Partners and collaborators
Meet the partners who are helping build the Shoestring community and bring low-cost digital solutions to the UK manufacturing sector.
Digital Manufacturing on a Shoestring brings together a range of partners including industry and regional associations to ensure it has an impact not only within companies but also across the wider manufacturing sector. We are currently planning regional roll-outs of the Shoestring solutions with support from education and training partners as well as third party consultants and providers.
The types of partners include:
Shoestring works closely with small–to–medium sized manufacturing partners. To date, over 250 companies from across the UK have worked with Shoestring to identify common business needs and priorities and to pilot different digital Shoestring solutions.
Manufacturing network partners, including the Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service (SMAS), Make UK (formerly EEF) and the Nottingham Manufacturing Network, are working with Shoestring to promote the approach to their members and build the Shoestring community of users, developers and trainers.
Shoestring works with Higher Education Institutions and other educational organisations, such as ESP-Scotland, to provide a framework to help develop the digital skills of students, apprentices and the workforce.
Technology specialists provide key support in making sure Shoestring solutions can be adapted and adopted by manufacturers, in some cases providing development support for manufacturers implementing a Shoestring pilot.
Shoestring solutions are developed with a range of providers of technologies, including Raspberry Pi and Siemens.
Shoestring’s commitment to provide robust, secure solutions that fit with national compliance, regulations and standards is made possible by support from BSI and industry bodies.
Shoestring is led by a team of researchers at the Universities of Cambridge and Nottingham. At the Institute for Manufacturing, Engineering Department, University of Cambridge, Shoestring is led by Professor Duncan McFarlane (Head of the Distributed Information & Automation Laboratory) and from the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing, University of Nottingham, the team is led by Professor Svetan Ratchev (Director for Advanced Manufacturing).
Hear about the benefits of Shoestring from the manufacturers:
Carl Dean, PCML
Carl discusses digitalisation from an SME perspective, and why the Digital Manufacturing on a Shoestring project is needed.
Will Bridgman, Warren Services
Hear from Will on the challenges of digitalisation for SME manufacturers.
Julian Bedford, BTL Precision
Julian discusses digital priorities and how a low-cost approach can be a game-changer for SME manufacturers.