21 May 2024

MTC to showcase automation and robotics capabilities

MTC Robotics & Automation conference

The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) is hosting a free two-day conference – Robotics and Automation – A New Perspective 2023 on 10-11 May which will explore the future of automation in UK industry and demonstrate the opportunities available to UK industry.

The adoption of robotics and automation in UK manufacturing result in higher productivity, efficiency and quality as well as more sustainable operations, according to experts at the Manufacturing Technology Centre.

Delegates from a wide range of industries from construction to agriculture and food production will get the chance to share insights into the transformational benefits of cutting edge robotic technologies and learn how automation can improve productivity and drive global competitiveness for UK businesses.

Topics to be covered by the conference include examining barriers to adoption and how to meet the challenges presented by automation. Other sessions will look at the solutions that automation presents to meet industry’s sustainability goals,   and the opportunities for robotics in education and skills development.

The conference will also look at recent advances in collaborative and mobile robotics, computer vision, artificial intelligence and sensing, together with the decreasing costs of robotics and automation hardware which can create new opportunities for the deployment of novel applications.

The event, which builds on a successful conference in 2022, will build on the recommendations of a report by MTC robotics experts and the Industrial Policy Research Centre at Loughborough University.

The report called for more knowledge-sharing across the robotics community, the need for support for developers and early stage adopters, an emphasis on skills, as well as a greater understanding among the investor and finance community of the business benefits of automation.

Mike Wilson, chief automation officer at the MTC and author of the report, said: “This isn’t just a typical manufacturing conference. It’s an opportunity to meet, discuss and address the challenges with the adoption of automation and robotics. Delegates can listen to inspiring talks by industry experts, join educational workshops, discover innovative technologies or simply network with likeminded individuals.

“The event aims to instil confidence in our companies to transform their future. It will enable SMEs and supply chain companies to explore ground-breaking and innovative industrial robotic solutions so they can understand how their manufacturing operations would benefit.

The conference will bring together high level speakers from industry, government and academia to emphasise the transformational benefits of automation, as well as the skills and system integration solutions needed to enable adoption.

The MTC is offering sponsorship packages to industrial manufacturers, robotics manufacturers and system integrators who want to showcase their products and services to a high-powered audience of manufacturing leaders and decision makers. Details of sponsorship packages are available from: automation@the-mtc.org.