Minister of Industry Visits Aerospace Manufacturer to See Impact of Made Smarter Adoption Program


Industry Minister Lee Rowley visited an aerospace manufacturer to see the positive impact of new technologies and digital skills introduced with the support of Made Smarter.

MSM aerospace fabricators (MSM), based in Middleton, develops and manufactures parts and complex assemblies for Airbus and Boeing aircraft, and has participated in the North West Adoption Program for three years.

The SME tapped into fully-funded, unbiased expert technology advice, a digital transformation workshop, skills development opportunities and two match-funded technology projects.

Mr Rowley was accompanied on his visit by Donna Edwards, Director of North West Adoption Program at Made Smarter, Steve Cleaver, Senior Digital Transformation Specialist at Made Smarter, Clare Porter, Head of Manufacturing for the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), and Chris Clarkson, MP for Heywood and Middleton.

He learned about MSM’s use of digital twin technology to redesign its new factory and unlock production and capacity planning for the future.

A visit to the premises it has occupied for more than 80 years also showed its investment in 3D printing and the impact it has on production jigs, laser tooling and control jigs for the control of components.

Michael Pedley, Managing Director of MSM, said: “It was a pleasure to demonstrate to Mr Rowley the impact government support can have. Made Smarter has been an incredible support over the past few years, especially with the devastating impact of the coronavirus on the aerospace industry.

“The program has supported our investment in state-of-the-art Digital Twin technology that will help us optimize the design and layout of our new factory, and helps us simulate individual production processes to identify, streamline and maximize operational efficiency. During this time, through its Fast Track Additive Manufacturing training program, we have honed one of our manufacturing engineers, brought that expertise in-house, and had the confidence to invest in additive manufacturing which has had a phenomenal impact.

Donna Edwards said, “It was a pleasure to be able to demonstrate to the Minister the remarkable effect Made Smarter is having on technology adoption and skill development among small and medium-sized manufacturers.

“MSM is one of 1,400 companies from across the region that we have engaged with over the past three years, helping them introduce digital tools and technologies to help drive productivity and growth. , navigating Covid-19 and fighting climate change.

“Our ambition is to continue to let manufacturing SMEs in all sectors know that they too can benefit from intensive support, including impartial and expert technology advice, digital transformation workshops to help them make their first steps in transforming their business, as well as opportunities to embed vital skills into their organisations, from the top floor to the shop floor. »

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