Stop by one of our free Expert Huddles on the Automate Show Floor to connect with industry experts in small groups and discuss the hottest topics in automation. 

EXPERT HUDDLES SCHEDULE

HUDDLE 1
Booth 2202
HUDDLE 2
Booth 2911
MONDAY, APRIL 3, 2017
11:00 am
HUDDLE 1
Camera Set-Up Challenges in Infrared Imaging

Martin Ettenberg

President
Princeton Infrared Technologies, Inc.

Camera Set-Up Challenges in Infrared Imaging

The Infrared band is generally divided into 4 areas - Near Infrared, Short-Wave Infrared, Mid-Wave Infrared, and Long-Wave Infrared. Each wavelength band has advantages and disadvantages depending on your application. Join this discussion to learn how to avoid these known challenges in your system setup and performance.

 
HUDDLE 2
What Motor Technology is Right for Your Automation System?

Ken Wyman

Executive Vice President Marketing and CTO
Allied Motion Technologies

What Motor Technology is Right for Your Automation System?

In industrial applications the type of motor you choose has major implications in advanced automation systems. It’s important to make an informed decision in this step of the process. Where do you start? How do you know what type of motor technology to use that can deliver the reliability and precision needed in your system? In this Huddle, we will answer those questions.

1:00 pm
HUDDLE 1
Considerations when Selecting PLC, PC, CNC, Motion and Robot Controller Architecture

Ben Sagan

Business Development Manager
Mitsubishi Electric Automation, Inc.

Considerations when Selecting PLC, PC, CNC, Motion and Robot Controller Architecture

This Huddle will discuss answers to the following questions: What do I do when I have many machines with different processing systems and they need to talk to one another? How do I handle process automation, error handling, HMI notifications, communications with the plant network, and still be efficient, safe and easy to use? What sensors should I connect to which machines? Which device should be the master? Do I need a master?

 
HUDDLE 2
Lessons Learned Integrating Collaborative Robots

Rick Vanden Boom

Director of Automated System Group
Allied Motion Technologies

Lessons Learned Integrating Collaborative Robots

Collaborative robots are quickly becoming a consideration for challenging manufacturing systems.  Working diligently with our customers in integrating collaborative solutions into manufacturing environments has helped us understand the many facets required for successful collaborative applications.  During this Huddle, we will discuss the lessons learned  that have helped to design, build and install collaborative robotics.

1:45 pm
HUDDLE 1
Considerations in Motor Sizing for your Motion Control System

George Matsuno

N. America Technical Support Manager
Oriental Motor USA Corporation

Considerations in Motor Sizing for your Motion Control System

Proper sizing and selection of a motor for your motion control system is key to ensuring performance, reliability and cost of the equipment. In this Huddle, we'll discuss how calculating necessary torque, speed, stopping accuracy, and the system inertia are also important factors to consider when selecting a proper motor for your application.

 
HUDDLE 2
Getting the Most Out of Automation Systems

Matthew De Nio

Staff Product Development Engineer - Applied Motion Control
FANUC America Corporation

Getting the Most Out of Automation Systems

We will discuss several topics to help maximize your automation systems including achieving and maintaining the desired throughput, overall equipment effectiveness (OEE), and balancing self-sufficiency with reliance on suppliers.

2:30 pm
HUDDLE 1
When Does it Make Sense to Move to Robotic Material Removal?

Dan Merritt

Senior Applications Engineer
ATI Industrial Automation

When Does it Make Sense to Move to Robotic Material Removal?

Robotic deburring, grinding, trimming and routing - there are many benefits to automating these types of applications including increased production, consistent results, enhanced safety, reduction in rework, reduced cycle times and more. Join Dan to discuss the latest technologies and methods utilized in successful material removal applications.

 
HUDDLE 2
When to use Collaborative Robots Instead of Hard Automation

Nicolas De Keijser

Assembly & Test Business Line Manager
ABB Inc.

When to use Collaborative Robots Instead of Hard Automation

Assembly and test applications have historically been dealt with through manual labor or hard automation with limited flexibility. With the avenue of collaborative robots and their distinct features and benefits, companies can now take a whole new approach to those manufacturing challenges. In this Huddle we will discuss how using collaborative robots can result in better quality, lower cost and increased flexibility in your manufacturing.

