Within the exhibition hall we will have a special 100 seater auditorium. Here visitors to the exhibition will be able to view 20 presentations from technology leaders and can see how these products & systems can have an impact on their business, by improving operations & performance. The Open Technology Forum is free to attend for exhibition visitors.
Managing Director, B&R Automation, UK
Alan ConnManaging Director, B&R Automation, UK
Alan Conn is the Managing Director UK & Ireland for B&R Automation, a global leader in industrial automation.
He joined B&R in August 2016 from Bosch Rexroth Ltd, where he worked for 9 years in various sales management positions supporting OEM, End-User and distribution businesses in the UK & Ireland. Since April 2012, Alan had been the National Sales Manager for the Factory Automation Business Unit covering Electric Drive & Controls, Linear Motion, Assembly Technologies and Hydraulics Technologies.
He is married with two children and lives in Northamptonshire and is based at the B&R UK Headquarters in Peterborough.
For more information on B&R Automation visit www.br-automation.com
Business Development & Strategic Product Manager, Bosch Rexroth, UK
Andy MinturnBusiness Development & Strategic Product Manager, Bosch Rexroth, UK
With 25 years in engineering, Andrew Minturn started his career at the Rover Group as an engineering toolmaker, working within the factory environment, manufacturing car body presses and tooling for jig assembly.
As a skilled engineer he undertook his ONC & HNC Qualifications in Mechanical Engineering and went on to achieve a 1st class degree in Engineering Systems, studying themes of automation, control, PLCs, hydraulics & pneumatic and robotics. He began working at Bosch Rexroth in 2002, developing his knowledge in assembly technology products. With a vast amount of experience, Andrew has a detailed understanding of a number of industries, including Aerospace, Automotive, General Automation, Food & Packaging, Electrical/Electronics and Medical, making him the ideal candidate for his current position as Business Development and Strategic Product Management.
His role now involves working in all the fields listed above, especially aerospace, developing Bosch Rexroth’s business strategy and products alike. Specialising in assembly technologies, he also plays a significant role in implementing Industry 4.0 across the UK. He continues to assist Bosch Rexroth’s Catapult Centre Strategy to be at the cutting edge of new developments, new processes and technologies.
For more information on Bosch Rexroth visit www.boschrexroth.com
Director Global Partner Sales, TDM Systems, Germany
Robert AuerDirector Global Partner Sales, TDM Systems, Germany
Robert Auer has spent over 20 years in the technology industry focusing on factory automation, communication and lifecycle management software. Robert is a graduate engineer (communications engineering) from the University of Applied Sciences (HTWG) in Constance (Germany) and holds a Master’s degree in international Business from the ESB Business School of the University in Reutlingen.
At TDM Systems Robert is currently focused on global Industry 4.0 and ”factory of the future” (smart factory) solutions. Prior to this he held roles in software development (engineering), project management, sales and marketing in the automation industry and has led and delivered diverse international IT projects (focusing on Smart factory (factory automation) and Lifecycle Management solutions). He is passionate about working on solutions for the factory of the future, the next generation IT solutions for global manufacturers.
In his current position as Manager Global Partner Sales he is responsible for the expansion of strategic partnerships within the Industry 4.0 philosophy of TDM systems, mainly focusing on Lifecycle Management, Machine Connections, CAM-Integrations and CIP.
For more information on TDM Systems please visit www.tdmsystems.com
Chief Technology Officer, Cimlogic, UK
Steve WilkinsonChief Technology Officer, Cimlogic, UK
Steve Wilkinson is the Chief Technology Officer for Cimlogic, empowering some of the largest manufacturers in the world to become World Class Manufacturers, enabling the continual improvement of their production methodology.
Steve enables manufacturers to achieve objectives such as: improving supply chain visibility; improving efﬁciency; increasing quality; meeting regulatory compliance; improving product genealogy and traceability; reducing energy costs and becoming an enterprise wide ‘LEAN’ manufacturing operation. Steve is able to scale this technology, so that SMEs can also benefit from the Industry 4.0 technologies that are available and emerging.
Steve first began his career with Cimlogic 11 years ago as a Control Systems Engineer; in 2012, he moved into the role of Solutions Architect. Steve holds a BSc in Physics with Electronics and Instrumentation, and an MSc by Research – Digital Image Processing, both from Leeds University.
His role within Cimlogic, involves setting the technological roadmap for Cimlogic and its customers. Steve works within sectors such as Food and Beverage, Pharmaceutical, Automotive, Consumer Packaged Goods, Chemical and Petrochemical and Animal Nutrition.
For more information on Cimlogic visit www.cimlogic.co.uk
Chief Business Officer, K3 Syspro, UK
Cathie HallChief Business Officer, K3 Syspro, UK
Cathie Hall is Chief Business Officer of business solutions provider K3.
The K3 Syspro division, part of the K3 group, is a leading supplier of SYSPRO Enterprise Resource Planning solutions to the UK and Europe. Joining K3 6 years ago, Cathie brings to the company over 15 years’ experience working with business technology – including running her own consultancy and being a SYSPRO customer herself.
