THE AUTOMATE INNOVATION STAGE

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Experience the forefront of automation with groundbreaking technologies and ingenious solutions poised to redefine industries and shape the future. Leading companies will show off their boldest ideas and revolutionary concepts on the Automate Innovation Stage, providing a dynamic platform for professionals and enthusiasts alike to stay ahead of the curve and collaborate on the future of innovation.

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Reserve a 30-minute speaking slot in our NEW Automate Innovation Stage! Simply fill out the form to tell us about your topic. You also can request an “Innovation Bundle” to submit a speaking topic AND Innovation Awards entry!

Please note: Innovation Stage speakers must be from an exhibiting company to participate.

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VIEW BY DAY:

Monday, May 6, 2024
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Vision System Design Innovators Awards

Linda Wilson, Editor in Chief, Vision Systems Design

Editor-in-Chief Linda Wilson recognizes the 2023 Vision Systems Design Innovators Awards honorees.

Linda Wilson

Linda Wilson

Editor in Chief Vision Systems Design

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Supercharge DC operational gains with AI Software

Jon Vescio, VP North American Sales, Lucas Systems

The optimized way of picking cannot be achieved by humans. There are simply too many decision points and too much data.

Applying AI-driven software brings nearly real-time optimization for things like batching, pick paths and slotting to drive game-changing enhancements in productivity and accuracy.

In this session, we’ll share insights from over 400 warehouse deployments that uncover how smart software is a better alternative to solving your operational and labor challenges than traditional, complicated, and expensive automation solutions.

Participants in this session will learn:

  • How to reduce worker travel in the warehouse by 30-50%
  • How intelligent batching, path optimization, and dynamic prioritization techniques can be a game changer for your DC workforce
  • How software-based solutions can double productivity and reduce picking errors by 50% in a non-disruptive, efficient way that shortens time to value
Jon Vescio

Jon Vescio

VP North American Sales Lucas Systems

12:45 PM - 1:15 PM

Overcoming the Challenges of Computer Reliability in Automation and Robotics

Jason Kovarik, Business Development Manager, OnLogic

OnLogic hardware is deployed in some of the most challenging environments on, below and even above, earth. By working with innovators all over the world to overcome their most complex technology challenges, OnLogic has continued to expand and optimize their line of highly-configurable industrial computers to meet the needs of automation and robotics across industry. Join this session to be among the first to learn more about their new all-in-one panel PC, purpose built for tough environments. This presentation will also touch on the AI capabilities of the company's powerful Axial Edge Servers, as well as their line of NVIDIA Jetson units that are helping bring new machine vision and machine learning capabilities to industrial and rugged environments.

Jason Kovarik

Jason Kovarik

Business Development Manager OnLogic

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Advantages and Applications of Hyperspectral Imaging for Industrial Machine Vision

Jeffrey Oleske, Business Area Manager - North America, Specim Spectral Imaging

This talk will delve into the revolutionary capabilities of Hyperspectral Imaging (HSI) technology, offering a deep dive into its versatility in industrial applications. Attendees will be presented with a series of compelling case studies, demonstrating how HSI has been applied to solve complex visual inspection challenges across diverse sectors. We will also introduce SpecimONE, illustrating how it empowers users to seamlessly integrate real-time HSI into their machine vision projects.

Jeffrey Oleske

Jeffrey Oleske

Business Area Manager - North America Specim Spectral Imaging

2:15 PM - 2:45 PM

Maximizing Workforce Efficiency: Three Technological Avenues for Streamlining Repetitive Tasks

Andrew Zosel, Senior Vice President, Zebra Technologies

Driven by fluctuating demand, increasing quality expectations, and the need for greater efficiency, manufacturers need scalable, easy-to-deploy solutions for the core tasks in operations. Human labor continues to be the most adaptive, capable, and quick-to-deploy solution. Lack of skilled labor is an incessant challenge yet humanoid robots that directly replace all the capabilities of people are not viable. In this presentation, we will divide the challenge into 3 key opportunities - inspecting, handling, and walking - and discuss the latest technology advances enabling these tasks to be augmented or automated through easier-to-deploy solutions.

