Manufacturing AUTOMATION

Virtual Event
First Steps in Automation Virtual Event – Watch On-Demand!
February 15, 2023 at 1:00pm ET

Panel discussion: Implementation strategies


  • Robert Almeida, Business Development Manager, Advanced Motion & Controls
  • Rob Veldhuis, Director of Sales at Systematix
  • Calvin Kimura, Automation Specialist and Co-founder, Ethos Automation
In this panel discussion, system integrators will share automation implementation strategies. With direct knowledge from the field on the possible challenges, experts will share how manufacturers can set up their facility for continued success with the right decisions.

Robert Almeida
A fluid power and automation veteran, Robert Almeida began his career in repair and field service in the hydraulics industry. From there he migrated to pneumatics, assisting machine builders and end users with their automation applications. It’s at that time he developed his interest and skills in data analytics which he continues to utilize to this day in his role as business development manager.

Rob Veldhuis
Rob Veldhuis is Director of Sales at Systematix, part of the Samuel Automation Solution Group. He has been working in the automation industry assisting customers with projects for over 20 years. Rob graduated in the Aerospace program from Toronto Metropolitan University. Rob can be reached at

Calvin Kimura
Calvin Kimura is the co-founder of Ethos Automation where he also works as its automation specialist. He completed an electromechanical engineering technology program in Humber College and began his career as an automation technician with a leading Tier 1 automotive supplier. He founded a machine-building company, CK Automation, in February 2016. Calvin joined co-founder Peter Botros in 2019 to start Ethos Automation.

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