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Thursday, 28 March 2019 from 11:30 to 16:00 (GMT)

IoT: Exposing the Hidden Factory

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Delegate Ticket (Manufacturing Professionals ONLY, Not available for students nor vendors) 2d 22h 44m Free  

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Operations Managers of even the most efficient factories want to uncover and fix the parts of their factory operations that are a drain on plant performance and the bottom line: Workarounds, re-work, scrap, waiting.

The problem is that the scale and size of this waste and indicators of its root cause is often not available to the people who are best placed to take action. It’s as if the factory performance is hidden from them so they are unable to make the necessary improvements.

Exposing this hidden factory is the first step in improving the operational performance and profitability of the modern factory. The collapse in sensor, computer and communication costs and the availability of new software application platforms is reducing the cost and disruption of discovering the hidden factory, so that managers and operatives can take decisive action to improve performance.

However, with all the hype around Industry 4.0 and an array of solutions available on the market, operations managers are often struggling to find a way to start their digital transformation.

Therefore, we invited our customers to present to you the most common IoT use cases as well as our partners, the global IoT industry leaders, to provide you with advice and tools you need to start your Industry 4.0 journey.

Why attend:

Join us to explore how organisations like yours have already successfully implemented Industrial IoT technology to maximise their efficiency and outperform competitors.

Find out how leading organisations like Dell and PTC are working together to help accelerate the 4th Industrial Revolution in the UK.

Meet organisations like yours, who are at the beginning of their journey.

Ask difficult questions and get straight answers from the most experienced Industrial IoT solution providers with factory floor heritage.

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11:30 Coffee & registration

12:00 Welcome

12:10 What is the cost of a hidden factory and what is the opportunity we have?

  • What problems can access to data help us solve? What’s that worth? by Paul Haims, PTC  

  • How do we solve them when one size doesn’t fit all ? by Jon Hill, InVMA

12:30 Exposing the opportunity: Shopfloor Digital Transformation – Exploiting data to drive process improvement and operational excellence by Tim Greenaway, GKN Aerospace 

Digitising the shopfloor, automating data collection and creating actionable information all makes intuitive sense – but where do you start? What data do you need? Where is it and how do you want to use it? How do you justify the investment? We take a look at how GKN Aerospace - Luton are exploiting digital technology to solve real world problems and create a digital architecture from the bottom up.                      

13:00 Exposing the opportunity: Creating Value for Customers by Dr. Billy Milligan, Howden 

Howden is laying the path of its digital transformation to further enhance their high performing, reliable products by leveraging world leading IoT technologies and their 160 years experience of designing rotating equipment to deliver Uptime - Smart connectivity for Performance Optimisation on Demand.

13:30 Exposing the opportunity: IoT Edge Computing, the starting point of managing your Mike Fay, Dell Technologies

Dell EMC is helping organisations cut through the hype surrounding the Internet of Things (IoT) and deploy a solution that really works — and delivers measurable value faster. With our broad portfolio, open architecture, domain expertise and services — as well as our award-winning partner program — we have what it takes to make IoT work for you. On your terms today and tomorrow and with minimal risk.

14.00 Exposing the opportunity : Security for the Hidden Factory and methods to safely connect IT and OT by Jan Hemper, InVMA

Learn how to securely use data from multiple systems to: provide performance visability on manufacturing efficiency, reduce cost, reduce input and output inventory and better unserstand work in progress.

14:30 Lunch

15:30 Exposing the opportunity: New heights of performance improvement - Machine Learning in Manufacturing by Stephen Hayes, iaconnects

Case study of how real-time analytics are being used to harness the power of machine learning in wing manufacturing. Learn how to directly access data from automated machines and apply the right AI algorithms to gain insight into the process and significantly improve throughput and reduce costly re-work.

16:00 Technology Demonstrations


*Agenda could be subject to change.


Speakers' Biographies


Tim Greenaway MIET 

Design Engineer (787 CPAR Manufacturing Engineering) at GKN Aerospace
Tim has over 19 years of wide experience in a number of industry sectors including Defence, Automotive and Aerospace; in a number of roles including Production Support, Product development, Process development, Manufacturing Engineering, Continuous Improvement and Engineering project management. He is an effective facilitator and trainer with broad experience in running Kaizen events, Problem solving and 6 sigma improvement projects.

Dr Billy Milligan
Lead Electrical & Control Engineer at Howden 

Chartered Control and Instrument Engineer working within the oil and gas arena. Billy is a member of the Institute of Measurement and Control, the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Worshipful Company of Scientific Instrument Makers. He has an extensive knowledge of the instrumentation and control used in the oil and gas sector, the water industry, bulk solids handling and rotating equipment.

Mike Fay
Embedded & IoT Business Development Manager at Dell Technologies

A business and technology leader with over 25-years industry experience, Mike Fay joined Dell in 2016 as Business Development Manager for the IoT & Embedded Computing Group within Dell OEM Solutions EMEA, where he is responsible for leading the strategic implementation of Dell’s IoT & Embedded business and go-to-market strategy across Northern Europe.

Stephen Hayes
Chairman at iaconnects

Stephen has over 25 years experience in automation control systems.He introduced Beckhoff Automation PC based and fieldbus control systems into the UK initially in industrial and then in building automation applications. He was the first to install EnOcean wireless technology in the UK along with integrated DALI lighting control and HVAC controls onto the same platform. In 2008 he established IA (Integrating Automation Ltd) as a Beckhoff system integrator for building controls which has developed into an IoT technology provider creating secure IoT gateways and easy to use IoT enabled lighting control systems. Major projects delivered include Heathrow T2 lighting control, Gatwick airport terminals lighting controls, IBM buildings in UK, O2 HQ in UK, Etihad Airways Centre and Central Market in Abu Dhabi. Stephen has overseen the development of IoT applications for building asset monitoring with integration into IBM Maximo and Tririga FM software

Jan Hemper HND AMIET
Techncical Director at InVMA

Jan is an experienced industrial controls engineer and systems architect with 20 years experience of building control and business systems in Oil and Gas, Industrial and Food Production industries. He started his career with Howden Compressors as a control engineer before setting up InControl Systems limited with Pat Nash. He is recognised by his peers in the industry as an outstanding control engineer with a broad knowledge of proprietary and open protocols and control approaches. Jan has an HND in Engineering from Chesterfield. Jan is an Associate Member.




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Thursday, 28 March 2019 from 11:30 to 16:00 (GMT)

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InVMA combines world-class management consulting expertise with objective technology advisory and implementation services to deliver innovative IoT solutions based on ThingWorx's technologies.

As a new breed of IoT systems integrator and a ThingWorx gold partner, we work with our clients to address and leverage the disruption IoT creates for businesses.

We design, develop and deploy applications and hardware that improve or transform the way organizations do business, creating new revenue streams, enhancing customer satisfaction and increasing operational efficiency. We do this by combining world-class management consulting expertise with hardware, software, IT and OT technical capabilities.

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