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Now more than ever, industrial production is a key driver for innovation, productivity, growth and job creation. As we embark on this new revolution where disruptive technologies connect information technology and operational technology, Connected Manufacturing will catalyse the business and technology opportunities that exist between innovators, customers and suppliers - including those within IIoT, big data, automation and more...

Please note, as with all live events, the conference programme is subject to change.



Industry 4.0

Andrew Hodgson, Siemens Digital Factory, Strategic Sales Lead - Digitalisation


Industry 4.0, an Introduction

It is becoming increasingly difficult to talk about manufacturing without talking about Industry 4.0. However, many are unclear about what Industry 4.0 actually is.  In this talk, GAMBICA’s Steve Brambley cuts through the hype and explains what it Industry 4.0 is, and what opportunities it presents to UK manufacturing. 

Steve Brambley, Director for Public Affairs, GAMBICA Association


What is Industrial Digitalisation and How to Make it Happen

  • Rational and principles of industrial digitalisation
  • Examples of the art of the possible
  • What is the opportunity for companies and for the UK
  • How does it happen – innovation and technology
  • Examples of industrial digitalisation
  • How does it happen – the whole process of adoption

Dr Lina Huertas, Head of Technology Strategy for Digital Manufacturing, Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC)


Digital Readiness Level for Manufacturing

Moving from the ‘What is Digital Manufacturing?’ to the ‘How do I establish the benefits of Digital Manufacturing’.

  • Driving implementation of Digital Manufacturing back to strategy for business improvement, being aware of the wider impact of digital both inside the business and with suppliers and customers.
  • An appreciation that digital is about more than technology; value and leadership as well.
  • Developing a common language for discussion and engagement.
  • Driving improvement and managed investment with a clear vision for value enhancement.

Simon Barnes, Commercial Director, HSSMI


SME Support for Digitalisation

This presentation will be split into two sections, the first will cover current challenges and barriers to digitisation for Manufacturing SMEs in the UK, whereas the second will take a look into addressing those challenges, highlighting Diagnostic Tools as a way to gain visibility about the current state before beginning your digital transformation journey

Tim Andrews, Senior Consultant, MTC and Junuz Jakupovic, Technology Exploitation Officer, MTC


DIT strategy & overview

Simon Hall, Director Export & Investment Midlands Engine, Department for International Trade (DIT)


KEYNOTE: Making Manufacturing Processes SMART- embedding sensors into Machine Tools and Processes - cases from the Medical Manufacturing Industry

INDUSTRY 4.0 proved to be an excellent vehicle for driving forward the agenda of connected machines and the Industrial Internet of Things. In the last 5 year, the pace of change in manufacturing industry regarding the levels of digitilisation has been dramatic, enabled by service offerings and solutions from vendors and suppliers and researchers.

With this level of digital infrastructure in place, the key questions arise of how to get value from the data, how to effect change in manufacturing processes that have impact, increasing energy efficiency, optimizing use of consumables, reducing risk of part damage.

The opportunity now is to make the manufacturing process SMART. Dr. O Donnell will present on research undertake in the medical manufacturing industry on the use of embedded sensing in in-process analytics to drive change within the manufacturing processes.

Professor Garret O Donnell, Director Science and Technology in Advanced Manufacturing (STAM), Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering Department, Trinity College Dublin


KEYNOTE: Innovation, Creativity and Digital: Will you disrupt your business or be disrupted?

Geraldina Iraheta, Director of Business Development, Digital Catapult


KEYNOTE: Locating the best of Industry 4.0

Manufacturers are facing continual pressure to reduce costs, improve productivity and improve quality. But the traditional answer to these problems – greater automation – conflicts with the flexibility required to satisfy the modern consumer’s demands for customisation. In this talk, I’ll show how real-time location sensing is helping manufacturers realise the Industry 4.0 vision throughout their production process, letting them achieve the best of both worlds – automation and flexibility at the same time!

