Recent Events

IIOT, Digitalisation & Network Communications – Feb 13 2024 10.00

Sponsored by Drives & Controls Expo 5-6 June 2024

Two experienced experts in industrial networking, David Folley and John Browett, join Consultant Editor Andy Pye for a topical discussion on trends in industrial networking, focusing on the business case behind the role of industrial networking in digitalising manufacturing and processing plants. The topics under discussion will include, but not be limited to: * The Benefits of Smart Data * Cybersecurity – the risk of hacking * The advantages and limitations of wireless networking * TIme-Sensitive Networks – what are they? * Moving to 5G, 6G, while “sundowning” 2G and 3G

 

Robotics & Automation Building Future Growth – Nov 14 2023 10.00

Sponsored by Drives & Controls Expo 4-6 June 2024

How can manufacturing industry make the most of the robotics revolution? Until now, UK businesses have failed to capitalise on the opportunities presented by automation with industrial robots in the UK. Recent research by Boston Consulting Group identifies a significant gap between the ambitions of companies to implement robots and the actual implementation of systems.

This session of Talking Industry explores the trends and implications of the fast-growing robotics and automation industry in the UK. An expert panel will deliver experience, expert opinions and information, at the time as there is a shortage of workers with competent skills to meet industry demand.

Advances in Safety Engineering and Security – Sept 12 2023 10.00

Sponsored by Drives & Controls Expo 4-6 June 2024

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.

 

Maintenance 4.0, Implementing Smart Technologies- June 13 2023 10.00

Sponsored by Drives & Controls Expo 4-6 June 2024

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)?

Panellists: Richard Jeffers- CEO/Founder RS Industria

John Ahmet Erkoyuncu- Professor and Head of the centre for Digital Engineering, Cranfield University

Dave Roddis- Senior Advisor Digital Transformation, MTC

 

Talking Industry Live- April 25 2023 9.00 Coventry

Talking Industry LIVE in partnership with the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) took place on the 25 April and featured some of industry’s most renown and upcoming figures to offer visitors a unique professional learning experience. The event, which  took place at the MTC, Coventry, provided an environment for delegates to learn about cutting edge technologies and best practice through unscripted panel discussions, presentations, live demos, and workshops.

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Energy Efficiency & Net Zero- March 14 2023 10.00 London

How can the manufacturing community play its part in global decarbonization and save money on energy consumption? What steps are involved in achieving this goal?

The most important lesson is that decisions must be driven by data and the implementation of smart technologies.

GAMBICA’s Cross-sectoral Sustainability Group
Nikesh Mistry, Sector Head for Industrial Automation at GAMBICA will discuss how members are using automation to enhance the reduction of their carbon footprint. He will introduce the organisation’s new Cross-sectoral Sustainability Group, which aims to encourage and assist all member businesses within GAMBICA to measure their own environmental impact and implement best practice to be as sustainable as possible.

The greenest energy is energy we do not use
Alan Baird, Country Manager UK & Ireland for Danfoss Drives, explains how by using today’s technologies and the expertise of our industry experts we can make significant improvements to our CO2 reductions, energy consumption and energy costs. which will help UK Industries to achieve their decarbonisation targets while becoming more financially competitive.

Energy efficiency, sustainability & digital service must become an integral part of project design.
David Pownall, Vice President of Services, UK & Ireland, Schneider Electric will argue that cutting-edge technology on its own is not enough to solve the industry’s biggest challenges. It is instead, a combination of data-driven insights, innovative applications, digital services and consultative partnerships.

