Automate to Innovate: Manufacturing efficiency emerging from COVID-19
July 29, 2020 at
The global manufacturing industry has long touted the benefits of Industry 4.0 technologies – improved productivity and product quality, reduced operating costs, competitive advantage. For many Canadian manufacturers, the list of reasons not to automate was long, topped by perceived expense and insufficient testing at scale.
But the COVID-19 pandemic is necessitating rapid change.
During the height of the lockdowns, manufacturers were forced to close, reduce operations or furlough workers. Consumer demand shifted unpredictably and supply chains, particularly those concentrated in gravely affected regions, suffered bottlenecking so great shelves were left empty for weeks.
Operations have now mostly reopened, and manufacturers have had to make accommodations. Production requirements remain the same but have been hampered by staffing challenges and increased safety measures.
To help manufacturers prepare for a potential second wave of the coronavirus and long-term competitiveness, Manufacturing AUTOMATION and Canadian Plastics have partnered to bring industry experts together in a FREE virtual summit focused on how automation will prove integral to our “new normal,” and on how to implement it.
The editors of Manufacturing AUTOMATION and Canadian Plastics are currently finalizing the speakers for the virtual summit. If you have questions about the agenda, email Kristina Urquhart at firstname.lastname@example.org and Mark Stephen at email@example.com.
1:00pm - 1:10pmSpeakers: Kristina Urquhart, Mark Stephen
How has COVID-19 accelerated the need for automation? The editors of Manufacturing AUTOMATION and Canadian Plastics kick off the summit with a look at what’s happened in the manufacturing market over the past five months, and where we go from here.
1:10pm - 1:30pmLIVE SESSION
Installing the right industrial automation for your needs
Moderator: Mark Stephen
Santiago Olmedo – Customer Solutions Engineering Manager, Festo
Michael Phillips – Pre-Sales Engineer, Universal Robots
Asghar Rizvi – Director of Automation and Motion, Siemens
1:30pm - 2:00pmLIVE SESSION
Automation & Industry 4.0: panel discussion
Moderator: Mark Stephen
Michelle Chrétien - Director, Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Design Technologies (CAMDT), Sheridan College
Asghar Rizvi, Director of Automation and Motion, Siemens
Michael Phillips, Pre-Sales Engineer, Universal Robots
Santiago Olmedo, Customer Solutions Engineering Manager, Festo
2:00pm - 2:15pm
2:15pm - 2:35pmLIVE SESSION Speaker: Bernadeen McLeod, President and Founder, Mentor Works
Automate to innovate: what’s the cost?
Automation requires capital. This presentation will address the concrete ways manufacturers can scale automation in their workplace, including how to access key government funding opportunities for innovation and new manufacturing technologies.
2:35pm - 3:30pmLIVE PANEL
Automate to innovate: panel discussion
Moderator: Kristina Urquhart
Blair de Verteuil, Vice-President Operations, Life Sciences, ATS Automation
David Jeffrey, Regional Vice-President, Central Canada, Salesforce
Shelley Fellows, Chair, Automate Canada
Bernadeen McLeod, President & Founder, Mentor Works
On-demand sessions open
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Frequently Asked Questions About Automate to Innovate: Manufacturing efficiency emerging from COVID-19
When & Where?Automate to Innovate: Manufacturing efficiency emerging from COVID-19 will take place virtually via Zoom Webinar on July 29, 2020 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 July 29, 2020.
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.