The Manufacturing Support Services (MSS) was created to work directly with SME’s, drawing on the extensive resources of the MTC to address your practical, technical and strategic manufacturing challenges.
Drawing on the extensive resources and expertise at the MTC, our nationwide team of engineering experts support manufacturing SMEs - the beating heart of the sector - to embed innovation and new ways of working to increase their competitiveness and accelerate their growth.
Our team is ready and able to support the breadth of challenges faced by the UK's SME manufacturing community from the implementation of new and emerging technologies to factory layout and process flow improvements.
Support with process flow improvements from material handling and processing techniques, to business systems and factory layout.
Enabling the reshoring of key current supply chains to make domestic production globally competitive.
Accelerating the adoption of digital technologies that provide opportunity to boost productivity, from online work instruction to RFID stock tracking.
Highlighting emerging technology trends and identifying the best fit for your business
Readying your business to adopt new technologies and de-risking your investment.
Support through the challenges of the design, prototype and testing phases to turn new concepts into commercially viable products.
Electroflight, a technology and engineering services organisation specialising in bespoke aerospace battery systems, approached the MTC’s Manufacturing Support Services (MSS) team to conduct a project looking into improvements in battery cell cleaning. The business, which operates in the aerospace and defence sectors, had recently conducted a study into wire bond reliability and strength following investment into new wire bonding processes. This research identified battery cell cleanliness as a major factor.
The Manufacturing Support Navigator was created to provide SMEs with an interactive tool to understand how to improve manufacturing operations at your business. By answering a series of simple questions, the navigator will help you to identify the solutions for the challenges that you are currently facing at your business and show you how the MTC could help.
We will show you how companies facing similar issues to you have worked with the MTC to implement practical and affordable strategies to help their business transform and grow. To start your journey through the Manufacturing Support Navigator, click on the link below.
To help businesses in the early stages of their transformation, the Manufacturing Support Services offers free initial consultations and the first step is a line walk of your facility with no obligation to commit to any work.
A senior member of the team will visit your facility and conduct a tour of your business’s operations to obtain an initial understanding of the challenges faced, before providing guidance on the best route forward.
The MTC brings skills and experience from across a range of technologies and, provided we can agree on a business case, the priorities and an appropriate work programme, we will share with you a proposal outlining how the MTC could support the implementation process.
For qualifying SMEs, we will also discuss with you the Innovate UK REACH funding that is available to support the cost of your project with us.
*To qualify as an SME as defined by the European commission you must employ fewer than 250 people and have an annual turnover of up to €36 million or a balance sheet total of no more than €18 million.
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