MONDAY, APRIL 8, 2019
8:00 am - 9:00 am
Ten Years of Collaboration
Track: Collaborative & Mobile Robotics
Erik Nieves

Erik Nieves

Founder, CEO
PlusOne Robotics

Ten Years of Collaboration

Erik Nieves will provide an overview of the now ten year history of collaborative robots including where the industry started, where we are today, and what we see in the future. He'll talk about why collaborative robots have become so popular and the opportunities and challenges faced when incorporating these robots into the industry.

8:00 am - 9:00 am
The Growing Importance of Software in Manufacturing
Track: AI, Digitalization & Smart Manufacturing
Maxwell Reynolds

Maxwell Reynolds

Co-founder, CEO
Symbio

The Growing Importance of Software in Manufacturing

While Artificial Intelligence, machine learning, and modern networking infrastructure are setting the stage for a revolution in industrial manufacturing, engineers today cannot take full advantage of these technologies because robotics and sensor platforms are dependent on vendor specific proprietary software. Our presentation will provide basic definitions and context to advanced technologies, and show how their application on the factory floor will increase robot capabilities and enable flexible workcells.

8:00 am - 10:00 am
Getting Started with Robots
Track: How to Automate
Bob Rochelle

Bob Rochelle

Sales Manager
Gudel

Getting Started with Robots

This 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, the business case for automating and calculating ROI plus 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 - 10:00 am
Advances in Motion Control Technologies to Improve Productivity
Track: Automation Solutions & Innovations
Mark Holcomb

Mark Holcomb

Senior Engineer, Motion Control Specialist
Celera Motion

Performance Optimization Using Slotless Motors and PWM Drives

Smooth motion, meaning very low position and current loop error while at speed, is critical to system performance in many precision motion applications, including surgical and industrial robotics, optical scanning and inspection and semiconductor equipment. Slotless motors provide smooth motion due to their inherent zero cogging design. These motors, however, have very low inductance due to their lack of iron in the magnetic field. Low inductance can create unwanted side-effects such as coil heating from PWM current ripple. This paper discusses how to configure a low inductance motor system to reduce current ripple and minimize position error while under motion. Configurations include PWM rate adjustment, adding inductors to each motor phase, and tuning the current loops. Some background regarding motors and driving inductive loads with a PWM drive will be discussed to set the stage for a thorough discussion of how to optimize a slotless motor system.

Ryan Bourgoine

Ryan Bourgoine

Engineering Supervisor
Tolomatic

Comparing the Pros & Cons of Integrated Servo Actuators vs. Traditional Electric Actuators

Traditional electric actuators involve adding a servo motor of choice to a mechanical actuator, while integrated servo actuators build the servo motor into the mechanical actuator. This presentation will explore factors in contrasting and comparing the two actuator technologies including: Cost, footprint, positioning performance, force performance, maintenance, and others. This presentation will highlight the differences between integrated and non-integrated linear actuators.

Dr. Torsten Becker

Dr. Torsten Becker

CEO
BOGEN Electronic GmbH

Replacing Optical Encoders with Magnetic Encoders - the Journey to High Accuracy

The times when magnetic measuring technology could be brushed off as too inaccurate for industrial measurements are finally over. In recent years great progress has been made in system accuracy of magnetic measurement solutions. Today magnetic systems can compete with many optical systems which are used in motion control applications. In his lecture Dr. Torsten Becker -- managing director of the German magnet specialist BOGEN Electronic -- starts with the presentation of the system accuracies of optical and magnetic measuring systems and compares them with each other. Interfaces are shown and it is discussed which system accuracies are actually needed in industrial applications for motion control. Afterwards the factors which influence the accuracy of magnetic measuring systems are pointed out. First of all the focus will be on the basics of magnet technology and the terms trueness, resolution and accuracy -- which are often used synonymously -- are defined scientifically. Thereafter various magnetic patterns and pole pitches are introduced and their optimal use in the field of motion control is explained.

8:00 am - 11:30 pm
CVP Advanced Certification Course - Advanced Optics for Vision
Track: Certified Vision Professional (CVP) Advanced
Stuart W. Singer

Stuart W. Singer

Sr. Technical Director
Ruda Cardinal, Inc.

CVP Advanced Certification Course - Advanced Optics for Vision

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 - 12:00 pm
CVP Basic Certification Course - The Fundamentals of Machine Vision
Track: Certified Vision Professional (CVP) Basic
David Dechow

David Dechow

Principal Vision Systems Architect
Integro Technologies

CVP Basic Certification Course - The Fundamentals of Machine Vision

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.

9:00 am - 10:00 am
Automating Warehousing & Logistics with Cloud Robotics
Track: Collaborative & Mobile Robotics
Melonee Wise

Melonee Wise

CEO
Fetch Robotics

Automating Warehousing & Logistics with Cloud Robotics

Cloud robotics has the potential to revolutionize automation similar to what cloud computing did for IT. The combination of robotic hardware, software and applications managed in the cloud is proving to be a winning one for companies that want to adopt an on-demand automation strategy and immediately reap productivity benefits and ROI. Cloud robotics removes many of the traditional technical barriers of operation, and eliminates the fixed nature of warehouse infrastructure to provide flexibility for optimizing operations.

9:00 am - 10:00 am
Transforming Your Business with Best Practices for Cloud Integration
Track: AI, Digitalization & Smart Manufacturing
Darcy Bachert

Darcy Bachert

CEO
ProLucid

Transforming Your Business with Best Practices for Cloud Integration

Integration of cloud technology is becoming a critical component for many companies, as it can help transform business models through real-time usage and consumable tracking, greatly reduce ongoing product development and support costs, and enables continuous improvement through integration of device data with analytics and machine learning. This presentation will share information about some of the real-world examples for adopting cloud technology into connected applications, along with the challenges that will exist, and best practices.

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Automation 101
Track: How to Automate
Jason Markesino

Jason Markesino

Engineering Group Leader - Industrial Automation Group
Applied Manufacturing Technologies

Automation 101

Do you know the difference between I/O and IIOT or the difference between Vision and VFDs? Are you new to the field or to implementation of automation? This session is for you. We will define the automation industry jargon, discuss the automation journey from design to production, and common pitfalls to avoid along the way

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Motion Planning for Robotic Bin Picking
Track: Automation Solutions & Innovations
Neil Tardella

Neil Tardella

CEO
Energid Technologies

Motion Planning for Robotic Bin Picking

A key component of effective bin picking is motion planning. Many systems overlook the motion planning aspect, thinking that a system that can perfectly identify a part type and 3D location within a bin, can be successful. Motion planning for bin picking will be described, including new methods of automated path planning that enable wide scale bin picking. New technologies, such as natural tasking -- a unique approach to picking that optimizes the constraint space (how a part can be picked) given the end effector and the part being picked, will be discussed. The difference between global planning and local planning, and how both should be used for effective bin picking will also be discussed.

Real world bin picking examples showing this type of motion planning will be shown and described.

Advanced control and perception, if employed properly, not only improves performance but also simplifies the interface to programming a bin picking solution. In fact, it is only by providing this layer of intelligence in the controller that clean, intuitive, easy to use UIs can be created. Simple programming interfaces are what’s lacking in many earlier bin picking solutions, and are a necessity for Cobot solutions, where customers are often low lot-size, short-run manufacturers. The number of knobs that need to be tuned must be minimized. Advanced perception and path planning are tools that reduce the number of knobs to tune, thus opening up bin picking to a new class of user.

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Designing and Deploying Collaborative Robots
Track: Collaborative & Mobile Robotics
Brian Carlisle

Brian Carlisle

CEO
Precise Automation, Inc.

Designing and Deploying Collaborative Robots

Collaborative robot volume is forecast to grow at 60% annually and reach 30% of all robot sales by 2027. (Interact Analysis). However, the understanding of collaborative robot’s capabilities and limitations is still emerging, and a consensus on safety testing has not yet been reached. Both the mechanical design approach and the control system can have a dramatic effect on collision forces and hence safety for this new technology. In addition to robot design, a corporate business strategy to plan the introduction and the workcell design for collaborative robots will speed implementation and reduce cost and risk.

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Bridging the Ambition to Execution Gap
Track: AI, Digitalization & Smart Manufacturing
Thierry Godart

Thierry Godart

TBD
Intel Corporation

Bridging the Ambition to Execution Gap

Companies seeking to deploy AI in increasingly digitized factory operations are finding technology challenges.  But they are also encountering organizational, talent, and process barriers to adoption.  This presentation highlights Intel research around the adoption of intelligent manufacturing solutions.  We will also share some practical examples of what companies are doing to accelerate their path to digital transformation, AI and autonomous operations.

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
The ROI of Robotic Automation: Your Path to Survival
Track: How to Automate
Mark Sumner

Mark Sumner

Vice President of Sales & Marketing
Acieta

The ROI of Robotic Automation: Your Path to Survival

Maintaining the status quo is not an option for manufacturers who struggle to secure quality labor. Join us to learn how robotic systems enable manufacturers to deliver higher quality parts and maximize throughput, all while keeping their workforce numbers consistent and employees safe.

