The free-to-attend Open Technology Forum is an 80-seat theatre located in the Exhibition Hall, where visitors can listen in on presentations from experts eager to share their experience and knowledge on how to improve manufacturing operations in the digital age or provide assistance on how to help your business grow.

Since 2017, the Open Technology Forum (OTF) has proved to be a great way for companies to present their technology solutions to 1000’s of visitors at the Expo. It also allows visitors to drop in and out of sessions as the walk around the Expo.

For 2020, the OTF will focus on key technologies and industries that are delivering on the Industry 4.0 promise; whether top-down or incrementally through a step by step approach towards an increasingly automated shop floor. The presentations are designed to give you real insight, directly from the experience of another industry professional.


Day One – Tuesday 31 March 2020

Practical views on the myriad benefits of Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) from site & inventory management, to enhanced industrial safety and the optimisation of logistics and the supply chain
The IIOT incorporates machine learning and big data technologies to harness the sensor data, machine-to-machine (M2M) communication and automation technologies that have existed in industrial settings for years. How is it working in reality and how far can you take it?

10:00-10:20 Case Study 1: Leveraging IIoT Applications to identify and capture benefits across operations
The rapid pace of predictive analytics, artificial intelligence and digital twins for industrial assets is proving revolutionary in how industry can benefit from the actionable information provided by modern asset performance management (APM) software.  A key element of deriving value from APM solutions is the ability to detect asset issues early, yet to do so effectively, APM systems must be underpinned by expert knowledge and good data science.
Honeywell will provide some examples of how their experts and data scientists successfully identify the early onset of asset and process issues in Chemicals and Oil and Gas, applications
Mark Roberts, Director of Strategy and Innovation, Honeywell

10:20-10:40 Case Study 2: How to Reimagine OCR and Reconnect your Smart Factory Processes
A short introduction to OCR technologies and how they can move you forward. We examine how mobile OCR can connect processes and parts in all stages of production and how it can continue to adapt to the future to capture data in the most challenging of environments.
Michael Organ, Senior Sales Manager, Anyline GmbH

10:40-11:00 Case Study 3: TBC

Decrease your production costs, reduce cycle times, improve quality and reliability and reduce waste using Industrial Robotics Application
All about robotics technology and its application in the industrial workplace from remote control to AI, and across all sectors from aerospace to automotive, machine tooling to process. Understand more about how you can select and implement the best robotics solution in your plant to gain efficient and effective results.

11:00-11:20 Case Study 4: Coopervision 4.0 – Harnessing the power of prediction
The conception, design and execution of Coopervision’s Industry 4.0 strategy in partnership with InVMA and Senseye
Rob Dinsmore, Solution Sales Manager, InVMA and Nat Ford, Regional Sales Director, Senseye

11:20-11:40 Case Study 5: TBC

11:40-12:00 Case Study 6: TBC

Industry 4.0 for SMEs
How to get Industry 4.0 for less? A series of targeted presentations demonstrating how small incremental investments in carefully chosen technologies can make a huge difference for SMEs without going for expensive enterprise-wide solutions.

12:00-12:20 Case Study 7: Talk title to be confirmed
Debra Lowndes, Head of Tax Practice, Access2Funding

12:20 – 12:40 Case Study 8: Start Your Industry 4.0 Journey: Lessons from multiple industries
The presentation will outline how we take simple machine monitoring principles and apply them to small and large applications to provide insight and add value. Real-world examples from industries as varied as HVAC designers Thermal Integration, Oxford University’s Global Jet Watch team and their research into black holes and RS Components IIoT enabled production line, show how technology and retrofitting can help start not just large businesses but SMEs too on their own Industry 4.0 journey.
Luke Walsh, Managing Director, Brainboxes Ltd

12:40-13:00 Case Study 9: TBC

Achieving cost-effective and faster design and prototype production using 3D Printing
Learn more about accelerating your product development cycles, validating new designs and getting to market quicker using the latest cutting-edge innovations in 3D printing and additive manufacturing for rapid prototyping.

