Seabrook was delighted to hold the first Preparing for Industry 4.0 conference for life sciences industries in Dublin.
The conference was an extremely positive and engaging one, attended by many of the leading medical device manufacturers and life science companies in Ireland.
Ireland is one of the biggest exporters of medical products in Europe, with annual exports worth €8.5 billion, and Industry 4.0 will have a significant impact on the sector.
Opening the conference, our Managing Director Sean O’Sullivan said that Industry 4.0 will also have a social impact on the entire country.
Our Global Chief Operating Officer John Dzelme then gave an extremely insightful presentation on the technologies crucial for success in Industry 4.0 – MES (Manufacturing Execution Systems) and PLM (Product Lifecycle Manufacturing.)
John commented: “Ireland is a world-class centre of excellence for medical devices and technology. Eighteen of the 25 biggest medical tech companies in the world are based in Ireland. If we want to continue as a world leader in this sector, organisations need to be ready for the unprecedented transformations that will come with Industry 4.0. Executive briefings such as the one we are hosting today, are aimed at informing and educating the life-sciences sector on the need to adopt technologies that are seen as ‘advanced’ now, but that will be standard in a few short years.”
We were very proud to also have guest speakers from Siemens PLM Software. Ian Walls and Dave McDermaid, Business Development Consultants, both gave gave very engaging presentations which prompted much interaction from the attendees. Ian Walls focused on the topic of ‘Image to Implant’ while Dave McDermaid spoke about the benefits of PLM in the Digital Factory.
Brian Dilleen, Worldwide MES Lead with Zimmer Biomet, closed the presentations with a fascinating case study into the successes of MES at the company.
The conference closed with an engaging round-table discussion about the challenges and vast improvements that will come with Industry 4.0.
Speaking after the event, Sean O’Sullivan commented “There was significant interest in our conference today with a number of leading life sciences organisations in attendance. At Seabrook, we are seeing a steady increase in the numbers of medical device companies seeking information and expertise on PLM and MES technologies. The advanced technologies of the ‘smart factory’ enable products to be virtually created and extensively tested, before a single screw is ever turned in real life. It means that products reach the market as much as 50% faster. These technologies will be the difference between success and failure for life science organisations in the not so distant future.”
The term Industry 4.0 was coined in Germany and is used to describe the fourth industrial revolution or the era of ‘smart factories.’ This will see a merging of the digital and physical worlds to create a new type of enterprise. It will lead to unprecedented levels of manufacturing efficiency. For consumers, it will mean enhanced product quality, improved compliance with regulations and ultimately better products at a better price.
Seabrook’s next event is the highly informative and free webinar on Siemen’s Teamcenter Rapid Start on May 12th. For more details, or to register your place, see seabrookglobal.com/software/teamcenter-rapid-start-product-lifecycle-management
Pictured, from left, is guest speaker Dave McDermaid, Siemens PLM Software Business Development Consultant, Sean O’Sullivan, Seabrook Managing Director, and guest speaker Brian Dilleen, Zimmer Biomet Worldwide MES Lead at the Preparing for Industry 4.0 conference.