The Future of Manufacturing

Date: 6th April 2017
Location: The AMRC Factory 2050

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With integrated ‘cyber-physical systems’ providing more connectivity and therefore more data, the next generation of manufacturing technologies (known as the 4th industrial revolution) are being adopted globally.

With companies like Siemens leading the way, what does this change mean for businesses in the Sheffield City Region? Can they work alongside Sheffield academics to harness these new technologies, adopting the elements that will be worth their investment?

Keynote speakers include:

Alan Norbury, Central Technology Officer (CTO) for Siemens industrial activities

After starting his career as an apprentice in Siemens Congleton in 1978, Alan later became the UK Product Specialist for a number of advanced technologies, developing into the role of Applications Specialist with a focus on the UK original equipment manufacturer (OEM) market.

As Siemens Industrial Central Technology Officer, Alan now dedicates his time to developing leading technology innovations, working closely with the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) as part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult.

Ben Morgan, Head of the Integrated Manufacturing Group (IMG) at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC)

At their new home in Factory 2050, the AMRC Integrated Manufacturing Group are driving world-class reconfigurable manufacturing technology. Working with industrial and academic partners they bring together advanced technologies, such as robotics, augmented reality and large-volume metrology, to develop innovative integrated systems using ‘Big Data’ technology.

Industry 4.0 presents an incredibly exciting but equally daunting prospect. Ben’s talk will try to de-mystify what it means to SMEs and demonstrate a route to starting the journey