Manufacturing AUTOMATION

Virtual Event
Automate to Innovate: How to implement and scale new technologies
March 11, 2021 at 1:00pm ET

When it comes to automation of manufacturing processes, almost anything is possible. From collaborative robots to artificial intelligence to IoT-enabled sensors to additive manufacturing, the market is saturated with solutions promising to increase operational efficiency and flexibility.

But for a small or mid-sized enterprise (SME), the overwhelming array of technology options, coupled with limited access to resources, can lead to the opposite effect – preservation of the status quo. Ultimately, that leads to loss of business competitiveness and a stagnation of innovation.

The pandemic has made it clear that manufacturers must automate to innovate and build resilience. But what’s the next step? How can an SME select and scale new technology – quickly?

Cut through the fray with this virtual event that explores current technologies applicable to SME operations, and how to make their implementation approachable and accessible for your whole team.

The editor of Manufacturing AUTOMATION is currently building out the agenda for this event, which is subject to change. If you have a proposal for a session, email Kristina Urquhart at

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1:00pm - 1:30pm
Keynote: Top technologies for 2021

A report on the biggest trends in automation and how they can be scaled for SME applications.

1:30pm - 2:00pm
Panel discussion: When anything is possible, where do you begin?

Industry leaders discuss how to push past “that’s how we’ve always done it” to get SME teams to embrace new technologies. This panel will cover creating a road map for implementation, which easy-to-deploy solutions offer the biggest ROI, and how to make technology use cases work for your operations.

2:00pm - 2:30pm
Case study: From small-scale to full-scale

How an SME manufacturer went from pilot project to full-scale technology application to achieve operational excellence, market resiliency or production flexibility. May cover robotics, IoT, or 3D printing.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Automate to Innovate: How to implement and scale new technologies

When & Where?

Automate to Innovate: How to implement and scale new technologies will take place virtually via GoToWebinar on March 11, 2021 at 1:00pm ET.

There will be a 15 minute break between live sessions.

Why Virtual?

The safety and wellbeing of our employees, customers, and community is our number one priority. By making this event an online experience, it eliminates the need for attendees and sponsors to travel in-person, while enabling them to still benefit from the event content.

What’s Included?

Your registration provides you with access to watch the virtual keynote, all live sessions, and on-demand recorded content and product demonstrations.

How do I access?

We will email you an access link to the virtual event the morning of March 11, 2021.

If you don’t see an access link in your email inbox, please check your junk folder. If you are still unable to locate the email, contact Tara Jacobs.