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This is becoming a bi-annual event now for me, one that I really enjoy because we have synergies here at UPTIME Consultant with Senseye, especially when it comes to scaling predictive technology in industry.
I would usually take a trip down to their headquarters at Southampton Science Park but everything has changed in these COVID times!
We had decided on a theme of how these new technologies may disrupt our workforces now and in the future which is an area I work in and think about extensively.
If you missed it you can still catch up with the recording by visiting www.senseye.io and I will also share it on my 'Knowledge' page here when it is available.
Working with Glued Ltd on image
As part of our business planning we have been working with Glued Ltd for the past couple of months exploring how UPTIME Consultant and UPTIME Consultant Academy should look in the future.
You can only spend so long ruminating over these things yourself before having to get a third party view, they have definitely seen things we do that were not apparent to us, we were too close to see!
If you are looking for similar I can recommend David and Rob at Glued.
Telling your Business Story
Vikki Kirby of Vibrato Consulting here telling us a story at Glued Ltd headquarters
This is the second half day workshop I have attended this year organised by Rob Harrison of Glued, this time with guest presenter and specialist in telling a business story Vikki Kirby.
Compelling content that opens your mind on what your business actually says to clients or prospects.
Namely 'Why?' do you do what you do, and what is your story, how and what drove you to be in the business you are in and more importantly why should we care?
I have found them so useful that I'm working with Glued, sense checking our brand and story by finding out what UPTIME Consultant is really about after nearly five years, setting us up for the next chapter of our story that we will share with clients, in fact anyone that will listen!
You can find out more about Glued Ltd at www.gluedlimited.co.uk and Vibrato Consulting at www.vibratoconsulting.com
Corrugate Production & Prediction
How about a mid 1950s Park Ward Bentley DHC to great you at the hotel!
Hope you like the classic car above, I will not be sharing any photos of the Smurfit Kappa processes in this post for confidentiality reasons.
I had an eye opening day long visit to one of their sites in Norwich, where I met a great team of capable engineers taking prediction seriously when it comes to managing their assets.
It was a very collaborative visit with SK, Malone Group, Omron, Senseye and Uptime Consultant pooling our knowledge to deploy a joined up solution quickly and at lower cost.
This saves a lot of false starts and wasted energy by getting the key people in the room to offer their experience and solutions.
I'm sure this will be one of the quickest and wide ranging deployments I have seen yet.
Talking the Torque with Norbar
Norbar in Banbury - The home of Torque Tools
I met Julian the Marketing Manager the other week at the 'Brand and Marketing Workshop' at Glued in Leamington Spa.
We were sat next to each other and paired up in a couple of the exercises we carried out, we were a good match as he had an engineering background and we could talk about torque (sorry that had to be done!)
I learnt so much about the Norbar company and Julian kindly invited us down to take a further look at the manufacturing and production, I know, I didn't realise myself that they actually manufactured them down in Banbury, but that is where Norbar were founded back during the early 1940s and continue to this day.
We spent a very enjoyable two hours touring the extensive site and talking about both our marketing plans, about how to engage people in what we do and more importantly why we do it.
Jenny spotted the Norbar sweets first in reception, what a great marketing tool!
The advances in Torque wrenches and multipliers was impressive, they not only have production including full machining on site but a special products cell and accredited laboratories for calibration control.
Great event at Kenilworth School
Some questions to answer and props to give them ideas
Excellent event at Kenilworth School and Sixth Form here in Warwickshire organised by the schools careers adviser Marie Brennan.
The idea was simple enough, about 25 professionals from all backgrounds seated in the hall at tables in rows.
Two groups of students from year 6 (about 13-14 yrs old?) and around 260 in total came in groups of six to sit with the adults and quiz them for six minutes about their job, then like musical chairs they all move around.
You can see the questions above, I turned the first question around and asked them what they thought I did as a job, most said builder or surveyor because of the hard hat and hi-viz!
The kids were a credit to the school and actually looked interested in what we had to say.
My main message when I talk to students about Mechanical Engineering is the transferability of skills between sectors, I go on to describe my own journey through aerospace, prototyping, motorsport, food industry, utilities and now consulting across all of these sectors to 'sell' the profession of engineering to them.
I often hear engineers calling out for more youngsters to join our industry, I say the way to go is to get into schools and talk to kids about the opportunities, that's the best way of getting new engineers in my opinion.
Glued® is the name for sticky brands and marketing!
The GLUED Workbook we worked our way through over three hours
I've been looking forward to this for a few weeks, Branding and Marketing Audit Workshop by Rob and David of Glued® who are local to me in Leamington Spa.
The format was simple, bring along your brand ideas, marketing materials and be prepared to assess if they might work out in the real world.
Without giving too much away the ten attendees discussed their outlooks guided by Rob and David.
There was a broad range of business owners and marketing professionals from larger companies so there were tips that could be shared along the way.
The basis of some of the content was around the Simon Sinek idea of people usually buying from you because of 'Why' you do what you do, not 'What' you do or 'How' you deliver it.
I kind of get this in some respects, but there are still clients I would say don't give a damn about the Why, they just want you to deliver it, now!
It gave me some ideas and I will be back at the Glued Warehouse I'm sure soon to brush up on some hard copy marketing materials.
Interesting visit to BEV transition site
Mini Plant Oxford Visitor Gate 6 in the winter sunshine
This is going to be one of those updates where my lips are sealed as to what we discussed or why I was there!
Suffice to say it was a very interesting site visit to see first hand the plant in action manufacturing the newest Mini models at Oxford that are now all battery powered vehicles.
Looking forward to subsequent visits if UPTIME Consultant can help them out in the future.
One word to sum it up... Impressed
Addition to our handheld devices for Thermography
FLIR E8 XT wifi enabled Thermal Imaging Camera unboxed
Whilst Uptime Consultant is not into the 'services' aspect of Condition Monitoring we do invest in the occasional new instrument that are used lightly for demonstration purposes mainly.
One of the things that clients frequently ask is if a certain technology will provide benefits for them.
It makes sense then for me to have available the handheld equipment to show the true value.
Although I'm equipment agnostic (I don't re-sell for anyone) I do let people know what I choose to spend company money on and when it comes to industrial thermal imagers my money is with FLIR.
You get great value for image resolution and their MSX makes the images much more versatile, the software I find is excellent and the handheld devices are very ergonomic compared with the competition.
Look out for some Thermal Images in the near future.
NEC Birmingham Maintenance Show
RMS's Andrew Loder demonstrating Motion Amplification to Uptime and PepsiCo colleagues
Another show that I always try to attend as it is very local located at the NEC in Birmingham, it's just a 15 minute train journey away from Coventry.
It's a bit hit and miss this show, some years like last year it is very busy, unfortunately the location this year cut the footfall as it wasn't located near the Engineering Technology Show halls.
It was great to catch up with contacts again from RMS, Interflon, Pruftechnik and UE Systems, also good to make new ones at InVMA, InControl and others.
I also went over on the second day to catch up with clients and prospects as we were all available to attend.
Hopefully the feedback will get the organisers (who are new I believe) to get this show next to the Engineering Innovation/Technology Show next year, the bridge walkway is too far for many to make the trip.
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