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Practical steps to overcome labour shortages in the manufacturing industry

29th June 2023 at 11:30am

Although the manufacturing industry has been grappling with labour shortages for years, the challenge has been accelerated by events such as the Covid pandemic, Brexit, geopolitical disruptions and an ageing workforce.

According to PWC’s Annual Manufacturing Report 2020, British Manufacturers are facing the largest shortfall of skilled workers since 1989. Furthermore, a survey by Deloitte/Manufacturing Institute, projects that 2.69 million more manufacturing workers will retire by 2030.

The labour challenge, coupled with on-going supply chain disruptions has resulted in procurement, safety and supply chain leaders adapting a reactive, rather than a proactive, strategic approach to contractor sourcing and risk management.

To minimise project delays, health and safety risks and reputational damage, manufacturers must adopt a robust approach to contractor management and build partnerships with safe, credible and compliant contractors.

Join our sector supply chain expert, Rebecca Sperti to explore how to:

  • Re-build the foundations of your contractor network
  • Adopt a pro-active, not reactive approach to contractor management
  • Put strategic sourcing and pre-qualification at the heart of your contractor management strategy

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Sponsored by Alcumus
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Strategies for Managing Supplier Risk in Manufacturing

In response to ongoing market, economic and regulatory changes, manufacturers have had to re-evaluate their entire supply chain network of contractors and suppliers, from tier one and beyond. Whether you work in heavy industry or more specialist operations you must ensure that your supply chain network is safe, sustainable, and operating ethically.

Deeper supply chains coupled with increased pressure to adapt to heightened safety and sustainability regulations means that manufacturers need greater levels of control, quality, and visibility of their entire supply chain.

Robust sourcing and pre-qualification are at the heart of a compliant supply chain, enabling you to expose weak links that could cause harm to your business, your people, and the planet. Are you confident that you have the visibility you need to comply?

oin our sector supply chain expert, Rebecca Sperti on Tuesday 14th February at 11:30 GMT where we will explore unique challenges to your business and provide insight on how to gain greater control, visibility and buy-in from your supply chain network.

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Sponsored by Alcumus

Improve the safety and efficiency of hydrogen production or carbon capture process with the right instrumentation

Energy transition and decarbonisation are essential to achieve the ambitious climate target of net zero by the middle of the century. Investments to reduce emissions are accelerating the use of carbon capture and storage as well as the adoption of hydrogen as a preferred fuel source across multiple sectors.

In carbon capture and in the production of both blue and green hydrogen, instrumentation plays a critical role. The correct measurement technology delivers real-time information from the field, allowing tighter process control for safe and efficient operation of the plant.

Covering topics from post-combustion carbon capture plants in Norway to coke ovens in steel mills in Germany, Neil Jackson, Endress+Hauser’s Oil & Gas Manager, will highlight real-world solutions such as blending control of hydrogen into natural gas and ensuring the quality of the feed water to electrolysers.

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Sponsored by Endress & Hauser

Reducing Maintenance Time: Implementing Online Monitoring & Remote Lubrication with Ultrasound

Reducing the time needed for maintenance tasks is fundamental in today’s industrial facilities. Monitoring the condition of bearings, and especially lubrication, are among the most time-demanding tasks. Now, new solutions using ultrasound technology promise to dramatically reduce maintenance time, by coupling ultrasonic sensors, network-connected devices and single point lubricators. With this type of solution in place, maintenance teams can not only lubricate remotely, based on condition, but also reduce the time spent with lubrication by 95%!

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Sponsored by UE Systems

How to Enhance Supply Chain Compliance in the Manufacturing Sector

With an annual output of over £400 billion, the UK manufacturing sector is a major player in the worldwide market. Equally so, they’ve faced some of the steepest hurdles in the supply chain. In fact, 63% of enterprises in the manufacturing sector are discussing supplier risks at the board level and actively seeking to improve supply chain management in the business.

You’re determined to become resilient and build a stronger, more sustainable business. Labour shortages and other disruptions caused by COVID-19 have had an irreversible shift in the way that a manufacturing business sources, onboards and manages risk when working with suppliers and contractors in their supply chain.

Join us at our webinar – How to enhance supply chain compliance in Manufacturing – as we examine the unique challenges the manufacturing sector faces with supply chain compliance, and discuss the top tips for building safe, ethical supply chains.