 

IIOT, Digitalisation & Industrial Communications- February 14 2023 10.00 London

Digitalisation is a journey, so to start with, keep it simple, start small, then scale up. Focus on certain aspects: Smart Maintenance, Smart Product Development, Smart Inventory Management, Smart Supply Chain, etc. While the boundaries between IT and OT are blurring, there are two parts in an IIoT project: people with IT knowledge have difficulties with data acquisition from the field; people with an OT profile may struggle with cloud systems, value creation & distribution, which require some level of IT competence. Our panel includes: Jean-Paul Verheylewegen, Global Sales Manager, MB Connect Line, Luke Walsh, Managing Director, Brainboxes, Chris Barlow, Sales & Marketing Director, Novotek, Alejandra Matamoros, Technology Manager, Manufacturing Technology Centre

 

 

Skills, Training & Technology – November 08 2022 10.00 London

Editor Aaron Blutstein talks Skills, Training and Technology in manufacturing and engineering, with a special focus on whats needed to help manufacturers adopt new digital technologies. With guests Nikesh Mistry, Sector Head of Industrial Automation at GAMBICA and Jamie Cater, Senior Policy Manager at MAKE UK.

 

 

The Advantages of Robot Welding in Industrial Applications – September 26 2022 14.00 London

In this session of Talking Industry, sponsored by KUKA, an expert panel will deliver experience, expert opinions and information on how robots are shaping the future of the welding industry, at the same time that there is an absence of welders with competent skills to meet industry demand. How are robots and welding technology allowing manufacturers to address product quality, cost savings reduced waste, weld integrity, repeatability, speed and accuracy? As well as answering questions from attendees, this webinar and panel discussion will discuss:

• increasing working envelopes in welding using positioners and linear tracks

• standard cellular welding

• industry-specific robot welding training

• the latest research and technology development specific to the welding process

• end-of-arm tooling and robot hardware We will conclude with a discussion on managing skill shortages, upskilling the welding workforce and encouraging young people into our industry.

 

 

Safety Engineering & Manufacturing – September 13 2022 10.00 AM London

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.

 

 

 

The Benefits of Digitalisation in Manufacturing – July 12, 2022 10:00 AM London

While an increasing number of enterprise companies and some SMEs are adopting digitally transformative technology, the UK continues to fall behind other nations, including the US and Germany. What can be done to further evangelise the benefits of digitally transformative concepts to improve efficiency and competitive perspective? How can clearer definitions concepts – like IIoT, Industry 4.0 Smart Factory, Digital Twins, Machine Learning, Analytics and AI – be promoted more clearly?

 

 

Energy Efficiency and Net Zero – Jun 14, 2022 10:00 AM London

The net-zero challenge is of global importance and the UK manufacturing industry’s role in decarbonisation cannot be overlooked. We generate 60 million cubic tonnes of CO2 per annum, almost 11% of the UK total, so as a collective we need to invest in and promote new technologies to change our course.

 

Plant and Asset Management – May 10, 2022 10:00 AM London

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.

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 without getting heavily into machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI)?

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Robotics and Advanced Automation

Across a multitude of industries, challenged by the diversification of end-user needs and labour shortages, automation can handle advanced work demands and changes. But robots no longer need to work alone; collaborative robots work hand-in-hand with humans, balancing safety with the need for flexibility and productivity. This panel discussion covers the future potential of robotics and automation technologies across manufacturing.

  • Mike Wilson, Chief Automation Officer, Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC)
  • Nikesh Mistry, Sector Head for Industrial Automation, GAMBICA
  • Vaibhav Boricha, Director, VIKASO
  • Chair: Andy Pye

 

 

Maintenance 4.0: The Future of Asset Management

Maintenance 4.0 is a machine-assisted digital form of all the things we have being doing for the past 40 years to ensure our assets deliver value for our organisations. Maintenance 4.0 includes a holistic view of sources of data, ways to connect it, ways to collect it, and ways to analyse it. This panel discussion looks at the arguments surrounding the benefits, challenges, and overall importance of implementing a Maintenance 4.0 strategy in today’s factories and plants.

  • Dean Whittle, Senior Reliability Engineer, RMS Reliability
  • Phil Owen, Managing Director, SPM Instrument UK
  • Daniel Phillips-Fern, IXON UK & Ireland Country Manager
  • Chair: Prof John Ahmet Erkoyuncu, Cranfield University

 

 

Bridging the Engineering Skills Gap for Factories of Future

To futureproof both our recovery and future, Government and industry need to address not just the immediate term skills and training needs, but also the mid-term. At the heart of a future education and training system is the need to help manufacturers adopt to new digital technologies. This panel discussion looks at what is needed to support these needs and help bridge any digital skills gaps.

