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Special Interest Groups

Digital Transformation


Digital Transformation (DT), including the Internet of Things (IoT) and Smart Manufacturing revolves around the use of intelligent systems, sensors and actuators to measure and control processes and environments. This falls squarely into the interest area of InstMC, and the DT SIG was set up to accommodate this ubiquitous and disruptive technological development. From an InstMC perspective, sensors and actuators are the eyes, ears and hands of digital transformation, while automation and data analysis are the brains.

As the term implies, digital transformation uses digital technology through interoperable systems, modelling and simulation, intelligent automation and networked sensors to analyse data and disseminate information throughout the entire manufacturing lifecycle.  This allows companies to proactively manage manufacturing operations with informed and timely decision-making. But more than that, DT requires new business models and encourages innovative approaches.

The digital transformation SIG was set up in early 2018, and its goals are to service the needs of members seeking information and support about the application of DT and Smart Manufacturing to their own sector, and also to provide general information to a wider audience about the economic and social potential of digital transformation.


Members & Leadership Team

The SIG is led by a steering committee consisting of the chair, vice chair and secretary plus other steering committee members as required such as web master, marketing coordinator, training coordinator and so on.

The current leadership positions are as follows:

  • Chair – Billy Milligan
  • Vice Chair – Martin Bragg
  • Secretary – Robert Perks

There are currently nine additional steering committee members.



Enabling the membership to realise the full global potential of Digital Transformation.



To digitally transform our systems and devices within measurement and control processes and environments enabling new insights for the membership towards knowledgeable actions, thereby increasing growth and productivity.




It was decided that the DT SIG would have a main focus on four themes;

  • Assets
  • People
  • Processes
  • Successful adoption

The SIG will develop and maintain guidelines for each of these themes, that will be accessible via the DT SIG website. A summary theme (Theme Zero) will also be developed as an introduction to the theme guideline documents.


SIG Role and Activities

  • To provide impartial advice on behalf of the Institute
  • To maintain a list of experts who can be called on to represent the Institute to the media, government and others
  • To comment on any related submissions received by the Institute
  • To be the guardian of related InstMC publications and update them as required
  • To be a trusted point of contact with related authorities/regulators
  • To be a disinterested (non-commercial) voice representing the wider interest of the SIG discipline
  • To liaise as appropriate with other InstMC SIGs
  • To raise the profile of the InstMC by liaising with other bodies as appropriate
  • To promote continuing professional development of SIG members
  • To organise SIG domain events (e.g. Conferences, workshops, training courses, exhibitions), if necessary, jointly with other SIGs
  • To prepare papers and presentations for publication. These may be self-initiated, by agreement with other SIG or Local Sections, or by co-sponsorship with other bodies where appropriate
  • To develop social media content as needed


Get Involved

The DT SIG exists for the benefit of its members and membership is free to all current members of InstMC. The only other requirement is a willingness to collaborate where a potential exists for mutual benefit.

For more information on InstMC membership, see

Knowledge sharing is key.  The  DT SIG webpage is the conduit for making contacts and a Teams site is available for member-only content.