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The Open Technology Forum is a 80-seat theatre located in the Expo Hall, where visitors can listen in on free-to-attend presentations from experts eager to share their experience and knowledge on how to improve manufacturing operations in the digital age.

For the last couple of years the Open Technology Forum (OTF) has proved to be a great way for companies to present their technology solutions to visitors at the exhibition.

For 2019, 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.

They will feature:

• Case studies
• Hard won lessons learned
• Pitfalls to avoid
• Ideas for next steps
• Q&A

Interested in giving a presentation?
Please contact Andy Pearce for more information.

DRAFT Programme

Day One – Tuesday 10 April 2019

Morning Sessions

Industrial Robotics Applications
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.

Predictive Maintenance
Gain insights into choosing and implementing the right predictive maintenance technologies. Understand how to directly monitor the condition and performance of equipment during normal operations to reduce the likelihood of failures, and calculate the cost savings.

Big Data
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.

Afternoon Sessions

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.

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.

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.

Day Two – Wednesday 11 April 2019

Morning Sessions

Automation
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 the 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?

Sensors
Smart sensors are one of the cheapest technologies to implement to achieve greater efficiency in your plant. A multitude of sensors can pour data into your systems and build up a real-time picture of operations at all times. Sensors enable you to monitor, control and improve operations with data-backed insights, from predicting predict equipment failure and triggering maintenance protocols, to automatically logging data for historical records and regulatory compliance.

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.

Afternoon Sessions

Cloud
Cloud computing delivers more speed, scale and accuracy to manufacturing operations. It 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.

Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT)
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?

 

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