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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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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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