Agenda

Tuesday 13th June

08:00 - 08:20

Registration

08:20 - 08:30

Introduction and welcome

Chris Beck, Editor, Works Management

08:30 - 09:15

Is the UK ready to lead the digital revolution?

Brian Holliday, managing director, digital factory, Siemens.

Brian Holliday, managing director of Siemens’ Digital Factory, will share his vision for the future of manufacturing; how the industry stands to benefit from the rise in digitalisation, and some of the challenges it may pose further down the line.

09:15 – 10:00

Will robots really care for kaizen in the smart factory of the future?

Mike Wilson, chairman, British Automation and Robotics Association

Industry 4.0 and the age of the interconnected/artificially intelligent smart factory is dawning. So is this the last generation on flesh and blood factory employees? Mike Wilson, chairman, British Automation and Robotics Association discusses how our role will shift within the smart factory of tomorrow and a blueprint for bringing togther people and plant to supercharge productivity.

10:00 – 10:20

Break

10:20 – 11:05

Preparing our people for the factory of the future: inside BAE Systems £15.6m skills academy

Damian Adams, programme delivery manager, BAE Systems

The training process for perfecting the assembly and maintenance of Typhoon fighter jets and beyond is being taken into the space-age at BAE System's Academy for Skills and Knowledge at Samlesbury. Damian Adams of BAE Systems will reveal how technology including a Virtual Reality cave, 3D printers and robot cells is being used to equip both new recruits and long serving personnel with the skillsets to thrive in the smart factory.

11:05 – 11:50

Energy-saving and technology: Tips for manufacturers

Dave Adams, corporate business manager, British Gas Business

With energy-saving becoming increasingly important for manufacturers looking to both reduce their carbon footprint and their bottom line, British Gas will be offering advice on how industry is able to harness the power of technology to save on their energy bills. Industry 4.0-ready technology is revolutionising the day-to-day operations of today’s manufacturing sites, but industry leaders are beginning to realise the potential it can bring to their energy bills.

11:50 – 12:50

Lunch

12:50 – 16:50

Factory Tour

Delegates will get the opportunity to attend a best-practice factory tour from the following: (coach travel will be provided to each site)

  • BAE Systems, Samlesbury
  • Jaguar Land Rover, Halewood
  • Frederic Robinson, Stockport
  • Newsprinters, Knowsley

18:30 – 19:30

Drinks reception

19:30 – 21:30

Conference Dinner

Unwind with a three-course meal followed by after dinner entertainment. This is a great opportunity to network with other delegates and recharge your batteries after a busy first day. Dress code: smart casual

21:30 – 22:30

After dinner entertainment

23:00

Close

Wednesday 14th June

08:25 - 08:45

Introduction and factory tour review

Chris Beck, Editor, Works Management

08:45 - 09:00

Coffee break

Delegates will split into 4 groups and get the opportunity to choose from a range of focus sessions covering the people, process and plant themes.

09:00 - 09:40

Focus session 1: PROCESS

Six Sigma – A back to basics guide
Paul Allen, lean & six sigma business consultant, APL

Six Sigma is simply the name coined by Motorola to an approach that has been around for 60 years and is really just World Class Engineering. Therefore it’s an approach every professional engineer should want to know about. Find out why Six Sigma allows you to achieve process performance you don’t even think is possible – and discover the Six Sigma way to win at scrabble!

Focus session 2: PEOPLE

Practical shopfloor problem solving made simple
Manufacturing Excellence

Having studied the effectiveness of a number of problem-solving processes, the best known of which are probably Ishikawa fish-bone diagrams and the 5 Whys, we have come to the conclusion that there are two particularly effective techniques available, and the purpose of this workshop is to share one of these with you. We call it the Problem-Solving Wheel, and it has proven to be very effective in solving a wide variety of problems in the manufacturing environment.

Focus session 4: PLANT

Why now is the time for UK manufacturing to make the switch to robots
Mike Wilson, ABB

Mike Wilson of ABB Robotics will explain how developments in robotic technology are offering new opportunities for UK manufacturers to improve their productivity and competitiveness. Through anecdotal examples, he will show how these developments are helping companies in the UK to benefit from making the switch to robotic automation.

09:45 - 10:25

Focus session 5: PROCESS

How can the OEE metric be used to have the greatest impact on your manufacturing business
Arthur Stone, CEO, OEEsystems

Focus session 6: PEOPLE

CI & Lean leadership: bringing the people with you
The Manufacturing Institute

Focus session 8: PLANT

Harnessing technology to save energy
British Gas

10:25 - 10:40

Break

10:40 - 11:20

Focus session 1: PROCESS

Six Sigma – A back to basics guide
Paul Allen, lean & six sigma business consultant, APL

Six Sigma is simply the name coined by Motorola to an approach that has been around for 60 years and is really just World Class Engineering. Therefore it’s an approach every professional engineer should want to know about. Find out why Six Sigma allows you to achieve process performance you don’t even think is possible – and discover the Six Sigma way to win at scrabble!

Focus session 2: PEOPLE

Practical shopfloor problem solving made simple
Manufacturing Excellence

Having studied the effectiveness of a number of problem-solving processes, the best known of which are probably Ishikawa fish-bone diagrams and the 5 Whys, we have come to the conclusion that there are two particularly effective techniques available, and the purpose of this workshop is to share one of these with you. We call it the Problem-Solving Wheel, and it has proven to be very effective in solving a wide variety of problems in the manufacturing environment.

Focus session 4: PLANT

Why now is the time for UK manufacturing to make the switch to robots
Mike Wilson, ABB

Mike Wilson of ABB Robotics will explain how developments in robotic technology are offering new opportunities for UK manufacturers to improve their productivity and competitiveness. Through anecdotal examples, he will show how these developments are helping companies in the UK to benefit from making the switch to robotic automation.

11:25 - 12:05

Focus session 5: PROCESS

How can the OEE metric be used to have the greatest impact on your manufacturing business
Arthur Stone, CEO, OEEsystems

Focus session 6: PEOPLE

CI & Lean leadership: bringing the people with you
The Manufacturing Institute

Focus session 8: PLANT

Harnessing technology to save energy
British Gas

12:05 - 12:15

Conference conclusion

Chris Beck, Editor, Works Management

12:15 - 13:00

Lunch

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