AUTOMATE CONFERENCE AGENDA

June 6–9, 2022 · Detroit, Michigan, USA

Our conference is a game-changing experience for those looking to sharpen their skills or deepen their automation knowledge. Come learn from accomplished industry professionals who are shaping the future of automation and get practical solutions you can leverage right away. Join our mailing list to stay informed as new sessions are announced.

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MONDAY, June 6, 2022

 

8:00 am - 8:45 am
Automation Applications & Innovations
3D Printed End-of-Arm Tools: Advantages, Applications & Use Cases

Liz Stortstrom, Application Engineer, HP 3D Printing

Liz Stortstrom

Liz Stortstrom

Application Engineer
HP 3D Printing

The use of additive manufacturing in the robotics and industrial automation industry is becoming more prevalent every day. Material handling solutions are highly customized to the end-user, and additive manufacturing can complement and address many of the shortcomings of traditional manufacturing methods like machining and injection molding. End-of-arm tooling (EOAT) is just one of the many applications that can benefit greatly from additive manufacturing through lightweighting, part consolidation, customization, cost reduction, and time to market.

What you will learn:

  • The different types of additive manufacturing (AM)
  • The advantages of AM over traditional manufacturing methods
  • Considerations when designing parts for AM
  • Top AM applications for Industrial Automation & Robotics
  • 10 real-world use cases
8:00 am - 8:45 am
Autonomous Mobile Robots
AI-Driven AI Fleet Management

Andreas Boedenauer, AGILOX North America, Inc.

Andreas Baedenauer

Andreas Boedenauer

CEO
AGILOX North America, Inc.

Business success depends on a lot of factors: Innovative products, outstanding services, financial prudence, manufacturing excellence. To excel, all parts of the organization work together in sync. Consequently, mitigating the risk for any disruption of this collaboration is a key objective of management. In a worst case scenario, a Single Point Of Failure can bring the entire operation to a costly halt.

At AGILOX, we have confronted this risk by introducing our AI-driven decentralized fleet management system X-Swarm Technology. Its setup is simple: There is no central fleet management system or server structure, and the entire intelligence is located on each of our Autonomous Mobile Robots themselves.

These autonomous and self-guided robots are real team players which permanently, independently, and proactively optimize their routes in real-time across the entire fleet. It is a self-curing organization that autonomously detects disruptions (eg. obstacles) and re-allocates jobs instantaneously to other bots.

Ease of use and scalability is on the forefront of the AGILOX idea: Adding an additional vehicle is as easy as simply connecting it to the swarm. All relevant information (eg. stations, maps, etc.) are shared automatically, and the swarm immediately re-evaluates jobs to account for the new member.

As a consequence, there is no Single Point Of Failure for the organization: If one bot fails, the other bots take over the job immediately, and autonomously. Since there is no central server to manage the fleet, the risk of a server breakdown is literally non-existent. This will inevitably lead to smoother operations with less disruptions, thus being much more plan-able and reliable, ultimately leading to cost savings through an operational continuity not possible in any other setup.

8:00 am - 8:45 am
AI & Smart Automation
Where Should You Begin Your Industry 4.0 and IIoT Journey?

Christina Pierce, Sales Operations Manager, Panasonic IIoT Solutions

Christina Pierce

Christina Pierce

Sales Operations Manager
Panasonic IIoT Solutions

Though the manufacturing industry generally accepts the need to automate, the barrier to entry can cause hesitation. However, there are clear baby steps manufacturers can take to begin their journey to automation. In this session, we’ll look at several initial steps in the manufacturing process that can be improved with IIoT, including paper-based operations, improving material flow, and locating inventory. In greater detail, we’ll dive into each step and how IIoT can be implemented in a simple way to essentially “test the waters” before investing in all-out transformation across the business. For example, eliminating paper and printing costs by replacing paper-based picking operations with an electronic workflow. Finally, we’ll discuss best practices for presenting these ideas to executives, including elevator pitches and ROI benefits, and both the short-term and long-term (obtaining real-time data to generate insights into your operation) benefits of implementing IIoT.

8:00 am - 10:45 am
How to Automate
Getting Started with Robotics
Bob Rochelle

Bob Rochelle

Account Manager
Güdel Inc

Bob Bollinger

Bob Bollinger

Owner
Dynamic Horizons Automation Solutions

Industrial Robots are the heart of Lean Manufacturing and are vital to the current vibrant manufacturing economy in North America. The “Getting Started with Robotics” presentation is an introduction to the Industrial Robotics or Flexible Automation Industry. We will explore robot-based automation systems to include how the industry functions, why to choose robot based automation, principles of system integration, general principles of robot technology, and the business case for automating and calculating ROI. We will also discuss the common mistakes made in robot integration. The attendee will learn through discussion and evaluating system photos and videos illustrating various robotic based flexible automation systems.

8:00 am - 11:30 am
Certified Vision Professional Advanced Courses
Advanced Optics for Vision

Stu Singer, CEO, Schneider Optics

Stu Singer

Stu Singer

CEO
Schneider Optics

Details to come.

8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Certified Vision Professional Basic Courses
The Fundamentals of Machine Vision

David Dechow, LandingAI

David Dechow

David Dechow

 
LandingAI

Details to come.

9:00 am - 9:45 am
Automation Applications & Innovations
Maximize Technology and Investment: Using Barcode Reading and Machine Vision to Create Deep Learning Solutions

Jim Witherspoon, Product Manager - Machine Vision and Fixed Industrial Scanning, Zebra Technologies

Jim Witherspoon

Jim Witherspoon

Product Manager - Machine Vision and Fixed Industrial Scanning
Zebra Technologies

Maximize Technology and Investment: Using Barcode Reading and Machine Vision to Create Deep Learning Solutions

Artificial intelligence and deep learning solutions are the next generation of vision inspection. From a barcode reader to a deep learning solution, this presentation will share how companies are solving problems today and future-proofing and enhancing their solutions for tomorrow. Learn about the buzzwords and technologies making it all possible and what types of applications are best suited for these next-generation technologies.

9:00 am - 9:45 am
Autonomous Mobile Robots
To Be Announced
9:00 am - 9:45 am
AI & Smart Automation
Industrial Edge - Make the Most of Your Data

Chris Liu, Edge Product Marketing Manager, Siemens

Chris Liu

Chris Liu

Edge Product Marketing Manager
Siemens

The volume of data in industry continues to grow. How can you acquire knowledge from this vast amount of information so you can make the right decisions and take fast action? Industrial Edge is an integral part of the Digital Enterprise portfolio that serves to transform endless volumes of data into limitless opportunities. Join us for more information including overview and architecture, benefits and use cases, and where to start with Siemens Industrial Edge.

10:00 am - 10:45 am
Automation Applications & Innovations
Understanding Robot Accuracy

Houssaine Waled, Senior Staff Engineer, KUKA Robotics

Houssaine Waled

Houssaine Waled

Senior Staff Engineer
KUKA Robotics

Many robotic applications require high positional and path accuracy. These include machining, non-destructive testing, and any application that uses offline programming. Robots have come a long way in terms of static and dynamic performances. However, failing to understand robot accuracy and the factors that affect it can lead to undesirable outcomes. Many users have high expectations when it comes to robot accuracy. Some confuse robot repeatability with robot accuracy. Yet, others do not consider other factors that affect the system's overall accuracy, such as end-of-arm tooling, fixtures, duty cycle, etc. This presentation will provide key insights into understanding robot accuracy, its limits, and the various factors that affect it.

10:00 am - 10:45 am
Autonomous Mobile Robots
Top 5 Trends in the AMR Market in the Upcoming Years

Søren E. Nielsen, Mobile Industrial Robots A/S

Søren E. Nielsen

Søren E. Nielsen

Mobile Industrial Robots A/S

Details to come.

10:00 am - 10:45 am
AI & Smart Manufacturing
How Deep Learning and Vision AI are Turning the Tables on Manufacturing

Max Versace, CEO and Co-Founder, Neurala

Max Versace

Max Versace

CEO and Co-Founder
Neurala

The manufacturing world is facing old and new challenge. Companies are facing irregular patterns in consumer demands and heightened pressures on machine utilization, production efficiencies, and quality control – and they need to address all of this with fewer people on the factory floor. In this session, Dr. Massimiliano Versace, CEO and Co-Founder of Neurala, will discuss how deep learning – the branch of AI derived from neural networks - is already enabling manufacturers to meet demand challenges, increase productivity and maintain their competitive advantage. Advances in deep learning are allowing the deployment of AI that’s based on the unique needs (and data) of each manufacturer. This is lifting the typical requirements for large amounts of data, expensive hardware or specialized AI expertise. With less data required and faster training, emerging solutions can automate quality inspection processes that were previously not viable – improving inspection rates, decreasing human intervention, and allowing smaller batches to be inspected – all helping increase ROI.

11:00 am - 11:45 am
How to Automate
Lessons from the Field: Understanding How, When and Where to Apply Automation

Jim Lawton, VP-GM of Zebra Robotics Automation, Zebra Technologies

Jim Lawton

Jim Lawton

VP-GM of Zebra Robotics Automation
Zebra Technologies

Is there a way to ensure that investment in automation can deliver all that is expected? For many companies, betting on automation is not a decision made lightly. Of course, there’s the pure cost of the solution, but all too often there are unknowns that quickly add up – and eat up any potential ROI. Things like the need to reconfigure space or workflows. Often, there is intensive training and additional equipment. Fortunately, innovation in automation is changing so much of what once was true. Today it is possible to design an automation strategy that allows the organization to succeed and then build on that success, again and again.

This presentation will draw on real-world experiences with customers in warehousing, distribution, and manufacturing who have deployed collaborative automation solutions, including autonomous mobile robots, to improve operational performance, as measured by KPIs including productivity, accuracy, and quality. Specifically, it will address:

  • What to look for in identifying opportunities in operations where automation makes more sense than human labor
  • What to ask when determining how success/value will be measured
  • How to enroll the current workforce in deployment and evaluation
  • The steps to designing a repeatable model for rapid deployment and evaluation
11:00 am - 11:45 am
Automation Applications & Innovations
Machine Vision Applications in the Medical Industry

John Salls, Owner/Engineer, Vision ICS

John Salls

John Salls

Owner/Engineer
Vision ICS

Quality control in medical device and pharmaceutical production is critical. Quite literally, lives depend on the successful deployment and implementation of vision systems for quality control. In this session, we will review various applications and discuss the role of validation for applications such as transdermal patches, defibrillator leads, pacemaker components.

11:00 am - 11:45 am
Autonomous Mobile Robots
Mobile Robot Application Considerations for Integrators and End-Users

Denise Ebenhoech, Regional Head of Advanced Robotic Applications, KUKA Robotics

Denise Ebenhoech

Denise Ebenhoech

Regional Head of Advanced Robotic Applications
KUKA Robotics

In recent years, advances in technology have broken traditional AGVs from their tethered paths and given way to a new generation of sophisticated mobile platforms that can independently support more intricate processes and overcome past time and space limitations. While still in their relative infancy, these innovative platforms offer exciting potential, but many integrators and end-users lack the knowledge base and experience needed to adopt them into manufacturing processes and environments successfully.

11:00 am - 11:45 am
AI & Smart Manufacturing
Building an AI or Smart Manufacturing Strategy

Christine Boles, VP, Internet of Things Group - GM, Industrial Solutions Division, Intel

Christine Boles

Christine Boles

VP, Internet of things Group - GM, Industrial Solutions Division
Intel

Manufacturers are always seeking new ways to optimize their operations and reduce costs. Now, as sustainability continues to become top of mind for many organizations, it can seem like a competing objective. However, it’s possible to achieve both business and sustainability goals by adopting a data-driven strategy to fuel AI and machine learning applications. Today, most factories still only leverage a fraction of their operational data due to latency, security, and privacy limitations. However, AI and Machine Learning running at the edge offer manufacturers the ability to connect their equipment and analyze data to gather actionable insights in real-time -- allowing them to maximize throughput, minimize downtime and decrease their environmental footprint. This session will cover strategies for the successful adoption and implementation of AI and machine learning at the edge, common pitfalls and how to avoid them, and highlight real-world use cases.

12:00 pm
Lunch (on your own)
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Certified Vision Professional Advanced Courses
Advanced Vision Lighting

Steve King, OMRON Microscan Systems

Steve King

Steve King

 
OMRON Microscan Systems

Details to come.

1:30 pm - 2:15 pm
How to Automate
Connecting Automation To Business Challenges

Bryan Bird, Regional President, US/Canada, Universal Robots

Bryan Bird

Bryan Bird

Regional President, US/Canada
Universal Robots

Bryan Bird, Regional President of US/Canada for Universal Robots, is building the case for manufacturers getting ahead of their most pressing business challenges with collaborative robots. This presentation will provide an overview of common manufacturing challenges and demonstrate how collaborative automation systems bring performance improvements to directly address these challenges. Cobots are helping solve labor shortages, machine downtime, poor part quality, and floorspace limitations -- even the inability to quote large orders. Join us for an introduction to the business case for cobot automation. In addition to these business trends and cobot installation strategies, he will share the stories of real manufacturers who successfully deployed collaborative automation systems in their manual processes to expand business and increase productivity.