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Safety Validation in Robotic Cells and Systems
Track: Automation Solutions & Innovations
Mark Nehrkorn

Mark Nehrkorn

Director RCC Safety
SICK PCA

Safety Validation in Robotic Cells and Systems

The key to a proper safety system for a robot cell or system is to conduct a risk assessment where all the hazardous conditions and personnel tasks in and around robot movements are documented and implementing a risk reduction strategy to safely separate man and machine by space and/or time. Once completed the implementation of the solution needs to be checked to ensure proper application and functioning.

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Design Challenges for Collaborative Robots
Track: Collaborative & Mobile Robotics
Robert Mastromattei

Robert Mastromattei

Senior Director, Technical Sales & Business Development
Celera Motion

Design Challenges for Collaborative Robots

Robotics and additive manufacturing markets have entered into a new phase of growth. This growth is being driven by new levels of controls that allow robots to come out of the cage? and reside next to humans. Making robots more collaborative involves a unique combination of software controls and sensing. Uncover the mechanical attributes of the robot joint that limit collaborative abilities and introduce an alternative design that will enable the controls group to better control these joints.

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Digital Rotary Encoders Enabling IIoT
Track: AI, Digitalization & Smart Manufacturing
Jeff Smoot

Jeff Smoot

VP of Application Engineering & Motion Control
CUI Inc.

Digital Rotary Encoders Enabling IIoT

Rotary encoders, used to measure position, speed, and direction in motion control systems, has remained in the analog realm for decades. Now a new breed of ASIC-based rotary encoders are set to deliver the benefits of digital for IIoT applications. Learn how the platform's advantages, including programmability, diagnostic capabilities, and improved immunity to environmental contaminants can benefit your motion control system.

12:00 pm
Lunch (on your own)
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
CVP Advanced Certification Course - Advanced Vision Lighting
Track: Certified Vision Professional (CVP) Advanced
Steven J. King

Steven J. King

Global Product Manager
Omron Microscan

CVP Advanced Certification Course - Advanced Vision Lighting

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
Choosing a System Integatrator or OEM
Track: How to Automate
Andrew Cook

Andrew Cook

Manager, Sales & Marketing
Applied Robotics

Choosing a System Integatrator or OEM

Session description coming soon.

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Lean Robotics Cell Design
Track: Automation Solutions & Innovations
Étienne Samson

Étienne Samson

Robotiq
Technical Support Director

Lean Robotics Cell Design

With Lean Robotics, manufacturers take control of their robot cell deployment projects. They learn how to design, integrate, and operate robotic cells as efficiently as possible on their factory floor.

Inspired in some ways by Lean manufacturing, Lean Robotics enables the manufacturer to focus on the output of the robotic cell, minimizing waste along the way. Lean Robotics also puts people before robots, because we believe that robot cells must be safe for humans and usable by all.

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Safety Implications of Collaborative Applications
Track: Collaborative & Mobile Robotics
Roberta Nelson Shea

Roberta Nelson Shea

Global Technical Compliance Officer
Universal Robots

Safety Implications of Collaborative Applications

Session description coming soon.

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Autonomy: Bringing Automation to the Next Level
Track: AI, Digitalization & Smart Manufacturing
Juan Aparicio

Juan Aparicio

Head Advanced Manufacturing Automation
Siemens

Autonomy: Bringing Automation to the Next Level

Manufacturing is changing. There is a need for more flexible automation and intelligent machines, as a response to the transition from mass production to mass customization in manufacturing. Autonomy, understood as the evolution of automation with AI and Digitalization ingredients, is presented as a solution. The latest results in autonomous robotics and limits of AI solutions will be presented.

1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
CVP Basic Certification Course - Beginning Optics for Machine Vision
Track: Certified Vision Professional (CVP) Basic
Nicholas Sischka

Nicholas Sischka

Senior Vision Solutions Engineer
Edmund Optics

CVP Basic Certification Course - Beginning Optics for Machine Vision

This course focuses on the basics of illumination optics. 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.

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Sizing Motion Control Components and Drive Trains:
Where to Start, How To Measure and What to Expect
Track: How to Automate
John Ahart

John Ahart

Regional Sales and Engineering Manager
Wittenstein, Inc.

Sizing Motion Control Components and Drive Trains: Where to Start, How To Measure and What to Expect

Gearboxes, linear systems, motors and actuators all have considerations in torque, speed and inertia. Learn how to find the optimal sizing path and methodology for your application. This presentation will discuss the various sizing philosophies, helpful sizing tools, and sizing considerations specific to robotics and automation applications.

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Making Industrial Robots Truly Collaborative
Track: Collaborative & Mobile Robotics
Rahul Chipalkatty

Rahul Chipalkatty

CEO
Southie Autonomy

Making Industrial Robots Truly Collaborative

This talk will examine this workforce gap between humans and (collaborative) robots, not from just a training perspective, but from the perspective of how we can think about the use of new technology to make robots more accessible to more people. Much like what Windows and the mouse did for PCs, and what iOS did for smart phones, we need technology that makes robots easier to understand and use by a larger portion of our workforce population.

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Cloud Robotics and Automation
Track: AI, Digitalization & Smart Manufacturing
Robert Zhang

Robert Zhang

President & Co-Founder
CloudMinds Technology Inc.

Cloud Robotics and Automation

CloudMinds' mission is to build and operate a cloud brain for robots, IoT devices. With the cloud brain called HARI (Human Augmented Robot Intelligence) we can make automation of machines and devices much more intelligent.

2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
The Latest Advances in 3D Vision
Track: Automation Solutions & Innovations
Arun Dalmia

Arun Dalmia

Technical Director
Active Inspection

3D Vision Techniques, Trade-offs, and Tips for Practical Industrial Applications

Advances in the last few years have made use of 3D Vision practical in solving real world problems. Laser triangulation, structured light, photometric stereo, depth from focus, binocular stereo, and time of flight are commonly used techniques to infer 3D data. The main goals of this presentation are to provide an overview of these techniques, problems that can be realistically solved, and guidelines for 3D vision system selection.

Raman Sharma

Raman Sharma

VP of Sales & Marketing, Americas
Zivid AS

How to succeed in robot automation using human-like 3D vision with excellent Quality of Data (QoD)

Because our world is three-dimensional, robots and tools need to relate to their surroundings in 3D and cannot be limited by the traditional, flat 2D images regularly used in machine vision setups. The ability to generate true 3D representations of real-life objects as well as understanding how real-life parameters affect the system is an important success factor when designing robust machine vision systems.

 

Peter Martinez

Peter Martinez

Strategic Account Manager
Creaform

Overcome Industry 4.0 Inspection Challenges: Automatic 3D Quality Control

As more companies embrace Industry 4.0 initiatives, just-in-time production demands have increased. Manufacturers are being forced to complete quality control activities within the production cycle. That means taking metrology out of the lab and onto the production floor -- or even inline.

 

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
CVP Advanced Certification Course - Advanced Vision System Integration
Track: Certified Vision Professional (CVP) Advanced
David Dechow

David Dechow

Principal Vision Systems Architect
Integro Technologies

CVP Advanced Certification Course - Advanced Vision System Integration

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.

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Collaborative vs. Industrial Robotics: The Blurring Line
Track: How to Automate
Corey Ryan

Corey Ryan

Manager – Medical Robotics, North America
KUKA

Collaborative vs. Industrial Robotics: The Blurring Line

Many users are trying to push for collaborative robots. But the robot decision should be based on application requirements. With new technologies and a better understanding of where collaborative robots add value, it is possible to increase productivity via new automation options. The goal of the presentation will be to educate attendees on how and where to use collaborative robots, as well as the huge impact that technology has when implementing industrial robots in collaborative applications

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Collaborative Robots for High Mix Low Volume
Track: Collaborative & Mobile Robotics
Amanda Nixon

Amanda Nixon

Engineer - Collaborative Robot Team
FANUC

Collaborative Robots for High Mix Low Volume

The presentation will go over the different types of collaborative robot operation and what each are (safety rated monitored stop, hand guiding, speed and separation monitoring, and power and force limiting robots). Then go into why collaborative robots can be used well in high mix low volume types of applications.

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
How OPC-UA Time Sensitive Networking (TSN) will Advance Automation Interoperability
Track: AI, Digitalization & Smart Manufacturing
Speaker TBD

TBA

 

How OPC-UA Time Sensitive Networking (TSN) will Advance Automation Interoperability

Session description coming soon.

 

TUESDAY, APRIL 9, 2019
8:00 am - 9:00 am
Choosing the Right Vision Solution
Track: How to Automate
David Dechow

David Dechow

Principal Vision Systems Architect
Integro Technologies

Choosing the Right Vision Solution

One of the fundamental challenges in implementing machine vision technologies in automation applications is the selection of the right solution.  Whether the task is to identify and apply the machine vision components, or to specify and purchase an entire machine vision based automation cell, there are some basic steps and processes to follow that can help ensure the success of your project.  In this presentation we will discuss machine vision application analysis and system specification related to key machine vision technologies.  The presentation will also outline typical machine vision components and software along with the applications they enable and the potential limitations to be aware of.  The presentation will be valuable for all attendees who use, specify or plan to implement machine vision in their automation environment.

8:00 am - 9:00 am
Robots, Grinding & Material Removal
Track: Automation Solutions & Innovations
JD Haas

JD Haas

Application Specialist
3M

Robots & Abrasives: Avoiding the Pitfalls

Investing in robotics for abrasive automation can be a great move, but there are key factors that make the difference between a successful project and a moth-balled line. This session covers the specific technical factors that contribute to a project's success or failure. The session will be illuminated with examples from actual implementations, seen by 3M's application engineers in customer locations around the world.