  • Dr Susan Scurlock, Founder of Primary Engineers
  • Wg Cdr Russ Barnes, Youth and STEM, Royal Air Force
  • Charlotte Swain, Deputy Director for Delivery at the MTC’s Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre
  • Chair: Aaron Blutstein

 

 

The Hidden Menace: Strategies to Avoid Cybercrime

The result of not securing the Smart Factory network is clear. The manufacturing industry is the third most targeted industry for cybercrime, just behind the finance and government sectors. Talking Industry Live discusses the threats and strategies to help protect facilities from Cybercrime.

  • Nicc Lewis, VP Marketing, ASOCS
  • Anthony Green, Founder, CTO and Cybercrime expert, Foxtech
  • Markus Wunsche, Engineering Manager, Processes Methods Tolls, Functional Safety and Cybersecurity Industrial Controls & Protection Division, Eaton Industries
  • Chair: Ed Holden

 

 

Adapting to the Smart Era

While an increasing number of enterprise companies and some SMEs are adopting digitally transformative technology, the UK continues to fall behind other nations, including the US and Germany. What can be done to further evangelise the benefits of digitally transformative concepts to improve efficiency and competitive perspective? How can clearer definitions concepts – like IIoT, Industry 4.0 Smart Factory, Digital Twins, Machine Learning, Analytics and AI – be promoted more clearly?

  • Nicc Lewis, VP Marketing at ASOCS
  • Andrew Tyrer and Mark Emerton UKRI, Made Smarter
  • Nikesh Mistry, Sector Head for Industrial Automation, GAMBICA
  • Phil Lewis, Senior Vice President, Solution Consulting International (EMEA & APJ), Infor
  • Chair: Andy Pye

 

 

Fluid Power and Factories of the Future

Today, modern fluid power is an important sector for UK Industry with a large percentage of all production being at least in part dependent on this technology to create motion. With the backdrop of Industry 4.0, fluid Power (pneumatics and hydraulics) will adapt and deliver with the pre-requisite also of safety, efficiency, and environmental demands. Fluid power will be connected, smart and flexible as well as providing safe and environmentally compatible means of providing motion to the factory of the future. Expert presenters discuss how pneumatics and hydraulics are developing for our factories of the future.

  • Martin Hoskins, Regional Sales Manager, Bosch Rexroth
  • Martin Costin, Drives & Networks Specialist, SMC
  • Chair: Paul Cooke, Interim CEO, (BFPA)

 

 

The Future of Additive Manufacturing

Additive manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D printing, uses CAD data or 3D object scanners to deposit material, layer upon layer, in precise geometric shapes. This Talking Industry debate examines the power of additive manufacturing for design, test and production, while exploring the limitations and how these are being addressed.

  • Dr Alberto Bordi, ASTM International, Head of Additive Manufacturing Programmes – Europe
  • Prof Chris Tuck, Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Exchange (Also Director of Added Scientific Ltd), University of Nottingham
  • Simon Jones, Chief Technology Officer, Domin Fluid Power
  • Chair: Andy Pye

 

 

 

Industrial Networks, IIOT, 5G and Communications

Connectivity is a one-word summary for Industry 4.0 revolution. From fieldbus to industrial Ethernet, from proprietary technologies to open standards, the evolution of network technologies has improved productivity and increased the interoperability of communication.

  • Nicc Lewis, VP Marketing at ASOCS
  • Stephane Remy, 5G Solutions Director- BT Enterprise
  • Dr Alejandra Matamoros, Technology Manager, MTC
  • Ste Ashton, Broadband, 5G, and Connectivity Manager, Worcestershire County Council
  • Francois Disch, Industrial Automation Consulting Lead for UK & Ireland at Schneider Electric
  • Chair: Nikesh Mistry, Sector Head for Industrial Automation, GAMBICA

 

 

IIOT, Communications & 5G – Feb 15, 2022 10:00 AM London

Connectivity is a one-word summary for the Industry 4.0 revolution. From fieldbus to industrial Ethernet, from proprietary technologies to open standards, the evolution of network technologies has improved productivity and increased the interoperability of communication.