1:30 pm - 2:15 pm
Automation Applications & Innovations
Ensuring Success with EV Powertrain Deployments

Vikram Mankar, Principal Product Manager, GE Digital

Vikram Mankar

Vikram Mankar

Principal Product Manager
GE Digital

GE Digital Smart Factory MES is designed for rapid multi-plant deployments. Build first template site, export the configuration, import into subsequent sites changing site relevant master data). The Smart Factory MES user interface has a mobile first HTML5 UI and can be Dockerized to ensure 100% uptime.

There are many requirements for successful EV powertrain deployments:

  • Competent material management (inbound material inspections, put-away, pick)
  • Formal non-conformance management
  • High precision mixing
  • Consistent cell quality management
  • Adaptive cell placement in module to ensure proper thermal response
  • Robust cell and module data analytics for Continuous Improvement and Quality Assurance
  • Orchestration of recipes between development and production
  • Robust data plan: keep manufacturing sites data stores lean, offload data to a data lake
  • Warranty and repair solutions
1:30 pm - 2:15 pm
Autonomous Mobile Robots
Using Robotics Business Intelligence to Optimize Productivity

Jason Walker, VP of Market Development, Locus Robotics

Jason Walker

Jason Walker

VP of Market Development
Locus Robotics

Business intelligence is transforming all sectors of the economy, including warehousing and manufacturing. As robotic automation becomes an integral part of these operations, effective use of data solutions generate gives critical visibility into what’s going on inside your facility. It provides a valuable and actionable resource for planning, operations, and labor management. In this discussion, we’ll explore the various types of crucial business information that automation solutions can provide for your operation. From live, real-time dashboards on the warehouse floor to rich, executive reporting tools, you’ll learn how data-driven decision-making can help all levels of your organization to build the operational resilience needed to effectively manage disruptions and excel in the future.

1:30 pm - 2:15 pm
AI & Smart Manufacturing
Intent Prediction in Human Robot Interactions: A Virtual Reality Driven Approach
  • Paul Santi, General Manager - Automation Systems Group, FANUC America

  • Sara Masoud, Assistant Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering Principal Research Scientist, Wayne State University

Paul Santi

Paul Santi

General Manager - Automation Systems Group
FANUC America

Sara Masoud

Sara Masoud

Assistant Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering Principal Research Scientist
Wayne State University

DIntent prediction also known as intention recognition or detection is one of the core components of social cognition. Human beings, from age of 18 months, have been shown to be able to extrapolate intentions from observed actions. A key technical component for intent prediction from observed bodily movements is the discovery and utilization of the spatiotemporal patterns behind those movements. Although here the focus is on improving human robot interaction in manufacturing, intent prediction can be extended to contribute to active fields of research such as mobility (e.g., intention prediction of human drivers for autonomous driving) and healthcare (i.e., surgeons’ error prevention). In manufacturing, the futuristic vision of robotics and artificial intelligence, where humans and robots can optimally work together, can evolve to reality by developing intention prediction frameworks, by developing algorithms that make collaborative robots smarter while satisfying the safety concerns. To ensure safe data collection and performance evaluation, this project uses the virtual testbed in the Unity game engine, where users can wear HTC Vive sensors to emerge in virtual environment to safely interact with virtual robots. While virtual reality represents detail movements/interactions of the standard robotic arms and humans, deep learning techniques (i.e., a hybrid integration of exogenous Long Short-Term Memory and Graph Convolutional Networks) are used to predict the underling intention behind the observed movement patterns. The proposed methodology and framework will lead to training robots with better HRI, where not only are robots required to be as precise and accurate as possible in fulfillment of human commands, but also are expected to act faster by predicting the intentions of the collaborating humans.

1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Certified Vision Professional Basic Courses
Beginning Optics for Machine Vision

Nick Sischka, Edmund Optics

Nick Sischka

Nick Sischka

 
Edmund Optics

Details to come.

2:30 pm - 3:15 pm
How to Automate
Vision Automation Headwinds and Tailwinds

Dave Kelly, Director of Business Development, Perceptron

Dave Kelly

Dave Kelly

Director of Business Development
Perceptron

The adoption of vision-enabled automation within the manufacturing sector has been accelerating, driven by widening demand and new 3D vision technology. The demands for quality, throughput, speed, agility, lower costs, and recently labor shortages are being met by ever more automation, particularly vision-enabled automation. The current frontier is automating the manual processes that have been the most challenging due to the dexterity needs of the tasks and decisions required to adapt to flexible and even uncertain environments. Traditional vision solutions require very rigid environments and can adjust automation for single variables such as dimensions or position or fit of a part. Recently solutions for adapting multiple variables have been realized, such as the classic picking random parts from bins. This is the beginning of a trend that leverages the advances in 3D vision-enabled decision making emerging from autonomous vehicle navigation developments such as multi-policy decision making and AI that will profoundly impact manufacturing.

2:30 pm - 3:15 pm
Automation Applications & Innovations
Advances in Weld Inspection
Jeffrey Noruk

Jeffrey Noruk

President
Servo Robot Corp

Automate your Visual Weld Inspection with Cobot 3D Laser Scanning

Automated welding is becoming more common every year in industries, ranging from automotive to oil to gas to aerospace. This increased use has resulted in increased productivity and quality. However, visual weld inspection is one area of the welding operation that is being done almost the same way as it was done 75 years ago. Almost all of this inspection is done manually with “eyes and gauge.” While a Certified Welding Inspector can do a good job with a lot of time and effort, not all companies employ this level of skill. And even if they do, most of this inspection is just go/no-Go and offers little of the data, which is required if one wants to make improvements employing IoT and Industry 4.0.

While one can put in a dedicated traditional robot cell for inspecting welds to achieve huge gains in reliability and productivity, another approach that utilizes a cobot working alongside an operator provides a more flexible approach for many companies. The COBOT can be programmed to inspect all the required welds while the operator can work collaboratively with the robot by doing the loading and unloading -- as well as repairing any discrepant welds. This cobot inspection cell can also be made portable so one can move it around a plant to provide the ability to audit any part if needed or to provide temporary 100% inspection if a quality issue occurs.

Tara Thimmanaik

Tara Thimmanaik

Systems Architect
Intel

Industrial IOT: Automating Weld Defect Detection with AI and Machine Vision Applications

Demand for smarter and more efficient manufacturing is growing as Industries seek to use their resources more efficiently. One of the commonly used technique by heavy-industrial manufacturers is robotic arc welding. Traditionally, defect detection in welding employs manual methods which require highly skilled weld engineers using a variety of in-line visual and auditory indicators, and/or end-of-line QA techniques. These approaches are expensive and sometimes inefficient.

During this session we will talk about a Deep learning-based solution developed by Intel to automate the detection of welding defect know as porosity to mitigate the costly re-work, material scrap, and workflow disruption of such defects. The solution paves way to detect other types of welding defect and ultimately automating the welding process using Intel’s processors and AI based solutions.

2:30 pm - 3:15 pm
Autonomous Mobile Robots
AMRs and the Human Workforce: Working Together for a Future-Proof Partnership

Todd Graves, Seegrid

Todd Graves

Todd Graves

Seegrid

Manufacturing, e-commerce, and logistics facilities are struggling to fill surging order volumes on time and accurately with today’s evolving demands, especially amid an ongoing labor shortage. To solve for today’s biggest challenges, more companies are turning to automation solutions to increase reliability, safety, and productivity for the competitive advantage. But what does this mean for the future of the human workforce? Learn more about today’s shifting workforce demographics, the emerging role of technology, and how to leverage humans and machines together to create a resilient operation.

2:30 pm - 4:15 pm
AI & Smart Manufacturing
AI, Trust & Explainability
Nathan Bivens

Nathan Bivens

CTO
FORT Robotics

Safety & Security: the Key to Building Trust in Autonomous Systems

Trust is the key to safe, successful robot deployments. But how do we build trust when robots work with people in unpredictable environments? And how can we establish a common trust between multiple machines from different manufacturers? In this session, we will discuss the importance of building trust through functional safety and cyber security. Learn how safety and security form the foundation of trust for autonomous systems, and why you can’t have one without the other. By taking a holistic approach, we can build a common foundation that allows different machines to work safely together while protecting the people around them.

Corey Ryan

Corey Ryan

Director of Medical Robotics
KUKA Robotics

Ethics and Bias in AI - Understanding the risks

This session will provide a brief overview of AI and how bias impacts the models -- along with the ethical considerations in most models.

  • A 10,000 foot view of how it works, and the current status of most AI technologies.
  • The importance of data, what it means and its limitations.
  • The impact of human designs in the AI world.
  • Ethical considerations from a technology and real-world perspective.
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Certified Vision Professional Advanced Courses
Advanced Camera and Image Sensor Technology

Steve Kinney, Smart Vision Lights

Steve Kinney

Steve Kinney

 
Smart Vision Lights

Details to come.

3:30 pm - 4:15 pm
How to Automate
PANEL DISCUSSION: Startups Simplifying Automation
  • Tom Munger, Director of Sales, North America, Realtime Robotics

  • David Dechow, Vice President of Outreach and Vision Technology, Landing AI

  • Juan Aparicio, VP Product, Ready Robotics

Tom Munger

Tom Munger

Director of Sales, North America
Realtime Robotics

David Dechow

David Dechow

Vice President of Outreach and Vision Technology
Landing AI

Juan Aparicio

Juan Aparicio

VP Product
Ready Robotics

Automation has now become a board-level concern. The question is no longer, “Will you automate?” The question is “How well are you automating?” There are many startups in the robotics, logistics, operations and industrial fields that are tackling the problem of workplace automation from various different approaches. This panel discussion would bring together several different startups in the automation field to talk about their vision for the future of workplace automation and how their technologies will help companies improve the efficiency and effectiveness of said automation. We will cover streamlining smart automation commissioning process, removing need for manual process validation, ability to easily onboard new technology and more importantly, allowing your team to not have to work on weekends as a result. Democratization of automation through various software platforms and tools is another discussion aspect.

3:30 pm - 4:15 pm
Automation Applications & Innovations
Intelligent Robotics for the Modern Warehouse

Brandon Coats, Director of Systems Integration, Mujin

Brandon Coats

Brandon Coats

Mujin
Director of Systems Integration

Logistics facilities have a need for more intelligent robotic systems, which are value-adding, production-ready, and reduce the cost of the overall material handling solution. The next generation of robots should be capable of perception, awareness, and autonomous decision-making, which will allow companies to deploy more robotic systems into production and into new, more advanced applications. Intelligent robotics should be quicker and easier to deploy and have minimal unplanned downtime without sacrificing efficiency or flexibility. All of this is now possible with a new approach to robotics called “Machine Intelligence.”

Machine Intelligence is a deterministic form of intelligence technology where the machine understands everything about its physical environment through modeling. When we combine the power of modeling the physics behind every interaction, perceiving the real-world through advanced sensor hardware, and state-of-the-art motion planning technology, we achieve a system that can make decisions on-the-fly, self-recover, and operate with full autonomy at a production-level throughput and efficiency. This seminar will share how robotics is the future for logistics operations.

3:30 pm - 4:15 am
Autonomous Mobile Robots
How Companies Will Survive the Multi-Robot Warehouse of the Future

Florian Pestoni, CEO & Co-Founder, InOrbit

Florian Pestoni

Florian Pestoni

CEO & Co-Founder
InOrbit

While robot deployments within warehouses and fulfillment centers tend to focus on a single robot platform (either mobile or fixed robot arm), the day is coming when multiple robot types will be traversing the floor. Cleaning robots, inventory robots, and drones will soon be working alongside delivery robots and autonomous forklifts to get their tasks done. Those robots will all need to communicate with each other, not just to avoid each other, but to coordinate workflows and avoid other humans still working in the same space. This orchestration and coordination will not just require integration with warehouse management systems and interoperability but an overall ecosystem of robotics software that manages robot operations (RobOps). This session will discuss different interoperability and fleet management approaches, along with a vision of how this will get warehouses and fulfillment centers more automation and flexibility.

TUESDAY, June 7, 2022

 

8:00 am - 8:45 am
How to Automate
Robots-as-a-Service (RaaS): Delivering Productivity and Savings with Trust and Compliance

Fouad Khalil, Senior Director, Compliance, Locus Robotics

Fouad Khalil

Fouad Khalil

Senior Director, Compliance
Locus Robotics

In this presentation, we will share a few specific case studies of using AMRs for order picking assistance in conventional warehouses.

8:00 am - 8:45 am
Autonomous Mobile Robots
How AMRs Can Help Achieve Immediate Benefits from Order Picking Automation

Yaqing Sun, Corporate Industry Development Manager - Logistics, Omron Automation Americas

Yaqing Sun

Yaqing Sun

Corporate Industry Development Manager - Logistics
Omron Automation Americas

In this presentation, we will share a few specific case studies of using AMRs for order picking assistance in conventional warehouses.

8:00 am - 8:45 am
AI & Smart Automation
AI in Manufacturing: The Truth and the Myth

Juan Aparicio, VP Product, Ready Robotics

Juan Aparicio

Juan Aparicio

VP Product
Ready Robotics

In this session, the speaker will identify industrial manufacturing and robotic manipulation challenges that can most benefit both from recent academic progress and advances in AI, while at the same time highlight where traditional automation and robotic approaches may perform better.

