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DAY 1: NEXT-GENERATION ROBOTIC TECHNOLOGIES

The Impact Of New Robotics On Efficiency, Cost And Profitability
Looking At What The Future Holds For Collaborative Robotics Advancements In Next-Generation Robotic Handling And Welding
How Error-Proofing Techniques Are Simplifying Manufacturing Process To Achieve Continued Productivity

8:50 Chair's Opening Remarks

Moderated by: Anthony Howell, Global & North American Asset Sustainment Manager,General Motors

KEYNOTE: WHERE IS AUTOMATION MAKING SENSE?

9:00 Hearing How OEMs Are Safely Implementing Automation Technologies That Improve The Speed And Efficiency Of Manufacturing

  • Understanding the principles for implementing automation into manufacturing processes : Was it to make it safer, or reduce headcount?
  • Seeing how other companies are automating manufacturing assemblies and how is it impacting production
  • Joining & Assembly : Examining innovative assembly and joining techniques implemented to improve existing processes
  • Materials : Reviewing new materials that are being introduced and their impact on production
  • Comparing execution strategies to benchmark what works best as a low cost solution
  • Evaluate differences in the same applications to determine the effectiveness and methods of best practice
  • Discussing whether it is possible to collectively improve efficiency, speed and safety without exponentially increasing costs

Moderated by: Anthony Howell, Global & North American Asset Sustainment Manager,General Motors

David Gravel, Technical Specialist, Ford Motor Company

Steven Eakins, Manufacturing Engineer,‎ Subaru of Indiana Automotive

Marty Smets, Ergonomics Engineer, Ford Motor Company

9:30 Question & Answer Session

AUTOMATION SAFETY STANDARDS

DISCUSSING APPROACHES TO COMPLY WITH DIFFERENT SAFETY STANDARDS ACROSS CONTINENTS

COMPLYING WITH GLOBAL REGULATIONS: OEM-LED DISCUSSION

9:40 Exploring Strategies To Integrate New Versions Of Robots On Assembly Lines In The U.S And Europe Whilst Remaining Legal On Both Sides

  • Detailing how safety standards, regulations and laws change when moving between the US and Europe and what measures were taken to circumvent grey areas
  • Examining how to deal with robotic boundaries with increased integrated safety systems
  • Assessing methods for implementing new safety standards across factories in different regions to ensure regulations are met
  •  Hearing how challenges relating to labour-force law were overcome

Todd Dickey, Engineering Coordinator, Honda Engineering North America

10:10 Question & Answer Session

10:20 Morning Refreshments In Exhibition Showcase Area

ROADMAP FOR THE FUTURE: PANEL DISCUSSION

10:50 Future Directions: Assessing How OEMs Are Planning To Work With New Automation Technologies AndHow Robots And Humans Are Safely Working Side By Side To Encourage The Implementation Of Safe And Smart Assembly Lines

  • Hearing how to break down barriers and red tapes to help drive some of those new technologies in to the factories quicker
  • What new safety measures are being considered in the event of anything going wrong
  • Understanding how manufacturers are giving effective feedback on automation systems to vendors help better integrate technologies
  • Highlighting common issues with existing systems to identify automated solutions to improve manufacturing efficiency
  • Application : Assessing the applications for which collaborative robots are being used to provide insight to the flexibility of their functions
  • Success and productivity : Quantifying the improvement in productivity to determine whether the investment was justified
  • Troubleshooting : Pinpointing problems that were experienced and the approach taken to overcome them to help plan for and avoid issues
  • Acceptance for robots : Understanding measures that were taken to increase acceptance of collaborative within the manufacturing environment

Moderated by: Anthony Howell, Global & North American Asset Sustainment Manager,General Motors

Panelist : Troy Uahiniui, Assistant Project Manager, Production Engineering, Toyota Engineering & Manufacturing North America

Panelist : Joseph Falco, Mechanical Engineer, Intelligent Systems Division, NIST

Panelist : Doyle Waller, Robotics Technician, Nissan North America

Panelist : Phil Callihan, Director- Strategic Projects & MIS, National Center for Manufacturing Sciences

11:15 Question & Answer Session From & Discussion With The Audience

NEXT GENERATION ROBOTICS

EXPLORING NEW POSSIBILITIES FOR IMPROVING HANDLING AND WELDING PROCESSES AND ADOPTING ERROR PROOFING TECHNOLOGIES TO ACHIEVE CONTINUED PRODUCTIVITY

