08 Mar Conveyor Networks receive Skills for Growth Funding
Warehouse automation and software provider, Conveyor Networks have had funding approved this week and will use it to continue to develop their Virtual and Augmented Reality capabilities.
VR and AR technology is already accepted within logistics and Conveyor Networks have identified it as a priority driver for growth and competitive advantage.
Supported by the Virtual Engineering Centre (VEC) of the University of Liverpool the business will be able to accelerate its R&D programme significantly.
“The VEC has been working with Conveyor Networks under the LCR 4.0 programme, a part ERDF funded project to support Liverpool City Region SME’s. It has been a pleasure to work with a company whose vision and drive for innovation has led them not just to develop, but to integrate AR & VR, along with other Industry 4.0 technologies in a way that presents clients with a tangible solution and compelling value proposition.” – Andrew Borland, Virtual Engineering Centre
A key benefit of the funding is access to the VEC’s technology sandpit – a collaborative community environment that provides the latest research, technology, facilities and networks. In Conveyor Networks case the sandpit will focus on helping the company add interaction and functionality to their VR programme as well as expanding their capability to deploy models to the VEC’s Power Wall.
As logistics automation becomes more advanced, the need for ongoing training and skills enhancement is an important part of the process for clients. Having the ability to share bespoke training programmes that are regularly updated will become an important part of Conveyor Networks service, and an opportunity to differentiate the business’ offer.
VR will also allow the business to create client specific demonstrations as part of the sales process, with the benefit of removing the uncertainty from decision making for clients, especially those new to automation.
MD, David Carroll commented “One of the challenges for SME’s is to balance a healthy order book against the time and investment needed to remain competitive. The decision to locate at Sci-Tech Daresbury has given us access to academic research and the latest scientific and technological infrastructure. As a result, we are developing innovative digital engineering solutions specific to our business.”
Notes for Editors
Conveyor Networks are a UK based systems integrator and solutions provider founded in 2009. Working from design and build through to servicing and maintenance, the company offers retail and ecommerce businesses of all sizes, best-in-class warehouse software and automation solutions. They engineer their own software called “imio” which is a modular warehouse management system, and can run everything from conveyors and sortation, to packing lines, fully automated processes and carrier integration.