Dr Andy Ward, Chief Technology Officer, Ubisense


KEYNOTE: IIoT – Building the Factory of the Future on Smart Foundations

Much has been written in the last few years on IIoT, Industry 4.0 and Smart Manufacturing but what practical steps should business leaders be taking to build their factory of the future and what are the tangible business benefits which can be realised?

This session will explore the top perceived barriers to investment and will explain with the aid of practical examples, how connected solutions can overcome these and deliver sustainable business benefits for the future.

Martin Walder, Vice President – Industry, UK & Ireland, Schneider Electric


Technology Drivers and the 4th Industrial Revolution

  • The very significant role of digital technology and how to encourage adoption
  • Implications of the evolving regulatory environment
  • Understanding the impacts of technology adoption
  • How the technology sector can dovetail with those on a digital transformation journey

Matthew Evans, Executive Director, Smarter UK & techUK IoT Programme


Robotics - The five stages of Man and Machine Collaboration

Paul Stone, General Manager, Staubli (UK)


Enabling the Art of the Possible – How to Drive Competitive Separation

Asif Moghal, Manufacturing Industry Manager, Autodesk


Secured, Licensed and Protected Systems for Industrial Internet, use cases

The Industrial Internet Consortium brings together the organizations and technologies necessary to accelerate the growth of the Industrial Internet by identifying, assembling and promoting best practices. Wibu-Systems contributes as member to the Security and Business Solutions Enablement groups.

Wibu-Systems will present at this session some local use cases. New business models can be implemented and exploited with proper protected, licensed and secured systems.

Large players like Wind, CoDeSys, Phoenix, B&R and Rockwell have implemented Wibu’s technology for secure boot, IP & Integrity Protection, access control for software, source-code and data.

Marcel Hartgerink, Member of Industrial Internet Consortium, Managing Director of Wibu-Systems


How the Most Successful Manufacturers Create Customer Intimacy, Attract Talent, and Enable their Teams

  • Communication has been revolutionised in the 21st century, and by implementing modern practices the most successful manufacturers have realised productivity gains, whilst gaining a true competitive edge.
  • Whether your strategy is to generate new business, retain existing customers, speed up design processes, reduce staff turnover, consolidate estates, cut operational costs, increase productivity or ensure compliance – one fact remains - clear communication and strong collaboration is fundamental to achieve this.
  • Canon is uniquely placed to offer guidance and solutions to help you realise your growth targets and help you optimise your communication strategy.

John Kirven, Snr. Marketing Consultant (Manufacturing), Canon (UK) Ltd


Robots in UK manufacturing

Mike Wilson, UK & Ireland Business Development Manager, ABB Robotics


PROFINET for IoT, IIoT and Industry 4.0

  • A short journey to explain IoT - The Internet of Things, IIoT - The Industrial Internet of things, IND4.0 from IND1.0 and Big Data.
  • How PROFINET is placed as the ideal Industrial Fieldbus to fulfil the above, how it's implemented and why you should consider it. Some of the myths explained.

Derek Paul Lane, Automation Manager, WAGO Ltd and Deputy Chairman – PI UK


The Key to Predictive Maintenance

The most exciting promise of the Industrial IoT is predictive maintenance. Advances in cloud computing, machine learning and artificial intelligence are edging us towards this yet there’s still a strong reliance on human intuition and experience. Prognostics is the key enabler of predictive maintenance.

Kamran Farooq of Senseye, the scalable Predictive Maintenance product company will explore where it’s come from and how it can help modern connected manufacturers.

Kamran Farooq, Global Business Development Manager, Senseye


Case Study : How did a French Region anticipate & rejuvenate itself to become the National Pioneer in the Conception of the Plant of the Future?