8:00 am - 9:45 am
Automation Applications & Innovations
AI in Machine Vision Inspection Applications
Ed Goffin

Ed Goffin

Manager, Marketing
Pleora Technologies

Solving Visual Inspection Errors with AI

New AI-based visual inspection systems add automation and decision support for manual inspection and assembly processes to help manufacturers reduce downtime and ensure end-to-end quality. This presentation will introduce AI-based visual inspection. By looking at two case studies, we will discuss how easy-to-train algorithms are allowing manufacturers to deploy advanced capabilities more easily. In the first case study, we will look at how a distillery is using AI-based augmented reality and quality control tools to help maintain brand quality and reduce labeling errors that increase operating costs and slow production. We will then discuss how an electronics manufacturers is using image compare and traceability to help inspector’s spot differences and monitor quality for its end-customer.

Davide Migliore

Davide Migliore

Director of Sales North America
Prophesee

Event-based Vision is enabling a new range of more efficient, and powerful machine vision applications

This session will explain the fundamentals of event-based vision and show real-world examples from the growing community of users on how it is being applied to improve safety, reliability, efficiency, and user experiences across a broad range of use cases. It has been applied to functionalities such as High-Speed Counting, Smart Detection and Tracking, Vibration Monitoring, Spatter Monitoring, Machine Learning, Ultra Slow Motion, Optical Flow, Movement Analysis and Monitoring, Fluid Dynamics Monitoring, Kinematic Monitoring and many more.

Steve Walsh

Steve Walsh

Vice Predisent of Sales
Neurala

How vision AI is improving quality inspection on the factory floor

The last 18 months have highlighted the need for manufacturers to embrace new technologies such as AI and automation to help meet the consumer demand for increases in productivity. In this session, we will explain how manufacturers can leverage vision AI to improve their quality inspection process, citing real-world examples of how vision AI is making an impact today across the food and beverage industry. Attendees will leave this session with a better understanding of how vision AI solutions can help them improve inspection in everything from raw material contaminants to surface anomalies on finished goods to missing components in food packaging.

Kaven Wang

Caleb Davis

Project Manager
UnitX

Automating Visual Inspection with Software-Defined Imaging & AI

80% of the challenge in machine vision is lighting. A good lighting, when coupled with state-of-the-art AI software, solves visual inspection with low false acceptance and false rejection. This talk covers UnitX's unique approach to imaging.

8:00 am - 10:00 am
Certified Vision Professional Advanced Courses
3D Vision System Development

Mattias Johannesson, Senior Expert 3D Vision, SICK

Mattias Johannesson

Mattias Johannesson

Senior Expert 3D Vision
SICK

The presentation goes through how todays common 3D imaging technologies works, giving comparisons and pros/cons for each.

8:00 am - 10:30 am
Certified Vision Professional Basic Courses
Beginning Lighting for Machine Vision

Daryl Martin, Technical Sales and Product Specialist, Advanced Illumination

Daryl Martin

Daryl Martin

Technical Sales and Product Specialist
Advanced Illumination

This course focuses on providing the attendee with a background and a basic set of tools to apply a more rigorous analytical approach to solving lighting applications. Topics covered include overview of light, lighting geometry and structure, color tools, filters - illustrated by examples and graphics. We also briefly address LED technology, safety, radiant power measurements, illuminator strobing and preview advanced lighting non-visible and geometry techniques.

9:00 am - 9:45 am
How to Automate
Does the Great Resignation Have You Considering Automation?

Lou Finazzo, Vice President, FANUC America

Lou Finazzo

Lou Finazzo

Vice President
FANUC America

Robots and automation are easier to use than ever before - they are more flexible, reliable and affordable. Those benefits alone are all reasons to do a 360 on traditional production methods, but add the ‘Great Resignation’ to the mix and you’re looking at multiple challenges. First, you need to upgrade your equipment to help you meet your customers’ increasing demands, and at the same time find ways to retain your top talent. For those considering automation for the first time, it’s important to develop a strategy that demonstrates the competitive and financial advantages that automation will bring to your organization. Whether your concerns are related to production volumes, product variability, labor issues, or floor space, it’s very likely that there’s an automation solution that will meet your needs, provide a quick ROI and help you improve employee satisfaction.

This discussion will cover ROI measures that go beyond reducing costs by evaluating key benefits and opportunities to grow your business including:

  • Increasing productivity to match your customer’s supply chain demands
  • Enhancing process quality and reliability
  • Empowering your skilled workers, increasing employee morale and engagement
  • Improving insights through data collection
  • Transforming the entire organization to embrace future opportunities
  • Learning how other companies have successfully implemented automation
9:00 am - 9:45 am
Autonomous Mobile Robots
From Data to Insight: Using Fleet Analytics For Continuous Optimization

Adrian Ennis, OTTO Motors

Adrian Ennis

Adrian Ennis

CEO
OTTO Motors

Material handling is the lifeblood of modern manufacturing and warehousing. Proper flow of material into, out of, and within facilities is what makes businesses successful. Automating material handling with AMRs improves reliability to provide business continuity and increases throughput to maximize profit. To get the most out of your AMR investment, you need sophisticated tools to analyze the system, identify risks, and optimize your AMR-driven material flow.

In this session, you will learn how today’s leading manufacturers are using analytics, packaged in elegant dashboards, to make sense of floor data in order to visualize KPIs at a glance, drill down into specific vehicles or actionable tasks, spot bottlenecks, and more.

9:00 am - 9:45 am
AI & Smart Automation
Cybersecurity: Advancing Secure Digital Transformation in Smart Manufacturing Through Foundational Best Practices
Leah Dodson

Leah Dodson

Principle Programmatic Advisor
NextLink Labs

Jeremy Dodson

Jeremy Dodson

CISO
NextLink Labs

Jay Korpi

Jay Korpi

Principle Cybersecurity Advisor
NextLink Labs

Today’s cybersecurity landscape has organizations across the globe on edge. The rise of organized cybercrime has provided attackers more resources than ever before, resulting in critical vulnerabilities being identified and exploited almost daily. How can your organization support modern growth and digital transformation while protecting the security and safety of your assets?

Secure digital transformation in smart manufacturing takes special consideration. As Information Technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT) become more closely intertwined on both the manufacturing floor and out in the field, organizations are pressed to ensure they are building from a secure foundation. Clear, consistent visibility into your environment is a vital component of a strong foundation, and is a key proactive measure to address a growing attack surface.

Gaining visibility into your environment and enumerating your assets is crucial when undergoing digital transformation and migrating to smart manufacturing processes. Join Cybersecurity Team Jeremy Dodson, Jay Korpi, and Leah Dodson as we answer:

  • Who should be involved in asset enumeration and environment visibility activities?
  • What business advantages can these core foundational steps unlock for your organization?
  • How can clear, consistent environment visibility empower your responsible parties to make better-informed decisions?
  • How can asset enumeration help your organization better manage growing supply chain risk?
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Certified Motion Control Professional Courses
Basic Machine Design and the Physics of Motion

Brian Regan, Mechanical Engineering Supervisor, AMETEK

Brian Regan

Brian Regan

Mechanical Engineering Supervisor
AMETEK

Introduction to basic machine design concepts and physics behind electro-mechanical motion control.

10:00 am - 10:45 am
How to Automate
Leveraging Multiple EOAT Handling Technologies to Enable Wider Applications

Tom Reek, VP Automation, SCHUNK

Tom Reek

Tom Reek

VP Automation
SCHUNK

Engineers and production managers are looking to maximize their investments in automation, being able to deploy and redeploy robots for multiple and changing tasks. Even within similar manufacturing processes, workpieces may continually change in size, shape, weight, and materials creating the need for adaptable robot EOATs. This speaking session will explore advantages of various types of workpiece handling technologies from vacuum and mechanical gripping, to newer solutions such as magnets and Van der Waals gripping. You will learn to become familiar with strengths for different technologies and how to leverage them for your changing robotic-automation tasks.

10:00 am - 10:45 am
AI & Smart Manufacturing
Simulated Environments for the Future of Autonomy

Niall Mottram, Cambridge Consultants

Niall Mottram

Niall Mottram

Cambridge Consultants

Details to come.

10:00 am - 10:45 am
Autonomous Mobile Robots
Autonomous Mobile Robots - Integrators Insights on AMR Integration

Terry Meister, Controls Manager, AMT

Terry Meister

Terry Meister

Controls Manager
AMT

Autonomous Mobile Robots are being used anywhere from pallet relocation to implementing a robot on top of the AMR for use in production facilities. Alone or with an attached tool, AMRs are assisting plants worldwide. You will even see automated forklifts that fall under the AMR umbrella.

With so many uses available, there is a lot to consider when planning the implementation of these units. Planning is the key to success for a plant wide solution. When thinking of integrating with a traditional robot cell, what to discuss and consider will be the key to success.

During this presentation we will share some of the tools, thought processes and strategies to consider when developing a solution. We will discuss the possible pitfalls to avoid and how to work with the end user on what to expect. We will discuss the needs of communicating with the individuals that will be interacting with or around the AMR, before they are in production. Everyone from stakeholders looking at a business case, engineers, and plant floor personnel will benefit from the information in this seminar. Come away understanding:

  • What to consider when interfacing AMR’s with traditional robotic automation
  • The differences of Type A, B and C AMR’s
  • Design and risk reduction measures
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Certified Motion Control Professional Courses
Mechanical Motion Control Components and Subsystems

Keith Knight, Life Science Business Development, Novanta IMS

Keith Knight

Keith Knight

Life Science Business Development
Novanta IMS

Introduction to what a typical motion control system consists of and the typical mechanical components and subsystems it contains.

10:00 am - 11:45 am
Automation Applications & Innovations
Introduction to Robot Risk Assessment

Jeff Fryman, Association for Advancing Automation

Jeff Fryman

Jeff Fryman

 
Association for Advancing Automation

Details to come.

10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Certified Vision Professional Advanced Courses
Introduction to Machine Learning

Andy Long, Cyth Systems

Andy Long

Andy Long

Cyth Systems

Details to come.

11:00 am - 11:45 am
How to Automate
The True Cost and Benefit of Automated Material Removal

Tim Burns, Senior Application Engineer, ATI Industrial Automation

Tim Burns

Tim Burns

Senior Application Engineer
ATI Industrial Automation

Automating a deburring or surface finishing application is a smart, responsible, and effective way to improve a manufacturing process. There is a serious need for the automation of manual material removal and deburring tasks to help improve employees’ health, combat manufacturing labor shortages, and increase product consistency and quality. The historical roadblocks for automated material removal are melting away as return on investment gets faster, more integrators and manufacturers cultivate hands-on experience, and technology advances to make processes easier. By understanding the true cost of an automated system, project champions can make stronger pitches to decision-makers on automation of material removal that are driven by data and realistic projections.

11:00 am - 11:45 am
Autonomous Mobile Robots
AMR Interoperability and Standards Efforts
  • Tom Ryden, Executive Director, MassRobotics

  • Daniel Theobald, CIO/Founder/Board Chairman, Vecna Robotics

Tom Ryden

Tom Ryden

Executive Director
MassRobotics

Details to come.

Daniel Theobald

Daniel Theobald

CIO/Founder/Board Chairman
Vecna Robotics

Details to come.

11:00 am - 11:45 am
AI & Smart Manufacturing track
Scaling Your Logistics Robotic Solution - The Art of Manufacturing

Matt Wicks, Director of Robotics, Celestica

Matt Wicks

Matt Wicks

Director of Robotics
Celestica

There is no shortage of excitement in the logistics space today – pandemic-driven e-ccommerce and consumer expectations for same-day delivery, increased by online and curbside pick-up service options as well as the rise of urbanization, and escalating labor challenges. It’s no wonder companies are turning to robotics to help solve these challenges. And yet, with billions of items moved, picked and packed everyday by logistics workers, it takes fleets of hundreds (if not thousands) of robots to drive greater efficiency. This session examines the unique challenges faced by companies exploring robotics solutions and how experienced engineering and manufacturing partners can help you to build at scale – from design to delivery – to drive the desired efficiency gains.

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Certified Motion Control Professional Courses
Understanding Inertia and Reflected Inertia

Keith Knight, Novanta IMS

Keith Knight

Keith Knight

Life Science Business Development
Novanta IMS

The importance of inertia in electro-mechanical motion control systems and how the inertia of the components in a motion control system affect its performance..

12:00 pm
Lunch (on your own)
1:30 pm - 2:15 pm
How to Automate
To Be Announced

Details to come.

1:30 pm - 2:15 pm
AI & Smart Manufacturing
Using Simulation to Maximize Efficiency for Robotics Development

Anthony Navarro, Senior Technical Product Manager, Unity

Anthony Navarro

Anthony Navarro

Senior Technical Product Manager
Unity

Simulation is a powerful tool in robotics system development allowing you to design a system that performs in diverse environments, adapts to changes, and operates safely, saving both time and money. This talk will cover the advantages of using simulation in robotic systems development and deployment and explore strategies used in simulation that enable robust and efficient systems.

