John Broadbent

Founder - Realise Potential

John Broadbent has over 40 years’ experience in manufacturing, with the last 20 dedicated to helping businesses of all sizes, utilise smart factory concepts. He’s seen first-hand the positive change these investments have made, both on profitability, longevity and culture.

His passion and experience are valued by organisations such as Coca-Cola, Sanitarium, Frucor Beverages, Parmalat, Tomago Aluminium, CSR as well as industry bodies. John is also an Adjunct Professor of Eng at UTS, specifically responsible for industry liaison for smart manufacturing and Industry 4.0.


9.55 – 10.25 | Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Keynote: Factory of the future – it’s already here

Don’t know your IoT from your IIoT and your Industry 4.0? Smart Factories Mentor, John Broadbent, is on a mission to demystify the ‘smart factory’ terminology and help business understand what they can do to start moving toward Industry 4.0. This session will clarify the various terms around smart factories, explain why most businesses are stuck at Industry 3.0, reveal why some projects succeed and others fail, and give practical tips on what you can do to get started on the smart factory journey, to ensure a successful transition.


11.00 – 11.45 | Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Panel: 4.0 in Practice: Taking the Next Step

Empirical evidence has shown that those manufacturers who have embarked on smart factory projects have reaped huge rewards including increased supply chain visibility, improved efficiencies, reduced waste, higher customer satisfaction, traceability and product genealogy and a healthier bottom line. This panel discussion and Q&A opportunity moderated by Smart Factories Mentor John Broadbent will explain how Industry 4.0 works in practice, what technologies you should be embracing in order to compete locally and internationally and most importantly, how to go about it.


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