14:00-14:20 Case Study 10: The Mighty Duct – HP on HP: how we took our own technology to the heart of our production
HP takes a deep dive into how using our own 3D technology (Multi-Jet Fusion) within our 3D printer allowed for faster development of parts, reduced costs and improved functionality. Focusing in on a specific case study – The Mighty Duct – we will show how you can achieve dramatic results using HP MJF Technology.
Maryam Qureshi, UK&I 3D and Digital Manufacturing Applications Engineer, HP Inc

14:20-14:40 Case Study 11: Achieving cost-effective and faster design and prototype production using simulation
Getting to market quicker, at lower cost with reduced risk. By embracing modern technologies it is possible to accelerate your product development cycle. Multiphysics simulation coupled with rapid prototyping can get you to market quicker and often at a lower cost. Mark-Paul will share experiences of successfully launched products that have utilised advanced simulation and rapid prototyping to deliver market-leading products.
Dr Mark-Paul Buckingham, Managing Director, Xi Engineering Consultants

14:40-15:00 Case Study 12: Delivering sustainability across the product lifestyle and along the supply chain by design for additive
Sustainability and Green Growth are mainly spoken about in terms of energy and carbon footprint. Advances in additive manufacturing, enable sustainability to be delivered across the product lifecycle from thought to deployment and along the entire supply chain. It is also possible to align these practices with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by starting with sustainability led design to complement the advantages of additive manufacturing.
Raam Shanker, Founder, CEO, Equitus Engineering Limited

Insights into the real business applications for Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR & AR)
How can VR & AR revolutionise manufacturing? Get to grips with a real technology that can be used in assembly and maintenance (replacing manuals) and provides time saving and efficient support to operatives. As virtual and augmented technology becomes sophisticated, the cost-saving and business applications will expand.

15:00-15:20 Case Study 13: TBC

15:20-15:40 Case Study 14: TBC

15:40-16:00 Case Study 15: TBC

Gain more efficient, affordable and easy ways to optimise processes through wider Connectivity
Increased connectivity through Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) devices is transforming the manufacturing industry, allowing companies to monitor and act upon data flowing between machines, devices and people. Take time to really understand how you can make the data work for you, and where and why increased connectivity is important for your company.

Case Study 16: Diagram of Everything
Dave will be presenting the “Diagram of Everything”, which graphically explains and explores how all manner of dissimilar industrial controllers, PLCs, factory software solutions and IoT platforms can be interconnected, across multiple locations, using the Kepware OPC communications platform.
The secret is to use a simple step-by-step approach, plan with security at the core and ensure that the entire solution is predicated upon international standards.
Dave Hammond, Product Manager, M.A.C. Solutions (UK) Ltd

16:20-16:40 Case Study 17: Industry 4.0, Security and enabling the hero’s journey
Over the last decade, technology has evolved at an unprecedented rate and industry have looked to the adoption of new and refined ways of working through greater interconnectivity and functionality.  This presentation will take a retrospective look back over the catalyst for wide-spread concern over cyber-security in industrial environments, the challenges this initially ushered in, the reactions and responses from across the communities, where we are today and what we need to consider for security in the industrial future.
James Weston, Principal Consultant, Gemserv Limited

16:40-17:00 Case Study 18: TBC

Day Two – Wednesday 1 April 2020

Capturing value through Automation right now, and in the future
Over the past twenty years, automation in manufacturing has been transforming factory floors. Today, a new era of automation involving robotics, AI and machine learning, is enabling machines to match or outperform humans in a range of shop floor activities. What is automation making possible with current technology? What is it going to make possible as technology continues to evolve? How do you begin to decide where and how much to automate, in order to best capture value from automation over the long term?

11:00 – 11:20 Case Study 22: TBC

11:20 – 11:40 Case Study 23: TBC

11:40 – 12:00 Case Study 24: TBC

Get to grips with how Big Data can revolutionise your operation
How can you accurately collect and mine valuable information about your manufacturing process? Data that can provide insights including hidden patterns, unknown correlations, trends and customer references to help you make informed business decisions that may even lead to new business models and revenue streams.

12:00-12:20 Case Study 25: Talk title to be confirmed
Speaker to be confirmed, OEEsystems

12:20-12:40 Case Study 26: Talk title to be confirmed
Dr Richard Ahlfeld, Chief Executive Officer, Monolith AI

12:40-13:00 Case Study 27: TBC

Delivering speed, scale and accuracy to manufacturing operations through Cloud computing
Cloud computing is now transforming every aspect of modern manufacturing from how you operate, integrate into supply chains, design and make products. Find out more about how cloud computing can help you to innovate, reduce costs, and increase your competitiveness.

14:00-14:20 Case Study 28: TBC

14:20-14:40 Case Study 29: TBC

14:40-15:00 Case Study 30: TBC

Reduce waste using Industrial Robotics Application
All about robotics technology and its application in the industrial workplace from remote control to AI, and across all sectors from aerospace to automotive, machine tooling to process.  Understand more about how you can select and implement the best robotics solution in your plant to gain efficient and effective results.

14:40-15:00 Case Study 31: TBC

15:20-15:40 Case Study 32: TBC

15:40-16:00 Case Study 33:TBC

Interested in giving a presentation?

Please contact Andy Pearce for more information.

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