The future of automation
FANUC UK Open House 2021Monday 1st – Friday 5th November 2021
Building on the success of its first ever Open House in 2019, FANUC UK will be hosting a five-day exploration into the future of automation, between Monday 1st and Friday 5th November 2021.
Hosted in a COVID-secure environment at our UK headquarters at Ansty Park, Coventry, The Future of Automation Open House will host a series of talks, panel discussions and interviews with some of the leading lights in British industry, tackling the most pressing issues facing UK manufacturers:
- The automation outlook for UK manufacturers
- Digital transformation
We will also welcome an extensive array of exhibitors and partners from the across the world of automation. After such a challenging period for UK manufacturing, I personally look forward to welcoming you back.
Tom Bouchier – Managing Director, FANUC UK
Visit the FANUC UK OPEN HOUSE 2021
The Future of Automation Open House will take place over five days, between Monday 1st – Friday 5th November.
Monday and Friday will provide guests with open opportunities to explore the facility and engage with those exhibiting. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday will feature a series of themed talks, panel discussions and interviews tackling UK manufacturing’s most pressing challenges, with some of the leading lights in British Industry:
- Tuesday –The automation outlook for UK manufacturers
- Wednesday – Training & Education
- Thursday – Digital transformation & IIoT
Visitors will also be able to see FANUC’s latest technology, including its world-leading range in industrial and collaborative robots, machine tools and plastic injection moulding machines, alongside a range of guest exhibitors and demonstrations, displaying a wide variety of automation applications.
Monday & Friday are open days without program
Tuesday - November 2Core Theme: Automation & UK Manufacturing
Wednesday - November 3Core Theme: Business Development, Training & Apprenticeships
Thursday - November 4Core Theme: Industry 4.0 & IIoT
Meet the speakers
Meet the speakers at this year’s Open House event.
Luisa has worked in the Apprenticeships and Training sector since 2004, including Private Training Providers, Colleges and Awarding Bodies such as SQA and The CMI. Today, she is Deputy Director for Sales, Marketing, Recruitment and Communications at MTC Training, specialising in effective employer engagement to identify and fulfil current and future skills needs.
As Chief Executive Officer of Recycleye, Victor is responsible for the company’s team of 14 engineers as well as Recycleye’s strategic roadmap. Victor holds an MEng in Environmental Engineering (1:1) from Imperial College London and was most recently named in Forbes 2021, 30 under 30 for social impact list.
As Chief Executive of MK:U, Lynette is leading the development of the proposed new model university in Milton Keynes. Cranfield University is lead higher education partner working with Milton Keynes Council to develop the plan for MK:U, with the aim to open in 2024. MK:U will deliver flexible, business-focused education based on a digital economy curriculum.
Phil is the MTC’s automation technical specialist. His focus is assisting businesses to adopt automation. From building automation into products, through to building systems that manufacture products, he has been on both ends of the supply chain. Phil is delighted to be back at FANUC to discuss automation in UK industry.
Andrew Jewell attended Kingston Polytechnic/University and achieved a BSc (Hons) Degree in Chemistry with Business Administration. He is also a past Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC). For over three decades, Andrew has been involved in promoting manufacturing software solutions and has a substantial knowledge of implementing (real-time) MES/SFDC/Industry 4.0 into various manufacturing industry sectors.
Natalie is driven, ambitious, and resilient leader in business. A key decision maker with a proven/tested track record exceeding targets. “Understanding our clients business needs ensures we always deliver on their strategic innovation requirements, and gaining repeat business is the biggest compliment that endorses the quality of support we deliver”
Konrad has 23 years of broad experience in use of robotics, factory automation and IoT in metal processing industries. In 2007, Konrad joined FANUC and established FANUC Robotics Poland. After successful business development of robotics and machine tool businesses for FANUC in Poland Konrad joined FANUC Europe in 2014. In the role of IoT Business Director Konrad employs broad experience in new business start-ups, new product strategies, creation of partner channels and business process transformation. He uses his expertise to help FANUC´s customers to increase efficiency of their manufacturing processes, market competitiveness and success.
