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Conference Programme

View the Future Aluminium Forum conference programme below.

Please note, this is subject to change at the organiser's discretion

Tuesday 8 May 2018

08:45: Welcome to the Future Aluminium Forum
Nadine Bloxsome, Editor, Aluminium International Today

08:50: Opening Welcome
Dr Mauro Cibaldi, President, CentroAl

09:00: Keynote: From Automating Knowledge to Doing the Impossible: Five Top Use Cases for the Aluminium Industry to go Digital
Stefan Koch, Global Lead for Metals, SAP SE

Session One - The Digital Revolution

The Origins of the Industry 4.0 Concept
Dr Mario Gibertoni, Gruppo Studio Base

Guided maintenance with HoloLens
Mark Breeden, HSO

Implementing Industry 4.0
Dan Miller, Innoval Technology Ltd

10:30: Coffee Break and Exhibition Time

Session Two - Industry 4.0 in Aluminium Manufacturing: Status, Strategy and Capabilities

Combining Physically Based Models and Artificial Intelligence in Future Production of Aluminium Extrusions
Hans Erik Vatne, Trond Furu, Ole Daaland, Rune Østhus
and Ole Runar Myhr, Norsk Hydro

Dedicated Data Warehouse Solution for Rolling Mills
Hans Peintinger, General Manager, QuinLogic GmbH

A Big Data Platform for Industrial Cloud Applications
Roger Feist, Digitalisation, Achenbach Buschhütten GmbH & Co. KG

Accelerating the Application of Material and Manufacturing Innovations Through Open Challenges
Marcos Ierides, Innovation Consultant, Bax & Company

Session Three - Plant Security and Safety

Managing the Cyber Security Risks in Advanced Manufacturing
Alexeis Garcia-Perez, Reader in Cyber Security Management at the Centre of Business in Society of Coventry University (UK)

Trend of Automation and Data Exchange in Manufacturing Technologies
Dr Carl Stephen Patrick Hunter BA (Dunelm) Hon DSc FRINA FIMarEST MRAeS is CEO and Managing Director of Coltraco Ultrasonics

13.15: Lunch and Exhibition Time

Session Four - The Smelter of the Future

Towards a 4.0 in the Process Industry landscape: The Smelter of the Future
Claude H. Vanvoren, President, AVTAL Association

The Karmøy Technology Pilot – Industry 4.0 from words to implementation
Hans-Erik Vatne, Chief Technology Officer, Hydro

Aluminium Smelting in the Age of Renewable Energy and the Internet of Things
Geoff Matthews, Energia Potior

Primary Aluminium Production Industry 4.0 Integrated Automation
Maarten Meijer, President, GLAMA Maschinenbau GmbH

16:00: Coffee Break and Exhibition Time

Session Five - Key Market Opportunities

DANIELI DIGI&MET - Adding Value to Aluminium
Enrico Plazzogna, Danieli Automation

Smart Aluminium Temperature Sensors for Industry 4.0
Fiona Turner, Ametek Land

What Industry 4.0 means for Aluminium Smelters and Aluminium Extrusion
Davide Brancaleoni, Rockwell Automation
Roberto Motta, Business Development Lead NSS, Rockwell Automation

17:30: Conference close

Wednesday 9 May 2018

08:30: Introducing the Future Aluminium Forum
Nadine Bloxsome, Editor, Aluminium International Today

Session Six - Sustainable Innovations: How is the Latest Technology Aiding the Move Towards a Greener Aluminium Industry?

Aluminium Smelting in the Age of Renewable Energy and the Internet of Things
Jerome Lucaes, UC Rusal

How Industry 4.0 will Affect Potroom Operations
Mark Dorreen, Energia Potior

Tracking Sustainable Aluminium
Dr Melanie Williams, Sustainability Consultant

Smart Recycling and the Circular Economy
Dr Gino Schiona, President, CiAl

Session Seven - Striking a Balance with Automation and Productivity

In-situ Chemical Specification Analysis with Automated Alloying and Homogenisation
Rob Morello, Altek

Cobots Enable Flexible Manufacturing for Industrial SMEs
Marc Verbenkov, Innovation Consultant, Bax & Company

Digitalisation of Heat Treatment Makes your Furnaces Talk to You!
Claudio H. Goldbach, Termica

11:00: Coffee Break & Exhibition Time

The Innovation Hub: European Aluminium Panel Session

Founded in 2015, the European Aluminium Innovation Hub is a proactive community of innovative companies from across Europe’s aluminium value chain. The goal is to trigger research projects that advance a sustainable future and tackle technological challenges, thereby advancing the industry’s Sustainability Roadmap to 2025.

In this panel session, European Aluminium will analyse with key speakers respectively from the aluminium industry, the technology supplier industry and the research community how digitalisation can boost innovation and sustainability in the aluminium sector, especially through collaborative public-private funded projects and cross-sectoral approach.

Panellists include:

  • Hans-Erik Vatne, Senior Vice President – Chief Technology Officer - Norsk Hydro 
  • Serge Despinasse, Aluminium Technology and IT Director, Fives – Aluminium Division
  • Claudio Pastrone , Head of Pervasive Technologies Area, Istituto Superiore Mario Boella (ISMB)
  • Christian Leroy, Manager Innovation Hub – European Aluminium

12:30: Lunch & Exhibition Time

Session Eight
Industry 4.0 and its Challenges: What Does the Future Look Like?

Aluminium & Digital: Path to the Future
Vikas Devnani, VP, Operations & Business Head, AlCircle.com

Role and Limitations of the Equipment Supplier in the Deployment of Industry 4.0 Strategies in Aluminium Production and Processing 
Pascal Côté, Director, Development and Innovation, STAS

Session Nine - Smarter Manufacturing for a Streamlined Supply Chain

Aluminium Alloys for Additive Manufacturing
Riccardo Casati, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Politecnico di Milano

A Sophisticated Industry Tool Delivering Data for Aluminium Production 4.0
Alexander Schlemminger, SECOPTA Analytics GmbH

Digitalisation of Aluminium Casting Process Improves Competitiveness Based on Real Time Monitoring and Quality Predictive Model
Nicola Gramegna, EnginSoft SpA

Data-Driven Industrial Modelling Of Future Wrought Aluminium Alloys
Dr. Varužan Kevorkijan, Impol

16:00: Coffee Break and Exhibition Time

16:30: Conference close

Delegate registration

The conference fee includes a two-day conference programme, refreshments, a networking lunch and conference proceedings. Register online to subscribe to the Future Aluminium Forum package which will include subscription to Aluminium International Today, AIT Directory, relevant news alerts and admission to the Future Aluminium Forum.


Please note: the conference fees will also be subject to value added tax where applicable.

Contact Sophie Wright, Delegate Sales Manager, to book your place now.

E: sophiewright@quartzltd.com
T: +44 (0)1737 855 022


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