Tuesday 20 June 2023
11:00 – 11:40
Product Marketing Manager
Selecting the optimal motion technology for your application: electric…pneumatic?
End of arm effectors: is it a choice between pneumatic or electric technology, or are there other options? The optimal selection is based on a range of critical criteria such as performance, cost and energy efficiency. This case study application-based presentation will look for effective machine designs using the range of available technologies.
Josh Roberts has worked his entire career in industrial automation with roles in engineering and business development, focusing on servo drives and control solutions. His main driver is to provide advanced and novel automation solutions to overcome engineering challenges.
13:00 – 13:20
BARA Membership Benefit
BARA promotes the use of and assists in the development of Industrial Robots and Automation in British industry. We provide strong support to assist with the growth of the automation sector in the UK, and have a presence overseas at the International Federation of Robotics.
George was elected to the BARA Council in 2020. He is an experienced account manager and sales engineer with a background in mechanical and industrial engineering, specialising in robotics and automation. George is also skilled in electrical wiring, troubleshooting and repair of electronic circuits, continuous improvement programmes and manufacturing engineering.
13:30 – 13:50
Chief Executive Officer
Peter Williamson, Chief Executive Officer of PPMA Group of Association, will be launching the PPMA Manifesto for Automation. Peter will be laying out the associations position on the challenges the UK faces if it does not increase the adoption of robotics and automation. The manifesto will go on to identify the central role automation will play in narrowing the skills gap, addressing labour shortages and improving productivity. It will also address how PPMA, BARA and UKIVA members are ideally placed to help the UK overcome these challenges and what the Government can do to support.
Elected to the Board of Directors in 2017. Peter is the Managing Director at RARUK Automation, and the current CEO of PPMA Group of Associations. Appointed CEO in March 2023 Peter brings direction and strategy to PPMA being the conduit between the PPMA team and the Board of Directors; helping to serve its members in the best possible way.
14:00 – 14:40
Head of Sales at Fanuc and BARA Council Member
Education Business Development Manager
Skills gap reduction to support growth in automation adoption
FANUC will highlight our responsibility as an industry to support UK Education, in order to increase the wider adoption of automation. The presentation will focus on the firm’s development & delivery of education focused products, accredited courses and course content, and how the benefits of the wider dissemination of automation knowledge will support the UK’s higher adoption of automation in the future.
Oliver Selby: With 20 years of experience in factory automation, Oliver Selby brings a wealth of industry and product knowledge to UK manufacturing and engineering. He is passionate about strategically transforming the UK’s automation and manufacturing position on the global stage and this can be seen through his customer first philosophy and drive to improve businesses efficiency and profitability using modern technology.
Satty Cole: “Passionate about Education, Satty joined FANUC UK in 2023 and aims to drive FANUC forward as a leading supplier of industrial training equipment and services. Satty believes her strengths in building open, clear, and transparent relationships will help to determine the needs of the stakeholders and help FANUC build a future where industry thinks automation and robotics first rather than an afterthought.”
15:00 – 15:40
Machinery Safety Specialist
Machinery safety legislation – upcoming changes and what do they mean?
The machinery safety landscape is ever evolving bringing with it a raft of changes to current legislation to cope with issues such as increasing digitisation and flexibility requirements. Pilz safety specialist Jason Reed will summarise the changes – covering standards such as ISO 13849 and ISO 14119 and the migration of the Machinery Directive to the Machinery Regulation – and will explain what these mean in practical terms to machine builders and end-users alike.
“Jason Reed CMSE (TÜV Certified Machinery Safety Expert) CECE (TÜV Certified Expert CE Marking) – Pilz Automation Technology Jason Reed is a time served electro-mechanical engineer turned safety specialist who has been involved in the machinery safety industry for over 16 years, including participation in relevant standards committees. He has experience in projects across a wide variety of industries and applications and is well versed in the current issues manufacturing companies face and need to consider in order to comply with the latest safety legislation and standards. ”
Wednesday 21 June 2023
11:00 – 11:40
UK Sales Team Leader for Vacuum Automation
Basic Design Theory for Vacuum Automation
Discussing common misconceptions and mistakes when designing vacuum systems
Colin is the Team Leader for Piab’s Vacuum Automation Division in the UK and Ireland. With sales of c. 250 million euros, more than 1000 employees and 5 divisions, Piab is a global organization, serving customers in more than 100 countries from a network of subsidiaries and distributors. He has worked in Automation for over 20 years and also spent time in other functions such as Engineering and Production which he believes gives him the insight to add value to their customers and partners.
13:00 – 13:40
Director of Schubert Consulting
Our Journey towards Sustainability
Sustainable packaging is much more than just a current trend. It’s an economic factor that needs to be considered in automation and should not be underestimated now or for future. Packaging sometimes only considers the sustainable factor, but sustainability implies much more than simply changing the packaging material. Other factors such as efficient processes, avoiding rejects and optimised logistics also play crucial roles. Therefore, automation should dig deeper into sustainable solutions that can span the entire supply chain. Follow the Schubert journey and discover why developing sustainable packaging also means considering “Environmentally friendly machines and services”.
Michael Graf, an expert in the field of sustainability, is Director of Schubert Consulting. With an engineering focus, he determined that equipment integration and their interfaces are elementary building blocks for successful sustainability projects. During Michael’s MBA studies, he deepened the connections between production and profitability through digitization and sustainable measures. Being qualified to TRIZ Level 4 and the MATRIZ certificate, help him to solve technical, organizational and sustainability needs. As ISO 9001 Lead Auditor, he combines practical experience with industrial specifications. As head of Schubert-Consulting, he specializes in feasibility studies, line concepts, line analysis and optimization, project coordination and integration of sustainability into our lives.
14:00 – 14:40
Global Robotics & Automation Engineer
Robotic Material Removal using Abrasives
Robotic material removal presents opportunities for manufacturers to increase productivity and mitigate the challenges of a shrinking workforce. But with the excitement of robotic applications comes risks, challenges, and unknowns. 3M is a trusted leader in robotic material removal for applications such as sanding, grinding, deburring, linishing and polishing. With decades of experience partnering with system integrators and robot manufacturers – and as a leader in abrasives for robots and abrasives automation – this talk will help you to navigate the process with confidence
Paul Larking works in research and development for the Abrasive Systems Division Laboratory at 3M, where he is a Global Robotics and Automation Senior Specialist. Collaborating closely with Industry, Paul works on the development of new Robotic platforms, abrasive products, and end-user customer applications such as grinding, sanding, deburring and polishing in the field of Robotic material removal. Paul has worked in Manufacturing Technology, Product development and Application Engineering in a career spanning 30 years, managing teams in multiple disciplines and divisions.
15:00 – 15:40
Mobile Robot Product Manager
Navigating the Future: Preparing for AMR Implementation – Strategies for Success
A step by step guide to understand the challenges that prevent a successful AMR implementation.
Ross Lacy started working for RARUK Automation six years ago, initially joining the team as a dedicated Universal Robots Sales Engineer in 2016. However, over time Ross’s interest in MiR’S autonomous mobile robots grew and in 2018 he became the MiR Product Manager for RARUK. In partnership with MiR, RARUK Automation were able to offer cost-effective and easy internal transport and logistics solutions, which proved highly popular across many sectors. RARUK sold more MiR robots than any other distributor across the world in 2019. With continued sales success, the team at RARUK expanded to include MiR technical support staff. Over the years, Ross has been involved in RARUK continuing to develop their relationship with MiR, third party suppliers like ROEQ and integration partners to offer the best possible customer experience.