Phil has over 20 years of automation sales experience across many different industries. He is responsible for overseeing the growth of Rockwell Automation products, solutions, and services at end user customers across Northern Europe, ensuring the continued expansion of Digital Transformation that helps our customers become more productive and sustainable.
Mike Sykes is the Automation Systems Manager at Yamazaki Mazak UK Ltd. His role within the company involves developing Automation Solutions to integrate with Mazak’s UK and Japanese built machines for Mazak’s European Market. Mike joined Mazak 25 years ago and has worked closely with Fanuc for many years on a wide variety of projects
35 years in the Plastics Industry. Experience in all sectors, including Automotive, Packaging and Medical. Passion for developing complete Turnkey systems with full understanding of the Product functional and performance requirements.
Dr Barry Henley is adviser to Birmingham City University on knowledge transfer and a member of Aston University Business Advisory Council. He has a first degree in Chemical Engineering and a doctorate in management. He has held Chief Executive roles in companies in the UK, Singapore and Australia in security and fire protection.
"Passionate about UK Manufacturing - By not accepting the norm, making a change and monitoring the efficiency is where the results come flowing in. I thrive on making a difference, and making a positive impact on the bottom line. Profitable growth is what counts and this is what I achieve, with a focus on Manufacturing & Injection Moulding."
Professor Phil Webb is the Head of the Centre for Structures, Assembly and Intelligent Automation at Cranfield University and holds a Royal Academy of Engineering and Airbus Chair. He has significant experience in research and teaching in advanced manufacturing automation and robotics and has published widely on the subject.
Mike has a passion for working with companies to help them unlock the benefits of digital manufacturing, and is the Connected Enterprise ambassador for Rockwell Automation. Mike is passionate about helping unlock the potential that a digital manufacturing strategy can provide, utilizing and implementing both existing and disruptive technology.
Dee is responsible for the National Competitions-based training programme, careers strategy and the equity, diversity, and inclusion programme. Delivering this UK wide activity engaging education and employers to raise apprenticeship and technical education standards for all young people to succeed.
Leigh has decades of experience in metalworking, manufacturing and automation. From a maintenance engineer to mechatronics and eventually in sales and business development, his mission has always been to understand and deliver value to his customers. Currently Leigh is a head of sales at Fastems, responsible for the northern European region, including the UK.
Meet the exhibitors
The Future of Automation Open House will welcome in excess of 30 organisations from across the world of industrial automation.
Find out more about the companies exhibiting at the Future of Automation Open House in November 2021, below.
The British Automation and Robot Association; the independent voice for the Robot and Automation Industries, dealing with Government, industry, finance and academia.
Promoting the use of Industrial Robots and Automation through UK manufacturing, it matches the needs of its members with prospective buyers within, predominately, automotive, food, beverage and pharmaceutical sectors.
Bauromat is an automation solutions provider that has been manufacturing robotic systems for over 20 years. With expertise in the automated welding and laser sector, in recent years Bauromat has taken that knowledge and applied it to a range of other applications all with the same ‘Day 1 integration’ philosophy.
Mills CNC is one of, if not the, fastest growing machine tool company in the UK. Suppliers of advanced, high-performance Doosan Machine Tools, Synergi Automated Manufacturing Cells and Doosan Collaborative Robot solutions, all supported by world-class after-sales service and support.
NIKKEN solutions is the power behind some of the worlds’ most demanding products, helping to improve productivity and increase competitiveness in some of the most challenging applications.
Since 1989, NIKKEN has been supplying Europe with world-class solutions including: CNC Rotary Tables, NC Tooling Solutions, Tool Presetters and Spindle Optimisation.
Robopod is the innovative plug-and-play, reconfigurable robotics system with a unique standardised platform that offers endlessly adaptable solutions with unrivalled performance and the potential for rapid payback.
Robopod’s unique modular design is infinitely flexible, and able to adapt to different tasks, to deliver extra speed, productivity, and efficiency in response to changing markets.
Third Dimension is the leading manufacturer of non-contact gauging systems for measurement and control of gap and flush, edge, radius and angle features on individual components, assemblies, and finished products. Our GapGun® and Vectro® products are used by the largest names in aerospace, automotive and energy sectors worldwide.
