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10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Magway Zero-Emissions Deliveries
Shaun Wilson, Head of logistics, Magway, ,

Introducing Magway: a zero-emissions, low-footprint, high-capacity  delivery system.  Faster, smarter, safer and cheaper  than existing solutions, it has the  capacity to take up to 90% of  online delivery vehicles off our roads,  drastically reducing congestion,  pollution and the carbon footprint  of shopping online.  Able to deliver the  equivalent of 20,000 40ft container loads through each 1m  diameter pipe, per week, it gives people what they want, when  they want it.  Delivering Good(s)

11:10 AM - 11:55 AM
Made Smarter in the West Midlands:  Transform your business through digital adoption, support and funding.
Craig Humphrey, Managing Director, Coventry and Warwickshire Growth Hub, ,
Paul Sullivan, Industrial Digital Technology Specialist, Coventry and Warwickshire Growth Hub, ,
Barry Jones, Digital Technology Specialist, Coventry and Warwickshire Growth Hub, ,
Nasar Jockey, Principal Engineer – Digital Manufacturing, WMG SME Group, ,
Tim Andrews, Lead Advisor, Digital Transformation, MTC, ,

Digital technology and adoption within your business can transform the way you work. Learn how the Made Smarter programme has been introduced to numerous SME’s throughout the West Midlands region, the difference it has made to the way they work and how you can register to take part.
With contributions from Craig Humphrey, MD Coventry and Warwickshire Growth Hub, Paul Sullivan and Barry Jones Digital Technology Specialists, and experts from WMG, the University of Warwick and MTC (Manufacturing Technology Centre) this discussion will give insights into how the programme could offer you prescriptive support, workshops, interns and funding for your business.
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Faster, Further, Greener – Advanced Electric Machines’ next generation electric traction motors
Andrew Woods, Business Development Director, Advanced Electric Machines, ,

Most people think that electric vehicles are green, sadly that is often not true today as they use materials and designs which are less than sustainable.

James Widmer, CEO and co-founder of Advanced Electric Machines, will discuss AEM’s mission to create the world’s most sustainable electric powertrain. James will explain how unlike other sustainable technologies, this does not come at the expense of performance; AEM’s motors allow customers to go Faster and Further, whilst remaining much Greener.
1:30 PM - 2:00 PM
PrintCity story: how industry and academia are collaborating to bridge the digital skills gap, fuelling innovation in engineering and manufacturing
Micheal Goodwin, Application engineer, Markforged, ,

Higher education and industry both have role to play in supporting career growth and modernising manufacturing - and initiatives like Manchester Metropolitan University’s 3D additive and digital manufacturing centre, PrintCity is one such success story.
PrintCity is the result of the university teaming up with companies like industrial 3D printing manufacturers Markforged to provide students with hands-on training and the opportunity to gain experience using the latest digital manufacturing technology as part of their degree programme. Students then take these new skills and the confidence they gain into the workplace, fuelling innovation and helping to transform engineering and manufacturing.
2:15 PM - 2:45 PM
Demystifying search engine optimisation – Everything you need to know to get started
Ella Harvey, Head of Digital, FINALLY Agency, ,

Here at FINALLY, we understand that SEO can be a mystery. Whether you’re not sure what it is and how it works, or if you just want to know a bit more about what your data means and which tools are best for tracking your performance - we’ve got you covered.

For most sites, organic traffic is a key traffic driver, and with our actionable tips and recommended FREE tools we want to empower you to make strides for your SEO and maximise your website's potential.
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Managing the cost of supply chain disruption – globalisation, decarbonisation and innovation
Dominic Tribe, Director, Vendigital, ,

The recent spate of global supply chain disruptions and surge in demand for some products and services – for example, those associated with the big push towards electric vehicles – have brought many challenges for businesses. In addition, mounting pressure from Government legislation and consumer demands to become more green are forcing procurement and supply chain teams to consider costs and sustainability.

This session will examine the impact of external pressures on global supply chains, and the cost of doing business. It will also explain how businesses can become more cost conscious while managing these pressures and progressing their decarbonisation strategies.
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10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Opportunities in the UK battery sector
Vishal Nayar, Business Development Manager, UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UKBIC), ,

The presentation will cover opportunities in the UK battery sector, including the Government’s Faraday Battery Challenge (FBC), which was created to fast track the commercialisation of cost-effective, high-performance, durable, safe, low-weight and recyclable batteries. The Challenge supports the UK’s ambitious climate change targets, which includes achieving ‘net zero’ carbon emissions by 2050 and, for the automotive sector, an end to the sale of petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2030. UKBIC is the newly opened national  battery manufacturing development facility in Coventry, built to support UK industry with development of battery technologies for future electrification.
11:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Advancing to Industry 4.0: The 5G Factory of the Future
Oliver Swift, Manufacturing Technology team leader, BAE Systems, ,
Will Maden, Director of Research, Miralis, ,

The session is designed to outline the ways in which BAE Systems, partnered with the development team at Miralis Data, are able to leverage the benefits of working with 5G technology. Tracking components required for assembly through a 5G enabled chain of custody systems allows for alerts to be raised on components as they are shipped, ensuring conformance where it is required, and vastly reducing delays on replacement components.  

