OCTOBER 23 - 25 2018



spadaSAL SPADAarc
Director of Research
ARC Advisory Group

Sal’s focus areas include Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), General Motion Control, Material Handling, Machine Safeguarding, Computer Numerical Controllers, Robotics, Mobile Machinery, Servo Drives, and Packaging Machinery & Operations.

Sal’s responsibilities at ARC include setting the direction for research for our team of analysts in that focus on the discrete manufacturing industries. More specific areas of research include Computer Numerical Controls, General Motion Control, Mobile Robotics, Machine Safeguarding and Servo Drive markets. Current research is looking at the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and how it is impacting the design of machinery along with performance monitoring, field maintenance support, and additional service offerings.

Sal has over 15 years’ direct experience in motion control system design as a software developer, project manager, and product marketing manager. His areas of expertise include real-time, object-oriented software design and development applied to motion control systems. In Computer Numerical Controls (CNC), his concentration had been in implementing high speed contouring algorithms in vertical milling applications for five axis machine geometries and applying the technology for new markets in consumer lens grinding.

Prior to joining ARC, Sal worked for EG&G Torque Systems, Boston Digital Corporation, and Schneider Automation, all in the areas of CNC and general motion control systems. At his most recent position at Schneider Automation he was Marketing Manager for the Motion Control system product portfolio. In this capacity, he was responsible for market analysis, product specifications, product development, and all launch activities. Prior to that, he worked directly in software development activities in a wide range of motion control applications.

Sal holds both a B.S. and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts with a concentration in Adaptive Control Systems. Attended one year of advanced degree studies at Dartmouth College’s Thayer School of Engineering. He also holds an M.B.A. from the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College.

Industrial IoT Drives Innovations in Product Engineering

The Industrial Internet of Things has created a tremendous opportunity to close the loop in product design. The Connected Machine is a sensor that provides performance and operational data directly from the customer site with unprecedented volumes of big data. Up until now, machine builders have been focusing on providing preventative maintenance services in order to service machinery before it fails. However, the latest trend in connected machinery is to incorporate closed loop engineering into the design process using big data sets collected from the field machinery to analyze performance. However, the technological advancements and the increasing content of software defined machinery is paving the way for machine builders to incorporate Live Engineering into the product development phase. Creating the internal processes to properly manage Live Engineering as part of the product offering requires product management platforms that support this degree of continuous engineering of machinery.

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