Modern Manufacturing Expo 2022

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Tuesday 20 – Wednesday 21 September 2022

Coming to the Modern Manufacturing Expo in September at the Sydney Showgrounds?

Be our guest at the Expert Arena on the exhibition floor and listen to short & sharp information sessions by key manufacturing industry professionals providing insight, wisdom and best practice.

Join us at this key industry manufacturing event that will help transform today’s manufacturers into tomorrow’s manufacturers.

Expert Arena Partner:

Mitsubishi Electric

Program Day 1: 20 September 2022

Expert Arena Chair: Rob Seeley, Mitsubishi Electric

9:45 – 10:00am

Meryl Swanson MP

Federal Government Opening Address and official Modern Manufacturing Expo opening

Ms Meryl Swanson MP, Member for Paterson, Chair of Standing Committee on Agriculture

10:10 – 10:30am

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Building your future workforce through industry-led micro-credentials

Peter Mackey, Executive Director, Skills and Industry Capability, Western Parkland City Authority

Learn how your business can benefit from participating in the NSW Government funded New Education and Training Model (NETM) four year pilot program at no cost.

Learn how to propose new micro-credentials to address urgent skills gaps and/or how your staff can enrol in courses already developed by the NETM at no cost over the course of the pilot.

10:40 – 11:00am

Peter Masterson

Advancing Australia’s Manufacturers -Australian Government Support for Manufacturers

Peter Masterson PSM, Regional Manager – Illawarra & South Coast, AusIndustry Division, Department of Industry, Science and Resources

Have you ever wondered about Australian Government Support for Manufacturers? Well this is your chance to find out. Come along and find out what support is available and where to find information about Government Programs for business.

11:10 – 11:30am 

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New technologies & new skills in modern manufacturing

Nick Hill, Marketing and Stakeholder Relationship Manager, IBSA Group

Uncovering new skills development pathways in this changing space.
Importance of digital fluency over literacy.
Successful solutions that have been developed and implemented in Australia and overseas.

11:45 – 12:15pm

Panel EVs: New manufacturing opportunities in NSW’s net zero economy

Host: Emma Peacock, NSW Department of Enterprise, Investment and Trade
Justus van Biljon, Head of Technology, JET Charge
Sid Rallapalli, Head of Global Partnerships, Nexport
Justin Bain, Chief Executive Officer, 3ME Technology
Cibby Pulikkaseril, Co-founder and CTO, Baraja
Demi Stefanova, COO, Quickstep

1:10 – 1:25pm

Chris Bilby, CEO, Bilby3D

Modern Manufacturing: Raise3D, BASF Forward AM and Bilby3D Bring Metal 3D Printing to the Desktop

Chris Bilby, CEO, Bilby3D

1:40 – 2:00pm


Capability through Collaboration

Charlotte Morris, Program Leader – Industry Capability Development, DMTC

Hear case studies of practical, hands-on support for small businesses that aligns with Government initiatives to build sovereign industry capability and helps the companies overcome barriers to market entry. Benchmarking and expert advice on business systems along with low-cost, low-code enablers of Industry 4.0 adoption can help to position small businesses for future success in defence and related sectors.

2:10 – 2:30pm

Bruce Minty, Product Manager, MYOB

The Manufacturers Guide to Cloud Software

Bruce Minty, Product Manager, MYOB

Choosing the right ERP

2:40 – 3:00pm

Meighan Heard, Executive Director, Commercial and Corporate, Mitsubishi Electric

Sustainability in Manufacturing: Practical Steps to Automating your Sustainability Initiatives

Meighan Heard, Executive Director, Commercial and Corporate, Mitsubishi Electric

Sustainability in the operations of Australian manufacturing companies is no longer a ‘nice to have’. It is critical to efficiently running operations, managing increasing energy costs and meeting community expectations.  One of the first steps in using automation to achieve sustainability objectives is to bring together facilities, buildings and equipment in a way that delivers visibility into every single endpoint that uses or affects natural resources. Come to this session to hear how Australian manufacturers can connect their entire ecosystem into a single platform to gain much deeper insights to support sustainability objectives. 

3:35 – 4:05pm 


Scaling your manufacturing operations with cloud ERP

Ron Gounder, Head of Customer and Partner Lifecycle, Wiise

From aerospace to food and beverage processing, find out how Australian manufacturers are streamlining their operations today to prepare for opportunities of the future with scalable software that offers end-to-end production planning capabilities.

4:10 – 4:30pm


Best Practices for Working Safely with Collaborative Robots

Dr Sazzad Hussain, Senior Research & Data Science Officer, Centre for Work Health and Safety
  • An increasing number of NSW workplaces are opting to utilise collaborative robots (cobots), as this technology offers a range of cutting-edge applications and economic benefits.
  • Despite its novelty and the potential WHS risks and harms this exciting technology presents, there is currently a lack of clear guidance on how to safely design, implement, and work with cobots in the workplace.
  • This presentation will highlight the state of the art research on best practices for safe adoption and use of cobots in the workplace, with a focus on practical approaches to WHS.


