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06 May 2014

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Aligning Automation with Manufacturing Strategy - AIM Conference Automation in Manufacturing
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The Future Demands of Automation

Thursday, May 15, 2014
9:05 am - 9:55 am

John Dulchinos

John Dulchinos, VP Global Industrialization

Jabil Circuit Inc.

John Dulchinos is Vice President, Global Automation for Jabil, Inc, the world’s 3rd largest contract manufacturer. Prior to Jabil, he served as President & CEO at Adept Technology, Inc. where he also served as President and COO, VP of Global Sales and Marketing and VP of Robotics. He began his career as an automation engineer at Automated Assemblies Corporation.

Mr. Dulchinos is an active member of the robotics industry, having served on the board of directors of the Robotics Industry Association (RIA), the Robotics Technology Consortium (RTC), the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) and the RoboBusiness Advisory Board as well as appearing on the 60 Minutes documentary “March of the Machines” and in the New York Times story “The Robot Factory Future”. He is also a recipient of the Dream-makers and Risk Takers Innovation award from the Livermore Chamber of Commerce.

He is an advisor to several Silicon Valley automation startups and has contributed to the United States long-term robotics roadmap. Mr. Dulchinos holds both a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a concentration in robotics.
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The Next Industrial Revolution. It's Coming!

Thursday, May 15, 2014
10:20 am - 10:50 am

Winter will discuss the European initiative – Industry 4.0 – that promotes the computerization of traditional industries, such as manufacturing. The ultimate goal is to create the intelligent factory. Industry 4.0 is viewed as the future fourth Industrial Revolution, following steam, electrical power and digital revolutions. 

Winter will explain what is involved in Open Core Engineering and give examples of customer implementation that has improved efficiency and freedom. He will also participate in the Q&A following the panel discussion.


Andreas Winter, Applications Engineer

Bosch Rexroth Germany

Andreas Winter works in the Automation & Motion Division of Bosch Rexroth AG, located in Lohr am Main, Germany. As Applications Engineer, he has been deeply involved with their efforts to pursue the futuristic goals associated with the European initiative, Industry 4.0 - sometimes referred to as the fourth Industrial Revolution.

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Panel Discussion: Automation for Families of Parts

Thursday, May 15, 2014
10:25 am - 11:20 am

Tim Shinbara will moderate panel discussions between builders of automation covering the spectrum of high and low volume requirements and challenges of size and accuracy. An end user perspective will be represented by Northrop Grumman who have some very special needs.

Tim Shinbara

Tim Shinbara, Technical Director

AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology

Tim Shinbara has a background working in manufacturing technology R&D in the aerospace and defense industries and involvement in government contractual R&D to support programs for the F/A-18, F-35, GlobalHawk, and others. His role at AMT is to research and compile technology trends and help member companies fund ways that they can utilize these technologies to grow their businesses.
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Blake Consdorf

Blake Consdorf, Vice President - Sales


Blake graduated with a BMSE degree from Purdue University and has 17 years of robotic and automation experience.  He has worked for seven years at Acieta (formerly Ellison Technologies Automation).  Previous operational areas included Project Management, Engingeering, Manufacturing, Mechanical/Electrical Assembly, Robotic Integration/Installation, ISO Qualification, and development of an electronic process for continuous improvement.

Acieta builds robotic systems and is the largest material handling integrator for FANUC robotics in the U.S.  The company has installed nearly 4,000 systems since the business started in 1983.

Prior to working at Acieta, Blake worked for two other automation companies; Felsomat USA and Wes-Tech, Inc.  The primary focus of these companies was manufacturing and assembly automation equipment.  Blake has been involved with ANSI standards committees, the RIA, the AMT, and other industry trade organizations.
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Ron Karaisz

Ronald S. Karaisz II, President

Novi Precision Products Inc.

