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The SME Clinic is an open space located in the Expo Hall, where visitors can book a free consultancy slot (15 minutes) with an independent expert to get answers to their questions on Industry 4.0 in their organisations. Brand new for 2019, the clinic is specifically for SME manufacturers.

Visitors will be encouraged to come to the clinic area to get answers directly to all the questions they have been afraid to ask. No question is too basic, or too complicated. Our team of advisors is there to help them really understand the hard cost benefits of implementing industry 4.0, which are not always immediately obvious.

If your manager or board is having a hard time getting their heads round why they need to start investing in the new technology then bring them along and we will do our best to close the knowledge gap. From new service-based products to reviewing and selecting the right technologies, making your data pay to reducing your wages bill; the team will listen to your questions and give their best advice on the next steps for your organisation.

Day One – Wednesday 10 April 2019

Morning Sessions

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.

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.

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.

Afternoon Sessions

Decrease your production costs, reduce cycle times, improve quality and reliability and reduce waste using Industrial Robotics Applications
Ask all your questions 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.

How to reduce costs and down-time through effective 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.

Get to grips with how Big Data can revolutionise your operation
Understand more about how you can 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.

Day Two – Thursday 11 April 2019

Morning Sessions

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.

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. Get answers to your questions on how it can work in reality for you and how far can you take it?

Afternoon Sessions

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 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?

Monitor, control and improve operations using new Sensor technology
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.

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