The real world is an ever-changing, complex environment with many variables to address to deploy a robotic system successfully. While it is possible to start with the physical environment and robots, this approach usually doesn’t scale easily or adapt well to change. Integrating simulation into the design, test, and operational phases allows you to experiment with different designs early, even before purchasing your robots or operating in a physical environment.

Designing the system in simulation allows you to import your CAD models, warehouses, and other assets into a digital environment to represent your intended use case. Simulation can help you determine the systems you need, evaluate space requirements, and experiment with different layouts and configurations. Solutions requiring computer vision can take advantage of synthetic data, allowing automatic generation and labeling of relevant data for machine learning model training.

Creating scenarios in simulation enables testing for every major and minor change made. Learning what works and what needs additional work faster and more efficiently saves both time and money. The real world isn’t static, and test scenarios shouldn’t be either. Domain randomization ensures that solutions don’t just work with a single robot, environment, or object. Dynamic changes in configuration, layout, function, and object placement occur instantly for verification and validation in various scenarios. Simulation easily allows you to apply an infinite range of possibilities, ensuring a robust and adaptable system.

Finally, when the physical system is deployed and operational, it is critical to have the ability to adjust and incorporate changes while maintaining uptime. Simulation allows you to make changes and verify against scenarios to validate proper operation before deploying on the physical system. Adaptation and learning quickly are critical for the longevity of a complex system in a fast-changing and competitive environment.

1:30 pm - 2:15 pm
Autonomous Mobile Robots
Progress Toward Multi-application Indoor AMRs

Pablo Molina, Chairman, CTO, VP of Product & Co-Founder, Avidbots

Pablo Molina

Pablo Molina

Chairman, CTO, VP of Product & Co-Founder
Avidbots

Most indoor autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) on the market today are specialized, often addressing a single application/service and market segment. Today’s robots solve for a limited use case, deliver rather narrow benefits, and, as a result, offer little potential to grow given the limited market that they solve. As early members of this evolving indoor AMR market, we need to come to terms with where our industry is at and identify ways to set the stage for growth. There are many application-specific AMRs in the day-to-day environments solving problems such as indoor parcel delivery, security, shelf-scanning, cleaning, disinfection, and more. The sensor set and navigation capabilities of these robots are all similar -- and hence there is an opportunity to combine the functionality into multi-application robots. A multi-application robot will provide much more value to end customers when compared to single application robots. In this presentation, we’ll postulate that indoor AMRs will follow a similar destiny -- and this transformation, which is already happening today, will take the AMR industry to new heights.

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Certified Vision Professional Advanced Courses
Designing Linescan Vision Systems

Dale Deering, Teledyne DALSA

Dale Deering

Dale Deering

Teledyne DALSA

Details to come.

1:30 pm - 3:15 pm
Automation Applications & Innovations
Advances in Robotic Grasping & Picking
David Bruce

David Bruce

Engineering Manager
FANUC America Corporation

Vision Guided Robotic Bin Picking – Current and Future Trends

Robotic bin picking is a largely untapped market for industrial robots and machine vision. However, recent technology advancements have lowered the barriers for companies to embrace automated bin picking. Learn how collaborative robots and deep learning machine vision have made bin-picking systems easier to setup and use. In addition, case study examples will show what’s possible, and not possible given the technology available today. Also, a look into future advancements in robotics and machine vision will be provided.

Jesse Masters

Jesse Masters

Senior Field Application Engineer
Zivid

Understanding The Main Source of Error in Vision-Guided Robot to Avoid Mispicks, Crashes, and Dropped Objects

One major trend in robotic automation is enabling robots with human-like vision for dynamic tasks. A new class of 3D sensors have emerged to enable robots to “see”, classify, grasp, and manipulate objects. However, unlike humans, seeing and handling objects is much more challenging for robots than it is for us. Just as humans occasionally make a mistake and mispick, collide with other objects, or drop an item, robots can do the same. The sources of these symptoms stem from the camera, the robot arm, the gripper (EOT), the calibration models, and the application intelligence. But the biggest culprit of all error sources is not the robot arm anymore – it is the 3D camera.

Eugen Slowjow

Eugen Slowjow

Head of Research Group
Siemens

Flexible Robot Grasping of Unknown Objects with Deep Neural Networks in Industrial Automation

Universal grasping of a diverse range of objects is a major challenge in e-commerce order fulfillment and manufacturing. Recently, deep learning-based approaches for grasp point computation have demonstrated promising results that make them increasingly interesting for industrial deployments. This presentation explores the problem of industrial flexible grasping from an automation systems point-of-view. We introduce a robotic grasping system that is based on deep convolutional neural networks, which are fully integrated at the controller level. The neural networks are deployed on industrial AI hardware acceleration modules close to the PLC layer. The software is tightly integrated with the hardware allowing for fast and efficient data processing and real-time communication.

Michael Suppa

Michael Suppa

CEO
Roboception GmbH

Using Applied AI Systems for Flexible Industrial Automation

3D robot vision is a key — if not the key — in enabling technology for successfully establishing the production processes of Industry 4.0. In recent years, we have seen a significant number of systems come to market — and at many simple vision-based applications have become nearly standard in the automation industry.

However, when it comes to the more complex automation processes, requirements go a step beyond: Chaotic bins to pick from, complicated and/or changing workpieces to handle, orientation-dependent feeding of parts into machines, and more. As manual labor becomes more expensive and skilled workers are increasingly scarce, users seek to automate as many production processes as possible. Shop floor space must be used efficiently, and as users seeks to replace the often expansive classical feeder systems by pick-from-bin processes, they require solutions that go beyond today’s standards.

This presentation will discuss the novel Applied AI approach as key to solving typical robot vision challenges in industrial automation applications (and others).

Sina Afrooze

Sina Afrooze

CEO and Co-Founder
Apera AI

Picking Transparent Objects from a Random Bin

Picking transparent objects or highly reflective objects from a random bin has been considered an impossible task using 3D vision. However, humans have no problem dealing with these types of objects. Can machines learn to do what humans do with ease?

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Certified Motion Control Professional Courses
Introduction to Magnetism and Motor Basics

Mark Holcomb, Applications Engineering Manager- Motors and Mechatronics, Celera Motion

Mark Holcomb

Mark Holcomb

Applications Engineering Manager- Motors and Mechatronic
Celera Motion

Basics of magnetics and the types of magnets found in motors. Overview of the basic function and styles of electric motors commonly used in industrial automation, including the operating difference between brushed, brushless, step, AC induction, and direct drive motors.

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Certified Vision Professional Basic Courses
The Fundamentals of Camera & Image Sensor Technology

Kevin McCabe, Senior Application Engineer, IDS Imaging Development Systems

Kevin McCabe

Kevin McCabe

Senior Application Engineer
IDS Imaging Development Systems

Gain an understanding of digital camera principles. Find out about different camera types and their capabilities. Learn about what digital interfaces these cameras use, from Gigabit Ethernet to Camera Link HS. Other topics include how image sensors capture light, basic understanding of image quality terms, digital camera parameterization, and the capabilities of monochrome versus color sensors.

2:30 pm - 3:15 pm
How to Automate
Crash Course in Automation Sensors & Cables

Will Healy III, Marketing Manager Americas, Balluff Worldwide

Will Healy III

Will Healy III

Marketing Manager Americas
Balluff Worldwide

Never implemented automation before? New grad, new job, new expectations? No technical experience? No Problem! In this crash course, we will cover how a machine works and the basics of automation electrical systems. Plus, we will review a few of the most common sensor technologies. As we dive into each sensor technology available in the market, we will discuss: how they work, the best targets for each technology, the expected sensing range, how to make them work, the dreaded PNP vs. NPN, basics of wiring sensors, automation standards and more. Vender neutral sensor technologies like inductive, capacitive, photoelectric, magnetic field pneumatic cylinder sensors, ultrasonic and more will be covered in a light and easy style for any technical skill level. Real-world application stories will explain why you would pick one technology over the other. We will also discuss the basics of automation sensor cables will be explained.

2:30 pm - 3:15 pm
Autonomous Mobile Robots
Intro to Mobile Robot Risk Assessment

Bob Bollinger, Owner, Dynamic Horizons Automation Solutions

Bob Bollinger

Bob Bollinger

Owner
Dynamic Horizons Automation Solutions

Details to come

2:30 pm - 3:15 pm
AI & Smart Manufacturing
Using Predictive Technologies in Your Operations

Tom Knauer, Global Industry Manager – Factory Automation, Balluff

Zach Gomez, Senior Director, Global Logistics Business, Realtime Robotics

Tom Knauer

Tom Knauer

Global Industry Manager – Factory Automation
Balluff

Condition Monitoring And Predictive Maintenance – Application Success Stories

Condition monitoring and predictive maintenance are “hot topics” in factory automation. The number and range of solutions is growing, and knowing where to start and finding the “right” solution can be confusing and difficult. We will discuss some findings based on customer feedback and research the: 1) top customer concerns - unplanned down time, challenging/costly to implement Condition Monitoring solutions, etc.; 2) general phases, symptoms and severities as a machine starts to fail; 3) most commonly monitored machine characteristics (vibration, temperature, etc.); and 4) top assets/machines which are monitored (motors, pumps, spindles, etc.). We will present some “real-life” Condition Monitoring application examples/success stories for these most common assets/machines.

Zach Gomez

Zach Gomez

Senior Director, Global Logistics Business
Realtime Robotics

Planning for Unplanned Downtime

If you’re in the manufacturing, supply chain or logistics industry you’ve come to understand that downtime is a given. Be it planned or unplanned, there will always be interruptions in the normal flow of business. 100% uptime is a myth; planned downtime due to maintenance or upgrades, and unplanned downtime due to malfunctions, collisions or poor planning, are the reality.

But accepting this industry-wide reality doesn’t mean there is nothing you can do about it; there are ways to get smart about it and shorten how long it lasts.

To solve a problem, you have to understand it. The same can be said of unexpected downtime. Common types of downtime include power outages, breakdowns in equipment, alarm or alert failure, human error, software bugs, poor equipment calibration, or robot collisions, to name a few. Any one of these can be an issue by itself, but some can escalate them, creating a progressing chain of problems. For example, a software update that wasn’t installed in a timely fashion (or at all) can cause a robot to malfunction, driving it to collide with another robot, damaging goods, halting production and necessitating cleaning and recalibration. A small issue quickly grew into a days-long stoppage and a sizable loss of revenue.

Part of minimizing the effect of unplanned downtime is to actively manage the risk of downtime from happening in the first place. There are several areas to concentrate on if you are looking to get ahead of potential problems before they surface and have the potential to become disasters. This presentation will cover where to concentrate your efforts, how to manage your overall downtime risk, and will also share best practices on minimizing downtime by being well-prepared to deal with it.

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Certified Motion Control Professional Courses
Positioner Selection & Motor Sizing

Jim Wiley, Product Manager, Parker Hannifin

Jim Wiley

Jim Wiley

Product Manager
Parker Hannifin

How to select an appropriate single axis positioner for specific application requirements based on loading, environment, motion profile, and positioning performance. Overview on determining the required torque, speed and inertia of the motor/drive system that is needed for your application.

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
AI & Smart Manufacturing
How AI at the Edge is Transforming Manufacturing and Logistics

Amit Goel, NVIDIA

Amit Goel

Amit Goel

NVIDIA

Everything will become smarter in the factory floor, from machines to handlers and from ground vehicles to conveyor belts. Edge AI and Robotics are playing a vital role to transform industrial automation processes to fully autonomous systems in manufacturing and logistics. Adding intelligence at the edge enables machines in production to sense the environment, act autonomously and make critical decisions. Learning, reasoning and reflecting, the AI models deployed in machines and robots can evolve over time with better accuracy and performance. In this session, Amit Goel, will discuss a wide varieties of use cases that have been developed with Nvidia’s AI platform to improve productivity, safety and skills of autonomous machines.

3:30 pm - 4:15 pm
How to Automate
Vision and Imaging — Case Studies of Successful Hyperspectral Vision Applications

Mathieu Marmion, Senior Application Specialist, SPECIM

Mathieu Marmion

Mathieu Marmion

Senior Application Specialist
SPECIM

Hyperspectral imaging has been available for decades, but faster and cheaper available sensors make the method now attractive for the industry. In fact, hyperspectral imaging combines imaging and spectroscopy, offering new insights over traditional systems, mostly based on Xrays, RGB or multispectral sensors. This presentation will focus on the advantages the hyperspectral technology with success integration success stories.

3:30 pm - 4:15 pm
Automation Applications & Innovations
How to Identify & Reduce Risks Associated with Whole Body Access

Aaron Woytcke, Market Product Manager - Industrial Safety, SICK Inc.

Aaron Woytcke

Aaron Woytcke

Market Product Manager - Industrial Safety
SICK Inc.

