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The Digital Hub – Project 4.0

Cheshire College South and West

The Digital Hub – Project 4.0

Cheshire College South and West

The development of a Digital Hub that will contain specialist cutting-edge equipment to support the transformation and acceleration of Digital and Advanced Manufacturing skills across Cheshire and Warrington. The inspirational Digital Hub, in line with Industry 4.0 will be made available to all. A mobile training centre will provide outreach services to those areas of the region further away from the Digital Hub.

The College will provide courses to upskill and reskill existing workforces and work closely with schools and colleges to promote digital as the career choice to future workforces. Using both immersive virtual and augmented reality, we will be able to show the direct application of theory to practical problem solving within the production environment. In addition, we will demonstrate how the innovative application of digital technology and advanced manufacturing has completely changed the face of business operations improving productivity and effectiveness, providing sustainability and new platforms for business growth.

Geographical area

Crewe  -  Ellesmere Port  -  Chester

The portable equipment will be available for loan by businesses, schools, colleges or other groups across Cheshire & Warrington. Additional accessibility will be provided via the provision of a mobile learning centre, taking technology direct to businesses and educational establishments in rural areas.

Technologies / Equipment

  • Robotics – (nano-bot, walker kit, humanoid and 4th generation robot)
  • Sensor kits (various)
  • Prototyping/production equipment
  • 3D Printer (industrial composites)
  • 3D Printer (plastics)
  • Microsoft Hololens
  • Z Space (combined VR/AR)
  • High-Tech Computers (latest generation Intel)
  • Tablets for e-learning
  • Coding equipment
  • Mobile training facility

Skills being developed

  • Improved Digital skills
  • Programming
  • STEM skills
  • Prototyping
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Virtualisation
  • E-learning
  • Coding
  • Innovation
  • Critical thinking
  • Complex problem solving

Contact: Jackie Rogers