4 October 2016

Annual Job Shop Business Meeting 2016: The Future of the Job Shop

  • Sector: Job Shop Business Meeting
  • Location: Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) Coventry
  • Attendees: AILU members and all laser job shop owners


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With the advent of new software, more efficient lasers, faster cutting speeds and a greater reliance on doing business online, the role of the Job Shop owner is evolving and there are new challenges to be faced.  Should Job Shops specialise in doing one process as efficiently as possible? Or seek to provide as complete a solution as possible by adding other processes?  What about Industry 4.0?  What might that mean for the management of a lean manufacturing service business in the UK, as batch sizes reduce and personalisation increases?

The unique forum that is the Job Shop Group within AILU is a way to make new connections, share ideas (contributing to real cost savings) and find out what’s new in the marketplace.

The theme this year is The Future of the Job Shop and there will be an opportunity at the end of the day to tour the facilities at MTC Coventry.


08:30 - 09:00  Registration 

09:00 - 11:00  Session 1

Introduction to the day
Mark Millar, Essex Laser

Introduction to the MTC
Ken Young, MTC  

Laser applications at the MTC
Kevin Withers, MTC

Handling & Automation to Improve Efficiency
Scott SimpsonSimpson Technology
Dean Kirby, Fanuc Automation
Paul Nagy, Kone Cranes

11.00 - 11.30 Refreshment Break

11:30 - 13:00 Session 2

What's new in equipment for Job Shops?
Bystronic (Dave Larcombe); Mazak (Ian White); Mitsubishi (Scott Simpson); LVD Pullmax (Liam Smith); Vortex (Phil Downing); GF Machining (Shireen Khanum)​

Industry 4.0 – What does it really mean? 
John Lincoln, Harlin Ltd

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch

14.00 - 15.30 Session 3

Survey of electricity costs 2016 – results & potential savings

Breakdown response survey 2016 – results presentation

Open panel discussion – the Future of the Job Shop – Q&A

15:30 Tour of MTC (optional)

16:30 Departure



Ansty Park 

Please see here for a location map and directions.



This year’s annual workshop is open not only to all AILU members, but also to non-member laser job shops and SMEs that use lasers for materials processing in general.

Existing members need only give their name to the AILU office by phone (01235 539595) or email ( Non members should complete the registration form and email/post it to the AILU office or register online with a credit card payment.

AILU member rate £75.00 + VAT
Non-member rate £120.00 + VAT
Concession rate £50.00 + VAT


If you later wish another employee to attend in your place simply let us know; there is no extra charge.

For group discounts (three or more) please contact the AILU office.


The closest hotel to the venue is the Premier Inn Coventry East (M6, Jct2) Hotel

Other accommodation in Coventry can be found here

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