2021 Agenda

The virtual Manufacturing Automation and Robotics Symposium mirrors the format of our established and successful face-to-face Summits, featuring a combination of interactive roundtable discussions, keynote presentations and panel discussions.Build Your Own Conference: Choose a 60-minute discussion and learn from the experience of the discussion leader, your fellow delegates, and share your own perspective. Each discussion group is limited to 10 participants.

2021-05-20
2021-05-20
09:30
Chair’s Welcome

A welcome from our Chairperson.

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Steven Barr
Managing Director, Edge Digital Manufacturing
09:40
Keynote Presentation: How did automation & robotics turn a suburban Cheshire factory into a world-beater?

How do manufacturing businesses build a sustainable automation and robotics strategy that will deliver change for the better? Sarah Black-Smith, Head of Factory Operations at Siemens Congleton will share some lessons learned from the digitalisation journey the electronics producer has been on. Touching on the complexities of setting a clear strategy, and keeping employees involved. Sarah will provide food for thought on what makes an impactful automation strategy for manufacturing companies.

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Sarah Black-Smith
Head of Factory Operations, Siemens Congleton
09:55
Q&A with Keynote Speaker
10:05
Discussion Session Briefing
10:10
Discussion Session: Implementation and Operating Strategies
  • Which parts of your production process are best suited to automation?
  • How do you ensure that the right business problems are matched with either existing or emerging technical solutions to deliver value?
  • Which innovations and Automation initiatives have yielded the largest business impact?
  • What new opportunities are available to us that we aren’t currently considering – where can we take waste/cost out?
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David Hamilton
Site Engineering Manager, Bakkavor
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Dave Rippon
Operations Director, Trederwen Springs
10:10
Discussion Session: Innovation and Technology

How the automation and robotics landscape has evolved and continues to, and how best to take advantage.

 

The answer is Technology but what is the question?

 

Innovation cycles in technology have got shorter and shorter and will never be this long again. However, this in its own right causes challenges in selecting and implementing the right solution for the challenges you face. As a leader in Industrial Technologies Siemens is also a global manufacturer and this combination provides a unique domain expertise and understanding in the adoption and scaling of these innovations.

 

Discussion topics

  1. Why is Technology Innovation Important in Manufacturing?
  2. Technology alone is not the answer, it needs purpose.
  3. How can the adoption of manufacturing technology be simplified?
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David Santos
Robotics and Automation Lead Engineer, Cobham
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Simon Keogh
General Manager Factory Automation, Siemens
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Daniel Smalley
Business Manager Digitalisation, Siemens
11:20
Break
11:40
Panel Discussion: Developing an Automation Strategy the Pros and Cons
  • Why should manufacturers think about automating their production processes?
  • What are the key elements of a successful automation project?
  • How does automation improve productivity?
  • What pitfalls should manufacturers avoid when thinking about automation?
  • How do you ensure the cyber security of your automated solution as you increase connectivity beyond the factory floor?
  • Do robots or dedicated automatic machines yield the best value?
  • Is it realistic for cloud services to be a component of an automation strategy in 2021?
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Kevin White
Process Control and Automation Manager, Tata Steel
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Scott Houghton
Head of Robotics and Automation , BCW Manufacturing
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Sarah Black-Smith
Head of Factory Operations, Siemens Congleton
12:05
Buffer
12:10
Discussion Session: Innovation and Technology

How the automation and robotics landscape has evolved and continues to, and how best to take advantage.

 

The answer is Technology but what is the question?

 

Innovation cycles in technology have got shorter and shorter and will never be this long again. However, this in its own right causes challenges in selecting and implementing the right solution for the challenges you face. As a leader in Industrial Technologies Siemens is also a global manufacturer and this combination provides a unique domain expertise and understanding in the adoption and scaling of these innovations.

 

Discussion topics

  1. Why is Technology Innovation Important in Manufacturing?
  2. Technology alone is not the answer, it needs purpose.
  3. How can the adoption of manufacturing technology be simplified?
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David Santos
Robotics and Automation Lead Engineer, Cobham
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Simon Keogh
General Manager Factory Automation, Siemens
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Daniel Smalley
Business Manager Digitalisation, Siemens
12:10
Discussion Session: How automation is changing the workforce

Every major technological breakthrough in human history has pushed people to embrace new skills. Fears that new technology will make people obsolete and force them out of work are also nothing new; people were not made redundant then, just as they will not be now with the emergence of Industry 4.0 technologies like automation and robotics.

 

  • Solving the talent challenge and employee engagement.
  • How to ensure that all levels of the organisation from operators and engineers to managers and leaders are working together to leverage the opportunities that Automation and Robotics can provide.
  • How to improve the employee’s skills in using new machines & advanced software
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Steve Peel
Electrical & Automation Manager, Nestle
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Tony Turner
Head of Engineering, Orchard House Foods
13:20
Break
13:30
Panel Discussion: Why should my company use industrial robots or cobots?
  • What are the main advantages and disadvantages of both?
  • What are the key elements of a successful robotics implementation?
  • How should companies go about building an investment case for robots and cobots?
  • What best practice behaviours should be adopted to successfully deploy robots and cobots?
  • What use cases of both do you see being the most impactful?
  • How have you overcome cultural problems when introducing them?
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Marco Chacin
Principal Robotics Engineer, Airbus
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Richard Carr
Senior Robotics Engineer, Aston Martin Lagonda
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David Santos
Robotics and Automation Lead Engineer, Cobham
14:00 - 14:10
Chair’s Summary and Event Close
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