SMECluster Event 5 – AI on the Shop Floor

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Control 2K Limited

Waterton Technology Centre


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How is Artificial Intelligence supporting businesses to improve their productivity and efficiency at the shop floor level? What are the areas that the major players in industry are focusing on in the next few years? ... hot on the heels of Industry 4.0 ... are we ready for something new already? to find out more ... register before all the places go!

Continuing the successful series of SMECluster events, the topic hitting the mainstream is Artificial Intelligence (AI). Everyone is using this term in their own context:

  • What does AI really bring to the shopfloor?

  • How does it differ from standard algorithms used in current applications?

  • Are we finally close to the thinking machine?

While many are still coming to terms with Industry 4.0 (or 4IR as it is being referred to in UK), the world is moving on again, but the challenge is to bring humans back into the loop, so all the talk is about "Human Factors" and Ethical AI which brings a warmer edge to the connected systems.

Understand the real features AI offers directly or in conjunction with the current devices on the market and what new skills will be required to deploy the technology. Find out what new working practices will be needed as business owners adopt and drive the culture of change. These topics are discussed with practical demonstrations to highlight the real implications for businesses who want to adopt the new technology.

What’s on Offer?

As always, Experts are invited to present the latest thinking about AI Systems and what they mean to their organisations. Will operators, engineers, shop workers, the public or anyone else actually notice the difference in their day to day interactions with Technology?

Clearly we are very much in the world of providers (suppliers) and consumers (users) and AI will impact each of these groups in different ways. Are we sacrificing our personal freedoms in exchange for better services and applications and who benefits from our data?

Ultimately if we are working for organisations who need to track us and keep us safe going to be tempted to pry into our personal lives and use our own data against us?

Come see AI in action and talk to the experts and put your point of view across in our interactive workshops and discussions and a chance to quiz the Professionals who are at the forefront of developments in AI. We will be using Slido ( - Event reference is smecluster5) so start your interactions here:


Registration Breakfast Rolls on Arrival (09:00 – 09:15)

Introduction - Welcome and Event Presentation (15 Mins) – Gash Bhullar - SMECluster (09:15 – 09:30)


Session 1 - Industrial Developments and AI systems hitting the shop-floor (09:30 – 11:00)

Keynote Speaker: Mark Thomas - Ford Motor Company
Mark has been at the heart of production with Ford for the last 13 years and will provide his personal insight into how technology, in particular Artificial Intelligence will impact the shopfloor, in particular, the interaction between people and machines.

Siemens - Michal Zlotek - Industrial Artificial Intelligence – Machine Intelligence in Industrial Applications (15 Mins)

Festo - Andy Parker Bates - Challenges for AI Implementation (15 Mins)

Balluff - Norman Hurley -The future of IO-Link Intelligent Sensors working in an I4.0 environment (15 Mins)

Universal Robots - Jon Dixon - AI Not Just For The Big Guys (15 Mins)

ABB Limited - Julian Ware - Industrial Robotics, in the Factory of the Future (15 Mins)

CBM Wales - Robert Brown - AI enabling Medical Breakthroughs in the Virtual World (15 Mins)

Tea / Coffee (11:00 – 11:20)

Session 2 Practical AI Demonstrations with partners (11:20 – 12:20)
Group Briefing - Gash Bhullar (5 mins)
Group 1 – Area 1 – TBA (5 Mins)
Group 2 – Area 2 – TBA (5 Mins)
Group 3 – Area 3 – TBA (5 Mins)
Group 4 – Area 4 – TBA (5 Mins)
Group 5 – Area 5 – TBA (5 Mins)
Group 6 – Area 6 – TBA (5 Mins)

Session 3 Panel discussion and Feedback from sessions 1 and 2 (12:20 – 12.50)

Lunch– Fully catered menu (12:50 – 13:30)


Session 4 – Product Innovation in the AI domain (13:30 – 14:30)

Several themes have been identified as hot topics for discussion:

  • Urban Mobility - Current Developments and Status Updates

  • Emerging and Innovative Technologies - The role of Centres such as IROHMS to shape future developments

  • Medical Advances - Clear Role of Emerging Technologies incorporating AI

  • Outcomes from European Research projects including DIGICOR / eFACTORY / FACTLOG

Tea / Coffee (14:30 – 14:45)

Session 5 – Open Forum (14:45 – 16:00)

An opportunity to discuss follow-up work, build collaborations, hear from other participants about developing the next steps to bring Artificial Intelligence to the shop floor.

EVENT Close 16:00

This is the fifth SMECluster Event and you can find details of previous events at You can download presentations and flyers from the previous events. The workshop is conducted informally to allow audience participation.

This event will showcase the work coming out of Europe.

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