Digital Technologies

Digital Technology

The Digital Technologies Group develops, customises and implements systems for measurement, monitoring and control in harsh industrial environments. This, combined with knowledge in the areas of data analysis, machine learning and multivariate statistics, means the group is ideally placed to develop expertise in the emerging technologies that are part of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Personnel are drawn from academic and industrial backgrounds and include, electronics, electrical and mechanical engineers, metallurgists and technicians.

Examples of developments include:

  • Level control system for molten metals
  • Condition monitoring slow moving bearings
  • Thermographic vision systems for process monitoring
  • Audiometer for process monitoring
  • Portable flatness monitoring
  • Through furnace temperature monitoring
  • Radio-frequency identification (RFID) tracking of ladles

The Digital Technologies Group has a wide remit and is active in the areas of:

  • Evaluation of industrial internet of things (IIoT) platforms
  • Use of augmented reality (AR) & virtual reality (VR) for training
  • Big data, machine learning, and artificial intelligence
  • Productivity improvement
  • Plant condition
  • Plant lifetime extension
  • Cost reduction by improvements in efficiency
  • Process measurement review




The Electronics Laboratory and Engineering Workshop enables the Institute to create bespoke monitoring systems, from feasibility and development through to construction and full implementation of robust systems, suitable for use in some of the most demanding industrial sectors.

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