SMANA Europe 2024 Seminars

7:00AM - 7:45AM

Registration and Networking

8:00AM - 8:30AM

How Ford is Leveraging Industry 4.0 Technology on its Journey to a Sustainable EV Manufacturing Future

  • Developing an Industry 4.0 EV roadmap for new and existing manufacturing facilities
  • Defining Ford's vision for a sustainable, tech-driven EV factory
  • Identifying the digital infrastructure required for a Smart Factory: IoT, big data, AI
  • Evaluating how emerging technologies such as robotics and artificial vision can improve quality and efficiency
  • Utilising digital technologies to accelerate manufacturing project execution and improve quality

Speakers

  • Michael Higgins Manufacturing Collaboration and Innovation Leader - Ford Motor Company
  • James Bennie Digital Manufacturing Engineering, Industry 4.0 & Layout (Powertrain) - Ford Motor Company
8:30AM - 9:00AM

How Ford is Leveraging Industry 4.0 Technology on its Journey to a Sustainable EV Manufacturing Future

• Developing an Industry 4.0 EV roadmap for new and existing manufacturing facilities
• Defining Ford’s vision for a sustainable, tech-driven EV factory
• Identifying the digital infrastructure required for a Smart Factory: IoT, big data, AI
• Evaluating how emerging technologies such as robotics and artificial vision can improve quality & efficiency
• Utilising digital technologies to accelerate manufacturing project execution and improve quality

Speakers

  • Michael Higgins Manufacturing Collaboration and Innovation Leader - Ford Motor Company
  • James Bennie Digital Manufacturing Engineering, Industry 4.0 & Layout (Powertrain) - Ford Motor Company
9:00AM - 9:30AM

Creating a Micro-Factory for Increased Innovation, Vehicle Customisation, and Product Quality

  • Planning, designing, and developing a smart micro-factory that can leverage emerging technology to streamline processes
  • How the micro-factory is enabling vehicle customisation as opposed to offering mass design options
  • Ensuring ROI for high-mix, low-volume, customised and personalised products
  • How is the manufacturing process different for a hydrogen fuel vehicle vs a hybrid car, and what are the wider impacts of this?
  • What role does the micro-factory play in future automotive manufacturing?

 

Speaker

9:30AM - 10:00AM

Embracing 3D Vision from AI Robotics to Digital Twinning in Smart Automotive Manufacturing

• Understanding the concept of next-generation 3D vision (high quality in motion)
• Real-world use cases of bin picking in car manufacturing
• Exploring the future applications in object handling and robotic assembly
• Future trends and challenges in implementing digital twinning technologies

Speaker

10:15AM - 10:45AM

Networking Break and Exhibition

10:45AM - 11:45AM

Roundtable Discussion: Change Empowered by Data: Fuelling Continuous Improvement

10:45AM - 11:45AM

Roundtable Discussion: Developing Leadership Strategies for a Successful Manufacturing Transition Toward Electric Vehicles

Speaker

10:45AM - 11:45AM

Roundtable Discussion: Implementing Smart Manufacturing Technologies to Manage the Increased Complexity of EV Design, Production, and Software Dependency

10:45AM - 11:45AM

Roundtable Discussion: Scaling Smart Connected Projects is a Challenge – What are the Key Steps to Effectively Scale Industry 4.0 Technologies Across the Organisation

Speaker

  • Thomas Fischer Power System Smart Connected Factory Lead - John Deere
11:45AM - 12:15PM

Organisational IT Infrastructure from Scratch: Opportunities, Challenges, and Solutions Whilst Leveraging Industry 4.0 Technologies

  • Defining requirements and tailoring them to the specific needs of a new organisation
  • Building an IT team culture that is open-minded, flexible, and attractive to talented employees
  • Addressing the mindset shift in a new organisation when adopting Industry 4.0 technologies
  • Selecting ERP & MES systems designed for scalability and flexibility
  • Integrating MES with ERP for seamless data flow across the organisation
12:15PM - 1:15PM

