Tuesday, October 23, 2018 | 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

With product lifecycles getting shorter, the need for flexible automation is becoming more important. As a result, manufacturers worldwide are increasingly investing in robotics. According to the International Federation of Robotics, the global stock of industrial robots will grow from 1,828,000 units in 2016 to 3,053,000 units in 2020. This represents an average annual growth rate of 14 percent. Today’s robots faster, more precise, and easier to use than ever, and their connectivity will play a key role in today’s increasingly digital manufacturing environments. Are you ready for the robot revolution? Whether you are new to robotics or have already invested in the technology, this workshop will help you get the most from robots.



The Starting Point for Robot Automation: A Beginner’s Tour

Rick Brookshire, Group Product Manager, Epson Robots

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


Collaborative Robots Enter the Mainstream

Michael Davis, Midwest Area Sales Manager, Universal Robots

Collaborative robots are the hottest segment of the robotics industry. Many engineers are intrigued by the potential of these next-generation machines, which can safely operate side-by-side with people. Can the technology live up to the hype?  In this presentation, you’ll learn:

  • What’s a collaborative robot?
  • Advantages and limitations of the technology
  • Standards and regulations governing the technology
  • Best applications for collaborative robots
  • Advice on successfully implementing collaborative robots


Challenges in Gripping

Tom Reek, Director of Sales for Automation, SCHUNK Inc.

Robots are amazing machines, but they’re useless without the right end-effector. Fortunately, a variety of end-effectors are available for robots, including grippers, rotary joints, tool changers and compliance devices. This presentation will review the options, explain how they work, and how and where to use them.  During this presentation you will learn:

  • Gripper choices. Two-finger vs. three-finger? Electric vs. pneumatic?
  • What factors to consider when specifying grippers
  • Do you need a tool changer?
  • What’s a compliance device?
  • Lessons from the school of hard knocks


New Technology for Robotic Welding

Mitch Dupon, Technical Account Manager, KUKA

Welding of one sort or another has been the No. 1 application for industrial robots almost since the technology was invented. According to the International Federation of Robotics, 50 percent of all the world’s robots are used for welding. Specifically, 33 percent are employed for spot welding, 16 percent are doing arc welding, and 1 percent are performing some other type of welding operation.

With six-axis robots, assemblers can weld parts better, faster, more consistently and more safely. And, the capabilities of welding robots have improved dramatically in recent years, even as they have become easier to use and less expensive to deploy. A technology that was once solely the province of automotive OEMs and other large manufacturers is now well within the reach of small- and medium-sized enterprises.  In this presentation, you will learn:

  • What welding processes can be accomplished by a robot?
  • What are the advantages and limitations of robotic welding?
  • When should manufacturers invest in welding robots? How can they justify the investment?
  • How to specify a welding robot
  • What auxiliary equipment is necessary?
  • Tips, tricks and advice for successfully implementing robotic welding

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