MTC and HowToRobot Join Forces to Help British Manufacturers Find Robot Solutions
The Manufacturing Technology Centre and HowToRobot have announced a partnership aimed at increasing the adoption of robots among manufacturing and warehouse businesses in the UK.
The collaboration will bring together HowToRobot's global automation marketplace and the MTC's expertise to connect businesses with the right automation solutions and suppliers.
Mike Wilson, chief automation officer at the MTC, said, "We want to give the manufacturing industry a helping hand with figuring out what automation solutions can best help each business become more productive.”
Any UK-based business considering automation can get free help with finding solutions and suppliers as part of the collaboration. The business simply describes what needs to be automated on HowToRobot’s platform. Suppliers will then reply with tailored proposals on possible solutions. The business can consult with experts from the MTC to help specify their needs and get automation advice, including how to develop solutions that are not yet commercially available.
Søren Peters, CEO of HowToRobot, said, “Many businesses struggle with getting started on automation because they don’t have an overview of the many robot technologies and solutions that exist today. With our knowledge of over 16,000 suppliers and MTC’s technology experts, we can help them find the solution they need.”
Mike Wilson said that businesses in the UK still have largely untapped potential for automation. Compared to the global average, British industry still has few robots in operation. Speeding up the adoption of automation technologies is highly necessary.
“Adopting automation at all levels of manufacturing in the UK is necessary for us to continue competing effectively as a manufacturing powerhouse globally and countering the ongoing labour shortages,” he said.
By tapping into HowToRobot’s platform and MTC’s expertise, businesses can quickly get an overview of their automation options without having to do market research on their own.
About the MTC
The MTC aims to provide a competitive environment to bridge the gap between university-based research and the development of innovative manufacturing solutions, in line with the Government’s manufacturing strategy. The MTC is part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, supported by Innovate UK.
Established to prove innovative manufacturing processes and technologies in an agile environment in partnership with industry, academia and other institutions, the MTC houses some of the most advanced manufacturing equipment in the world, creating a high quality environment for the development and demonstration of new technologies on an industrial scale. This provides a unique opportunity for manufacturers to develop new and innovative processes and technologies
HowToRobot.com is a global automation marketplace that connects businesses with tailored automation solutions from suppliers. The platform provides businesses with a simple and efficient way to broadcast their automation needs and receive proposals from suppliers on the most suitable automation solutions. HowToRobot also publishes a range of market insights, guides, and statistics for businesses to navigate the automation market.