Educational Content 2024

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10:00
  1. Digital Transformation Theatre
    20 mins
    • DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION THEATRE
    In today's rapidly evolving landscape, manufacturing enterprises are embracing digital transformation to enhance their external supply chain networks. Leveraging cutting-edge technology, they strive not only to optimise efficiency but also to cultivate world-class supply chains capable of meeting the demands of tomorrow's market.
  2. Design & Innovation Theatre
    20 mins
    • DESIGN & INNOVATON THEATRE
    Product design plays a crucial role in fostering circularity in manufacturing. Material selection and understanding are key for effective recycling. Thoughtful design choices can lead to more sustainable products, less waste, and better business results. We need a future where design and lifecycle analysis drive innovation and environmental responsibility, emphasizing durability, repairability, and modularity to extend product lifecycles, reducing disposal frequency and promoting circularity. 
  3. Drives & Technology Theatre
    20 mins
    • DRIVES & TECHNOLOGY THEATRE
    The UK manufacturing industry is evolving significantly when it comes to the adoption of Automation and Robotics. However, based on companies' needs and processes this path can become quite complex and bring several obstacles, especially for SMEs pursuing the Automation journey. This presentation will address how to address the complexities and challenges.''
  4. Maintenance Theatre
    20 mins
    • MAINTENANCE THEATRE
    The continued use of standalone and nonconnected equipment and its place in a cost conscious Industry 4.0 factory. 
10:30
  1. Air-Tech Solution Theatre
    20 mins
    • AIR-TECH SOLUTION THEATRE
    Centre for Compressor Technology at City, University of London is leading research institute for compressors in the UK. The talk will introduce the University and the Centre and concentrate on the recent projects called Smart Efficient Compression, Reliability and Energy Targets (SECRET) and the Industrial consortium for Compressors and Expanders in Future Energy Systems (CERES). 
  2. Fluid Power Solution Theatre
    20 mins
    • FLUID POWER SOLUTION THEATRE
    Despite surging to a remarkable £224 billion in output, based on 2023 figures, the UK has advanced from 9th to 8th place in the global manufacturing rankings, solidifying its position as a key player in manufacturing. However, it has its challenges, as with many other industries, the manufacturing sector is struggling to fill over 60,000 vacant positions. The BFPA is working with its member to help overcome this significant challenge.
  3. Maintec Solution Theatre
    20 mins

    Everybody is talking about Industry 4.0 cool technologies, but today, more than 50% of asset-intensive companies are still more than 50% reactive when maintaining their production assets.

    This presentation covers the fundamental elements required to get out of the reactive mode and establish a sustainable planned work culture by implementing an efficient multi-week scheduling process using Industry 4.0 Digital Technologies, which must be explicitly designed to ensure that the People are performing their required roles flawlessly, in order for the Processes to deliver the expected value.

  4. Digital Transformation Theatre
    20 mins
    • DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION THEATRE

    In the ever-evolving landscape of modern industry, buzzwords like "Smart Factory," "Digitalisation," and "Industry 4.0" dominate our conversations and publications. Among these, one term stands out as both promising and enigmatic: the Digital Twin. We encounter it everywhere, from technology forums to industry blogs, often leaving us wondering about its practical applications and real-world impact, especially in the realm of manufacturing.

    As you prepare for events like the Smart Factory Expo, it's natural to wonder: What exactly is the Digital Twin, and how does it translate from concept to reality? Is it merely a theoretical construct confined to textbooks, or does it hold tangible value for businesses on the ground?

11:00
  1. Maintenance Theatre
    20 mins
    • MAINTENANCE THEATRE
  2. Industrial Data & AI Theatre
    20 mins
    • INDUSTRIAL DATA & AI THEATRE
  3. Design & Innovation Theatre
    20 mins
    • DESIGN & INNOVATON THEATRE
  4. Digital Transformation Theatre
    20 mins
    • DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION THEATRE

    Meeting sustainability goals is one of the biggest challenges facing our industrial clients today. The need, and desire, to create greener and more sustainable businesses, while still achieving targets and keeping costs low is a constant challenge, and one that is hard to get right.

