Manufacturing AUTOMATION

Virtual Event
Automate to Innovate 2024
February 21, 2024 at 1:00pm ET

Panel discussion: Automating legacy systems – Challenges, best practices and securing the OT environment


  • Sukanya Ray Ghosh, Editor, Manufacturing AUTOMATION
  • Ahmik Hindman, Senior Network and Security Consultant, Rockwell Automation
  • Thomas Kuckhoff, Product Manager - Controllers, Industrial PC's, and Software, Omron Automation
  • Joshua Pickard, Senior Director of Product and Innovation, Eigen Innovations
Industry experts will discuss the different challenges and best practices for adding automation to manufacturing facilities with legacy equipment. They will share tips on securing the OT environment from cyberattacks. Speakers will also discuss examples of successful automation in legacy environments and strategies to ensure successful implementation.

Ahmik Hindman
Ahmik Hindman is a Senior Network and Solution Consultant with over 28 years focused on helping Rockwell Automation customers design, secure and integrate industrial automation control systems (IACS). The last 5 years he has been hyperfused on IACS networks and cybersecurity. Hindman also serves as the chair for the Idaho State University ESTEC Industrial Cybersecurity Engineering Technology Advisory committee. Hindman holds a B.S. EE, MBA-IT, CISSP, CCSP, CCNA, Security+, NSE 3 and three different ISA/IEC 62443 Cybersecurity certifications.


Thomas Kuckhoff
Thomas Kuckhoff is the product manager for NX and NJ controllers, NY industrial PCs, as well as the Sysmac Studio software for Omron Automation in the Americas, where he champions the power of Sysmac solutions. Thomas has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in business from Clemson University. A licensed engineer in the State of South Carolina and author of thirteen patents, he has been named Greenville’s Best and Brightest as well as receiving Clemson’s Roaring 10 Alumni award.


Joshua Pickard
In his role at Eigen Innovations, Joshua Pickard plays a pivotal role in making intelligent vision solutions a reality. With a keen interest in automation and sensors and a Ph.D. in the uncertainty analysis of mechanical systems, Pickard and his research team are on the leading edge of developing novel approaches and tools that automate vision system design and deployment and build scalability and repeatability into these systems. He works with the Product team to bring innovations to life in the form of software and tools that enable factory operations to identify and solve complex problems. Along with leading the R&D and Product teams and working collaboratively with the Customer Solutions teams, Pickard oversees research partnerships with academic institutions focused on computer vision, machine learning, robotics, and manufacturing.

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