The EDGE Hub is delighted to be partnering with EDGE Digital for a free CPD and networking event on Wednesday 4 March 2020 it our Medway Campus.

Digital is the disruptive, enabling business technology of our times. However, too many manufacturers are missing out on substantial benefits. In the UK, productivity in supply chains, on the factory floor and in customer engagement lags behind other major industrialised nations – and all the hype.

Dr Alexios Louridas from Canterbury Christ Church University and Ravi Gidoomal from EDGE Digital Manufacturing will provide an overview of new opportunities available through digital technologies and share examples of how manufacturers are benefitting.

Troy Barratt (Director of BAMUK Group and Managing Director of Contracts Engineering Limited) and Juan Villa Posada (Systems Integration Manager at SME Limited) will join Ravi and Alexios for a panel discussion and Q&A following the presentations.

The event will conclude with an opportunity to network.

To register for the event, click here…


Dr Alexios Louridas, “5G Technology and its Implications for Industry”

5G is the fifth generation of mobile network technology, offering greater connectively, not only between people, but also machines and devices. In this presentation, Canterbury Christ Church University Senior Lecturer, Dr Alexios Louridas will give a brief examination of the opportunities afforded by 5G technology, particularly within industrial automation and manufacturing.

Alexios holds a PhD in All-Optical Switching Networks which is supported by an MSc in Radio Astronomy and a degree in Communication Engineering. He has over 10 years’ industry experience as a software engineer, having previously worked in in the aviation industry as a software engineer and in the medical instrumentation industry as a researcher and software developer.

Ravi Gidoomal, “Make your digital breakthrough: how to develop a digital roadmap”

Using examples from recent projects, Ravi Gidoomal will discuss how manufacturers are using digital technologies to reduce order lead times, improve planning and scheduling to save time and money, improve communication across business functions, increase visibility of activities from sales to production to goods out and to manage and reduce raw material and energy costs.

Ravi is a director of EDGE Digital Manufacturing and member of the board of DRL-Tool.org. With more than 20 years of experience gained across multiple industries, provides advice to businesses with a focus on strategic planning, digital transformation, business development and finance. Edge Digital Manufacturing Limited has received Government funding to help South East businesses learn more about digital technologies and to develop their own digital roadmap and there will be an opportunity to sign up for their Digital Breakthrough South East programme at this event.

Troy Barratt, panel discussion and Q&A

Troy co-founded BAMUK Group in 2012. BAMUK acquires and builds industrial and commercial companies in the UK, with a focus on manufacturing and services within the construction, hard landscaping, light infrastructure and street furniture industries. Since its creation, the Group has made three control investments and sales have grown from £1.0m to nearly £6.0m.  The Group also has an industry leading investment plan that includes investing in modern production equipment such as fibre laser cutting and robotic welding, as well as staff training and development.

Juan Villa Posada, panel discussion and Q&A

Juan has over 12 years of experience in the manufacturing sector, always acting as a link between the shop floor and the Information Systems with a foot on each side of the fence. After extensive experience in Lean Transformation and MES implementation, he now leads a team in charge of developing custom solutions for production and the support areas possible, with the new tools from the fourth industrial revolution.