8:00 am - 11:30 am
Advanced Optics for Vision

CVP-Advanced Certification Class

Stuart Singer

Ruda Cardinal, Inc.

Advanced Optics for Vision - CVP-Advanced Certification

Designed for the engineering professional, this course concentrates on real world techniques for putting together optic systems that work. You’ll learn how to select proper lens components, optomechanical layout, including system bends, and mounting techniques. Prior attendance at a Basic Optics course is encouraged, but not required.

8:00 am - 11:00 am
Getting Started with Robotics

Bob Rochelle

Güdel, Inc.

Getting Started with Robotics

You’ll learn the basics of how robots work, which tasks they are best and least suited for, what you must consider when evaluating potential robot applications, how to evaluate robotic equipment and suppliers, how to effectively budget for robot applications, and how to avoid failure. This is a great training course for anyone seeking tips on how to successfully apply robots at their company.

8:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Fundamentals of Machine Vision

CVP-Basic Certification Class

David Dechow

FANUC America Corporation

The Fundamentals of Machine Vision - CVP-Basic Certification

You’ll learn all the basics, including how images are captured and transferred to the computer, the principles of lighting, and the common processing algorithms used by machine vision systems. Discover how to successfully implement machine vision and how to avoid common pitfalls during the implementation, launch and production phases. This is an ideal training course for people new to machine vision as well as a great refresher course for anyone with machine vision responsibilities.

8:45 am - 9:45 am

Building Supply Chain Sustainability for Competitive Advantage

(free to all atttendees)

Andrew Winston (& Panel)

Author of Green to Gold


Building Supply Chain Sustainability for Competetive Advantage: Lessons Learned from Leaders in Innovative Facility Design

Andrew Winston will lead a panel of manufacturing and supply chain sustainability leaders as they discuss how companies both large and small can use environmental strategy to grow, create enduring value and build stronger supply chains. Learn first-hand how leading brands have successfully incorporated environmentally sound practices into their facility design and how it is driving efficiency and cost savings.


  • Andrew Winston, Sustainability expert and author of Green to Gold
  • Tamara Baker, Chief Sustainability Officer and Vice President of Environmental Affairs, UPS
  • Randolf L. Bradley, Technical Fellow, Supply Chain Management, The Boeing Company
  • Rick Bingle, Vice President of Supply Chain, REI
9:00 am - 11:00 am
New Developments in Flexible Manufacturing

Frank Langro

Festo Corporation

The Trend Toward Flexible Manufacturing

The trend towards flexible manufacturing is clear. More variants of more products with fewer resources create a strong competitive advantage. This session examines new developments in this emerging trend, with the focus on sensor and actuator elements of a modern automation system. Case histories that illustrate the real world results being achieved via flexible manufacturing will be included.

Larry Sweet

Georgia Tech

Advanced Robot Manufacturing Technologies Driving Growth Through Increased Production Flexibility

Increased flexibility in automation has the potential to yield 30% to 50% gains in key business and operational metrics, such as asset productivity and production rates, which lead to sales growth. This is demonstrated through large scale success stories and future scenarios from several industry sectors, including aerospace, automotive, consumer packaged goods, food and beverage, and their associated supply chains. In each sector the specific technologies may be different, but this session will show effective overall strategies for identifying key technologies having the greatest strategic impact, and integrating them into the automation system design. Finally, lessons learned to accelerate transition of promising university and start-up research to successful production implementation are presented.

9:00 am - 11:30 am
Implementing IIoT and Industry 4.0 Solutions

Will Healy III

Balluff Inc.

Successful IIoT Implementation Strategy

You see the value of IIoT and Industry 4.0, but now what? This session reviews how different companies have implemented big data solutions with detailed focus on how Balluff implemented Industry 4.0 in their Florence, Kentucky warehouse. Real world experience tips for a successful implementation strategy will be shared to help prevent you from wasting time or money when selecting IIoT or Industry 4.0 solutions.

Thomas Burke

OPC Foundation

Start Building Practical Field-to-Enterprise IIoT Connectivity with OPC UA

The benefits that IIoT can potentially offer businesses and economies have mesmerized companies and countries alike. While there is a lot to be excited about – it is essential for companies to be aware that IIoT digital business transformation is not a one-step process. Instead, it is important to team up with experienced technology suppliers and prepare a pragmatic game-plan enabling infrastructure for open, secure, and reliable data connectivity while preserving investments. Attend this session to learn what leading companies are doing today, how you can get started, and what is coming next in the rapidly growing world of OPC UA/IIoT data connectivity.

Aimee Xia

National Instruments

Is Your Data Acquisition System Ready for Big Analog Data

Data acquisition systems are producing more analog data than ever before. This opportunity to uncover new insights comes at the risk of spending more time searching for and analyzing multiple data sets. Learn how proper metadata documentation, custom triggering, and the right analysis technique will help you save only the data needed to make informed decisions. This session will explore lessons learned from the Jaguar Land Rover R&D Powertrain test team which generated and analyzed over 500 GB of data per day from more than 200 data loggers.

Daron Underwood


How to Transform Windows 10 IoT Into an RTOS

Unlike traditional solutions, which require one controller per machine or Industrial PC, a real-time operating system (RTOS) for Microsoft Windows 10 can host multiple controllers on a single multicore PC. An RTOS solution can eliminate unnecessary, redundant hardware costs and can simplify controller integration because all the controllers can access the same deterministic-enabled shared memory. This enables a breakthrough in the way controller performance and operations data can be shared with Azure for IoT. In this session you will see an RTOS running on Windows 10 for IoT and streamlines development of Industry 4.0 systems. You’ll also learn to develop tools for Windows 10 IoT Enterprise.

12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Advanced Vision Lighting

CVP-Advanced Certification Class

Jonathan Ludlow

Microscan Systems, Inc.

Advanced Vision Lighting - CVP-Advanced Certification

Designed for the engineering professional, this course concentrates on real world techniques for successful illumination. You’ll learn how to select proper illumination wavelengths and how to deal with complex part surface geometries. Other topics include illumination integration, and controlling back reflections. Prior attendance at a Basic Lighting course is encouraged, but not required.

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Successfully Working with Robotics System Integrators

Michael Marseglia

Calvary Robotics

Successfully Working with Robotics System Integrators

This session will cover best practices, pitfalls, and tips to assure success through building a valued and enduring relationship with your system integrator that will ensure success on current and future projects.

1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Beginning Optics for Machine Vision

CVP-Basic Certification Class

Greg Hollows

Edmund Optics

Beginning Optics for Machine Vision - CVP Basic Certification

Learn how to define the fundamental parameters of optical layout. Get a real world understanding of how to balance your system’s field of view, resolution working distance, and depth of field. You’ll leave this course ready to converse with optics designers and suppliers.

1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
ANSI/RIA 15.06 Robot Safety Standard Compliance

Jeff Fryman

JDF Consulting

ANSI/RIA 15.06 Robot Safety Standard Compliance

This session goes in depth and teaches the safety requirements as stated in the ANSI/RIA Robot Safety Standard 2012 and the new ISO 10218 standards.

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Servo Loop Bandwidth, Motor Sizing and Power Dissipation

Mark Holcomb

Celera Motion

Servo Loop Bandwidth, Motor Sizing and Power Dissipation

In this session you’ll learn how to size motors for move and settle applications as well as how to size motors for disturbance tracking applications. Also covered is how servo loop bandwidth affects motor sizing.

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Advanced Vision System Integration

CVP-Advanced Certification Class

David Dechow

FANUC America Corporation

Advanced Vision System Integration - CVP-Advanced Certification

This course will detail proper techniques for implementing a vision system including application analysis, project specification and implementation of components. It will also address integration of a machine vision system into a full automation system including network communications. Attendees should possess a basic understanding of machine vision, optics and lighting.

