Conference registration/ tea and coffee

Please do arrive 15 minutes early to ensure you find a parking space and adhere to the MTC security checks.


Conference Introductions and agenda

Stuart Humphrey introduces the SMART conference and schedule


Demystifying the digital jargon

Dr Vimal Dhokia, Deputy Director Advanced Design and Manufacture


Terms such as the fourth industrial revolution, Industry 4.0, Industry IoT and smart factories are now common-place in the manufacturing industry, but are still causing significant confusion, as are the more specific technology-based terminology such as AI, Big Data, Digital Twin, and Machine Learning. Dr Vimal Dhokia, will start the conference by demystifying some of the terms related to digitalisation to help set the scene for the day.


A practical journey to a digital future

Steve Brambley, GAMBICA Chief Executive


Steve Brambley will present a pragmatic guide to getting started on your smart manufacturing journey by discussing IT, cyber security, cloud computing and Industrial Automation and what it all means for Smart Manufacturing.


Made Smarter and Making the Digital Change

Donna Edwards, programme Director Made Smarter, North West Pilot

Donna Edwards will explore the barriers and challenges North West Manufacturers have experienced around bringing technology into their businesses. She will share steps that manufacturers can take to help them start their digital journey and examples of businesses who have taken their first steps to successfully implement technology.

11.30 - 12pm

Refreshment and break out to exhibitors

Please take time to view our conference exhibition



Demystifying the Digital Twin

Andrew Hodgson, Strategic Lead - Digitalisation at Siemens, and Vice President of the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA)

If you asked 20 people what ‘The Digital Twin’ is you will receive 20 different answers - all correct. The Digital Twin is the industrial manifestation of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, IOT and all of the other common terms used to describe the digitalisation of industry. But what does it really mean for the manufacturer? How can it benefit the design, the production and the service either as a complete unbroken value chain or as a supplying SME in B2C and B2B?

Andrew Hodgson will help demystify the term by breaking it down into meaningful concepts as well as giving examples of what it can do for you as the drive towards digitalisation gains momentum.


Transitioning and implementing a digital strategy

 Tim Andrews, Senior Consultant at the MTC Tim and Barry Maybank

The MTC are playing a key role in maturing the application of digital technologies for use in manufacturing and are well placed to provide insight into this vitally important area. This presentation will highlight the changing manufacturing landscape - challenges and opportunities. Followed by the practical steps that manufacturers can take on the journey to embrace digitalisation using the MTC Digital Discovery process.

1pm - 2pm

Networking buffet lunch/ Exhibition

Enjoy lunch,network with industry peers and meet our panel of speakers - please take time to visit our exhibitors


Case study: Transition and implementation of a complete digital plant: SICK, Freiburg site, Germany

Joachim Schultis, head of operations at SICK Ag

A case study by one of the world’s leading sensor manufacturers - SICK - who since the middle of 2018, has been manufacturing sensors in a new digital plant at its Freiburg site featuring autonomous digital production and control processes.  Joachim Schultis, head of operations at SICK Ag will present an overview of the company’s transition and implementation to a digital plant.


Demystifying compressed air technologies within the smart factory

Vanda Jones, Executive Director of The British Compressed Air Society (BCAS)

BCAS, Executive Director, Vanda Jones helps demystify how compressed air systems within the context of the Smart Factory can provide major efficiency gains.


Donna Edwards, Andrew Hodgson, Dr Vimal Dhokia, Peter Corby, Vanda Jones, and Tim Andrews


3.45pm: Networking drinks/ Exhibition


4.15pm Conference ends



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