5-7 APRIL 2022 NEC BIRMINGHAM

The Engineering Forum 2022

The Engineering Forum 2022

The Engineering Forum

5th April

 

Morning session:

 

10.30am

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.

 

11.30am

Energy efficiency gains in compressed air systems

Vanda Jones, Executive Director, 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.

 

12.30pm Panel 

The post-Brexit engineering skills challenge

Primary Engineer / BFPA / MTC 

Vanda Jones, Executive Director, BCAS – CHAIR

 

Afternoon session:

 

2.00pm

A single intuitive EAM platform with modular and scalable solutions

Urbaser Balfour Beatty and Ultimo Software Solutions

Tom Reames from Ultimo and Urbaser Balfour Beatty present a case study on an intuitive, modular Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) solution within the energy from waste sector.

 

3.00pm

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. 

 

3.45pm

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. 

 

 

6th April

 

Morning session:

 

10.30am

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)

This presentation provides an overview of asset maintenance management methodology, with a pump case study and a brief introduction to the legislation applicable to engineers in the workplace. Delegates will learn the basics of how to define the type of asset management system that would suit their operations.  The pump case study will outline the process followed to determine the cause of a fault with the pump, as well as an overview of the legislation that applies to the working life of an engineer, highlighting the definition of what is a competent engineer.

 

11.30am

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.

 

12.30pm Panel 

Predictions for manufacturing: Industrial trends for 2021

SOE/ BPMA/ CSA Catapult / GAMBICA

Chris Buxton, Chief Executive, BFPA - CHAIR

 

Afternoon session:

 

2.00pm

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.

 

3.00pm

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. Nikesh Mistry will set out the positive impact that future investment in automation and robotics can have on UK competitiveness.

 

3.45pm

RESOLUTION -  Utilising new CMM technology to drive improvement in manufacturing processes

Oliver Noakes & Chris Ivory - Ultra-High Accuracy & Special Geometry, at Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence (an MTC Member)

Looking to the future, Oliver Noakes & Chris Ivory will discuss how new technology, sensors and strategies can allow industry to change the way CMM inspection is considered. 

 

7th April

 

Morning session:

 

10.30am

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.

 

11.30am

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.

 

12.30pm

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.

 

 

1.30pm

Ultrasound as a versatile tool for Energy Saving and Condition Monitoring Christopher Hallum, Regional Manager, UK & Ireland, UE Systems