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Advances in 3D Vision

Jim Anderson


3D Vision - Multiple Ways of Getting Data and Which is Best for My Application

This course covers the top 3D acquisition methods currently being used in industrial areas and some of the promising ideas for the future. The session will feature a breakdown of the different technologies at a high level showing how they all work, as well as the current applications that each type is best suited for.

Dr. Athinodoros Klipfel

AT-Automation Technology GmbH

3D Vision – Laser Triangulation Combined with Smart Apps

The field of 3D machine vision has grown over the recent years and requires faster and more precise applications as well as simplicity of use. Manufacturers are offering smart cameras and corresponding smart applications that reduce the complexity of vision system solutions. This session will present state-of-the-art 3D machine vision technology by means of laser triangulation combined with customizable smart inspection solutions (3D Smart Apps).

Juha Saily

FocalSpec, Inc.

New Line Confocal Imaging for High-Resolution 3D Surface Imaging Applications

This course will cover a new optical sensor technology that enables very fast microtopographic scanning of 3D features on challenging surfaces, materials and assemblies at sub-micron resolution. The potential applications that benefit from this technology will be explored.

Bernhard Walker

FANUC America Corporation

3D Vision in Bin Picking Applications

This course will feature an existing project and will highlight vision capabilities, general pit falls, what is possible, and the potential payoff involved with bin picking with 3D vision. We’ll cover the evolution of 3D vision processes used for this system, the hardware required to work properly with vision, problems encountered along the way, and the payoff of using bin picking for automation.

8:00 am - 9:00 am
Reliable Vision Application Development

CVP-Advanced Certification Class

Robert Tait

Optical Metrology Solutions

Reliable Vision Application Development - CVP-Advanced Certification

Producing a reliable vision system is no accident. It begins with creating a strong specification that carries through to component selection to system development and finally deployment. This course will help the end user and the integrator walk through the steps needed to enhance their projects success. Individuals of all experience levels will benefit from the techniques that will be conveyed during this course.

8:00 am - 10:30 am
Beginning Lighting for Machine Vision

CVP-Basic Certification Class

Daryl Martin

Advanced illumination

Beginning Lighting for Machine Vision - CVP Basic Certification

This course focuses on basic lighting geometry. Learn how and where light fits into the energy spectrum, review components of the machine vision front end to understand how they impact the images acquired by the system.

8:45 am - 9:45 am

Industry 4.0 – How Intelligent Machines are Transforming Supply Chains

(free to all atttendees)

Markus Lorenz

Partner and Managing Director
Boston Consulting Group


Industry 4.0 – How Intelligent Machines are Transforming Supply Chains

The fourth industrial revolution is upon us: machines infused with intelligence. This transformation will transform how manufacturing and supply chains work today. During this keynote, Markus Lorenz will explore the many ways this revolution will impact our industry, the economy and what kinds of new jobs it will create.

9:00 am - 10:00 am
Basic Machine Design and the Physics of Motion

MCMA Certified Motion Control Professional Course

Marissa Tucker

Parker Hannifin

Basic Machine Design and the Physics of Motion - MCMA CMCP Course

This course provides an introduction to basic machine design concepts and physics behind electro-mechanical motion control. You’ll learn how the first two laws of Newtonian Physics applies to motion control and the basic machine design concepts necessary to understand and discuss mechanical systems relevant to motion control. You’ll gain an understanding of the relationship between thrust, torque, velocity and acceleration. You’ll be able to explain the difference between repeatability and accuracy.

9:00 am - 10:00 am
When Your Articulated Robot Comes Up Short

Joe Campbell

Güdel Inc.

When Your Articulated Robot Comes Up Short

As robot capabilities increase, the demand for even larger work envelopes is exploding. Robot companies are meeting these requirements with larger and larger robots - but there are limitations. This session will explore multiple solutions to robot work envelope challenges in a variety of industries and applications. From welding fracking pump frames as large as a fire truck to painting an entire aircraft, new technologies in linear motion are enabling system integrators to solve application problems that were out of reach just a few years ago. Examples will include floor tracks, overhead tracks, vertical lifts and highly specialized 2-6 axis robot manipulators.

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Mechanical Motion Control Components and Subsystems

MCMA Certified Motion Control Professional Course

Keith Knight


Mechanical Motion Control Components and Subsystems - MCMA CMCP Course

This course provides an introduction to what a typical motion control system consists of and the typical mechanical components and subsystems it can contain, such as ball screws, leadscrews, typical radial and linear bearing structures, gear reducers, belt drives, and couplings. Learn the concept of mechanical advantage and how it related to typical drive assemblies used in motion control. You’ll gain knowledge of the pros and cons of using certain mechanical components and subsystems in different applications which will allow you to specify appropriate solutions for given applications.

10:00 am - 11:30 am
Collaborative Robots: Opportunities and Challenges

Scott Beute


Tyler McCoy


JR Automation Technologies

Collaborative vs. Industrial Robotics in Advanced Applications

As one of the largest custom automation suppliers in the nation, JR Automation sees nearly every type of request for automated systems. Because of that, their engineers have gained a unique perspective on which robotic applications consumers are asking for and are willing to invest in. This opening session to the Collaborative Robots track will explore where both industrial and collaborative robots are best applied, the pros and cons of each, and macro-industry trends.

Roberta Nelson Shea

Universal Robots

Safety Implications of Collaborative Robots

This presentation examines the collaborative robot landscape from the standpoint of environments of use, what this means, and how similar needs should have similar requirements yet can diverge due to lack of coordination. Important questions that will be asked include: What is the environment? What does industrial mean? What does this mean when there is overlap? What are these implications and how might we move ahead?

10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Is Automation Right for Your Company?

Craig Salvalaggio

Applied Manufacturing Technologies

What are the Key Factors to Consider before Deploying Automation?

If your company is considering automation, this session will help you understand the key factors that must be considered and how you can deploy automation successfully.

Paul Santi

FANUC America Corporation

The Value of Teaming Humans with Robots and Automation in the Connected Factory

The face of manufacturing is going through an unprecedented shift. Manufacturers are increasingly using robotics to enhance their workforce - enabling people to become more efficient while reducing the physical burden. Teaming people with robots, machines, and automation presents a unique set of conditions. This session will outline the value-add decision points while providing an overview of collaborative robotics in the industrial space. We’ll examine the impact of the connected manufacturing enterprise, and address safety related to human and machine interaction.

10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Innovations in Integrated Safety

Zachary Stank

Phoenix Contact

Innovations in Safety: Bridging Safety onto Automation Networks

With the demand for networkable safety increasing from designers, engineers, and standards, software based safety controls have begun to find wider acceptance into the automation market. However, adding safety into programmable logic controller (PLC)-based control is perceived to increase costs by requiring special hardware and special training for software engineers. New integrated safety systems can offers the flexibility of having safety I/O throughout the machine, while requiring minimal configuration using pre-certified function block based safety software. Distributed safety systems can be as simple as connecting an Ethernet cable.

Craig Nelson

Siemens Industry, Inc.

Drives Based Safety Integration is Changing the Machine Landscape

Drives based safety integration is not only an important part of today’s functional safety standards but they are becoming the facilitator for machine innovation. The move from traditional hardware-based safety systems which limit the innovation of machines on the plant floor, to drives based safety which can be integrated into the automation platform, are now seen as the norm in risk assessments. With the growing trend to automate machines and add robotics to manufacturing lines, this session will provide you with the details you need to implement drives based safety integration to help reduce cost, increase productivity and improve safety.

