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Brainboxes and High Tech Steels were invited to join a cross-sector Digital Supply Chain workshop organised by LCR 4.0 Holistic, key objectives were to identify potential LCR Digital Accelerator Partners and identify Practical Demonstrators to De-mystify what Digital Supply Chains are all about.

Following consultative support process via a combination of digital diagnostics and readiness level assessment of High Tech Steels Services (provider of steel cutting services specifically processing of strip mill ) as a customer of digital supply chain technology resulted in identifying Accelerator Partner opportunity via application of Brainboxes Digital Communication Device technologies. The main value proposition impacts identified were improving productivity, energy efficiency, environmental and customer services levels.



Brainboxes took advantage of the accelerator partner opportunity which resulted in agreeing to support the digital demonstrator project to digitalise a flat sheet metal blanking line at High Tech Steels Services. LCR 4.0 Holistic designed, resourced and managed the digital demonstrator project together with support from Brainboxes as an accelerator partner providing machine monitoring diagnostics, digital communications hardware, electronics integrator and on-site commissioning/start-up expertise.



The enhanced on-site digital capability captured critical operational data which was feedback in real-time to the HTSS management team via a dashboard giving insights into line utilisation, electrical energy consumption costs and environmental carbon footprint impact.

The demonstrator was able to quantify the blanking line non-production time which has already identified line utilisation improvements via better job order planning, sequencing and minimising set-up time, resulting in an additional 2842 metres of flat sheet steel processed per week ( effectively an extra coil per day ), using 10 % less energy & carbon footprint.

Key feedback from the Digital Supply Chain workshop & Digital Demonstrator Project with HTSS was key customers of digital technology require the support of Digital Accelerator partners to guide them through the key stages of installation and implementation through to full-scale production.

The combined support provided by LCR 4.0 Holistic & Digital Accelerator partner Brainboxes has helped to digitalise & monetise the HTSS blanking line facilitating more informed shop floor and management team decisions which ultimately improve productivity, and customer service levels and profitability.


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Our partnership with LCR 4.0 Holistic has helped to identify customer needs quickly as a Digital Accelerator partner providing digital communications technology to increase efficiency, saving cost and improve customer service levels.

- Luke Walsh, Managing Director of Brainboxes