Smart Machines & Factories
Inaugural Smart Industry Expo debuts in April 2018
Published:  13 December, 2017

The inaugural Smart Industry Expo (co-located alongside Drives & Controls, Plant & Asset Management Expo, Fluid Power & Systems, Air-Tech and MACH), is set to make its debut at the NEC in Birmingham from 10th -12th April 2018.

Smart Industry Expo 2018 will be the UK’s most comprehensive dedicated event focusing on the Fourth Industrial Revolution and transforming to a smart manufacturing era.

The biennial show will give exhibitors the opportunity to communicate directly with senior management across the whole of the UK industrial spectrum, from managing directors, financial directors, and owners to process/control and IT/ automation management, plus many more who are all seeking guidance in order to prepare for this smart engineering transformation.

Running alongside will be a comprehensive three-day seminar programme located in a dedicated theatre - The Knowledge Hub - where key industry leaders will explore the various strategies and opportunities that can help UK manufacturers transform to a smart era. As part of the ongoing global transformation to the smart manufacturing era, The Knowledge Hub’s theme for 2018 is Smart Factory - Concept to Reality, the journey to a smart future.

Global initiatives and the technological paradigm shift associated with the Industrial Internet of Things, shows that there is a growing opportunity for industry to take advantage of the creativity and entrepreneurial nature of UK companies.

The uptake of smart technologies in the industrial sector will be central to our future, by improving our national productivity, creating higher value jobs, and arming our workforce with the digital skills required in the decades ahead.

The Knowledge Hub fully reflects this and will provide a fascinating insight into the potential plants of the future, with high profile panel discussions and seminars from leading figures in the industry, including GAMBICA, High Value Manufacturing Catapult, The MTC, EEF, plus many more.

Over the course of the three-day seminar programme, visitors will have 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:

• Day 1: Concept

• Day 2: Transition

• Day 3: Implementation

The UK manufacturing sector has the potential to be a global leader in the industrial digital technology revolution. This year’s Knowledge Hub theme Smart Factory - Concept to Reality, the journey to a smart future, will help ensure visitors seize the opportunities that exist and promote the benefits of adopting emerging digital technologies.

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