Book your place – Smart Factories: Maximising the Opportunities, Minimising the Risks – Free online event, Wednesday 24 February, 2.30pm – 3.30pm

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Across the globe, operators are realising the efficiency, flexibility and quality benefits that smart factories can bring.

However, for many organisations, moving into smart manufacturing still represents a step into the unknown. Perceived security risks associated with IoT systems in particular have resulted in a reluctance amongst many organisations to invest in smarter systems and machinery.

At this free online event hosted by the University of Gloucestershire, we will provide an overview of some of the opportunities smart factories present, as well as information about mitigating the security risks.

The event, which will take place during Engineers Week, will be hosted by the University of Gloucestershire‘s Professor Kamal Bechkoum, Head of the School of Computing and Engineering. It will feature presentations from industry experts:

  • Tarquin Adams, Renishaw

Tarquin Adams is Group Marketing Manager at global engineering technologies company, Renishaw. He is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer with over 15 years’ experience working in and around CNC machining and manufacturing industries. He has a particular interest in the development of smart manufacturing technologies to deliver new levels of process control and automation. In his presentation, ‘Connect-Collect-Control,’ Tarquin will explain how organisations can use data to make their manufacturing smarter.

  • Cliff Wilson, Deloitte

Cliff Wilson is a Director at Deloitte where he is part of one of the world’s premier and fastest-growing security teams. Cliff has significant experience in Industrial Control Systems Security. In his presentation, ‘Cyber Security – Surviving the Internet of Things’, Cliff will be sharing his knowledge to help delegates understand how they can realise the opportunities of smarter systems, safely.

Professor Bechkoum said: “Smart manufacturing presents huge opportunities for engineering firms in terms of efficiency, productivity and quality. However, many local businesses have told us that they are yet to realise all these benefits because they are concerned about the investment levels required, or they have been deterred by potential cyber security risks.

We are delighted that Tarquin and Cliff will be able to join us at this important event, so they can share their knowledge and address some of the key questions. We hope that this is the start of an ongoing conversation that will enable firms throughout Gloucestershire to realise their growth ambitions and capitalise on the opportunities offered by Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things”.

The University is already helping employers to access the skills needed for the smart factories of the future by offering innovative engineering apprenticeships, as well as a number of ground-breaking undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

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