The concept of “whole body access” – as well as the associated risks to employees – is by no means new to industry; in fact, it is an enduring risk prevalent in many automated systems in factory and logistics automation. New industrial safety standards address this concern concisely in a comprehensive and detailed manner by introducing a definition of this application condition, as well as providing a holistic approach to reducing the associated risks. To no surprise, the general methodology presented is based upon the two most important tenets of industrial safety: risk assessment and the hierarchy of controls. New resources provide the necessary guidance to appropriately apply a measure – or, more commonly, a combination of measures – to reduce risks associated with whole-body access.

3:30 pm - 4:15 pm
Autonomous Mobile Robotics
Mobility & Manipulation in the Warehouse: Flexible Solutions for Automation

Nicholas De Keijser, Director of Sales, Boston Dynamics

Nicholas De Keijser

Nicholas De Keijser

Director of Sales
Boston Dynamics

Truly flexible solutions for warehouse automation require advanced manipulation and mobility. This session will focus on how crucial robotic manipulation is to the careful handling of carton boxes and cases, and how robotic movement untethered by power lines or bolted-down infrastructure can make way for additional automated tasks in the warehouse. Flexible automation also offers opportunities for warehouse managers to adapt facilities and workflows, allowing them to meet soaring demand and shift gears for periods of peak activity. Boston Dynamics and DHL Supply Chain will jointly discuss how these technologies can be deployed to maximize productivity and efficiency.

3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Certified Vision Professional Advanced Courses
High-Speed, Real-Time Machine Vision

Perry West, Automated Vision Systems

Perry West

Perry West

Automated Vision Systems

This course presents participants with a refined understanding of what constitutes high-speed and real-time performance, how latency is a factor in both concepts, techniques for achieving the highest speeds and also for achieving real-time performance.

4 pm - 4:30 pm
AI & Smart Manufacturing
Why Synthetic Data is Mission- Critical to Automating Factories and Warehouses

Gerard Andrews, NVIDIA

Gerard Andrews

Gerard Andrews

NVIDIA

Details to come.

WEDNESDAY, June 8, 2022

 

8:00 am - 8:45 am
How to Automate
Why Automate? Manufacturing Consideration in Today's 'New Normal'

Scott Marsic, Group Product Manager, Epson Robots

Scott Marsic

Scott Marsic

Group Product Manager
Epson Robotics

We will explore the "how" and "why" of automation from the vantage point of today's decision makers as they evaluate robotics and manufacturing within their business. Topics will include changes to customer pain points, onshoring & near-shoring impacts, market trends and top insights for project success. New and experienced manufacturing professionals will leave this session with greater insight into the key considerations to take into account for automation project success.

8:00 am - 8:45 am
Automation Applications & Innovations
Deploying Open-Source on the Shop Floor Success and Challenges

Matthew Robinson, ROS-Industrial Consortium Americas Program Manager, Southwest Research Institute

Matthew Robinson

Matthew Robinson

ROS-Industrial Consortium Americas Program Manager
Southwest Research Institute

The ROS-Industrial open source project has been around now for nearly 10 years. There have now been extensive examples of ROS and other open source tools running in factories. With more tools becoming available, and solution providers offering support for ROS and open source, it is important to understand what is working and where are there still areas for improvement, in particular as advances in underlying software technology continue and needs around security emerge.

8:00 am - 8:45 am
Collaborative Robotics
Evolving Applications for Collaborative Robots

Chris Caldwell, Product Manager, Yaskawa America, Inc.

Chris Caldwell

Chris Caldwell

Product Manager
Yaskawa America, Inc.

As robots are increasingly deployed to supplement our workforce in new applications, collaborative robots are becoming the gateway to automation. One study on the advance of automation found “over 88% of organizations believe that automation will accelerate human achievement and be most effective when it complements humans” (UiPath et al, 2019). Collaborative robots are often faster and easier to implement than traditional industrial robots, leading to many studies projecting CAGR greater than 20% over the next 5 years. As technology continues to improve, collaborative robots will increasingly expand into more demanding industrial applications. This presentation will focus on applications and industries where improvements to technologies and ease of use will result in the broader adoption of collaborative robots.

8:00 am - 8:45 am
AI & Smart Manufacturing
AI for Assembly: Helping Humans Solve Real Manufacturing Problems
Prasad Akella

Prasad Akella

Founder & CEO
Drishti

Jeffrey Liker

Jeffrey Liker

Author "The Toyota Way"
Drishti

From pandemics and global warming to changing market dynamics, myriad challenges mean companies need to be ready to alter production at a moment's notice. Manufacturers agree that humans are more adaptable than automation, but human workers present variability. Manufacturers can gain adaptability while error-proofing their workers using AI and video analytics.
 

In this presentation, attendees will learn about:

  • Practical assembly uses for AI, computer vision and machine learning.
  • How video analytics can reduce training times, decrease defect rates and increase productivity.
  • The importance of adaptability in an increasingly competitive industry, and how video analytics can provide a more robust production system.

Join Dr. Prasad Akella, founder and chairman of Drishti, as he discusses what the uncertain future of manufacturing looks like and the technology that will guide us.

8:00 am - 10:00 am
Certified Vision Professional Basic Courses
Image Processing Fundamentals

Nicolas Vasquez, National Instruments

Nicolas Vasquez

Nicolas Vasquez

National Instruments

Details to come.

8:00 am - 10:00 am
Certified Vision Professional Advanced Courses
Advanced Vision Guided Robotics

David Bruce, FANUC America Corporation

David Bruce

David Bruce

FANUC America Corporation

This course covers 2D & 3D machine vision camera calibration for machine guidance including for industrial robots together with basic information on the types of industrial robots in use today. Along with the methods for representing 3D positional data for both machine vision and industrial robotics and how to ensure a machine vision system provides useful positional data to an industrial robot for a Vision Guided Robot (VGR) application. The course also presents how to implement a fixed mounted and robot mounted 2D/3D VGR application as well as examples of each.

9:00 am - 9:45 am
How to Automate
Getting Started with Robots as a Service (RaaS): Robotic Workcells to Immediately Increase Productivity and Supplement Labor

Mandy Dwight, VP of Business Development, RIOS Corporation

Mandy Dwight

Mandy Dwight

VP of Business Development
RIOS Corporation

A new breed of quick deploying, cost efficient robotic workcells are available to automate dexterous and labor intensive tasks such as end of line packaging, order fulfillment, food handling, assembly, machine tending, or inspection in a “pay as you go'' Robotics as a Service (RaaS) pricing model. With no required upfront costs and deployment in less than three months, Robotic Workcells as a Service are a good fit for every budget and timeline. What you’ll learn from attending this session:

  • Learn how to get started with Robotic Workcells as a Service to recognize immediate ROI with no upfront costs or large, unforeseen maintenance fees.
  • Discover types of tasks that Robotic Workcells as a Service are performing everyday to increase productivity despite limited labor resources and hear feedback from robotic workcell customers.
9:00 am - 9:45 am
Automation Applications & Innovations
Mobile Artificial Intelligence Vision System

Walter LaPlante, Vision & Controls Interface Engineer, Ford Motor Company

Walter LaPlante

Walter LaPlante

Vision & Controls Interface Engineer
Ford Motor Company

Mobile Artificial Intelligence Vision System (MAIVS) uses computer vision and machine learning for real-time defect detection, where it can quickly notify operators that defects are apparent and action is needed to ensure zero defect forward. The system consists of an iOS edge device running the IBM Maximo Visual Inspection Mobile application. The iOS device is connected, wirelessly, to the manufacturing plant network, from which the edge device can be triggered to acquire an image. The image is processed through a trained AI model, that is resident on the iOS device using Core ML framework. Core ML can support advanced neural networks, which renders the edge device to act as a standalone device that can be dedicated to performing inspections using AI.

9:00 am - 9:45 am
Collaborative Robots
Automotive Glass Priming with a Collaborative Robot

Johnny Rodriguez, Pilz Automation Safety

Jordan Punch, Pilz Automation Safety

Johnny Rodriguez

Johnny Rodriguez

Pilz Automation Safety

Jordan Punch

Jordan Punch

Pilz Automation Safety

Details to come.

9:00 am - 9:45 am
AI & Smart Automation
Industrial Metaverse & Mixed Reality

Rajat Gupta, Senior Director, Business Development, Microsoft

Rajat Gupta

Rajat Gupta

Sr. Director, Business Development
Microsoft

The presentation will focus on two aspects of Mixed Reality in the Enterprise

  1. How Mixed Reality (Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality) is being adopted in the enterprise? What is working, and what is not? Share what needs to be true for ubiquitous deployment.
  2. How Mixed Reality and Metaverse are different? Share Microsoft's view of the Metaverse, and how the industry can come together to develop a human centered Metaverse.
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Certified Motion Control Professional
Digital Servo Amplifier Basics

Matt Pelletier, Product Training Engineer , Yaskawa America

Matt Pelletier

Matt Pelletier

Product Training Engineer
Yaskawa America

Basic operation of a digital servo amplifier, including servo control loops, tuning a servo system, defining system bandwidth and how to select the proper amplifier for applications. Basics of the major networks/field busses and advantages/disadvantages of each.

10:00 am - 10:45 am
How to Automate
Motion Control Basics & Machine Design Considerations

Tim Brennan, Sr. Application Engineer, Wittenstein

Tim Brennan

Tim Brennan

Sr. Application Engineer
Wittenstein

Servo systems are increasingly in demand by essential suppliers in their pursuit for increased productivity and maximum availability. When throughput matters most, your servo motor's ability to accelerate is often the limiting factor. Sometimes, going with a larger servo motor to solve the acceleration actually makes matters worse. You have reached the point of diminishing returns.

Join Tim Brennan, Sr. Application Engineer, to learn the basics of motion control, the importance of system optimization, and additional considerations for machine design.

10:00 am - 10:45 am
Automation Applications & Innovations
Beyond Material Handling – How Advanced EOAT Applications Can Benefit from Implementing Tool Changers

Bethany Colbry, Product Manager - Heavy Duty Tool Changers, ATI Industrial Automation

Bethany Colbry

Bethany Colbry

Product Manager - Heavy Duty Tool Changers
ATI Industrial Automation

The most common application for the robotic tool changer has historically been material handling. As robots are used for more applications we see an increase in complexity of the end-of-arm tooling (EOAT). Applications featuring multiple joining tools, vision, and advanced motion control are becoming more common. This session will show examples of how tool changers have been utilized in applications featuring, adhesives, vision, screwing, riveting, and welding. We’ll review best practices and also common pitfalls with integrating these advanced applications.

10:00 am - 10:45 am
Collaborative Robots
Save Time and Money with the Right Cobot Deployment Method

Étienne Samson, Robotics Application Director, Robotiq

Étienne Samson

Étienne Samson

Robotics Application Director
Robotiq

The goal of the session is to compare different cobot deployment methods such as DIY, integrators or light integration. We will present the different options available, the benefits of custom or standardized products and help you determine which one(s) could help you save time and money with real-life examples. Finally, we will help you determine which option is the best for your business, and present how application solutions could transform the way of deploying automation.

10:00 am - 10:45 am
AI & Smart Manufacturing
Fast & Furious: How Vision AI is Transforming Manufacturing in Factories

Piyush Modi, NVIDIA

Prasad Akella, Drishti

Martin Bufi, Musashi AI North America

Quinn Killough, Landing AI

Baris Erol, Siemens

Piyush Modi

Piyush Modi

NVIDIA

Prasad Akella

Prasad Akella

Drishti

Martin Bufi

Martin Bufi

Musashi AI North America

Quinn Killough

Quinn Killough

Landing AI

Baris Erol

Baris Erol

Siemens

Products flying by on conveyor belts, forklifts speeding across the factory floor and machines busily assembling products - this is a typical scene at manufacturing plants around the globe. In order to implement safer conditions for workers and more efficient processes, manufacturers are automating their environments with sensors. These sensors, such as video cameras, generate vast amounts of data that, when combined with the power of AI, produce valuable insights which manufacturers can use to make their factories safer and more optimized.

Join us for our panel discussion to learn how the world’s leading companies are using vision AI applications to advance operations. Gain insight into solutions that are improving quality control, reducing wastage and minimizing risk factors for workers.

10:00 am - 11:30 am
Certified Motion Control Professional Courses
Motion Controllers, Programming, and System Design Basics

Jim Wiley, Product Manager, Parker Hannifin

Jim Wiley

Jim Wiley

Product Manager
Parker Hannifin

Overview of the software and hardware elements necessary to build a motion system, and how to integrate motion with other systems when designing a machine. Basic motion control software and programming languages.

10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Certified Vision Professional Basic Courses
Vision System Design
  • David Dechow, Vice President of Outreach and Vision Technology, Landing AI

  • Perry West, President, Automated Vision Systems Inc.

David Dechow

David Dechow

Vice President of Outreach and Vision Technology
Landing AI

Details to come.

Perry West

Perry West

President
Automated Vision Systems Inc.

Details to come.

10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Certified Vision Professional Advanced Courses
Non-Visible Imaging: Infrared Technology and Applications

Martin Ettenberg, President & CEO, Princeton Infrared Technologies

Martin Ettenberg

Martin Ettenberg

President & CEO
Princeton Infrared Technologies

Details to come.

11:00 am - 11:45 am
How to Automate
Workforce Development in the Face of Accelerated Automation

Erik Nieves, CEO, PlusOne Robotics

Erik Nieves

Erik Nieves

CEO
PlusOne Robotics

Details to come.