10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Advanced Camera and Image Sensor Technology

CVP-Advanced Certification Class

Steve Kinney

CCS America Inc.

Advanced Camera and Image Sensor Technology - CVP-Advanced Certification

Explore the different levels of image quality at the sensor level. Details relating to quantum efficiency, dark noise, signal to noise ratio will be discussed in detail. In addition to topics related to area scan cameras, the proper usage of line scan and TDI cameras will be reviewed. Sensor size classification and new camera mounting standardization will be covered.

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Robot Simulation - A Tool for Project Success

Charles Gales

Weldon Solutions

Robot Simulation - A Tool for Project Success

The ability of multi-axis robots to move their end-of-arm tooling (EOAT) through a three-dimensional work envelope creates numerous opportunities for automated production systems. However, opportunities also come with challenges. What type or size of robot should be selected? How quickly can the robot accomplish its task? Does the robot have enough reach and payload? Will the EOAT or other part of the robot interfere with any work cell components? All of these questions can be answered with robot simulation software. This session will explain how to utilize robot simulation software. Case studies will show how simulation early in the project can avoid problems, saving you time and moneys.

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Understanding Inertia and Reflected Inertia

MCMA Certified Motion Control Professional Course

Keith Knight


Understanding Inertia and Reflected Inertia - MCMA CMCP Course

Gain an understanding of the importance of inertia in electro-mechanical motion control systems. Learn how the inertia of the components in a motion control system affects its performance. You’ll learn what reflected inertia is and how to calculate it. Understanding these principles will set the stage for the motor sizing course.

11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Automation Fundamentals

John Lucier

Methods Machine Tools

A Beginners Guide to Robot Automation

Robots are becoming more prevalent in the workplace, but where do you begin when considering industrial robot automation? Do you have a good application for a robot? Where should you go to buy a robot? Should you build the automation cell yourself? How difficult is it to program an industrial robot? This session will answer these questions and give you a good basic knowledge of industrial robots. Discussion will include some basic robotic cell designs, best practices when looking into industrial robot cells, and how easy it is to program an industrial robot.

Bhaskar Ramakrishnan

DWFritz Automation, Inc.

Why Inspection is Critical to Automation

Automation is the key to rapid and precise assembly of goods in many industries including automotive, medical packaging, and consumer electronics. When goods are created and assembled, they must be inspected for quality. Recalls and warranty costs, along with increased production demands, drive the need for automated in-situ inspection. Inspection is a critical part of the automation equation. This session covers different inspection technologies for high-volume production lines.

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Successful Robotic Application Case Studies

Zane Michael

Yaskawa Motoman

How State-of-the-Art Robotic Welding can Solve your Welder Labor Shortage

This session focuses on a case study of "Oil Filter Recyclers" which outlines how this manufacturer went from having no robotic welding automation to a system that incorporates most of the advanced welding technologies available today. Traditional weld tooling was not possible for this application. The cell design included robotic touch sensing along with laser tracking to find and track the weld joints which accommodate for the manufacturing tolerances. This robotic technology has increased weld quality while easing the impact of a skilled labor shortage.

Carl Vause

Soft Robotics Inc.

Opportunities and Challenges for Robotic Automation in the Food Industry

The food production and packaging industry is looking towards automation to address the increasing supply chain costs and the shrinking labor supply. This presents a great opportunity for automation technology and solutions. Robotics has a proven track record in other markets, but there are unique challenges when bring robotics into the food production and packaging environment. This session will review the key segments of the food industry, outline the unique challenges, and review case studies of successful robotic integrations in food.

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Fundamental Guide to Industrial Networking

Jeff Kordik

Applied Motion Products

Fundamental Guide to Industrial Networking

The world is becoming increasingly connected. We’ve all heard about the internet of things, but in the automation business there are dozens of ways to interconnect devices. Which one is best for my application? If I am a device maker, which forms of connectivity give me the best market reach? Should my new solution incorporate CANopen or Modbus or will I have more success by supporting EtherCAT or EtherNet/IP? In this session, you will learn the strengths of weaknesses of popular industrial network standards and which standards are more widely supported. Ease of use in field buses will also be explored. You’ll gain concise guidance for the many options that are available to you.

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Collaborative Robots: Getting Started

Samuel Bouchard


Scaling Your Collaborative Robotic Capabilities

After implementing the first collaborative robot on your shop floor, you have probably already seen its benefits. As your production keeps increasing you may be toying with the idea of where else in your production process you could add robots to capture more of the benefits of automation. This session presents tips based on customer experience for how to implement new robots by using the knowledge you’ve gained with your first robotic cell.

Douglas Peterson

Universal Robots

Are You Too Small for Robotics?

For almost any size manufacturer, global competition is driving the need to increase output, improve quality, and reduce costs. But many small and mid-sized enterprises (SMEs) believe their volumes are too small or processes too dynamic to be effectively automated, or that they just can’t afford robotics. Fortunately, market dynamics and new technologies are finally changing the automation equation in favor of SMEs. This session explores a new type of robotics called collaborative robots that work alongside human workers to cost-effectively automate even low-volume, fast-changing processes and improve competitiveness.

Brian Carlisle

Precise Automation

Speeding Up Collaborative Robots

There is a strong interest in applying collaborative robots for small and medium size part handling. However many early adopters have been disappointed by the limited speed and repeatability of collaborative robots. Recent safety standards have defined maximum collision forces. This session will discuss how to maximize the speed of collaborative robots without exceeding these forces. Also covered is how to design work cells for small part handling that are safe, but allow the robots to still move quickly.

1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
How to Perform a Risk Assessment for Robot Safety Standard Compliance

Jeff Fryman

JDF Consulting Enterprises

How to Perform a Risk Assessment for Robot Safety Standard Compliance

This course will teach how to perform a risk assessment for compliance with the ANSI/RIA R15.06-2012 American National Standard for Industrial Robots and Robot Systems- Safety Requirements (revision of ANSI/RIA R15.06-1999).

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Introduction to Magnetism and Motor Basics

MCMA Certified Motion Control Professional Course

Gordon Ritchie


Introduction to Magnetism and Motor Basics - MCMA CMCP Course

In this course you gain an overview of the basic function and styles of motors that are commonly experienced in industrial automation applications. You’ll develop a basic understanding of magnetics and the types of magnets found in motors. You’ll learn the general operating principles of electric motors. You’ll discover the relationship between current/torque and voltage/speed in electric motors and will be able to read and understand a basic set of specifications and speed torque curves for a given motor, and select a motor based on required speed/torque specifications. You’ll learn the operating difference between brushed, brushless, step, AC induction, and direct drive motors and be able to express the cost and performance trade-offs of each motor type. You’ll end the course able to recommend the appropriate motor(s) based on a given set of application requirements and make a logical argument for the recommendation.

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Fundamentals of Camera and Image Sensor Technology

CVP-Basic Certification Class

Jon Chouinard

1st Vision, Inc.

The Fundamentals of Camera and Image Sensor Technology - CVP Basic Certification

Gain a basic understanding of camera design, from analog to digital cameras. Find out about different camera types and their capabilities. Learn about capabilities of different camera outputs from analog to USB to Camera Link. Other topics include CCD and CMOS sensors, the capabilities of monochrome versus color sensors, area scan and line scan arrays, and which cameras are best suited for specific vision applications.

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Positioner Selection and Motor Sizing

MCMA Certified Motion Control Professional Course

Jim Wiley

Parker Hannifin

Positioner Selection and Motor Sizing - MCMA CMCP Course

In this course you’ll learn how to select an appropriate single axis positioner for specific application requirements based on loading, environment, motion profile, and positioning performance. You’ll be able to determine the required torque, speed, and inertia of the motor/drive system will need to provide to meet the applications performance requirements.