Networking Lunch and Exhibition

1:15PM - 2:15PM

Roundtable Discussion: Building Agile Automotive Supply Chains to Maintain Continuity Through Disruption

Speaker

1:15PM - 2:15PM

Roundtable Discussion: Leveraging AR/VR For Next-Generation Facility Design – Optimising Plant Layouts for Manufacturability and Maintenance Accessibility

1:15PM - 2:15PM

Roundtable Discussion: Maximising Operational Agility Through Industry 4.0 Technology to Manage EV / ICE Demand Shifts

1:15PM - 2:15PM

Roundtable Discussion: Reducing Workforce Skill Gaps Through Cultural Change in Automotive Manufacturing

Speaker

2:15PM - 2:45PM

Harnessing Digital Twins for Predictive Maintenance and Process Innovation in the Smart Factory Landscape

  • Uncovering the intricacies of real-time data precision and predictive analytics in enhancing product quality through Digital Twins
  • Exploring the role of end-to-end data expertise in seamlessly integrating Digital Twins
  • Examining how Digital Twins drive innovation in manufacturing processes and foster agility to respond to evolving industry requirements
  • Delving into the specifics of data-driven decision-making and risk/reliability metrics
  • Achieving precision in predictive maintenance planning with Digital Twins
2:45PM - 3:15PM

Accelerating Intelligent Automation in Automotive Production Through AI-Enabled Robotics

Leveraging computer vision in robots for more accurate quality inspection and anomaly detection
Integrating proximity sensors and vision systems to enable safer and more seamless human-robot collaboration
Using predictive maintenance algorithms to analyse robot sensor data and avoid unplanned downtime
Achieving higher precision and consistency in robotic assembly and welding operations through AI
Continuously improving robotic processes over time using reinforcement learning from real-world trials

Speaker

  • Dr Seemal Asif Senior Lecturer Artificial Intelligence and Robotics - Cranfield University
3:15PM - 3:45PM

Networking Break and Exhibition

3:45PM - 4:30PM

Panel Discussion: Making the UK More Attractive for Automotive Manufacturing – Digital, Technology, Skills, Collaboration & Innovation

The automotive industry is undergoing a period of rapid transformation, driven by electrification, connected vehicles, and advances in digital technologies. As the UK looks to build a more sustainable and innovative automotive manufacturing base, there are opportunities to leverage these disruptive forces.


This panel discussion brings together key players across the UK automotive sector to discuss the steps and support required to boost the competitiveness and sustainability of the UK automotive industry through emerging technologies. Through moderator-led questions, the session will explore the pivotal topics of digitalisation, technology adoption, skills development, collaboration, and innovation in the context of Industry 4.0, Electric Vehicles (EVs), data sharing, and collaborative initiatives.


What are some key challenges faced in the UK Automotive industry and how can they be addressed through technology?
How can digitalisation and technology adoption be accelerated across the automotive manufacturing value chain?
How can we build robust open innovation networks for knowledge and technology transfer between universities, startups, and established manufacturers?
What new capabilities need to be built across the workforce? How can the government and other stakeholders support this?
How can manufacturers harness technologies like AI, machine learning, robotics, IoT, VR, 3D Printing and more to support the shift to increased EV production?
What initiatives are required to boost resilience and sustainability across the UK automotive supply chain for OEM’s, tier 1, 2, suppliers?

Speakers

  • Will Kinghorn Technology Adoption Specialist - Made Smarter UK
  • Dan Bunting Head of Business Development - Advanced Propulsion Centre UK
  • Agnes Wamagui KTM - Robotics - Innovate UK Business Connect
  • Chris White Chief Engineer - Battery Manufacturing - Ford Motor Company
3:45PM - 4:45PM

Roundtable Discussion: Driving Enterprise-Wide PLM Adoption – Strategies for Integration And Buy-In

3:45PM - 4:45PM

Roundtable Discussion: Harnessing The Power of Data for an Integrated Digital Thread – Accelerating Product Lifecycles and Ensuring Rapid Time-To-Market

