Managing Editor, Controls, Drives and Automation
Charlotte is an experienced business and technology editor in the automation sector. Her career includes editorial roles across a range of industrial titles, comprising Industrial Plant & Equipment magazine, where she is Managing Editor, Handling & Storage Solutions, Factory Equipment, and Materials Handling News. She has also written for the energy and safety sectors. In her current role, Charlotte heads up Controls, Drives & Automation magazine – a highly regarded publication providing insights for key decision makers, buyers and specifiers looking for products, solutions, technical and best practice advice in the areas of motion engineering, power transmission, automation, Industry 4.0 and digitisation.
Samuel Bouchard is CEO of Robotiq, which he co-founded in 2008. The company builds applications for collaborative robots to help free thousands of human hands from repetitive tasks so workers and factories can operate safely, and more efficiently. Samuel holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and gained a bachelor’s degree in Engineering Physics from Laval University (Canada). He is a regular speaker at international events on robot technology, and is also the author of the 2017 book, Lean Robotics: A Guide to Making Robots Work in your Factory.
Managing Director, Glover Associates & Consulting
John Glover is the Managing Director of machinery safety and risk management consultancy, Glover Associates & Consulting. Through his wealth of industry experience, John provides safety assessments for machinery, which includes complex machinery, as well as industrial robots, collaborative robots; undertakes special projects; implements new procedures; and advises on business compliance in a cost-effective way. He is a regular contributor to health, safety and environmental articles for various magazines and wrote the book, Risk Management of Machinery and Work Equipment – published by the British Standards Institution (BSI).
Managing Director, FDC Automation
Phil is the Managing Director of The Filter Design Company (FDC), which he founded in 2005. Since then, FDC has become a globally recognised manufacturing business with a clear mission: To provide all with clean air. The company has developed filtration devices, automation capabilities and consultancy services feed into markets such as medical, respiratory protection and military. FDC’s recent focus has predominantly been on providing high-quality respiratory protection devices and filters for healthcare professionals due to the coronavirus. As such, FDC’s automation team has spent most of the pandemic improving in-house assembly processes, including automating various cells to meet pandemic demand.
Senior Automation Engineer / Auditor
Jeremy has been developing automation systems across a range of industries since leaving university working with manufacturing and automation companies such as Ford, General Motors, Nissan, Rolls-Royce, Airbus, Kuka, ABB and Siemens. In more recent years, Jeremy's focus has been around applying concepts used in these companies to small and medium enterprises to boost their productivity. He chairs the Institution of Engineering & Technology’s Design & Production Committee and has represented the High Value Manufacturing Catapult on both the BARA Council and KTN Robotics & Autonomous Systems Special Interest Group.
Sales ManagerRARUK Automation
Andrew was elected to the BARA Council in 2013. With a background in Mechanical and Production Engineering, Andrew currently holds the position of Sales Manager at RARUK Automation – a specialist supplier of innovative automation products, from industrial robots, linear axis systems and feeding solutions. He is also a member of The Institute of Engineering Technology (IET).