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Emergence of Embedded Vision and How it Impacts your Company

Tim Coggins

Basler Inc.

Embedded Vision and the Convergence Between Computer and Machine Vision

This session will provide an overview of embedded vision and the embedded vision marketplace. Its impact on traditional machine vision will also be explored.

Brandon Treece

National Instruments

Leverage the Performance of Your Embedded Vision System for More than Just Vision

With Moore’s Law, we are seeing the performance of processing technologies like CPUs, GPUs, and FPGAs double every few years. As new vision systems enter the market place that leverage this technology, vision system designers can now develop new, highly sophisticated algorithms to use visual data to create more intelligent systems. This increase in technology also opens up new opportunities such as high level machine control, motion control, HMIs, and more. In this session, attendees will study the traditional design scenario of adding vision to a manufacturing machine, and see how they can use the power of their embedded vision system to simplify complexity, improve integration, reduce risk, and decrease time to market.

Haris Okanovic

National Instruments

Making Real-Time Linux a Reality

Real-Time Linux is already having a huge impact on the growing category of applications that require both the versatility and feature breadth of an open source OS, but also the deterministic reliability of a real-time scheduler. In the world of smart manufacturing machines and power electronics control, designers are reaching for SoCs with integrated FPGA running Real-Time Linux to meet the strictest requirements of low-latency control and maximum up-time. Learn about the intricacies of the PREEMPT_RT patchset and CPU-FPGA data marshaling that enable these complex embedded devices.

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
3D Vision System Development

CVP-Advanced Certification Class

Dr. Mattias Johannesson


3D Vision System Development - CVP-Advanced Certification

Learn how advancements in 3-D camera technology are enabling new solutions for more applications than ever before. Review the many vision-based 3-D measurement techniques and which achieve the best results. This session will provide real application techniques you can use in electronics, pharmaceutical, food & beverage, aerospace, automotive and many other industries.

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
How Manufacturing is Impacted by IIoT / Industry 4.0

Jim Lawton

Rethink Robotics

Software, Robots, IoT and Real Steps to Industry 4.0

The way that technology operates in manufacturing environments is undergoing a significant shift, and software is at the center of making manufacturers significantly smarter, more efficient and more profitable. Manufacturers who want to implement IIoT in their factories are faced with uncertainty, and in many cases, they are looking at completely revamping how their manufacturing facility is run to implement a still unproven solution. For the majority of manufacturers who can’t invest tens of millions of dollars to test an IIoT solution, what is the path from their current position to the factory of the future? This session will examine the steps manufacturers can take to start moving down the path to a more coordinated and connected factory without taking the risks that come with a large-scale factory overhaul.

Andy Chang

KUKA Robotics

Bringing the Internet of Robotics to Life

By leveraging scalable infrastructure such as cloud, web and mobile technologies, manufacturers can utilize software services to be more efficient and economical when bringing new products to market. These technologies are fundamental drivers setting the foundation for the transformative movements of IoT and Industry 4.0. This session will explore an innovative cloud-based software platform that provides the proper foundation and building blocks for instant access to important data and characteristics of connected robots.

Lee Van Every

CENIT North America

Advanced Manufacturing and Future Production Environments

Industry 4.0 is the collective term used to describe the 4th industrial revolution where production processes will be redefined and rebuilt by using cyber-physical systems. You’ll explore the concept of cyber-physical systems and learn key IT solutions which will be required to accommodate Industry 4.0. Learn how this new generation of digital manufacturing tools will support the new paradigm brought about by advances in automated manufacturing with Industry 4.0; a true blending of transparent PLM solutions, connected with PLM, ERP, production planning and MES.

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Collaborative Robots: Safety Implications

Carole Franklin


Overview of ISO/TS15066

ISO/TS 15066 provides safety requirements for collaborative industrial robot systems where a robot system and people share the same workspace. It covers Collaborative Industrial Robot System Design (including Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment); Requirements for Collaborative Robot System Applications (including Control System, Workspace, Robot Operation, Transitions between Collaborative and Non-Collaborative Operations); Verification & Validation; Information for Use; and How to establish threshold limit values on the collaborative robot system, particularly on power and force limiting applications. RIA’s Director of Standards Development Carole Franklin will provide a brief overview of ISO/TS15066 in this session and how it impacts your operations.

Thomas Knauer

Omron STI

Safety Sensor Technologies Enabling Closer Human-Robot Collaboration

Safety plays a critical role in the intersection between the robot and the user. Past safeguarding philosophies focused on separating the user/operator from the robot/machine - this is rapidly changing, driven by needs for productivity, changes in workforce, economics, and standards. Advanced safety sensing technologies are evolving to facilitate much closer (and safe) human-machine interaction. This session explores past, current and future technologies which help users cost-effectively achieve both productivity and safety.

Michael Wagner

Edge Case Research

Challenges in Testing and Validation of Collaborative Robotic Technologies

Software testing is all too often simply a "bug hunt" rather than a well-considered exercise in ensuring quality. We need more than a simple cycle of system-level "test-fail-patch-test" to deploy safe machine learning to safety-critical application such as collaborative robotic work cells. Traditional software-safety processes tie each type of testing to a corresponding design or requirement document; however, these processes face challenges when applied to systems that use machine learning. This session explores several key problem areas in testing and promising potential solutions.

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

World of Automation Networking Party

(ticket required)

World of Automation Networking Party

Join us for an international themed evening of networking with exhibitors, speakers, and attendees featuring entertainment, beverages, and international food.

8:00 am - 10:00 am
Image Processing Fundamentals

CVP-Basic Certification Class

Nicolas Vazquez

National Instruments

Image Processing Fundamentals - CVP Basic Certification

In this class you’ll gain an understanding of how machine vision and imaging algorithms work. These fundamentals will be used to show a variety of ways to solve real world industry application challenges. Attendees will be exposed to the strength and capabilities that software can provide while gaining an understanding of complete imaging system requirements needed to optimize their application needs.

8:00 am - 10:00 am
Advances in End of Arm Tooling

Carl Vause

Soft Robotics, Inc.

New Advances in End of Arm Tooling and Robotic Grippers

As robotics expands outwards from the traditional markets of automotive and material handling, there are new demands for gripping technologies. This session will review the current gold standard in EOAT, explore new automation markets and the gripping needs of these markets, and provide an overview of new EOAT technologies coming to the market. Both industrial and collaborative applications will be covered.

Juergen Kortberg

ASS End of Arm Tooling

3D Printed End of Arm Tooling and Fixtures

Complex part geometries are pushing the limits of custom gripping devices way beyond the use of traditional gripper hardware. This session demonstrates how 3 D printing offers new possibilities and design freedom for material handling applications.

Dino Caparco

Yushin America, Inc.

Complex Insert Molding End of Arm Tooling

This session will review complex insert molding applications from concept phase to successful implementation at the end users facility. Critical success factors starting from mold design through the tool design phase and finally the installation will be discussed. Competencies required by the automation vendor and end user organization will e reviewed. Tooling changeover best practices and value added operations such as vision inspection and packaging will also be covered.

8:00 am - 10:00 am
Practical Uses of Vision Guided Robotics

Kevin Ackerman

JMP Engineering

Planning and Implementing Real world Vision Guided Robotics

This session is geared towards people interested in successfully applying VGR in their manufacturing processes. You’ll learn the many nuances of how to select the right processes for VGR applications. This session also describes Overall Equipment Efficiency (OEE) and how it applies to VGR systems.