Andrew Zosel

Andrew Zosel

Senior Vice President Zebra Technologies

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Power Up Your Robot with Intelligence

Charlie Liu, Global Vice President of Technology, TWS Technology

TWS has developed one set of unified software running on a few hardware to form the tiered intelligent platforms covering all applications. With the platform as a core and as a foundation, TWS can build solutions to address many customers’ specific projects, under various application categories in timely manners and maximized reuse. With the reuse of proven software and hardware design for BMS, TWS’s pre-developed and pre-verified platform can not only save engineering resources, but ensure stability and reliability. At the end, we can ensure the delivery of a high-quality product while shorten the development circle and shorten the time to market. In the meanwhile, we allocated more engineering resources to focus on optimizing and enriching the BMS platform with more intelligence and developed more advanced Kalman algorithms and data-driven diagnosis capabilities to better track the state of health, predict cell aging, and prevent the failure in advance.

Charlie Liu

Charlie Liu

Global Vice President of Technology TWS Technology

Tuesday, May 7, 2024
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Using PrintStator CAD To Optimize PCB Stator Electric Motors for Automation

Brian Casey, CEO and President, ECM PCB Stator Tech

Please join ECM CEO Brian Casey for a presentation and demonstration on PrintStator Motor CAD. PrintStator is an advanced electric motor design-to-manufacture platform -- that integrates patented PCB Stator technology -- to offer critical benefits to automation. In this presentation, Mr. Casey will illustrate these advantages, including: • Using PrintStator to design electric motors to precise system performance and form-factor specifications. • Optimizing PCB Stator machines for lower noise, higher torque density, and IE5 efficiency ratings, while reducing weight and raw material requirements by up to 70%; and • Achieving faster electric motor production cycles in a cost-effective manner.

Brian Casey

Brian Casey

CEO and President ECM PCB Stator Tech

11:15 AM - 11:45 AM

OPC UA - Secure Interoperability from Sensor to Cloud

Michael Clark, Director OPC Foundation North America, OPC Foundation

Presented by OPC Foundation, learn how leading industrial facilities – from renewable energy to cosmetics, to automakers – are employing secure, digital interoperability from the shop floor to the top floor. See how wind, solar, robotics, and cybersecurity all are masterfully served under the International IEC62541 Standard of OPC Unified Architecture. Deployments include Client/Server and Pub/Sub frameworks utilizing all transports, including TCP, UDP, MQTT, and more. With the world’s largest ecosystem of end-users, manufacturers, and partner associations, The OPC Foundation is the gravity center for secure industrial interoperability.

Michael Clark

Michael Clark

Director OPC Foundation North America OPC Foundation

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

A Software Approach to Reducing Picking Hours By 50%

Kyle Franklin, Senior Solutions Consultant, Lucas Systems

The cost and time to implement traditional automation solutions can be long, complicated, and expensive. Implementing smart software is a better alternative to solving your labor challenges.

This session will explore the unique benefits of utilizing optimization software to transform your operations, and attract and retain the next generation of warehouse workers. We’ll cover why a WMS alone won’t get you there, and how layering in optimization software can provide quick ROI, greater than 100% improvements in productivity and over 50 percent reduction in picking hours needed per shift.

In this session you’ll learn:

  • How to solve the most critical worker travel challenges
  • How optimization software can improving workflow and reduce on-floor travel time by 50%
  • The limitations of typical WMS-directed batching and pick sequencing
  • The potential benefits of “sharetasking,” integrating physical robotics alongside humans with optimization software
Kyle Franklin

Kyle Franklin

Senior Solutions Consultant Lucas Systems

12:45 PM - 1:15 PM

What is Automation Software Engineering?

David Nichols, CEO/Co-Founder, Society of Automation Software Engineers (SASE)

"What is Automation Software Engineering?" This is one of those ideas that feels totally obvious in retrospect. Automation and software technology are more entwined than many folks acknowledge today, and their convergence isn’t a theoretical exercise; it’s happening now at the cutting edge of automation.

Led by a new generation of engineers and platforms, automation engineering and software engineering are beginning to converge. And much like mechanics, electricity, and programmability revolutionized industry in earlier eras…unifying software and automation will revolutionize ours.

