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Digital Manufacturing Conference 2019

Seminars 20 November 2019

Digital Manufacturing Conference 2019

The Digital Manufacturing Conference 2019 is a free one-day event which will focus on Industry 4.0 and its application to joining technologies and wider. With a focus on real industrial case studies, Industry 4.0 business tools and concepts, this event aims to create a greater awareness of the latest developments, associated opportunities and challenges, plus the chance to network with a wide range of Digital Manufacturing professionals. 

Benefits of attending

  • Receive an overview of Industry 4.0 and its application as highlighted by industrial case studies.
  • Hear from expert speakers drawn from manufacturing, technology and academia.
  • Opportunity to look into business tools and concepts such as 5G which exist for the implementation of Industry 4.0 and view technology demonstrations.
  • Networking opportunity with digital manufacturing professionals

Watch our short video interview with Professor Chris Dungey, Director of the Joining 4.0 Innovation Centre, to hear more about what to expect from the day. 


Download latest programme

Confirmed speakers so far:

  • David Green, ABB Robotics UK
  • Chris White, Ford Motor Company
  • Austin Cook, BAE Systems
  • Martin Kelman, ATS
  • Chris Allen, Vodafone
  • Rab Scott - HVMC
  • Helen Wilkinson - Lancaster University
  • Geoff Melton - TWI Ltd
  • Maria Margoudi - Highskillz
  • Manuel Oliveira - KIT AR 
  • Nick Wright, Digital Catapult 

2018's conference

Watch our short video from last year's well-attended event and hear from speakers and delegates.



Dr Manuel Oliveira - CEO

Dr Manuel Oliveira


Manuel Oliveira received his PhD in Computer Science from University College London in 2008, thereafter adopting the path of applied research in diverse area, from smart manufacturing to social innovation in smart cities. He is a senior research scientist at Sintef (Norway) covering diverse areas such as manufacturing, network communications, learning and training. He has been the scientific coordinator of European research projects, recently in the area of digital enhanced operator in smart manufacturing environments. He worked for different research organizations across Europe, namely University College London, INESC-ID (Portugal) and Politecnico di Milano (Italy). In 2012, he co-founded HighSkillz, a company developing award-winning game-based learning solutions, such as the Child Witness Interview Simulator for the police training. In 2018, he co-founded KIT-AR with the aim to deliver personalised support to the worker based on contextual information from the sensorized environment and wearables.

Geoff Melton - Technology Manager - Arc Processes and Welding Engineering

Geoff Melton

Technology Manager - Arc Processes and Welding Engineering

Geoff Melton is a Technology Manager at  TWI in the UK  and is the Chairman of IIW commission VIII, 'Health, Safety and the Environment.' Since graduating from the University of St Andrews in Scotland with a degree in Physics and Electronics, he has worked in welding research and development for nearly 40 years. As well as chairing IIW commission VIII he is also the chair of CENELEC TC26 on electric welding equipment. Geoff was the first convenor of a working group set up between IEC and ISO to write a new series of international standards for arc welding equipment ( IEC 60974). This lead to developing standards for electromagnetic compatibility ( EMC) and the health effects of exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF) in welding.  At TWI, he leads a wide portfolio of research projects from welding fume to  automated welding process developments  for low/zero  emissions automotive applications. Geoff also has a MBA from Loughborough University and is a Chartered Engineer  and Chartered Physicist.

Prof Rab Scott - Head of Digital

Prof Rab Scott

Head of Digital
High Value Manufacturing Catapult - AMRC

Rab Scott is Head of Digital at the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC). He has been a member of the AMRC staff since its beginning in 2001, after heading up the Virtual Reality and Simulation activities he now leads on the strategic development and implementation of digital solutions across the whole organisation.

Rab is the operational chair of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult Digital Strategy Team. He sits on the Steering Committee of Immerse UK (the UK’s body for immersive technologies), the IET’s Digital Panel and their Applied Visualisation Forum and the UK5G Manufacturing working group. 

Nick Wright - Head of Manufacturing Industries

Nick Wright

Head of Manufacturing Industries
Digital Catapult

As Head of Manufacturing Industries, Nick combines his domain expertise and passion for engineering and manufacturing with advanced digital technology to develop partnerships and commercial relationships that help accelerate the UK's digital manufacturing sector. In the role, he specialises in new product development and launch, business process design and engineering research and innovation. He brings over 10 years industry experience, split between engineering and technology consulting, including working with some of the most significant companies in UK manufacturing such as Jaguar Land Rover, Ford Motor Company, B/E Aerospace, Airbus, Rolls-Royce, Hexcel and BAE Systems.

David Green - Business Development Manager - Welding and Cutting

David Green

Business Development Manager - Welding and Cutting
ABB Ltd. - Robotics

David has been working in the welding world for over 40 years, the last 30 years in robotics with ABB.

Chris White - Electrification and Global Engineering Alignment Manager

Chris White

Electrification and Global Engineering Alignment Manager
Ford Motor Company

Chris White has over 25 years of experience in Powertrain Manufacturing at Ford Motor Company. This included leading a team of Manufacturing Engineers to install Engine Assembly facilities in multiple locations, including Cologne, Romania, UK and South Africa.

He is now leading a team managing the skills transition required to deliver facilities needed for Electric powertrains.As part of this role, he leads the E:PriME consortium of companies working together on a pilot facility for Edrives and battery arrays.

Mrs Helen Wilkinson - Knowledge Exchange Development Manager

Mrs Helen Wilkinson

Knowledge Exchange Development Manager
Lancaster University

Helen works at the Lancaster University Management School in the partnerships and engagement team. She collaborates with businesses, policy makers and academics to build networks of businesses to create engagement activity, which addresses key economic and societal challenges affecting UK businesses. She currently manages the Made Smarter Leadership and Productivity through People Programmes, which work with SMEs to tackle the management and leadership challenges linked to the productivity agenda. Through engagement with SMEs Helen also identifies opportunities for businesses to access the capabilities and expertise of the wider university.

Austin Cook - Lead Technologist, Emerging Technology & Systems

Austin Cook

Lead Technologist, Emerging Technology & Systems
BAE Systems

Discovery and invention have always been a passion of mine. Today, I am able to pursue my passion in my role as Lead Technologist for Emerging Technology within BAE Systems Air manufacturing. I started BAE Systems as an apprentice and pursed a technical route through the business eventually taking a role in Advanced Manufacturing. This organisation is charged with driving innovation into our manufacturing operations to improve business performance and differentiate our products and services in the market place. I have been lucky enough to participate in and lead teams of outstanding engineers that have successfully introduced advanced automation and digital technology into production. This success has led to my current role as Lead Technologist for the BAE Systems Air Factory of the Future programme.

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