Based in Nottingham, TPR is a relatively new company but has been ‘spun out’ of companies in the industry for years so benefits from a wealth of experience. TPR’s experts are pioneers in Adaptive Robot Control (ARC). With a background in optical metrology, the company supplies 3D automated inspection systems.
Cyan Tec provides complex, precision automation and robotic solutions to a wide range of manufacturing industries. From standalone machine to complete productions lines, Cyan Tec takes pride in the diversity and technical complexity of projects delivered. Cyan Tec also specialise in high end, precision technologies including laser and inkjet integration.
With over 60 years of innovation and expertise, SMC is the global market leader in pneumatic and automation technology, and possesses one of the largest ranges of ‘End of Arm Tooling’. Established in Japan in 1959, SMC has a global presence in 82 countries, with 51 subsidiaries and 5 global R&D centres.
Renishaw is one of the world’s leading engineering and scientific technology companies, with expertise in precision measurement, automation and healthcare. It supplies products and services used in applications as diverse as jet engine and wind turbine manufacture, through to dentistry and brain surgery, as well as metal additive manufacturing.
As solution provider LEONI offers high quality, durable and flexible robotic cables and dresspacks. It also develops and supplies all guiding elements required for smooth operation, including individual support components for guiding dresspacks, diverse installation fittings and innovative coupling and connector systems.
Intouch specialises in Industry 4.0 automation, to transform a plant into a smart, production-optimised factory. Real-time production and process monitoring, planning/scheduling, reporting and KPI/OEE analytics system can connect to all new or legacy machines; integrate with any existing ERP system, and is very easy to use.
Filtration Service Engineering specialises in the design, manufacture and servicing of bespoke swarf management systems for the machine tool industry. Established in 1959, FSE has long focused on providing the complete chip management solution to both end users and machine tool suppliers, including design, manufacturing, technical back-up, installation and delivery.
ITC is a specialist tooling supplier. Its objective is to supply customers with the best products, whilst making them more efficient by introducing productivity and method improvements. From solid carbide and PCD tooling, to indexable milling, turning and boring, plus top quality tool holders, ITC has an unbeatable product range.
With more than 30 years’ experience and industry knowledge, Zimmer Group is a global leader in the area of handling technology. It provides customers with a wide range of gripper components, robot accessories and bespoke handling systems, including a range of specific solutions for FANUC industrial and collaborative robots.
Routeco is part of Sonepar UK Limited. Formed in 1978 it successfully established itself as one of the UK`s leading distributors of industrial automation and control products. The company has expanded by focusing on providing customers with the very best choice of products from leading manufacturers from around the world.
Halter helps companies achieve greater efficiency and profits from their CNC machines. The company has developed complete plug-and-play solutions for every brand of CNC machine, new or existing, to help companies increase the efficiency of their operations and profitably run small and medium-sized batches with quick set up times.
Cyber-Weld has supplies new and re-engineered welding robot systems to companies all over the world. With a large client base and an experienced team specialising in all aspects of robot welding, at the heart of the business is a firm belief in providing brilliant customer service and after-sales support.
Cleveland Systems Engineering was formed in 1995 as a control systems integrator specialising in control systems and software for the manufacturing and process industries. Cleveland Systems is an approved SIEMENS Solution Partner and Fanuc Strategic Partner with specific expertise in PLC´s, HMI´s, Drives, Networking Functional Safety, Machine Vision, and Robotics.
Colchester Machine Tool Solutions as part of the 600 Group, have been suppling machines for over 100 years. World class machines to all industry and educational sectors, in both the UK and Global markets. We currently supply both manual and CNC turning, milling and grinding machines, along with drilling, sawing and laser marking equipment from our Elland, West Yorkshire, and European Headquarters.
Rockwell Automation Inc. (NYSE: ROK), is a global leader in industrial automation and digital transformation. We connect the imaginations of people with the potential of technology to expand what is humanly possible, making the world more productive and more sustainable. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Rockwell Automation employs approximately 24,000 problem solvers dedicated to our customers in more than 100 countries. To learn more about how we are bringing the Connected Enterprise to life across industrial enterprises, visit
With 11,000 standard components SCHUNK offers the world’s largest range of clamping technology and gripping systems from a single source and with 2,550 SCHUNK grippers, the broadest range of standard gripper components on the market.