While there’s still lots to explore and many unknowns, we’re on the cusp of revolution — and a new breed of professionals is emerging at the forefront.

David Nichols

David Nichols

CEO/Co-Founder Society of Automation Software Engineers (SASE)

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Robotic Vision: Creating Highly Accurate, Reliable, and Affordable Solutions

Sadiq Panjwani, Global VP & General Manager, Teledyne FLIR IIS

Depth perception is essential for a wide variety of applications from autonomous navigation to pick-and-place operations. Our latest innovation, the Bumblebee® X stereo camera, offers high resolution, exceptional accuracy, advanced onboard processing capability, and a robust industrial design. Join us as we explore Bumblebee X, real-world applications, and how our cutting-edge stereo camera technology addresses challenges across diverse automation applications.

Sadiq Panjwani

Sadiq Panjwani

Global VP & General Manager Teledyne FLIR IIS

2:15 PM - 2:45 PM

Empowering Your Workforce: Integration of Wearables and AMRs to Increase Picking Productivity

Matthew Wicks, Vice President, General Manager, Zebra Technologies

Over half of fulfillment solution decision-makers rely on automation to increase worker efficiency and productivity. In this talk, we will discuss the integration of wearable computers, AMRs, software, and analytics to drive picking productivity in the warehouse and manufacturing environments. The session will cover industry-leading solutions that unify the path of pickers and robots in an optimized directed workflow all while enhancing operational visibility for decision makers.

Matthew Wicks

Matthew Wicks

Vice President, General Manager Zebra Technologies

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

ELEVATE Cobots to the Next Level with LINAK Lifting Columns

Tom LeFavor, Account Manager, LINAK U.S.

LINAK lifting columns provide a 7th axis for cobots, extending the reach to new heights. The column features simultaneous run with cobots, lifts heavy payloads, and is easy to integrate. LINAK recently introduced a new 1100 mm stroke length option, offering even more range to cobots.

Tom LeFavor

Tom LeFavor

Account Manager LINAK U.S.

3:45 PM - 4:15 PM

The Power of Integrated Vision Solutions

Ingo Wiedenhues, Business Development Manager, Integrated Vision Solutions, Atlas Copco, IAS

Due to increased automation, Vision Solutions are becoming more and more necessary for the customers within our industry. It can be very complicated for customers to know which type of system to use and how it can integrate with their manufacturing requirements and existing in-house systems and machines. At Atlas Copco, we believe in Integrated Vision Solutions, transforming a fragmented piece of the process into a single-source integrated solution with your joining and dispensing needs. Our process and expansive portfolio allow us to operate like no other company within our industry and many of our customers from Tesla and Rivian to Toyota and Volkswagen are experiencing the benefits of how an Integrated Vision Solution can help drive their business.

Ingo Wiedenhues

Ingo Wiedenhues

Business Development Manager, Integrated Vision Solutions Atlas Copco, IAS

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

The Future of Dimensioning is Here: Discover How AI-Powered Mobile Dimensioning Creates a New and Efficient Workflow to Capture Dimensions Anywhere

Matt Miller, CTO/President, MobileDemand

Mobile dimensioning challenges the outdated idea that dimensioning systems are only stationary units that reside in a designated space in the warehouse. A workflow that was once thought to be impossible – capturing dimensions at the product’s location, even from an order picking lift at the highest level of shelving – is now a reality. Harnessing the power of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, this portable system enables a more efficient, seamless, less-time consuming workflow with the ability to acquire all necessary item data including dimensions, weights and picture at the product location, rather than bringing items to-and-from stationary dimensioning systems.

Matt Miller

Matt Miller

CTO/President MobileDemand

Wednesday, May 8, 2024
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Value Shop: Building An Automation Practice Designed For This Century

David Nichols, CEO/Co-Founder, Society of Automation Software Engineers (SASE)

Shawn Busse, CEO/Founder, Kinesis

For decades, prevailing business wisdom has been heavily influenced by manufacturing principles. So, it’s no surprise that many automation firms have been built around factory best practices — things like efficiency of employee time, risk mitigation, and process optimization. To be sure, if you’re in the business of producing widgets, these can be key levers for operational excellence…but not every business is a factory, nor should it operate like one. In fact, most automation firms are not manufacturers at all; they’re in the business of solving problems for customers. That requires a shift in thinking — in everything from how you build your team, to how you source referrals, to how you price your services. In this session, Kinesis CEO Shawn Busse will be joined by David Nichols of Loupe, an automation engineering firm.

