Farnell launches Series 2 of The Innovation Experts global podcast: Industry 4.0 and the Future of Manufacturing

Series 2 of The Innovation Experts podcast will showcase the views of the world’s leading industry experts to uncover new trends, challenges, products and software that is driving innovation in the IIoT.

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Farnell, an Avnet Company and global distributor of electronic components, products and solutions, has today released the first episode in Series 2 of the global podcast: The Innovation Experts. Exploring the latest innovations in the world of electronics, Series 2 – Industry 4.0 and the Future of Manufacturing investigates how some of the world’s leading electronic component and solution manufacturers are enabling technological innovation in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).                                                                                   

The new podcast series will feature exclusive interviews with Omega Engineering, Advantech, Eaton, ABB, Red Lion Controls and Schneider Electric. The valuable insights shared will help companies of all sizes to take advantage of the concepts behind Industry 4.0 and implement a wide variety of real-world IIoT applications now and in the future.

Simon Meadmore, Vice President, Product and Supplier Management at Farnell said: “Although Industry 4.0 can be complex and difficult to implement in brownfield sites, it is possible to use many of its concepts and approaches to dramatically improve factory efficiency. By drawing on the expertise of our global network of suppliers, and the customers they have helped, this new podcast series shows how any company can introduce new technology into their manufacturing facilities to improve performance and generate positive ROI. The breadth of technical insights in the podcast series supports Farnell’s position as a market-leading distributor of IP&E products and complements our philosophy of providing customers with direct access to innovation, driven by some of the most influential people in the industry.”

Series 2 of The Innovation Experts will cover critical topics such as the new wave of Industry 4.0 and intelligent factory trends, the industrial revolution’s synergy with electrification, power of automation in the IIoT and much more. The podcast will be a valuable resource for buyers and professional design, development and systems integration engineers as well as amateur electronics enthusiasts wanting to stay up to date with new trends, challenges, products, software and applications.

The debut episode of the series focuses on how process and manufacturing companies can adopt Industry 4.0 principles by embracing digitisation. Kevin Goohs, Director of IoT Implementation Strategy from Omega Engineering, discusses innovative ways to upgrade existing facility systems with critical solutions, such as sensors and new digital smart probes, to capture real-time information on the factory floor.

Today, all device data can reside on an internal network, a cloud account or both to meet demanding application requirements. This episode will help end users to confidently transform to an Industry 4.0 facility by providing an understanding of edge monitoring and control, how to identify new mechanisms to deliver and analyse big data, and how to run pilot project evaluations before committing to full system installation.

Dave Beck, Global Director E-mech & Passives at Farnell said: “In our latest podcast series, we wanted to hear from leading experts driving cutting-edge technological innovation in the world of IIoT. I am pleased to be able to share the views of some of the largest industrial equipment manufacturers from around the globe to find out how they deliver optimal solutions for Industry 4.0 and empower customers to revolutionise operations in the process and manufacturing industry. We hope the engineering community will find their insights enlightening and informative, and perhaps even serve as inspiration for the next great innovation.”

Farnell has made significant investments over the last 18-24 months in response to the growing demand for high quality industrial solutions, expanding its comprehensive interconnect, passives and electromechanical range to include the latest solutions from trusted global brands. Farnell provides specialist 24/5 technical support for pneumatics, industrial automation and control technology. Customers also have access to free online resources, data sheets, application notes, videos and webinars on the Farnell website.

The Innovation Experts is freely available from major podcast providers including Spotify, Apple, Amazon Music and more.

The first episode featuring Omega Engineering titled: Upgrading to Industry 4.0 using new and existing measurements, is available now on Farnell’s Technical Resources Hub. 


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 localized 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 throughout 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.

For more information, visit http://www.farnell.com