Automate 2011 attendees have the opportunity to learn from their peers in the robotics, vision, and motion control industries through a series of informative tutorials and sessions at the Automate Conference. The 19 tutorials will help engineers build professional development and become a Certified Vision Professional by way of a basic or advanced level exam. The 22 regular sessions are supplemented with two others dedicated to robots in education. (More registration information at www.Automate2011.com)
Opening day of the conference, Monday, March 21, features tutorial three, “Fundamentals of Robotics,” taught by Kawasaki Robotics (USA) Inc.’s (Wixom, Michigan) North America Sales Manager, Robert Rochelle. Kawasaki engineers plan on listening to the keynote address on the development of Robonaut 2, justifying robotics (session one), robots for picking, packaging and palletizing applications (session four) and three-dimensional vision system development (tutorial seven).
Burg is scheduled to present tutorial six, ”Robotics System Integration,” on Monday from 1:30 to 5:00 PM. This session looks at the merits and pitfalls of end-users integrating robotics themselves compared to hiring an outside integrator. Burg would like to check out other sessions but may not find the time during the conference. “I may attend other sessions and tutorials but I will be in Ellison’s booth most of the time during the conference.”
Drew Greenblatt, President of Marlin Steel Wire Products LLC (Baltimore, Maryland) will share his company’s successes with robotics in session one, “Cost Justifying Automation” on Tuesday, March 22, 10:00 AM to 12:15 PM. This session explains how manufacturers can increase profitability through actual experiences of deploying robotics to increase the bottom line.
Also on Tuesday from 3:15 to 5:00 PM, Adil Shafi will present session six, “The Latest Developments in Service Robotics.” Shafi will talk about 20 markets where service robots are growing in adoption and volume, including aerospace, land and water-based markets with defense, health, household and other diverse applications. “Service Robots will benefit humans in a profound and widespread manner,” says Shafi.
Session 11, “Case Studies of Successful Robotic Solutions,” (Wednesday morning) will examine case studies in robotic arc welding, high-throughput pharmaceutical screening, and how complex manual operations were automated, with tips manufacturers can follow to do likewise in their facilities. In addition to Wednesday’s other tutorials and sessions, the Basic Level Exam for Certified Vision Professional will be administrated in the afternoon.
On the final day of the conference, Steven Prehn, FANUC’s vision product manager will present the “Advanced Vision Guided Robotics” tutorial. This tutorial is part of the advanced certified vision professional track, culminating in the Advanced Certified Vision Professional Exam held at the end of the conference on Thursday, March 24. Prehn’s colleague at FANUC, Packaging Product Manager Jay Strybis, will be among the speakers in session 20, “High-speed Robotic and Vision Solutions.”
Two complimentary sessions, providing professional development for faculty and students, are being offered. Session E1 (Robots in Education) and E2 (Robots in Education Roundtable) will discuss how best to incorporate robotics and automation into classes and curriculum. Both sessions take place on Thursday, March 24.