We’ll explore:

  • The “hidden” factory mindset and its presumed universal application
  • Alternatives to the traditional manufacturing value model
  • A new way to think about value creation, and what it could mean for your business
  • How automation firms can reposition themselves to gain competitive advantage
  • Real-world examples of the transformative power of this shift
David Nichols

David Nichols

CEO/Co-Founder Society of Automation Software Engineers (SASE)

Shawn Busse

Shawn Busse

CEO/Founder Kinesis

11:15 AM - 11:45 AM

Extend the Reach of Robots with Robot Transfer Units

Brian Burke, Product Manager III, Bishop-Wisecarver Corporation

There are many benefits to having a track mounted robot installation. Attaching a robot to the moveable carriage of a transfer unit significantly expands the working envelope or reach of the robot because it can dynamically move down a long track system. This allows a single robot to complete work tasks at several locations thereby reducing the total number of costly robots. Attend this session to learn about robot transfer units.

Brian Burke

Brian Burke

Product Manager III Bishop-Wisecarver Corporation

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Doosan Robotics – Becoming the First “Solutions Platform Company”

Alex Lee, Marketing Development Manager, Doosan Robotics

Alex Lee (General Manager of Doosan Robotics Americas) will share how through Doosan Robotics’ technologies and vision, the company is aiming to become the world’s first “Solutions Platform Company” by leveraging their innovations like their new Dart-Suite platform to provide all the motions and functionality that customers expect and require at the click of a button. The Dart-Suite is an innovative ecosystem that allows robot owners access to an unlimited number of pre-programmed tasks for Doosan Robotics’ line of AI cobots (collaborative robots). Dart-Suite offers an environment where each component works in harmony, enabling users to develop, sell, download, and trigger actions through various interfaces, ultimately leading to the robots' transition from static tools to flexible partners. Through its innovations and one-of-a-kind developer/user experience, Dart-Suite is helping usher in a new and transformative era in robotics. 

Alex Lee

Alex Lee

Marketing Development Manager Doosan Robotics

12:45 PM - 1:15 PM

Advanced Vision & Dispense Systems Integration

Jerry Entrikin, Sr. Applications Engineer, Andrews Cooper

Join us for a technical presentation on integrating advanced automation systems in custom manufacturing. We'll discuss the latest advancements in high-resolution vision cameras and dispensing technologies that are setting new benchmarks for precision and affordability in automation. Our focus will be on the practical aspects of designing tailored automation systems, emphasizing the integration of diverse technologies to create cohesive and efficient solutions. We'll cover the challenges associated with picoliter dispensing and incorporating complex, multi-dimensional features using coordinated robotics and motion control systems.

Jerry Entrikin

Jerry Entrikin

Sr. Applications Engineer Andrews Cooper

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

How Lane Automotive Cut Order Processing Time to 15 Minutes

David Meadow, Chief Information Officer, Lane Automotive

John Jackson, Account Executive, Exotec

This seminar presents an in-depth case study of how Lane Automotive dramatically cut its order processing time by 85% (from 100 to 15 minutes). Lane Automotive's CIO, David Meadow, will walk you through the specific challenges that his company had faced and how they were able to address them using best-in-class warehouse automation. The discussion will also provide guidance on assessing the optimal automation solutions, best practices for change management, and lessons learned during the process.

David Meadow

David Meadow

Chief Information Officer Lane Automotive

John Jackson

John Jackson

Account Executive Exotec

2:15 PM - 2:45 PM

Introducing RV-12CRL - The Latest High Performance/Low Cost Robot in Mitsubishi Electric's RV-CRL Series

Patrick Varley, Product Marketing Manager (Robot), Mitsubishi Electric Automation Inc

The RV-12CRL joins Mitsubishi Electric’s top-selling robot, the RV-8CRL, as a member of the RV-CRL series. With a 12kg payload and 1,504mm reach, the RV-12CRL is a cost effective solution for many applications including Machine Tending , Assembly, and Case Packing. Come learn more about this exciting new robot.

