Smart Manufacturing Conference 2022

Smart Manufacturing Conference

Tuesday 20 September 2022

Inspire, innovate, transform

Join the global shift into the future of manufacturing. Ensure you 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.



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 

Meryl Swanson MP

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

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 – 10:20am 

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.

10:20 – 10:40am

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

The future of Cloud-Based Manufacturing: Moving to a more sustainable, automated and secure environment

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.  

10:40 – 11:00am

Morning Tea

11:00 – 11:20am

(Left to right)Angus Crossan, General Manager Commercialisation, Impact Innovation Group
Mikael Sandell, Global Account Manager, SMC Corporation ANZ
Gerrit Pool, Technical Director at Beak & Johnston Pty Ltd

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

Wiley Portraits

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

Industry Experts Panel – Modern Manufacturing Crystal Ball

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.

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
Thomas Goerke, Managing Director Trestle Digital (On behalf of Cisco Meraki)

12.30 – 1:30pm

Lunch Break

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

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Kylie Bell, Trade & Investment, Investment NSW

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 Honeyeater Project, Dulux Paints

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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