Day 1

25 April 2019


Connected Industry: Chair’s welcome and opening comments

Pierce Owen

Principal Analyst

ABI Research

Associated Talks:

09:00AM - Day 1

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. Pierce Owen, Principal Analyst , ABI Research


The use of AR& VR in the industrial environment

Industrial environments are a key target for virtual and augmented reality systems for 2018.  This talk will outline some real-life examples of where AR/VR has been successfully implemented such as training for service-based organisations, giving real time support to staff on site and improving worker safety.  It will also dive into some of the issues surrounding the adoption of this type of technology including user interface, adoption and cost.


Lessons learnt from the Oil and Gas industries in IoT

As an industry, oil and gas have been utilising IoT for many years; what can the rest of Industry 4.0 learn from their experiences? Using real life examples from upstream, downstream and midstream operations this talk will explore how some of the worlds largest oil and gas companies use IoT to ensure their operations are efficient, safe, and secure 


Keynote Panel: Creating a competitive edge with the IIoT

  • The IOT is now firmly embedded in many industrial enterprises – but how do you move ahead of the ever growing pack?
  • How much investment is required to successfully implement IIoT? What should be considered when evaluating options for deployment in different industry verticals and segments?
  • Seeing IoT as a business process NOT an I.T project.
  • How can you decrease time to market, improve productivity and security and create new value-driven devices and services for your customers in today’s competitive, complex and increasingly fast paced world?



Networking Break


Updating legacy equipment vs. installing new IoT systems

  • Examining updating legacy machines and equipment with IoT technologies – examining the methods, results and pain points.
  • Does enabling IoT improve on KPIs for production and resource consumption?
  • What are the cost/benefit considerations when determining which options to go for?
  • How to determine what the right data you need from legacy equipment is?  How to get it, and how to get it as quickly as possible?


Food and Beverage Manufacturing

The food and beverage manufacturing industry has truly taken IoT into its core, with connected and smart technologies being used throughout the process, from tracking ingredients and finished products to reduce wastage to ensuring safe transportation of products.  Using real life examples from their business, hear from a real-life company working in this sector about how IoT has given them the technological and economic advantage over the competition.


Keynote Panel: Predictive Maintenance – How to unlock true ‘actionable insight’

Jim Morrish

Independent IoT expert


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Than Hartsock

Director, Precision Ag Solutions, Intelligent Solutions Group

John Deere

Associated Talks:

12:30PM - Day 1

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11:30AM - Day 1

View Solo: What Happens When an Industry Fully Embraces the Internet of Things: How Agriculture Became a Prime Example of Optimizing on Connected Technologies

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Michael McDaid

Sales Director Europe

Progress DataRPM

Associated Talks:

12:30PM - Day 1

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10:40AM - Day 1

View Cognitive Outcomes: The Magical Formula Behind Smart Manufacturing

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Borg Exelmans

Monsanto EMEA Vegetables IT Director (Regional CIO)


Associated Talks:

12:30PM - Day 1

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  • Exploring the technology available for condition monitoring and predictive maintenance across industry, from maintaining wind turbines to services elevators.
  • Are we moving from reactive to predictive maintenance, and what role can ML play here? What about fixing problems remotely?
  • The potential benefits for business innovation and strategy of implementing IoT for maintenance, and what is holding industries back here?
  • Discussing the impact that data models used for predictive maintenance have on field services, and the need for feedback loops to continually refine them.
Moderator: . Jim Morrish, Independent IoT expert, Independent
. Than Hartsock, Director, Precision Ag Solutions, Intelligent Solutions Group , John Deere
. Michael McDaid, Sales Director Europe, Progress DataRPM
. Borg Exelmans, Monsanto EMEA Vegetables IT Director (Regional CIO), Monsanto


Networking Lunch


Smart Factories – The aggregation of connected processes

When functioning correctly, a smart factory is a fully connected system which utilises a constant stream of data from IoT-enabled processes such as inventory tracking, predictive maintenance, smart manufacturing and the implementation of digital twins. This talk will look at how all of these processes harmonise and enable more informed decisions 


Panel: Smart manufacturing for every product

  • Looking at the way in which IoT-enabled smart manufacturing can provide visibility of resources, assets, processes, for enhanced productivity and better ROI. 
  • Process Automation – moving beyond IoT to intelligent objects. 
  • In addition to the IoT, this discussion will look at the impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI), machine learning, and Virtual Reality (VR) on manufacturing. 


Industry 5.0 – The collaboration effect

How Humans and Robots can effectively and safely work together to increase efficiency within smart manufacturing 


Networking Break


IoT and Workforce Transformation

What will the future of the workforce look like and how will digital labour in manufacturing and other industries transform the skills mix and focus of tomorrow’s workforce?  What effect will the move from traditional methods to easily-created connected mobile experiences that leverage IoT tech have on new levels of human-thing interaction across the product lifecycle?  This talk will address these questions as well as exploring what concerns your employees might have about adopting this new technology – from leaving a digital footprint to being replaced by smart technologies. 


Agritech, IoT and Smart Farming

  • What is the future for irrigation control, fertiliser management and other types of connected farming technologies? 
  • How can IoT impact on agriculture and farming in emerging markets – discussing the need for low barriers to entry for farmers worldwide. 
  • What is the value of using new IoT technologies such as drones within farming. 
  • The role of mobile data collection, analysis, sensors and remote management in creating a connected farm and increasing yields whilst reducing wastage. 


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