Steven King

Microscan Systems, Inc.

Integration of Miniature Machine Vision Systems into Robotic Applications

Integrating robots into the modern manufacturing world becomes essential to meet todays’ needs for flexibility and quality. Collaborative robots allow for a much easier integration into the modern factory, preparing them for Industry 4.0. To effectively leverage the full capabilities of the robot, machine vision systems become key components for the overall success. This poses several challenges as most machine vision systems are overly complicated and difficult to integrate. This session will discuss these challenges and how to overcome them.

Alena Verameyeva

Opto Engineering

Advanced Vision Inspection and Precision Measurement with Robotic Guidance

Vision inspection with robotic guidance opens up new opportunities in the quality control process. Machine vision components can be bundled as special optical probes and integrated on a robotic arm, allowing challenging measurements and inspections of parts of different shapes, sizes, materials and colors. This session explores application examples of demanding tasks such as precision non-contact measurement, inspection of cavities and holes and applications that require adjustments of FOV, working distance, lens focusing and aperture.

8:00 am - 10:00 am
Collaborative Robots: A New Type of Collaboration – Mobile Robots

Aldo Zini


Connecting Islands of Automation with Mobile Robots

Autonomous mobile robots are becoming widely accepted in manufacturing and are being deployed in a broad range of environments and applications. Production processes have been long automated, but the movement of material continues to be a manual process. This session provides an overview of the opportunities to automate material movement and the capabilities that are important when considering autonomous mobile robot delivery solutions.

Corey Ryan

KUKA Robotics

Making Mobile Robots Practical

This session will show uses for mobile platforms (robots) and how the integration of robotic arms is opening up new markets and new opportunities.

Todd Jedelsky

Omron Adept Technologies

Benefits of Deploying Mobile Robots in Manufacturing

The cost of moving and delivering goods can account for more than two-thirds of total production costs. When humans spend time moving materials from station to station, productivity and efficiency are sacrificed. Mobile robots can improve productivity while freeing up operations personnel for higher value added activities.

Melonee Wise

Fetch Robotics

Turn on a Dime: Warehouse Optimization With Mobile Robots

Get used to it: robots and workers are not an either/or proposition. Human workers are increasingly working side by side with robotics. The logistics industry has embraced service robots to augment workers ability for providing reliable, safe, and cost effective warehouse fulfillment. With new fulfillment centers emerging to address the on-demand economy, and existing warehouses looking to streamline operations, we are at the beginning of how robots can be brought into the workplace. Learn about the recent technical developments such as state-of-the-art robot navigation and manipulation, along with advances in actuators, processors, and machine vision.

8:00 am - 10:00 am
Advanced Color Machine Vision and Applications

CVP-Advanced Certification Class

Dr. Romik Chatterjee

Graftek Imaging

Advanced Color Machine Vision and Applications - CVP-Advanced Certification

Color is important for a growing number of machine vision applications in food, pharmaceutical, automotive and many other markets. This course will start with how color images are formed and then review aspects of human color vision that are important in designing a color machine vision system. Then we concentrate on how to build and apply color machine vision systems to tasks such as automated inspection, tracking, identification and color matching.

9:00 am - 10:00 am
Digital Servo Amplifier Basics

MCMA Certified Motion Control Professional Course

Matt Pelletier

Yaskawa America, Inc.

Digital Servo Amplifier Basics - MCMA CMCP Course

This course covers the basic operation of a servo amplifier, specifically a digital servo amplifier. You’ll develop an understanding of servo control loops (torque, velocity, and position) and how they are applied in a servo system. You’ll learn the basics of tuning a servo system (PID, notch filters, low-pass filters, etc.). You’ll be able to define system bandwidth and read and understand a Bode plot and what it indicates about a particular servo system. You’ll learn the basic functionality of a servo amplifier (volts/amp, commutation, feedback, etc.). Gain an understanding of the different input power options for a servo amplifier (DC, AC, direct line connection, separate power supply, bus sharing, etc.) and the cost and hardware implications of each option. The course covers the concept of regeneration and how to account for regeneration in a servo system. Learn the different functionality options for servo amplifiers (analog/digital, sine/trap, intelligent/dumb, etc.) and how to select the proper type of amplifier based on a given set of application requirements. You’ll learn the differences between analog and digital connections between the servo amplifier and servo controller. You’ll develop a basic understanding of the major networks/field busses and the advantages/disadvantages of each.

9:00 am - 11:00 am
Advances in Motion Control Technologies

Jerry Leitz


Auto-Configuring Your Servo Motors and Drives on EtherCAT to Save Time and Money

The standard method for configuring servo motors and drives through network control software is cumbersome and time-consuming. For each motor manufacturer, engineers must independently download and install the libraries and files into their IDE and run proprietary configuration tools to build separate ENI.XML files to define the drives. Every time there is a change or update to the network, you have to do it again, and you must repeat the process for each of your motors. This session will demonstrate how auto-configuration of an EtherCAT network for servo drives and motors is one of many ways to deliver the most open and flexible soft motion platform on the market.

Robert Mastromattei

Celera Motion

Performance Improvements from Slotless Motors

Permanent magnet brushless motors come in all shapes and sizes providing both rotary and linear motion. They are known for high torque density and high efficiency. Smooth and predictable torque/force while moving is the main challenge for many applications in imaging, scanning, metrology, photonics, and tracking. Slotless motors are designed to optimize smoothness and create predictable torque output with minimal non-linear effects. Slotless technology is especially effective with direct drive precision systems.

Aaron Dietrich


Electric Rod Actuators vs. Hydraulic Cylinders – Which is Best for Your Application?

Hydraulic cylinders, known for their high force at an affordable cost, have been widely used in factory automation equipment for decades. Hydraulics are rugged, simple to deploy and provide a low cost per unit of force. In recent years, electric rod actuators (cylinders) have become more flexible, precise and reliable with increasingly larger force capacities. These advancements in electric rod actuators have created an ongoing debate over which technology - hydraulic cylinder or electric actuator - offers the best overall solution for the same application. This session will consider a variety of factors affecting the performance and cost of each technology, including: motion control capabilities; system components and footprint; force capabilities; speed capabilities; temperature; life and maintenance of devices; data collection; efficiency/utility costs; leaks and environmental concerns to help you decide which is right for your application.

10:00 am - 11:30 am
Motion Controllers, Programming, and System Design Basics

MCMA Certified Motion Control Professional Course

Nate Holmes

National Instruments

Motion Controllers, Programming, and System Design Basics - MCMA CMCP Course

In this course you’ll get an 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. You’ll gain an understanding of the responsibilities of a motion controller in a machine for trajectory generation, supervisory functions, closing control loops, and interacting with other parts of the system through motion I/O and a control interface. You will learn the types of control I/O between a controller and drive and be able to discern which type should be used for a specific application. Position, velocity, and torque control modes will be covered, as well as the control interface types and relative merits and methods for choosing between them. You’ll develop a basic understanding of available types of motion control software and programming languages.

10:30 am - 11:30 am
Practical Benefit of Risk Assessment: Zone Determination by Layout Analysis

Mark Nehrkorn

SICK, Inc.

Practical Benefit of Risk Assessment: Zone Determination by Layout Analysis

This session will cover guidance and resources for designing safe and productive complex automation systems with multiple zones using the layout analysis process. We’ll explore similarities and differences between the risk assessment and layout analysis processes, and how to combine them efficiently. You’ll learn to use the layout analysis process to define control zones within a system; span of control and minimum performance requirements for safety-related components.

