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6 June 2024, 13:30 – 16:00

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Due to extremely high demand, Automation & Robotics Accelerator Symposium is now fully booked.

If you would like to attend similar event with discussion sessions about manufacturing and automation, please visit the co-located summit: Manufacturing Digitalisation Summit for more info or get your free ticket to visit Drives & Controls as part of Smart Manufacturing & Engineering Week. 

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Advancing Productivity, Performance, and Efficiency

Automation and Robotics Accelerator Symposium is where automation-minded manufacturing executives from across the sector discuss best practices and share knowledge on implementation and optimisation of automation and robotics in their businesses.

The Symposium is a half-day event taking place at Smart Manufacturing & Engineering Week on 6 June at the NEC, Birmingham and will help manufacturers see automation as an enabler of business growth, rather than an ongoing business cost.

Automation & Robotics Accelerator Symposium Past Attendees

Who Should Attend?

The Symposium, researched and produced by The Manufacturer, is for those who are yet to automate, and for those who are already leveraging the value of automation and robotics in production.

Attendees from defence, aerospace, automotive, pharma, electronics, food and drink and FMCG will discuss how automation is changing the workforce and ‘deep dive’ into the different technologies available.

Why Attend? 

This event will be particularly beneficial to those with uncertainty regarding the automation business case, the financing options, the most appropriate implementation and operating strategies. Attendees will learn how best to take advantage of the technologies and whether it necessitates employing skilled staff or up-skilling existing staff.  

Symposium tickets will also give access to other Smart Manufacturing & Engineering Week events such as Smart Factory Expo, Drives & Controls, Maintec and many others. Full details here.


The Symposium’s innovative format focuses on a series of intimate and interactive roundtable discussion sessions limited to 8 participants. This allows attendees to debate with experts and have their business-specific questions and concerns addressed first-hand and hear the experiences of their peers.

13.30 - 13.35

Chairs Welcome

13.35 - 13.50

Keynote Presentation: Lights Out? Lights On! Embracing Automation & Robotics in Manufacturing

13.50 - 14.00


14.00 - 14.55

Round Table Discussion Session 1

14.55 - 15.00

Table Changeover

15.00 - 15.55

Round Table Discussion Session 2

15.55 - 16.00

Closing Remarks

Attendees will choose one of the following three discussion topics:

Session 1: Building a Business Case

Struggling to justify the investment in automation and robotics for your factoryDiscover where your industry peers see the greatest automation opportunities and successes.  

  • Overcoming the financial hurdle: Strategies for calculating ROI and demonstrating long-term value. 
  • Addressing workforce concerns: Effective communication and reskilling plans for a smooth transition. 
  • Building a winning proposal: Crafting a data-driven case that secures buy-in from stakeholders  
Session 1: Implementation Strategies
Ready to unlock the power of automation, but unsure where to startJoin this interactive roundtable discussion where manufacturing experts share their insights on successful implementation strategies.
  • Identifying ideal automation targets: Learn which parts of your production process are most ripe for automation.
  • Building a phased implementation plan: Develop a strategic roadmap for integrating automation without disrupting operations.
  • Change management best practices: Discover effective strategies to ensure workforce buy-in and a smooth transition.  
Session 1: Operating Challenges

The robots are here, but can you keep them dancing to your tune? Join this roundtable discussion where manufacturing veterans tackle the ongoing challenges of operating automated systems. 

  • Adapting to change: Keeping your automation nimble in the face of evolving production needs, product designs, and market shifts. 
  • Reconfiguration strategies: Optimising robot deployment and production lines to handle new requirements efficiently. 
  • The art of redeployment: Learn how to seamlessly reassign robots to different tasks as your needs change.
Session 2: Innovation and Technology

The automation revolution is here, but how do you stay ahead of the curve? Join this interactive roundtable where industry leaders discuss cutting-edge advancements in automation and robotics. 

  • The ever-evolving landscape: Gain insights on the latest trends in robot capabilities, AI integration, and collaborative automation. 
  • Harnessing the future of work: Discover how to leverage new technologies to empower your workforce and unlock innovation. 
  • Staying competitive with agility: Learn strategies for adapting your automation systems to embrace new technologies and optimise your production.
Session 2: Workforce Adoption and Reskilling

Worried about workforce resistance to automation? Join this interactive roundtable where manufacturing leaders share strategies for successful workforce adoption and reskilling. 

  • The talent gap challenge: Discover how to bridge the gap between automation needs and available workforce skills. 
  • Navigating cultural resistance: Learn strategies for fostering employee buy-in and a culture of collaboration with robots.
  • Engaging your team: Explore techniques to keep your workforce motivated and invested in the success of automation.
  • Reskilling for the future: Discuss effective methods for training and upskilling your employees for the automated factory.
Session 2: Cyber Security

Automation brings efficiency, but it also introduces new vulnerabilities. Join this roundtable discussion where manufacturing security experts tackle the ever-growing challenge of cybersecurity in an automated world. 

  • The connected factory's risk landscape: Understand the cybersecurity threats posed by increased reliance on digital systems and robot connectivity. 
  • Building a cyber shield: Explore best practices for protecting your automated systems from cyberattacks and data breaches. 
  • Sharing the responsibility: Discuss strategies for fostering a culture of cybersecurity awareness across your entire organisation.

The Symposium is a free event and part of Smart Manufacturing & Engineering Week – the annual festival of advanced manufacturing and engineering. Please note that delegate tickets are only open to senior leaders that work directly for a manufacturing business. If you work for a solution provider please continue your registration for Smart Factory Expo. If you are unsure whether you qualify, please email our team at events_tm@nineteengroup.com check before registering.

MEET THE speakers
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Ricky Ambrose is an Automation Process Engineer with expertise in robotics and machine vision, skilled in integrating cutting-edge technologies like CNC, 3D printing, and machine vision into production processes. Holding a Master's in Robotics and Autonomous Systems from the University of Sussex, he combines theoretical knowledge with practical experience, making him a valuable contributor to the field of automation. 
Ricky Ambrose, Process Automation Engineer, Alphasense-1
Ricky Ambrose
Automation Process Engineer, Alphasense
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Syed Aniq is currently working as an Automation Engineer at Sofidel UK in the paper manufacturing industry. He holds a Masters in Power Electronic and Control Systems from the University of Hertfordshire and completed his Bachelor's in Electronics Engineering at Sir Syed University.  He has previously served in the textile industry and at a wastewater treatment plant as an Electrical Engineer
Syed Aniq Kehman, Automation Engineer, Sofidel-1
Syed Aniq Kehman
Automation Engineer, Sofidel
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Miran oversees the mechanical design of automation fixtures, tooling, and cells, crafting detailed mechanical drawings tailored for manufacturing purposes. He leverages cutting-edge 3D printing technology to efficiently create rapid prototypes. Additionally, Miran specializes in designing and implementing pneumatic systems within automation cells. 
Miran Chauhan, Manufacturing Engineer, Chelton-1
Miran Chauhan
Manufacturing Engineer, Chelton
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