Can a Smart Factory make you Sustainable?

Thursday 13th October 15:10 - 16:00

Spaces & Infrastructure

It was in his time running a factory that Ben identified that one of the biggest opportunities was known as fixed costs, something historically overlooked. The largest portion of most manufacturers fixed costs are the utility bills. Combining his enthusiasm for sustainability with Lean principles of eliminating waste, Ben wanted to identify those opportunities to reduce the energy consumption and improve the energy efficiency of the industry. But where do you start?

This is where a Smart Factory plays its part. To understand where the waste is, data is required. This data, when processed can be converted to user friendly analytics to identify blindspots. These blindspots can then be eliminated, saving energy, saving money and reducing your carbon footprint. In this session, Ben will explain the strategy taken at AMRC North West to achieve this objective, the successes and the challenges, and how the AMRC North West can help your business achieve these same results.

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Ben Smith

Low Carbon Smart Building Specialist

AMRC North West

After completing his apprenticeship and working as a manufacturing engineer, Ben acted as an Operation Manager for a large aerospace manufacturing company. He led his team through rapid Lean transformation and through the challenges the Covid pandemic presented, before joining the AMRC North West as the Low Carbon Smart Building Specialist.

In this role he specialises in taking knowledge of how facilities are run, transformation enacted and the current KPI's and adapting them to align with Sustainability and Smart Factory adaptation. This is then offered as tailored support to help businesses develop their own Smart Sustainability Road Map.

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