Dan Merritt

Dan Merritt

Material Removal Product Manager
ATI Industrial Automation

Understanding Automated Material Removal

This session illustrates the benefits of automated material removal. Within this market, many opportunities exist to elevate processes -- such as grinding and polishing, with automation technology. Explore the fundamental aspects of material removal applications and the challenges associated with automating these types of applications. Due to the high variability of material removal processes, flexibility is vital. In this session, attendees learn how robotic deburring streamlines operations, enhances product quality, and improves safety.

8:00 am - 9:00 am
Increasing Capital Efficiency using Mobile Manipulation
Track: Collaborative & Mobile Robotics
Nikolaus Correll

Nikolaus Correll

CTO
Robotic Materials

Increasing Capital Efficiency using Mobile Manipulation

Learn to take advantage of the emerging class of smart grippers that are able to perform a large variety of bin picking, kitting and assembly tasks using the same end-effector, thereby allowing users to use the same robot for multiple tasks. Here, mobility can dramatically extend the reach of a single manipulator. In particular, we demonstrate the abilities of the latest Intel Realsense perception devices, that make picking items as small as M3 screws feasible, and show how perception can be used in autonomous assembly tasks ranging from typical peg-in-hole problems to mounting flexible rubber bands onto pulleys using off-the-shelf force-torque sensors.

8:00 am - 9:00 am
Managing Complexity with Distributed Systems
Track: AI, Digitalization & Smart Manufacturing
Pulkit Kapur

Pulkit Kapur

Industry Lead, Robotics and Autonomous Systems
The Mathworks

Managing Complexity with Distributed Systems

The talk will discuss ways to manage complexity of autonomous systems through integration with middleware and distributed computing and IoT devices. Leveraging my experience in working with global customers adopting autonomy for industrial automation and IoT, this talk will share insights on the factors determining success in autonomous industrial robotics and building safety critical systems.

8:00 am - 9:00 am
CVP Advanced Certification Course - Reliable Vision Application Development
Track: Certified Vision Professional (CVP) Advanced
Robert Tait

Robert Tait

Partner
Optical Metrology Solutions LLC

CVP Advanced Certification Course - Reliable Vision Application Development

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
CVP Basic Certification Course - Beginning Lighting for Machine Vision
Track: Certified Vision Professional (CVP) Basic
Daryl Martin

Daryl Martin

Technical Sales and Product Specialist
Advanced illumination

CVP Basic Certification Course - Beginning Lighting for Machine Vision

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.

9:00 am - 10:00 am
Automation: Off-the-Shelf vs. Custom?
Track: How to Automate
Paul Santi

Paul Santi

General Manager - Automation Systems Group
FANUC America

Automation: Off-the-Shelf vs. Custom?

Standard, off-the-shelf automation may work for some applications. However, as Abraham Maslow said, "If you only have a hammer, everything looks like a nail." We have all witnessed that a hammer does not always work -- even for every type of nail. Right Sizing the automation solution and selling the right size is critical to achieving long-term value results. This session will outline methods to Right Size and Value Justify custom automation solutions with and without Collaborative Technologies.

9:00 am - 10:00 am
Improving the Accuracy of Your Industrial Robot
Track: Automation Solutions & Innovations
Ilian Bonev

Ilian Bonev

Cofounder of Mecademic, Professor at ÉTS
Mecademic

Improving the Accuracy of Your Industrial Robot

My university lab has been working in the field of precision robotics (mainly robot calibration and visual guiding) for the last eight years. We have developed and implemented several ways for improving the accuracy of industrial robots. In this presentation, we'll examine in-depth explanations of robot repeatability and robot accuracy, present the different ways of improving the accuracy of a robot, then present different methods for robot calibration and for visual guiding.

9:00 am - 10:00 am
Lights-Out, Greenfield and Other Myths: How to Build a Business Case for Automation in the Real World
Track: Collaborative & Mobile Robotics
Jeff Christensen

Jeff Christensen

VP, Product
Seegrid

Lights-Out, Greenfield and Other Myths: How to Build a Business Case for Automation in the Real World

When thinking about automation, companies are often overwhelmed by the seemingly heavy capital investment and logistics of changing their existing systems and processes. In this session, we'll focus on the critical core components of the business case for automation: worker safety, savings, and compliance. By breaking down these steps into an iterative approach, you'll learn how to prove that a smaller scale rollout can equal exponential results.

9:00 am - 10:00 am
The Role of the Cloud in the Future of Automation
Track: AI, Digitalization & Smart Manufacturing
Roger Barga

Roger Barga

General Manager, AWS Robotics
Amazon Web Services

The Role of the Cloud in the Future of Automation

In this presentation we discuss the role that cloud services will play in the future of robotics, allowing developers to partition functionality between their physical robot and the cloud, in particular compute intensive functionality such as machine learning and artificial intelligence. We describe through example how artificial Intelligence can enhance collaborative, consumer and personal assistant robot capabilities, with examples including face and object recognition, as well as voice command and response.

9:00 am - 10:00 am
CMCP Course - Basic Machine Design and the Physics of Motion
Track: Certified Motion Control Professional (CMCP)
Speaker TBD

Speaker TBD

 

CMCP Course - Basic Machine Design and the Physics of Motion

Session description coming soon.

10:00 am - 11:00 am
How Robotic Automation Technologies are Enabling the Migration to Lights Out Distribution
Track: AI, Digitalization & Smart Manufacturing

Crystal Parrott

VP - Robotics Center of Excellence
Dematic

How Robotic Automation Technologies are Enabling the Migration to Lights Out Distribution

Robots and AGVs are already solving critical picking and sorting challenges in the warehouse today. This presentation will give a glimpse of what's happening now and will happen in the future. From machines that can "see"? and "grip"? items to the kind meant to work side-by-side with humans, to AGVs automatically loading and unloading trailers and creating a "lights out" distribution environment, robots and automation are helping companies gain efficiencies and tackle labor shortages like never before in the fast-paced distribution environment.

Nathan Wolf

Director, Mobile Automation
Dematic

How Robotic Automation Technologies are Enabling the Migration to Lights Out Distribution

Robots and AGVs are already solving critical picking and sorting challenges in the warehouse today. This presentation will give a glimpse of what's happening now and will happen in the future. From machines that can "see"? and "grip"? items to the kind meant to work side-by-side with humans, to AGVs automatically loading and unloading trailers and creating a "lights out" distribution environment, robots and automation are helping companies gain efficiencies and tackle labor shortages like never before in the fast-paced distribution environment.

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Robots in the Warehouse: A Confluence of Technology
Track: Automation Solutions & Innovations
 
Matt Wicks

Matt Wicks

Vice President, Product Development
Honeywell Intelligrated

Robots in the warehouse - a confluence of technology

"In the warehouse, the environment is chaotic generally not ""pre-defined"". The items to be handled in the warehouse have a wide amount of variability (weights, shapes, sizes, material, stacking patterns etc...). For a robot to function in this environment, it needs to be much smarter and utilize a host of technologies to have it function in the warehouse environment. In this presentation, we'll review the various technologies such as machine vision, advanced motion controls, AI and simulation and show how all of these come together to enable robotic solutions for the warehouse as well as discuss some of the current and ongoing challenges with implementing robotic solutions within the warehouse environment."

10:00 am - 11:00 am
How to Develop Human Skills in Machines
Track: Collaborative & Mobile Robotics
Samir Menon

Samir Menon

CEO
Dexterity

How to Develop Human Skills in Machines

 

With advancements in vision and sensing, combined with robust AI algorithms and machine learning, the next generation of robots will pick items with the grace of a human and the consistency of a machine.

The discussion will focus on the hardware and software that is required to deliver dexterous manipulation in applications such as stocking, arranging, retrieving, inventory QA, counting and packing.

 

10:00 am - 11:00 am
CMCP Course - Mechanical Motion Control Components and Subsystems
Track: Certified Motion Control Professional (CMCP)
Speaker TBD

Speaker TBD

 

CMCP Course - Mechanical Motion Control Components and Subsystems

Session description coming soon.

10:00 am - 12:00 pm
3 Case Studies: Examples of Successful Automation Solutions
Track: How to Automate
Bob Bollinger

Bob Bollinger

Global Robotics Applied Innovation Leader
Procter & Gamble

Collaborative Robots User Applications

Session description coming soon.

Stephen L Jones

Stephen L Jones

Machine Vision Engineer
General Motors

3 Case Studies: Examples of Successful Automation Solutions

Session description coming soon.

10:00 am - 1:00 pm
CVP Advanced Certification Course - Advanced Camera & Image Sensor Technology
Track: Certified Vision Professional (CVP) Advanced Courses
Steve Kinney

Steve Kinney

Sales Manager - Western Region
Smart Vision Lights

CVP Advanced Certification Course - Advanced Camera & Image Sensor Technology

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 Courseification and new camera mounting standardization will be covered.

