Virtual Agenda 2021

The virtual Manufacturing Digitalisation Symposium mirrored the format of our established and successful face-to-face Summits, featuring a combination of interactive roundtable discussions, keynote presentations and panel discussions. It featured 'Build Your Own Conference' in which attendees chose a 60-minute discussion and learnt from the experience of the discussion leader, fellow delegates, and shared their own perspective. Each discussion group was limited to 10 participants.

2021-07-15
2021-07-15
09:30
Chair’s Welcome

A welcome from our Chairperson.

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Tom St John
Multimedia Editor, The Manufacturer
09:35
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.
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Andrew Kinder
SVP Industry & Solution Market Strategy, Infor
09:50
Keynote: Exploring the Human Elements of Manufacturing Digitisation

The drive for digital transformation within manufacturing has been underway for more than a decade, but it also received a big push with the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic early last year. The increase of digitisation in manufacturing will reimagine the traditional ways of working.

 

And with the specialisation of digital tools like A/I, robotics and machine learning, new skills will be needed within the manufacturing industry. Skills for quality analysts, A/I and machine learning experts, data analysis and visualisation experts, and digital systems engineers will be vital over the next two years.

 

With this increased focus on digitalisation in manufacturing and the creation of jobs that might not even exist right now, how does this impact the current workforce? Will employees embrace new technology, new systems, and new processes? and how will leaders ensure that frontline employees have a full picture of the digital transformation solutions and their benefits.

 

Digitising manufacturing organisations involves far more than utilising the latest technologies. It involves investing in an organisation’s most important resource – its employees.

 

After all, any company with the right financial resources can buy the same equipment and technology pieces as another. But it can’t buy its heart and soul – employees.

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Maddie Walker
UK & Ireland Industry X Lead, Accenture
10:05
Q&A with Keynote Speakers
10:15
Discussion Session: Analytics Factory of the Future

Why external factors are accelerating the journey towards the Analytics Factory of the Future. As the UK looks to pave its new way in the world, external shocks and pressures resulting from Covid-19 and climate change have pushed the productivity of UK manufacturing into sharp focus. In order to be competitive on the global scale manufacturers must turn to digital capabilities to improve productivity, increase innovation and find all-important marginal gains and often the Factory of the Future is posed as an answer. However, in a landscape of siloed data, unconnected systems and skillset scarcity pressures how can such a nirvana be achieved?

 

Discussion topics:

  • What is an Analytics Factory of the Future and why should I care?
  • Why Brexit and Covid have increased the need for decision-making across the whole business?
  • How can using Analytics lead to marginal productivity gains in the factory?
  • The Human Factor. How do I create an analytically enabled workforce?
  • How do I embed data and analytics in the workflow to deliver point-in-time decisions?
  • How do I start making the Analytics Factory of the Future something real today
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Paul Turner
Vice President I4.0 Applications & Analytics, Stanley Black & Decker
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James Smith
RVP Manufacturing, Tableau
10:15
Discussion Session: Unlocking the Potential of Industrial Digitalisation with 5G

Competitiveness is everything to manufacturers and much-needed gains in efficiency and profitability will have to be achieved through new process innovations. This includes, for example, the continued automation of robots and warehouse transportation and cutting cables to become truly flexible. 5G and IoT will be key to enhancing and enabling these advances in manufacturing.

 

5G networks offer manufacturers the chance to build smart factories and truly take advantage of technologies such as automation, artificial intelligence, augmented reality for troubleshooting, and the Internet of Things (IoT).

 

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Hosein Torabmostaedi
Digital & Innovation Manager, Unipart Manufacturing & Hyperbat
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Iain Thornhill
VP - Service Providers and IoT, Ericsson
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Sebastian Elmgren
Portfolio Manager Smart Manufacturing, Ericsson
10:15
Discussion Session: Integrating Digital and Physical Systems

Extending Digitalisation beyond IT to OT – Data is the moving force of digitalisation in the manufacturing sector but creating truly scalable value means seamlessly bridging OT and IT at all levelsThe breaking down of silos and the integration of IT and OT will bring a more coordinated response to business requirements, shared resources and reductions in cost 

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Alex Perkins
Manufacturing Technology Lead, BAE Systems
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Simon Keogh
General Manager Factory Automation, Siemens
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Saad Waqar
Digitalisation Business Development Manager, Siemens
10:15
Discussion Session: Developing a Digitalisation Strategy

It is important to have a digitalisation strategy in place that takes organisational and operational change into account. Potential obstacles include cultural resistance to change, leadership and stakeholder buy-in. This session will be ‘deep-diving’ into the following issues:

 

  • Identifying digitalisation objectives – which parts of your production process are best suited to digitalisation?
  • Formulating a digitalisation strategy
  • Selecting the appropriate technology enablers
  • Establishing technology leadership
  • Training your staff and introduce a digital culture

 

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Rashitha Jayasekara
Chief of Digital Manufacturing, Rolls Royce
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Chris Osborne
VP Strategic Customer Engagement, Infor
11:15
Break
11:30
Panel Discussion: Building Digital Talent to Accelerate Digitalisation

Demand is rising across all sectors for more advanced digital skills. Most larger firms are reporting challenges in recruiting software engineers and 61% are struggling to hire data analysts. 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. 