Patrick Varley

Patrick Varley

Product Marketing Manager (Robot) Mitsubishi Electric Automation Inc

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

AI Enabled AMR Navigation Technology

Joshua Alphonse, Head of Mobile Robotics US, ABB Inc.

AI Enabled AMR Navigation Technology explores the evolution of navigation technologies for Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs). This talk will delve into the current landscape of navigation systems, including SLAM and traditional mapping methods while addressing their limitations. By integrating AI-driven navigation solutions, we can revolutionize AMR capabilities, mitigating challenges such as dynamically changing environments, localization errors, and scalability issues. Through advancements in vision and sensor fusion technologies, AI-enabled navigation promises to optimize efficiency, adaptability, and reliability, unlocking unprecedented potential for AMR applications across various industries.

Joshua Alphonse

Joshua Alphonse

Head of Mobile Robotics US ABB Inc.

3:45 PM - 4:15 PM

5 Practical ChatGPT/LLM Automation Use Cases and How to Apply These Learning To Set Up a Pilot

Ben Wald, Founder, Very

In this session, we will explore five real-world applications of ChatGPT/LLM (Large Language Models) within the realm of automation, and shed light on how industry leaders are starting to use them across diverse industries. These use cases exemplify the versatility, efficiency, and 10x improvement in applications using ChatGPT/LLM technology. We will explore how to approach this new technology, how companies use it in their businesses today, and even where to get started. Participants will also be equipped with the specific tools and processes to learn how to launch a pilot quickly and to understand how to validate the capital required to really invest in a substantial rollout.

Ben Wald

Ben Wald

Founder Very

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Mistakes to Avoid When Using Robots for Finishing or Material Removal

Michael Haas, Vice President, FerRobotics

Finishing and material removal automation is not easy. Applications look easy on videos, but to implement them proper into production systems to get a stable repeatable result requires huge knowledge about robotic finishing.

Investing in robotics for finishing or material removal can be your best decision or your biggest nightmare depending on how you have chosen your partner and setup. Only systems that work reliably provide you with a ROI.

Manual finishing processes such as grinding, polishing and deburring require a high level of expertise from the operator, but even more from your robotic solutions implementation team. A wrong choice can jeopardize the entire project and carries the risk of losing 100% of your investment.

During the session you will learn from experience and best practice of what are the most important things to focus, as well as mistakes being made and how to avoid them.

Takeaways:

  • Roadmap through your finishing project
  • What applications should be automated first, later or left out!
  • Way out from a not smoothly operating finishing or material removal cell
Michael Haas

Michael Haas

Vice President FerRobotics

Thursday, May 9, 2024
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Navigating the Challenges of Building An Optical Module for Embedded Vision

Sam Leboe, Product Manager, Framos Technologies

In this session FRAMOS will share some of the common challenges encountered during the process of designing and manufacturing embedded vision systems. Topics covered will include the impact of electrical design on imaging performance, how to implement image processing pipelines on popular platforms, and maintaining quality while scaling into mass production. Based on FRAMOS' experience from over 40 years in imaging, attendees can be better informed when considering whether to build or buy an optical sensor module.

Sam Leboe

Sam Leboe

Product Manager Framos Technologies

11:15 AM - 11:45 AM

How to Automate Flexibly Using A Scalable AI-based 3D Vision Platform: Best Practices and Technology Insights

Michael Suppa, CEO, Roboception GmbH

In this presentation, attendees will explore the benefits of 3D vision and a scalable AI software platform to flexibly automate their production. This allows for the automation of previously manual processes in a cost-effective way. Drawing on best practices from a variety of industries and showcasing several customer success stories, we will explore the transformative impact of scalable AI software platforms like the rc_visard NG in improving the efficiency, productivity and adaptability of robotic automation. Join us as we uncover strategies for leveraging these platforms to meet the evolving demands of robots in modern industrial environments.

Michael Suppa

Michael Suppa

CEO Roboception GmbH