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cleaner Floors, Happier Janitors: The Rise of Self-Driving Floor-Scrubbing Robots
Track: Collaborative & Mobile Robotics
Pablo Molina

Pablo Molina

Chairman, CTO, and Co-Founder
Avidbots

Cleaner Floors, Happier Janitors: The Rise of Self-Driving Floor-Scrubbing Robots

Commercial floor-cleaning robots are one of the fastest-growing automation sectors today. In use in industrial and commercial settings such as malls, airports, factories, convention centers, and universities, these robots make fast, efficient work of a tedious task few humans relish: keeping large floor areas clean. Few janitors want to push around a heavy floor-cleaning machine each night, leading to high turnover for this job. That's why robotic floor-scrubbers are in such hot demand: they free human co-workers from the endless, back-breaking work of cleaning floors so they can instead focus on higher-value tasks such as cleaning bathrooms and tidying common areas. They allow facilities managers to get valuable insight into their cleaning operations, providing video feeds and historical and real-time reports through cloud-based dashboards. They provide long-term ROI for cleaning contractors and building owners. The most advanced floor-scrubbing robots use LIDARs, cameras, and AI to get better at their jobs every day, learning from their environments to adapt cleaning paths and programs on the fly. They receive regular software updates via the cloud, gaining new functionality over time. While human night janitors burn out quickly, quitting every three months on average, AI-based floor-scrubbing robots get more effective and efficient over time. Come hear about the latest advances in robotic floor cleaning and dive into the technical specs behind one the world's leading floor-scrubbing robot, Avidbots Neo. Find out how floor-scrubbing robots can deliver more effective cleaning, higher visibility into maintenance operations, happier janitorial staff, and proven ROI.

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
An Apple a Second: Automating Bin Picking for Difficult to Grasp Items
Track: Automation Solutions & Innovations
Carl Vause

Carl Vause

CEO
Soft Robotics

An Apple a Second: Automating Bin Picking for Difficult to Grasp Items

While manufacturers, retailers and distributors have increased efficiency in sourcing, production and logistics through advanced automation, the same is not true for fulfillment. The critical step of prepping a customer's order represents a final frontier in exploiting the opportunities found in increasing automation.

Robotic innovation and advances in end-of-arm-tools (EOATs) that can perform tasks with human hand-like dexterity are making it possible to bring automation to the fulfillment stage of the supply chain -- specifically bin picking.

New technologies such as soft robotics can grasp and pick items of varying weight and size, including those that are delicate or fragile. Industries that haven't been able to automate such functions as pick and place and packaging are now able to because of advances in grippers that can autonomously retrieve, sort and fulfill orders at the rate of 600 picks per hour in some instances.

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
New VDMA Robotic Specification
Track: AI, Digitalization & Smart Manufacturing
Stefan Hoppe

Stefan Hoppe

OPC/UA Foundation

New VDMA Robotic Specification

Session description coming soon.

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
CMCP Course - Understanding Inertia and Reflected Inertia
Track: Certified Motion Control Professional (CMCP)
Speaker TBD

Speaker TBD

 

CMCP Course - Understanding Inertia and Reflected Inertia

Session description coming soon.

12:00 pm
Lunch (on your own)
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
The Business Case for Flexible Automation
Track: How to Automate
Tobias Byfeldt

Tobias Byfeldt

General Manager
Kollmorgen Automation AB

The Business Case for Flexible Automation

Flexible automated solutions is a way to handle a changing world. Consumer behavior is evolving, raising the demand for flexibility in logistics. Technology break-throughs in fields like AI leads to more intelligence and is expanding the scope of what automation can do. As robot costs have gone down the cost for labor has risen. The business case for automation has never been more attractive.

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Empowering Cobots and Traditional Automation with Vacuum
Track: Collaborative & Mobile Robotics
Jeremy King

Jeremy King

Product Manager
Bimba Manufacturing

Empowering Cobots and Traditional Automation with Vacuum

 

This presentation will discuss the various advantages of employing vacuum technology in automation. Beginning with fundamentals, we'll explain how vacuum technology works, focusing for example on the relationship between cup sizes and vacuum level (the amount of air removed from a confined space) or vacuum flow (the amount of ambient air that flows through the vacuum port of a system).

With these foundations in place we can move on to specific recommendations for developing vacuum tools for automation.

 

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
The Use of Machine Learning in Automation Safety Systems
Track: AI, Digitalization & Smart Manufacturing
Tina Hull

Tina Hull

Product Engineer
Omron

The Use of Machine Learning in Automation Safety Systems

The methodology to produce a safe environment changes as manufacturing becomes more dynamic, increases mobility and requires more flexibility. Current safety systems are designed to monitor known functions and conditions. It is reactive since it uses a predefined set of criteria available at the time of the installation to determine if the output will turn on or off the source of the hazardous situation. The machine learning system uses information from experts and sensors to continually evaluate and learn as the system changes. It provides feedback and alternative solutions. Machine capabilities are then altered as it learns about the environment, effects due to changes and situations leading to anomalies.

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Advances in Metrology Techniques & Applications
Track: Automation Solutions & Innovations
Bhaskar Ramakrishnan

Bhaskar Ramakrishnan

Technical Sales Engineer
DWFritz Automation

Overcoming Challenges of High Speed Precision Metrology

Manufacturers are increasingly facing the challenge of measuring complex parts and assemblies with tight tolerances. . This presentation discusses the engineering solutions to tackle these requirements and enable high throughput without sacrificing precision or accuracy. The goal is to deliver methodologies to advance Metrology Science and to establish a platform of best practices and methods to meet future challenges.

Robert Wasilesky

Robert Wasilesky

Key Account Manager - BIW
Carl Zeiss Industrial Metrology

How Optical Metrology Sensors Enhance Robot Automation

Arming robots with the latest and most-innovative 2D and 3D image processing systems - including high-speed line scanners and multi-spectral structured light sensors -- takes the benefits of manufacturing automation a step further by enabling inspection and guidance. The concept of metrology-optimized manufacturing (MOM) takes the powerful accuracy and precision of Coordinate Measuring Machines (CMMs) and moves it to the shop floor using robust optical sensor solutions on robots.

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
CMCP Course - Introduction to Magnetism and Motor Basics
Track: Certified Motion Control Professional (CMCP)
Speaker TBD

Speaker TBD

 

CMCP Course - Introduction to Magnetism and Motor Basicsn

Session description coming soon.

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
CVP Basic Certification Course - The Fundamentals of Camera & Image Sensor Technology
Track: Certified Vision Professional (CVP) Basic
Steve Kinney

Steve Kinney

Sales Manager - Western Region
Smart Vision Lights

CVP Basic Certification Course - The Fundamentals of Camera & Image Sensor Technologyn

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.

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Changing The Paradigm: Safety & Productivity
Track: How to Automate
Tom Knauer

Tom Knauer

Industry Manager, Americas
Balluff

Changing The Paradigm: Safety & Productivity

In the past, the machine guarding philosophy was to completely separate the human from the machine or robot. Unfortunately, this resulted in the paradigm of safety vs. productivity, you either had safety or productivity, but you couldn't have both. This paradigm is now shifting to "Safety & Productivity", driven by a combination of new/updated standards and new technologies which allow closer human-machine interaction and new modes of collaborative operation.

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
User Driven Automation - Empowering End-Users and Developers
Track: Collaborative & Mobile Robotics

Kel Guerin

Chief Technology Officer
Ready Robotics

User Driven Automation - Empowering End-Users and Developers in an Accelerating Automation Landscape

This talk will discuss efforts in the industry to empower both the users who implement automation technology, and developers who create new automation technology amid this growing landscape. We will discuss 'capability' based automation software, where the underlying complexity of the software is abstracted away, leaving the user with simple building blocks that can be tied together with very little learning curve. This enables the user to create powerful solutions easily with minimal cost. We will also discuss how this more flexible, easy to use software can be combined with smart automation hardware and standardized mechanical interfaces to drastically decrease the cost and effort of system integration.

2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Leveraging Deep Learning, Machine Learning, and AI for Vision Applications
Track: AI, Digitalization & Smart Manufacturing
Andy Long

Andy Long

CEO
Cyth Systems

Neural Vision – Machine Vision’s Move to AI

Attendees will learn about AI and how it can be applied to Machine Vision. It has been around for a long time, but it is now breaking into areas that will allow it to be used more effectively in a wide array of industry settings. This presentation will also touch and where deep learning can/should be used and how it can be deployed.

Sean Lett

Sean Lett

Vision and Automation Sales Manager
Radix

Using Deep Learning to Solve Challenging Applications in All Industries

The use of Deep Learning has allowed significantly more vision applications to be successfully deployed than in the past. Its real strength comes from its ability to handle more variability from part to part that is common in manufacturing but has been an issue for traditional machine vision's ability to not only identify defects much more reliably but just as important, the ability to reduce false rejects caused by slight part variation. This presentation will show a real-world application that helped solved a challenging application for cylinder inspection as well as an additional application from various industries to see defects that were virtually impossible to identify previously.

Donghee Lee

Donghee Lee

Vice President of Business Development
SUALAB Co., Ltd.

Deep Learning Vision Solutions in the Age of Industry 4.0

This presentation will provide an introduction to deep learning vision soultions and a discussion of the complexity of the issues and the tools that are available to solve these problems.

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
CMCP Course - Positioner Selection and Motor Sizing
Track: Certified Motion Control Professional (CMCP)
Speaker TBD

Speaker TBD

 

CMCP Course - Positioner Selection and Motor Sizing

Session description coming soon.

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
CVP Advanced Certification Course - 3D Vision System Development
Track: Certified Vision Professional (CVP) Advanced
Mattias Johannesson

Mattias Johannesson

Expert, 3D Vision
SICK

CVP Advanced Certification Course - 3D Vision System Development

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.