11:00 am - 11:45 am
Automation Applications & Innovations
Advances in Motion
  • Jason Goerges, GM North America and VP of Marketing, ACS Motion Control

  • Ben Hope, Product Manager, SuperTrak CONVEYANCE™

Jason Goerges

Jason Goerges

GM North America and VP of Marketing
ACS Motion Control

Improving High-Precision Motion System Performance with Learning-Based Control

Motion control systems in modern high-precision inspection and metrology equipment employ sophisticated feedback- and feedforward-based control algorithms. Learning-based control algorithms can further increase motion system accuracy and throughput by learning and pre-emptively compensating for system disturbances. This session will cover the fundamentals of learning-based control applied to motion control and demonstrate examples of performance improvement observed on real motion systems.

Ben Hope

Ben Hope

Product Manager
SuperTrak CONVEYANCE™

Designing Your Automation with Smart Conveyance

The term “Smart Conveyance” may not sound overly familiar, but the concept of Smart Technologies is nothing new. So, what does it mean for a technology to be smart? To be considered smart, a technology must have a level of inherent capability that can be used to perform a service. Smart phones, sensors, thermostats, cars, and fridges are examples of smart technologies and products making life easier and more efficient.

The elements that define smart products are:

  • Integrated Functionality
  • Performance Optimization
  • Diagnostic Insight
  • Energy Efficiency
  • User Interface

The benefit of this type of smart technology in the manufacturing automation space is that it can greatly reduce your footprint, minimize downtime recovery, and improve OEE.

But before you begin to even think about the design of your automation solution, you must understand the impact that conveyance can have on the overall performance of this automation. In the most basic sense, your conveyance platform is your product mover, moving something from point A to point B. But, in actuality, it’s much more than that; your conveyance touches practically every piece of your automation and impacts your system performance more than any other singular component of your system. By focusing on your conveyance early in the design phase, you transform the way your automation systems are built, making it easier to not only design but also to develop and deploy.

During this session, SuperTrak CONVEYANCE™ Product Manager Ben Hope will take a closer look how engineers can design and develop high-performing automation with less risk using Smart Conveyance. By working through specific application examples, automation designers will learn:

  • How various conveyance platform configuration options impact floorspace
  • How simulations help optimize system performance before your automation hits the factory floor
  • How the integrated functionally inherent in Smart Conveyance can reduce engineering risks associated with system complexities and programming requirements
  • How to future-proof your automation during uncertain markets

By using a Smart Conveyance, engineers gain access to greater integrated functionality in an easy-to-use interface. This reduces engineering complexities and ultimately allows products to enter the market faster and more efficiently, resulting in a greater ROI from your automation.

11:00 am - 11:45 am
Collaborative Robots
Cobots & Welding

Stu Shepherd, Vertical Development Director, Universal Robots

Stu Shepherd

Stu Shepherd

Vertical Development Director
Universal Robots

Cobot welding has seen an explosion in interest over the last few years, thanks to the improved productivity they offer metal fab businesses and the improved work they offer skilled welders. Join Stu Shepherd, Vertical Director at Universal Robots, to discover how cobot users are attracting and retaining talent, securing more work, and expanding productivity with their collaborative welding systems.

11:00 am - 11:45 am
AI & Smart Manufacturing
To Be Announced
12:00 pm
Lunch (on your own)
1:30 pm - 2:15 pm
How to Automate
Demystifying Mixed Load Depalletizing – How AI and ML Vision Technology Can Unlock New Applications in the Warehouse
Craig Salvalaggio

Craig Salvalaggio

Chief Operating Officer
AMT

Warehouse automation is a growing trend, and it involves the complexity of combining materials handling equipment, sensor technology, conveyance, and software to solve these challenges at very high speeds. Labor challenges continue to impact the growing warehousing and e-commerce markets, so we must look to identify best-in-class technologies that can solve the complexity in the warehouse. The warehouse of the future includes more efficient picking and sorting technology, with fewer errors and increased reliability regardless of the packaging. In this session, we will break down the different descriptions of mixed product palletizing and depalletizing and describe how vision technology and software new applications within the warehouse. We look at two case studies of robotically inducting cases into an automated storage-based system.

1:30 pm - 2:15 pm
Automation Applications & Innovations
Robot Interoperability in the Industry 5.0 World

Pat Duda, Senior Engineer, KUKA Robootics

Pat Duda

Pat Duda

Senior Engineer
KUKA Robootics

The advent of machine learning, AI, and Big Data promises to assist manufacturing workers to achieve new levels of efficiency. Applying these technologies to your processes requires reaching beyond the capabilities of software and hardware of robots and their controllers. Taking advantage of the best technologies often requires many of the capabilities to be offloaded to specialized hardware or the cloud. Flexibility is key to accessing the latest software and hardware technologies. However, simplicity and intelligence of integration is also fundamental. Robots that offer high fidelity open interfaces are well suited to interaction with humans and operation with Industry 5.0 technology.

1:30 pm - 2:15 pm
Collaborative Robotics
Together or Separate? What Makes Collaborative Applications Collaborative

Greg Buell, Senior Engineer, FANUC America

Greg Buell

Greg Buell

Senior Engineer
FANUC America

Whether working hand in hand with your robot, or rarely interacting with it, understanding what actually makes a collaborative application collaborative is important and will go a long way to choosing the right solution to your automation challenge. This presentation will discuss 2 distinctly different collaborative applications and what it is that really makes them collaborative.

1:30 pm - 2:15 pm
AI & Smart Automation
Perception-driven Adaptation as the Key to Flexible Automation Solutions

Xiyang Yeh, CTO, Flexiv Robotics Inc

Xiyang Yeh

Xiyang Yeh

CTO
Flexiv Robotics Inc

To meet the demands for increasingly flexible automation environments in manufacturing, healthcare, and agriculture, robots need to truly perceive the environments and utilize the gathered information to synthesize complex intelligent behaviors and reactively adapt to uncertainties during execution. Over the years, there has been significant development in the fields of robotics and machine learning in this direction. In this talk, we will present a brief history of industrial robots and how they have evolved over time. Next, we will highlight key challenges that the next generation of robotic systems will need to address to accomplish difficult to automate tasks such as connector plug-in, precision assembly, and surface finishing. Finally, we will discuss how to meet these challenges through the integration of perception-driven adaptation capabilities in our hardware and software architectures. We will share various technologies and how they have empowered our automation solutions.

1:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Certified Motion Control Professional Courses
CMCP Course Review and Exam Prep

Details to come.

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Certified Vision Professional Advanced Courses
Advanced Color Machine Vision & Applications

Romik Chatterjee, Graftek Imaging Inc.

Romik Chatterjee

Romik Chatterjee

Graftek Imaging Inc.

Details to come.

2:30 pm - 3:15 pm
Automation Applications & Innovations
Automating Your Grinding & Finishing Processes

Michael Haas, Vice President, FerRobotics

Michael Haas

Michael Haas

Vice President
FerRobotics

Manual operations are still common in industry when it comes to material removal. Often those manufacturing steps are hated, but critical, in the manufacturing process flow. These tasks are labor-intensive, dangerous, or repetitive work -- such as sanding or grinding – which are demanding on the employees. Nevertheless, often those critical tasks define the repeatability and quality of your products. The automation of these work steps gives you the significant competitive advantage needed in a global market. Learn the opportunities and limits of technologies. We will help you define the scope and choose the robots and tools to automate these tasks.

2:30 pm - 3:15 pm
Collaborative Robotics
Top 10 Questions to Ask a Cobot Supplier

Sumer Petrous, Business Development Manager, Universal Robots

Sumer Petrous

Sumer Petrous

Business Development Manager
Universal Robots

Collaborative robots make up the fastest-growing segment of the robotics industry, thanks to their affordability and fast deployment compared to traditional robots. But not all manufacturing processes have the same outlook for cobot automation, and not all cobot suppliers are created equal. Johnny Leak, Channel Development Manager at Universal Robots, will explore the unique technologies in collaborative robots that are opening up new automation possibilities for manufacturing businesses. By connecting common manufacturing challenges to features of cobots designed to solve them, he’ll highlight what hardware and software features to look for in your automation projects, and introduce business benchmarks manufacturers should look for in their installations.

2:30 pm - 3:15 pm
AI & Smart Automation
Applying Modern DevOps Practices to Industrial Automation

Adam Gluck, Founder & CEO, Copia Automation

Adam Gluck

Adam Gluck

Founder & CEO
Copia Automation

DevOps tools have transformed how business software is built, but there were barriers in introducing the same toolsets to industrial automation due to the unique nature of PLC programming. Recently, however, companies are starting to embrace Git-based source control to manage their automation projects. Git-based source control enables greater collaboration between teams, suppliers, and customers. It reduces errors, improving quality. And it ensures greater operational optime. We will discuss the advantages of these new approaches and look at specific use cases from leading system integrators, machine designers and manufacturers.

2:30 pm - 4:15 pm
How to Automate
Robot Logistics Innovations
Lior Elazary

Lior Elazary

CEO & Founder
inVia Robotics

Human-Robot Collaboration

To showcase human-robot collaboration in its entirety, we will begin his presentation by showing audience members a simulation of a current warehouse automation system. Alongside this, Lior will explain how a solution creates a harmony of collaboration between people and robots, allowing robots to work robotically and people to work in a way that’s more natural to them. Using robots and AI alongside people can eliminate tasks that would usually be draining for people, like walking 5-7 miles a day in potentially extreme temperatures within a warehouse.

Jeff Huerta

Jeff Huerta

Senior Vice President of Advanced AMR Solutions
Vecna Robotics

From No-Bot to Co-Bot: How low-cost pallet handling robots make it easy to get in the automation game

The largest companies in the world are scrambling to meet increases in demand, coupled with the realities of industry-wide skilled labor shortages, by adopting tech-forward pallet-handling solutions, like Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs) and Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) for large-scale applications. Meanwhile, small and medium enterprises have been left out of the automation game.Until now, self-driving forklifts have required upfront capital, fixed infrastructure and long deployment cycles, while offering limited use cases. These elements have made it difficult for small shops – and even some corners of large shops – to adopt automation. But, what if you could deploy autonomous, intelligent pallet-handling robots in your industrial space like you would a robotic vacuum in your home? What if those robots were adept at “in-between handling” like opportunistic pallet moves, trash removal, and short hauls? What if cost was no longer a barrier to driving out non-value-added tasks so workers could stay focused on more important things? With the democratization of pallet-handling robots – this is now completely possible. In this session, we will share how low-cost, easy-to-deploy AMRs can improve productivity for small shops and the hidden corners of large warehouses where no automation has gone before.

Étienne Samson

Étienne Samson

Robotics Application Director
Robotiq

What’s The True Cost of Robotic Palletizing?

How much does it really cost to deploy a palletizing robot? Is the price tag really the true amount that you’ll pay? Or are there extras you need to factor in?

Today’s presentation will focus on what manufacturers need to consider when it’s time to determine their true implementation cost:

  • Cost of the cell itself, but also the training, programming, down-time during changeovers, delays in production, etc.
  • Cost of changing the factory layout, adapt the conveyors, move equipment
  • Cost of safeguarding
  • Savings if production starts early
  • Increased productivity if line produces more
  • Savings due to error reductions
Kristian Hulgard

Kristian Hulgard

General Manager - Americas
OnRobot US Inc.

How Collaborative Palletizing Applications Bring Productivity, Ergonomic, and Quality Boosts to Companies of All Sizes

Palletizing is labor intensive, repetitive and unergonomic work, which makes it ideally suited to automation. And with global manufacturing in the midst of a very real labor crisis, companies are keenly exploring automated solutions to their painful palletizing problems.

The benefits of palletizing automation include increased productivity and throughput, higher quality, and improved ergonomics. However, the cost and complexity of traditional palletizing robotic systems has prevented small to medium sized (SME) businesses from introducing automation to their facilities.

The latest collaborative palletizing hardware and software solutions change all that by breaking down the barriers separating small manufacturers from their larger competitors. How? By providing SMEs with industry grade palletizing automation that is easy to use, flexible, and most importantly affordable.

The key components of these productivity-boosting systems are collaborative grippers, actuators to provide that all-important 7th axis, and user-friendly software that provides fast deployment and features such as automatic gripper detection, path optimization, and pre-loaded stacking patterns.

In this session, OnRobot’s Kristian Hulgard will explain how these systems work, show why they are such a good fit for SMEs, and answer all your palletizing automation questions.

3:30 pm - 4:15 pm
Automation Applications & Innovations
Advances in Motors
  • Todd Brewster, Director of Electromagnetic Engineering, Kollmorgen

  • Rob Nicholl, Director of Business Development, Moog Inc

Todd Brewster

Todd Brewster

Director of Electromagnetic Engineering
Kollmorgen

Improving Robot Efficiency Through Permanent Magnet Motor Design and Selection

The drive toward higher efficiency in manufacturing has been focused over the years on higher power motors applications used in heavy industries. The design considerations for permanent magnet (PM) motors used in robotics applications offer considerable differences compared to constant speed efficiency gains.

