Group Product Manager, Global Account Manager
Rick Brookshire has worked in the robot industry for over 33 years managing various product development, marketing, applications engineering, product management and technical support teams. He is currently the group product manager and global account manager at Epson Robots. As Director of Product Development and Engineering at Seiko Instruments, Rick’s teams helped create the first PC based robot controllers, integrated robot vision solutions and the core robot development software for Epson Robots now known as Epson RC+, which is used today in thousands of factories worldwide. After coming to Epson, Rick became a part of the Epson global development management team that creates all robot related products for Epson Robots.
Rick has a BS in Computer Science, Marketing from Clemson University.
ROBOTIC ASSEMBLY WORKSHOP
The Starting Point for Robot Automation: A Beginner's Tour
From assembly and pick-and-place to material handling and packaging, robots are increasingly being used automate a variety of tasks in today’s assembly plants. Extremely customizable in even the most complex applications, robots are beneficial for a wide variety of reasons. However, taking the plunge into robotic automation can be confusing and daunting. With so many factors to consider, engineers may wonder, “Where do I start?”
This presentation will provide step-by-step guidance. This presentation will cover:
- Why to automate.
- Knowing your process.
- Identifying your requirements.
- Automation components.
- Manpower demands.
LEARNING THEATER PRESENTATION
Parts Feeding 101 for Robot Automation: Flexible Feeding and More
Proper part feeding is critical to assembly and many other robot automation applications. With parts getting smaller and more complex how can someone new to robot automation figure out the best way to feed parts for optimal results? And with the high mix / low volume requirements for many products, what are the best solutions that will work well for both today and tomorrow?
We will review the basics of part feeding including the following key areas and much more:
- What types of robot applications require part feeding?
- Parts – Trends, good parts, bad parts and more
- Choosing a feeding method – Questions to ask
- Feeder types
- Cycle time, Precision and Flexibility tradeoffs