Ron Karaisz II is the President at Novi Precision Products, Inc. which is located in Brighton, MI.  Ron has been part of the Machine Tool Industry since 1981 and has been President at Novi Precision Products since 1999. Novi Precision Products has two divisions:   1)  Automation, Assembly, and Leak Test Equipment   2) Metal Removal Equipment. Both divisions incorporate Automation and Robotics to enhance the overall system.

In his presentation Ron will discuss Automated Systems which operate between 6-15 seconds.  He will also address how automation plays a key element in keeping North American Manufacturing competitive in a global marketplace.
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Robert Rice, Applications Engineering Manager

Automation Tool Company

Bob Rice is the Team Leader for Application Engineering at ATC Automation in Cookeville, Tennessee. Bob has been in the Automation business for over 35 years. He was previously the Director of Applications Engineering at Wright Industries. Prior to that Bob led the Application Engineering group at M.S. Willett a supplier of precision dies and high speed transfer mechanisms. Bob has addressed some of the most difficult applications in automation in all of the industrial markets, including Automotive, Medical, Food Packaging, and Consumer Products. Working in speeds up to 500 PPM in the Canning Industry to simple Lean Cells for the Automotive Industry he has worked to develop unique and cost effective solutions.

Bob is trained in FDA validation / Cam Design / Die Design and well as all facets of assembly and test automation. He has been Instrumental working with customers globally.

Bob was educated at Towson State College, the University of Baltimore and the Penn State York Campus.  Bob has also worked with Texas A&M for more than 10 years on initiatives in the Analysis and Automation field of Education.
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George (Nick) Bullen

Including Automation in Aerospace: The Integrated Assembly Line

George (Nick) Bullen, Principal Engineer (Retired)

Northrop Grumman

George retired from Northrop Grumman Corporation in 2011 as Principal Engineer, Technical Fellow, and Chief Technologist for Advanced Programs and Technology Development. He was also Deputy Director for Directed Energy and Space Programs including the ALTAIR Lunar Lander and the Max Launch Abort System for NASA.

Mr. Bullen has been awarded 16 US and International patents for technology innovations related to manufacturing, mechanization, robotics, robotics control software and nuclear testing/quality devices that are the basis for all current automated systems used for the assembly of airframes in the US and Europe.

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Game Changing Technologies in Automation

Thursday, May 15, 2014
11:20 am - 12:10 pm

Chris Blanchette

Chris Blanchette, Account Manager Distribution

Assembly & Aerospace, FANUC

Chris Blanchette is a National Account Manager for Robotic Distribution Sales at FANUC America Corporation and is responsible for the Assembly and Aerospace Automation Market Development and the associated distribution channels, including the understanding and tracking of market requirements for manufacturing and guiding internal product development activities to support these solutions.

Chris has worked at FANUC for almost 8 years and has been involved with Robotic Automation in Assembly processes for over 25 years and Aerospace Specific processes for over 15 years. Chris has worked at various system integrators, robot manufacturers and metrology companies in a development and sales role over the course of his career with experience in automation and robotics for precision micro-electronics manufacturing, metrology guided robot automation for automotive body shops to consumer electronics and precision aerospace part manufacturing as well as Intelligent robotic solutions including vision guided and tactile guided applications and other general industry assembly automation for Aerospace and General Industries.
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Keynote Speaker: Mars Rover Program - 10 Years on Mars

Thursday, May 15, 2014
12:55 pm - 2:00 pm

Bill Nelson, Engineering Manager and Chief Engineer for the Mars Exploration Rover project, will tell the story of the Spirit and Opportunity rovers during their ten years on Mars.

In 2004, two vehicles, Spirit and Opportunity, landed on Mars.  Their mission: to trace the history of water on Mars by studying the chemistry and geology of the rocks.  These two rovers, guided by dedicated scientists a and engineers from Earth, overcame mechanical and electrical problems, dust storms, sand traps and the unforgiving environent to roam far beyond their expected ninety days on Mars.  Their pictures reveal a desolate yet strangely beautiful world; and their data show Mars was once a much warmer and wetter planet --- one that just might have been hospitable to life. 

