More than 130 delegates from manufacturing and engineering businesses gathered at Lynford Hall on November 23rd,to learn about the opportunities presented by Industry 4.0
Keynote speaker Professor Sir Mike Gregory, retired head of the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing at Cambridge University talked about how technological changes in materials, processes and systems provide new opportunities – and challenges. Modern manufacturing is about making the most of ideas!
Universities are well placed to become knowledge ‘pubs’ rather than intellectual ‘stately homes’
Other speakers included industry leaders from the East. Jamie Thums, Chair of New Anglia Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering and Chief Operating Officer of Lintott talked about solving the Lintott puzzle & building the ‘Visual Digital Factory'. Philip Leslie of Eastern Attachments spoke about next generation material selection. Nigel Davies of Muntons revealed how Muntons has embedded environmental sustainability into their processes, benefiting the bottom line whilst Ashley Macloed from Ardagh talked about how they have built a quality process at their facility.
Next generation Engineering 4.0 promises advancements in collaborative design processes and automation, but sometimes material selection lag behind limiting the potential benefits. Keep looking to the future! Philip Leslie of Eastern Attachments