Day Summary

Program Day 2: 21 September 2022

Expert Arena Chair: Rob Seeley, Mitsubishi Electric

9:30 – 9:40am

NSW Government Opening Address

Lindsay Cohen, Associate Director, Investment NSW

9:45 – 10:15am

Christian Ruberg

Organisational strategies to embrace future digital manufacturing opportunities

Christian Ruberg, Future Digital Manufacturing Lead, CSIRO

There are currently good reasons to be optimistic about our manufacturing sector. But capturing the opportunities offered by emerging digital technologies and future global industries rests on effective collaboration and a savvy strategy.  Modern Manufacturing sits on a foundation of collaboration, insight, strategy, technology, and delivery.  CSIRO, Australia’s national science and engineering organisation and solving the greatest challenges, is systematically working on all these fronts to support our manufacturing sector.

10:20 – 10:45am


Custom medical device manufacture through Machine Learning and Generative Design

Philip Crealy, Director at Equinox Medical

10:50 – 11:10am 

Meighan Heard, Executive Director, Commercial and Corporate, Mitsubishi Electric

Leveraging Data Analytics to Support Better Decisions in Operations and Maintenance

Meighan Heard, Executive Director, Commercial and Corporate, Mitsubishi Electric

Data is everything and yet it is nothing unless it can be interrogated wisely to support decision making. Analytics software solutions such as Mitsubishi Electric’s ICONICS transforms large amounts of real-time data (including from manufacturing or facility operations) into actionable intelligence. Join this session to hear about how the information obtained can be used to drive improvements in productivity, efficiency, quality and sustainability.

11:15 – 11:35am

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Cloud computing and data utilisation opportunities within small manufacturing businesses

David Fox, Associate Director, Research and Technology, Western Parkland City Authority

This session will explore the potential of cloud computing and data in an SME manufacturing setting through the lens of a non-IT professional. The session will cover some of the basics behind the virtual resource pool of cloud, its management and the virtualisation technology enabling interesting options for manufactures to consider in achieving cost effective system flexibility, security, and resilience.    

11:40 – 12:20pm

Sustainable Manufacturing Panel – What to do now

Dean Parsons, Sustainability Programmes Manager – CHEP Australia
Evannah Jayne, Founder & CEO, Terran Industries
Thomas Goerke, Managing Director Trestle Digital (On behalf of Cisco Meraki)
Fionnuala Quin, Founder and CEO, Kelpy

From new technologies, systems, supply chains, sustainable packaging, net zero targets and the relation between carbon footprints and meeting sustainability goals. What can and should manufacturers be doing now and how best to prepare for tomorrow’s consumers and other stakeholders’ changing demands from their brands and products.

12:50 – 1:20pm

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Highlighting Space Manufacturing and Industry-Research Collaboration Success Stories

Dr Roger Kermode, Faculty Director of Business Development, UTS
Christopher Janssen, CEO, GPC Electronics
Prof Robert Fitch, Professor, Co-Director (Space Research Network), and Head of School, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, UTS
Mark Ramsey, COO, Space Machines
Ivan Chua – as Moderator, Business Development Manager, NSW Smart Sensing Network

Highlighting commercialisation of technology and modern manufacturing adoption success stories

1:30 – 1:50pm

Bruce Minty, Product Manager, MYOB

Innovation in Manufacturing

Bruce Minty, Product Manager, MYOB

2:00 – 2:30pm

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The future of Cloud-Based Manufacturing

Matt Carling, National Cybersecurity Advisor for Australia within Cisco’s Security and Trust Organisation (STO)

To thrive in this world of disruption, manufacturers must reduce complexity by investing in cloud-first technologies and automation; evolve quickly through the use of extensible IT platforms; use the data generated by connected devices and wearables to reduce downtime, costs, and uncertainty; secure every site against cyberattack; and widen labour pools via hybrid and remote work — while simultaneously creating safe and compliant conditions for those who continue to work onsite.  

2:40 – 3:00pm

Less Talk, More implementation – Key Steps for Digital Transformation

Harry Mulder, Principal Automation Engineer, Beckhoff Automation, Open IIoT Contributor & 
Max Jarmatz, Managing Director, NORD Drivesystems, Open IIoT Contributor

Open IIoT is an initiative of some of Australia’s most prominent automation brands, aimed to cut through the jargon and help speed up the implementation of Industry 4.0 in the industry. Join us as we discuss key starting steps and benefits of this process, no matter where your business may be on your digital transformation journey.

3:10 – 3:30pm 

Cameron Greening

Get Smart! Digitally transform your factory

Cameron Greening, Director Sales and Solutions, SYSPRO

Improve productivity with Manufacturing Operations Management, including customer testimonials from AF Gason and B&R Enclosures.


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