10:30 am - 11:30 am
Barcodes and Symbology Basics for Machine Vision

Jonathan Ludlow

Microscan Systems, Inc.

Barcodes and Symbology Basics for Machine Vision

In this session you’ll get an overview of bar code symbologies and applications. It will cover reading bar codes with laser scanners and imagers; an overview of marking methods; data encoding in bar codes using GS1 standards; system design for code reading; the importance of code quality verification – standards and practice; and bar code symbology based market wide initiatives.

10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Collaborative Robots: Technologies and Applications

Markus Walderich


Grippers for Human Robot Collaboration

The trend to human robot collaboration will change the way robots are used in modern automation applications. With robots becoming increasingly smarter and safer, many mundane tasks are already being handled. As the collaborative trend takes hold, we will have our workforce focusing on different tasks, working alongside robots. An essential component of the system is the gripper creating the workpiece interaction within the automation process. The grippers and end effectors must be just as safe as the robot itself. The safety will no longer be ensured by machine guarding in collaboration environments. Learn how to determine the right grippers for the job and how it relates to the latest safety standards.

David Dechow

FANUC America Corporation

Applying Machine Vision for Collaborative Robot Applications

One of the keys to delivering the flexibility, efficiency, and reliability hoped for in collaborative application is machine vision guidance and inspection. This session will examine the use of machine vision in collaborative robot applications with an overview of collaborative robotic technologies and the specific techniques for implementing machine vision for collaborative robot applications. It will cover the unique machine vision challenges and how to better ensure a successful implementation. Future trends associated with machine vision ease of use with respect to collaborative robotics will be considered.

Eric Cowan

Continental Automotive Systems

Collaborative Robot Use Cases in Electronics Manufacturing

This session will provide an overview of types of applications, deployment obstacles and the impact these robots have on operations.

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Certified Vision Professional - Basic Level EXAM

Advance registration and fee required
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The Power of Magic: Know your Customer and Where they are Going

(free to all atttendees)

Earvin "Magic" Johnson

Chairman & CEO
Magic Johnson Enterprises


The Power of Magic: Know your Customer and Where they are Going

Perhaps best known as a National Basketball Association (NBA) legend, two-time Hall of Famer, and Olympic Gold Medalist, Earvin “Magic” Johnson has enjoyed an equally successful second career in business. He has successfully parlayed his skills and tenacity on the court into the business world, propelling his company to the status of #1 Brand in Urban America valued at an estimated $1 billion dollars.


As customers and markets move very quickly, products and solutions must be relevant to where customers are today and where they are going to be tomorrow. In this fireside chat with DC Velocity Group Editorial Director Mitch Mac Donald, the NBA legend and Entrepreneur will reveal the secrets to his business and personal success. Join us as he drives home how his core focus on customer service — by always over delivering on customer expectations — propelled his business investments forward.


Learn first-hand, how he dedicated himself to bringing jobs and high quality products and services to underserved communities. He did this by developing unprecedented partnerships with major corporations as he wrote the corporate blueprint for engagement and success with urban consumers across America.

1:45 pm - 3:45 pm
CMCP Course Review and EXAM Prep

MCMA Certified Motion Control Professional Program

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Overcoming Food Processing and Packaging Challenges

Bill Sutton


Motors, Water and Hygienic Design for Food and Beverage Processing

Food processing and food packaging production areas present a challenge for motors and gearboxes. Lots of water and harsh cleaning chemicals cause durability problems. In addition, the functional design of motors present a cleaning problem for manufacturers of food processing equipment. Motor designs optimized to dissipate heat create lots of areas that are hard to clean and coated surfaces act as a haven for micro particles of product and pathogens. This session will cover the journey to develop a motor that is durable in wash-down environments and is cleanable for sanitation crews reducing the risk of food recall and food safety problems.

Edward Neff

SMAC Moving Coil Actuators

Using 21st Century Robotics to Improve Quality and Speed Food and Liquids Processing

In this session you’ll learn how to apply integrated moving coil electric actuator technology with built in real time work quality verification capability to food and liquid processing applications to gain quality improvement and faster cycle times.

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Future of Robot Programming

Darren Krasny

Battelle Memorial Institute

Robotic Programming: Using Innovative Technology to Gain Competitive Advantage

Many small- to medium-sized companies would like to automate with robotics but face one large barrier: a lack of skilled personnel with expertise in robotics. Software solutions such as offline CAD-to-path programming are increasingly popular tools which reduce programming time, but industry continues to demand expanded software solutions. This session will discuss some of the game-changing software solutions that are on the horizon, such as: generating a robot program purely from the scan of a part (scan-to-path programming); automating path optimization for collision avoidance, singularity avoidance, joint limit avoidance and cycle time optimization; intelligent process parameter selection to reduce required training and expertise; and run-time control, monitoring and adaptation such that software is not just an offline planner, but can ensure task correctness and adapt to the unexpected.

Greg Culp

Robotmaster (Hypertherm Inc.)

Robotic Programming for High-Mix Applications

Robots have long been used for high-volume, low-mix applications where time consuming and complex programming is required. The demands for flexible manufacturing as well as constant improvements in accuracy and motion of industrial robots are enabling their use in emerging high-mix environments. A major obstacle to this trend is the lack of mature and versatile programming tools that have become a standard requirement for programming CNC machine tools. Learn about how recent advances in robotic programming are being used to exploit the flexibility of robots, turning a programming challenge into an advantage, enabling a new wave of robotics in manufacturing.

Tim Dykstra

Concept Systems Inc.

Robotic Apps

Robots in today's manufacturing environment need greater flexibility and spatial awareness to safely interact with complex and unpredictable environments. Transferable software modules in the form of apps, like Collision Avoidance and Scan2Path, provide easy integration for common solutions. These apps are designed to fit into a wide range of applications and robotic platforms to deliver safety and flexibility, helping companies keep pace with today's manufacturing environment. This technical session will highlight emerging technologies in machine vision and laser scanning, introduce two specific groundbreaking apps, and discuss the impact that apps will have on the robotic industry in the coming years.

Steven Juanillo

DAKSAWAN Automation Systems

Designing Reliability and Optimized Functionality into Robotics and Automation

Automated equipment with software programming must inherently provide and ensure process control. However, some of this software is unstructured and inherently hard to analyze, re-program or debug. This session will cover good practices for software programming and the benefits of modularization.

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Advanced Vision Guided Robotics

CVP-Advanced Certification Class

David Bruce

FANUC America Corporation

Advanced Vision Guided Robotics- CVP-Advanced Certification

Vision guidance is common in robot applications. This course will detail proper techniques for implementing a vision guidance system and will include the latest technology advances. Attendees should possess basic robotic and system integration knowledge.

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Collaborative Robots: The Future of Human-Robot Interaction

Steve Cousins


The Human-Robot Connection: Building Robots that Work Among Us

Recent advances in technology will soon see millions of collaborative robots interacting with humans in many different environments. No longer only kept locked behind cages in manufacturing facilities, robots are already working alongside people in hotels and offices, with deployments in apartment buildings, hospitals, stores, and more to come soon. Open source robotics code, 3D printing, and rapid development has made it fast and inexpensive to build autonomous robots. This session explores designing robots that “live among us” addressing a host of safety challenges.

Chetan Kapoor

Yaskawa America

Robotics Evolution: From Production Rate to Human Productivity

This session will cover the evolution of robots and what we can expect in the next 10 to 20 years. You’ll learn what a collaborative robot is and how it will transform our factories and other industries going forward. Developments in sensing, perception, and human machine interface that are needed for the success of collaborative robots will be covered.

