Editor Aaron Blutstein talks with Dr Megan Ronayne, Head of Industrial Technologies at Innovate UK KTN about textiles, manufacturing, digitalisation within the industry and hopes for the future of manufacturing. 


Jun 13, 2023 10:00 AM London

Maintenance 4.0, Implementing Smart Technologies

How can digital technologies be used in maintenance activities to get benefit? Is connecting to the cloud safe? What can you learn from your machines, even without getting heavily into machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI)?

Many companies are still not making the most of the opportunity to provide insight into machines by monitoring critical components that are subject to wear and tear. It’s often thought that you need to plaster your machine with sensors to get any useful information out of it, but it is often not as complicated as that: much essential data can all be accessed via a simple PLC.

This event will include reference to:
Holistic monitoring – having a view of your entire plant helping maintenance teams work easily and cost-effectively.
Condition monitoring and RFID Tracking
How to measure and access important parameters, such temperature, vibration, wear, motor speed and health.

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Sep 12, 2023 10:00 AM London

Advances in Safety Engineering and Security

The future of safety engineering in manufacturing and processing plants is digital, which creates opportunities for plant operators to enhance efficiency, increase flexibility and make their plants safe and secure.

This edition of Talking Industry addresses how implementing safety initiatives can enhance efficiency, while addressing the risks. We will cover:

Integrating technology into new and existing assets
The contribution of newer technologies to a risk-reduction programme.
Maintaining functional safety integrity
Utilising safety logic for reduced security risks
Safeguarding hazardous areas where conventional cable runs would struggle.

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Nov 14, 2023 10:00 AM London

Robotics & Automation

In this session of Talking Industry, an expert panel will deliver experience, expert opinions and information on how robots are shaping the future of industry, at the time that there is a shortage of workers with competent skills to meet industry demand.

How are robots allowing manufacturers to address product quality, cost savings, reduced waste, repeatability, speed and accuracy?

The UK is the only G7 country with a robot density below the world average. However, current circumstances, pressures and incentives may see the UK begin to move up the league table. What educational and financial support is available?

What are the safety issues to consider with robots and applicable standards?
Examples of the uses (and limitations) of Cobots (collaborative robots)/

The session will include an assessment of how robots can help with achieving net zero targets through reshoring and improved energy efficiency and reliability.

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