Manufacturing Digitalisation Summit has an interactive format that enables in-depth peer-to-peer discussions around your key business challenges, providing real insight and value. This includes a combination of plenary (keynotes, 5-minute idea, and a panel discussion) and our ‘deep-dive’ discussion breakout sessions, which are limited to 5 to 8 delegates in each session. 

Plenary

Our Plenary sessions bring together all delegates in a single room – concentrating the event’s focus on to a series of high-profile content sessions. These content sessions include case studies delivered by our keynote speakers as well as expertly moderated panel debates. 

Discussion Tables

Select the topics that matter most to you! Over the course of the Summit, three rounds of Discussion Sessions will take place. You will have the opportunity to choose between six Discussion Tables for a 50-minute interactive Q&A, hosted by a world-class manufacturer and a technology expert.

09:30 - 09:40

Chair's Welcome

09:40 - 09:55

Keynote: Digital Transformation in Manufacturing – a 1-2-3 approach

  • How are manufacturers approaching their digital projects?
  • How should we distinguish between ‘optimisation’ and ‘transformational’ projects and does it matter?
  • How do we avoid random acts of digitisation?
  • And what does success look like – shared learnings from other manufacturers with their digital projects.

10:20 - 11:10

Discussion Session: Artificial Intelligence (AI)

How is AI being used to overcome business challenges such as forecasting, conditional maintenance and communication? Which technologies to adopt now and which can wait?

10:20 - 11:10

Discussion Session: Turning your data into insights for competitive advantage

Analysing data can be confusing for manufacturers, but it doesn’t need to be. Think of data as business intelligence. What are your needs and objectives? What questions do you want answered? This will help you determine where to start.

 

Data is everywhere. It is intrinsic to all activities in an organisation. Each data source is unique but when it is combined with other data sets tremendous value can be added. However, the more data is used and combined the more complex it is to manage and the greater the need to think strategically about its use.

 

  • What are your needs and objectives? What questions do you need answered?
  • Are you able to monitor your business performance real-time?
  • Do you have the tools that give you insights – not only into your processes, but also your people, and even further to supporting net-zero and sustainability?

10:20 - 11:10

Discussion Session: Implementing a Digitalisation Strategy

Potential stumbling blocks include cultural resistance to change, leadership and stakeholder buy-in. It’s therefore important to identify digitalisation objectives formulate a digitalisation strategy and select the appropriate technology enablers.

10:20 - 11:10

Discussion Session: Connectivity – unlocking the Potential of Industrial Digitalisation with IoT and 5G

Competitiveness is everything to manufacturers and much-needed gains in efficiency and profitability will have to be achieved through new process innovations. 5G and IoT will be key to enhancing and enabling these advances.

10:20 - 11:10

Discussion Session: How can Digitalisation help Sustainable Development?

The drive towards optimising manufacturing efficiency and productivity should no longer centre solely around performance and profit but equally revolve around sustainability, with sustainable practises being at the forefront of any manufacturer’s digitalisation strategy.

10:20 - 11:10

Discussion Session: Building Digital Talent to Accelerate Digitalisation

Demand is rising across all sectors for more advanced digital skills. The workplace will need upskilling to gain new skills and reskilling to keep up with the advancements in technology and to take on new roles.

10:20 - 11:10

Discussion Session: Digital Twins

Digital twins can be applied during the engineering, design, production and operations phases of a product lifecycle to improve products and predict or detect problems.

10:20 - 11:10

Discussion Session: Integrating Digital and Physical Systems – IT/OT Collaboration

IT/OT integration is not a new topic. And despite the advent of many new technologies in the past decade, it is an area where most manufacturers are still struggling to extract all the value available. This session will discuss why IT and OT are only two of several factors that must considered. Business value identification, operational excellence methods, change management, technology silos, KPI’s and value delivery are just some of the other factors impacting success in this area. This roundtable will discuss (with case studies) how this problem can be solved.

  • Integrating Digital and Physical Systems – IT/OT Collaboration
  • Data is the moving force of digitalisation in the manufacturing sector but creating truly scalable value means seamlessly bridging OT and IT at all levels
  • The integration of IT and OT will bring a more coordinated response to business requirements and shared resources

10:20 - 11:10

Discussion Session: Augmented, Virtual & Mixed Reality (AR/VR/MR)

Uses include speeding up time to market with rapid prototyping through to process improvements that enable greater productivity, efficiency and accuracy in the field.

10:20 - 11:10

Discussion Session: Supply Chain Resilience Through Digitalisation

Digitalisation is uniting a once siloed supply chain into an integrated end-to-end digital ecosystem – from the procurement of raw materials, to manufacturing and logistics, and finally to customer fulfilment.

11:30 - 12:20

Discussion Sessions

Delegates choose from the same 8 topics for their second discussion session:

  • Advanced Analytics
  • Implementing a Digitalisation Strategy
  • Connectivity – unlocking the Potential of Industrial Digitalisation with IoT and 5G
  • How can Digitalisation help Sustainable Development?
  • Building Digital Talent to Accelerate Digitalisation
  • Digital Twin
  • Integrating Digital and Physical Systems – IT/OT Collaboration
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Augmented, Virtual & Mixed Reality (AR/VR/MR)
  • Supply Chain Resilience Through Digitalisation

12:35 - 12:40

5 Minute Idea: Is Industry 4.0 overhyped?

What’s the key to adopting Industry 4.0 innovation? Simplicity.

Suranjan Ghosh

Suranjan Ghosh

Global Operations Director, Thermal Products Divisions
Morgan Advanced Materials
12:50 - 13:30

Networking Lunch

13:30 - 14:00

Panel Debate: Building Digital Talent to Accelerate Digitalisation

  • How successful has your business been, so far, with digital transformation & how has effective talent contributed to the success?
  • Have you formally attempted to retrain staff for digital roles? How successful has it been? What has worked? What has not?
  • The need for digital skills is outpacing supply – What are you doing to attract & retain new talent? Is the new covid remote working environment making talent management & development, harder or easier?
  • Do the senior leaders in your organisation fully understand digital transformation? Are they committed and fully engaged? Do they fully understand the impact of the technologies?
  • Successful transformation requires integrators. staff who bridge the gap between the traditional and digital parts of the business. Where have your integrators come from?

14:20 - 15:20

Discussion Sessions

Delegates choose from the same 8 topics for their third and final discussion session:

  • Advanced Analytics
  • Implementing a Digitalisation Strategy
  • Connectivity – unlocking the Potential of Industrial Digitalisation with IoT and 5G
  • How can Digitalisation help Sustainable Development?
  • Building Digital Talent to Accelerate Digitalisation
  • Digital Twin
  • Integrating Digital and Physical Systems – IT/OT Collaboration
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Augmented, Virtual & Mixed Reality (AR/VR/MR)
  • Supply Chain Resilience Through Digitalisation