The theme of the 2015 conference is:

Maintaining Ireland as a High Value, Sustainable & Competitive Manufacturing Location

Whilst many European companies have identified the benefits that lean manufacturing and factory automation can bring it seems in Ireland that companies are struggling to move away from the “make do and mend” attitude. The continued stifling of technological progression within manufacturing will hamper our efforts to compete internationally.

Global manufacturing is continuing to be modernised, automating everything including processes, monitoring, systems and assembly floors.

With many international markets now able to compete on both cost and quality, it is imperative that Irish manufactures adapt accordingly to increase efficiency and productivity. This will enable  competition to continue in an ever more cost sensitive market.

Capital investment and the implementation of lean techiques improves time and cost savings, increases quality and efficiency, and enhances health and safety rates. This conference addresses the current issues facing Irish manufacturers and more importantly gives attendees key tools and techniques to successfully compete in a global market.


Understand how cost and time efficiencies can be achieved through automation

  • Enable your company to successfully manage the implementation Change Management, Continuous Improvement, Operational Excellence, Six Sigma, Overall Equipment Effectiveness, etc
  • Understand what human capital changes are required to necessitate increased factory automation
  • Learn why the implementation of lean systems and factory automation is essential to compete in world manufacturing
  • Understand how to accurately forecast cost when implementing automation: equipment, time, and people


  • Senior Management
  • Operations
  • Plant Management
  • Production and Engineering
  • Finance
  • Logistics
  • Programmes
  • Power/Commodities
  • IT


It is the autonomous operation of machines or industrial plants and factories by utilising data from sensors to control key output components, such as motors, pumps, heaters and valves.


The state of the machine or plant is monitored by the sensors and compared with the desired state, and a decision-making device, usually electronic, drives the key output components to achieve the required state. Automation helps improve the consistency of industrial processes and operations, thus improving overall quality. It also reduces costs by making the process more efficient than labour-intensive alternatives. By making manufacturing competitive on a global stage, and by maximising quality and value for money, automation helps build employment in a modern economy by enabling a stable manufacturing community and supporting high value-added jobs in the manufacturing company itself and through the supply chain.



Aviva Stadium
Lansdowne Road
Dublin 4