FASTER & SAFER ROBOTIC LASER WELDING

11:25 Learning Control Technologies For Fast And Precision Robotic Welding

  • Comparing the speed in movements for new robotic designs and how they have been proved to gauge their ability to keep up with the laser
  • Analyzing benefits of integrating new robotic laser technology to limit costs of setting up additional robotic cells when managing volumes of demand
  • Determining the capability of new designs to reduce spatter to improve efficiencies by reducing the time taken to clean up parts
  • Assessing the best type of safety measures to deliver maximum protection whilst incurring minimal impact on machine operation and effectiveness

Cong Wang, Assistant Professor, New Jersey Institute of Technology

Cong is leading projects focusing on developing next-generation robotics to serve advanced manufacturing:

+ Precision high-speed robotic machining based on auxiliary sensing and control   systems

+ Advanced vibration suppression

+ Collaborative robotic machining and assembly

11:45 Question & Answer Session

HUMAN-ROBOT COLLABORATION

ASSESSING THE INTEGRATION AND APPLICATION OF COLLABORATIVE ROBOTS TO ENCOURAGE THE MOVE FROM TRADITIONAL ASSEMBLY TO SMART ASSEMBLY LINES

NEW BIW FLEXIBLE MANUFACTURING & COLLABORATIVE ROBOTS

11:50 Achieving truly flexible Body In White manufacturing solutions requires a multifaceted development method that addresses all critical drivers in contrast with one another instead of traditional "silo" methods.  This presentation addresses:

  • Product compatibility : Vehicle size, architectures, materials, joining technologies, Production volumes and mix will determine Flexibility methods
  • Flexible Tooling : Tool flexibility (Mainlines and Subs) is a prerequisite for all other segments to achieve any significant levels of BIW flexibility
  • Flexible Logistics : Enables greater body shop flexibility, but if not well integrated with tools and conveyors will become a major hindrance
  • Flexible Conveyance : (Parts & assemblies) must evolve from a "single piece-known architecture", into "architecture independent" flexible BIW methods
  • Flexible Manufacturing Management recognizes increased complexity of: multi-model, random-mix, diverse materials with new Joining technologies and embraces use of new, intuitive, technologically advanced methods for improving overall Body shop: productivity, maintainability and quality
  • Role of emerging manufacturing technologies such as collaborative robotics, connected manufacturing, and virtual commissioning 

Velibor Kilibarda, Director of Global Products and Strategy Development, Comau LLC

12:20 Question & Answer Session

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12:30 Lunch In Exhibition Showcase Area

INTEGRATING ROBOTICS WITH HUMANS

1:30 Assessing How Robots And Humans Are Safely Working Side By Side To Encourage The Implementation Of Safe And Smart Assembly Lines

  • Application : Assessing the applications for which collaborative robots are being used to provide insight to the flexibility of their functions
  • Success and productivity : Quantifying the improvement in productivity to determine whether the investment was justified
  • Troubleshooting : Pinpointing problems that were experienced and the approach taken to overcome them to help plan for and avoid issues
  • Acceptance for robots : Understanding measures that were taken to increase acceptance of collaborative within the manufacturing environment

Craig Tomita, Area Sales Manager, West, Universal Robots

2:00 Question & Answer Session

REAL-TIME ROBOT VISION GUIDANCE

2:10 Affordable Real-Time Vision Guidance For Robot Motion Control

  •  Examining industry wide standards to accelerate integration
  • Assessing the applications of different cameras to determine accuracy for identifying errors
  • Assessing how data gathered is being analyzed to reduce effect on the quality of the vehicle
  • Examining how to work together with automotive manufacturers and vendors to improve traceability to continue to improve reaction times

Cong Wang, Assistant Professor, New Jersey Institute of Technology

2:40 Question & Answer Session

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2:50 Afternoon Refreshments In Exhibition Showcase Area

COLLABORATIVE ROBOTS SAFETY

ASSESSING SAFETY MEASURES TO ENSURE SAFE INTERACTION BETWEEN ROBOTS AND HUMANS IN THE ABSENCE OF BARRIERS

VERIFYING ROBOT SAFETY- TRANFERABLE FMCG CASE STUDY

3:20 Assessing Safety Measures In Place To Ensure Humans Interact Safely With Automation Technologies

  • Investigating how collaborative robotics align with existing safety standards to establish changes that needed to be implemented
  • Assessing testing procedures carried out to certify whether collaborative robotics were safe to be applied in all situations
  • Detailing integrated safety functions to warrant operator safety was not jeopardized
  • Outlining steps taken internally to ensure the safety of workers coming in contact with robots in the absence of curtains and light screens

