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Full education programme announced for Smart Manufacturing & Engineering Week 2024

18 April, 2024

The education programme for Smart Manufacturing & Engineering Week has been announced with nearly 150 free-to-attend sessions taking place across eight solutions theatres during the live events on 5th and 6th June 2024 at Birmingham’s NEC.


The full programme of keynote presentations and other sessions is available at: https://www.mandeweek.co.uk/educational-content-2024. Visitors are encouraged to plan their programme in advance, and this can be easily done using the individual theatre exploration tools available on the website. There are eight solution theatres in total covering the topics of: Digital Transformation, IIoT & Connectivity, Industrial Data & AI, Innovation, Maintenance, Drives & Technology, Air-Tech Solutions, Fluid Power & Systems.

Highlights from the keynote presentations include Neelofar Ansari, Senior Manufacturing Engineer, BAE Systems who is presenting on the intriguing topic of Human Augmentation: Connecting with Manufacturing Environments in the IIoT and Connectivity Theatre on day one. Additionally, Daniel Smalley from Siemens, along with Ian Clarke from InControl Systems, will talk about Demystifying Digitalisation and Growth on day two.

Meanwhile, in the Design & Innovation Theatre, Sam Tilley from Omron will be joined by Carl Diver from Manchester Metropolitan University to give a presentation on day one entitled How does the Skills Gap Affect the Future Technology Sector. Also, Roy Haworth, Head of Digital Mock Up Process and Implementation, Airbus Defence & Space will be talking about Using CAD data to drive data fusion and 3D visualisation on day two.

Elsewhere in the Drives & Technology Theatre David Santos, Head of Manufacturing Engineering & Automation, Chelton will be talking about SMEs and Automation: Overcoming complexity and challenges during and after implementation whereas Krishna Mistry, VP of Series Engineering, Verge Motorcycles will be covering Agile Engineering Cycles: Optimising Design, Development, and Deployment in Manufacturing.

Also appearing in the Drives & Technology Theatre is David Barret-Hague from Schneider who will be joined by Grant Coffin from Rockwell Automation to give a presentation on day one entitled Industrial Automation Trends, Past Present and Future. This is followed on day two by Patrick Dion-Fehily from Mitsubishi Electrics who will be joined by Martyn Williams from COPA DATA to present The Importance of Sustainable Manufacturing.

Visitors to the Digital Transformation Theatre will be able to take in a presentation from Ian Kingstone, UK Director – Strategy & Change, Columbus entitled: Turning Green into Gold: How manufacturers must harness ESG for both the planet and the bottom line.

Also happening in the Industrial Data and AI Theatre is a technical discussion that will include real data from robot applications including welding, aerospace drilling and additive manufacturing. Entitled How IONA improves robot performance and why this is essential for modern-day manufacturing and presented by Craig Davey, COO – INSPHERE this session is suitable for anyone working within robots and automation.




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