During this time Cathie worked closely with businesses in the manufacturing and distribution sectors to help them better leverage enterprise systems to servitize business models and deliver greater value to customers. During her time as MD of K3 Syspro, Cathie established the K3 Syspro skills academy and invested heavily in the company’s products and people.
For more details on K3 Syspro visit www.k3syspro.com
Managing Director, FORCAM, UK
Andrew SteeleManaging Director, FORCAM, UK
Andrew Steele is leading the charge for increased productivity in the UK & Ireland. The manufacturing engineer has worked for notable UK engineering giants such as Rolls Royce, Meggitt and Smiths Group. Andrew has been responsible for managing many engineering and aerospace projects both in the UK and abroad. Thus, he is the perfect spearhead for the campaign to close the productivity gap to other G8 nations. Andrew Steele is a sought after speaker at manufacturing events as an expert for Industry 4 and manufacturing productivity.
FORCAM is rapidly growing in the UK & Ireland: Aside from projects in aerospace and automotive manufacturing, FORCAM is also expanding to the Irish medical device industry. Headed up from the Warwickshire office in Rugby, the UK office is responsible for operations and projects across the UK and Ireland, as well as the Netherlands, Australia, Malaysia and Scandinavia.
For further details go to www.forcam.com
Sustainable Manufacturing Lead, The Knowledge Transfer Network
Ben PeaceSustainable Manufacturing Lead, The Knowledge Transfer Network
Ben is the Sustainable Manufacturing Lead at the “Knowledge Transfer Network” – the UK’s Innovation Network. He worked in industry for ten years in product development – first in a university spinout, and then in a multi-national heating conglomerate. He then spent a couple of years in innovation consultancy before joining the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) in 2011.
KTN’s mission is to stimulate innovation and join up the innovation landscape. With many thousands of members they do this by setting up effective collaborative partnerships and providing access to funding. In recent months Ben has been developing and delivering an SME outreach programme on 4th Industrial Revolution called “4Manufacturing”.
Find out more by visiting ktn-uk.org • You can also follow Ben on Twitter @BenPeace
CEO & Co-Founder, Visual Factories, Israel
Matti TianoCEO & Co-Founder, Visual Factories, Israel
Using practical as well as deep business understanding of manufacturing operations and processes, Matti has led the development of an innovative manufacturing operations management approach, supported by cloud-based software and methods, called PIM (Performance Improvement Management).
An expert at measuring performance process improvement before and after implementation, Matti guides the delivery of accurate and measurable high-value outcomes for customers in a broad range of industries.
As CEO of Visual Factories, which provides out-of-the-box Industry 4.0 solutions, Matti focuses on empowering and expanding the PIM product value proposition, reducing barriers, and making innovative technologies and ideas accessible to his customers. In particular, Matti is skilled at linking present manufacturing needs and challenges to future technologies and methods that can lead to effective long-term solutions.
With over 15 years of experience selling technology to global manufacturers, Matti is a veteran of substantial process improvement projects who knows how to engineer ‘win-win’ situations for the benefit of all.
For more details on Visual Factories click here.
Managing Director, Spearhead Interacive, UK
Dan RileyManaging Director, Spearhead Interacive, UK
Dan Riley is the founder and Managing Director of Spearhead Interactive, a multi-award winning emerging technology agency and digital production studio based in North-East England. With more than a decade of experience working at the forefront of Virtual World and real-time rendering sectors across academia and the private sector, Dan has focussed on leveraging immersive and interactive solutions to solve commercial business challenges; and has grown Spearhead Interactive into a world leader in advanced data visualisation using 3D technologies.
Established in February 2013 the business has completed more than 70 projects for clients operating in more than sixteen sectors across the world, as far apart as Brazil and Singapore.
Aside from managing the growth of Spearhead Interactive, Dan’s remit also includes concept creation, user experience design, business development and conducting high level R&D into the core theory underpinning the technology; trend analysis, industry milestones, development pipelines, user psychology (game theory and immersion mechanics) and, in the case of Spearhead Virtual Reality solutions, user physiology.
Spearhead Interactive is best known for the range of innovative solutions created at the forefront of possibility, their focus on solving challenges for commercial clients, and their early investments in bleeding edge hardware; In turn enabling a world-class capability in creating interactive and immersive PC, mobile, augmented, virtual and mixed reality solutions, with additional capability for integration of smart sensors and IoT chips – taking immersive and interactive software past the visual and the functional and into the operational, with drastic implications for Industry 4.0, Smart Cities and Factories of the Future concepts.
For more information on Spearhead Interative click here.
Senior Manager Architecture & Software, Rockwell Automation, UK
Mike LoughranSenior Manager Architecture & Software, Rockwell Automation, UK
Mike Loughran has been working in the field of Manufacturing and Industrial Automation since graduating from Liverpool John Moores University with a B.Eng Hons Electrical & Electronic Engineering degree over 20 years ago. In this time he has worked with a many blue chip and SME companies in both manufacturing and infrastructure to help them streamline, automate and optimise their production environments. He has a passion for working with companies to help them shape the future of UK manufacturing for the better.
