Talking Industry Live

Alongside the Knowledge Hub, Talking Industry Live debuted at DFA Manufacturing Media’s co-located events: Drives & Controls, Smart Industry Expo, Fluid Power & Systems, Plant & Asset Management, and Air-Tech. 

The programme reflects the ongoing global transformation to the smart manufacturing era and provides a fascinating insight into the potential plants of the future, with high profile panel discussions and seminars from leading expert figures in the industry.

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