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Toys4.0Engineers Conference & Expo at WIT Arena

Toys4Engineering Announcement

Robots, smart bikes, virtual reality, electric cars, vision systems, drones...it’s all going on at Toys4.0Engineers Conference & Expo at WIT Arena on 22nd September.

Organised by Waterford Chamber and Waterford Institute of Technology, Toys4.0Engineers is a must visit for CEOs, CTOs and Engineering personnel at all levels who are interested in advancing their knowledge of the latest technologies for adoption in their own companies, as well as those looking for a career in the engineering sector.

‘Industry 4.0’ is driving the Technology, Innovation and Recruitment agendas of companies in all sectors of the economy.  Engineers need to develop and use new ‘toys’ to address the many competitive challenges, including Robotics, Electric Vehicles, Additive Manufacturing / 3D Printing, Big Data, Augmented Reality / Virtual Reality, Building Information Modelling (BIM), Drones, Vision Systems, Green Energy, Sensors etc.

Supported by Waterford Local Enterprise Office and Waterford Chamber Skillnet, the conference will combine a series of technical presentations and cutting-edge demonstrations of advanced technologies from leading experts, including KUKA, Codico, BAM and Smartply, among others. Guest speaker at the morning conference is Andy Crowley, General Manager, TEVA Pharmaceuticals Ireland, who will discuss how advances in technology have impacted the Waterford manufacturing site over the years.

The day-long event will also contain a showcase of over 50 displays by companies and organisations (regional, national and International) across a broad range of sectors including med-tech, pharma, food, infrastructure, energy and automotive.

Launching the conference, Waterford Chamber CEO Gerald Hurley said: “This is the fifth year of our Engineering Conference and in conjunction with Waterford Institute of Technology, we have stepped it up a gear to cater for a much wider audience. The morning conference will still retain the learning aspect for the engineering community, while the afternoon will appeal not just to those working in industry but also to anyone with an interest in the latest technologies, be it electric cars, drones or augmented reality. We are also delighted that SIMI are joining us for their own conference and will showcase the latest in electrics cars from various manufacturers.”

The morning conference, costing just €50, begins with registration at 8.30pm and concludes at 1pm, while the free exhibition, which is open to the public, runs from 2pm to 5pm.

There is also a recruitment side to Toys4.0Engineers, as Dr. Ken Thomas, Head of School of Engineering at WIT, explains. “Following on from recent discussions with companies in the South East who have increasing high-tech Engineering Recruitment and Skills Requirements, we are opening the doors for free to the public in the afternoon. Therefore, anybody looking to pursue a career in Engineering or perhaps move from their current role outside the SE region, are encouraged to come along and meet with the various HR Departments.”

With support from Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland, Toys4.0Engineers 2017 is sure to provide plenty learning and networking opportunities to all experienced and aspiring engineers out there.

For more information see www.toys4engineers.ie or contact Lynda Lawton in Waterford Chamber on 051 311130.

Click here to download the conference brochure.


'Smartply Renewal at Belview Port' - Jim McCann, Medite Smartply

'IIoT keeps production rolling at Continental Tyres' - James Murtagh, Domino

'Applying Lean to a Product Design Process' - Stephen Farrell, Inmasoll

'Technology of the new N25 Barrow Bridge, New Ross' - Declan Roche, BAM

'Robotics and the Future of Automation' - Bernard Bagley, KUKA Robotics

'IoT: Connecting Devices and Manufacturing Equipment to the Cloud' - Shane Robinson, Dataworks


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