Modern Manufacturing Expo 2022

Smart Manufacturing Conference

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Inspire, innovate, transform

Tuesday 20 September 2022

Join the global shift into the future of manufacturing. Ensure to stay competitive and boost your efficiency by becoming a smart manufacturer. Explore the value of smart manufacturing to reduce operating and capital costs whilst increasing profitability. Manufacturers will learn how to harness the benefits of smart technologies and concepts for greater output.

Tickets: $450 + GST
Tickets include tea/coffee on arrival, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea


Christian Ruberg
Christian Ruberg, Future Digital Manufacturing Lead, CSIRO

Welcome by the Conference Chair

Christian Ruberg from CSIRO, our MC for the conference will welcome you and set the scene for the day sharing his vision and outlook for the manufacturing landscape.

9:10 – 9:30am

Ed Husic
The Hon. Ed Husic MP, Minister for Industry and Science

Opening Address: Advancing Australia’s Manufacturing Sector

Learn about the Government’s vision to rebuild manufacturing and sovereign capability along with opportunities for new technologies, outcomes from the Jobs and Skills Summit and plans for the National Reconstruction Fund.

9:30 – 10:00am 

Michael Kemeny, Managing Director, KNAPP
Michael Kemeny, Managing Director, KNAPP

Intelligent Automation Outlook

Uncover the latest automation optimisation strategies to turn traditional manufacturers into modern manufacturers.

Examine and take advantage of new value chains in production and gain insights into what new technologies will benefit warehouse operations.

10:00 – 10:30am 

Sea Chia Hui, Singapore Country Manager, Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence
Sea Chia Hui, Singapore Country Manager, Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence

Smart Manufacturing and Industry 4.0 Solutions

Explore Smart Manufacturing options that improve manufacturing efficiency, quality, safety and help reduce costs. Understanding today’s technology that can bridge the gap between the real and the virtual to assist you in your digital transformation to become a smarter manufacturer.

10:30 – 11:00am

Morning Tea

11:00 – 11:20am

Co-hosted by Investment NSW and Food Innovation Australia Limited – FIAL
Ray Hanly, Group CEO & Managing Director, Beak and Johnston
SMC Corporation ANZ

Smart Food & Beverage Manufacturing Panel

Automating and digital transformation in manufacturing are not the easiest of tasks. It takes a strong strategic plan, the right advice, the right suppliers and most likely an evolution of company culture. This is especially true in the Food & Beverage sector where the modernisation of traditional production lines can be expensive and difficult but reap great rewards.

In this session hear from Food & Beverage industry leaders and technology providers as they discuss successful adoption and lessons learnt in I4.0, automation, digitalisation and other modern manufacturing methods, models and processes.

11.20 – 11:40pm

Brandon Miller, Chief Strategy Officer, Wiley
Brandon Miller, Chief Strategy Officer, Wiley

Tomorrow’s Smart, Green & Sustainable Factory

Gain insight into how factories changing and explore what tomorrow’s manufacturing plant will exist of and how can you start planning and future proof for these new possibilities.

11:40 – 12.30pm

Left to Right: Alan Lipman, CEO, Romar
Michael Kemeny, Managing Director, KNAPP
Meighan Heard, Executive Director, Commercial and Corporate, Mitsubishi Electric
Ian Choo, Senior Technical Support Engineer, Universal Robots

Industry Experts Panel – Modern Manufacturing Crystal Ball

  • Romar
  • Mitsubishi Electric
  • Universal Robots
  • Cisco

Interact and pose those unanswered questions you hold on what Australia’s Advanced Manufacturing Outlook exists of and how new equipment, technology and models will forever change the way we manufacture.

12.30 – 1:30pm


1:30 – 2:00pm

Ryan Hart, Manager – Deep Learning & Machine Vision, Automation Systems & Controls Australia

Inspecting the Evolution and Future Scope of Industrial Automation

  • How manufacturing is changing?
  • Factory Automation, Machine vision, Deep Learning and Future Tech solutions for Australian Manufacturers
  • Benefits of automation and where to start?
  • Future game changing technology and equipment options for manufacturers

2:00 – 2:30pm

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Bruce McLean, Chief Engineer, Sydney Manufacturing Hub

Additive Manufacturing – Navigating the AM Landscape in Highly Regulated Industries

Learn how AM fits with highly regulated industries:

  • Quality Certifications, Specifications, Standards & Requirements
  • Process & Part Qualification Routes – Pros & Cons
  • Common traps to avoid & tricks to improve your success

2:30 – 3:00pm

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Ben Kitcher, Executive Director, Research and Technology, Western Parkland City Authority

Opportunities for Manufacturers – Advanced Manufacturing Research Facility (AMRF)

The manufacturing industry is central to the growth and prosperity of our communities and regions, but is also a major driver of resource consumption. Our opportunity to maximise benefits starts now, and the AMRF in the Bradfield City Centre will provide a platform for collaborators to optimise advanced manufacturing solutions prior to industrial implementation.”

3:00 – 3:30pm 

Afternoon Tea

3:30 – 3:50pm

NSW Government Address – Manufacturing overview, insights and outlook

Accelerating the adoption and development of modern manufacturing capabilities. Explore the challenges and opportunities for manufacturers now and in the future.

3:50 – 4:20pm

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Kevin Worrell, Project Director, Dulux

Australia and the world’s best practice in Manufacturing

  • How does Australia stack up in smart manufacturing?
  • Production line design best practice and where to start
  • Sourcing new equipment and technologies fir for purpose
  • Lessons learnt in smart manufacturing and Australia’s innovation opportunities

4:20 – 4:50pm

Freddie Coertze, National IoT Business Manager, Ifm

The Modern Factory

  • How to set up a future proof facture
  • Benefits of digitalisation & AI
  • What are the costs?
  • Where does an operation start?

4:50 – 5:00pm

Closing Summary

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