Aligning Automation with Manufacturing Strategy - AIM Conference Automation in Manufacturing
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Topics being presented include improved reliability in sensing technology, higher fidelity video cameras to increase the speed of communication and improvements in safety from robots co-habitating more reliably with humans are just a few of the recent trends that will impact the future of automation in manufacturing.

AIM will include speakers and panels for a deep dive into automation workforce issues, using the Internet of Things (IoT) to make smarter decisions about the intelligence of things (controls, machines, peripherals) and building our future in manufacturing through the increased use of automation.

Vice President, Global Automation, Jabil, Inc.

John Dulchinos is Vice President, Global Automation for Jabil, Inc., the world’s third largest contract manufacturer, where he is responsible for directing their global automation business. Prior to Jabil, he served as President & Chief Executive Officer at Adept Technology, Inc., where he also served as President and Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Robotics. He began his career as an automation engineer at Automated Assemblies Corporation.   Read more.

Director, Production & Simulation Technologies Department, Southwest Research Institute (SWRI)

Paul Evans is the Director of the Production and Simulation Technologies Department of Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®). Mr. Evans serves on the Executive Council for the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center, and is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas. Areas of specialization within his department include advanced manufacturing, robotics, automation, machine perception, process improvement, simulation, and training systems.   Read more.

Director of the Center for Rapid Automated Fabrication Technologies, USC 

Behrokh Khoshnevis is a Dean’s Professor of Industrial & Systems Engineering, Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering, Astronautics Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Civil & Environmental Engineering and is the Director of the Center for Rapid Automated Fabrication Technologies (CRAFT). An inductee of the National Academy of Inventors, he is active in robotics, and mechatronics related research and development projects.   Read more.

Director, Market Development, Rockwell Automation 

Todd Montpas is responsible for leading the development and implementation of Rockwell Automation’s global market development programs for regulated industries. He is a 20+ year automation & information veteran with a broad background in manufacturing segments, and helps global customers improve manufacturing and business processes across the supply chain. Strategies include plant-wide optimization, manufacturing execution and enterprise manufacturing intelligence. Todd graduated from the University of Michigan in Electrical and Computer Engineering.   Read more.

President Sales Americas, GROB Systems, Inc.

Christian Müller joined the GROB Group (Mindelheim, Germany) in 2001 after earning his degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Munich.  After completing his MBA at the University of Neu-Ulm in 2007, Mr. Müller returned to his native Brazil as Vice President of the conpany's manufactyring operations in São Paulo.  Over six years, he also served as Vice President and then President of VDI, the trade association for engineering in Brazil and Germany.  Most recently he joined GROB Systems, Bluffton, Ohio, as company President.  In this position Mr. Müller oversees all sales, proposal and project management for GROB's North and South American operations.  Read more.

Business Development Manager, Variation Reduction Solutions, Inc. 

Joseph O’Brien has over 30 years of experience in the development and implementation of manufacturing processes. He worked for industrial systems provider Comau, Inc. for 22 years as a special project design manager, exclusively in defense and aerospace since 2004. In his tenure at Comau, he was responsible for the successful production deployment of numerous manufacturing innovations in the automotive, recreational vehicle, and defense industries. He has been an employee of VRSI since December of 2010 and has been instrumental in the process development for a number of Air Force ManTech Critical SBIR’s including IDRD, Automated Fastener Insertion System (AFIS), Slurry Dip Automation (SDA) and MARS.   Read more.

Managing Director, Advanced Automation Solutions Group, Lincoln Electric Company

Don Peters is Managing Director of the Advanced Automation Solutions Group at Lincoln Electric Company, the world largest supplier of welding equipment and consumables. As Managing Director, he is responsible for four automation companies – Tennessee Rand, Wayne Trail, Easom Automation, and Robolution – located in the U.S. and Europe. Don coordinates the combined capabilities and application expertise of each company in the group into one formidable automation team with a worldwide reach. Prior to this role, he was President of Tennessee Rand, a supplier of automated welding systems and tooling, served in various roles at Yaskawa/Motoman, Cincinnati Milacron, and others. With almost 30 years of experience in the automation industry, Don has a broad-based knowledge of the application of automation in the manufacturing industry.   Read more.

Engineering Development Manager, Festo Didactic Solution Center

Ted Rozier is the Engineering Development Manager for Festo Didactic Solution Center, headquartered in Eatontown, N.J. Before joining Festo Didactic, he had 18 years of experience in passionately leading the Automation Engineering department for Doosan Infracore. He specialized in the design and development of Robotics and Machine tool turnkey systems for the automotive, aerospace and pharmaceutical industries. He has been acknowledged in several manufacturing engineering magazines for his innovative user-friendly software development. As a member of the AMT Global Service Committee, Ted has great passion for assisting in the workforce development of tomorrow.   Read more.

Senior Partner and Expert on Globalization and Operations, BCG Chicago

Hal Sirkin is a senior partner in the Chicago office of The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and an expert on the subjects of globalization, operations, innovation and change management. He is also lead author of BCG's ongoing study of the "re-shoring." He and his coauthors have predicted a U.S. "manufacturing renaissance" starting by around 2015 due to the shifting global economics of production and U.S. low-cost energy.     Read more.

Special Assistant to the Vice President, Wayne Community College

Ernie provides support to 17 academic programs in Applied Technologies Division at Wayne Community College, located in Goldsboro, North Carolina. Ernie is a native North Carolinian and worked in industry, serving as a facility manager for 20 years before joining academia 10 years ago. He received his Ed.D. in Education Leadership with a concentration in higher education from East Carolina University. Ernie developed a strong sense of customer satisfaction while working in industry and that passion followed him to the education environment. The college grant writing team and his team have worked hard at grant writing process and have found success over the last few years securing funds that allowed the college to update half of the programs in Applied Technologies Division with state of the art equipment supported by an outstanding group of instructors. The end result provides our students with skills and an opportunity to work with equipment not found at other institutions, creating a strategic advantage for our graduates during the interview process. His deep appreciation for student success resonates in the division.   Read more.

Dean of the School of Engineering, Sciences and Technology, Virginia State University

Keith M. Williamson is a professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology at Virginia State University. His publications and research interests span a range of topics, including phase change processes and Friction Stir Welding technology. Before joining academia, Williamson served as a naval architect and electronics engineer for the Department of the Navy. He was awarded the Civilian Service Medal for his efforts during Desert Storm. Williamson holds a doctorate in mechanical engineering from Tufts University and a bachelor’s, also in mechanical engineering, from Bucknell University.   Read more.