Schmalz is the market leader in vacuum automation and ergonomic handling systems.
Schmalz products are used all over the world.
The wide range of products includes individual components such as suction cups and vacuum generators, as well as gripping systems, clamping solutions and handling systems.
GTMA is a UK based trade association representing leading companies in precision engineering, rapid product development, toolmaking, tooling technologies, metrology and other critical manufacturing related products and services
We have a committed strategy to focus on major market sector opportunities, from aerospace and automotive to medical and marine.
OnRobot provides a full line of innovative Plug & Produce solutions for collaborative applications which help manufacturers gain the full advantages of automation, including ease of use, cost-effectiveness, and safety alongside human workers. OnRobot’s One Stop Shop for Collaborative Applications, facilitate easy automation for material handling, machine tending, surface finishing, quality, and assembly applications.
Solent Automation has developed a platform to develop, deploy and support automation to tackle common manual labour intensive tasks. Our robot cells use proven and reliable components to solve ‘pick-and-place’ challenges in an industrial environment at a price which is accessible to everyone.
We provide the skills needed for the technology of today and the future.
At MTC Training, we are focused on developing, maintaining and building upon the vital skills required by manufacturing graduates, technicians, engineers and managers to deliver the technologies that keep the Great British manufacturing industry globally competitive.
GOM is a leading innovator in developing optical 3D metrology systems and measurement software. GOM develops, produces and sells software and systems worldwide, for 3D coordinate measuring technology and 3D testing based on the latest research results and innovative technologies. In addition, GOM shares knowledge on processes and measurement technology in training courses, conferences and application-based workshops.
Global computer numerically controlled (CNC) machine tool supplier Yamazaki Mazak has been manufacturing in the UK for over 30 years at its Worcester-based European Manufacturing Plant, currently employing over 500 people. Mazak produces over 40 machine types, with over 1,000 units annually to multiple manufacturing sectors and general subcontractors across the UK, Europe and beyond.
The Manufacturing Technologies Association is the UK’s trade association for companies in the manufacturing technology sector. MTA Members design, manufacture and supply the advanced machinery, equipment and intellectual property that enable the creation of the products we rely on from day to day and that drive our economy.
Represented by Gunther UK, Contura MTC are a conformal cooling specialist with the aim of reducing cycle times and improving part quality by maximising the cooling potential of a mould.
WorldSkills UK is an independent charity and a partnership between employers, education and governments. Together, we are using international best practice to raise standards in apprenticeships and technical education so more young people and employers succeed.
As a longstanding Fanuc strategic partner Hi-Tech Automation is an automation intelligence company dedicated to the total success of its customers, and profitable market leadership.
By maintaining awareness and a strong understanding of technological developments within existing and new markets, we will continually strive to provide state of the art and highly productive and reliable automation solutions.
IDEC, founded in 1945, are in continual pursuit of achieving the “Creation of the Optimum Environment for Humans and Machines,” and have developed the most advanced products and technologies while saving energy and ensuring safety based on our “Save & Safety” philosophy.
Our challenge to lead the future of automation will never stop. Leveraging our technologies, accumulated knowledge and powerful human resources, we strive to be the best partner of our worldwide customers.
Represented by Gunther UK, Contura MTC are a conformal cooling specialist with the aim of reducing cycle times and improving part quality by maximising the cooling potential of a mould.
Across the manufacturing industry, KEYENCE provides partners with a single supplier for automation and inspection technology. Our comprehensive range of sensors, safety equipment, code readers, machine vision systems, static eliminators, laser markers, measurement systems and microscopes not only meets the current needs, but also the future requirements of the manufacturing sector.
Sourced globally from a variety of major petrochemical producers, Plastribution supplies a range of polyolefins, styrenics, engineering polymers, specialities, masterbatches and custom compounds for a range of markets, including: packaging, construction, automotive, medical and electrical applications.
Our vision is to be the UK’s preferred supplier of plastic raw materials.