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Successfully Deploying Industrial Robots in Warehouses, Distribution and Fulfillment Centers
Track: How to Automate

Craig Ulrich

Vice President of Intralogistics Automation
Esys Automation, a JR Automation Company

Successfully Deploying Industrial Robots in Warehouses, Distribution and Fulfillment Centers

This is an introduction to robotics and automation for the warehousing/intralogistics industry. We will explore the history of robotics within the automotive industry, looking at the evolution of automation over time, and how it relates to the intralogistics world. We will also discuss how to apply the lessons learned by the automotive industry to help improve the safety, efficiency, and ROI of robotics and automation for all warehousing/intralogistics applications.

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
How Linear Transport Technology Adds Flexibility and IIoT Compatibility to System Design
Track: Automation Solutions & Innovations
Peter Swift

Peter Swift

B&R Industrial Automation

How Linear Transport Technology Adds Flexibility and IIoT Compatibility to System Design

Session description coming soon.

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Innovating the Workplace with Collaborative Robots
Track: Collaborative & Mobile Robotics
Stuart Shepherd

Stuart Shepherd
Regional Sales Director, Americas

Universal Robots

Innovating the Workplace with Collaborative Robots

A manufacturing user and robotic supply share how they worked together to solve automation challenges with collaborative robots.

Brian Pelke

Brian Pelke

President
Kay Manufacturing

Innovating the Workplace with Collaborative Robots

A manufacturing user and robotic supply share how they worked together to solve automation challenges with collaborative robots.

 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10, 2019
8:00 am - 9:00 am
Balancing Your True Objectives for Automation when Optimizing Your Process
Track: How to Automate
Thomas MacLean

Thomas MacLean

Sr. Advanced Manufacturing Engineer
Applied Manufacturing Technologies

Balancing Your True Objectives for Automation when Optimizing Your Process

When considering automation, there are key factors that support successful implementation. To ensure automation makes a positive impact on your manufacturing environment, it helps to understand your True objectives while balancing technical and business challenges along your journey. Take advantage of understanding the prospective of both an automation consultant and end user to help you along your automation journey

Mehrdad Mahmoudi

Mehrdad Mahmoudi

Plant Engineering Manager, Phoenix
Corning

Balancing Your True Objectives for Automation when Optimizing Your Process

When considering automation, there are key factors that support successful implementation. To ensure automation makes a positive impact on your manufacturing environment, it helps to understand your True objectives while balancing technical and business challenges along your journey. Take advantage of understanding the prospective of both an automation consultant and end user to help you along your automation journey

8:00 am - 9:00 am
Real Time Robotic Path Correction for Manufacturing and Assembly
Track: AI, Digitalization & Smart Manufacturing
Joseph VanPelt

Joseph VanPelt

Applications Process Specialist
Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence

Real Time Robotic Path Correction for Manufacturing and Assembly

 

In situations where general-purpose robots can not perform accurately enough to achieve the required results, do manufacturers have to settle for the enormous cost of specialized machines? Would there be substantial savings if general-purpose robotics with real time correction could achieve the same results?

This session explores application segments where the manufacturing industry is moving away from large-scale specialized machining and assembly tools toward general-purpose robotics instead. Attendees will learn what is currently possible in this emerging realm of metrology-augmented robotics and where future development may lead.

 

8:00 am - 9:00 am
PANEL: Autonomous Mobile Robots Support a Lean Approach to Business Operations
Track: Collaborative & Mobile Robotics
John Santagate

John Santagate

Research Director
IDC

PANEL: Autonomous Mobile Robots Support a Lean Approach to Business Operations

As manufacturers embrace a lean approach to operations, executives are evaluating their opportunities to continually optimize productivity. Even in highly automated facilities, material handling is often still a manual, inefficient process, but automating material transportation to reduce production bottlenecks and deploy valuable human workers more effectively has been a challenge. This presentation will show how manufacturers like Katerra and Cabka North America can use automation, specifically autonomous mobile robots, to easily and cost-effectively optimize their internal transport, with examples of how they are using automation to maximize flexibility and agility.

Silas Robertson

Silas Robertson

Sr. Vice President
Olympus Controls

PANEL: Autonomous Mobile Robots Support a Lean Approach to Business Operations

As manufacturers embrace a lean approach to operations, executives are evaluating their opportunities to continually optimize productivity. Even in highly automated facilities, material handling is often still a manual, inefficient process, but automating material transportation to reduce production bottlenecks and deploy valuable human workers more effectively has been a challenge. This presentation will show how manufacturers like Katerra and Cabka North America can use automation, specifically autonomous mobile robots, to easily and cost-effectively optimize their internal transport, with examples of how they are using automation to maximize flexibility and agility.

Ed Mullen

Ed Mullen

Vice President of Sales - Americas
MiR - Mobile Industrial Robots

PANEL: Autonomous Mobile Robots Support a Lean Approach to Business Operations

As manufacturers embrace a lean approach to operations, executives are evaluating their opportunities to continually optimize productivity. Even in highly automated facilities, material handling is often still a manual, inefficient process, but automating material transportation to reduce production bottlenecks and deploy valuable human workers more effectively has been a challenge. This presentation will show how manufacturers like Katerra and Cabka North America can use automation, specifically autonomous mobile robots, to easily and cost-effectively optimize their internal transport, with examples of how they are using automation to maximize flexibility and agility.

8:00 am - 10:00 am
Embedded Vision, Sensing & Architecture Developments
Track: Automation Solutions & Innovations
Thomas Karow

Thomas Karow

Product Market Manager
Basler AG

Higher & Faster -- New Vision Architectures to Solve Complex Challenges

There is an ongoing trend for higher resolution and faster framerates to steadily increase performance in vision systems. Let's divide the challenges into the parts of the sensor, camera interface and data processing. The timing is good to think about. Now! Technologies have ripened to cover those needs and give answers to these challenges. The presentation will cover all of these points, make it clear to the audience how the needs lead to challenges. Moreover, how they can be addressed with solutions.

James Wilson

James Wilson

Sensing Champing
Balluff

Fiber Optic Alternative: Micro-Optical Sensors

With the drive toward miniaturization in automation, many applications cannot be solved with traditional fiber optic or even compact photoelectric sensors because they are physically too large to fit in the available spaces. Fiber optic cables are large and bulky, and often are not sufficiently flexible to allow efficient routing through tooling and end effectors. Their amplifiers require separate mounting and consume additional space. Now, a new generation of high-performance self-contained micro-optical sensors is unlocking applications that until recently have been impractical to implement.

8:00 am - 10:00 am
CVP Basic Certification Course - Image Processing Fundamentals
Track: Certified Vision Professional (CVP) Basic
Nicolas Vazquez

Nicolas Vazquez

Principal Software Engineer
National Instruments

CVP Basic Certification Course - Image Processing Fundamentals

In this Course 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 - 11:00 am
CVP Advanced Certification Course - Advanced Color Machine Vision & Applications
Track: Certified Vision Professional (CVP) Advanced
Romik Chatterjee

Romik Chatterjee

V.P. Business Development
Graftek Imaging

CVP Advanced Certification Course - Advanced Color Machine Vision & Applications

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
Intro to Automation & Robotics on the Factory Floor
Track: How to Automate
Jason Claggett

Jason Claggett

Business Solutions
Encompass Solutions

Intro to Automation & Robotics on the Factory Floor

The presentation serves as an introduction to manufacturers who have little-to-intermediate knowledge of how automation and robotics are used in manufacturing settings. This includes a brief overview of the history of automation, how we've arrived at the current state of manufacturing (industry 4.0) and what types of technology we are seeing emerge.

9:00 am - 10:00 am
Smart Industrial Robots -- Before and After AI
Track: AI, Digitalization & Smart Manufacturing
Chetan Kapoor

Chetan Kapoor

Senior Director of Technology Innnovation
Yaskawa America, Inc., Motoman Robotics Division

Smart Industrial Robots -- Before and After AI

Collaborative robots have delivered commercial success through their promise of deployment flexibility and ease of setup and programming. Traditional industrial robots have excelled in delivering optimized cycle time with expert engineering required to achieve these cycle times. Overall, an industrial robot has cost and capability advantages over a comparable collaborative robot. These advantages can be translated to customer benefit by delivering flexibility and ease of use across all aspects of the customers journey that covers Knowing, Ordering, Learning, Deploying, Operating, and Maintaining.

9:00 am - 10:00 am
Using Mobile Picking Robots to Help Retail Distribution
Track: Collaborative & Mobile Robotics
John Cameron

John Cameron

Chief Software Engineer
IAmRobotics

Using Mobile Picking Robots to Help Retail Distribution

Session description coming soon.

9:00 am - 10:00 am
CMCP Course - Digital Servo Amplifier Basics
Track: Certified Motion Control Professional (CMCP)
Speaker TBD

Speaker TBD

 

CMCP Course - Digital Servo Amplifier Basics

Session description coming soon.

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Making Sense of IIoT in Automation
Track: How to Automate
Jeremy Drury

Jeremy Drury

Vice President
IoT Diagnostics

Making Sense of IIoT in Automation

Session description coming soon.

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Smart Tools for Assembly
Track: Automation Solutions & Innovations
Andy Joseph

Andy Joseph

Director of Product Development
Promess Inc.