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Sponsored by Alcumus

Ultrasound in the IIoT: Monitoring & Lubricating Bearings Remotely

Remote condition monitoring of bearings and precision lubrication executed anywhere, anytime, and from any device, is already a reality. Pairing the Internet of Things with Ultrasonic sensors has brought the development of innovative maintenance solutions that will take condition monitoring of assets to a whole new level, allowing maintenance teams to stop most bearing failures at its tracks.

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Sponsored by UE Systems

IPE Live

Our 2020 event focuses on Maintenance and is aimed at those with responsibility for managing maintenance and reliability

Seminars will cover:

  • Predictive Maintenance
  • Preventative Maintenance
  • Reliability Centered Maintenance
  • CMMS
  • Training & Asset Management

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Sponsored by IPE

Fall protection in complex environments

Protecting people while they work at height - particularly in complex environments and while operating heavy plant machinery - is a big responsibility. Getting fall protection wrong can have catastrophic consequences.

This webinar will provide you with an essential briefing on developing and delivering robust fall protection regimes in heavy industry, and will cover:

  • A 360° approach to fall protection - what does this look like?
  • The hierarchy of risk
  • An overview of the latest relevant standards and how they complement European Directive 2001/45/EC
  • The latest challenges in fall protection
  • Keeping every link in your fall protection chain strong
  • Robust fall protection in action

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Sponsored by MSA

Safe & effective communications in noisy environments

Working in noisy environments is dangerous. That's no secret.

With the clear risk of hearing damage an ever-present in noisy workplaces, 'Noise Induced Hearing Loss' (NIHL) is a rapidly-growing area for litigation and insurance claims. But the effects to the individual can be profound and life-changing.

This webinar includes an overview of the importance of hearing conservation, and an introduction to a range of solutions that can aid compliance, communication, situational awareness and productivity.

Presented by : Stephen Ellis, Technical Service Engineer, 3M

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Sponsored by 3M

How can you ensure that your employees truly have a safety voice?

Without an inclusive culture, many organisations struggle to remain complaint in health and safety, especially if they have a large, dispersed workforce and multiple contractors to contend with.

Organisations need to move beyond what they consider basic requirements, as effective health and safety doesn’t happen behind desks. Involving employees more widely in promoting a positive, inclusive safety culture, and encouraging them to actively talk safety can significantly increase levels engagement and drive improvements in safety behaviours.

During this webinar, presenters will discuss:

  • Common challenges faced in embedding an inclusive safety culture
  • Moving towards a “one culture” approach
  • How you can promote an inclusive safety culture through health and safety software to improve safety performance and behaviours.

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Sponsored by SHE Software

Driving Safely Into the Year 2020 - Vehicle & Transport Safety at Work

Every year, a significant number of people are killed or seriously injured by accidents involving vehicles in the workplace. Very often, customers and staff are vulnerable to being struck by a delivery vehicle or forklift truck. They can also be hit by something falling from a vehicle, typically during loading and unloading.

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Sponsored by Southalls

Perception vs reality: The leadership challenge

Here's a question to the health and safety world. When was the last time you truly saw inspirational leadership around health and safety in an organisation?

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Sponsored by SHE Software


Southalls consultant Andy Hall and Kennedys law partner James Shrimpton share the realities of civil and regulatory actions, from defending claims to demonstrating due diligence.

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Sponsored by Southalls


Selecting and specifying adequate and suitable respiratory protective equipment (RPE) can appear daunting with so many factors to consider and so many options to choose from. However, help is at hand – join 3M’s Senior Application Engineer, George Elliott, for the ‘Four Steps to Respiratory Protection’ webinar on the 20th November.

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Sponsored by 3M


This webinar webinar will outline some of the recent advances in fire alarm management and introduce a range of innovative solutions which meet the unique and complex challenges of protecting historic buildings. National Trust will also explain key considerations for protecting historical premises from fires.

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Sponsored by Advanced

Innovations in Robotics

Controls, Drives & Automation journal Managing Editor Charlotte Stonestreet will be joined by Pilz certified machine safety expert David Collier to discuss key innovations in the robotics sector.

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Sponsored by Pilz