Networking Event - Capitalising on the Digital Manufacturing Revolution

1st December, 2021 | NICD, Newcastle, UK

Whether you call it smart factory or Industry 4.0, the world of manufacturing is going through a technology and data revolution. Manufacturers are increasingly exploring the potential of machine learning, artificial intelligence, IoT, cloud solutions, and intelligent digital-twins allowing for a transformation in their production facilities and throughout their organisation. However, with all this potential comes a great deal of hype and misinformation.

This free to attend, in-person event aims to change that, with practical discussion and advice from manufacturers that have adopted these technologies and seen measurable benefits.

Taking place at the National Innovation Centre for Data in Newcastle upon Tyne on Wednesday 1st December 2021, our presenters will guide you through the jargon, showing real-world, relatable use-cases for data, AI and simulation across the factory floor. From predictive maintenance to ensure optimum factory uptime to IoT applications to allow for real time monitoring and tracking of stock, the agenda covers some of the most talked about, high value applications of smart factory, all delivered through a mixture of presentations, live demonstrations and interactive networking sessions.

Featuring presentations and case studies from:


Why Attend?

Join us to hear from your peers, get your questions answered and gain practical advice that can be applied directly in your manufacturing environment.

 Who Should Attend?

This event is ideal for manufacturing, engineering and operation leaders.


Wednesday 1st of December, 2021

09:00 GMT Coffee/Tea with Pastries and Networking
10:00 GMT

Callum Taylor, Senior Account Manager

10:15 GMT

How Data Can Enable Manufacturers to Become More Productive
Steve Caughey, Director
National Innovation Centre for Data (NICD)


Smart Factory Session
Introduced by Sean Lang, Account Manager, Altair

10:45 GMT

Factories of the Future
Tom Larsen, Gestamp Chassis – Head of Advanced Technology

11:05 GMT

Live Demo: Applying Machine Learning and AI to Predict Machine Failures
Roland Jones, Application Engineer

11:25 GMT

Is the Smart Connected Shop Floor a Good Idea?
David Forrest, Senior Engineer Digital Innovation
Nissan Motor Corporation

12:00 GMT

Lunch & Networking

13:00 GMT

The Importance of Visualisation Strategies while Navigating Disruption
Nick John, Industrial Design and Visualisation Manager

13:15 GMT

Supporting North-East Manufacturers with Industry 4.0 Initiatives
Richard Eynon, Industry 4.0 and Electronics Specialist
The Sustainable Advanced Manufacturing Project (SAM) University of Sunderland


Data Analytics, AI, and IoT
Introduced by Callum Taylor, Senior Account Manager, Altair

13:35 GMT

Demystifying Industry 4.0
Álvaro Pérez Bello, Senior Product Manager

13:55 GMT

Implementation Journey of an IoT system
Sheldon Atherton, Quality & Supply Chain Manager
Velocity Composites

14:15 GMT

Leveraging Data to Minimise Warranty Costs
Dr. Royston Jones, CTO

14:45 GMT

Coffee Break

14:55 GMT

Driving Manufacturing Decisions with Machine Learning
Ford Motor Company

15:15 GMT

Live Demo: Making Use of Your Manufacturing Data - Machine Learning for Process Manufacturing
Roland Jones, Application Engineer

15:35 GMT

Panel Discussion: How to Accelerate the Adoption of Digital Technologies in Manufacturing
Featuring: All Speakers

16:00 GMT

Close / Coffee and Networking

(Agenda Subject to Change)


National Innovation Centre for Data
The Catalyst
3 Science Square
Newcastle Helix
Newcastle upon Tyne




Note: This event is free to attend but registration is required.