Tuesday 5th April 2022
10:00am – 11:00am:
Robotics & 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 will discuss the future potential of robotics and automation technologies across manufacturing.
Mike Wilson Manufacturing Technology Centre Chief Automation Officer, Nikesh Mistry, Sector Head for Industrial Automation, GAMBICA, Asif Moghal, Market Development Manager, Autodesk, Vaibhav Boricha, Director at VIKASO
Chair: Andy Pye
11.30am – 12.30pm:
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 will look 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, Matt Grogan, Technical Sales Engineer, SPM Instrument UK, Daniel Phillips-Fern, IXON UK & Ireland Country Manager
Chair: Prof John Ahmet Erkoyuncu, Cranfield University
1:00pm – 2:00pm:
Bridging the Engineering Skills Gap for Factories of the 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 will look at what is needed to support these needs and help bridge any digital skills gaps.
- Bridging the skills gap with automated engineering
- Investing in digital skills of the future
- Inspiring a new generation
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