3 December 2020

Digital design of life cycles

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SCI and proudly supported by the Chemistry Council Innovation Committee

Online Webinar: 14.00 – 15.30 GMT

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Chemicals are often the foundation of long supply chains, with users a long way down the chain often not clearly aware of the choices made by those upstream of them - or that there are alternative ways to achieve the same end product performance. Given that most supply chain logistics are data driven, it is possible to attach information on provenance to shipments and ensure that those who use chemicals, formulations, mixtures and composites can clearly understand the reason for their use. This is important not just for business performance but for consumer confidence.

This same approach can be used to underpin a more thorough approach to the circular economy. We could include the required health and environmental information to chemicals as they move down the supply chain and ensure that those who use chemicals, formulations, mixtures and composites are aware of the handling and disposal issues of anything they use. This is increasingly important as we move to a circular economy and seek to re-use as much of our natural resources as possible.

Attendance at this webinar series is welcomed from scientists and engineers in industry and academia with experience in developing and implementing digital solutions, as well as researchers and technology directors with an interest in leveraging new technologies to increase productivity in their organisation.

Prof Jan Godsell

WMG, University of Warwick

We are on the cusp of a new era in our industrialisation, as organisations seek to harness the opportunities that digitisation and connectivity bring. ‘Building back better’ post COVID requires a more fundamental rethink, as we seek to use digital technologies to enable greater productivity, sustainability and competitiveness. Taking an end-to-end supply chain perspective, 4 strategies for adopting digital technologies to improve the productivity and sustainability will be explored.

Jeremy Frey

University of Southampton

How can good links between the physical and digital world help with the optimisation of processes in the supply chain to achieve greater sustainability and explainability and lead to improve provenance and circularity? What is needed to make the most of the digital capabilities and what can Augmented Intelligence and Machine Learning offer in terms of the generation and use of trusted data to provide the ability for both producers and consumers to explore scenarios all along the supply chain? Some parallels with the Open Science and Open-Source Software & Hardware movements will be highlighted.

Mike Houghton

Process Systems Enterprise Ltd, a Siemens Business

This talk will provide insights as to how digitalisation can help the process industries deliver increased competitiveness. The digital process for twins both on and offline will be explored. Digital twins include both mechanistic and big data models, applicable for a wide range of industry sectors, such as: Chemical, Petro-chemical, Oil & Gas, Pharmaceuticals and Food & Beverage.


14:00  Welcome and introduction
Dr David Bott, Chief Innovation Officer, SCI

14:05  Supply Chain Digital Readiness: supply chain productivity through digitisation

             Prof Jan Godsell, Operations and Supply Chain Strategy, WMG, University of Warwick


14:20  Linking the Digital & Physical Worlds - Circularity and Sustainability in Supply Chains

            Prof Jeremy Frey, Professor of Physical [and Digital] Chemistry, Head of the Computational Systems Chemistry Section, University of Southampton


14:35  End to end digitalisation of chemical manufacture

           Mike Houghton, Director of Process Systems Enterprise Ltd, a Siemens Business


15:05  Facilitated Q&A 


15:30  Close

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