Backed by Cranfield University and Milton Keynes Council, MK:U will address the urgent technological and skills gaps that exist in the UK economy. The vision for the new, ground-breaking university is one that is hands-on, focused on a curriculum for the digital economy, and specifically addressing the employment needs of organisations in the 21st century.
Euchner are specialists in industrial safety engineering, offering products and services helping to minimize hazards and risks. Pioneer of the RFID locking safety switch, the family-owned business was established in Germany in 1953. Combining design expertise, innovation and quality, Euchner’s safety devices are suitable for an array of manufacturing sectors.
Endoline Robotics specialise in the design, construction, integration and support of automated robotic palletiser systems.
Capable of covering simultaneous, multiple production lines for different types of packaging, our state-of-the-art palletising systems are designed to give you the best possible value for your investment through maximum productivity with minimal stoppage time.
The industry’s most comprehensive line of high-performance automation, workholding, and containment solutions is ideal for a wide range of applications. For unique challenges. Destaco’s dedicated engineering service team will modify existing products or create entirely new solutions to meet your production needs. Regardless of your application, Destaco offers a variety of solutions to meet your needs. From manual clamps and robotic end effectors to precision link conveyors and transfer ports.
Recycleye uses advanced machine learning, computer vision, and robotics to bring transparency, traceability and accountability to the waste management industry. Founded in 2019 by CEO Victor Dewulf and CTO Peter Hedley, the company has raised over $5m to date, backed by Promus Ventures, Playfair Capital, MMC Ventures, Atypical Ventures, and Creator Fund. Recycleye operates within the UK and across Europe.
Take a look at our automation cells
Visitors to The Future of Automation Open House will be able to experience a broad range of real-world industrial automation systems, condensed into compact demonstration cells.
HALTER LoadAssistantThe HALTER LoadAssistant is an easy-to-use CNC machine tending system with short set-up times for small and medium-sized batches. A smart and well-thought-out system, for any company and the operator does not need any knowledge about robots to operate the HALTER.
CyanTec FlexlaseHyperion Flexlase •High quality, compact, modular laser processing machine •Uses FANUC M20iB 6-axis robot, with interchangeable heads for high-quality welding, cutting, cleaning and marking •Combines characteristics of fibre fed solid state laser technology, together with high end processing optics
GOM ATOS Scanbox 4105Automated 3D measurement machine containing a FANUC Robot M20iA
FANUC X Rockwell Automation VR SuiteA multi-product virtual environment offering the user the opportunity to view any FANUC product in 1:1 scale. The virtual environment has been built in Emulate3D and is viewed through a virtual reality headset creating a fully immersive experience in which the user can experience and interact with FANUC products.
FANUC DR3iBHigh speed pick and place demonstration utilising FANUC’s newest delta robot the DR3iB/8L and the FANUC SR6iA. Demonstrating the use of FANUC servomotors, iRVision and iRPicktool to show the line tracking capability of FANUC robots.
FANUC X Auto Tech Flexi-TendThe Flexi-Tend robotic modular machine tending system is designed to work with the complete range of Fanuc Robodrill CNC machining centres providing a low-cost solution for fast and reliable machine tending and load/unload capability. Designed to be simple and small in footprint, the system can be suppled with new Fanuc machines or retrofitted to older Robodrill systems to improve unmanned operation and deliver greater productivity.
MAZAK QTE-200 SG equipped with the Ez LOADER 10•Ez Operation – Just set workpieces and start operation •Ez Setup – Only 15 minutes required to integrate to a machine •Ez Custom – Easy to create original operation for all machining operations
Colchester Machine Tool Solutions Harrison Alpha 1400 XS Manual/CNC Flat bed LatheThe Harrison Alpha 1400 XS is a Manual/CNC flat bed lathe. The machine is based on our world renown flat bed centre lathe with an excellent reputation for accuracy, reliability, and longevity.
Cleveland Systems Cam Follower Pick and Place Sorting CellExhibition demo cell featuring the FANUC ER-4iA utilising a bespoke pick and place application and 3D Vision with a payload capacity of 4 KG and a reach of 550MM built within one single modular framework. Parts are picked from a tray and placed into specific nest dependent on the part type picked. This demonstration cell showcases Fanuc 3DV, allowing the robot to intelligently pick parts from a tray and place them into the nest using a bespoke electric gripper on the end of the robot.
