Future Robotics, the UK’s only dedicated industrial robotics conference, will take place on Tuesday 13 November at The Slate, Warwick University. Its pioneering approach to the topic has captured the attention of industry, including SICK UK – a company at the forefront of industrial sensor development since 1946 – which has pledged its support as headline sponsor of the event.

“Future engineering and manufacturing applications for robotics are rapidly being realised into today’s production environments. At SICK, we are keen to support the promotion of future robotics initiatives and encourage leadership, innovation and development,” comments Neil Sandhu, product manager for imaging, distance and ranging solutions.

The future of manufacturing in the UK is currently up for debate, making the timing of the conference crucial. Sandhu continues: “In reality, no one can be sure where UK manufacturing may be in the next 12 to 18 months. It is therefore key that events like Future Robotics are happening.

“UK manufacturing must decide now whether to invest in robotic automation technology to remain competitive in the future.”

Neil Sandhu will also lead one of the event’s hotly-anticipated CPD accredited seminars. Titled ‘Seeing is believing… Robots with a vision’, the presentation will explore how technologies are now being utilised as a vital part of robotics solutions within automation and how advancements in both robotics and machine vision have enabled easier integration, communication and deployment in today’s demanding and evolving environments.

The conference programme will also feature seminars led by key figures from companies including BARA (British Automation & Robot Association), Reply, Universal Robots, RARUK Automation Limited, TM Robotics, Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), UKIVA (UK Industrial Vision Association), Pilz Automation and Shadow Robot Company. The full schedule is now available on the Future Robotics website.

A table-top exhibition will take place alongside the seminar programme, where some of the industry’s leading companies will display live and interactive models of their innovative and forward-thinking products and solutions.

On the SICK UK stand, visitors can expect to see the PLOC2D and PLB Robot Guidance systems – intuitive camera-based parts and bin-picking localisation solutions that can easily handle unstructured materials-handling applications. Manufacturing experts will also be on hand to discuss individual cases on how to achieve safe robotics solutions that enable efficient human/robot collaboration.

Companies also exhibiting include Pilz Automation Technology, Universal Robots, ifm, igus, KUKA, Piab, Scorpion Vision UK, SensoPart, Servo Components & Systems Ltd, Shadow Robot Company and SMC.

With a wealth of knowledge, interactive experiences and networking opportunities on offer, Future Robotics has solidified itself as a ‘must-attend’ event for anyone involved in UK manufacturing.

Tickets cost just £55 +VAT – with prices including lunch and refreshments throughout the day – and are available through a secure online booking form on the Future Robotics website.

For more information or to book a ticket, visit www.futurerobotics.co.uk.