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New episodes will be released every other Thursday satisfying even the most veracious of listener.

In true Talking Industry fashion listener, feedback and engagement is encouraged as are questions and topic suggestions so please feel free to contact the team via email on Info@talkingindustry.org


How to efficiency and sustainability affect your bottom line?

sponsored by www.drives-expo.com

Efficiency and sustainability practices are pivotal for the success of manufacturing, especially in SMEs. Optimising processes through advanced technologies and automation not only enhances productivity but also drives down costs, directly influencing the bottom line. Sustainable practices, from resource-efficient production to waste reduction, resonate with environmentally-conscious customers and confirm to increasingly stringent regulations.

Cutting-edge methodologies can simultaneously elevate operational efficiency and environmental responsibility, propelling manufacturing enterprises towards a future where economic success converges with ecological stewardship, ensuring long-term profitability and resilience.

Joining this transformative journey is not just a professional choice but a commitment to shaping the future of manufacturing, both locally in the UK and globally.

Join Talking Industry along with efficiency sustainability experts, as Andy Pye discusses with them the pros and cons of adopting a sustainable approach to manufacturing. How can this have a positive impact on your businesses bottom line and the planet?


In Conversation with The Norwegain Ambassador to the UK and Innovation Norway

Aaron Blutstein speaks to Tore Hattrem, Norway’s ambassador to the UK since August 2023, and Hilde Hukkelberg, Director UK and Ireland at Innovation Norway to find out a bit more about the current state of business relations between the UK and Norway, particularly in terms of offshore manufacturing.



IIOT, Digitalisation & Industrial Communications

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


Automation in Manufacturing

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.


Safety & 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.


In Conversation With Marcus Pont

Talking Industry’s Aaron Blutstein talks to Marcus Pont, CEO & Co Founder of Domin, about the company’s rapid growth and technological advances.


In Conversation With Chris Rooum

Aaron Blutstein talks to Chris Rooum, Business Development Director at the Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre (AMTC) to talk about skills and training for UK manufacturing in the Smart era.


Maintenance 4.0 Implementing Smart Technologies

Sponsored by www.drives-expo.com

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)?

In Conversation With Haf Cennydd

Sponsored by www.drives-expo.com

Aaron Blutstein speaks to Haf Cennydd, portfolio director at Nineteen Group, the organiser behind Manufacturing & Engineering Week, to find out a bit more about its plans for Drives & Controls, Air-Tech, and Fluid Power & Systems Exhibitions as part of next year’s 2024 M&E Week.


In Conversation With John Kraus

Talking Industry’s Aaron Blutstein talks to John Kraus, Chief Executive for Engineers Without Borders UK, to find out a bit more about the origins, philosophy and the role the organisation is playing to help reimagine engineering practice so that engineers can respond effectively to the complexity and uncertainty of pressing global challenges such as climate change.

Manufacturing’s Net Zero Challenge

The net-zero challenge is of global importance and manufacturing industry’s role in decarbonisation cannot be overlooked. Manufacturing generates around 11% of total emissions, so as a collective we need to invest in and promote new technologies to change our course.

How can the manufacturing community play its part in global decarbonisation and save money on energy consumption?


IIOT, Digitalisation & Industrial Communications

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.

LIVE Sessions from the MTC


In Conversation with Dr Megan Ronayne

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.


Skills, Training & Technology

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.


The Advantages of Robot Welding in Industrial Applications

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?


Automated 3D Printing – Exponential Manufacturing Possibilities

3D printing is now considered a standard part of manufacturers toolkits across industry as a cost effective and accelerated alternative to conventional manufacturing techniques, such as subtractive manufacturing. Robotics & automation can enable a broad adoption of 3D printing, the key to which has to be ease of use and repeatable outcomes within fully integrated high-quality systems.


Safety Engineering & Manufacturing

Safety engineering may need rethinking in manufacturing plants. The future of process is digital, which creates many opportunities for plant operators to enhance efficiency, increase flexibility and make their plants future-proof.


In Conversation With Sarah Black-Smith

Talking Industry host Aaron Blutstein is in conversation with Sarah Black-Smith, about her career in industry, what it might take to encourage more women into engineering careers, lead times and hopes for UK Manufacturing over the next 5 years.


In Conversation With Dave Atkinson

Talking Industry host Aaron Blutstein is in conversation with Dave Atkinson, Regional Director and UK Head of Manufacturing at Lloyds Banking Group, about his career in industry, how Lloyds are supporting the manufacturing sector in the UK and his hopes for the future.

In Conversation With Mike Wilson

Talking Industry host Aaron Blutstein is in conversation with Mike Wilson, Chief Automation Officer at the Manufacturing Technology Centre, about his career in industry, why the UK needs to adopt robotics and automation, and his hopes for the future of the manufacturing sector in the UK.


The Benefits to Digitalisation in Manufacturing

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

The net-zero challenge is of global importance and the UK manufacturing industry’s role in decarbonisation cannot be overlooked. We generate 454.8 million 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.

IIOT, Communications and 5G

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.
Our exciting, five-man international panel combines new and returning members.

An Introduction to the Talking Industry Podcast

An Introduction to the Talking Industry webinars and podcast, and a little background to DfA Manufacturing Media’s portfolio which is deeply imbedded in the manufacturing sector.  We also introduce our hosts Andy Pye and Aaron Blutstein who will, with their wealth of experience and knowledge guide you through topics such as IIOT, Cybersecurity, Robotics & Automation, Digitalisation and Energy Efficiency. Stay tuned for more…



Welcome to Talking Industry a new podcast series hosted by DfA Manufacturing Media. Join us on our journey through engineering, automation and manufacturing with industry leading experts in unscripted discussion centred around the industries biggest advances and challenges today.