Renishaw Equator Automated Gauging SystemThe Equator gauging system enables process control by delivering highly repeatable, thermally insensitive, versatile and reprogrammable gauging to the shop floor. Come and see the equator gauging system in action.
Recycleye Prototype Delta Robot PickerRecycleye presents our prototype Delta robot picker, designed to pick up to 60 items per minute. This next generation robot in the Recycleye Robots solution provides faster, more accurate and traceable picking. Combining the Delta robot with the Recycleye Vision system means access to the world’s largest database of materials and packaging, giving accurate and reportable waste management data.
Renishaw Probing SolutionsRenishaw provides solutions for tool setting, broken tool detection, component set-up, in-cycle gauging and first-off component inspection, with automatic offset updates. Renishaw will be showcasing a selection of Machine tool probing solutions and New Fanuc HMI probing software, as well as a demonstration on a Fanuc Robodrill machine.
Schmalz FXCBVacuum area gripping system with integrated pneumatic vacuum generator and flow resistors
Third Dimension Vectro Whitegoods Demo CellThe cell features a Third Dimension ‘Vectro’ non-contact gauging system integrated with a CRX-10iA/L collaborative robot for the measurement and control of ‘gap and flush’ features on a domestic appliance. The custom Vectro plugin for the wireless TP provides drag and drop functionality for setup and programming of the system.
Schmalz ECBPiCobotPump for electrical vacuum generation for collaborative robots
Mills CNC Premier SYNERGi Automation CellMills CNC Premier SYNERGi automation cell will be demonstrating loading and unloading of components to a Doosan Lynx2600Y CNC lathe. Equipped with live tooling, sub spindle and 105mm Y axis stroke enabling lights out production from raw billet to finished part. Synergi software is powerful & user friendly.
Bauromat BAURO-MATEBAURO-MATE is a flexible automation solution that can be scaled to suit a variety of applications across a range of industries. Theis variation of BAURO-MATE on display features a vision system, quality Dopag sealant dispensing equipment and integrated conveyor system, but can easily be adapted to feature a turntable, hatch or drawer.
Cyber-Weld’s System 100Cyber-Weld’s System 100 – cost effective manual turntable robotic welder – 300kg / side – 6 axis FANUC arc mate – Single lift common base with forklift pockets – integrated into multiple power sources.
Robopod Automated Screwdriver Application with Fanuc SR6 SCARA robotA bespoke solution in a standard format, Robopod Screw provides the ultimate platform for your screwing application. Equipped with a Deprag automated driver system and Fanuc robot, the Pod can then be configured with a rotary table, drawer system or through conveyor giving complete flexibility for standalone or integrated operation.
Solent Collaborative PalletiserThe collaborative palletiser by Solent a cost effective, tried and tested solution, making end-of-line robotic automation attractive to producers of all sizes. It fills a gap in our wide range of end-of-line equipment. Having an efficient palletising system working in your production is crucial to allow operational success for businesses.
FANUC X Robopod iTend – Robodrill tending machineFanuc i-Tend allows for a continuous feed of product to your Robodrill. Up to 6 trays of product can be loaded into the tray stacking system ready for presenting to the 6-axis robot for de-palletizing. This cost-effective tending cell increases the productivity of your machinery allowing for lights out operation.
How to find us
FANUC is located at Ansty Business Park; is the new home for technology and innovation in the heart of the UK’s transport hub with six motorway junctions within a 20 mile radius and direct access to junction 2 of the M6 approximately 4 miles north of Coventry.
Significant development has already been undertaken with occupiers including MTC, HTRC, AMTC, Sainsbury’s, FANUC, AVL, The London Taxi Company, IPG and Meggitt are currently on site.
Ansty Park’s location ensures it is accessible to staff and visitors from in and around the UK. Whether you are travelling by car, bus, train or air, there is always a route to Ansty Park at the Heart of England.
Address: Sapphire Way, Ansty Business Park CV7 9DR