Technocampus Jules Verne : the 1st Technological Research Institute labelized in France & supported by Airbus dedicated to develop the Industry 4.0

  • Case Studies : Augmented Reality applied to Aeronautics maintenance, “Mascot” a Cobots project held by STX to build the CruiseLiner of the Future, SMILE Project (Smart Electricity French Network), the IoT French Tech City, the Composites Technocampus
  • Connected Talents : Proxinnov , the unique campus in France to train the tomorrow experts for Robotics&Manufacturing supported by world leaders like Sepro and Yaskawa
  • GKN Driveline, Claas Tractor : why did those European auto components leaders decide to invest in their French sites as models of Plants of the Future?

Nadia Chibouti, International Project Advisor, Invest in Western France



Opening Address

Mark Garnier MP, Minister for Investment, Department for International Trade (DIT)


Digital Manufacturing: Industrial IoT and Analytics

Ken Brockbank, Sector Manager, Advanced Engineering & Manufacturing, ‎Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and Mike Hodge, CEO, Cimlogic Ltd


Introduction to IO-Link – Features and Benefits

  • With an installed base approaching 4 million nodes IO-Link is THE protocol for communication down to the sensor and actuator level
  • What a typical IO-Link solution consists of, how it interfaces to the control system and the benefits that can be derived from this increased level of communication with IO-Link devices
  • Learn about: easier handling of measurement signals, remote and automatic device parameterisation, smart sensor diagnostic functions and safety over IO-Link
  • How IO-Link is also being an enabler for Industrial IoT and Industry 4.0 strategies

Russell Smith, IO-Link Specialist, PI-UK Steering Committee and Product Marketing Manager for Industrial Networking, Balluff Ltd


Industry 4.0, Manufacturing’s Connectivity and Challenge

A broad view of connectivity development and how this will enable new functionality, capability and efficiency in future manufacturing.

Ian Simmons, VP Business Development, Corporate Engineering and R & D, Magna International


Welding data headaches. Time to go digital?

Do issues such as weld traceability and maintenance of welder qualifications eat into your working day? The gathering, storage and access to data about your welding processes are now an important part of your business. You must show you have robust systems to be even considered for some important contracts. However the current manual, paper-based method is not only labour intensive and time consuming but also open to human error. And the pressure on compliance will grow, not decrease, moving forwards.
“Within manufacturing, 90 percent of what welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers do…has the technical potential for automation.” - McKinsey Quarterly, July 2016
By combining digital capture and cloud storage, the welding industry is now on the cusp of transforming such data use in a way that will benefit any company, whatever its size.
BOC will explore if these new technologies are just ‘nice to have’ or mission critical!

Stuart Wilders, Avanto Specialist, BOC


Security and Connected Manufacturing - the Challenges of Industry 4.0 and Industrial IoT

  • Why do we need security in connected manufacturing?
  • What are the challenges?
  • How do we start to address them?

Hugh Boyes, CEng FIET CISSP, Principal Engineer - Cyber Security Centre, WMG, University of Warwick


KEYNOTE: Industry 4.0, Smart Factories and Robot Automation

Mike Wilson, President, BARA


KEYNOTE: Leading Factories of the Future. How the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) is shaping a new Leadership and Skills Dimension.

Manufacturing is undergoing a transformation to the fourth industrial revolution. This transformation will see greater integration of physical production with digital technologies to boost levels of productivity.

  • 85% of manufacturers say 4IR will be a business reality by 2025, yet many companies are still figuring out what it looks like, and what it means to them.
  • EEF research also reveals challenging and critical skills gaps in areas such as digital, IT and software skills. It also highlights the importance of strong leadership and management. Yet many manufacturers simply don’t know where to start.
  • This session will explore 4IR in the context of what manufacturing leaders need to understand and what steps they should take in terms of up-skilling and re-skilling in the short term so that they are able to lead and drive forward the factories of the future and reap the benefits the fourth industrial revolution brings.

