Competence and Technology - Exploring Flexibility for Modern Manufacturers

2nd November 2022, 08:30 – 10:00 CET

Ensuring that the workforce has the competence needed to handle a variety of projects and improve their everyday work is vital in ensuring flexibility as a manufacturer. Whether it is a case of responding to changing demands from clients or trying to set up a modern factory with all the best tools, the right competence is crucial.

During these 90 minutes we will delve into approaches for strengthening flexibility. We will hold a dialogue on the potential that upskilling programs could offer and we will listen in to a case on how to approach setting up a new factory.

Hosted by:

Bengt-Göran Rosén
PhD, Docent, Professor in Mechanical Engineering at Halmstad University
Tony Strows
Head of Digital Learning Strategy & Transformation, Philips
Magnus Ekbäck
Vice President Strategy and Business Development, Sandvik Coromant

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Academia and Corporate Combined ― Developing Competence Through Joint Initiatives
Bengt-Göran Rosén, PhD, Docent, Professor in Mechanical Engineering at Halmstad University

Technological advancements in the manufacturing industry have resulted in a change to the competence required by the workforce as more and more processes are handled by robots and computers. This in turn, has allowed for academia to take on a larger role in the reskilling and upskilling of manufacturing competence. Through modernization of educational programs as well as joint training programs built together with manufacturers, academia helps play a vital role in creating lifelong learning for the manufacturing workforce.

In this session we will hear from our speaker on the importance academia plays in upskilling and learn more about how such a program is structured.

  • Why is lifelong learning important?
  • How do we setup joint upskilling initiatives to ensure success?
  • What is academia's role in relation to manufacturing competence?
Upskilling to Meet the Manufacturing Challenges of the Future
Tony Strows, Head of Digital Learning Strategy & Transformation, Philips

Taking into consideration the massive developments that manufacturing has seen over the last 30 years it should come as no surprise that it has affected both the competence required and available. As education programs have modernized to fit the competence needs of manufacturers, they are no longer taught some of the old ways of working and at the same time those who have already had years of experience are struggling to learn new ways of working.

In this mentor dialogue our speaker will discuss their approach to of an upskilling program.

  • Why is it crucial that we retain old methods of working?
  • How could a training program be laid out to ensure that competence is properly taught?
  • What would the expectations be in terms of tangible results from such a project?
Upskilling from Different Perspectives
Bengt-Göran Rosén, PhD, Docent, Professor in Mechanical Engineering at Halmstad University
Tony Strows, Head of Digital Learning Strategy & Transformation, Philips

As a result of technological advancement and innovation cooperation between organizations and academia is more important than ever to keep up with the rapidly changing manufacturing industry. However, perspectives on the optimal approach can sometimes differ and in this Q&A session you get to hear both perspectives as our speakers come together to answer questions.
Forgoing the Legacy ― A Case on Building a Modern Factory
Magnus Ekbäck, Vice President Strategy and Business Development, Sandvik Coromant

Technological advancements have transformed manufacturing into something that takes place as much in the digital as the physical realm and allows for unprecedented flexibility and efficiency in production. Digital twins of the factory and machines, automated production with the help of robotics, virtual realities and sensors on machines that collect useful data. These are only some of the technologies that manufacturers utilize today, and some manufacturers have gone even further by taking full advantage of all these technologies to create modern and lighthouse factories that set the standard for manufacturing of tomorrow.

In this session our speaker will share how their company approaches becoming a manufacturer of the future.


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