Throughout his career he has worked in a number of differing industries where he has helped them set out their automation strategy, how they can balance obsolesce versus innovation to unlock the potential of integration of new and existing technology to create a smart factory which can help to drive increased overall business profitability.
Mike is currently the UK & Ireland manager for Rockwell Automation Architecture and Software division.
For more information on Rockwell Automation visit http://www.rockwellautomation.com/en_UK
Managing Director, Weidmuller UK
Simon GoodwinManaging Director, Weidmuller UK
Simon Goodwin joined leading electronics and electrical connectivity company, Weidmüller UK, as its new Managing Director on December 1, 2015. He has overall responsibility for the provision of strategic leadership and overseeing all of Weidmuller’s activities in the UK and Ireland. In particular, he is focussed on developing business in the fields of industrial automation and solutions, factory automation and device manufacturing
Simon has a wealth of experience with previous successful management appointments at renowned global companies such as Omron Electronics, B+R Industrial Automation and IMO.
For further information on Weidmuller visit www.weidmueller.com
Product Marketing Manager, Industrial Networking, Balluff, UK
Russell SmithProduct Marketing Manager, Industrial Networking, Balluff, UK
As an I4.0 evangelist, Russell Smith is the Product Marketing Manager for Industrial Networking at Balluff Limited, a world leading supplier of industrial networking, sensing, RFID and vision to industrial customers across the UK. Russell’s mission is to ensure that UK manufacturers are able to leverage the significant benefits that digitalisation can provide.
Prior to taking up this role in 2015, he held the position of Automotive Industry Manager, working on a number of high profile powertrain projects with major car manufacturers, which have provided him with a solid foundation in both project and consultative solution sales.
Russell holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Leeds. Outside of work he is a keen cyclist, having competed in the BC Bike race, a 7-day MTB stage race across British Columbia. He also follows MotoGP and has a passion for driving cars and riding motorcycles.
For more informatin on Balluff visit www.balluff.com
Senior Solution Consultant Mitsubishi Electric Europe, Germany
Thomas LantermannSenior Solution Consultant Mitsubishi Electric Europe, Germany
Thomas Lantermann has been working for Mitsubishi Electric Europe B.V for more than 25 years. During this time, he has been responsible for project management, product marketing, technical project management and software development for different product groups in the field of Factory Automation from PLC to EDM machinery.
Because of his widespread knowledge in factory automation and IT security, he is a welcome participant of panel discussions and forums dealing with technologies and trends related to the connection of IT within the automation world. He is member of several ZVEI, VDMA working groups in the area of Industrie 4.0.
In his current position as Senior Solution Consultant FA EMEA he is responsible for the expansion of strategic partnerships within the e-F@ctory Alliance, mainly focusing on Industrie 4.0, Industrie 4.0 security and other approaches like the Industrial Internet Consortium and the Japanese Robot Revolution Initiative.
For more information on Mitsibushi Electric Europe please follow this link https://eu3a.mitsubishielectric.com/
UK&I Territory Account Manager, Industrial Automation, Panduit Europe, UK
Andrew ShawUK&I Territory Account Manager, Industrial Automation, Panduit Europe, UK
Andrew Shaw is a Territory Account Manager with over 25 years’ experience in the Telecommunications and Data Networking industry. Andrew has been with Panduit for 15 months having previously held several management roles with Cisco over a 12-year tenure, most recently where he was responsible for Partner Enablement across their Emerging Markets territory. Prior to Cisco, Andrew held positions with GeoTel, Avaya and a major UK banking group. In his current role he is responsible for assisting customers and channel partners with the latest details of the Panduit Physical Infrastructure Solutions in Industrial Automation.
For more information on Panduit visit www.panduit.com
Head of Application & Sales Support, Murrelektronik GmbH
Wolfgang WiedmannHead of Application & Sales Support, Murrelektronik GmbH
Wolfgang Wiedemann joined leading industrial electronics manufacturer, Murrelektronik in 2012 as a Global Sales Consultant. Wolfgang began his career in the field of manufacturing and industrial automation 23 years ago, as a skilled engineer and Head of the Electrical Department in a Machine Tools Factory. Since then, his vast experience has spanned the electro, pneumatic and fluid handling industries. Today, he is Head of the Application and Sales Support Department, based at Murrelektronik’s Global Headquarters in Oppenweiller, Germany. He is an expert in his field when it comes to writing PLC programmes, planning cabinet configurations and optimized installation concepts. Wolfgang’ s main area of expertise lies in safety, machine set up and PLC programming. His Machine Building knowledge is second to none and he is delighted to be attending the Open Technology Forum to share and learn with others.
For more information on Murrelektronik visit www.murrelektronik.co.uk
Wonderware UK and Ireland Product Manager, SolutionsPT
Andy GrahamWonderware UK and Ireland Product Manager, SolutionsPT
As the Wonderware Product Manager for the UK and Ireland, Andy is responsible for the roll-out of Wonderware information and operations management solutions to the UK manufacturing and infrastructure community. Andy is focussed on developing digitisation strategy within an evolving ‘everything connected’ industrial landscape, bringing a pragmatic approach to managing increasing volumes of operational data to deliver meaningful and actionable insight.
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