His research interests are focused on IoT, wireless sensor networks, data analysis, battery-less sensors, digital twinning, and End-to-End development solutions. Josiah holds a master's degree in Computer Network and Security (2015), and a PhD in Computer Science and Engineering (2021).

Bhargav Reddy Vanga

Bhargav Reddy Vanga

Smart Data Innovation Technician

Bhargav is responsible for providing data-driven solutions to SMEs, using Siemens IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) platform, Mindsphere. He also develops working web prototypes for clients using low-code approach and Agile Methodologies. Bhargav has an MSc in Data Science and an MSc in Software Engineering which helps him to excel in this role.

Le Minh Thao Doan

Le Minh Thao Doan

Data Analytics Developer

Le is responsible for providing general support to client SMEs in the development of new digital products, services, and systems, including designing dashboards and predictive models to give more insights into the business. She also provides general technical support to the IDTC Innovation Manager and academic support team in their day-to-day delivery of support to SMEs. Le has an MBA and MSc in Applied Data Science with a strong background in business intelligence, data analysis, and financial and management reporting, which fits well with her role.

Mohamed Elshazly

Mohamed Elshazly

Data Analytics Developer

Mohamed is responsible for providing analytical support to SMEs in the development of new digital products, services, and systems as part of the Industrial Digitalisation Technology Centre. He provides technical assistance to the IDTC Project Manager and academic support team in their day-to-day delivery of support to SMEs, as well as close collaboration with the technicians. Mohamed has a focus on research and innovation in industrial digitalisation, and he holds an MSc in Mechanical Engineering with a research background on ERP implementations in SMEs.

Caolan Plumb

Caolán Plumb

Visualisation Developer

Using what Caolán has learnt as a graduate of Technical Games Development BSc, he primarily designs and builds digital solutions with a focus on functionality, working primarily on VR/AR projects. He also provides technical support and improves upon existing products/projects by fixing bugs and implementing new features as required. Caolán is also studying for a master's degree in VFX, so he's not just trying to get things to work, but also to look the part too!

Leo Chun Yu Ng

Leo Chun Yu Ng

Visualisation Developer

Leo is responsible for developing 2D and 3D visualisations to illustrate collected data and analytic results of products, services and systems. He also assists in the creation of AR / VR systems for various purposes such as training and monitoring. As an MSc Data Science graduate and an enthusiast in visualisation development, Leo is proficient in developing sophisticated visualisations to deliver crucial information from data and analyses that aids evaluation and growth of SMEs.

Sue Morgan

Sue Morgan

Project Administrator

Sue is responsible for all aspects of administration, providing office management services, liaising with schools and other service departments to ensure the smooth running of the IDTC project. Sue supports events and wider business engagement and undertakes external liaison with businesses and external agencies. Sue ensures full compliance with all European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) paperwork and CRM processes. Sue also assists the Project Manager with financial monitoring.

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This project is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.

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