Motor design considerations impacting efficiency in robotic applications offer many tradeoffs to minimize size and maximize output power. This presentation will answer three critical questions regarding motor selection for robots:

  • What do efficiency and losses mean to robotic applications using PM motors?
  • How do I determine the specification for selecting the proper PM motor size?
  • How do the robot’s thermal constraints impact the PM motor selection?

If you are a robotics design engineer looking to develop for the evolving market needs or an operational decision-maker looking to gain a better understanding of this critical robot component, this presentation is for you.

Rob Nicholl

Rob Nicholl

Director of Business Development
Moog Inc

Enabling Machine and Robot Designers to Integrate Servo Solutions where there are Challenging Space Constraints

Machine and Robot designers frequently face the challenge of integrating servo motors and control systems within the tight space constraints of their machines. This limits where the technology can be applied.

Machine tools and Robots often have motors protruding from their structures increasing the footprint of the machine. Mobile robot designers face challenging constraints in integrating the sensory and energy storage hardware around the traction drive systems. Leveraging innovative servo motor solutions can help overcome this challenge.

This presentation compares the power and torque density of non-traditional motor topologies (axial and transverse flux designs) against industry standard solutions. This shows a significant increase in torque and power density to the extent that enables the elimination of gearboxes. The resultant outcome is a solution with improved system efficiency and a significant reduction in the volumetric requirements.

3:30 pm - 4:15 pm
Collaborative Robotics
Extending Cobot Applications with Power Reliability and Power Quality

Rick Conneely, Director - Product Management, Eaton Tripp Lite

Rick Conneely

Rick Conneely

Director - Product Management
Eaton Tripp Lite

Collaborative robots are being applied in exciting new applications everyday given their ease of use and ability to connect to any 120V power source. Much of the focus today is on the end effectors and their ability to complement the collaborative work with employees. The power requirements to run cobots are typically considered a given and often pushed to the person deploying or running the cobot.

This session will explore 1) cobot safety and productivity benefits with options for protecting both the cobots and workers in case of power situations, 2) the benefits of providing visibility to the power quality and status to extend the applications of today and 3) future business models made possible by enabling reliable and smart power.

3:30 pm - 4:15 pm
AI & Smart Automation
Reshaping Robot Trajectories Using Natural Language Commands

Rogerio Bonatti, Senior Researcher, Microsoft

Rogerio Bonatti

Rogerio Bonatti

Senior Researcher
Microsoft

Natural language is the most intuitive medium for us to interact with other people when expressing commands and instructions. However, using language is seldom an easy task when humans need to express their intent towards robots, since most of the current human-machine interfaces require rigid templates with a static set of action targets and commands. In this work, we provide a flexible language-based interface for human-robot collaboration, which allows a user to reshape existing trajectories for an autonomous agent. We take advantage of recent advancements in the field of large language neural models to encode the user command, and then combine these features with trajectory information, treating the trajectory generation process as a sequence prediction problem.

We evaluate the system in multiple simulated trajectory scenarios, and show a significant performance increase of our model over baseline approaches. In addition, our real-world experiments with a robot arm show that users significantly prefer our natural language interface over traditional methods such as kinesthetic teaching or mouse-keyboard interfaces such as drawing and programming. Our study shows how the field of robotics can take advantage of large pre-trained language models towards creating more intuitive interfaces between robots and machines.

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Certified Vision Professional Basic Courses
CVP-Basic Exam

OPTIONAL — Additional Fee Required

Details to come.

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Certified Motion Control Professional Basic Courses
CMCP Basic Exam

OPTIONAL — Additional Fee Required

Details to come.

THURSDAY, June 9, 2022

 

8:00 am - 8:45 am
How to Automate
De-Risk Your Supply Chain with Smart Manufacturing Strategies

Jean Olivieri, Chief Operating Officer, Fictiv

Jean Olivieri

Jean Olivieri

Chief Operating Officer
Fictiv

Supply chain risks have become overwhelming, with the pandemic and its after effects proving that traditional supply chain strategies and manufacturing ecosystems are ill-equipped and unlikely to survive. That is why 91% of executive respondents to the 2021 State of Manufacturing survey said they have increased investment in digital transformation over the prior year as the lynchpin of a smart manufacturing strategy. The key to these efforts are how to best develop adaptable, agile solutions with budget and workforce limitations in mind.

This session will provide a roadmap for navigating the uncharted waters of modern smart manufacturing solutions, including how to incorporate rapidly evolving software platforms, incorporate artificial intelligence and machine learning, and emphasize automation as part of a transparent, high quality, and secure supply chain.

Using case studies and best practices from leading enterprise organizations, Jean Olivieri, chief operating officer at Fictiv, an on-demand Digital Manufacturing Ecosystem, will help attendees understand the important steps organizations must take in transitioning away from traditional supply chains, stockpiles of inventory, and excess materials, in favor of robust and flexible supply chains that reduce inventory and raw material costs and optimize their supply base for more efficient, streamlined production. Relevant to any room where business leaders gather, Olivieri's operational experiences at both Fictiv and blue chip brands like Motorola and Apple, and innovative startups such as SpaceX, coupled with her objective insights, will frame a must-attend session for attendees searching for answers in the age of global supply chain disruption.

8:00 am - 8:45 am
Automation Applications & Innovations
Innovations in Painting Applications
Marcus Pelletier

Marcus Pelletier

Director, Application Engineering, Robotics and Automation
3M

Robotic Paint Repair System

Virtually every car coming off the paint line had defects that required manual inspection and repair to ensure the level of quality customers expected. To this day, most manufacturers rely on dozens of highly skilled operators, some of which may inspect up to 140 vehicles per shift. This makes topcoat defect repair one of the most highly manual operations in the industry, introducing a litany of challenges:

  • A large shop floor, factory layout, footprint
  • High energy consumption
  • The reliance on multiple operators working in very close quarters
  • Along with this manual labor comes an inherent variance in inspection, repair techniques and data entry.
  • This presentation explores the role of automation, in paint-finishing. With automation, you can transform their paint repair operation to help achieve levels of consistent quality and productivity, higher than ever before. The presentation will discuss the various elements of robotic paint Repair System, the ecosystem of players collaborating to deliver the said solution and examples from real world.
Pol Velasco

Pol Velasco

Managing Director North America
AUTIS

Using Applied AI Systems for Flexible Industrial Automation

In this presentation, we will outline the evolution of inspection techniques and offer an insight into how innovations have resulted in quality control systems that not only produce exceptional results, but also provide invaluable process-related data.

8:00 am - 8:45 am
AI & Smart Manufacturing
Designing Intelligent Robots from Perception to Motion - for Air, Ground, and Sea

YJ Lim, Sr. Technical Robotics Product Manager, MathWorks

YJ Lim

YJ Lim

Sr. Technical Robotics Product Manager
MathWorks

As the demand for highly complex robotics and autonomous systems applications grows, so too does the need for high-performance, easy-to-use, fully integrated development environments that can support robotics developers. And engineers who work on robotics and autonomous systems often run into challenges with modeling and simulation of the complex robotics system to predict robot performance, designing and testing autonomy algorithms in various scenarios before deploying into real industry setting, and running trade-off studies to determine the impact on the mission or requirements given a sensor, algorithm, or component choice. Simulation with Model-Based Design (MBD) is a key capability to help understand the behavior of complex designs of robotics and autonomous systems. This talk will discuss a complete autonomous robotics system development workflow that allows an engineer to easily learn and apply the many functional domains of robotics.

9:00 am - 9:45 am
How to Automate
To Be Announced

Details to come.

9:00 am - 9:45 am
Automation Applications & Innovations
Flexibility Speeds Justification of Collaborative Robots in Machine Tending

Cory Raizor, Business Development Manager - Cobots and Automated Machine Tending, SCHUNK

Cory Raizor

Cory Raizor

Business Development Manager - Cobots and Automated Machine Tending
SCHUNK

Manufacturing leaders often struggle to take the first step in justifying investments in automation. The first robot is usually the most daunting in terms of unknowns for new users. Small to medium size businesses especially are taking advantage of Cobots and their intuitive nature to benefit from automation. For successful applications, deployments should be fast and straight forward with the ability to adapt to change quickly. This presentation will serve to demonstrate how EOATs are advancing to allow flexibility and rapid change overs in machining processes. Successful automation has to be considered from both robot wrist and the machine table. Workholding automation also has to be flexible to make the complete working machine ready to adapt to the next challenge.

9:00 am - 9:45 am
AI & Smart Automation
A Multi-Robot System for Wrangling Large, Heavy, Flexible Materials in Manufacturing

Glenn Saunders, Senior Research Engineer, Rensselaer MIC

Glenn Saunders

Glenn Saunders

Senior Research Engineer
Rensselaer MIC

In this session, we will discuss a multi-robot system that was developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic brought to light a significant number of needs and shortcomings. Early on, one need that became readily apparent was that for Emergency Medical Facilities (EMF) that can be set up quickly to serve a variety of health care services, in a variety of settings such as urban and rural. Tent structures have a long and successful history as rapidly deployable, flexible solutions to address this type of need, and thus were selected as the fundamental technology for this project. Manufacturing the type of tent used in EMF applications however, has its own set of challenges. The fabrics used in large tents are strong and heavy to withstand environmental specifications such as snow and wind loads. Manufacturing tents requires joining cut pieces of this heavy material using a variety of processes such as sewing, ultrasonic welding and Radio Frequency (RF) welding. In many cases, large pieces of heavy, dense fabric must be moved through a stationary welder multiple times. As smaller pieces of tent fabric are joined, the pieces that have to be moved or wrangled becomes larger and larger. In general, wrangling these large pieces of heavy, dense material is done manually. This manual wrangling of the heavy tent material is hard, strenuous work. In this project, we develop robotic technologies to assist the direct labor in wrangling large, heavy pieces of tent material to produce Emergency Medical Facilities that address health care needs of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.

9:00 am - 11:00 am
Certified Vision Professional Advanced Courses
Metrology & 2D Calibration Techniques

Details to come.

10:00 am - 10:45 am
How to Automate
Global Vision Standards Update
Bob McCurrach

Bob McCurrach

Vision & Imaging Director of Standards Development
Association for Advancing Automation

Global Vision Standards Update

Get the latest information on global vision standards from the experts. We will have the standards leaders from 3 of the major vision associations: Bob McCurrach (A3 Vision & Imaging), Werner Feith (European Machine Vision Association - EMVA) and Sachio Kiura (Japan Industrial Imaging Association - JIIA). We also welcome Eric Bourbonnais, Chair of the GigE Vision Standard.

Werner Feith

Werner Feith

EMVA Standards manager
EMVA

Eric Bourbonnais

Eric Bourbonnais

Program Manager
Teledyne Imaging

Sachio Kiura

Sachio Kiura

JIIA

Masahito Watanabe

Masahito Watanabe

Senior Vice-Chairman
JIIA

10:00 am - 10:45 am
Automation Applications & Innovations
Robotic Inkjet Printing on 3D Surfaces

Branson Brockschmidt, Research Engineer, Southwest Research Institute

Branson Brockschmidt

Branson Brockschmidt

Research Engineer
Southwest Research Institute

Inkjet on 2-D surfaces has been a mature technology for many years, allowing for high-resolution deposition of fluid onto numerous materials, creating a thin but durable coating. Today, this technology is being expanded to 3-D surfaces via robotic systems. The robotic inkjet printing system is comprised of two main components: the printing system and the localization system. The printing system can contain different numbers of printheads for printing different colors or types of inks. For example, when printing on aircraft, eight inks were employed: seven inks for the creation of vivid colors and one fluorescent ink for printing of “invisible” tracking markers. The ink is supplied to these printheads by an ink delivery system that takes robot position and orientation into account for proper fluid control. Use cases for robotic inkjet printing are broad. Graphic printing can be used in the aerospace or automotive industries to create colorful artwork and text. Conductive inks can be used in automotive, space, or marine industries to print low-voltage circuits or detect surface cracks. Fluorescent ink printing can be used in the textile industry for the creation of invisible markers that can be used for aligning the stitches.

10:00 am - 11:45 am
AI & Smart Automation
ARM Institute Project Overview

ARM Institute Technology Project Impact

  • Chuck Brandt, Vice President, Technical Initiatives, ARM Institute

Critical Initiatives in Artificial Intelligence for Advanced Manufacturing Robotics Systems

ARM Institute Technology Project Impact

In this presentation, Dr. Chuck Brandt (ARM Institute Vice President, Technical Initiatives) will outline how the ARM Institute funds and catalyzes robotic technology projects that address critical needs in manufacturing and sustainment. Dr. Brandt will share the process for soliciting and funding projects, key ARM Institute technical focus areas, and a few success stories of projects that are impacting industry.

The ARM Institute is a Manufacturing Innovation Institute (MII) funded by the Office of the Secretary of Defense and part of the Manufacturing USA® network. Since its inception in 2017, the ARM Institute has catalyzed more than 120 projects and leverages its 340+ member organization consortium to solve critical issues inhibiting U.S. manufacturing through robotics and workforce development. Learn more at www.arminstitute.org.

