GBSIoT Hub hosts first session on smart factory technology

21st April 2023

On April 5th, the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Institute of Technology (GBSIoT) hosted a special event for Engineering students and staff from Solihull College & University Centre and Birmingham City University (BCU). The purpose of the event was to give participants an insight into smart factory technology and to help them connect their curriculum to this exciting and rapidly evolving field.

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Staff and students from the College’s Engineering department attended the session

The event was the first of four consecutive weekly sessions, each of which will focus on a different aspect of smart factory technology. The sessions will cover topics such as The Internet of Things (IoT), the connections between real assets and virtual assets, and how they can use the data that is generated for process optimisation. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from experts in these fields and to see cutting-edge technologies in action.

The event was hosted at the GBSIoT’s state-of-the-art facilities, which are equipped with the largest Cyber Physical Manufacturing Rig in Europe. Participants were able to get hands-on experience with industry level robots and other smart factory tools and to see how these technologies are transforming the manufacturing industry.

The GBSIoT is a leading provider of technical education and training in the Birmingham and Solihull region. It is committed to working closely with industry partners to ensure that its curriculum is up-to-date and relevant to the needs of employers. By hosting events like this one, the GBSIoT is helping to bridge the gap between academia and industry, and to prepare students for successful careers in the rapidly evolving field of advanced manufacturing.

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Solihull College & University Centre is the lead partner of GBSIoT

The event was a great success, and participants came away with a deeper understanding of smart factory technology and its applications. They also gained valuable insights into how their own coursework and research can be connected to this exciting field. The GBSIoT looks forward to the future 3 sessions, and to see how the skills of the staff and students further develop over the 4 week course.

Find out more about the College’s Engineering courses: Engineering