‘Smart’ supply chains are here: learn how + why to transition

Posted on March 19th, 2019 in MEDIA RELEASES

Get tickets for the AUSPACK 2019 Business and Industry Conference: 26-27 March
Where does a “smart factory” send its goods? While the answer is logically through a “smart supply chain”, that may not be the case just yet.

“Manufacturers are beginning to get their heads around terms such as ‘smart factories’, now it’s time to learn about ‘smart supply chains’. Several sessions at next week’s AUSPACK 2019 Business and Industry Conference will be devoted to understanding these smart factories and supply chains of the future,” said Mark Dingley, Chairman of the Australian Packaging & Processing Machinery Association.

The APPMA is presenting the two-day inaugural conference, focusing on the theme “Smart. Connected. Sustainable.”, from Tuesday March 26 to Wednesday March 27 during Packaging and Processing Week 2019. Limited tickets are still available.

Mr Dingley said, “The content will provide delegates a strong understanding of what they can do and implement in their own factories the minute they leave the conference. There are some highly practical, highly knowledgeable presenters and practitioners, who’ll do this through keynote addresses, panel discussions and case studies. Just showing how far-reaching the ‘smart’ entities are, sessions are embedded in both conference streams: one, processing and packaging, and two, business growth.”

Keynote: “The factory of the future – it’s already here”. John Broadbent, founder, Realise Potential
A smart factories mentor and Adjunct Professor of Engineering at UTS, John is responsible for industry liaison in smart manufacturing and Industry 4.0. He’s worked with manufacturers of all sizes to use smart-factory concepts, witnessing the positive changes on profitability, longevity and even culture. John has worked with industry bodies, as well as brand names including Coca-Cola, Sanitarium, Frucor Beverages, Parmalat, Tomago Aluminium and CSR. John’s keynote will focus on demystifying the “smart” terminology, helping business to understand how to start moving toward Industry 4.0. John will also explain the differences between IOT and IIOT, what Industry 4.0 is and why most businesses can’t get past Industry 3.0. His session will also include some very practical tips to begin a successful transition to being a smart factory.

John will then facilitate a panel discussion in the processing and packaging stream around taking the next step and implementing Industry 4.0.

Panel discussion: “Industry 4.0 in practice – taking the leap of faith”. Facilitated by John Broadbent, with panellists Richard Roberts, MES operations manager & senior consultant at ZI-ARGUS; Paul Barber, director of Lighthouse Systems; Michael Parrington, GM of licensing & technology at Pact Group; and Alan Spreckley, global industry segment manager (food & beverage) – Robotics, ABB.
The panel will talk through evidence showing that manufacturers who implement smart factory projects have reaped many benefits, such as increased profits, efficiencies and supply chain visibility – along with traceability and product genealogy – higher customer satisfaction and reduced waste. The Q&A opportunity will be valuable to those wanting to know how industry 4.0 actually works, what technologies are needed and practical steps to take to begin.

Also in the processing and packaging stream, Peter Hern, country manager and sales development manager for Universal Robots SEAO, will deliver a session on cobots.

Keynote: “Collaborative robots – embracing Industry 4.0, leading the way to Industry 5.0”.
Peter’s strong understanding of how automation and robotics can be effectively integrated into businesses comes from his broad experience in technology, industrial automation and engineering. Peter will look at the focus Industry 5.0 puts the focus back on humans, exploring collaborative robots’ place working with humans rather than replacing them. He’ll also cover how industrial automation, including robotics, has allowed large productivity and quality advancements, while simplified automation has made it more accessible for smaller manufacturers.

Still in smart factories and smart supply chains, over in the business growth stream, postdoctoral research fellow at RMIT Blockchain Innovation Hub, Dr Darcy Allen, will deliver a keynote on blockchain and its potential in the supply chain.

Keynote: “What is blockchain technology and how might it transform supply chains?”.
Darcy is highly versed in blockchain: his current research applies economic and entrepreneurial theory to governance and economic development of blockchain (and other distributed ledger technologies), including in supply chains. As an institutional economist, he focuses on the economics and political economy of blockchain technology. Many delegates may know that blockchain is more than a cryptocurrency technology, which is already being applied in healthcare, identity and democratic voting. Darcy’s session will explore how blockchain might transform supply chains and logistics, explaining what blockchain is and how it is beginning to impact the economy and society. Darcy will address blockchain’s big opportunities to change the way trade occurs, by increasing the quality, quantity and transparency of information about goods as they move.

Darcy’s keynote will be followed by a case study, given by John Baird, CEO of Ultimo Digital Technologies, about how blockchain and IOT provide full traceability of the supply chain.

APPMA’s Mark Dingley said, “For a business owner or manager, understanding not only what ‘smart supply chains’ and factories of the future are, but how to implement them in their own business, is important in ensuring sustainability of that business.

“Tickets have been selling really well, which just shows how important these issues are to industry. I encourage all those who want to learn more, to register now.”


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