Martin Strutt, Region Director and National Consultancy Lead, EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation


The value of connected assets & turning knowledge into value

Tom Hammond, Product Manager - MindSphere; the Open IoT Operating System, Data Analytics & Industrial Cyber Security, Siemens Digital Factory


Time To Value – Implementing I4.0 Solutions in the Real World

  • Based on our customer conversations, the debate about I4.0 / Smart Manufacturing / Factories of The Future etc is now over – manufacturing companies realise they have to move forward with this.
  • But in the majority of cases they just don’t know how to and are consequently paralysed by the fear of failed projects and lack of return on investment.
  • Rockwell Automation will explain how to start simply, with projects around specific manufacturing needs & pain points, using case studies of actual customer applications we’ve solved, so it’ll be grounded with tangible outcomes rather than just more vendor hype.

Grant Coffin, Solutions Architect, Rockwell Automation


Industry 4.0 – More Than A Hype?

A presentation of the 3 main aspects of the machine tool & production systems to bring added value to the customer.

Bernd Zapf, Vice President Development New Business & Technology, Gebr. Heller Maschinenfabrik GmbH


Curated and presented by Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN)

Bridging the Gap: Do SMEs need Smart Manufacturing, not Smart Factories?

How SME’s can start to realise the potential of Industry 4.0 and adopt disruptive technologies that demonstrate immediate return on investment, without the associated challenges of high cost and complex installations.

While UK manufacturing productivity is flat lining, companies need to adopt a plan that has a clear understanding of what is happening on the shop floor and what will make a real difference in Total Factor Productivity.

With this Manufacturing Intelligence, they will make inroads into the increased productivity and efficiency demands of global supply chains.

  • How disruptive technology can empower workforces and improve productivity
  • How disruptive technology can empower workforces and improve productivity
  • Transforming SMEs via Manufacturing Intelligence
  • Adopting technology that is available, accessible & affordable to all SMEs

Dorian Smellie, Totalcontrolpro


Digital Integration in Metals AM: From the Perspective of the Powder

As Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things progress from concepts to powerful tools for companies there is ample opportunity to add value at each stage of processing. In the Additive Manufacturing sector, the phrase ‘Digital Manufacturing’ has long been prominent, but the true benefits of digital integration extend further than the AM process.

  • In this presentation, we consider this from the perspective of the metal powder used as the feedstock for AM.
  • Metal AM is beginning to deliver on its potential and is poised to embrace digital connectivity as the two evolve mutually and increase in maturity.
  • At LPW, digital integration is helping to promote confidence in this emerging production technology which has introduced new challenges to the manufacturing organisations.
  • Enhancements in traceability and planning are enabling end-users to optimise operations to reduce risk and cost in a rapidly expanding market which is scaling up from volumes of 100s of kgs to tons of materials per month.

Dr Robert Deffley, Research and Development Manager, LPW Technology


Electroform as an Innovative, Disruptive Technology offering an Enhanced Engineering Solution to Multiple Sectors

The Additive Manufacturing technique of Electroforming has been used for a number of years to produce Leading Edge and Lipskin erosion shields for the Aerospace industry. Ongoing R&D activities at the Doncasters Bramah site is allowing the process and technology to be used within multiple sectors and applications.

Andy Woods, Business Development Manager, Doncasters UK Fabrications Ltd


Mobile robotics; the Next Generation. Why the Factory of the Future demands Mobility and Flexibility

Static production lines are making way for the next generation of robots. They are being replaced by intelligent, mobile robot units capable of autonomous navigation. Adaptable and flexible, mobile robotics provide a scalable solution, perfectly suited to the constantly changing arena that is industrial manufacturing.

Ian Walker, Automotive Sales Director, KUKA


PREVIEW: Innovating Injection Moulding Monitoring through Cyber Physical Systems

Andrea Sánchez-Valencia, Research Technologist, Smithers Rapra


Implementing machine intelligence to maximise human productivity

How modern automation techniques can enhance human productivity, maximise uptime and aid transparency.

David Chandler, Managing Director, DAJO Solutions Ltd.

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