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Digital Manufacturing Challenge


The Digital Manufacturing Challenge is a free, in-person event, facilitated by our expert manufacturing consultants. Over three hours this semi-competitive event demonstrates the impact of industry 4.0 solutions first-hand by applying them to our digital factory. Attendees will experience the beginner, intermediate and advanced-level technology solutions that help manufacturers tackle specific pain points across the value chain.

Who should attend?

This event is ideal for operators, functional and senior leaders. To get maximum benefit from the session, we recommend between 2-10 attendees from each organisation. This event will help educate teams on the technologies and engage all staff, supporting adoption of industry 4.0 & change management.

What to expect?

In this gamified session, teams are tasked with using a budget to make the best technology investment decisions for our digital factory, before justifying their investment to gain points. This challenge requires critical analysis of budget; possible return on investment; strategy, and pain points for scenarios across operations from order receipt to fulfilment.

With opportunities to get hands-on and try many of the technologies, you will reflect on where different technologies would add value in your own manufacturing environment as a key takeaway. After the event you'll receive an email with a personalised reference pack for your business including customised feedback, key information and notes taken by attendees during the session.

How is this event different to the existing Smart Factory Showcase & Mobile Showcase?

This event focuses on hands-on experience with the technologies and clarifies costs and possible return on investment for businesses. Our digital factory is based on a 'continuous batch' food manufacturer, however, we ensure the technologies and scenarios apply to all manufacturing environments.

Where and when are the events held?

The challenge events will be held in every region of New Zealand, with multiple sessions in larger manufacturing hubs. Some will be held at local manufacturers’ sites which may include a factory tour, if you are interested in hosting an event please get in touch with

To see the schedule of upcoming events, head to our events page.

Where and when are the events held


What technologies & pain points will be reviewed?

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