MFGCON 2018 Robotics Workshop

Agenda | Workshop Takeaways | Featured Speaker | Registration

Back by Popular Demand

Due to the popularity of the robotics panel discussion at mfgCON 2017, the North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NCMEP) will hold a robotics pre-conference workshop on November 12, 2018, from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

Workshop TakeAways
This workshop will help you understand why you should consider implementing robotics in your facility as well as learn best practices from manufacturers already using robotics, including real facts about what robots mean for American workers. PDHs will be available for this workshop via a Certificate of Participation.

Robots Gaining Traction in North Carolina
The Brookings Institute estimated that the nation had almost 234,000 industrial robots in 2015. North Carolina, alone, had 7485 in 2015, more than doubling the amount the state had in 2010 and ranking 13th in the nation for the number of industrial robots.  The International Federation of Robotics (IFR) believes that robotics shipments to the United States will increase 15% per year from 2018-2020.

Robotics is Finally Within Your Reach
Ranging from huge industrial robots to smaller collaborative robots or “cobots” that work next to humans, robots help automate production to keep American companies globally competitive, while maintaining operations at home. Robots offer significant productivity and safety advantages, even for small operations. Come learn how to get the fastest ROI for your automation investment.


Featured Speaker

Dr. Byron Clayton featured speaker at mfgCON 2018 Pre-Conference WorkshopOur featured speaker, Dr. Byron Clayton, will be speaking on the state of robotics at the national and state level . Dr. Clayton is CEO of the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Innovation Institute (ARM). ARM received funding from the U.S. Department of Defense to become the leading catalyst of robotics innovation and expertise to accelerate growth in U.S.-based manufacturing and high value careers. Dr. Clayton has led regional innovation clusters in printed electronics, advanced energy and water technologies. In addition, he has more than 25 years of experience developing, commercializing and implementing advanced manufacturing systems and software for various industries.

Pre-Conference Workshop Registration

The workshop will be held 1-day immediately preceding mfgCON 2018. Cost is $99 in addition to the mfgCON 2018 conference fee (includes beverages and light snacks). Click here to register.


Workshop Agenda

1:00pm            Welcome Remarks

Phil Mintz, Executive Director, NC State University Industry Expansion Solutions and Director, North Carolina Manufacturers Extension Partnership (NCMEP)


1:10pm            Keynote Address: The State of Robotics

Dr. Byron Clayton, CEO, Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Innovation Institute (ARM)


2:00pm           Panel Discussion: Adopting Robotics in Your Facility

 Calvin Smith,  Materials Manager, Core Technology Molding Corporation
Brian Powell, National Sales Director, PEMMCO Manufacturing Inc.
James Smith, Manufacturing Engineer General Manager, AW North Carolina
Brett Nourrcier, Operations Manager, Moog, Inc.

3:00pm           Break

3:15pm           Vendor Demos and Discussion

Participating Vendors:
Mertek Solutions
ABCO Automation
Universal Robotics
ABB Group
CIMTEC Automation

4:30pm            Closing Remarks

Phil Mintz

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PDHs will be available for this workshop via a Certificate of Participation.