Simon Floyd, Managing Director, Manufacturing Industry Practice, Microsoft
Simon will discuss the steep upward trend in the use of artificial intelligence with an estimated $40 billion of additional revenue forecast over the next 3 years, and 85% of enterprises using AI by 2020. He will illustrate how the technology can be used across multiple industries and applications, powering manufacturing processes in the future and transforming customer relationships.
Monday 23 April: 11AM and 2PM
Randall van Poelvoorde, Founder RobotXperience
The use of automation and robotics is already the norm in the industry today, but there is clear evidence that the journey has only just begun. Artificial intelligence and the introduction of robots working alongside humans are the next steps in the journey, and the exponential growth in robotic competence cannot be ignored. Randall van Poelvoorde is an expert in this field and will provide a provocative overview.
Tuesday 24 April: 11AM and 2PM
Reyes Gonzalez, Global Head of Health and Safety, Heineken
Safety is a critical issue in every workplace, and this is particularly true in logistics and manufacturing, where accidents can still be a too-frequent occurrence. Reyes Gonzalez has been the driving force behind a safety programme within Heineken that has been implemented ‘top-down’ within the group – with measurable and impressive results.
Wednesday 25 April: 11AM and 2PM
Sam Nomura, Senior TPS consultant to Toyota Group
Based in Japan, Mr Nomura has a long experience working with Toyota, focused on methodologies in the Toyota Production System. One of the core values of Toyota is ‘Kaizen’ – meaning continuous improvement. This presentation will share the approach taken by Mr Nomura to implement a ten-year improvement project that resulted in exceptional quality improvements and warranty claim reduction across six manufacturing sites in Europe, USA and Japan.
Thursday 26 April: 11AM and 2PM
Jan van der Velden, Market Director Warehousing, Vanderlande
E-commerce is completely changing consumer expectations. They demand speed, accuracy and flexibility throughout the entire ordering and delivery process – and want you to follow the heartbeat of their lives. As a result, today’s e-commerce and omni-channel warehouses face numerous challenges. Jan van der Velden will explain how you can seize this opportunity and how automation in fulfilment can bring you an additional business differentiator.
Friday 27 April: 11AM and 2PM