Day 1

29 November 2017

Connected Industry

“As many other areas of our everyday lives, the Internet of Things is also becoming prevalent in industry, where it connects real and virtual worlds of production. The fusion of these two worlds via the Internet enables manufacturers to connect all machines, products and systems involved in the production process.” – Bosch Software Innovations GmbH

The Industrial Internet of Things or Industry 4.0 heralds an era of unlimited potential to change the industrial landscape. Will this become the age of ultimate industrial automation? What efficiencies and new opportunities can be realised as a result? How can the complexities be understood and challenges overcome? In these sessions we explore how the IoT is impacting existing industry value chains, business models and workforces, and what actions business leaders must take to ensure long-term success and real return on investment.  


Connected Industry: Chair’s welcome and opening remarks


Keynote: What is the best route into the IIoT?

  • To what extent do you need to redesign organisations, partnerships & operations to realise the value of Industry 4.0
  • Identifying and working with new ecosystem partners
  • How to support your products and processes through the entire product life style.
  • Discussions around developing your own proprietary platforms vs working with external vendors.


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 you consider 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?


People are the key ‘intelligent asset’ in the Industrial Internet of Things

  • Discussing how to get buy in from your organisation and combat cultural biases – eC-suite but also across traditionally siloed departments like engineering and IT.
  • How IoT-enabled Digital Twins and Augmented Reality will transform the way you create, operate, service and experience things
  • What effect will the move from traditional methods to easily-created connected mobile experiences that leverage augmented reality have on new levels of human-thing interaction across the product lifecycle?
  • The future of the workforce – how will digital labour in manufacturing transform the skills mix and focus of tomorrow’s workforce.


Networking Break


Panel: Manufacturing and Smart Factories of the future

  • Discussing the operational transformation in manufacturing from a product focus to an outcome based one
  • Examining new factory concepts enabled by the ‘Industrial Internet’ – utilising smart buildings and smart machinery.
  • Results in terms of Capex, Opex and reductions on KPI’s such as energy consumption and increased efficiency


Process Automation – moving beyond IoT to intelligent objects

  • Process Monitoring for smart factories – utilising statistical process control, AI and machine learning
  • Requirements in modern production for agile and reactive changes in process, and the associated issues around gathering, analysing and acting on the right data in an effective timeline.
  • How sensors, monitoring and process control systems can be used to track movement of material
  • What are the benefits to enterprises of process automation?


Panel: Connectivity for M2M devices

  • Discussions around the diversity of IIoT applications and their requirements, introduces a paradigm shift for connectivity solution and new business models to enable new ways of working and new services.
  • How businesses are using de-centralized, autonomous device networks enable fast and efficient deployment of large-scale industrial IoT
  • The role of Ultra-low-power wireless technologies for the industrial internet of things both infrastructure-less networks such as wireless M-Bus, EnOcean, KNX wireless and infrastructured IoT networks such as Sigfox
  • The seamless integration of standards into the IoT – moving from proprietary solutions to standards allows for interoperability along the entire supply chain.


Networking Break


Connecting legacy equipment for fast ROI in IoT

  • Connect legacy machines and equipment – examining the methods, results and pain points.
  • Does enabling IoT improve on KPIs for production and resource consumption?
  • Return on investment of IoT strategies vs the need for initial investment.
  • Integrating OT with IoT in the modern enterprise – challenges such as technology, culture and standards.


Panel: Predictive Maintenance for transforming field services and asset management

  • Moving from reactive to predictive maintenance – How easy is it to integrate IoT into existing assets for maintenance purposes?
  • Exploring the technology available for condition monitoring and predictive maintenance, and the level of investment required
  • Special considerations for remote assets – creating efficient mechanisms to collect data from sensors and turning this into actionable insights
  • The potential benefits for business innovation and strategy of implementing IoT for maintenance


Beyond the factory floor – supply chain management

  • What impact will the IoT have on the future of supply chain management and the wider business?
  • Discussion of the benefits of end-to-end data sharing between stakeholders along the supply chain.
  • How can RFID, NFC and other technologies be utilised to improve supply chain monitoring?
  • Visions for the future – what role will blockchain and smart contracts play?


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