Clothing and Textile digital projects with Digital Catapult

Digital Catapults are a network of technology centres, established with the aim of accelerating the early adoption of digital technologies. The Digital Catapult Centre North East and Tees Valley have developed several open innovation approaches to help different sectors explore emerging technology. This is done in a way that has tangible impact on their businesses by helping them identify, scope and find solutions around their business challenges.

The approach depends on what is the most suitable for the business. It can include horizon scanning for new digital capabilities within other SMEs and academia, or it can be more in-depth support on a project basis exploring the challenge in detail, getting internal buy in to find a solution and securing budget.

The team has found that with the current focus on Industry4 and Digital Manufacturing, a lot of family owned small manufacturers were not engaging because they felt they weren’t relevant to them or they cost too much time and money.
So Digital Catapult Centre NETV has developed a Digital Manufacturing Programme that introduces manufacturers to a range of new technologies, including –

  • The Internet of Things
  • Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN)
  • Virtual and Augmented Reality
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Led by industry specialists, they will explore how new technology developments will impact the manufacturing industry and how to exploit them to improve their productivity and competitiveness.
David Reay, Chair of NCTN is working with the Digital Catapult on this programme, and if there are any businesses that would like to explore the support that’s available, he’d be delighted to hear from you -