5-7 APRIL 2022 NEC BIRMINGHAM

The Digitalisation Forum 2022

The Digitalisation Forum 2022

The Digitalisation Forum 

 

5th April

 

Morning session:

 

10.30am

Transitioning and implementing a digital strategy

The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC)

The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) will highlight the changing manufacturing landscape - challenges and opportunities as well as case studies that will help provide practical steps, which manufacturers can take on the journey to embrace digitalisation. 

 

11.30am

Made Smarter and making the change to a digital future

Allen Camm, Relationship Manager, Made Smarter

Allen Camm will explore the barriers and challenges North West Manufacturers have experienced around bringing technology into their businesses. He will share steps that manufacturers can take to help them start their digital journey and examples of businesses who have taken their first steps to successfully implement technology.

 

12.30pm Panel 

AI - the future of monitoring?

Made Smarter/ MTA/ MTC

Steve Brambley, Chief Executive, GAMBICA - CHAIR

 

Afternoon session:

 

2.00pm

Demystifying the Digital Twin

Andrew Hodgson, Strategic Lead - Digitalisation at Siemens, and Vice President of the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA)


Andrew Hodgson will help demystify the Digital Twin by breaking it down into meaningful concepts as well as giving examples of what it can do for you as the drive towards digitalisation gains momentum.

 

3.00pm

A practical journey to a digital future

Steve Brambley, Chief Executive GAMBICA

Steve Brambley will present a pragmatic guide to getting started on your smart manufacturing journey by discussing IT, cyber security, cloud computing and Industrial Automation and what it all means for Smart Manufacturing.

 

6th April

 

Morning session:

 

10.30am

Transitioning and implementing a digital strategy

The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC)

The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) will highlight the changing manufacturing landscape - challenges and opportunities as well as case studies that will help provide practical steps, which manufacturers can take on the journey to embrace digitalisation. 

 

11.30am

Demystifying the Digital Twin

Andrew Hodgson, Strategic Lead - Digitalisation at Siemens, and Vice President of the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA)


Andrew Hodgson will help demystify the Digital Twin by breaking it down into meaningful concepts as well as giving examples of what it can do for you as the drive towards digitalisation gains momentum.

 

12.30pm Panel 

Digitalisation and brownfield facilities – can these fit together?

B&R / MTA/ Cranfield University/MTC

Today's plant automation systems provide transparent monitoring of system status, plus tools such as condition monitoring or predictive maintenance – all help to reduce unscheduled downtime. However, what about brownfield installations with legacy equipment? This panel discussion will examine whether digitalisation and brownfield facilities can fit together. 

Steve Brambley, Chief Executive, GAMBICA – CHAIR

 

Afternoon session:

 

2.00pm

Augmented reality in through-life engineering

Dr. John Ahmet Erkoyuncu, Director of the Through-life Engineering Services Centre, Cranfield University

 

3.00pm

Safe Human Robot Collaboration

David Collier, Product Manager, Pilz Automation Technology

The increased interest and adoption of collaborative robots, also known as cobots, is being driven partly by the digital revolution. Many of the benefits of using cobots are very similar to those of traditional industrial robots– repeatability, accuracy, productivity – whereas the question of safety requires some careful consideration as new safety concepts permitting or foreseeing actual human-cobot collision have emerged. As with most dynamic situations, realisation of a safe and compliant application must be done on a case by case basis

 

7th April

 

Morning session:

 

10.30am

Robotics: A help not a hindrance

Andrew Mason, BARA 

Andrew Mason will discuss how the growth of robotics will generate better ROI and productivity.

 

11.30am

Emerging technologies to support industrial digitalisation

Andy Sellars, Strategic Development Director, CSA Catapult

New and emerging technologies are expected to transform the productivity of manufacturing through industry 4.0. These technologies include sensors, high speed data communications and the capability to process big data, including artificial intelligence and quantum computing.  This presentation describes its current projects involving high-speed data communications and visualisation sensors. It provides an overview of the Catapult’s capabilities and discusses how the Catapult works with companies to develop new technologies as part of their digitalisation strategy.

 

12.30pm

Dynamic states of safety

David Collier, Product Manager, Pilz Automation Technology

Traditionally a safe state on a machine is when it is stopped and there is no movement, however, this can impede productivity. Whilst absolute standstill is still necessary in the majority of cases, where a risk assessment permits and the required technical measures are feasible (such as safe mode selection, safe speed detection etc), a case can be made for allowing  equipment to run without necessarily stopping it during human-machine interventions (such as machine setting up and fault-finding).  Pilz will describe the various safety functions designated in IEC 61800-5-2 and some of the technologies available to realise them to the adequate safety level.