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

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Automation has been on everyone’s radar and wish list for quite a few years now. Manufacturers are well aware of the many benefits that implementing automation can bring to their bottom line.

However, taking the first steps in the digital transformation journey can be daunting. Planning what and how to implement, getting approvals from all key decision makers and arranging finances are some key steps before proceeding with the actual implementation.

This event is a guide to planning automation projects for manufacturing. In a series of presentations, industry experts share information and strategies on taking the first steps in the automation implementation journey.

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1:00 pm – 1:05 pm
Welcome remarks

Funding your automation journey

Speaker Sara Hipson, Director of Client Services at Mentor Works, a Ryan Company

The cost of implementing automation is a crucial step in the journey. However, manufacturers need not take on this burden completely on their own. There are several options to apply for funds from external sources, including the government. Experts will share details on what funds to apply for and how to apply for them.

Round table: Approvals and best practices

  • Ed Goffin, Senior Marketing Manager, Pleora Technologies
  • Joshua Sese, Senior Technical Sales Representative, Pilz Canada
  • Joe Campbell, Head of Strategic Marketing, Universal Robots USA, Inc.
  • Bob van den Berg, Managing Director, Murrelektronik
Automation equipment suppliers and solution providers are often the go-to sources for information on available automation options. They offer their expertise and tailor the solutions according to the needs of their manufacturer customers. In this round table discussion, a small group of automation solution providers will discuss strategies on securing approvals from key decision makers and the best practices for implementing automation.

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.

Automation resources

Speaker: Christy Michalak, Director of Advanced Manufacturing Development Programs at Next Generation Manufacturing Canada (NGen)

It is crucial to have a support system in place throughout the digital transformation journey. This brief presentation will highlight all the resources available to manufacturers to help them manoeuvre the different challenges during automation implementation.

Ask the experts

A dedicated Q&A period to connect with expert speakers from this event.

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When & Where?

First Steps in Automation Virtual Event – Watch On-Demand! will take place virtually via Zoom Webinar on February 15, 2023 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 February 15, 2023.

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 Azeemah Abowath.