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Robotics & Advanced Automation – Jan 11, 2022 10:00 AM London

Across a multitude of industries, challenged by the diversification of end-user needs and labour shortages, automation can handle advanced work demands and changes.

But robots no longer need to work alone: collaborative robots work hand-in-hand with humans, balancing safety with the need for flexibility and productivity.

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3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing – 10am UK, Tue Nov 9 2021

Additive manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D printing, uses CAD data or 3D object scanners to deposit material, layer upon layer, in precise geometric shapes. This Talking Industry debate examines the power of additive manufacturing for design, test and production, while exploring the limitations and how these are being addressed.

Attendees can hear expert opinions from the following organisations:

  • Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC)
  • HP – Multi Jet Fusion technology
  • Control techniques
  • Smart Machines & Factories Journal

Rotary friction welding: an efficient and cost-effective means to joining a wide variety of materials – 10am UK, Tue Oct 5 2021

As a fabrication process, welding has been utilized within manufacturing for decades. Traditional welding methods, however, aren’t always suitable for components intended for use within high-impact applications, such as drilling, automotive or power generation. Friction welding delivers an enhanced level of weld integrity, that in turn delivers a superior end product/component. Rotary and linear friction techniques can satisfy industrial joining needs across multiple sectors, though its utilization is still relatively low across the wider manufacturing spectrum, despite affording a number of significant advantages, such as: superior joint strength, very low risk for safety critical joints, fast weld times, economical, flexibility to weld wide range of similar & dissimilar materials.

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Digital Transformation – 10am UK, Tue Sep 14 2021

Digital Transformation in the UK – How to turbo-charge adoption rates, leading to business and operational advantages

While an increasing number of enterprise companies and some SMEs are adopting digitally transformative technology, the UK continues to fall behind other nations, including the US and Germany. What can be done to further evangelise the benefits of digitally transformative concepts to improve efficiency and competitive perspective? How can clearer definitions concepts – like IIoT, Industry 4.0 Smart Factory, Digital Twins, Machine Learning, Analytics and AI – be promoted more clearly?

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Maintenance 4.0 – July 2021

Maintenance 4.0 is a machine-assisted digital form of all the things we have being doing for the past 40 years to ensure our assets deliver value for our organisations. Maintenance 4.0 includes a holistic view of sources of data, ways to connect it, ways to collect it, and ways to analyse it.

Discussions will include technologies, strategies and solutions to implement and transition to a digital, “Maintenance 4.0” era.

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Robotics & Advanced Automation – May 2021

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is considered to be a critical priority of Digital Transformation (DX). But organisations must also focus on a long-term intelligent automation strategy.

Across a multitude of industries, challenged by the diversification of end-user needs and labour shortages, automation can handle advanced work demands and changes.

But robots no longer need to work alone; collaborative robots work hand-in-hand with humans, balancing safety with the need for flexibility and productivity.

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Plant Safety and Security – March 2021

Do safety and security in industrial plants need rethinking? The future of process is digital, which creates many opportunities for plant operators to enhance efficiency, increase flexibility and make their plants future-proof. However, there is a downside: threats to plant security arising from rapidly growing and increasingly sophisticated cyber criminality.

Safe automation must now encompass more than just emergency shutdown, but also provide effective protection against cyberattacks.

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Industrial Networks, IIOT and Communications – January 2021

Connectivity is a one-word summary for Industry 4.0 revolution. From fieldbus to industrial Ethernet, from proprietary technologies to open standards, the evolution of network technologies has improved productivity and increased the interoperability of communication.

Industrial networking and IIoT are complementary. The importance of Internet of Things (IoT) and Industrial IoT (IIoT) have increased dramatically with massive numbers of interconnected devices, but at the cost of new cybersecurity challenges.

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