Industry 4.0 today at Bedford College

Tuesday 25 October 2016

A worldwide industrial revolution is already underway in engineering heard trainees at Bedford College, from Alan Norbury, Chief Technology Officer of Siemens. 

Alan’s lecture at Bedford College was filmed by the Institution of Engineering and Technology and will later be shared with other engineering students around the English-speaking world.

Cyber-physical systems, the Internet of Things and cloud computing are all key components of the next stage of production around the globe, and engineers are needed to keep the 21st Century cogs turning. A 2016 report into engineering said that more than 180,000 skilled workers are needed each year to keep up with demand from the industry. 

Said Alan: “The Bedford College students showed great insight into the modern day priorities of engineering and asked some challenging questions.”

Bedford College is supporting industry training demands with apprenticeships and a new BSc in Engineering. It works closely with international names in production and manufacturing. Meanwhile Siemens is involved with Government “Catapult” centres which aim to transform the ideas and innovation into economic successes.

Steve Croft Head of Engineering at Bedford College said: “Having someone of the calibre of Alan speaking is pretty inspiring for our students. Especially as they had the privilege of listening to him live, rather than just via the eventual film which will be seen by others. To have some one of his experience talking about Europe’s No 1 engineering company and how the production industry is changing is very powerful.”

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Picture: Alan talking to students about the new industrial revolution

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