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UK manufacturing excellence highlighted at NEC extravaganza
Published:  08 May, 2018

British manufacturing and engineering excellence is said to be ‘well and truly alive and kicking’ according to the organiser of the recent co-located of events; Drives & Controls, Smart Industry Expo, Fluid Power & Systems, Plant & Asset Management, and Air-Tech Exhibitions – which returned to Birmingham’s NEC last month (10th -12th April 2018), alongside MACH 2018.

New to the co-location of events for 2018, was the inaugural Smart Industry Expo.

The new event gave visitors the opportunity to seek guidance and explore the variety of technologies available in order to prepare for the smart engineering transformation. Smart Industry Expo proved that the UK is very much taking the issue of digitalization seriously, with visitors taken on an Industry 4.0 journey as they walked around the show.

Collectively the co-location of events, which consisted of: Drives & Controls, Smart Industry Expo, Fluid Power & Systems, Plant & Asset Management, and Air-Tech Exhibitions, made up the largest manufacturing and engineering events of 2018.

Show organiser, DFA Media, said the co-location highlighted industry’s optimism. The success was also reflected in the hundreds of delegates who attended The Knowledge Hub, sponsored by Gardner Denver, which was located at the heart of the 2018 co-location.

As part of the ongoing global transformation to the smart manufacturing era, The Knowledge Hub’s theme for 2018 was Smart Factory - Concept to Reality, the journey to a smart future. The free seminar programme provided a fascinating insight into the potential plants of the future, with high profile panel discussions and seminars from leading figures in the industry who gave expert insight and practical advice on the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Over the course of the three-day seminar programme, visitors had the opportunity to experience a complete smart roadmap, with each day of the Knowledge Hub representing a different stage of the smart journey covering all aspect of the digital transformation.

In addition to The Knowledge Hub, and complementing Plant & Asset Management 2018 was a full programme of free technical seminars in The Maintenance Seminar Theatre, sponsored by Ultimo Software Solutions - with speakers offering expert specific insight and practical advice on important and topical issues concerning today’s maintenance professionals. The seminars included a cross section of topics including: The Value of integrating EHS processes into your EAM solution; the use of ODS analysis to solve vibration problems; the maintenance fundamentals that the IOT and Industry 4.0 won’t change; opportunities for through-life engineering with emerging digital technologies, plus many other seminars.

The biennial co-location of events returns to Birmingham’s NEC between – 21st -23rd April 2020.