3:15 pm
HUDDLE 1
Considerations in Selecting a System Integrator

Jim Cooper

Vice President Sales
Applied Manufacturing Technologies (AMT)

Considerations in Selecting a System Integrator

Selecting the proper system integrator can mean the difference between success and failure for an automation project. Join Mike to discuss some of the key points that should go into selecting the correct integrator for your specific automation needs.

 
HUDDLE 2
The Challenges of Sourcing in China

John Ebert

Business Manager
Yunsheng USA

The Challenges of Sourcing in China

Sourcing suppliers in China can be extremely beneficial, yet there are pitfalls. Problems range from technical to cultural. Do you know whether you are dealing with a trading company, a subcontractor or a mill? Is there an MOQ for your part? What should you do to guarantee lead times? How do you ensure transparency when problems arise? How do you ensure protection of your IP? These are some of the basic concerns that every purchaser, project manager or applications engineer will eventually face. Attend this discussion to prepare for how to face these challenges.

TUESDAY, APRIL 4, 2017
11:00 am
HUDDLE 1
Preparing for an Automation Project: The Advanced Manufacturing Process

Jason Fortune

Advanced Engineering Solutions Leader
Applied Manufacturing Technologies (AMT)

Preparing for an Automation Project: The Advanced Manufacturing Process

Whether you’re considering your first automation project or you are looking to improve a current manufacturing process, it is important to plan for automation success. Join the discussion of the typical challenges associated with making the decision to improve your

 
HUDDLE 2
What Challenges Do You Have Implementing the R15.06 Industrial Robot Safety Standard?
How Can the Standard be Improved?
Carole Franklin

Director of Standards Development
Robotic Industries Association (RIA)

Roberta Nelson Shea

Global Technical Compliance Officer
Universal Robots

What Challenges Do You Have Implementing the R15.06 Industrial Robot Safety Standard and How Can the Standard be Improved?

In this Huddle we want to hear from you! If you have implemented robotic systems complying with the ANSI/RIA R15.06-2012 Industrial Robot Safety Standard, how would you describe your experience in using the standard? Did you experience any challenges, and if so, what were they? What are the top three improvements you’d like to see made in the next version of the standard? Updating efforts will begin later this year, so this is your best opportunity to let your voice be heard.

1:00 pm
HUDDLE 1
How do you Calculate the ROI for Your Project?

Dean Elkins

Sr. General Manager, Midwest & Eastern Regions
Yaskawa Motoman

How do you Calculate the ROI for Your Project?

Arriving at a tangible ROI for a project is crucial to winning sponsorship from business leadership. We’ll discuss ways to arrive at a credible and practical ROI.

 
HUDDLE 2
The Pros & Cons of Camera Placement – Robot Mount or Fixed Position?

Josh Person

Senior Engineer Vision Product Development
FANUC America Corporation

The Pros & Cons of Camera Placement – Robot Mount or Fixed Position?

In this Huddle we'll discuss questions you'll face when placing a camera on a robot. What are the advantages or disadvantages of a robot mounted camera in a robotic machine vision application? What are the advantages or disadvantages of a fix mount or stationary camera in a machine vision application? How can a robot mounted camera add flexibility to an vision guided robot application? How can a robot mounted camera improve the manufacturing process with multiple different error proofing operations at different positions?

1:45 pm
HUDDLE 1
A Discussion on How 3D Printing can Enhance Automation Projects

Juergen Kortberg

Vice President
ASS End of Arm Tooling, Inc.

A Discussion on How 3D Printing can Enhance Automation Projects

In this Huddle we will discuss the benefits of 3D printing to enhance functionality in various automation projects such as end-of-arm tooling, nest and fixtures, custom designed gripping devices, and part data.

 
HUDDLE 2
How Small and Medium Sized Companies can Benefit from Automation

Scott Beute

Director - Advanced Applications
JR Automation Technologies LLC

How Small and Medium Sized Companies can Benefit from Automation

Many small and medium sized manufacturing companies expect increases in revenues, capital investments, and hiring in 2017 - but still see automation as a significant challenge due to cost and complexity. In this Huddle we will discuss approaches to change this perception and offer automation solutions companies can benefit from.