Hear the six nail-biting minutes of Entry, Descent and Landing, narrow escapes and near misses, paradigm shifting science discoveries, and insider stories; and see Mars as if you were threre.

Bill Nelson, Chief Engineer 

Mars Exploration Rover Project, The Jet Propulsion Laboratory - NASA

Bill Nelson works at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory where he is the Chief Engineer for the Mars Exploration Rover Project. He previously worked in flight operations on the Galileo and Voyager projects. Prior to joining JPL, he worked in industry designing computers, data communication equipment and integrated circuits. Bill received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from North Dakota State University and a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from California State University at Northridge. He teaches part-time at a local university and he is a registered professional engineer.

Watch the video Opportunity: 10 Years on Mars. (Jump to the 44-minute mark to hear from Bill Nelson)
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Machine/Automation Safety - Best Practices

Thursday, May 15, 2014
2:00 pm - 2:50 pm

During their presentation Frank Langro and Frank Latino will emphasize the need for system safety, including the risks, the various standards to consider, and technical safety measures available  There should be no compromise where safety issues are concerned.  

Frank Langro

Frank Langro, Director of Marketing & Product Management

FESTO Corporation

Frank Langro has over 20 years’ experience in the field of automation and is currently the Director of Marketing & Product Management at Festo Corporation. Mr. Langro has represented Festo in multiple areas in support of the advancement of fluid power. He is a longtime member of the National Fluid Power Association and has participated in the development of national and global standards. He had also represented Festo as an Industrial Advisory Board member for the CCEFP (Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power), a partnership between industry and several leading universities to steer the direction of fluid power research.

Mr. Langro also holds four patents in fluid power related developments. As Festo Corporation’s Director of Marketing, Mr. Langro is currently developing and refining Festo’s energy saving services for introduction into the US market.

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Machine/Automation Safety - Best Practices

Thursday, May 15, 2014
2:00 pm - 2:50 pm


Frank Latino, Product Manager, Valves/Controls

FESTO Corporation

Frank Latino has over 27 years of industrial automation experience.  He has worked as a Controls Engineer in the machine tool industry, developing systems for hydraulic and servo-electric machinery.  He also has experience in project engineering and management in the AS/RS industry.

 Frank has been at Festo for nearly 20 years.  He has had various positions in engineering and Product Management.  He is currently a Regional Product Manager for Valves and Controls covering the Americas.

 He has a BE degree in Electrical Engineering from Manhattan College and an MS degree in Technological Systems Management from the State University of NY, at Stony Brook.

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The Impact of Robotics in Manufacturing

Thursday, May 15, 2014
3:10 pm - 3:50 pm

Robots are the hottest topic in manufacturing right now.  Once considered to be just for large companies due to cost and complexity, today's robots are being used in many small and medium sized companies as costs have plummeted. capailities have increased, and complexity has been reduced.  While the U.S. is increasing its use of robots, countries around the world are moving even more quickly to adopy robotics.  Just how quickly is the use of robots growing? What impact does the increasing use of robots have on U.S. and global manufacturing companies?  What mpact do we see on employment?  Where is the technology headed beyond the factory? These issues and more will be addressed during this talk.

Jeff Burnstein

Jeff Burnstein, President

Association for Advancing Automation (A3)

Jeff Burnstein is the President of the Association for Advancing Automation (A3). the parent group of the Robotic Industries Asswociation (RIA), AIA -= Advancing Visition + Imaging, and the Motion Control Association (MCA).  Together these trade groups represent some 750 global companies involved in robotics, vision, motion control and related automation technologies.  Burnstein joined RIA in 1983 and has held a variety of senior positions, culminating in his promotion to President in 2007.  He is a frequent commentator on issues such as the impact of automation on jobs and the future of automation beyond the factory floor.


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Malcolm Mason
phone: 703-827-5216
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phone: 703-827-5295

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