3:45PM - 4:45PM

Roundtable Discussion: Reducing Workforce Skill Gaps Through Cultural Change in Automotive Manufacturing

Speaker

3:45PM - 4:45PM

Roundtable Discussion: Strategies for Adapting Existing Factories and Production Lines for EV Manufacturing

5:30PM - 5:40PM

Closing Remarks from AMG World

5:40PM - 6:40PM

Networking Drinks Reception

10:45AM - 11:45AM

Roundtable Discussion: Change Empowered by Data: Fuelling Continuous Improvement

10:45AM - 11:45AM

Roundtable Discussion: Developing Leadership Strategies for a Successful Manufacturing Transition Toward Electric Vehicles

Speaker

10:45AM - 11:45AM

Roundtable Discussion: Implementing Smart Manufacturing Technologies to Manage the Increased Complexity of EV Design, Production, and Software Dependency

10:45AM - 11:45AM

Roundtable Discussion: Scaling Smart Connected Projects is a Challenge – What are the Key Steps to Effectively Scale Industry 4.0 Technologies Across the Organisation

Speaker

  • Thomas Fischer Power System Smart Connected Factory Lead - John Deere
11:45AM - 12:15PM

Organisational IT Infrastructure from Scratch: Opportunities, Challenges, and Solutions Whilst Leveraging Industry 4.0 Technologies

  • Defining requirements and tailoring them to the specific needs of a new organisation
  • Building an IT team culture that is open-minded, flexible, and attractive to talented employees
  • Addressing the mindset shift in a new organisation when adopting Industry 4.0 technologies
  • Selecting ERP & MES systems designed for scalability and flexibility
  • Integrating MES with ERP for seamless data flow across the organisation
12:15PM - 1:15PM

Networking Lunch and Exhibition

1:15PM - 2:15PM

Roundtable Discussion: Building Agile Automotive Supply Chains to Maintain Continuity Through Disruption

Speaker

1:15PM - 2:15PM

Roundtable Discussion: Leveraging AR/VR For Next-Generation Facility Design – Optimising Plant Layouts for Manufacturability and Maintenance Accessibility

1:15PM - 2:15PM

Roundtable Discussion: Maximising Operational Agility Through Industry 4.0 Technology to Manage EV / ICE Demand Shifts

1:15PM - 2:15PM

Roundtable Discussion: Reducing Workforce Skill Gaps Through Cultural Change in Automotive Manufacturing

Speaker

3:45PM - 4:45PM

Roundtable Discussion: Driving Enterprise-Wide PLM Adoption – Strategies for Integration And Buy-In

3:45PM - 4:45PM

Roundtable Discussion: Harnessing The Power of Data for an Integrated Digital Thread – Accelerating Product Lifecycles and Ensuring Rapid Time-To-Market

3:45PM - 4:45PM

Roundtable Discussion: Reducing Workforce Skill Gaps Through Cultural Change in Automotive Manufacturing

Speaker

3:45PM - 4:45PM

Roundtable Discussion: Strategies for Adapting Existing Factories and Production Lines for EV Manufacturing

3:45PM - 4:30PM

Panel Discussion: Making the UK More Attractive for Automotive Manufacturing – Digital, Technology, Skills, Collaboration & Innovation

The automotive industry is undergoing a period of rapid transformation, driven by electrification, connected vehicles, and advances in digital technologies. As the UK looks to build a more sustainable and innovative automotive manufacturing base, there are opportunities to leverage these disruptive forces.


This panel discussion brings together key players across the UK automotive sector to discuss the steps and support required to boost the competitiveness and sustainability of the UK automotive industry through emerging technologies. Through moderator-led questions, the session will explore the pivotal topics of digitalisation, technology adoption, skills development, collaboration, and innovation in the context of Industry 4.0, Electric Vehicles (EVs), data sharing, and collaborative initiatives.


