MACH2018 – a review

Manufacturing in Motion Event 2018

Manufacturing in Motion 2018

Back in January, I announced that I had been invited to participate as part of the British Standards Institution led panel session “How robotics and automation are transforming manufacturing systems” at the Manufacturing In Motion (MACH 2018) event at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre.

The Panel

MACH2018 Agenda

MACH2018 Agenda

The panel consists of:

  • Dan Palmer – Moderator
  • Professor Stephen Cameron – Robot Ethics
  • Robert Garbett – Drones & UAS
  • Ruptesh Pattanayak – AI transforming manufacturing
  • plus me ….


A number of questions were asked – in light of the event, these were with a manufacturing slant

  • How do you think robots, drones, autonomous systems and AI will change the manufacturing industry in the future?
  • What do manufacturers need to do to take advantage? What are the challenges and how to overcome them?
  • What is the role of standards in supporting these technologies?
  • What will the impact be on jobs? What skills will employers need to recruit for?
  • How can we make systems secure?


I even got headline billing in an article by Joseph Flaig for the IMechE… which was syndicated

My thanks to my fellow panelists for a good discussion, and my thanks especially to BSI for inviting me to be part of their session.

MACH 2018 BSI panel

MACH 2018 BSI panel
(photo: Joseph Flaig)

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