Smart Tools for Assembly

The key to a proper safety system for a robot cell or system is to conduct a risk assessment where all the hazardous conditions and personnel tasks in and around robot movements are documented and implementing a risk reduction strategy to safely separate man and machine by space and/or time. Once completed the implementation of the solution needs to be checked to ensure proper application and functioning.

10:00 am - 11:00 am
The Future of Automation: Robots that can Adapt to New Environments
Track: Collaborative & Mobile Robotics
Speaker TBD

Lior Elazary

CEO
InVia

The Future of Automation: Robots that can Adapt to New Environments

Session description coming soon.

10:00 am - 11:00 am
The Human Touch Revolution: Welcome to Industry 5.0
Track: AI, Digitalization & Smart Manufacturing
Jürgen von Hollen

Jürgen von Hollen

President
Universal Robots

The Human Touch Revolution: Welcome to Industry 5.0

While there is a movement globally to create smart factories and make things communicate digitally, a new trend is appearing on the horizon aiming to bring back the human touch in production. The trend is dubbed Industry 5.0 -- or collaborative industries.

10:00 am - 11:30 am
CMCP Course - Motion Controllers, Programming, and System Design Basics
Track: Certified Motion Control Professional (CMCP)
Speaker TBD

TBD

CMCP

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

Session description coming soon.

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Key Aspects of Machine Vision System Integration
Track: How to Automate
James Reed

James Reed

Technical Sales - Vision Solutions for LEONI
LEONI

Key Aspects of Machine Vision Integration

When it comes to simple or complex machine vision system integration, there are many key aspects to consider. Some of the most important aspects include the approach to feasibility studies, the importance of an in-depth project specifications, and result data and communications requirements. These aspects build the foundation for a successful machine vision system by ensuring usability for the end user and validating the system buy-off.

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Digital Twin and Virtual Commissioning for Machine Builders
Track: Automation Solutions & Innovations
Colm Gavin

Colm Gavin

Siemens

Improving Machine Design with Virtual Commissioning (the digital twin)

The competition in the manufacturing industry is fierce and customer requirements are becoming more and more individualized, resulting in increasing complexity of machine design and longer and more expensive commissioning time. To be able to respond appropriately, plant operators have to shorten their time-to-market and become more efficient and flexible, while maintaining or even improving their quality.

The solution is Digitalization and the intelligent use of data generated from a common base to form a Digital Twin, the virtual representation of the machine which can be used to evaluate different automation concepts in the early phase of a project, reduce the commissioning time and accidents on site, and even assist with advanced training for machine operators.

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Selecting a Mobile Robot & the Future of Mobile Robots
Track: Collaborative & Mobile Robotics
Mike Oitzman

Mike Oitzman

Founder and Publisher
The Mobile Robot Guide

Selecting a Mobile Robot

In this session, we'll explore each commercial mobile robot application in detail. We'll learn what makes an AMR different from an AGV . These different applications areas are all currently being served by one or more autonomous mobile robot (AMR) manufacturers. In this session you'll learn about the various applications for AMR's and we'll explore the range of solutions available today. We'll compare all of the vendors who are offering an AMR solution and educate the participants so that they can make an informed purchasing decision.

Ash Sharma

Ash Sharma

Research Director
Interact Analysis

The Future of Mobile Robots

Whilst the entire robotics industry is in a period of high growth, one of the most dynamic and promising areas is mobile automation. The proliferation of AGVs and AMRs in both manufacturing and logistics environments is clear and strong. This presentation will provide interesting analysis and data on exactly how mobile robots are being employed, what the supplier base looks like and how the industry will develop over the next five years.

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Industrial Network Infrastructure: Your Smart Manufacturing Business Foundation
Track: AI, Digitalization & Smart Manufacturing
Jill Shea

Jill Shea

Sr. Business Development Manager
Panduit

Industrial Network Infrastructure: Your Smart Manufacturing Business Foundation

A robust, well-executed industrial network infrastructure is foundational in creating your smart manufacturing roadmap. Investments in legacy industrial networks require a clear migration path to optimize return on assets while not missing out on performance enhancements from new technologies. This session focuses on learning more about smart manufacturing technology advances and suggests resources and tools to assist in assessing, designing, deploying and maintaining your physical industrial network infrastructure.

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
CVP Basic EXAM
Track: Certified Vision Professional (CVP) Basic
12:00 pm
Lunch (on your own)
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Creating a Dream Team: Partnering with Systems Integrators to Achieve Project Success
Track: How to Automate
Leon Grossman

Leon Grossman

Project Manager
DMC

Creating a Dream Team: Partnering with Systems Integrators to Achieve Project Success

Working with a system integrator can help ensure project success by bringing in outside perspectives and valuable experience with the technologies used in your system. Whether you are using them for a short period of time or long-term, the success of the Systems Integrator relationship correlates with the success of your project. Partnering with a Systems Integrator with your internal staff can become a cohesive team that creates better solutions than either one could create alone. By using the best practices in this talk you can get both the system you want, and more importantly, the solution you need to accomplish your goals.

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
How Ease of Use Will Enable Workforce Adoption and Unleash Company Growth
Track: Collaborative & Mobile Robotics
Jason Walker

Jason Walker

CEO and Co-Founder
Waypoint Robotics

How Ease of Use Will Enable Workforce Adoption and Unleash Company Growth

Many automation solutions available today are cost prohibitive to small manufactures and other companies -- and often require expensive additions or modifications to existing facilities, new technical staff, and outside experts to get the robot working in the first place. By giving workers advanced tools they can use, accessible robots empower the workforce instead of replacing them. Companies get the advantages of automation while expanding the capabilities of their valued employees. The company, the workforce, and the economy all benefit together.

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
How 5G Technology Will Drive Smart Manufacturing
Track: AI, Digitalization & Smart Manufacturing
Speaker TBD

TBD

TBD

How 5G Technology Will Drive Smart Manufacturing

Session description coming soon.

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Progress Update: Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM)
Track: Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Updates
Arnie Kravitz

Arnie Kravitz

Chief Technology Officer
Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM)

Progress Update: Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM)

Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) was formed 2 years ago to accelerate the use of robotics in manufacturing. Since its formation, the non-profit organization, one of 14 Manufacturing USA® Institutes, has awarded 29 projects in technology and workforce development, working with 180 organizations across the United States. Learn about the focus areas of these projects, and how they will impact the future of manufacturing.

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Non-Visible Imaging Technologies
Track: Automation Solutions & Innovations
James Gardiner

James Gardiner

Business Development Manager
Metaphase Lighting Technologies

Combating Glare with Polarized Sensors & LED Lighting Solutions

We will discuss different applications that be solved using a combination of a polarized imager/sensor and polarized lighting. We will show side by side comparisons of the benefits of a polarized image vs a non-polarized image. We will application that show how polarization can help eliminate glare on a reflective surface such as automotive parts. We can show polarization can minimize the spectral refection on package goods for verification and OCR. How polarization can help bring defects such as stress cracks in optically clear plastic and glass.

Dany Longval

Dany Longval

Vice President Worldwide Sales
Lumenera

Multispectral Imaging: More Than Just a Picture

Multispectral imaging (MSI) is a technology that combines visible and near infrared (NIR) imaging to extract information beyond what the human eye 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. In automation applications, MSI can be used for food sorting, textile surface mapping, and printed circuit board inspection.

Martin Ettenberg

Martin Ettenberg

President
Princeton Infrared Technologies

Short Wave Infrared Imaging for Industrial and Robotic Applications

Shortwave infrared (SWIR) imaging with InGaAs detectors enables detection of phenomenology that may not be easily detectable using visible imaging methods. The SWIR wavelength band enables simple detection of water allowing users to easily find spills, leaks or fill levels. This also enables detection of contaminants in food sorting and chemical processing. This talk will demonstrate industrial, agricultural and robotic applications for the SWIR band as well as the available technologies in the marketplace.

1:45 pm - 3:45 pm
CMCP Course Review and Exam Prep
Track: Certified Motion Control Professional (CMCP)
Speaker TBD

TBD

 

CMCP Course Review and Exam Prep

Session description coming soon.

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
A Beginner's Tour of Robotic Automation
Track: How to Automate
Rick Brookshire

Rick Brookshire

Group Product Manager, Global Account Manager, Epson Robots
EPSON America Inc.

A Beginner's Tour of Robotic Automation

From assembly and pick-and-place to material handling and packaging, the use of robots is on the rise in factory` automation. Extremely customizable in even the most complex applications, automation systems are beneficial for a wide variety of reasons. Taking the plunge into automation, however, can be confusing and daunting. With so many factors to consider, you may be wondering, "Where do I start?"

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Drive Productivity with Integrated Network Safety for Drives and Motion
Track: AI, digitalization & smart manufacturing
Jim Grosskreuz

Jim Grosskreuz

Global Product Manager
Rockwell Automation

Drive Productivity with Integrated Network Safety for Drives and Motion

 

Discover the advantage of adding safety over EtherNet/IP for your motion control applications. See how safety over EtherNet/IP for drives applies Safe Torque-Off and advanced safety functions to your application to meet required safety ratings.

The ability to integrate the safety functions provides the opportunity to minimize equipment redundancies and improve productivity.