This case study forms part of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport funded 5G Factory of the Future project.
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Additive Manufacturing – moving beyond geometry for the printing of functional, multi-material product
Prof Richard Hague, Professor of Additive Manufacturing, Director, Centre for Additive Manufacturing, University of Nottingham / Added Scientific Ltd, ,

Though capable of tremendous geometrical design freedoms, conventional Additive Manufacturing (AM) is mainly restricted to “passive”, structural components. This presentation will overview the emerging area of “multifunctional” AM, where multiple materials are co-deposited to enable the move “beyond geometry”, thereby enabling the printing of complex, functionalized, “active” printed devices. The talk will detail the ongoing work within the Centre for Additive Manufacturing (CfAM) at the University of Nottingham where significant research efforts into next-generation, multifunctional AM is being undertaken. Principally funded by EPSRC and working with key industry, this research is exploiting novel techniques for the co-deposition of both structural and functional materials for electronic, pharmaceutical and biological structures and devices over varying length scales.
1:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Smart Factory 2050
Ryan Diver, Head of the Integrated Manufacturing Group and Factory 2050, Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre - The University of Sheffield, ,

An introduction and overview of advanced manufacturing developments in the fields of Smart Factories, Automation, Robotics, Visualisation and Sustainable Manufacturing from Factory 2050 at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre in Sheffield.
2:15 PM - 2:45 PM
Reshoring: Why, how and who can help - A discussion forum presented by Engineering Capacity and Qimtek
Andy Sandford, Editor and Publisher, Engineering Capacity, ,
Troy Barratt, Managing Director, BAMUK Group Ltd and Contracts Engineering Ltd, ,
Dr P A Murrell, CEO, Cast Metals Federation, ,
Richard Halstead, Manufacturing Growth Manager – Sheffield City Region, Manufacturing Growth Programme – Part of Oxford Innovation, ,
Darren Pritchard, Director, Foundry Training Services Limited, ,
Sandii Smith, Sourcing Manager, Qimtek, ,

A discussion forum presented by Engineering Capacity and Qimtek exploring the commercial drivers for reshoring and the practicalities of implementing a reshored supply chain.

The session will bring together views from buyers, suppliers trade bodies and industry experts.
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Could metrology solve the UK’s productivity problem?
Mike John, Founder and Technical Director, The Sempre Group Ltd, ,

The UK manufacturing industry has a productivity problem. When compared with major competitors, like the USA, Germany and France, our productivity lags, despite putting in the longest hours in the EU.
Manufacturers in the UK and Ireland are more willing to adopt the latest technologies with the aim of improving productivity — but installing new equipment is not enough. Manufacturers need to create a list of pain points specific to their business, set some outcomes they want to achieve and effectively use the data they collect if they want to make the changes that will add real value to their business. In his talk, Mike John, founder of industrial metrology supplier The Sempre Group, explains why the industry needs to shift its focus from technology to setting outcomes and using data more effectively.
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10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Industrialising Innovation – Bridging the gap from concept to production of innovative new products
Rob Capaldi, Market Head – Industrialisation, Ricardo, ,

Ricardo pioneer the combination of capability in technical consulting with the new product introduction skills required to transition an innovative, complex product from concept to scalable, repeatable, volume production.

To efficiently industrialise innovation, the application of a proven and well-tested production methodology can help minimise investment as a product evolves from prototype to higher volume production, through several well understood steps.

This session will introduce the industrialisation challenges seen in multiple industry sectors and how the Ricardo approach supports innovative companies to ‘bridge the gap’ as they transition from concept to production
11:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Using LinkedIn to Generate Leads and Sales 
Rob Dando, Co-Founder, FINALLY Agency, ,

Over the past 18 months, LinkedIn has grown from a networking platform to a sales generating hub. But how do you cut through the noise and start making real connections that lead to sales?
In this talk Rob Dando, Co-Founder of FINALLY Agency, will teach you how to utilise LinkedIn to generate genuine leads and sales opportunities by harnessing the power of your personal profile and team.
Including strategies for creating connections with the right people and building up your own community, Rob will ultimately help you understand how you can use LinkedIn to generate more sales for your business.
12:00 PM - 12:20 PM
Launch Pad Presentation - How to automate your work instructions and training process
Sam Briggs, Managing Director, Starling Solutions, ,

In our experience paper-based procedures and spreadsheet training matrices are time-consuming, prone to errors and can cause non-conformities in audits. This leaves businesses exposed to fines, shipping non-conforming product and loss of customers. We’ll look into the causes of these issues and explore how these processes can be digitalised to improve compliance and engage operators in continuous improvement.
12:30 PM - 12:50 PM
Launchpad Presentation - Improving Manufacturing Performance
Steven Leahey, Founder and Director, OAG Operations Assessment Group, ,

The session will underline the importance and complexity of manufacturing operations and introduce a process for establishing and improving its effectiveness.