Jeffrey Werner, Beauty Care Engineering Robotics, Procter & Gamble

3:50 Question & Answer Session

ERROR-PROOFING TECHNOLOGIES

EXPLORING INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES TO IMPROVE QUALITY, ADVANCE TRACEABILITY AND RESPOND TO ASSEMBLY LINES ISSUES QUICKER

ERROR PROOFING: CASE STUDY

4:00 Understanding How Error Proofing Techniques Are Simplifying Manufacturing Process To Achieve Continued Productivity And Cost Savings

  • Assessing how the manufacturer approached the problem, what error proofing solution did they adopt and did it work out for them?
  • Exploring the application of wireless technologies and better RF tags to recognize how simplified processes increase efficiency and lower costs
  • Combining vision and sensor technologies to improve the reliability of error-proofing systems
  • Learning how to work together with vendors to improve traceability to continue to improve reaction times

Frank Maslar, Technical Specialist, Ford Motor Company

4:30 Question & Answer Session

4:40 Chair's Closing Remarks

4:50 - 6:00 Networking Drinks Reception In Exhibition Showcase Area

DAY 2: NEW SAFETY & CYCLE-TIME AND QUALITY MONITORING INITIATIVES

Application Of New Technologies To Processes For Manufacturing Assembly Lines Part Tracking; Changeover And Data Management
Updating Controls Architectures And Managing Assets To Ensure Smooth Operational Activity

8:50 Chair's Opening Remarks

KEYNOTE: MOVING FORWARD SAFELY WITH COLLABORATIVE APPLICATIONS

The Industry continues to drive mobile and collaborative robot applications to include higher speeds and more capability.  Intelligent sensing is moving mobile robotic applications forward with simplified set-up and programming methods, while increasing functionality.  Inherently safe design has opened up applications so operators are working side-by-side with power and force limited robots, along with changes to new design considerations for end-effectors, paths, and work pieces. This presentation will show you:

9:00 How Technology Continues To Move Forward With A Shifting Focus From Fixed Safety Solutions To Ones With Increased Sensing And Intelligence, While Finding New Ways To Make Operator Interaction Safer And Enhance Productivity

Tina Hull, Product Engineer-Safety, Omron LLC

9:30 Question & Answer Session

DATA COLLECTION & UTILIZATION

LEARNING HOW TO BETTER MANAGE DATA SYSTEMS TO AVOID SEARCHING FOR A NEEDLE IN A HAYSTACK

'A Lot Of Companies Are Good At Collecting Data But The Problem Is Utilizing The Data. That's A Big Bridge That Needs To Be Crossed'

COLLECTING AND UTILIZING DATA

9:40 Analyzing How To Effectively Collect And Utilize Relevant Data To Improve Future Efficiency And Reduce Downtime

  • Discuss methods used for effective data collection to benefit from the extraction of specific information and decrease of data clutter
  • Examine developments of the interface between data systems and users to benefit from the better integration of software
  • Detail the approaches taken to avoid unscheduled downtime in order to increase efficiency and reduce costs of lost production
  • Asses the best means for the diagnostics of errors to understand what actions to take to achieve faster issue resolution

Michael Fox, ‎Data Analytics Software Development /Manufacturing /Test Engineer, General Motors

10:10 Question & Answer Session

10:20 Morning Refreshments In Exhibition Showcase Area

HUMAN AUTOMATION INNOVATION ON THE ASSEMBLY LINE

APPLYING INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES TO MANUFACTURING AUTOMATION TO IMPROVE BEST PRACTICES ON THE ASSEMBLY LINE

HUMAN AUTOMATION INNOVATION: FORD'S PERSPECTIVE

10:50 Assessing Different Next Generation Wearable Technologies To Establish Which Can Improve Processes By Making Movement More Efficient

  • Establishing the scope of wearable technologies available to identify areas for implementation
  • Assessing the new technologies to understand their suitability and measures needed for their integration to existing processes 
  • Drawing on experiences to highlight where wearable technology was implemented, the solution that was sought and whether it was successful
  • Looking to the future and the needed developments of wearable technology to establish how best to improve manufacturing efficiency

Allison Stephens, Technical Leader, Ford Motor Company

11:20 Question & Answer Session

CHANGEOVER AND TRACEABILITY

MAKING MANUFACTURING LINES MORE VERSATILE TO BE ABLE TO PRODUCE PRODUCT VARIANTS AND NEW LINES MORE EFFICIENTLY WHILST TRACKING PARTS LIVE