Esben Oestergaard

Universal Robots

The 5th Industrial Revolution

Mass production of standardized products is a dying breed with the end users of tomorrow demanding “unique” rather than “standard” offerings. The manufacturing industry, faced with rapid and radical changes, must adjust accordingly and needs some first aid in doing so; partly from new, flexible technologies and partly from that special quality that only humans possess: creativity. Esben Østergaard sets the stage for the future of manufacturing in an age where the train of technology does not wait for delayed passengers. It’s a future where manufacturers need the courage to give back power to their employees, ushering in an era that departs from “man VS. machine” to arrive at “man WITH machine”, fusing flexible robotic capability with human creativity.

Tony Melanson


Innovation Beyond Specifications

Powerful and durable innovations combine capabilities from multiple areas based on customer insight and market vision. Innovations surrounding a product create a stronger overall solution, attract more customers, and make it harder for competitors to duplicate. This is happening all around us in other industries as companies combine existing technologies, business models and resources to create novel and market-changing solutions. This session will explore models or frameworks of innovation that can help the robotics field navigate this shift and provide leadership. How the robotics industry is applying these approaches to help bring useful solutions to market will be discussed.

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Automating Warehousing and Logistics Operations

Lior Elazary

inVia Robotics

The Robotic Transformation of Fulfillment Operations

In this session you’ll learn how new technical advancements on the software side, rather than the hardware side, have enabled successful warehouse robotic systems that are cost-effective and productive.

Matt Wicks


Using Robot Technologies to Solve Logistic Challenges

Industrial robots have been deployed in the manufacturing space for years and the logistics industry is utilizing these (and other) robots to solve many of the challenges seen in the warehouse and in order fulfillment. These robotic solutions require a mixture of core and state-of-the-art technologies to address the challenges. In this session we will examine how robotic technology is being utilized to solve these challenges along with deployment and migration strategies you can implement.

Bradley Weber


A New Method for Intelligent Package Identification and Location

This session will explore a unique machine vision solution for object identification using pattern recognition. This single tool enables a multitude of image-based pattern recognition applications for object identification and sorting without the need for barcodes or can be utilized in concert with the traditional bar code reading solutions. Object identification can be achieved despite random orientation, different scaling, irregular shape and partially visible objects enabling flexible packaging identification and location for manufacturing packing processes and logistic operations.

Yhu-Tin Lin

General Motors

Automatic Collision Avoidance for Multi-Axis Power Lift Assist Devices

Power lift assist device (LAD) uses servo motors to actively assist human operators in material handling. It is an emerging technology with great potential for enhancing material handling efficiency and ergonomics. It can even enable hands-free, robotic or autonomous material handling systems in the future. This session will explore the need for a collision-free LAD for the safety of the operators and the working environment.

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Examining Non-Visible Imaging Technologies

Jean Brunelle

Teledyne DALSA

Using Longwave Infrared (LWIR) Imaging in Inspection Applications

This session will provide a general Introduction to LWIR imaging and its limitations. Inspection applications for non-radiometric LWIR imaging will be reviewed. Also covered will be radiometric calibration and its many possibilities.

Ray Leerentveld

Lumenera Corporation

Multispectral Imaging Enables Innovative Industrial Solutions

Multispectral imaging (MSI) is a technology that combines visible and near infrared (NIR) imaging to extract information that goes beyond what the eyes can see. Advances in sensors and filters are transforming the implementation of multispectral imaging solutions from expensive military and defense systems to affordable commercial systems. The most cost effective systems combine a RGB camera with a NIR camera and leverage image fusion techniques to create a highly detailed composite images. Applications are found in everything from medical imaging to precision agriculture. In automation applications, MSI can be used for food sorting, textile surface mapping and printed circuit board inspection.

Dr. Martin Ettenberg

Princeton Infrared Technologies, Inc.

Short Wave Infrared (SWIR) for Machine Vision

Shortwave infrared (SWIR) imaging is relatively new to the machine vision world but it has many advantages over the visible and typical thermal bands. Imaging in this wavelength band enables simple detection of water while also being able to image hot objects through glass windows. This session will demonstrate industrial and agricultural applications for the SWIR band as well as the available technologies in the marketplace.

4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
CMCP Basic Course EXAM

MCMA Certified Motion Control Professional Program

6:00 pm

Automate/ISR Americas Gala Dinner featuring Engelberger Robotics Awards

(ticket required)

Automate/ISR Americas Gala Dinner featuring Engelberger Robotics Awards

Adler Planetarium

Join us for dinner and see the industry’s highest honor, the Engelberger Award, presented in the categories of Leadership and Education.

8:00 am - 10:00 am
Metrology and 2D Calibration Techniques

CVP-Advanced Certification Class

Dr. David Michael

Cognex Corporation

Metrology and 2D Calibration Techniques - CVP-Advanced Certification

Participants will gain an understanding of techniques for creating systems that yield reliable and repeatable measurement results. Practices for proper calibration of imaging systems ranging from appropriate usage of targets to accurate algorithm deployment will be discussed. How to manage images correctly to create repeatable results will be reviewed. Anyone who is developing metrology systems or having and need for accurate measurements will benefit from this curriculum.

9:00 am - 10:00 am
Advances in Controls

Kevin Kleine

National Instruments

Beyond Inspection – Bringing Vision into the Control Loop

Vision plays a key role in quality control, traceability, and alignment for many Industrial Internet of Things applications. The motion control and measurement systems in these applications often share and synchronize visual data. With the increased performance and integration capabilities of today’s vision systems, you can combine machine vision and motion control subsystems within the same controller to improve performance and simplify overall system complexity. In this session, learn about the different types of integration between vision and motion systems, the architectures necessary to implement them, as well as a live demo of these systems seamlessly integrated together.

9:00 am - 10:30 am
Advances in Machine Learning

Jeff Johnson

Keyence Corporation of America

Auto-teach Vision Inspection that Learns What a Good Part is

Auto-teach inspection allows users with any level of experience to easily setup a vision inspection program. This session will explore how using an auto-teach algorithm and presenting good parts to the camera provides a simple and reliable solution for a wide-range of part types and common inspections.

Ruben Uribe

Imaging Technology Solutions, LLC

Can Neural Network Technology be used for Machine Vision?

Neural network technology is an emerging technology that has gained tremendous traction in the digital consumer market. Most major technology companies have large teams of engineers and scientists developing neural network algorithms for image search and classification applications. Recent developments have made this advanced technology available to the small and medium sized machine vision market. This session covers the fundamentals of neural network technology and explores possible applications including vision guided robotics, automated distribution, image tracking and classification, inventory tracking, advanced manufacturing, label tracking, parts verification, character and symbol recognition, intelligent traffic systems, autonomous vehicles, advanced surveillance, military and more.

9:00 am - 11:00 am
Developing your Workforce for an Automated Future

Ted Rozier

Festo Didactic

Growing the Next Generation Automation Capable Workforce

Tomorrow’s automated manufacturing process includes smart factories, smart machines, smart materials and smart products that have the ability to communicate with each other, alternately driving production, being interconnected and traceable at all times within an Internet of things. As we prepare to develop the talent needed to support the demand for automation, it is essential to explore and define what types of skills will be needed to support the game changing technologies of tomorrow.

Matthew Bush

Hirebotics, LLC

Eliminating Barriers to Employee Acceptance of Robotic Automation

Robotic automation has evolved into smaller, nimbler, collaborative robots. The need to create a symbiotic relationship between production workers and robots has increased dramatically. Companies need to understand how to reduce worker anxiety and increase early adoption of collaborative robots in production environments.