 

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Collaborative Robots in Diverse Work Settings
Track: Collaborative & Mobile Robotics
Michka Tosan

Michka Tosan

Sales Applications Engineer: Medical Applications
KUKA Robotics

Collaborative Robots in Diverse Work Settings

Session description coming soon.

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Solving Labor Shortages and Import Challenges Through Robotic Seafood Manipulation
Track: Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Updates
Taskin Padir

Taskin Padir

Associate Professor of Robotics
Northeastern University

Solving Labor Shortages and Import Challenges Through Robotic Seafood Manipulation

There is a severe shortage of available workers for the U.S. seafood industry. Because of this shortage, seafood is caught off of the U.S. coast, shipped overseas for processing, and imported back into the U.S. In 2017 alone, the U.S. “imported” over $21.5 billion in seafood, much of which originated here. Through funding and support from Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM), Northeastern University, along with partners Ascend Robotics, Harmonic Drive, Moog and MassRobotics, is developing a collaborative robotic system that can reliably grasp, place, flip and maneuver seafood, using existing robotic arm technology. Learn how Professor Taskin Padir from Northeastern University and his team are working through challenges and opportunities to allow the U.S to cost-effectively process the seafood it catches on its shores.

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
CVP Advanced Certification Course - Advanced Vision Guided Robotics
Track: Certified Vision Professional (CVP) Advanced
David Bruce

David Bruce

Engineering Manager
FANUC America

CVP Advanced Certification Course - Advanced Vision Guided Robotics

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.

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Productivity: Numbers Don't Lie (Facing the Skills Gap)
Track: How to Automate
John Tuohy

John Tuohy

Executive Director - Global Accounts
FANUC America

Productivity: Numbers Don't Lie (Facing the Skills Gap)

An overview of the skill gap and the need to automate. This presentation will look into the challenges that face today manufacturers and the ways that robots and automation can save your bottom line.

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Integrating Frameless Motors into Advanced Robotic and Automation Systems
Track: Automation Solutions & Innovations
Tom Wood

Tom Wood

Frameless/Robotics Product Specialist
Kollmorgen

Integrating Frameless Motors into Advanced Robotic and Automation Systems

Collaborative and advanced robot design engineers rely on frameless motors due to the need for a compact form factor, improved performance or environmental requirements. A properly planned, specified and installed frameless motor can open the door to innovative solutions. We will seek to eliminate barriers to choosing frameless motors, as well as help robotic engineers build out their specifications so that when it's time to start talking to motion companies, the conversation can move along efficiently.

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Intelligent Robotics for Flexible Supply Chain Automation
Track: Collaborative & Mobile Robotics
Andreas Hofmann

Andreas Hofmann

Director and Head - Boston R&D Labs
GreyOrange

Intelligent Robotics for Flexible Supply Chain Automation

We present important economic and structural trends that are driving changes in the field of supply change automation. In particular, these trends will require increased flexibility and intelligent autonomy in solutions. We present our vision for flexible warehouse automation, and then supporting technologies that support this vision.

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
PANEL: Addressing Challenges to Increase Robotics Usage in Manufacturing
Track: Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Updates
Byron Clayton

Byron Clayton

CEO
Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM)

PANEL: Addressing Challenges to Increase Robotics Usage in Manufacturing

While much progress has been made, most manufacturers in the United States are not using robots as part of their automation strategy. Hear from this diverse panel of experts as they discuss the current barriers in robotics adoption and the steps that they are taking at their organization and collectively to advance the state of robotics in manufacturing.

Matt Robinson

Matt Robinson

ROS-Industrial Consortium Americas

PANEL: Addressing Challenges to Increase Robotics Usage in Manufacturing

While much progress has been made, most manufacturers in the United States are not using robots as part of their automation strategy. Hear from this diverse panel of experts as they discuss the current barriers in robotics adoption and the steps that they are taking at their organization and collectively to advance the state of robotics in manufacturing.

Curtis Richardson

Curtis Richardson

Technical Fellow
Spirit AeroSystems

PANEL: Addressing Challenges to Increase Robotics Usage in Manufacturing

While much progress has been made, most manufacturers in the United States are not using robots as part of their automation strategy. Hear from this diverse panel of experts as they discuss the current barriers in robotics adoption and the steps that they are taking at their organization and collectively to advance the state of robotics in manufacturing.

Chetan Kapoor

Chetan Kapoor

Senior Director of Technology Innovation
Yaskawa America, Inc.

PANEL: Addressing Challenges to Increase Robotics Usage in Manufacturing

While much progress has been made, most manufacturers in the United States are not using robots as part of their automation strategy. Hear from this diverse panel of experts as they discuss the current barriers in robotics adoption and the steps that they are taking at their organization and collectively to advance the state of robotics in manufacturing.

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
CMCP EXAM
Track: Certified Motion Control Professional (CMCP)

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 2019
8:00 am - 10:00 am
Getting Started with Robots
Track: How to Automate
Bob Rochelle

Bob Rochelle

Sales Manager
Gudel

Getting Started with Robots

This 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, the business case for automating and calculating ROI plus 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 - 9:00 am
Training Data for Robotics & AI
Track: AI, Digitalization & Smart Manufacturing
Colin McCarthy

Colin McCarthy

Director of Business Development
Mighty AI

Training Data for Robotics & AI

Computer vision teams around the world working on autonomous vehicle perception have collected terabytes of raw sensor data that must be organized and labeled to train their models. Finding ways to efficiently sort and label that data is critical for time and cost savings when generating training data sets.

Ground-truth is critical for developing and validating autonomous systems. The accuracy of the annotations in these datasets and greatly affect the performance of CV and AI models utilized by autonomous vehicles. My presentation would address the source of these errors and how to mitigate them.

While crowdsourcing can allow teams to quickly build a large training data set, it can greatly affect the overall quality of the dataset. I will share best practices and learnings from utilizing crowd-sourcing to help autonomous vehicle developers annotate millions of images.

8:00 am - 10:00 am
Collaborative Robot Safety Overview & Risk Assessment
Track: Collaborative & Mobile Robotics
Carole Franklin

Carole Franklin

Director of Standards Development
RIA

Collaborative Robot Safety Overview & Risk Assessment

Session description coming soon.

Elena Dominguez

Elena Dominguez

Safety Consultant
Pilz Automation Safety

Collaborative Robot Safety Overview & Risk Assessment

Session description coming soon.

8:00 am - 10:00 am
Selecting & Applying the Best Optical Solutions for Your Vision Systems
Track: Automation Solutions & Innovations
Nicholas Sischka

Nicholas Sischka

Senior Vision Solutions Engineer
Edmund Optics

Advanced Lens Selection Using Modulation Transfer Function Curves

Lens selection is a complicated process that is often rushed through, leading to an under-optimized solution. This talk will discuss how to choose the best lens for a machine vision application, focusing on explaining and using one of the most important metrics for a lens's performance: the modulation transfer function.

Georgy Das

Georgy Das

Technical Training Manager
Midwest Optical Systems

Choosing the Best Optical Filter for Your Application

Optical filters are critical components of machine vision systems. They're used to maximize contrast, improve color, enhance subject recognition and control the light that's reflected from the object being inspected. Learn more about the different filter types, what applications they're best used for and the most important design features to look for in each.

8:00 am - 10:00 am
CVP Advanced Certification Course - Metrology & 2D Calibration Techniques
Track: Certified Vision Professional (CVP) Advanced
David J. Michael

David J. Michael

Director of Core Vision Tool Development
Cognex Corporation

CVP Advanced Certification Course - Metrology & 2D Calibration Techniques

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
ROS: Developments in Open Source
Track: AI, Digitalization & Smart Manufacturing
Matthew Robinson

Matthew Robinson

R&D Manager
Southwest Research Institute

ROS: Developments in Open Source

 

ROS-Industrial is an open-source project, now celebrating 7 years of progress and international growth, that seeks to leverage ROS, the Robot Operating System, to bring advanced capability to Industrial use cases. Over the years, ROS and open-source software, has led to a rapid acceleration of innovation and realization of benefits for end-users and manufacturing solution providers.

In this presentation ROS-Industrial case-studies and examples will be highlighted, including the innovation, as well as the value proposition.

 

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Building a Robotics Cell Champion
Track: How to Automate
Josh Leath

Josh Leath

Product Manager - Welding Robotics
Yaskawa Motoman

Building a Robotics Cell Champion

In all of my customer visits, there is one clear defining variable of successful automation implementation: whether or not the company has invested in a robotics champion. This person will own the implemention, development, and success metrics (KPIs) of the robot cell... whether it's the company's first foray into robots, or it's their 100th cell.

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Complete Motion Control System in the Palm of Your Hand
Track: Automation Solutions & Innovations
Geoff Thompson

Geoff Thompson

Regional Sales Manager
Elmo Motion Control

Complete Motion Control System in the Palm of Your Hand

Advanced technology combined with creative design resulted in a highly integrated, miniature, and powerful complete motion-control module that fits in the palm of your hand. The revolutionary module is challenging common system design practices by combining the simplicity and high power of centralized control with size and flexibility of decentralized servo architecture. The module can precisely coordinate the complex multi-axis motion of systems and robotics, with integrated 4x5kW high power miniature servo drives. The multi-axis, high-power, safety integrated solution is operated by simple programming, and can simplify system design, cut costs, create space-saving, and reduce time-to-market.

