This week sees the launch of the first ever Manufacturing and Engineering week at the NEC, a showcase of all that is innovative and exciting in British industry.
Beginning with digital events on June 7, Manufacturing & Engineering Week offers four co-located shows on June 8 and 9: Manufacturing Expo, Design Engineering Expo, Engineering Expo and Maintec.
The four exhibitions are designed to present the most interesting solutions in all areas of manufacturing and engineering, from design and development to processes, assembly, control and automation, robotics , maintenance and asset management, cybersecurity, test and measurement, components, development skills and more.
Each show will feature a wide range of exhibitors from across the country, with companies ranging from industry leaders like ABB, Fluke and Farnell, to a host of innovative SMEs. These include innovators such as Fixturlaser, which provides precision laser alignment solutions and plant reliability; and Senseye, which uses AI-driven software to reduce machine downtime.
As well as the chance to learn about new innovative technologies and techniques, Manufacturing & Engineering Week is a great opportunity to learn more about the challenges and opportunities that await UK industry. Each of the four events has its own program of CPD-accredited high-level presentations, panel discussions and case studies covering a range of sectors including aerospace, automotive, food and beverage, motorsport, energy and renewables, pharmaceuticals, space and consumer goods, with a particular focus on the strategies of SMEs and OEMs. Topics will include the future of the sector, embracing the need for digital transformation, incorporating AI, Net Zero – the road to green, and much more.
One of the main challenges in the industry is the need to improve cybersecurity. Visitors can obtain vital information in the Cyber Zone, which includes the award-winning Immersive Cyber Demonstrator. It highlights the dangers of cybercrime by recreating the unique settings of a hacker’s bedroom and a manufacturing plant meeting room. Using high-tech directing and cinematic techniques, the actors will act out the cyber-hacking scenario in real time, clearly demonstrating the challenges the management team faces as they strive to contain and overcome. the threat. The 20-minute performances air regularly throughout the show.
Alongside the demonstrator, a dedicated cyber pavilion will feature Assured Cyber Protection, a global technology partner enabling organizations to protect their most valuable assets, people and data.
Continuing the innovation theme of the event, there will be a dedicated innovation zone with an AI-enabled car and a vertical take-off biplane. The Innovation Zone will also host two world premieres. The New Holland T6 Methane Power is the world’s first 100% methane-powered production tractor and is set to play a key role in reducing CO emissions2 without compromising performance.
The world’s first bicycle made from recycled plastics will also be showcased at the Innovation Zone. Specialist in Motion plastics, igus has designed a robust and durable urban bike made entirely of plastic, from the frame to the bearings and the toothed belt. A special feature of the new bike is that the recycled version will be made mostly of reused “single-use” plastics.
There will also be an innovation challenge in the form of the Great Egg Race. An exciting live challenge taking place over the two days of Manufacturing Expo 2022 and inspired by the TV show of the same name, people will compete to build gadgets to propel an uncooked egg over a wall into a semi -trailer. A host will host the challenge and winners will receive prizes on site.
In addition to attracting many manufacturers, Manufacturing & Engineering Week is also supported by many other leading organizations, including: the Women’s Engineering Society – an organization that promotes the education of women in engineering; the Institute of Export and International Trade – the professional body for importers and exporters; Napier – a B2B technology marketing and PR agency; the Institution of Mechanical Engineers; the Center for Manufacturing Technology – set up to bridge the gap between academia and industry; the Advanced Propulsion Center – facilitates the financing of low-carbon powertrains; High Value Manufacturing Catapult – helps new concepts become commercial; Innovate UK – a public body that promotes innovation; Made Smarter UK – helps develop manufacturing through digital technologies; and the UK Government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
For a complete overview of all Manufacturing and Engineering Week attractions and facilities, as well as a complete overview of exhibitors, presentations and other learning opportunities, view the visitor brochure at https://www.manufacturingexpo .co.uk/visit/ visitor_brochure