Daniel King

DiFACTO Robotics America

Cost Effective Implementation of Global Sourcing/Global Work-Sharing

In this session you’ll learn from the real experience of a company that successfully implemented a global work-sharing approach for engineering, design and turn-key build of robotic automation systems. You’ll gain an understanding of how small companies can cost-effectively implement a global Sourcing strategy that was once only possible at large multi-national OEMs.

9:00 am - 11:00 am
Practical Machine Vision Lighting Techniques

Chris Gray

Smart Vision Lights

Enlightened Illumination Techniques

This is a must attend session for anyone struggling with the all-important lighting and optics of machine vision applications. You will learn about a variety of different styles of lighting for machine vision applications as well as various techniques that are used. Through a number of sample applications, you will see the importance of choosing the correct color wavelength of your light as well as optical filtering.

James Gardiner

Metaphase Technologies Inc.

Getting the Lighting Right in Linescan Imaging

One of the most important and misunderstood aspects of line scan vision is the lighting. When most people think of line scan lighting, they usually think of a traditional line light. While a line light is a very powerful line scan illumination tool, it is not the appropriate illumination technique for every application. This session explores recent improvements in optics, lens manufacture, and LED efficiency that have brought about the development of new line scan illumination systems with previously unknown capabilities.

Nelson Bridwell

Machine Vision Engineering LLC

Techniques for Suppressing Adverse Lighting to Improve Vision System Success

Because proper lighting is key to successful machine vision applications, techniques for eliminating lighting variations and suppressing undesirable light can be very useful tools in the design of machine vision solutions. Techniques discussed in this session include the use of different narrowband light sources and bandpass filters to eliminate interference between multiple overlapping cameras, advanced bandpass filters for blocking intense narrowband light sources such a line scan lights and lasers, and the selection of key exposure times (16.67ms or 20ms) to eliminate AC ripple effects from non-standard light sources.

10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cutting Edge Automation Research

Ren C. Luo

National Taiwan University

Automated Omni-Directional Probing and Machining for Highly Complex Curvature 3D Objects Based in Hybrid Multi-axis Robot and Gantry-type Machines

In this session you’ll learn about advanced technology combining multi-axis robots and machine tools for automated manufacturing. Explore the design and control theory of hybrid multi-axis robots and gantry-type machine tools. Learn about omni-directional probing for validation; machining complex curvature 3D objects; and reverse engineering.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Alexander Verl

University of Stuttgart - ISW

Near-Optimal Path Planning Using Octree Leafs for Industrial Manipulators

It is increasingly important to reduce the commissioning time to adapt robots to a new task. Generating paths automatically for robots is a well-known research topic, but industrial deployment of such path planners is rare. A major drawback, especially in global path planning, is the different results of computation time and path optimality which depends on the environment. This session explores research on new approaches to avoid these drawbacks using octrees which allows an adaptive space sampling, and make the planners applicable for industrial use. This work presents the concept and early validation using application oriented experiments.

Kevin M. Lynch

Northwestern University

Robotic Manipulation and Advanced Vibratory Parts Feeding

Dexterous manipulation remains a significant challenge in achieving truly flexible automation. This session will describe research on increasing the manipulation capability of robots by allowing them to use non-grasping manipulation modes commonly used by humans and animals, but avoided by robots, such as rolling, sliding, pushing, pivoting, tapping, and throwing and catching. Examples include in-hand manipulation by a multi-fingered robot hand as well as highly controlled vibratory parts feeding and its use in flexible automation.

10:30 am - 11:30 am
Non-Visible Imaging Theory and Techniques

CVP-Advanced Certification Class

Douglas Malchow

Goodrich ISR Systems

Non-Visible Imaging Theory and Techniques - CVP-Advanced Certification

Non-visible imaging methods offer unique benefits for a variety of vision tasks. In this session, you’ll learn more about infrared and thermal techniques and better understand if non-visible imaging solutions are right for your specific needs.

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Advances in Optics for Machine Vision

Nicholas Sischka

Edmund Optics

Pixel Sizes and How They Change Optical Design Principles

Pixel sizes in industrial cameras have been steadily decreasing over the last several years due to improvements in manufacturing and their large consumption in consumer-driven devices. While this has allowed for additional resolution for machine vision systems, it has put strain on optical systems as diffraction limits are being reached, meaning that the system’s resolution can no longer by specified simply by the pixel size of the camera. In effect, the systems are now optically limited. This session will discuss the advantages of small pixels, as well as their limitations. Additionally, it will discuss larger pixels and what they mean for format size and how they change the optical design principles.

Mark Ventura

Optotune Switzerland AG

Focus Tunable Lenses for Faster and More Flexible Inspection

Vision systems require the image to be in focus. In today’s dynamic environments, finding the focus can be challenging. Production lines are becoming more flexible to accommodate different sizes and shapes of products. Logistics centers seek more flexibility requiring working distances to be adjustable. Electrically focused tunable lenses enable fast, reliable focusing to reach this flexibility. Free from moving parts, these lenses can focus within milliseconds and achieve billions of cycles. This session explains the principle of focus tunable lenses, how they can be combined with other optics and provides several application examples.

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Disruptive Technology: Using Robots as a Service

Mike Oitzman

Market Spec Group

The New World of Subscription Based Robotic Solutions

Learn how robotics vendors and end users can prepare for the “Robotics as a Service (RaaS)” business model in this session. The case for RaaS, its strategic impact as well as the organizational, financial and operational transformations necessary to realize its benefits will be addressed.

Dale Hopkinson


Emerging Pay-Per-Use Disrupts Existing Business Models in Industrial Automation

This session will look at how the high cost of industrial automation equipment, shorter replacement cycles, and the need to keep capital expenditure low has led to a rise in adoption of flexible usage-based business models within the industrial manufacturing industry. Industrial manufacturers that have taken the pay-per-use route are now able to access high-cost equipment they otherwise could not afford. Pay per use presents significant cost-saving benefits to all stakeholders and allows manufacturers to penetrate huge untapped markets. Topics covered will include: market drivers; new revenue opportunities; existing vs. emerging business models; and customer insights.

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Smart Manufacturing in the Connected Enterprise

Hermann Wagner

EPLAN Software & Service

Smart Wiring for Electrical Panel Design Engineering and Maintenance

In today’s competitive market, electrical panel builders are being challenged to reduce cost, improve quality and deliver the purchased solution on time. This session explores how to integrate an electrical panel on a new machine or retrofit to an existing machine with a fast paced commission schedule.

2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Particle Analysis and Classification Techniques

CVP-Advanced Certification Class

Perry West

Automated Vision Systems, Inc.

Particle Analysis and Classification Techniques - CVP-Advanced Certification

The ability to correctly analyze and classify details and particles in an image can be critical to the success of an imaging application. Strategies around thresholding, advanced morphology and the correct usage of particle filters will be covered. Additional topics include training strategies, images transforms, and image filtering.

8:00 am - 10:30 am
Designing High-Speed and Linescan Vision Systems

CVP-Advanced Certification Class

Perry West

Automated Vision Systems, Inc.

Designing High-Speed and Linescan Vision Systems - CVP-Advanced Certification

In this course you learn how latency and determinism relates to high-speed and to real-time performance and how the different types of vision system components affect the latency of the vision system. Topics cover components for image acquisition as well as different approaches to image processing, including processing architecture/hardware, operating system, application software, and resynchronization. You’ll learn about the performance parameters you must know to quantify speed and real-time performance and a methodology for guiding the design of a vision system. Example designs illustrate how you use these parameters and techniques to achieve design performance goals.

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Designing High-Speed and Linescan Vision Systems

Certified Vision Professional - Advanced Level EXAM

Advance registration and fee required

Agenda subject to change