 

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Applying AI in Collaborative Robotics
Track: Collaborative & Mobile Robotics
Prajod Vettiyattil

Prajod Vettiyattil

Robotics Architect
Wipro

Applying AI in Collaborative Robotics

During the last decade, we have witnessed increasing deployment of AI in enterprises, but very few AI enhanced Robots are known in the domain of physical task automation like that is needed by the manufacturing industry. We will learn about the three areas where AI enhancement has helped Robotics systems like autonomous cars: perception, motion planning and execution, and safety. With the adoption of AI methods, we can expect higher adoption of Robots in complex manufacturing processes.

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Robot Automation in an Unstructured World
Track: AI, Digitalization & Smart Manufacturing
Peter Lipay

Peter Lipay

Lead Engineer, Technology Development
Kindred AI

Robot Automation in an Unstructured World

As a new wave of robotics startups bring the latest ML and vision technologies into production environments, they are quickly coming to grips with the realities and challenges of our unstructured world. Taking a page out of the boom in the autonomous car industry, the next generation of picking robots will need to be able to adapt to their environments in real-time, with little or no integration required. Doing this successfully will require synthesizing a range of technologies, from vision to general purpose grasping to real-time cloud teleoperation.

10:30 am - 11:30 am
CVP Advanced Certification Course - Non-Visible Imaging Theory & Techniques
Track: Certified Vision Professional (CVP) Advanced
Martin Ettenberg

Martin Ettenberg

President
Princeton Infrared Technologies, Inc.

CVP Advanced Certification Course - Non-Visible Imaging Theory & Techniques

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.

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Automated Vs. Conventional Solutions
Track: How to Automate
John McGlasson

John McGlasson

Vice President
Food Tech/Emcor

Automated Vs. Conventional Solutions: Can Square Footage Savings Pay for Technology?

This presentation will demonstrate that the reduction of square footage derived from automation driven building design can in fact PAY for the technology within the building. We will walk through a case study that demonstrates the above. We strongly feel that Case handling automation in a new construction scenario does not need to be justified based upon labor savings. Labor Savings is a Bi-product of wholistic automated building design. We will present an actual comparative analysis and outline the technologies and the costs of the reccomended solution.

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Competitive Advantage of Robotics in Packaging & Logistics
Track: Automation Solutions & Innovations
Roy Fraser

Roy Fraser

Global Product Manager - Picking, Packing and Palletizing
ABB Robotics

The Competitive Advantage of Robotics in Packaging & Logistics

An introduction into robotic picking and packing applications with high speed conveyor tracking and vision guidance -- focusing on ease of use for the OEM and reduced total cost of ownership for the End User. Covering advances in intelligent picking software and the rise of ""digital twin"" simulation tools and software. Detailed overview of the latest packaging and logistics robots and their benefits explaining which type of robot to use for which packaging/Logistics application and why.

We will explore standard applications and machine layouts and visit the topic of ROI calculation - with a free excel ROI tool.

 

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Collective Workflow: The Benefits of Human, Robot and AI Integration
Track: AI, Digitalization & Smart Manufacturing
Daniel Theobald

Daniel Theobald

Co-founder & Chief Innovation Officer
Vecna Robotics

The Collective Workflow: The Benefits of Human, Robot and AI Integration

Introducing new intelligent automation systems seems like a radical concept, but it gives you a long-term advantage. Smart systems coordinate tasks between all resources (humans, robots, automation ) based on past and present data, harnessing the individual strengths of robots and humans and becoming smarter and more efficient over time resulting in:

  • increased productivity
  • decreased cost
  • a sustained a competitive advantage

 

12:00 pm
Lunch (on your own)
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Vision-Guided Robotics
Track: Automation Solutions & Innovations
Walter LaPlante

Walter LaPlante

Advanced Manufacturing Sytems Engineer
Ford Motor Company

Flexible Vision Inspection System

Flexible Vision Inspection System (FVIS) is an emerging vision application Ford Motor Company is currently replicating globally. FVIS utilizes a combination of a collaborative robot, a vision system, and a PLC. FVIS eliminates the need of multiple fixed cameras and reduces the necessary hardware required to handle increasing model complexity.

Adrian Kratky

Adrian Kratky

Director of Robot Vision
Photoneo, s.r.o.

Bin Picking - From Programming to CAD Modeling

The presentation will be focused on major challenges in the transformation of bin picking applications from being programmed by software engineers to being configured by robot programmers or automation technicians. The presenter will share the company's extensive experience, from integrating robot handling applications to developing an enterprise solution for the biggest automotive customers and automation integrators.

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Motion Control Trends: Servo Systems in Robotics
Track: How to Automate

Will Vinson


WITTENSTEIN

Motion Control Trends: Servo Systems in Robotics

The market of servo motors and drive systems has grown in parallel with robotics, resulting in a sea of choices that can make it difficult to find the optimal solution. This presentation will cover the range of servo motor options and the latest trends, along with examples of how servo motors and systems are being used in unique ways to optimize robotics and automation applications.

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
The New Rules of Engagement Between Robots & Humans and Their Impact on Manufacturing
Track: Collaborative & Mobile Robotics

Bernardo Mendez

Sr Product Manager
Yaskawa Motoman

The New Rules of Engagement Between Robots & Humans and Their Impact on Manufacturing

The next frontier in manufacturing is Human Robot Collaboration (HRC). Optimizing the socializing and labor dynamics between humans and robots will play a key role in the transformation of industry as we know it. HRC can help provide some of the productivity needed to meet variable demand, short product cycles, and increasing product customization. This session will discuss the role of collaborative robotics in the creation of the new paradigms for manufacturing and supply chain, particularly for the transition from centralized to distributed manufacturing.

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Are You Ready to Get Digital?
Track: AI, Digitalization & Smart Manufacturing
Ted Rozier

Ted Rozier

Director of Engineering
FESTO Didactic

Are You Ready to Get Digital?

It has been acknowledged that tomorrow’s automation manufacturing process includes Smart Factories, Smart machines, Smart materials and smart products, as well as Brilliant robots that use Vision, as well as Machine learning to make critical analytical decisions that have the ability to communicate with each other Harmoniously driving production, being interconnected and traceable at all times due to Digitalization.

As we prepare to develop the talent needed to embrace and dilute the Pesky skills gap that irritates us in North America, It is essential to interrogate and define what types of skills will be needed to support the game changing technology of tomorrow.

During this presentation we will dive deep into the classroom of a few Universities and Community colleges to discuss the types of competencies as well as software communication platforms that will be needed to shape a strong Advanced Automation Manufacturing and Mechatronics program with the intention of developing the best talent that will enable the sought after topic of Industry 4.0 to rise to fruition!

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Collaborative vs. Industrial Robotics: The Blurring Line
Track: Collaborative & Mobile Robotics
Corey Ryan

Corey Ryan

Manager – Medical Robotics, North America
KUKA

Collaborative vs. Industrial Robotics: The Blurring Line

Many users are trying to push for collaborative robots. But the robot decision should be based on application requirements. With new technologies and a better understanding of where collaborative robots add value, it is possible to increase productivity via new automation options. The goal of the presentation will be to educate attendees on how and where to use collaborative robots, as well as the huge impact that technology has when implementing industrial robots in collaborative applications

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Use of Robotics and Smart Automation in Motor Manufacturing
Track: AI, Digitalization & Smart Manufacturing
Kumar Rajasekhara

Kumar Rajasekhara

President/CEO
Marsilli North America

Use of Robotics and Smart Automation in Motor Manufacturing

In the challenging and niche environment of motor manufacturing, dynamic and flexible solutions are required to face its major difficulties. Manufacturing dilemmas such as automating an incomplete motor design, managing low-volume/high-mix production lines, steep ramp-up requirements, producing in multiple locations and high-volume/high-speed production requirements are faced in today's fast-paced sprint to electrification. Nevertheless, automation must still yield a high Overall Equipment Effectivenss (OEE) and thereby necessitates a re-thinking of automation. The talk will present a variety of flexible automation methodologies to manage these various challenges, including the use of robotics and an innovative Smart Pallet transport system.

2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
CVP Advanced Certification Course - Particle Analysis & Classification Techniques
Track: Certified Vision Professional (CVP)
David Dechow

David Dechow

Principal Vision Systems Architect
Integro Technologies

CVP Advanced Certification Course - Particle Analysis & Classification Techniques

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.

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Advanced Material Handling with Sony DepthSense ToF Technology
Track: Automation Solutions & Innovations
Jenson Chang

Jenson Chang

Product Marketing Manager
LUCID Vision Labs

Advanced Material Handling with Sony DepthSense ToF Technology

Material handling automation is a growing application area for both industrial and logistic markets. Automating the pick and place task helps to increase efficiency and reduce labor cost. Many existing solutions use expensive structured light to capture a 3D point cloud in order to get an accurate representation of the object. Sony’s new DepthSense Time of Flight sensor is designed to work indoors in local, high accuracy or coarse, high speed inspection applications. This makes the camera a lower cost and less complex alternative to structured light scanners while providing similar level of 3D accuracy.

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 12, 2019
8:00 am - 10:30 am
CVP Advanced Certification Course - Designing High-Speed and Linescan Vision Systems
Track: Certified Vision Professional (CVP) Advanced
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12:00 pm
Lunch (on your own)
1:00 - 3:00 pm
CVP Advanced EXAM
Track: Certified Vision Professional (CVP) Advanced