FLEXIBLE AUTOMATION: CHANGEOVER ON ASSEMBLY LINES

11:30 How Flexible Are Assembly Lines To Handle New Products? Presenting Changeover Strategies To Streamline Manufacturing Whilst Reducing Production Downtime

  • Showcasing the pros and cons of moving up to the new equipment to identify the benefit gains in comparison to the costs
  • Establishing what sort of flexible warehousing or management system is needed
  • Exploring the new technologies available for implementing changeover to recognize the impact they have on the production downtime
  • Analyzing the adaptability of new technology to identify its ability to handle line variations and new products
  • Investigating innovative solutions to storage issues to effectively manage the expansion of line/product variations

Matt Epperson, Compliance Safety and Health Officer, Department of Labour, OSHA

12:00 Question & Answer Session

12:10 Networking Lunch In Exhibition Showcase Area

ROBOTICS IN THE MANUFACTURING ENVIRONMENT

1:10 Presenting An Overview Of The Robots In Manufacturing Environments Manufacturing Innovation Institute - Organization, Scope, Opportunities, Challenges, And Value Propositions For The Industry

  • Encouraging the development and scale up for commercialization of critical enabling technologies such as human-robot/robot-robot collaboration; perception and sensing; robotic control: adaptation, learning, and repurposing; autonomy and mobility; and, dexterous manipulation
  • Establishing common standards and testing protocols allowing the integration of multiple robotics technologies
  • Creating a robotic technology solution repository (to include modelling tools, databases, catalogue of technology demonstrations and concept  sharing mechanisms )
  • Providing workforce training and education programs to ensure the U.S. workforce can effectively collaborate  with robots in a broad spectrum of manufacturing environments 

Gary Witus, PhD, Associate Professor (Research), Industrial and Systems Engineering &  Associate Director, Anderson Engineering Ventures Institute, College of Engineering, Wayne State University

1:40 Question & Answer Session

MANAGING CHANGING CONTROLS ARCHITECTURE

DEALING WITH THE EVER FAST CHANGING AND GROWING CONTROLS ARCHITECTURE AND MANAGING THE COSTS OF IMPLEMENTING CHANGES

CHANGING CONTROLS ARCHITECTURE

High-tech innovation has brought automotive manufacturers closer to robots that are safe enough to work alongside human workers.  Updates to safety standards have ensured that such robots will be accepted on the factory floor. But as with many hardware systems, their true potential is realized by enabling software.  The scope of collaborative applications is still in its infancy, however innovations in software will bring next technological leap.

1:50 Exploring The Developments In And Impact Of Software Developments In Manufacturing R&D To Provide A Vision for Future Collaborative Applications 

What will be discussed:

  • What type of applications will this software enable? 
  • What interactions between humans and robots will be possible? 
  • Will the vision of true human robot collaboration be fulfilled? 
  • What value will it bring?

Shaun Edwards, Senior Research Engineer, Manufacturing System Department, SWRI

2:20 Question & Answer Session

2:30 Afternoon Refreshments In Exhibition Showcase Area

MAINTAINING AND MANAGING MANUFACTURING ASSET

ASSESSING HOW OEMS ARE MAKING TIME-BASED DECISION TO NOT JUST REPAIR AND RESTORE BUT ALSO REPLACE THE EQUIPMENT

MANAGING ASSETS: INTERACTIVE DISCUSSION

3:00 Discussing Best Practices For Managing Automotive Manufacturing Assets And Determining When To Implement Replacements

  • Reviewing how automotive manufacturers manage their assets from the time it is purchased to improve existing processes
  • Defining maintenance activities and schedules put in place to avoid unplanned downtime and limit time spent off-line
  • Investigating the best methods to track maintenance and hours spent maintaining the individual assets over time
  • Determining when it is no longer suitable to carry out repairs in order to make sound investments with capital

Moderated by: Anthony Howell, Global & North American Asset Sustainment Manager, General Motors

HUMAN AUTOMATION INNOVATION: GENERAL MOTORS' PERSPECTIVE

3:30  Focusing On Next-Generation Wearable Technologies To Establish Which Can Improve Processes By Making Movement More Efficient

  • Establishing the scope of wearable technologies available to identify areas for implementation
  • Assessing the new technologies to understand their suitability and measures needed for their integration to existing processes 
  • Drawing on experiences to highlight where wearable technology was implemented, the solution that was sought and whether it was successful
  • Looking to the future and the needed developments of wearable technology to establish how best to improve manufacturing efficiency

Dave Bentoski, Manufacturing Systems Engineer, General Motors

4:00 Question & Answer Session

4:10 Chair's Closing Remarks

4:20 Chair's Closing Remarks And End Of Conference

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