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Alexander Brandham
Group Leader Assembly Maintenance: Control Engineering, Tooling & Digitalisation, BMW
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Helen Anderson
Head of Business Improvement & Systems, TMD Technologies
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Andrew Carroll
Manufacturing Systems Manager, Rotork
12:00
Discussion Session: Integrating Digital and Physical Systems

Extending Digitalisation beyond IT to OT – Data is the moving force of digitalisation in the manufacturing sector but creating truly scalable value means seamlessly bridging OT and IT at all levelsThe breaking down of silos and the integration of IT and OT will bring a more coordinated response to business requirements, shared resources and reductions in cost 

Discussion Session: Integrating Digital and Physical Systems image
Alex Perkins
Manufacturing Technology Lead, BAE Systems
Discussion Session: Integrating Digital and Physical Systems image
Simon Keogh
General Manager Factory Automation, Siemens
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Saad Waqar
Digitalisation Business Development Manager, Siemens
12:00
Discussion Session: Developing a Digitalisation Strategy

It is important to have a digitalisation strategy in place that takes organisational and operational change into account. Potential obstacles include cultural resistance to change, leadership and stakeholder buy-in. This session will be ‘deep-diving’ into the following issues:

 

  • Identifying digitalisation objectives – which parts of your production process are best suited to digitalisation?
  • Formulating a digitalisation strategy
  • Selecting the appropriate technology enablers
  • Establishing technology leadership
  • Training your staff and introduce a digital culture

 

Discussion Session: Developing a Digitalisation Strategy image
Rashitha Jayasekara
Chief of Digital Manufacturing, Rolls Royce
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Chris Osborne
VP Strategic Customer Engagement, Infor
12:00
Discussion Session: Unlocking the Potential of Industrial Digitalisation with 5G

Competitiveness is everything to manufacturers and much-needed gains in efficiency and profitability will have to be achieved through new process innovations. This includes, for example, the continued automation of robots and warehouse transportation and cutting cables to become truly flexible. 5G and IoT will be key to enhancing and enabling these advances in manufacturing.

 

5G networks offer manufacturers the chance to build smart factories and truly take advantage of technologies such as automation, artificial intelligence, augmented reality for troubleshooting, and the Internet of Things (IoT).

 

Discussion Session: Unlocking the Potential of Industrial Digitalisation with 5G image
Hosein Torabmostaedi
Digital & Innovation Manager, Unipart Manufacturing & Hyperbat
Discussion Session: Unlocking the Potential of Industrial Digitalisation with 5G image
Iain Thornhill
VP - Service Providers and IoT, Ericsson
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Sebastian Elmgren
Portfolio Manager Smart Manufacturing, Ericsson
12:00
Discussion Session: Analytics Factory of the Future

Why external factors are accelerating the journey towards the Analytics Factory of the Future. As the UK looks to pave its new way in the world, external shocks and pressures resulting from Covid-19 and climate change have pushed the productivity of UK manufacturing into sharp focus. In order to be competitive on the global scale manufacturers must turn to digital capabilities to improve productivity, increase innovation and find all-important marginal gains and often the Factory of the Future is posed as an answer. However, in a landscape of siloed data, unconnected systems and skillset scarcity pressures how can such a nirvana be achieved?

 

Discussion topics:

  • What is an Analytics Factory of the Future and why should I care?
  • Why Brexit and Covid have increased the need for decision-making across the whole business?
  • How can using Analytics lead to marginal productivity gains in the factory?
  • The Human Factor. How do I create an analytically enabled workforce?
  • How do I embed data and analytics in the workflow to deliver point-in-time decisions?
  • How do I start making the Analytics Factory of the Future something real today
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Paul Turner
Vice President I4.0 Applications & Analytics, Stanley Black & Decker
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James Smith
RVP Manufacturing, Tableau
13:00
Panel Discussion: How are your peers tackling and overcoming digitalisation challenges?
  • Increasing strategic awareness about digitalisation trends.
  • Providing frameworks for changing business models.
  • Supporting organisational orientation towards the problem, not the solution.
  • Supporting the elaboration and dynamic improvement of roadmaps.
  • Diagnostics related to a specific firm’s contingencies.
  • Using demonstrative cases for supporting cultural change.
  • Giving support for improving innovation capabilities.
  • Supporting system integration.
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Dave Roddis
Subject Matter Expert - Digital Manufacturing, Meggitt
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Hossam Haridy
Head of Engineering & Technology, Zumtobel Group
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David Forrest
Senior Engineer Digital Innovation, Nissan
13:30
Keynote: Introducing digital platforms and IoT
  • Increasing adoption of digital platforms and IoT
  • Three topics for attention in developing your strategy
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Imogen Cleaver
Senior Research Associate, IfM (Institute for Manufacturing)
13:45
Q&A with Keynote Speaker
13:50 - 13:55
Chair’s Summary & Event Close
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