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10:40
  1. The Subcon Innovation Zone
    30 mins
    • Product and Solution Innovation

    Listen, learn and ask questions in our quick fire innovation spotlight sessions. 

    Subcon innovation showcase 

    For example:  

    • Alternative materials for products and packaging 

    • Robotics 

    • Smart factory technologies 

    • Innovations in additive manufacturing 

    • High temperature materials production 

    • Recycled and recyclable options 

11:15
  1. The Subcon Innovation Zone
    40 mins
    • Workshop
    • What changes are necessary to integrate additive manufacturing into production workflows? 

    • Design processes and factory interfaces 

    • Where can small batch ordering reduce inventory levels and create efficiencies 

    • Contract manufacturing v in-house capability 

12:40
  1. The Subcon Innovation Zone
    30 mins

    This session aims to give participants an overview of modern simulation practices for composites engineering and the breadth of insight it can yield across the product lifecycle. Simulation allows many more candidate designs to be considered than would be possible through manufacturing test samples, providing significantly more information about a process. The talk will cover techniques and methodologies as well as some practical examples of applying these. Participants will come out with a deeper understanding of composites simulation, where to begin for those who are new to simulation and some advanced methods for those who are already heavy users. 

    • Understanding the role of simulation in modern composites engineering 
    • How simulation can be used to improve performance throughout the lifecycle of a component 
    • Using simulation to understand the impact of process uncertainty, such as raw material variability and machine variation 
    • How to undertake digital prototyping to accelerate the design process and give confidence in manufacturing processes 
    • Practical example of applying these tools and techniques to real cases 
13:15
  1. The Subcon Innovation Zone
    30 mins
    • Workshop
    Unlike other easily replicable processes, tube deformation is a complex manufacturing process requiring continuous research, material knowledge, and understanding of mechanical reactions. This workshop will delve into a compelling case study showcasing a production line's endeavour to achieve fully automated manufacturing of an aluminium tube component (entailing high productivity and tight tolerances), starting from raw material processing, including accessories insertion, marking, and quality inspection. 
13:50
  1. The Subcon Innovation Zone
    40 mins
    • Sector Focus Peer to Peer Meetings
    • Connected cars 

    • Case studies:  EV, racing, robotics, self-driving 

14:40
  1. The Subcon Innovation Zone
    30 mins
    • Workshop
15:15
  1. The Subcon Innovation Zone
    30 mins
    • Roundtable
15:50
  1. The Subcon Innovation Zone
    25 mins
    • Roundtable
    • New materials, proof of strengths 

    • Additive manufacturing  materials characterization 

11:50
  1. The Subcon Innovation Zone
    25 mins
    • Workshop
    • Attracting a younger and more diverse workforce into manufacturing 

    • Accessing top quality talent   

    • Apprenticeships and community connections to inspire young engineers 

13:40
  1. The Subcon Innovation Zone
    40 mins
    • Workshop
    • How to access the funding for innovation and research 

    • Where to showcase SME expertise to potential buyers 

    • Taking your business to the next step – growth pathways 

    • Traceability in your supply chain

15:00
  1. The Subcon Innovation Zone
    25 mins
    • Roundtable
    • Understanding the benefits and challenges with planning for Scope 1, 2, 3 

    • What does being an ethical and responsible business actually mean, and how can you demonstrate value from this?  

    • Reporting, measuring, managing your emissions 

    • You are somebody else’s scope 3! 

    • Update on TCFD requirements