2:30 pm
HUDDLE 1
Important Factors in Choosing your Machine Vision System

Jim Reed

Technical Sales Vision Solutions
LEONI Engineering Products & Services, Inc.

Important Factors in Choosing your Machine Vision System

Getting vision systems deployed and running to everyone’s expectations has many factors. Avoid failure and find successful solutions to the development of vision systems that meet your requirements.

 
HUDDLE 2
A Discussion on Connected Lighting and Lens Controllers and What is Needed by Industry

John Merva

Vice President, North America
Gardasoft Vision Limited

A Discussion on Connected Lighting and Lens Controllers and What is Needed by Industry

With International Vision Standards now in existence for connecting and integrating machine vision system accessories, new products are now in the market to ease and enhance configuration and run time communications with lighting controllers, lens controllers and others. This discussion will focus on existing uses and needs for new accessory controllers and functionality needed by industry.

3:15 pm
HUDDLE 1
When Should I Automate?

Mark Lewandowski

Robotics Network Innovation Leader
Procter & Gamble

When Should I Automate?

Not every process is a good candidate for automation. This group will discuss ways to identify a good project candidate. Useful tools will be considered, such as pre-project check lists. We’ll also cover criteria that need to be considered to ensure a reliable robotic implementation.

 
HUDDLE 2
Smart Sensors vs. Smart Cameras vs. Vision Processors

Jim Anderson

National Product Manager 
SICK, Inc.

Smart Sensors vs. Smart Cameras vs. Vision Processors

With a diverse array of machine vision technology available on the market, we’ll discuss how to determine the best solution for a specific application based on performance, cost and technology requirements.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5, 2017
11:00 am
HUDDLE 1
Mistakes You Will Make in Your First Robot Installation

Bob Rochelle

Territory Sales Manager, South East
Güdel, Inc.

Mistakes You Will Make in Your First Robot Installation

In this Huddle we’ll discuss common mistakes that are made when first installing robotics. Join us to learn what you can avoid for your project or to share the mistakes you first made.

 
HUDDLE 2
Can 3D Scanning be Used for Machine Vision?

Ruben Uribe

President 
Physimetrics, Inc.

Can 3D Scanning be Used for Machine Vision?

Do you have an active project that requires 3D scanning or who is just curious about the 3D scanning methods? This huddle discussion is right for you! 3D scanning is a new and up and coming technology.  Unlike 2D scanning, there are many methods used to scan objects in 3D space.  Not all methods will work in all circumstances.  This Huddle will explore the most common methods for 3D scanning and discuss the benefits and drawbacks for each method.  The methods discussed included laser triangulation, time of flight, structured light, stereo imaging and random pattern scanning.  

1:00 pm
HUDDLE 1
Where can Collaborative Robots Best be Used in Packaging Applications?

Sean Douglas

Applications Engineer
FlexLink Systems Inc.

Where can Collaborative Robots Best be Used in Packaging Applications?

Where can you apply a collaborative robot application in a packaging process? In this Huddle we will discuss the pros and cons of collaborative robots in a variety of applications.

 
HUDDLE 2
Exploring the Difference Between AGV’s and Collaborative Mobile Robots

Edward Mullen

Vice President of Sales - Americas
Mobile Industrial Robots Inc.

Exploring the Difference Between AGV’s and Collaborative Mobile Robots

In this Huddle we will discuss the difference between AGV's and CMR's, advantages of a map based CMR in a typical manufacturing environment and why is important for companies to check in on these technology advances.

1:45 pm
HUDDLE 1
Should You Use Robotics in Your Automated Assembly System?

Sven Schmidt-Rohr

CEO
ArtiMinds Robotics GmbH

Should You Use Robotics in Your Automated Assembly System?

Many assembly processes are still made by hand because either it is not profitable to purchase robot systems or the systems are not able to execute the processes robustly. In this Huddle we will talk about the growing potential of robots in the industry and how robots are automating challenging applications that couldn't previously be done.

 
HUDDLE 2
Self-Driving Robots in Material Handling

Tony Melanson

VP Marketing
Aethon, Inc.

Self-Driving Robots in Material Handling

There are many reasons why self-driving robots are gaining popularity, but there are a few key features that make them so valuable now, and even more so in the future. Join this Huddle to discuss the considerations and business case for self-driving autonomous mobile robots in material handling applications.