    In this session Digital Twin and Simulation experts from Royal HaskoningDHV will discuss the challenges faced by industrial clients and how combining technologies can bring value to clients as they try to navigate an endless number of possibilities to achieve their goals.

  5. Drives & Technology Theatre
    20 mins
    • DRIVES & TECHNOLOGY THEATRE
    Join Jason Reed, Machinery Safety Specialist at Pilz Automation Technology, as he unravels the critical intersection of industrial automation, cybersecurity, and employee safety in the era of digitalisation.
     
  6. Air-Tech Solution Theatre
    20 mins
    • AIR-TECH SOLUTION THEATRE
    PDM Analysis Ltd is the creator of software SCORG for design and analysis of screw compressors and expanders for future energy systems. The software is used by most of leading OEMs in air and vacuum technologies, hydrogen compression, refrigeration, air conditioning, high temperature heat pumps, oil and gas and process industries.
  7. Fluid Power Solution Theatre
    20 mins
    • FLUID POWER SOLUTION THEATRE
    In this talk we explore the role standards play in facilitating international trade and improving product quality, safety and interoperability
  8. IIoT and Connectivity Theatre
    20 mins
    • IIOT & CONNECTIVITY THEATRE
    During this presentation, we delve into the critical aspect of collecting essential data from legacy plants across the factory, spanning from goods-in processes to the final product stage. The significance of gathering precise data cannot be overstated, as it serves as a pivotal asset for businesses. Armed with comprehensive insights derived from data, organizations can confidently navigate decisions regarding process modifications and strategic capital investments.
11:30
  1. Maintenance Theatre
    20 mins
    • MAINTENANCE THEATRE
  2. Design & Innovation Theatre
    20 mins
    • DESIGN & INNOVATON THEATRE
    • INDUSTRIAL DATA & AI THEATRE
  3. Industrial Data & AI Theatre
    20 mins
    • INDUSTRIAL DATA & AI THEATRE
    How can learning from the world of Formula 1 revolutionise and deliver lasting change in industry? How can tools and techniques honed on the racetrack yield a 60% improvement in change-over time, deliver over £3m of cost savings in a year, reduce production failures by more than half, whilst delivering a 10x return on investment. PurpleSector will show how, through our decades of experience at the pinnacle of motorsport we are now helping to transform Manufacturing organisations, from start-ups to large multinationals, across the globe.
  4. Fluid Power Solution Theatre
    -40 mins
    • FLUID POWER SOLUTION THEATRE
    From skill shortages to the imperative of diversity and inclusion, we investigate the critical aspects shaping the workforce dynamics in these industries. Finding and retaining talent with the necessary expertise is a significant challenge for many manufacturing companies.'
  5. IIoT and Connectivity Theatre
    20 mins
    • IIOT & CONNECTIVITY THEATRE
    Imagine a future where unplanned downtime belongs firmly in the past and maintenance schedules are not merely planned but precisely predicted. This vision is turning into reality as artificial intelligence transitions from a futuristic notion to a practical tool for predictive maintenance. Our discussion delves into the essence of AI-driven data analysis and its crucial role in facilitating proactive maintenance strategies, directly tackling the gap caused by a shortage of skilled labour. 
  6. Drives & Technology Theatre
    20 mins
    • DRIVES & TECHNOLOGY THEATRE

    With his extensive experience in industrial automation engineering and business development, Josh will guide you through choosing the right field-level control architecture to maximize machinery performance, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness.

     

  7. Digital Transformation Theatre
    20 mins
    • DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION THEATRE
    In an era where sustainability is not just a buzzword but a business imperative, UK manufacturing stands at a pivotal crossroads. Join us for an enlightening talk on how accelerating Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) reporting and initiatives can pave the way for a greener tomorrow and unlock unprecedented business growth and innovation.
12:00
  1. Maintenance Theatre
    20 mins
    • MAINTENANCE THEATRE
  2. Digital Transformation Theatre
    20 mins
    • DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION THEATRE
    Across the manufacturing space, disconnected processes and systems between leaders and frontline workers are leaving operational improvement opportunities unrealised.
  3. Drives & Technology Theatre
    20 mins
    • DRIVES & TECHNOLOGY THEATRE

    As a driving force behind the innovative ServoTorqTM development program, James will unravel the key drivers revolutionizing modern sensor systems, powered by AI and the demand for real-time digital data.

