AGENDA

Join 400 delegates from across the manufacturing spectrum as they learn about the latest techniques and insights to make their manufacturing operations smarter.

Day 1 – Wednesday 10th April

Made Smarter

Finding practical ways to increase the uptake of digital technology in manufacturing, fostering leadership that embraces innovation and investment and gaining insights into how industry can collaborate to boost production.

Summit Chair: TBC

09:30 Industry Leaders’ Opening Panel: delivering Britain’s 4th industrial revolution
A frank and open discussion featuring UK manufacturing leaders on opportunities for Britain’s manufacturing industry post-Brexit and up to 2030. Gain insights and informed opinion on digital manufacturing, technology trends, skills, fostering innovation and stimulating growth across the sector.

Brian Holliday, Managing Director, Siemens Digital Factory
Stephen Phipson CBE, CEO & Chair, EEF – the manufacturers’ organisation

10:30 Why Industry 4.0? Insights into the decision-making process for adopting Industry 4.0 in your organisation

11:00 Break

Industry 4.0 Insights

11:30 Top 10 Industry 4.0 technologies to track

12:00 Blockchain for Manufacturing

12:30 Exhibition, Open Technology Forums and Lunch + Women in 4.0 Lunch

13:00 Round Table Discussions
With a maximum of 12 people around each table, these discussions offer the chance to really share your experiences, benchmark your progress and get new ideas for how to move your company forward. Each table will have a designated topic and will be moderated by an industry expert.

Topics will include all sorts of technologies from AI to sensors, VR to machine learning as well as other key hurdles to be overcome such as gaining buy in from senior stakeholders, developing low-cost pilots, understanding the new skills that will be needed, getting to grips with actual new revenue streams for your business and many more.

Essential Strategy to Get Started

14:00 Get to Grips with the Basics: why invest in Industry 4.0?
Business benefits, what will you lose if you don’t, realistic implementation, technology investment

14:30 Managing upwards by successfully demonstrating brand new data-drive revenue streams
Moving to a new data driven service business model, translating data into new products and services, charging models and servitisation explained

15:00 Understanding the real new skills that will be needed for the 4th Industrial Revolution; now and in the next five and ten years
Where are the current skills shortages and how will they feed into the future? How can you forecast what skills you will need to foster now for the future? Where are the skilled resources going to come from?

15:30 Questions and discussion

16:00 Exhibition & Open Technology Forums

17:30 Networking drinks

19:00 Industry 4.0 Community Get Together and Informal Dinner

22:00 End of Evening

Day 2 – Thursday 1st March

Making It Happen

Industry 4.0 can seem overwhelming, full of buzz words and glitzy high-tech expensive solutions that make it difficult to understand and then demonstrate ROI at board level.

The second day of the summit aims to dispel all of that and to give you a series of sessions that are based on practical hard-won experience. Case studies from manufacturers who have got their pilots up and running, realised the benefits, built on their experience and are now moving to their next stage.

Summit Chair: TBC

Factories of the Future: Start Small, Scale up
Achieving incremental improvements that lead to Industry 4.0 and don’t require huge up front investment and resources

09:30 Case Study: sensors

09:50 Case Study: tbc

10:10 Case Study: predictive maintenance

10:30 Questions and discussion

11:00 Break

Factories of the Future: Start Small, Scale up
Achieving incremental improvements that lead to Industry 4.0 and don’t require huge up front investment and resources

11:30 Case Study: digital twin

11:50 Case Study: connectivity to get the best out of what you already have

12:00 Case Study: tbc

12:20 Questions and Discussion

12:50 Exhibition, Open Technology Forums and Lunch

13:20 Round Table Discussions
With a maximum of 12 people around each table, these discussions offer the chance to really share your experiences, benchmark your progress and get new ideas for how to move your company forward. Each table will have a designated topic and will be moderated by an industry expert. Topics will include all sorts of technologies from AI to sensors, VR to machine learning as well as other key hurdles to be overcome such as gaining buy in from senior stakeholders, developing low-cost pilots, understanding the new skills that will be needed, getting to grips with actual new revenue streams for your business and many more.

SME Forum

The ultimate success of the 4th industrial revolution will be measured by prosperity and economic growth. SMEs will make a significant contribution and this session will give you tools, techniques and guidance on every aspect of Industry 4.0 from access to funding to fostering smaller companies, investing in start-ups to achieve growth, developing solutions dedicated to the SME market and explaining the key role the SME sector must play in the future success of Industry 4.0.

14:30 Industry 4.0 for SMEs: new business models, revenue streams and potential charging models

14:50 Fostering success in smaller companies

15:10 Industry 4.0: it’s easier than you may think

15:30 Case Study: building a real Industry 4.0 solution in the machine shop

15:50 Questions and Discussion

16:10-17:00

Industry 4.0 Open Debate – What does the future look like from here?

This session will form a wide-ranging debate over the broader impact of Industry 4.0 on the manufacturing sector and the wider economy. From Brexit to Northern Powerhouse, skills shortages to cyber-security, blue skies technology and beyond.

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