2:30 pm
HUDDLE 1
Can you Avoid Pitfalls while Driving Automation Forward?

Jason Fortune

Sr. Project Manager /AES Group Lead
Applied Manufacturing Technologies (AMT)

Can you Avoid Pitfalls while Driving Automation Forward?

Deciding on the right automation solution for your factory, process, application, and technical ability is crucial to the success of implementing automation. This discussion will provide direction for avoiding possible pitfalls that can help you successfully deploy your automaton project.

 
HUDDLE 2
What New Technologies Can Solve Complex Packaging Challenges?

Carl Vause

CEO
Soft Robotics Inc.

What New Technologies Can Solve Complex Packaging Challenges?

New technologies in robotics, gripping and vision systems are enabling packaging automation in more complex manufacturing environments. This Huddle will discuss these new technologies and how to address common challenges in packaging applications.

3:15 pm
HUDDLE 1
Where 3D Vision Fits in to the Automation Puzzle

David Dechow

Staff Engineer, Intelligent Robotics/Machine Vision
FANUC America Corporation

Where 3D Vision Fits in to the Automation Puzzle

The growth of 3D imaging technology has been explosive over the past few years. This Huddle will explore the various components and techniques that are available on the market today for 3D vision applications. We will also discuss emerging applications for future automation projects.

 
HUDDLE 2
Questions to Ask When Selecting a Conveyor System

Bill Dick

Sales Representative
mk North America Inc.

Questions to Ask When Selecting a Conveyor System

Selecting the correct conveyor system can make all the difference in your production facility. In this Huddle we will discuss 9 simple questions to ask yourself to help select the best conveyor system for your application.

THURSDAY, APRIL 6, 2017
11:00 am
HUDDLE 1
What You Should Know About Collaborative Robot Safety

Jeff Fryman

Principal Consultant
JDF Consulting Enterprises, Ltd.

What You Should Know About Collaborative Robot Safety

Safety of collaborative robot applications are contained in the ANSI/RIA R15.06 standard, and in the TR R15.606 adopting the ISO/TS 15066. In this Huddle, we will explore the responsibilities of integrators in designing compliant applications.

 
HUDDLE 2
The Do’s and Don’ts of Using Machine Vision in a Robotic Arc Welding Cell

Terry Tupper

Sr. Engineer
FANUC America Corporation

The Do’s and Don’ts of Using Machine Vision in a Robotic Arc Welding Cell

Robotic welding technologies are appearing more and more – in large manufacturing plants and small, project-based workshops. In this talk we will discuss the do's and don'ts of using machine vision in a robotic arc welding cell.

1:00 pm
HUDDLE 1
Should You Work with a System Integrator instead of Going it Alone?

Gerd Walter

Vice President of Operations
Creative Automation Inc.

Should You Work with a System Integrator instead of Going it Alone?

Robot integration is serious business. There's a lot at stake. Existing processes have to remain operational. Supply chain demands have to continue to be met. Costs and schedules have to be effectively managed. In this Huddle we will discuss where you start and what questions should you ask before you commit to an integrator.

 
HUDDLE 2
How Do You Determine the True Cost of Ownership for Robotics?

Peter Cavallo

Manager Robot Sales & Planning
DENSO Robotics

How Do You Determine the True Cost of Ownership for Robotics?

Determining the true total cost of ownership is difficult. Price alone doesn’t tell the whole story. In this Huddle we will discuss a number of variables to consider to help all prospective buyers make an informed decision before making a financial commitment.

1:45 pm
HUDDLE 1
What's New in Machine Imaging Technologies for Quality Inspection?

Mike Muldoon

Director of Aerospace
Radix Inc./Active Industrial Solutions

What's New in Machine Imaging Technologies for Quality Inspection?

In this Huddle we will discuss the future of machine imagine technologies for quality inspection and how the new advances can be applied giving you control of your manufacturing operation.

 
HUDDLE 2
Getting Started with an Automation Project

Carol Woten

VP of Sales and Marketing
Genesis Systems Group, LLC

Getting Started with an Automation Project

This Huddle will highlight the main points to consider when starting an automation project. Discussion areas include: evaluating your present and future needs, facility layout considerations, conventional vs robotics applications, remembering quality control and