Select the topics that matter most to you! Over the course of the Summit, four rounds of Discussion Sessions will take place. You will have the opportunity to choose your preferred topics for a 60-minute interactive Q&A, hosted by a world-class manufacturer and a technology expert.

Streams include: Enterprise Stream (manufacturers over £100m revenue) and Growth Stream (manufacturers under £100m revenue)

ENTERPRISE STREAM

Assess current processes, identify digitalisation opportunities, set clear goals, prioritise initiatives, allocate resources, collaborate with experts, and establish a phased implementation plan for the digitalisation strategy. 

Assess current state, define objectives, set key performance indicators (KPIs), identify technologies and solutions, develop a roadmap, secure stakeholder buy-Iin, allocate resources and implement pilot project

Scale Up: Once the pilot projects demonstrate positive results, gradually scale up your digitalisation efforts across the organisation

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.

To be competitive manufacturer must turn to digital capabilities and advanced analytics is posed as an answer. However, in a landscape of siloed data, and unconnected systems how can such a nirvana be achieved?  

The integration of IoT devices, sensors, and connectivity in manufacturing processes, creating interconnected ecosystems for enhanced efficiency

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.

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 .

Explore the diverse applications of AI from predictive maintenance and quality control to demand forecasting and optimisation

Implementing a cloud-based ERP system in manufacturing can lead to improved efficiency, better decision-making through real-time data access, and enhanced overall business agility.

By creating a digital twin of a production line or factory, manufacturers can identify bottlenecks and inefficiencies, and make data-driven decisions to improve overall efficiency and reduce costs.

A central hub for real-time information, control, and optimisation of production activities on the shop floor, contributing to increased efficiency, quality, and overall operational excellence.

Explore the applications of AR and VR technologies in manufacturing, from training and maintenance to design and assembly.

Automation can help manufacturers increase production efficiency, reduce labour costs, and improve product quality.

Energy management and reduction initiatives need to be integrated with other processes and systems in the manufacturing plant to be effective.

With the increasing use of technology in the manufacturing process, cybersecurity threats will be a major concern. Manufacturers will need to ensure that their systems and data are secure and protected from cyber-attacks.

By developing digital skills within their workforce, manufacturers can unlock new opportunities, stay competitive, and drive sustainable growth in the digital age.

GROWTH STREAM

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

Automating routine and repetitive tasks can enhance efficiency and reduce operational costs. Initial investment in automation technology, integration with existing systems, and ensuring compatibility can be challenges for SMEs. 

Leveraging data analytics can provide valuable insights for informed decision-making, predictive maintenance, and process optimisation. Data quality, lack of skilled personnel, and the need for appropriate analytics tools can pose challenges. 

Energy management and reduction initiatives need to be integrated with other processes and systems in the manufacturing plant to be effective. 

Enhancing visibility into the supply chain improves responsiveness and coordination with suppliers and customers. Integrating supply chain data, ensuring data security, and fostering collaboration with partners can be challenging. 

Ensuring that the workforce is equipped with the necessary digital skills is crucial for successful digitalisation. Challenges include costs associated with training, resistance to change, and finding time for employees to learn new skills.