New manager joins Instinct Hardware to assist with digitalisation manufacturing project

Instinct Hardware has welcomed Waleed Shaikh to its team as its digital production manager. Shaikh comes to the newly-created role as the successful associate for the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project being undertaken by Instinct, alongside Aston University and Innovate UK. 

Shaikh has a Master’s degree in mechanical engineering as well as a wealth of experience in improving productivity, quality, profitability, and processes by effectively integrating workers, machines, energy, materials, and data to meet customer expectations. 

The KTP project aims to digitalise and modernise manufacturing methods. It puts employee well-being at the centre of the process and allows for better systems for stock management, for customer information and for initial design simulations.

Shaikh said he is thrilled to join Instinct Hardware. "It’s an honour to be part of the KTP project alongside Aston University and Innovate UK. I’m excited about the opportunity to contribute to the digitalisation and modernisation of manufacturing methods whilst prioritising employee well-being in the business. Looking forward to collaborating with the team!” 

Nil Chohan, director at Instinct added: “We’re over the moon to get this project underway. It will be transformative. Not just for our business, but to lead the way for other manufacturers in the UK to follow suit. We’re looking forward to the benefits that digitalizing will bring, for employees, lead times and of course, our customers.” 

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