21 May 2024

Leading manufacturing and engineering figures set to appear at Talking Industry LIVE

Talking Industry Live

Talking Industry LIVE in partnership with the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) has finalised its speaker and seminar programme, which is set to feature some of industry’s most renown and upcoming figures to offer visitors a unique professional learning experience. The event which takes place at the MTC, Coventry on April 25, 2023, will provide an environment for delegates to learn about cutting edge technologies and best practice through unscripted panel discussions, presentations, live demos, and workshops.

Limited to 400 delegates, this unique one-day event will be broken in to five distinctive elements allowing visitors to tailor their own experience learning new skills, meet new suppliers and gain knowledge whilst networking with peers.

The inaugural Talking Industry LIVE keynote address will set the tone for the event with an interactive, engaging and informal podcast style discussion by Mike Hague-Morgan, Executive Director of Autocraft Solutions Group, and Dr Megan Ronayne, Head of Industrial Technologies & Manufacturing at Innovate UK KTN.

Together they will explore how one of Europe’s leading OEM partners for the manufacture, remanufacture and assembly of IC engines and EV batteries transitioned from being a very traditional manufacturer using hand tools and a paper system, to a high-technology company with world-class quality, repeatability and digital traceability which has been the catalyst for such rapid growth from £7m to £70m turnover.

Following this highly unique keynote, the day’s proceedings will feature three 45-minute interactive panel discussion spread throughout the day. Audience participation will be encouraged, and questions will be taken throughout the discussions. Topics include, Robotics and Automation, Increasing Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) and Digital Manufacturing, Industrial Data and Artificial Intelligence.

The first panel discussion will look at Robotics and Automation and how these technologies will form a critical part of the future of UK Manufacturing. Panelists Mike Wilson, Chief Engineer, Automation, High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult and Chief Automation Officer, Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC); David Dearden, Managing Director, Euchner UK; and Alan Sheppard, Managing Director, LCA Group, will discuss how key challenges such as labour shortages, and supply chains weaknesses could be addressed, in part, by faster adoption of robotics and automation, and how can we accelerate this adoption and develop a competitive UK manufacturing sector.

Increasing OEE through Digital Manufacturing will be the focus of the second panel discussion where Sam Kirby, Industrial IT Specialist, Novotek, Steve Cartwright, Chief Engineer for Technology – Digital Engineering, MTC, Duncan Stanton, Lamonde Managing Director, Lamonde Automation, and Luke Walsh, Managing Director, Brainboxes, will look at how OEE can be easily improved through straightforward measures. The panel will also look at hidden downtime, that mounts up and causes cycle times to drift, and how to interpret and visualise existing data and unlock new data.

The final panel discussion will focus on Industrial Data and Artificial intelligence. Eric Topham, CEO & Data Science Director, T-Dab, Mostafizur Rahman, Technical Specialist, AI & Data Science Informatics, MTC, and Stuart McLeod, Technology Manager, Digital Engineering, MTC will discuss why AI and machine learning offer opportunities for increasing business performance, agility, and growth, focusing on what is the current state of artificial intelligence in manufacturing, the challenges and barriers to adoption? What opportunities are offered for manufacturing, to the national net-zero goal?

Running alongside the three panel discussions throughout the day will be a series of six 45-minute exciting and highly topical seminars including presentations on Why condition monitoring? Why not? Vincent Burson – IFM; Mobile Robotics: Mobile, flexible & resilient – The factory of the future, Mike Payne – KUKA; Additive Manufacturing: Automated 3D Printing, Luke Rogers – AI Build; Collaborative Automation: Solving the UK Productivity Puzzle, Barry Graham – OMRON; Prepare for the Future Today, Nikesh MisteryGAMBICA; and What is Made Smarter? The benefits of adopting digital technology within your business, Jim Vithanage – Made Smarter.

In addition, there will be two in-depth workshops provided by the event’s content partners. Euchner UK’s session will be on managing equipment safety and cyber security in the modern factory. The second is provided by Rittal/Eplan and will cover smarter panel building. Workshop places are limited to 40 per session so pre-registration is advised.

Full details of each of the panel discussions, seminars, and workshops are available by visiting the official Talking Industry LIVE website at: www.talkingindustry.org/talking-industry-live

There will also be the opportunity for delegates to see ground-breaking products and innovations from KUKA, Werma, Motor Technology, Novotek, Euchner, Rittal, Eplan, Weidmuller, Omron, BCAS, Charter Controls, Made Smarter and many more, thanks to a micro exhibition that is running during the event.

There are only 400 spaces available for the event. To register your interest in attending, visit the event’s Eventbrite page here.

Company info: Smart Futures