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Webinar: Stepping in to Machine Tending

This webinar roundtable hosted by BARA has been organized to look at robotic machine tending and it’s rise to prominence in multiple areas of the manufacturing industry. During the webinar the panel of industry professionals discussed a range of topics about how machine tending is currently being used, the trends towards more companies employing robotic systems to automate their dull, dirty and dangerous tasks and how the implementation of these systems was approached by both system integrators and end users. We also looked at why companies invested in these systems and also why some companies looked at this technology and decided it was not right for them at this moment.

View the webinar below or click here to watch on the AutomateUK TV YouTube channel.

If you have any questions, please contact marketing@automate-uk.com

Webinar Chair

Paul Jones

Managing Director | MTDCNC
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I started my Career at Rolls Royce in Bedford as an apprentice learning all aspects of engineering, everything from fitting, welding and machining. Once my apprenticeship had concluded I continued to work for Rolls Royce in the heavy engineering machine shop. I chose to leave Rolls Royce and travel the world whilst in my early 20's. When i returned from travelling in 2001 I worked for Microloc selling workholding solutions, from here I then began selling machine tools working for Bridgeport, then DMG MORI before finishing my machine tool sales career at Mills CNC in 2007, this is when I set up MTDCNC. To date I have continued running MTDCNC as the Managing Director. MTDCNC is a World leading platform providing manufacturing with daily news/insights and video media, educating manufacturers of tomorrow.

Panellists

Matthew Rollins

General Industry Business Development Manager | ABB
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Matthew Rollins, General Industry Business Development Manager aims to promote automation in machine tending. Having previously enjoyed several roles across various industries within automation and robotics over the past 17 years, including machine tool tending, he draws from his extensive range of knowledge and involvement in the introduction of innovative technology to deliver return on investment. Matthew’s success comes from helping develop robotic solutions within emerging industries, helping support businesses with their first steps into automation. ABB is a leading robotic manufacturer and solutions provider.

Oliver Selby

Robot Sales | FANUC
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Oliver has spent nearly 20 years working for FANUC within various roles in the UK and Scandinavia, covering most critical parts of the business from engineering to service provision, and with a current responsibility in for robot sales. Oliver has an expert understanding of industrial automation and its use within modern day manufacturing strategy. Oliver has a well-rounded view of the UK robotics market, and maintains a good global understanding of the various markets and industries from global partners. Combined with a passion for engineering, manufacturing and business development, Oliver’s knowledge and skillset is a powerful combination when discussing the development of people or manufacturing strategy and the identification of opportunities within a market sector. Oliver’s current responsibility within FANUC incorporates market development which directly relates with BARA’s mission to increase robot and automation adoption.

Michel Beauchemin

Product Manager | Robotiq
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Michel Beauchemin has been working at Robotiq for more than 5 years now and occupied the role of Application Engineer, Channel Sales Manager, and now Product Manager for 2 & half years. Michel is mainly focusing on the Machine Tending market at Robotiq.

Paul Stout

Managing Director | Adelphi Automation
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Paul Stout is Managing Director and part owner of Adelphi Automation, a very successful and growing systems integrator in the north of the UK. Adelphi work in many sectors of industry including Aerospace, Auto tier 1 and Food & Beverage and have designed and installed many bespoke systems into these industries. Paul’s history is in controls engineering and robotic programming, he has a fantastic understanding of automation systems and how to improve process’s with both robotic and non-robotic solutions. Paul’s passion for engineering is clear to see from the moment you meet him, and his enthusiasm is infectious. Adelphi Automation have designed, sold and installed a standard machine tending solution they call Robotend. This puts Paul in a unique position to give a rounded experience of these systems and their implementation with companies of all sizes.

Richard Thursfield

T&Q Director | CNC Speedwell
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T&Q Director responsible for the introduction of affective automation within the machine tending and assembly operations of the Castings PLC Group. 35 years in Quality and Production common sense, 5 in Automation.