WoodTECH 2020 Programme - New Zealand

Day One

10.00amWelcome & Introductions
10.10amKeynote Address: Breaking the Mould
How industry 4.0 is changing the way manufacturers are doing business
Robert Blache, Future Insights Manager, Advanced Manufacturing, Callaghan Innovation
SESSION 1: Disruptive Technologies
From AI and computer vision to IoT and robotics, how innovative businesses are now harnessing new technology to boost the operational performance of manufacturing operations
11.00amHere come the Cobots
Deploying robots into your manufacturing operation. Opportunities for the wood producers.
Nathan Allpress, Mechanical Engineer, Callaghan Innovation
11.30amInnovative design to develop a new wood manufacturing operation using industry 4.0 principles
A NZ first. How robotics, automation, inter-connected sensors, artificial intelligence, data driven decision making and real time analytics drawn principally from outside the industry has shaped this new wood manufacturing plant.
Shaun Bosson, Chief Executive Officer, Wood Engineering Technology
12.00pmLunch & Networking
1.30pmEmpowering the Worker Onsite with Augmented Reality Technology
How innovative manufacturers are using augmented reality to streamline productivity and address the skills gap.
Prasad Nory, Industry Manager, Rockwell Automation
2.00pmWorld Leading Integration of Hands-free Wearable Tablet for Industrial Workers
The HMT-1 headset is a new voice-controlled wearable tool designed to improve maintenance, machine setup, provide remote instructions, inspections, audits and training. Over 15,000 units are being used around the world.
Lance Bauerfeind, Senior Consultant, Company-X
2.30pmUsing Machine Intelligence to Turn Machine Data into Business Growth
Turning the masses of data collected from a vast multitude of sensors, cameras and systems into actions to improve the business
Tim Baron, Product Market Manager, SICK Australia
3.00pmAfternoon Tea & Networking
SESSION 2: New Product, Process and Systems Innovations
Opportunities for dry-mill and wood manufacturing operations
3.30pmA Wearable Exoskeleton to Revolutionise Health, Safety and Performance in the Mill
The Suit-X has been in development for over 10 years and, on the back of recent NZ trials with meat processors, it is now ready for the wider workplace.
Greg Borman, Director, Biosymm, Australia
4.00pmAdvanced TMTM™ Wood Modification
Potential and opportunities for business performance improvement with wood thermomechanical modification and densification technology.
Pekka Ritvanen, CTO, Founder, KWS TimberTech, Finland
4.30pmTECH Showcase - Part 1
Short presentations on new product innovations
5.00pmRefreshments & Networking
6.30pmConference Dinner
After Dinner Presentation: Breaking from Tradition - Designing and commercialising a new timber framing system for New Zealand’s building and construction industries
Ged Finch, PhD Graduate, Victoria University, Wellington

Day Two

SESSION 3: Improving the Efficiencies of Current Wood Manufacturing Operations
Machine centre and mill improvements, troubleshooting, tools & technologies to increase production.
8.30amWorkshop: Fine Tuning your Timber Planing & Machining Operations.
Diagnosing feeding problems on planers
- Planer alignment
- Planer preventive maintenance
- Pros and cons of gap feeding
- Electric drives vs. hydraulic
Joey Godwin, Mechanical Service Technician & Machinery Support, USNR, USA
10.00amMorning Tea & Networking
10.30amHigh-Speed Wide Band Resawing & Timber Handling Options for Wood Manufacturing Operations
Syd Mather, MD, Stenner, UK
10.50amArtificial Intelligence Applications for Remanufacturing Optimisation
Andrea Campion, Area Sales Manager, MiCROTEC, Italy
11.10amNew Technologies to Better Automate and Integrate Machine Centres to Increase Production
Sebastian Roth, Product Specialist, WEINIG, Germany
11.30amTECH Showcase - Part 2
Short presentations on new product innovations
12.00pmLunch & Networking
SESSION 4: Timber Gluing & Laminating
1.15pmStrategies to Improve the Performance of 1C PUR Adhesives for Engineered Wood Products
Anthony Peters, Business Unit Manager-Lifestyle Adhesives, Henkel NZ (in person) and Christian Lehringer, Global Head of Technical Customer Service and Certification for Engineered Wood, Henkel, Switzerland and Gordian Stapf, Technology Manager, Henkel, Switzerland (via video)
1.35pmAdhesive Innovations to Improve Press Time for Wood Gluing Applications & Throughput
Shane Devereaux, Managing Director, Jowat Universal Adhesives, Australia
1.55pmTools, Technologies and Systems for Improving Energy Use
Case studies of wood products companies that have successfully implemented on-site energy management initiatives
Paul Bull, Account Director, EECA
2.15pmChanging your Workplace Culture
A case study of an Australian wood manufacturer who’s turned their business around by focussing on the business culture - with outstanding results
Michael Kennedy, CEO, Founder, Kennedys Timbers and Dr Tony Watt, Principal Consultant, Managing Director, The Culture Doctor
3.00pmConference Concludes