  4. Air-Tech Solution Theatre
    20 mins
    • AIR-TECH SOLUTION THEATRE

    IT/OT convergence can enhance systems' reliability, efficiency, and flexibility, enabling manufacturers to optimise energy usage, reduce costs, and improve sustainability while maintaining operational resilience.'

12:30
  1. Maintenance Theatre
    20 mins
    • MAINTENANCE THEATRE
    Are you performing time-based lubrication activities and still seeing premature bearing failures?  Do you really know how much grease is needed and when the right time to apply it? By taking a Condition based approach, you will know how much and when to apply grease to help reduce the major causes of premature bearing failures. Ultrasound is a proven technology in the world of Lubrication.

    Learn about how Ultrasound can help you improve the way your maintenance tasks are planned. Reducing unnecessary activities and focussing on those that really need it.

    Condition Based Lubrication - The way forward to improve your asset health.
13:00
  1. Drives & Technology Theatre
    20 mins
    • DRIVES & TECHNOLOGY THEATRE
  2. Industrial Data & AI Theatre
    20 mins
    • INDUSTRIAL DATA & AI THEATRE
    Join this session as INSPHEREs COO, Craig Davey presents case studies which demonstrate how IONA has improved the performance of industrial robots including, KUKA, FANUC and ABB robots. He will illustrate the benefits these improvements can make to manufacturers within the Aerospace, Automotive and Energy sectors around the UK.

    It is a technical discussion that will include real data from robot applications including welding, aerospace drilling and additive manufacturing.

    The session is suitable for anyone working within robots and automation.
  3. Digital Transformation Theatre
    20 mins
    • DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION THEATRE
    In an era where efficiency and adaptability define manufacturing success, DataFlowIQ and ilke Homes Ltd demonstrate the transformative power of a digital backbone in the manufacturing industry. This presentation, led by Craig Douglas, CEO of DataFlowIQ, unveils the journey of integrating bespoke digital solutions to streamline and elevate manufacturing processes.
13:30
  1. Maintenance Theatre
    20 mins
    • MAINTENANCE THEATRE
  2. Fluid Power Solution Theatre
    20 mins
    • FLUID POWER SOLUTION THEATRE
    What is a fluid injection Injury
  3. IIoT and Connectivity Theatre
    20 mins
    • IIOT & CONNECTIVITY THEATRE
    Human augmentation technologies are becoming key enablers to connecting people and machines in a Manufacturing Environment. They provide immersive and real time experiences to support, train and optimise tasks and training. The deployment of technologies such as Wearables, Data Visualisation and Cobotics can therefore bring major benefits on the shop floor.
  4. Digital Transformation Theatre
    20 mins
    • DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION THEATRE
    In today's fiercely competitive landscape, manufacturing professionals face mounting pressure to drive sales despite tightening budgets, challenging market conditions, less and less customer face time, and increased complexity across products, solutions, and the entire sales cycle.
14:00
  1. Digital Transformation Theatre
    20 mins
    • DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION THEATRE
  2. IIoT and Connectivity Theatre
    20 mins
    • DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION THEATRE
    • IIOT & CONNECTIVITY THEATRE
    • INDUSTRIAL DATA & AI THEATRE
  3. Industrial Data & AI Theatre
    20 mins
    • INDUSTRIAL DATA & AI THEATRE
    AI has transformed from science fiction to household name in just a few months, and everyone is rushing to figure out how to leverage AI to make their work more efficient and to save money. This rush to bring AI to their products of course comes at a risk, as corners are cut, security loses. It may just make you think twice about copying that prompt into ChatGPT. 
  4. Drives & Technology Theatre
    20 mins
    • DRIVES & TECHNOLOGY THEATRE
  5. Maintec Solution Theatre
    20 mins
    • MAINTENANCE THEATRE
    From complex and costly tech, to time-consuming change management programmes, the benefits of digital maintenance systems have often felt out of reach for many. Snowed under with existing workloads and limited resources - focusing on the future isn't easy for maintenance professionals. 
15:00
  1. Industrial Data & AI Theatre
    20 mins
    • DESIGN & INNOVATON THEATRE
    • DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION THEATRE
    • INDUSTRIAL DATA & AI THEATRE
  2. Maintenance Theatre
    20 mins
    • MAINTENANCE THEATRE
    Working alongside Manufacturers for the last 7 years there has been a common theme that has progressively got worse, the ever-growing labour shortage & skills gap. A study in 2022 predicted that 18% of the current manufacturing workforce in the UK is due to retire by 2026. With 47% of people quitting their apprenticeships, we're here to guide you through the challenges.

