Digital communication networks that enable major advances in manufacturing were showcased at a free seminar held recently at Glyndwr University in Wrexham, North Wales

With Industry 4.0 set to transform the UK economy over the next few years, Wrexham Glyndwr University was delighted to be able to host a highly-focused PI UK event during the last week of September.

56 delegates from the region’s many manufacturing companies were present to learn how digital communication networks are a key factor when developing Industry 4.0 solutions. Central to the discussion was the use and practical application of PROFIBUS, PROFINET and IO-Link in industry. These three networks offer a complete solution for industrial automation in process and manufacturing plants.

As well as being introduced to the technologies, managers and engineers attending the event were able to catch a glimpse of Wrexham Glyndwr University’s engineering labs, including an intelligent control panel which controls equipment and instrumentation using PROFIBUS. The presentations were accompanied by an exhibition of new products from PI UK members, and the Siemens PROFINET demonstration truck was also at the event for all to visit.

James Robinson, Industrial Engineering programme leader, said: “We were delighted to welcome PROFIBUS and PROFINET International to North Wales.

“Their technologies are leading the way in industrial communications globally, and asset managers, design engineers and maintenance engineers all benefited from the seminar.

“Wrexham Glyndwr University has worked hard to develop its laboratories so students on our industrial engineering degree programmes have access to industry-standard equipment from Helmholz, Softing Industrial, Siemens, WAGO and Procentec. These were all demonstrated on the day.”

Industry 4.0 is one of the largest drivers which will transform manufacturing globally over the coming years; reliable, high-speed digital communications networks are crucial to its success. The UK government have recently announced an increase in funding for Industry 4.0 of £4.7 billion by 2020-21.

James was joined at the event by fellow Wrexham Glyndwr University lecturer and cybersecurity expert Dr Paul Comerford, who gave a presentation on cybersecurity for Industrial Ethernet.

System design and safety considerations through to fault-finding and maintenance with PROFIBUS, PROFINET and IO-Link in key application areas such as mechanical handling and logistics, robotics, automotive engineering, electrical and electronics assembly, control systems and energy management, pulp & paper, chemical, utilities, pharmaceutical, packaging and printing were also addressed.

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EEF, SIEMENS and PI UK speakers at the UK’s largest advanced engineering show

Advanced Engineering 2017 today announced a raft of speakers and conference topics, including talks from Siemens and PI UK. Topics will include how specific engineering problems have been overcome, as well as more strategic issues such as the fourth industrial revolution, smart factories and additive manufacturing.

During the two-day open conference, visitors will be able to hear from leading names within the connected manufacturing industry covering thought-provoking topics that affect the industry every working day. On day two the Engineering Employers Federation (EEF) will be taking to the stage to discuss ‘Leading factories of the future. How the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) is shaping a new leadership and skills dimension’.

Other topics will include:

  • Paul Hingley, SIEMENS – Digitisation Keynote;
  • Derek Paul Lane, WAGO Ltd and PI UK – PROFINET, the backbone of IIoT and Industry 4.0;
  • Russell Smith, Balluff GmbH and PI UK – IO-Link, the enabler for Industrial IoT and Industry 4.0 strategies;
  • Tim Andrews and Junuz Jakupovic, Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) – SME support for digitalisation;
  • Simon Hall, Department for International Trade – DIT strategy & overview;
  • Grant Coffin, Rockwell Automation – Time To Value: implementing I4.0 solutions in the real world;
  • John Kirven, Canon (UK) Ltd – How the most successful manufacturers create customer intimacy, attract talent, and enable their teams;

Issues will also be covered by University of Manchester, HSSMI, techUK, Magna International, LPW Technology and Doncasters UK Fabrications Ltd.

The show is newly ‘Continuing Professional Development (CPD)’ – accredited for this year, by the CPD Certification Service. Recognised by employers, and which complements the policies of professional institutes and academic bodies, it also acknowledges the effective professional development visitors to the conference can gain. Attending the conference will help visitors broaden their knowledge around the various advanced engineering sectors and the interesting and technical topics that will be discussed.

Advanced Engineering 2017 is the place where the UK supply chain meets face-to-face with engineering management, spanning: process, control and plant industries; R & D; design; test; production & procurement from OEMs, integrators and top-tier industry players within multiple industries. It takes place on 1&2 November at the NEC, Birmingham.

Alison Willis, industrial divisional director at Easyfairs, the organisers of the exhibition, said: “We’re very excited about the speakers at this year’s exhibition; with presentations from Boeing, SIEMENS, Canon and Magna we’re set to have an interesting two days!

“The conference will provide insights into topics affecting the array of industries our show covers. We have something for everyone and expert industry keynotes will allow for interesting discussions and Q&As, especially around the hot-topic of industry 4.0.”

Advanced Engineering 2017 comprises five co-locating zones:

  • Aero Engineering
  • Composites Engineering
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Performance Metals Engineering
  • Connected Manufacturing

New for this year: a dedicated zone for industry 4.0, Connected Manufacturing (where PI UK are on stand CM35); and an expanded zone for start-ups sponsored by Magna International.

Now in its ninth year, the show is set for record-breaking visitor numbers, bringing together over 700 exhibiting firms – all looking to source, specify and invest in the most up-to-date products and explore the latest industry innovations.

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For more information on Advanced Engineering, or to secure your free ticket for the show, visit: Find regular updates on Twitter via #AEUK17.

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