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47th Intelligent Sensing Program – Sensing in Manufacturing

Event details
Innovation development in manufacturing sensing technologies in the UK.

Introduction: The manufacturing industry always plays a major role in social and economical developments in the UK. As a leading force in industrialisation, the UK has always been a major source of innovations in manufacturing technologies. In recent years, following rapid progress in sensing technologies, connectivity, and big data, digitisation of industrial processes is increasingly bringing the manufacturing industry towards a new age of intelligent manufacturing, turning manufacturing plants into smart factories.

In a manufacturing process, sensing technologies are key to ensure the quality of the product and the efficiency of the manufacturing processes. Following the movement of manufacturing towards digital and intelligent manufacturing, sensing technology becomes increasingly important in enabling process data and quality data to be generated in time, and ensuring the manufacturing process is intelligent, integrated, efficient and effective.

The emergence of the new manufacturing technologies such as Additive Manufacturing, and progressing of manufacturing towards Industry4 in recent years, are also raising new challenges and needs for novel sensing solutions to provide appropriate process monitoring and product QA&QC requirements.

In this one-day event, we aim to bring together manufacturers, sensing technology providers, new technology developers, and other relevant stakeholders including innovation funders, to network, share knowledge, stimulate new ideas, develop collaborations and partnerships, and promote innovation development in manufacturing sensing technologies in the UK. A number of key expert speakers have been invited to give talks covering the areas of: market challenges and needs; state of the art commercial sensing technologies; novel emerging sensor technologies; and relevant innovation funding opportunities.

Programme (subject to change)

9:30 Registration

10:00 Welcome

Liqun Yang, Knowledge Transfer Network

10:05 Introduction to Knowledge Transfer Network

Knowledge Transfer Network

Needs and Challenges

10:15 QC Challenge in Additive Manufacturing: Can Sensors Help?

Marc Saunders, Renishaw

10:45 Market Challenges and Sensing Technology Needs

Alison Mitchell, Sensor City

11:15 Break, Networking & Exhibition

State of the Art Sensing Technology

11:45 Process Tomography for Manufacturing Process Monitoring

Ken Primose, ITS

12:15 High Throughput, Non-destructive in-line Testing for Manufacturing using Optical Spectroscopy, Case Studies in Gas Analysis, Colour Measurement and Reaction Kinetics

Henry Langston, Ocean Optics

12:45 Wireless Sensor Networks in Manufacturing

Dave Oakes, Powelectrics Limited

13:15 Lunch, Networking & Exhibition

Business Innovation Landscape & Funding Opportunities in UK

14:15 UK’s Business Innovation Landscape & Funding Opportunities

Georgios Papadakis, Innovate UK

Emerging Sensing Technologies

14:45 Metrology & Standards for QA/QC in Manufacturing


15:15 Sensing for Efficient Machinery – Tribotronics Technology

Ted Smith, UCLan

15:45 Ultrasonic Sensors and IoT Technologies for Food and Drink Manufacturing

Syed Zaidi, University of Leeds and N Watson, University of Nottingham

16:15 Networking & Exhibition

17:00 Close

Exhibition: There is a limited number of exhibition spaces for interested companies to showcase their imaging technologies/ expertise and capabilities at the event.