    Adam & Emma have seen some brilliant examples of companies that have really tackled the impending problem head on and others that have really struggled to recruit and retain staff. Having worked closely with these businesses we hope to share these insights with you.
  3. Digital Transformation Theatre
    20 mins
    • DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION THEATRE
    How 42Q has improved the manufacturing control for WEIR Minerals Europe and the current/future states
15:30
  1. Industrial Data & AI Theatre
    20 mins
    • INDUSTRIAL DATA & AI THEATRE
    Have you ever tried to implement new technology and wondered why it has failed? Have you struggled to get buy-in from senior leaders in data governance topics? 
  2. Digital Transformation Solution Theatre
    20 mins
    • DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION THEATRE
    Industry 4.0 transformation is happening everywhere. It might be said that the missing link in these efforts historically, has been the worker. As the world around us becomes more and more connected and data-driven, companies have the potential to harness valuable information to benefit their businesses and workers, as well as integrating the now connected worker into the fabric of the smart manufacturing environments around them. The trick may be carefully selecting tech that meets objectives, and is human-centric, without squandering resources. 
10:00
  1. Drives & Technology Theatre
    20 mins
    • DRIVES & TECHNOLOGY THEATRE

    This presentation explores how the principles of agile methodology can be applied to engineering cycles within the manufacturing industry. By integrating agile practices into design, development, and deployment processes, organisations can enhance efficiency, adaptability, and product quality.'

  2. Maintenance Theatre
    20 mins
    • MAINTENANCE THEATRE
    The supply chain continues to be one of the major issues that manufacturing businesses are facing. In late 2023 ERIKS commissioned the Manufacturing Indirect Supply Chain Survey to look deeper at this problem - and this webinar explores The MRO Supply Chain Report that was subsequently produced in association with the IET. 

