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Automation in Manufacturing

Date: 15th June 2023
Location: Silverstone Park Innovation Centre

Digital & Advanced Manufacturing SIG

This was our first Digital and Advanced Manufacturing event of 2023 on the 15th of June at Innovation Centre, Silverstone Park, Silverstone, Towcester NN12 8GX.

The topic of the event was Automation in Manufacturing, and as part of the event we explored how automation can improve overall productivity in the context of both hardware (robotics, physical technology, machine control, additive manufacturing, etc) and software (process automation in different business areas). With presentations and case studies, we  showcased best practices and examples of how automation has been successfully implemented within the business. We also had an interactive panel discussion at the end with all four speakers.

Our thanks goes to our speakers:

Fabien Rozzi (Global Head of Customer Success, Make):
Fabien is currently serving as Global Head of Customer Success at Make, the world’s most innovative no-code business automation and agility platform. Prior to this, he was Director of Sales at Make after several positions at Celonis, most lately as Director of Operations and Business Development. Fabien received Industrial Engineer training from the Technical University Munich, HEC Paris, and MIT.

Kieron Salter (CEO, KW Special Projects):

Kieron is an engineer and entrepreneur who made his start in the British motorsport industry.

He graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Oxford Brookes in 1993 before joining Reynard Racing where he progressed to become Head of their Special Vehicle Projects division. Kieron was Chief Engineer of five cars in 2000’s Le Mans 24 hours race and had three consecutive Le Mans Prototype winners there between 2001 and 2003.

Now, he is CEO of two innovative and engineering-led companies, KW Special Projects and the Digital Manufacturing Centre. Both companies are located in Silverstone Park. KW Special Projects is a high-performance engineering consultancy delivering niche vehicle programmes for road and track. The Digital Manufacturing centre is a state-of-the-art, multi-technology commercial additive manufacturing facility serving the automotive, motorsport, aerospace, space, medtech and energy sectors.

Dorian Smellie

CEO & co-founder of Total Control Pro and creator of DynamxMFG®, a cloud smart manufacturing platform that enables manufacturers to gain real time sight, management and control of their production processes.
From strumming guitar strings to deploying production tracking & ERP systems, his intrigue in technology and innovation has spread across multiple sectors.  As an engineering graduate from Bristol, he gained an early reputation for digitalising business processes and automation; from music & multimedia to client transactions & behaviour, for the likes of Experian, BetVictor, Virgin and Goodwood.  Through years of consulting and digital product design, his reputation grew for transforming productivity, output and the day-to-day experience of those working within the manufacturing sector.  Dorian’s career is driven by helping manufacturers produce more and waste less, and how smart and accessible technology enables more productive and competitive industrial enterprises.
While John Lewis, Safran, Alstrom and Sellafield are amongst the client base, Dorian guides Total Control Pro to support the SME supply chain to have the ‘right resources at the right place, doing the right job at the right time’.

Bradley McEwan (Business Development Manager at Beckhoff):

Bradley has 30 years’ experience in industrial automation with a focus on motion control and robotic systems. Starting as a design, applications and commission engineer, latterly moving into a Business Development role. Brad is helping OEMs increase their ROI by integrating Beckhoff Automations’ leading-edge, technology based solutions .

Simon Hall (Global Market Technical Sales at Beckhoff):

Simon joined Beckhoff in 2016 after completing his Bachelor’s degree at Edinburgh Napier University.

Since then, he has worked in a variety of roles starting out on the technical support team and moving on to become the IPC product Specialist for the UK.

In 2022 he switched from supporting UK customers to be a part of the global team, focused on implementing Beckhoff automation technologies in the food, beverage and packing sectors, in a technical sales role.

Richard Golstein (Director at Blue Precision Technologies)

Richard is the founder of a Gold Certified Make partner, specialising in automation and system integration and with extensive expertise in database management systems.  Richard and his team empower organizations to achieve their business objectives through their value-driven approach and deep understanding of automation and system integration.  With over 30 years of combined experience, Richard and his team have a successful track record in delivering international software implementation projects for both SME and Large Enterprise organisations.