Chuck Brandt

Chuck Brandt

Vice President, Technical Initiatives
ARM Institute

Critical Initiatives in Artificial Intelligence for Advanced Manufacturing Robotics Systems

The Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute, the leading national consortium for Robotics and AI, has been working with its 300+ members to identify and prioritize initiatives that make AI/ML more accessible to U.S. Manufacturers. Hear from experts at the ARM Institute and its consortium as they highlight findings and resulting activities from their research, with an emphasis on the role of data, human interaction, and sensory and perception technologies.

Goals of Panel:

  1. Discuss what roles Robotics and AI play within organizations and at ARM
  2. Discuss the use of AI in ARM research projects
  3. Discuss the areas where AI can add value to manufacturing, relative to robotics
  4. Discuss challenges
  5. Final thoughts on the use of AI in Robotics
Michael Skocik

Michael Skocik

Program Manager
Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Institute

Satyandra K (SK) Gupta

Satyandra K (SK) Gupta

Smith International Professor
University of Southern California

Kel Guerin

Kel Guerin

Chief Innovation Officer
READY Robotics

11:00 am - 11:45 am
How to Automate
The Role of Simulation in Automation
Graham Wloch

Graham Wloch

National Sales Director
Visual Components North America Inc.

The value of using 3D simulation Software in automation planning

3D Process Simulation software is becoming an integral aspect of automation planning, validation of robot integration, the interaction between human capital and automation, and Digital Twin (or virtual commissioning). We will illustrate the value of simulation software at the beginning stages of automation planning, enabling engineers (process, industrial and manufacturing), plant costing analysts, and even sales personnel to plan with confidence. We will illustrate the value of simulation software and the ROI it can provide an organization when embraced as the first steps of automation, whether in a green or brownfield facility.

Ashok Kaliyamoorthy

Ashok Kaliyamoorthy

Program Manager, Robotics & Automation
Wipro

Unlocking The Potential Of Smart Manufacturing Using Virtual Commissioning

This session will analyze the advantages and limitations of implementing virtual commissioning before physical commissioning of the equipment at a factory location. The questions of “What if I can simulate my PLC programming at the design stage?” and “What difference did it make?” will be answered. Simulation software for mechanical design provides a virtual environment to test the design & bring out the flaws, which helps to reduce assembly errors dramatically. Although not a direct parallel, virtual commissioning provides an environment to test the PLC program in integration with the mechanical systems. This provides a definite advantage in reduction of time for trials at the factory during the installation.

11:00 am - 11:45 am
Automation Applications & Innovations
Lasers: An Alternative Marking Source for Automated Manufacturing

Alonza Brown, Head of Pulsed Laser Applications, TRUMPF

Alonza Brown

Alonza Brown

Head of Pulsed Laser Applications
TRUMPF

The presentation will show how lasers can be used to mark manufactured goods while in motion. Knowing the amount of time needed to mark specific content onto a given substrate, a calculation is made to determine how quickly and at what velocity an object can be marked. Then using a combination of sensors and actuators, the laser can be triggered to mark one or multiple items with the desired content.

12:00 pm
Lunch (on your own)
1:30 pm - 2:15 pm
How to Automate
The Importance of Integration in Automation

Terry Krantz, Account Executive, SVT Robotics

Terry Krantz

Terry Krantz

Account Executive
SVT Robotics

After deploying automation in multiple verticals and with varying complexity, it’s clear the current lack of flexibility and speed of integration is limiting end-user value from automation. Now, your business is changing at speeds faster than ever anticipated. Automation can unlock your business potential but learn what steps can be taken to make sure you have the flexibility to adapt in the future. This session will focus on core principles you can implement to enable both end-users and partners to deploy fully integrated technology in minutes, with the flexibility to configure as quickly as your business needs change.

1:30 pm - 2:15 pm
How to Automate
Capital Purchase, Leasing or Robotics-as-a Service: How to Choose the Financing Option that’s Best for Your Business

Misa Ilkhechi, Co-founder and VP of sales, Formic Technologies

Misa Ilkhechi

Misa Ilkhechi

Co-founder and VP of sales
Formic Technologies

When considering how to finance your first or even fifth automation project, there are plenty of options to fit the needs of your business. Whether you have the budget and desire to purchase the robots outright, want to lease them for a time, or follow one of several different “as-a-service” billing structures popping up, there’s a solution to best fit the needs of your business so you don’t miss out on the benefits of automation. This presentation will discuss the various options, including the different types of “as-a-service” models that can reduce the sticker shock – and risk - when it comes to automation.

1:30 pm - 2:15 pm
Automation Applications & Innovations
Enabling Dynamic, Flexible Human-Robot Collaboration with Speed and Separation Monitoring: A Look at Real Applications

Patrick Toner, Director of Product Marketing, Veo Robotics

Patrick Toner

Patrick Toner

Director of Product Marketing
Veo Robotics

Human-robot collaboration has become a major focus in manufacturing, with safety standards evolving accordingly. Speed and Separation Monitoring (SSM), as defined by ISO/TS 15066 and ISO 10218, is one of the modes of human-robot collaboration that allows robots to safely work near humans. SSM systems can make large industrial robots aware of their environments, creating countless new opportunities for human-robot collaboration in manufacturing. SSM works by calculating and abiding by a Protective Separation Distance (PSD), as defined in ISO/TS 15066, at all times, meaning that when moving, the robot system always stays at least this distance away from any volume of space that could be occupied by a person or prohibited object. If the PSD is violated, the robot system stops, and when the PSD is reestablished, the system can be restarted.

FreeMove® from Veo Robotics deploys SSM to safeguard manufacturing workcells, enabling industrial robots to work safely alongside human workers. FreeMove® is a comprehensive 3D safeguarding system for industrial robots to enable dynamic, flexible, and safe human-robot collaboration. It includes advanced algorithms for occlusion and occupancy analysis, and automatic restart after an unsafe condition has been cleared. It is the only solution on the market today that has been granted safety certification in Performance Level d Category 3 as described in ISO 13849.

So what do real applications with dynamic SSM look like? There are a number of examples of effective human-robot collaboration using FreeMove in palletizing, machine tending, and in-line parts presentation for assembly. In this talk, Patrick Toner of Veo Robotics will offer a deep dive into the technology behind Veo FreeMove and the specific applications it enables with safe, effective human-robot collaboration. He will highlight the safety architecture of FreeMove, then will discuss the range of use cases, ROI, and real customer feedback his team has received. To conclude, Patrick will go over some of the broader lessons learned during workcell design and implementation, which would apply more generally to any next-generation safe human-robot collaboration technology.

1:30 pm - 2:15 pm
AI & Smart Manufacturing
The Evolution of IoT Platforms in Multi-Site Operations

Michael Skurla, Chief Product Officer, Radix IoT

Michael Skurla

Michael Skurla

Chief Product Officer
Radix IoT

The IoT acronym has given rise to a myriad of products flooding the market. The actual application and advantage of these technologies, however, has been a convoluted topic within all verticals. IoT devices offer abstract promises of data, but the reality is that much of the conversation on IoT has been on the wrong side of the equation. Built infrastructure whether in buildings, factory automation, logistics, or really any application is a combination of many subsystems, all of which offer a tremendous amount of data now (IoT coined or not). Regrettably, much of the data has been locked up in proprietary ecosystems to date and has been unable to be harnessed for higher purposes collectively. IoT platforms have emerged to address this disjointed architecture allowing a more comprehensive and I.T. friendly way to enable actionable business intelligence. IoT ‘things’ certainly add more data points, but the ability to collect and communicate with everything into one location, while also having real-time and historical data is the key to creating business altering solutions from data.

The primary learning objectives of this program include:

  • Define an IoT Platform and how it differs from building management systems (BMS/EMS), SCADA solutions and individual control solution. It truly is not a replacement of any of these.
  • Discuss the practical definition of IoT in the constructed world and the idea of a sensory network of players in any application.
  • Define Hot data (compared to cold data), and how it relates to an ROI story, and the advantages beyond just simple payback - including what is organically driving this shift by end users and the use within buildings beyond simple energy savings.
  • Recognize a ‘platform’ and how it differentiates from a ‘system’, and what advantages a layer such as this plays particularly in multisite operations. (Including case studies)
2:30 pm - 3:15 pm
How to Automate
How Thermal Imaging with IIoT is Advancing Industrial Fire Detection

David Bursell, Vice President of Business Development, MoviTHERM

David Bursell

David Bursell

Vice President of Business Development
MoviTHERM

This presentation explains how industrial facilities are finding ways to mitigate and prevent fire damage by implementing infrared camera (IR) technologies and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) for early fire detection.  
Fire safety is an area that realizes the benefits of IIoT when combined with IR camera systems. By warning earlier on the pathway to ignition, industrial facility managers avert costly and potentially life-threatening fires before they are permitted to start and spread.  
IR cameras are the first to alert before a fire develops. They “see” a warming-up of material early in the fire development process before forming smoke particles or flames. These warming materials appear as hot spots in a thermal image and are quantified with regions of interest (ROI) that report temperature values. Applying multiple ROIs to an image and setting temperature thresholds per ROI allows monitoring and alarming multiple locations within the camera’s view. 
By connecting IR cameras and other detection sensors that alert at different stages of fire development, potential fires can more readily be detected and prevented. With IIoT, safety alerts are sent to hundreds of people quickly and effectively. Communication options include communication via voice calls, text, and email to targeted recipients, creating quick and effective awareness. Another advantage to IIoT early fire detection is scalability. Facility managers can connect multiple facilities into a central monitoring and alarming dashboard. Understanding the situation at all facilities improves the oversight and management of multiple systems from a single control point.
IIoT-based early fire detection systems can improve emergency planning by using algorithms and analytics to help quickly prepare evacuation plans. For example, analytics can consider the number of people in the facility, fire location, and the fire rate to develop better evacuation plans. Analytics-based evacuation plans can prevent congestion by guiding workers to different locations for optimum evacuation routing.
IIoT-based early fire detection also provides the easy sharing of dashboards and views. For example, with a simple URL link, live facility maps with alarm locations can be shared with first responders who can access conditions before arriving on site.  
Advantages of IIoT-based early fire detection systems include:

  • Detection of fire formation at the earliest stages.
  • Connecting multiple sensor types for optimized detection.
  • Cloud-based connectivity and computing minimize hardware requirements.
  • Lower installation and maintenance costs.
  • Fast and broad notification to keep workers out of harm’s way.
  • Automatic software updates keep systems running optimally.
  • Capability to control external processes, alarms, and extinguishing systems.
2:30 pm - 3:15 pm
Automation Applications & Innovations
To Be Announced
2:30 pm - 3:15 pm
AI & Smart Automation
A Low-Code Approach to Industry 4.0

Teresa Martins, Founder & CEO, Copia Automation

Teresa Martins

Teresa Martins

CEO
Neadvance Machine Vision

Throughout History, humankind has always been dependent on technology. People used the technology they had available to help make their lives easier and, at the same time, try to perfect it and bring it to the next level. This was (and still is) the very basic foundation of every industrial revolution. Today we are living the exciting journey of the fourth industrial revolution where data, connectivity and cyber-physical systems are taking their part on every factory, farm, hospital… in the end, in our lives.

In embarking towards cyber-physical systems with unprecedented capabilities, it becomes clear that complexity is increasing and that we do need to find ways to deal with it. The literature shows that relying on traditional architectures and skilled people or process approaches will no longer be compatible with the available resources. In fact, the lack of qualified people is an all-new challenge itself!

The role of model-based and computer-aided engineering will become even more essential, and design methodologies will need to deeply consider interwoven systems and software aspects, including the hidden costs of software. In order to hide complexity, increase quality, reduce human effort needs and, significantly, reduce response times, we need to bring reusability and low code principles from traditional software development to support us dealing with the current revolution. According to Forbes, low code platforms have 14 distinct benefits which can be summarized in three big topics: speed, democratization of software development, and quality.

When we apply low code techniques, automatic program generation/validation tools and machine automation patterns (reusable solutions for recurrent problems) to cyber-physical systems it is clear that it is possible to reduce up to 60% on time-to-line, and potentially up to 68% of the costs while increasing quality by ~25%.

Low code also allows for the introduction of machine learning and deep learning tools in a simple and ubiquitous way. Merging the power of computer vision, robotics and machine learning in a simple and easy to use interface democratizes the use of a very powerful set tools to non-experts maintaining the quality and the control required for their applications. Low code-based approaches should make systems development so easy and fast (for a wide range of contexts) that even a teenager can do it!

2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Certified Vision Professional Advanced Courses
Advanced Image Processing

David Zerkler, Matrox

David Zerkler

David Zerkler

Matrox

Details to come.

FRIDAY, June 10, 2022

 

8:00 am - 10:00 am
Certified Vision Professional Advanced Courses
Advanced Vision System Integration
  • Robert Tait, Optical Metrology Solutions LLC

    David Dechow, Vice President of Outreach and Vision Technology, Landing AI

Robert Tait

Robert Tait

Optical Metrology Solutions

David Dechow

David Dechow

 
LandingAI

Details to come.

12:00 pm
Lunch (on your own)
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Certified Vision Professional Advanced Courses
CVP-Advanced Exam

OPTIONAL — Additional Fee Required

 

Details to come.