What are some key challenges faced in the UK Automotive industry and how can they be addressed through technology?
How can digitalisation and technology adoption be accelerated across the automotive manufacturing value chain?
How can we build robust open innovation networks for knowledge and technology transfer between universities, startups, and established manufacturers?
What new capabilities need to be built across the workforce? How can the government and other stakeholders support this?
How can manufacturers harness technologies like AI, machine learning, robotics, IoT, VR, 3D Printing and more to support the shift to increased EV production?
What initiatives are required to boost resilience and sustainability across the UK automotive supply chain for OEM’s, tier 1, 2, suppliers?

Speakers

  • Will Kinghorn Technology Adoption Specialist - Made Smarter UK
  • Dan Bunting Head of Business Development - Advanced Propulsion Centre UK
  • Agnes Wamagui KTM - Robotics - Innovate UK Business Connect
  • Chris White Chief Engineer - Battery Manufacturing - Ford Motor Company
5:30PM - 5:40PM

Closing Remarks from AMG World

5:40PM - 6:40PM

Networking Drinks Reception

7:00AM - 7:45AM

Registration and Networking

8:30AM - 9:00AM

How Ford is Leveraging Industry 4.0 Technology on its Journey to a Sustainable EV Manufacturing Future

• Developing an Industry 4.0 EV roadmap for new and existing manufacturing facilities
• Defining Ford’s vision for a sustainable, tech-driven EV factory
• Identifying the digital infrastructure required for a Smart Factory: IoT, big data, AI
• Evaluating how emerging technologies such as robotics and artificial vision can improve quality & efficiency
• Utilising digital technologies to accelerate manufacturing project execution and improve quality

Speakers

  • Michael Higgins Manufacturing Collaboration and Innovation Leader - Ford Motor Company
  • James Bennie Digital Manufacturing Engineering, Industry 4.0 & Layout (Powertrain) - Ford Motor Company
9:00AM - 9:30AM

Creating a Micro-Factory for Increased Innovation, Vehicle Customisation, and Product Quality

  • Planning, designing, and developing a smart micro-factory that can leverage emerging technology to streamline processes
  • How the micro-factory is enabling vehicle customisation as opposed to offering mass design options
  • Ensuring ROI for high-mix, low-volume, customised and personalised products
  • How is the manufacturing process different for a hydrogen fuel vehicle vs a hybrid car, and what are the wider impacts of this?
  • What role does the micro-factory play in future automotive manufacturing?

 

Speaker

9:30AM - 10:00AM

Embracing 3D Vision from AI Robotics to Digital Twinning in Smart Automotive Manufacturing

• Understanding the concept of next-generation 3D vision (high quality in motion)
• Real-world use cases of bin picking in car manufacturing
• Exploring the future applications in object handling and robotic assembly
• Future trends and challenges in implementing digital twinning technologies

Speaker

10:15AM - 10:45AM

Networking Break and Exhibition

2:15PM - 2:45PM

Harnessing Digital Twins for Predictive Maintenance and Process Innovation in the Smart Factory Landscape

  • Uncovering the intricacies of real-time data precision and predictive analytics in enhancing product quality through Digital Twins
  • Exploring the role of end-to-end data expertise in seamlessly integrating Digital Twins
  • Examining how Digital Twins drive innovation in manufacturing processes and foster agility to respond to evolving industry requirements
  • Delving into the specifics of data-driven decision-making and risk/reliability metrics
  • Achieving precision in predictive maintenance planning with Digital Twins
2:45PM - 3:15PM

Accelerating Intelligent Automation in Automotive Production Through AI-Enabled Robotics

Leveraging computer vision in robots for more accurate quality inspection and anomaly detection
Integrating proximity sensors and vision systems to enable safer and more seamless human-robot collaboration
Using predictive maintenance algorithms to analyse robot sensor data and avoid unplanned downtime
Achieving higher precision and consistency in robotic assembly and welding operations through AI
Continuously improving robotic processes over time using reinforcement learning from real-world trials

Speaker

  • Dr Seemal Asif Senior Lecturer Artificial Intelligence and Robotics - Cranfield University
3:15PM - 3:45PM

Networking Break and Exhibition