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Shows for a smart era

08 March 2018

The biennial co-located events Drives & Controls, Fluid Power & Systems, Plant & Asset Management, and Air-Tech Exhibitions will be joined this year by Smart Industry Expo 2018 when they return to Birmingham’s NEC  (Halls 8, 9 and 10) from 10th -12th April 2018, alongside MACH 2018.

Industry 4.0 and The Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT), presents huge opportunities for British manufacturing over the next decade, and the inaugural Smart Industry Expo 2018 will leave visitors in no doubt that the 'smartening' process of industry and manufacturing is going to change the face of global industry.

Organiser, DFA Media, says Smart Industry Expo 2018 will be an opportunity for visitors to learn how to prepare for this smart era and to see the variety of technology and services on offer. They will also be able to discuss issues such as advanced automation, digital networks, and design methods including 3D CAD/CAM, smart grid technologies, new production processes, 3D printing, and next generation industrial robots – including collaborative robots.

Other areas covered include: Predictive Maintenance 4.0, IT-based automation solutions that will bring fundamental change to all in-factory processes, IT security, and smart technologies that manage and coordinate power, gas and heat networks – integrated energy.


Drives & Controls Exhibition will again bring together key suppliers of state-of-the-art equipment representing the multi-tasking culture of today’s design engineer, covering critical areas such as energy efficiency, machine safety, drives, motion control, robotics and automation plus much more, all under one roof.

Gambica and the European Transmission Distributors Association will be hosting pavilions where their members can promote their activities. 

Following the success of the inaugural robotics demonstration zone at the 2016 show, this feature returns with working displays of the latest in robot technologies, including cobots. Elsewhere, visitors will be able to test their driving skills on a Formula 1 simulator on Megadyne's stand.

Other events running alongside Drives & Controls Exhibition and Smart Industry Expo, include:

•  Plant & Asset Management 2018, an event for plant, asset, maintenance and works management engineers and directors, showcasing the very latest in condition monitoring, CMMS, outsourcing/contract maintenance, energy efficiency, boilers/burners/combustion, handling and storage plus much more.

•  Fluid Power & Systems 2018 is the UK’s only exhibition totally focused on hydraulics, pneumatics, systems and related equipment and has the support of the British Fluid Power Association.

•  Air-Tech 2018 is set to highlight current key themes related to the very latest in air compressor and related technology from companies from around the globe. The event is supported by the British Compressed Air Society, and is the UK’s only dedicated event for the compressed air and generators market. 


Located at the heart of the 2018 co-location is The Knowledge Hub, which will feature a free programme of seminars and panel discussions, with speakers offering expert insight and practical advice on important and topical issues. The theme for 2018 is Smart Factory - Concept to Reality, the journey to a smart future. There will be seminars from leading figures in the industry, including:

  • Lynne McGregor - Innovate UK
  • Chris Richards - EEF
  • Steve Brambley - GAMBICA
  • Dr Susan Scurlock - Primary Engineer
  • Dave Atkinson - Lloyds Bank
  • Chris Buxton - BFPA
  • Lina Huertas – HVM Catapult
  • Sam Turner – HVM Catapult
  • Jeremy Hadall - MTC
  • Paul Brooks – Santander
  • Mike Wilson - BARA

Each day of the Knowledge Hub will represent a different stage of the smart journeym covering all aspect of the digital transformation: Day 1: Concept; Day 2: Transition; and Day 3: Implementation. For the full seminar programme and to register, please visit: http://www.smartindustry-expo.com

Maintenance Seminar Theatre

In the Maintenance Seminar Theatre speakers will offer insight and practical advice on topical issues of concern to today’s maintenance professionals.

The free seminars will include topics such as: The economic benefits of condition-based maintenance; Maintenance 4.0; improving maintenance and managing plant availability & lifecycle costs; oil sampling and analysis; maintenance, repair and overhaul of rotating equipment, plus much more.

For the Maintenance Seminar Theatre programme, including session synopses, and to register, please visit: www.maintenanceuk-expo.com