Manufacturing AUTOMATION

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Future of Automation 2022
September 28, 2022 at 1:00pm ET

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Automation is not a new concept anymore. It is an integral part of the manufacturing industry today. The innovations and advancements in automation technology in recent years are massive, offering companies the opportunity to increase production efficiency, optimize throughput and maximize workforce potential.

Touching on key topics like supply chain, human-machine collaboration, robotics, IIOT and more, this year’s event will focus on automation technologies for a future of growth. In a series of presentations, industry-leading technology manufacturers will share information and solutions to help reduce costs, boost profits and secure market position.

Note: The editor of Manufacturing AUTOMATION is currently finalizing the speakers for the virtual summit. If you have questions about the agenda, email


Protect your business with AI for visual inspection

Pleora's Visual Inspection System adds automation and decision-support to manual tasks to help manufacturers ensure end-to-end quality, reduce errors, and lower costs.

This webinar will discuss how two manufacturers – a distillery and an electronics assembly operation – are using camera-based visual inspection to protect their brand and make manual processes repeatable, consistent, and traceable. The session will include a live demo highlighting how quickly and easily an image compare AI plug-in is trained and deployed to start spotting product differences and deviations.

Keynote: Strengthening the supply chain with advanced technologies of today and tomorrow

  • Adithya Rao, Senior Advisory Consultant, Supply Chain and Logistics at Amazon Web Services
The need to strengthen the supply chain to enhance manufacturing in Canada has never been felt as urgently as today. Advanced technologies of today and tomorrow can be of immense help in supporting reshoring to Canada and building a stronger manufacturing industry.

Handling Guide Online – Festo’s solution to gantry design

  • David Dolezal, Business Development Manager for Electric Automation, Festo
The requirements for configuring a handling system differ from business to business and as per specific needs. Reaching out to a company to evaluate your needs could involve weeks of information exchange and then more time to design the required assets. Festo’s Handling Guide Online is designed to make this easier. The Handling Guide Online is a configuration and ordering platform in one. This online engineering tool helps you to configure and order your standard handling system. It minimizes your engineering time and effort and guides you to the right solution in record time. In this session, David Dolezal will show how engineering with the Handling Guide Online is efficient, intuitive and fast.

Panel Discussion: Human-machine collaboration – The future of advanced manufacturing

Moderator: Jim Beretta, President of Customer Attraction

  • John Laughlin, Chief Technology Officer, Next Generation Manufacturing Canada
  • Calvin Kimura, Automation Specialist and Co-founder, Ethos Automation
  • Konrad Konnerth, Founder and President, Konnexio
Industry 5.0 is already here, with more focus on human-machine collaboration. This means a workspace with reskilled workforce working in tandem with robots and intelligent machines. The future of advanced manufacturing includes a differently-skilled workforce playing crucial roles at every point in the manufacturing process. Panellists will discuss how this evolving landscape will impact Canadian manufacturing.

Vodka and electronics – Solving visual inspection errors with AI

  • Ed Goffin, Senior Marketing Manager, Pleora Technologies
Human inspection is still an important part of the manufacturing process, but when we get tired or distracted we tend to make mistakes. This presentation will discuss how new visual inspection tools and AI apps are bringing automated decision-support to manual visual inspection tasks. In particular, the session will focus on how two manufacturers – a distillery and an electronics manufacturer – are using these tools in their operations. It will discuss how the distillery uses AI for in-process operator assistance and final quality control check on products before they are shipped. In the example of the electronics manufacturer, the session will highlight how the company uses AI decision-support alongside more traditional machine vision inspection and why collecting data from manual processes is important for their business.

Fireside chat

  • Robert Almeida, Business Development Manager, Advanced Motion & Controls

Digital factory now – Framework for digitalization

  • Tyler Burke, Product Manager of Automation, Phoenix Contact
Nine out of ten companies are embracing automation and moving towards a digital future. The digital factory will be pivotal in enabling new business opportunities, smart services, mass customization as well driving initiatives towards energy efficiency. The digital factory can be broken into four categories data transportation, acquisition, usage and security. This session will focus on the basic framework of the digital factory. The discussion will centre on the simple steps to enable digitalization in any factory.

Unlocking hidden capacity with Contextual Time

  • Martin Cloake, CEO and Co-Founder, Raven
Over 70 percent of manufacturers don’t trust their production data. With manual OEE processes, there’s an increased risk for human error and missing information. Even the latest software tools only account for half of the losses. That’s where Contextual Time comes in. Contextual Time enables manufacturing teams by engaging the frontline; driving productivity improvements; and enabling the rest of the I40 tech stack to perform stronger — all using complete and accurate data. In this session, learn how Contextual Time accounts for how machines and people spend their time on the shop floor, while highlighting hidden losses and unlocking capacity opportunities.

Panel Discussion: A smart approach to automation for a stronger future

Moderator: Jeanine Lassaline-Berglund, President, Automate Canada & Canadian Association of Mold Makers (CAMM)

  • Jonathan Gross, LLB, MBA, Managing Director, Pemeco Consulting
  • Etienne Lacroix, Founder and CEO, Vention
  • Bassam Zarkout, Chair at Industry IOT Consortium and Founder of IGnPower
It is not enough to implement the latest or most-trending automation technologies. Before embarking on a digital transformation and automation journey, a well thought-out implementation plan has to be in place. Panellists will discuss the do's and don’ts, things to consider when making decisions, adopting technologies for individual needs vs following top industry trends and technologies and products available today for optimizing processes.

The Digital Factory and Future Trends of Automation

Digitalization presents numerous challenges for production – but above all, it also provides countless opportunities for increasing productivity and system availability.

Use your existing machine and process data to redesign your production processes to be more flexible and efficient. Create the foundation for new, data-centric business models to secure your long-term competitive edge.

How Renaissance Built a Frontline-First Approach to Continuous Improvement

Continuous improvement works when focus is prioritized in the order: 1) People 2) Process 3) Technology. Skipping steps or working out of sequence can result in continuous chaos.

Festo Simplified Motion Series (SMS) Axes Enhancements

The move towards electric automation technology is not without its challenges. In addition to extensive knowledge of electrical systems and software, you also need a comparatively large budget – so it is no wonder that the benefits of electric automation have so far been limited to complex motion requirements. This is now changing: our Simplified Motion Series provides you with an automation solution that bridges the gap between easy-to-install pneumatics and smart electric automation. Simply make your production more efficient with plug and work.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Future of Automation 2022

When & Where?

Future of Automation 2022 will take place virtually via Zoom Webinar on September 28, 2022 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 September 28, 2022.

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.