element14 Hosts its first Industry 4.0 live Q&A webinar

element14 is joined by Festo, Eaton and Auer Signal to help attendees find answers to their latest technological needs in Industry 4.0 live Q&A.

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element14, a fast and reliable distributor of products and technology for electronic and industrial system design, maintenance and repair, will be hosting its first live Q&A webinar on Industry 4.0 with presenters from partner organisations Festo, Eaton and Auer Signal on 6th September 2023 (2pm BST, 9am ET, 9pm SGT).

The benefits to Industry 4.0 and Industrial IoT are widely recognised: Reducing downtime, improving energy efficiency and increasing productivity, whilst lowering costs collectively offers significant benefits for manufacturers. However, the principles of Industry 4.0 can be complex and knowing where and how to begin is challenging, which is why this Industry 4.0 live Q&A webinar aims to provide solutions for:

  • Retrofitting legacy systems
  • Managing and interpreting data
  •  Addressing a skills gap in the workforce

Panel members discussing these key topics and the latest technology available to the industry include:

Simon Meadmore, VP, Product & Supplier Management, element14
Simon joined element14 in 2004 and has over 30 years’ experience in the electronics industry. Earlier in his career he worked for CEMs and OEMs before managing product portfolios across Interconnect, Electromechanical, Passives and Semiconductors at element14. Simon has been in his current role as VP, Product & Supplier Management since 2021 and is excited to be significantly expanding element14's product proposition within the Industrial space.

Marcus Stein, Solution Architect - Business Development, Eaton
Marcus studied automation technology in Frankfurt, Germany and has over 30 years’ experience in the field of applications/solutions.  He began initially as an applications engineer for national and international projects, before moving into international sales. Marcus now works as a Solution Architect supporting sales internationally with the development of customer solutions.

Jan Koudijzer, Market & Technology Development Manager, Festo
After graduating as a mechanical engineer at the Delft University of Technology, Jan has spent his entire career working in robotics/mechatronics and Industry 4.0 topics including 10 years at the CIM Centre Delft (owned by TU Delft, Siemens and Andersen Consulting), followed by 27 years at Festo.

Az Baksh, International Sales Manager, Auer Signal
Az started his professional career as a repair & calibration engineer, before moving into technical hardware and software sales in the measurement equipment sector. Primarily working in international channel management, implementing joint strategies with global distribution partners.

Now at Auer Signal, his focus is on Industrial Automation and how signaling solutions are incorporated in an automated environment.

Simon Meadmore, element14 VP, Product & Supplier Management, said: “Events like our Q&A are invaluable in helping to address some of the challenges customers may have and will help inform them how to successfully get on a path to industry 4.0. We are delighted to be joined by partner organisations Festo, Eaton, and Auer Signal and we look forward to engaging with as many attendees as possible in what I am sure will be a fascinating and informative live event.”

A promotional  video offering further insights into the industry 4.0 live Q&A webinar can be viewed here, while registration for the webinar, which will be delivered in English language only, is available by clicking here.


About us

Farnell Global is a fast and reliable distributor of products and technology for electronic and industrial system design, maintenance and repair.  From research and design through prototype to production, Farnell helps its customers access the products and services they need 24/7.  With more than 80 years of experience, 47 localised websites, and a dedicated team of over 3,500 employees, Farnell provides every component its customers need to build the technology of tomorrow.

Farnell Global trades as Farnell in Europe, Newark in North America, and element14 in Asia Pacific.  It also sells direct to consumers through its CPC business in the UK.

Farnell Global has been part of the established global technology distributor, Avnet (Nasdaq: AVT), since 2016. Today, this relationship allows the company to support its customers at every stage of the product life cycle, offering a truly unique distribution model, as well as expertise in end-to-end delivery and product design.

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