Wednesday 18 September 2019, The Slate, Warwick University


8:00am – 9:00am



9:00am – 9:10am

Welcome & opening remarks

By Neil Mead, Automation Magazine


9:10AM – 9:30AM

Morning Keynote

by Mike Wilson, BARA


9:30AM – 10:00AM

Mobile robotics: The evolution of factory intralogistics for the 4IR

By Dan Rossek, Omron

The simple task of moving components, WIP or consumables within a factory environment can often be an area which breeds inefficiencies and operational stress...

As more manufacturers are under pressure to improve operational effectiveness and deliver higher product mix solutions, this challenge will continue to escalate. Mobile robots are a new breed of robot, which are set to revolutionise factory operations, by providing a flexible and secure platform for factory intralogistics tasks. Mobile robots eliminate the complexity of workflow and line replenishment operations, but work collaboratively with human operators and do not require any factory infrastructure modifications.


10:00AM – 10:30AM

Democratising robotics: The rise of affordable automation

By Suryansh Chandra, Automata


10:30AM – 11:00AM

Coffee break & exhibition 


11:00AM – 11:30AM

Robots – Choosing the right solution for your application

By Peter Williamson, RARUK


11:30AM – 12:00PM

Unmanned ingredient handling and processing with robotics in the food industry

By Jake Norman, OAL

Food manufacturing faces a perfect storm of rising labour costs, flat line productivity and food deflation...

Advanced technology and robotics can address these issues, yet to date the deployment of robotics in the preparation, handling and processing of raw materials has been very limited. Research under two Innovate UK projects shows the labour cost of handling ingredients can be as high as 5% of turnover per annum.

Presently many people weigh out powders by hand exposing operators to H&S risks and businesses to human error and food waste. Jake will share how advanced technology and robotics can address these issues removing the human operator from the process. Following work with the University of Lincoln, they have developed and commercialised the APRIL Weighing Machine, which automatically stores and weighs out ingredients to a recipe.


12:00PM – 12:30PM

Simpler robotic integration and deployment using vision technology

By Neil Sandhu, SICK UK

A Brief look at the processes involved when looking to design and deploy a robotic solution within automation...

Looking through the basic thoughts behind the task, assessment and guidance requirements for utilising the latest technology to ensure the solution implemented meets the requirements of the application. Showing differing vision technologies and how their ease of use through advancement can now lead to simpler integration and deployment.


12:30PM – 12:45PM

Wireless HMI for robots – A new dimension of operating freedom

By Markus Deixler, Sigmatek

The talk will cover...

• Current limitations of wired robot control systems
• Legislative requirements and standards to be considered
• Cost saving: one HMI for multiple machines and systems
• Special considerations for AGV and other mobile applications
• Adding wireless HMIs to existing control systems


12:45PM – 2:00PM

Lunch & exhibition


2:00PM – 2:20PM

Afternoon Keynote: Automation: Saving Jobs, Lives and the Planet

By Steve Brambley, GAMBICA

We often view robotics and automation through the lens of productivity and many people assume it is about replacing jobs...

Here, we take a wider view, showing how automation actually safeguards jobs, creates the jobs of the future, improves safety and helps the environment.


2:20PM – 2:50PM

How to make a robot application safe

By David Collier, Pilz Automation Technology

There are no safe robots, there are only safe robot applications. The closer man and machine work together, the more efficient work practices become. ...

However, safe interaction between human and robot increasingly demands new technologies and solutions. Also, the demands on safety increase the closer human and machine get to each other. To verify the required safety level, the entire safety function must be considered – from the sensor to the logic and beyond to the actuator. Safe robot applications can only be guaranteed when all these factors interact in a co-ordinated manner.

David Collier will look at the basic aspects of robot safety with an emphasis on human-robot-collaboration (HRC). He will highlight the key requirements of standards such as EN ISO 10218-2 and ISO/TS 15066 and will finally give an overview of risk assessments and safeguarding of robots and robot systems.


2:50PM – 3:20PM

Three areas for future robotics

By Alan Oakley, KUKA Robotics UK

A short look at three ways in which robots will be used in the future: Using standard robots and applications in a new industrial sector; Robots as a platform to utilise new technologies; Advanced robotics and applications.


3:20PM – 3:50PM

igus delta robot: Three axes, One vision

By Vanessa Whiteley, igus

This presentation will outline key features of the igus Low Cost Automation project, focusing on the newest product in its range: the drylin® delta robot...

The slides will look at the types of customers we have engaged with, and those we will be visiting over the winter.

We will investigate the issues faced, and solutions tested during the 2019 business plan – as well as explore the upcoming projections for the year ahead


3:50PM – 4:15PM

Questions, networking & exhibition

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Each delegate ticket includes:

  • A full day CPD accredited seminar programme
  • Networking opportunities with sponsors, exhibitors and speaker companies
  • The opportunity to discover the latest innovations at the table top exhibition
  • Lunch and refreshments

Price per ticket: £56.00+VAT

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