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MTC to hold conference on intelligent automation

Robotics being demonstrated at the MTC

The Coventry-based Manufacturing Technology Centre is to hold a one-day conference to discuss the future of intelligent automation in manufacturing. The event later this month will give manufacturers an insight into the latest developments in automation and robotics in industry.

Delegates will be given an insight into where the technology is heading, what benefits it can deliver for manufacturing and how the new technology can be implemented.

Keynote speakers at the event will include Mike Wilson, the president of the British Automation and Robot Association, Professor Simon Pearson who is professor of agri-food technology at the University of Lincoln and a leading expert on robotics in the agriculture and food sectors, and Jeremy Hadall, chief engineer for intelligent automation at the MTC.

During the event delegates will get the opportunity to see the latest robotics equipment in action at the MTC including metrology-assisted robotics, human-robot interaction and autonomous mobile robotics, as well as hearing real life case studies from a range of industries.

Jeremy Hadall said the MTC was leading the way in the field of industrial robots and automation.

“We are giving manufacturers the opportunity to get an insight into the future of automation, and how we can encourage the further adoption of robots in UK industry. Automated manufacturing calls for new skills and that is another issue to be addressed. As well as hearing from experts, delegates will be able to network and hear how others are embarking or progressing on their advanced manufacturing journey,” he said.

The conference is on Tuesday, March 26 at the MTC on Ansty Park, Coventry, starting at 9.00am. Further information and registration at: www.the-mtc.org/AutomationDay.

The MTC was founded by the University of Birmingham, Loughborough University, the University of Nottingham and TWI Ltd. The MTC’s industrial members include some of the UK’s major global manufacturers.

The MTC aims to provide a competitive environment to bridge the gap between university-based research and the development of innovative manufacturing solutions, in line with the Government’s manufacturing strategy. The MTC is part the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, supported by Innovate UK.