21- 23 APRIL 2020 NEC BIRMINGHAM

The Engineering Forum 2020

The Engineering Forum 2020

The Engineering Forum​​​​​​​

 

 

21st April

 

Morning session:

 

10.30

Driving machines beyond limits

Simon Graham of Soil Machine Dynamics joins Gary Busby from Elmo Motion Control

Following the major technical advancements of the last few years, the automation industry needs to constantly adapt to newly emerging trends. Doing so brings many challenges manufacturers of all industries try to overcome. Simon Graham of Soil Machine Dynamics joins Gary Busby from Elmo Motion Control to demonstrate the advances the industry is making with extreme automation challenges.

 

 

11.30

Energy efficiency gains in compressed air systems

Vanda Jones, executive director of The British Compressed Air Society (BCAS)

Compressed air systems have a significant impact on the energy consumption and efficiency of manufacturing systems. BCAS, executive director, Vanda Jones will discuss the energy efficiency gains in compressed air systems.

 

 

12.30

Panel discussion: The post-Brexit engineering skills challenge

Primary Engineer/ BFPA/ AEMT/ MTC

 

Afternoon session:

 

2pm

Wake up to automation

Nikesh Mistry, sector head for Industrial Automation, GAMBICA

There is little doubt that manufacturing industry will play an increasingly important part in our economy and future prosperity post-Brexit. It is clear that a dramatic increase in investment in robotics and automation will be essential if we are to remain competitive and achieve the productivity levels required to attain the growth needed to sustain our economy. Steve Brambley will set out the positive impact that future investment in automation and robotics can have on UK competitiveness.

 

3pm

Challenging the boundaries of manufacturing
The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC)

The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) will highlight the latest developing and innovative manufacturing processes and technologies to help manufacturers adapt to the changing manufacturing landscape.

 

 

 

22nd April

 

Morning session:

 

10.30

Asset management and maintenance of fixed plant items - the conventions, legislation and statutory duties

Martin Barnes, technical engineer - Ambipar Response/ Society of Operation Engineers (SOE)

The main focus of this presentation is fixed asset management and maintenance of fixed plant items, the conventions, legislation and statutory duties associated with production plant and machinery. As part of this seminar, Martin Barnes, will discuss the management system his company uses to track physical and maintain physical assets across three different UK sites and the upset incorrect data causes during audits etc. He will also discuss, the trials and tribulations of pump maintenance including testing of pumps prior to installation, the testing of hydraulic systems, standby hydraulic power packs to power fixed production machinery, standby power generation and compressed air systems.

 

11.30

Government support to help companies develop high efficiency drives using advanced semiconductors

Andy Sellars, Strategic Development Director, CSA Catapult

This presentation describes a recent project to develop UK supply chains of SiC for power conversion applications. It describes support for industry from UK government, including funding through the Industrial Strategy, and describes the Catapult’s role in helping companies adopt new technologies as part of their ‘Net Zero’ strategy.

 

12.30

Panel discussion: Predictions for manufacturing: Industrial trends for 2020

SOE/ BPMA/Pilz/ CSA Catapult

 

 

Afternoon session:

 

2pm

Energy efficiency in motor driven pump systems

Gary Wilde, technical services manager, BPMA

Gary Wilde will outline the energy efficiencies to be gained by the correct configuration of motor driven apparatus in relation to pump systems.

 

3pm

A guide to sensors for safeguarding of machinery

David Collier, product manager,  Pilz Automation Technology

With so many options on the market to safeguard machinery, selecting the optimum solution for both safety and productivity can be a complex exercise.  David Collier will outline the latest technology solutions and their pros and cons for different applications. 

 

3.45pm

Challenging the boundaries of manufacturing
The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC)

The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) will highlight the latest developing and innovative manufacturing processes and technologies to help manufacturers adapt to the changing manufacturing landscape.

 

 

23rd April

 

Morning session:

 

10.30

Remote machine access solutions


Jon Butler, managing director, Maximator UK


Jon Butler will present a case study on how a VPN-based remote access service eliminates the need for physical access to installed machines, reducing a suppliers response times from days to minutes, so improving customer service levels whilst reducing cost.

 

11.30

Using condition monitoring to improve plant reliability

Dean Whittle, senior reliability engineer, RMS Reliability

Monitoring the condition of machinery with condition monitoring techniques is an essential part of any cost reduction (and safety improvement) program. But are we doing enough simply monitoring condition? This animated presentation provides a brief overview of various condition monitoring (CM) techniques.

 

12.30

Automation trends in the UK

Nikesh Mistry, sector head for Industrial Automation, GAMBICA

AI, robotics and other forms of smart automation have the potential to bring great economic benefits, potentially contributing billions of Pounds to the UK economy. Nikesh Mistry will talk about the most significant technological achievements over the past year and illustrate promising trends for the future in the field of automation.