Compelling debate to consider AI impact on manufacturing

An insightful panel-led debate on whether AI technology presents a viable threat to job security in the manufacturing sector is among a host of fascinating, thought-leading exchanges at the Robotics and Automation Exhibition. Taking place at the NEC Birmingham in March, the Robotics and Automation Exhibition is an assembly of the world’s leading companies for a spectacular, immersive demonstration of the very latest robotics innovation.

The debate titled ‘AI – a threat to job security’? includes insights from four industry professionals. The learned panel comprises Robbie Cato, Automation Specialist at leading supermarket brand Morrisons; Agnes Wamagui, Knowledge Transfer Manager (Robotics) at Innovate UK; Simon Thorne, Senior Lecturer Computer Science, Cardiff School of Technologies, Cardiff Metropolitan University, and Gordon Baker Policy Lead for Robotics at UK Department of Science, Innovation and Technology.

Topics under discussion include a look at future labour challenges within the manufacturing industry. The panel will also consider how companies can strike a balance between leveraging AI to enhance productivity and ensuring employee wellbeing and job security.

The lively, informed debate is among many compelling highlights at the upcoming Robotics and Automation Exhibition. It includes an exhilarating mix of inspirational speakers, a showcase of innovative products and solutions and most enterprising of all, an awe-inspiring display of cutting-edge robotics technology. Hence, this is an immersive, must-attend event for professionals and business owners seeking a practical response to time-consuming, costly operational practices in the warehouse and logistics sector.

Speaking of the exhibition’s reputation as a go-to show for transformative robotics and automation, Robbie Cato said: “I’ve attended the Robotics and Automation Exhibition on numerous occasions. It never fails to live up to its promise as a show for inspiring new ideas and solutions to advance business operations.”

“The Robotics and Automation Exhibition is a specialist event for showcasing developments in operation technology to end users and engineers alike. Therefore, It’s the ideal forum for our debate on the future of AI in the manufacturing sector.

“I’m delighted to be taking to the Robotics and Automation Exhibition stage and look forward to enjoying another inspirational two days.” 

Morrisons PLC is the fifth-largest supermarket chain in the UK. The company’s manufacturing facilities offer improved control and complete traceability in respect of its meat and chilled food products. By taking ownership of the entire vertical supply chain, Morrisons is able to offer customers farm-to-fork produce.

Representatives from a number of global brands will be attending the Robotics and Automation Exhibition. It’s set to be the biggest and best show yet, with the much-anticipated exhibition now one of three shows under one roof – the other two being the ever-popular IntraLogisteX exhibition – the industry showcase for warehouse and logistics management solutions – and a highly-anticipated Sustainable Supply Chain Exhibition. Together, they will feature more than 350 exhibitors, 60 conference sessions and 8,000-plus attendees from across the warehouse and logistics sector.

An exciting new Innovation Trail brings a further layer of intrigue to this year’s three-in-one exhibition programme. A true journey of discovery, the Innovation Trail provides a bespoke pathway to products and systems deemed to be the most enterprising and transformative within the industry. It’s why for the warehouse and logistics sector, this event stands unparalleled. Its breakthrough innovations and expert insights form part of an unmissable agenda offering invaluable opportunities to engage with representatives from the industry’s most high-profile companies.

The Robotics and Automation Exhibition takes place on March 19th and 20th at NEC Birmingham. If you’re ready to be inspired, register your interest here

The professional panel discussion: AI – a threat to job security? will be held between 2.10pm and 3.25pm on Tuesday, March 19th at the Robotics and Automation Exhibition.

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