Manufacturing AUTOMATION

Save the date: Our Automate to Innovate Virtual Summit is July 29!

June 25, 2020
By Kristina Urquhart

To help manufacturers prepare for a potential second wave of the coronavirus and long-term competitiveness, Manufacturing AUTOMATION and Canadian Plastics have partnered to bring industry experts together on Jul. 29 in a FREE virtual summit focused on how automation will prove integral to our “new normal,” and on how to implement it.

Automate to Innovate | Virtual Summit
Manufacturing efficiency emerging from COVID-19
July 29, 2020 | 1 pm ET
Register now

The global manufacturing industry has long discussed the benefits of Industry 4.0 technologies – improved productivity and product quality, reduced operating costs, competitive advantage. While that all sounds like a boon for business, cost concerns and lack of testing at scale have held back many manufacturers from investing in automation and new manufacturing technologies.

But the COVID-19 pandemic is necessitating rapid change.


During the height of the lockdowns, manufacturers were forced to close, reduce operations or furlough workers. Consumer demand shifted unpredictably and supply chains, particularly those concentrated in gravely affected regions, suffered bottlenecking so great shelves were left empty for weeks.

Operations have now mostly reopened, and manufacturers have had to make accommodations. Production requirements remain the same but have been hampered by staffing challenges and increased safety measures.

Using real-world examples, the Automate to Innovate Virtual Summit brings together industry and financial experts on Jul. 29 to discuss implementing automation to mitigate the effects of COVID-19, and to strengthen your business long-term.

The virtual event includes two live presentations and two panel discussions, as well as on-demand sessions, with access to extra exclusive resources after the event.

To view the agenda and register for free:

Thanks to our sponsors

The Automate to Innovate Virtual Summit would not be possible without the support of our generous sponsors.

Gold Sponsors

  • Salesforce
  • Universal Robots

Bronze Sponsors

  • KINITO Support Systems Inc.
  • SEW Eurodrive

The editors of Manufacturing AUTOMATION and Canadian Plastics are currently finalizing the speakers for the virtual summit. If you have questions about the agenda, email Kristina Urquhart at If you are interested in sponsorship information, contact Klaus Pirker at

Register now!

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