    Among the report's revelations is the direct link between unscheduled downtime and the operation of the engineering stores, supply chain, and MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Operations) procurement. The survey data clearly demonstrated that in 2023 the main causes of downtime in UK manufacturing was due to spares availability and lead time issues.
  3. Industrial Data & AI Theatre
    20 mins
    • INDUSTRIAL DATA & AI THEATRE
    Explore the latest thinking and approaches in deploying Advanced Analytics to unlock unprecedented levels of operational performance. 
10:30
  1. Maintenance Theatre
    20 mins
    • MAINTENANCE THEATRE
    This presentation unveils a transformative approach to facilities and maintenance management, fostering a thriving organisational culture. Discover how a diverse and innovative maintenance and facilities team can go beyond fixing equipment and impact culture and the bottom line. 
11:00
  1. Maintenance Theatre
    20 mins
    • MAINTENANCE THEATRE
  2. Digital Transformation Theatre
    20 mins
    • DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION THEATRE
  3. Industrial Data & AI Theatre
    20 mins
    • INDUSTRIAL DATA & AI THEATRE
    Designing and making machines that provide end users with improved Overall Equipment Effectiveness and increased productivity is the lifeblood of most machine builders. Machine learning offers the potential to predict component failure, reduce unplanned downtime and enable enhanced predictive maintenance. However, implementing this technology is frequently seen as expensive in time and money and challenging as well as requiring specialist IT skills. This presentation presents new and practical AI solutions for machine builders or end users to incorporate in their (new or existing) machines.
11:30
  1. Maintenance Theatre
    20 mins
    • MAINTENANCE THEATRE
  2. Digital Transformation Theatre
    20 mins
    • DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION THEATRE
  3. Maintec Solution Theatre
    20 mins
    John and Sarah Matthews from MCP will be joined by Tony Denning from Lucozade Ribena Suntory. Lucozade and MCP have worked closely for more than 15 years. Tony will discuss some of the training and assessment work that has been completed in Coleford and the benefits to his business.
  4. Industrial Data & AI Theatre
    20 mins
    • INDUSTRIAL DATA & AI THEATRE
    In the rapidly evolving landscape of smart manufacturing, artificial intelligence (AI) has emerged as a pivotal force driving innovation and efficiency. However, the harsh reality is that up to 92% of AI initiatives stumble before reaching full-scale production. Charles, a seasoned expert in data strategy and AI, demystifies AI integration by presenting insights into how a simplified, product-based approach can vastly improve adoption rates.
12:00
  1. IIoT and Connectivity Theatre
    20 mins
    • IIOT & CONNECTIVITY THEATRE
    Delve into the crucial role of leadership and engagement in driving successful digital transformation within manufacturing organisations. This presentation navigates the cultural change required to embrace the digital era effectively. 
  2. Maintenance Theatre
    20 mins
    • MAINTENANCE THEATRE
    This session will provide insights into industry trends in enterprise asset management from the IFS EAM trend report. We will explore the EAM maturity model and provide tips to improve your maintenance maturity now and in the future.
  3. Digital Transformation Theatre
    20 mins
    • DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION THEATRE
    At the forthcoming Maintec event, Kingspan will present a compelling session on their shift to a cloud-based Computerised Maintenance Management System (CMMS), specifically focusing on ShireSystem by Elecosoft. This talk, titled "Transforming Asset Maintenance with Cloud Technology: Kingspan's Journey," will not only explore the practical steps of this digital transformation but also highlight the universal benefits of cloud-based preventative and asset maintenance management.
  4. Design & Innovation Theatre
    20 mins
    • DESIGN & INNOVATON THEATRE
    CAD data is now very familiar across all industries but how much value is locked up in that data and should the access just be restricted to the Engineering team.  We will explore the ways that CAD data can be used to bridge the Engineering - Production gap. 
13:30
  1. IIoT and Connectivity Theatre
    20 mins
    • IIOT & CONNECTIVITY THEATRE
  2. Fluid Power Solution Theatre
    20 mins
    • FLUID POWER SOLUTION THEATRE

    Exploring the utilisation of both new and existing technologies to boost productivity and efficiency whilst examining the role of emerging communication protocols like IO-Link in optimizing power transmission, automation, and control systems, particularly in the context of hydraulics and pneumatics.''

  3. Digital Transformation Theatre
    20 mins
    • DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION THEATRE
    The manufacturing sector is the latest domain to embrace the digital and data transformation ethos. However, developing your organisations digital and data strategy can often seem like a daunting prospect. This presentation will offer an overview of how to start small, move quickly and think big, and swiftly move from the drawing board to implementation. 
  4. Maintenance Theatre
    20 mins
    • MAINTENANCE THEATRE
    Why is it a good time to start your digitalized Predictive Maintenance approach?

    We are fully immersed in the 4.0 hype. Stating;Industry 4.0 feels like a hype and therefore partly has a negative connotation.

    Various suppliers are queuing up with their 'smart sensors', but which ones really bring added value? 

    During this presentation, a positive aspect of this hype is highlighted. What happens when a Reliability meets an engineer and Data Analyst. We also take a closer look at the successes, challenges and opportunities for the market. For example, what are the success criteria? We are going to define and specify these criteria in four simple steps.

    In the end one simple question remains: why should we start with implementing this TODAY?

    Today we notice a momentum that the maintenance and reliability community can use to take important steps.
14:00
  1. Air-Tech Solution Theatre
    20 mins
    • AIR-TECH SOLUTION THEATRE

    In the dynamic landscape of modern manufacturing, the convergence of people, skills, lean improvement methodologies, digital technologies, and efficiency is crucial for sustainable growth and competitiveness. This discussion aims to explore how organisations can effectively bring these elements together to drive innovation, optimise processes, and empower their workforce.'