Hear what our speakers had to say about the event: 

This was our first Digital and Advanced Manufacturing event of 2023 on the 15th of June at Innovation Centre, Silverstone Park, Silverstone, Towcester NN12 8GX.

The topic of the event was Automation in Manufacturing, and as part of the event we explored how automation can improve overall productivity in the context of both hardware (robotics, physical technology, machine control, additive manufacturing, etc) and software (process automation in different business areas). With presentations and case studies, we  showcased best practices and examples of how automation has been successfully implemented within the business. We also had an interactive panel discussion at the end with all four speakers.

Our thanks goes to our speakers:

Fabien Rozzi (Global Head of Customer Success, Make):
Fabien is currently serving as Global Head of Customer Success at Make, the world’s most innovative no-code business automation and agility platform. Prior to this, he was Director of Sales at Make after several positions at Celonis, most lately as Director of Operations and Business Development. Fabien received Industrial Engineer training from the Technical University Munich, HEC Paris, and MIT.

Kieron Salter (CEO, KW Special Projects):

Kieron is an engineer and entrepreneur who made his start in the British motorsport industry.

He graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Oxford Brookes in 1993 before joining Reynard Racing where he progressed to become Head of their Special Vehicle Projects division. Kieron was Chief Engineer of five cars in 2000’s Le Mans 24 hours race and had three consecutive Le Mans Prototype winners there between 2001 and 2003.

Now, he is CEO of two innovative and engineering-led companies, KW Special Projects and the Digital Manufacturing Centre. Both companies are located in Silverstone Park. KW Special Projects is a high-performance engineering consultancy delivering niche vehicle programmes for road and track. The Digital Manufacturing centre is a state-of-the-art, multi-technology commercial additive manufacturing facility serving the automotive, motorsport, aerospace, space, medtech and energy sectors.

Dorian Smellie

CEO & co-founder of Total Control Pro and creator of DynamxMFG®, a cloud smart manufacturing platform that enables manufacturers to gain real time sight, management and control of their production processes.
From strumming guitar strings to deploying production tracking & ERP systems, his intrigue in technology and innovation has spread across multiple sectors.  As an engineering graduate from Bristol, he gained an early reputation for digitalising business processes and automation; from music & multimedia to client transactions & behaviour, for the likes of Experian, BetVictor, Virgin and Goodwood.  Through years of consulting and digital product design, his reputation grew for transforming productivity, output and the day-to-day experience of those working within the manufacturing sector.  Dorian’s career is driven by helping manufacturers produce more and waste less, and how smart and accessible technology enables more productive and competitive industrial enterprises.
While John Lewis, Safran, Alstrom and Sellafield are amongst the client base, Dorian guides Total Control Pro to support the SME supply chain to have the ‘right resources at the right place, doing the right job at the right time’.

Bradley McEwan (Business Development Manager at Beckhoff):

Bradley has 30 years’ experience in industrial automation with a focus on motion control and robotic systems. Starting as a design, applications and commission engineer, latterly moving into a Business Development role. Brad is helping OEMs increase their ROI by integrating Beckhoff Automations’ leading-edge, technology based solutions .

Simon Hall (Global Market Technical Sales at Beckhoff):

Simon joined Beckhoff in 2016 after completing his Bachelor’s degree at Edinburgh Napier University.

Since then, he has worked in a variety of roles starting out on the technical support team and moving on to become the IPC product Specialist for the UK.

In 2022 he switched from supporting UK customers to be a part of the global team, focused on implementing Beckhoff automation technologies in the food, beverage and packing sectors, in a technical sales role.

Richard Golstein (Director at Blue Precision Technologies)

Richard is the founder of a Gold Certified Make partner, specialising in automation and system integration and with extensive expertise in database management systems.  Richard and his team empower organizations to achieve their business objectives through their value-driven approach and deep understanding of automation and system integration.  With over 30 years of combined experience, Richard and his team have a successful track record in delivering international software implementation projects for both SME and Large Enterprise organisations.

Hear what our speakers had to say about the event: 

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