Show Theater

Hear game-changing insights and ideas from industry leaders at our show theater. We’ll be featuring exciting speakers and sessions including the IFR Executive Roundtable, The Startup Challenge, and more. The Theater is right on the show floor (Booth 4823) and free to attend.

Change the World through a Career in Automation

Change the World through a Career in Automation

Robert McElmurry, Director of Business Intelligence, A3 Robotics and automation are changing jobs. Some advantages of that include improving the lives of workers by handing dirty, dull, and dangerous jobs off to robots and freeing people up to do something productive in the world.

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What ChatGPT & LLMs Mean for Industrial Automation

What ChatGPT & LLMs Mean for Industrial Automation

Debejyo Chakraborty, General Motors Global Research and Development Gerard Andrews, NVIDIA Johan Reimann, GE Research Rajat Gupta, Microsoft Bing, ChatGPT, Baird, and other large-language models (LLMs) are changing how we interact with data and information. It’s already clear that these new developments will have vast implications in finance, healthcare, and software development. But what will be the impact to manufacturing? These experts discuss how LLMs and other AI advances will chan

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A View From Wall Street Investor

A View From Wall Street Investor

Joseph Giordano and Peter Finn, TD Cowen TD Cowen discusses how Wall Street/investors are thinking about the current trends and market dynamics impacting the sector, and the challenges and opportunities facing companies operating in the sector amidst continued uncertainty for M&A and private and public capital raising. They will also share perspectives on anticipated activity for this year and beyond.

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Executive Roundtable: The Future of Robotics

Executive Roundtable: The Future of Robotics

Bernd Raithel, Siemens Industry Inc. John Bubnikovich, ABB Robotics Mike Cicco, FANUC America Corporation Rebecca Yeung, FedEx Corporation Co-sponsored by the International Federation of Robotics This in-depth discussion with some of the top leaders in the automation industry explores the state of the automation and robotics industry in North America, including the top trends that are driving automation and what the industry may face on the road ahead.

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Tackle Labor Shortages with Cobot Applications

Tackle Labor Shortages with Cobot Applications

Kendra Patton, Key Account Manager Americas, Palletizing, Robotiq Silas Robertson, SVP Sales and Marketing, Applied Automation Group Sponsored by Robotiq Have you been struggling to find qualified workers for your production line? Learn how cobot application solutions can help you tackle labor shortages quickly and easily.

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Public-Private Partnerships and a Smart Future

Public-Private Partnerships and a Smart Future

Natalie Chmiko, Michigan Economic Development Corporation Cynthia Hutchison, US Center of Advanced Manufacturing Heidi Devroy, Prosper-Tech Machine & Tool LLC Ingrid Tighe, Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center Sponsored by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation By leveraging a cross-collaborative approach, Team Michigan has established partnerships through its Industry 4.0 initiative to implement, empower, and prepare small- and medium-sized manufacturers to navigate and thrive

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Increasing Automation Adoption in Canada

Increasing Automation Adoption in Canada

Pablo Molina, Avidbots Ryan Gariepy, Clearpath/OTTO Motors Steven Green, Kinova Robotics Canada has world-class robotics academic institutions, as well as a robust startup robotics community. However, Canada lags behind in terms of the adoption of robotics, reaching only 18th out of the top 20 economies for adoption. While this stifles the growth of the robotics community in Canada, there are several opportunities to increase awareness, education, and growth of automation. Leaders of the Cana

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Inspiring Automation Careers

Inspiring Automation Careers

Anne Gielczyk, Nocti Business Solutions Annmarie Danko, Utica Stevenson Schools Breann Klug, FANUC Cynthia Hutchison, US Center of Advanced Manufacturing Paul Aiello, FANUC America Corporation Sherri McCleary, Penn State Stacey Harimoto, FANUC America Corporation Sponsored by FANUC Workforce and talent development is one of the main concerns for all manufacturing CEOs. FANUC America is helping create robotic and CNC pathways that align industry talent needs with educational programs at more t

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Graduate Engineers: Part of Your Talent Strategy

Graduate Engineers: Part of Your Talent Strategy

Katie Surkamer, 3P Mechatronics Group Newly graduated engineers can produce for your organization faster than you can imagine. Identifying fresh talent with newly learned skills is important and — with internship and co-op experience — these students can be valuable employees from day one. While the job market for graduate engineers is red-hot, landing that “star” graduate just takes some know-how. 3P Mechatronics group has 35+ years of experience; it was born out of C

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Automation Statistics & Manufacturing Forecasts

Automation Statistics & Manufacturing Forecasts

Alex Shikany, Association for Advancing Automation (A3) Blake Griffin, Interact Analysis Robert McElmurry, Association for Advancing Automation (A3)

Get an edge with the latest data from the automation industry. This session covers the latest automation market statistics and trends, a deeper look at growth opportunities for automation, and the latest automation and manufacturing forecasts.

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Vision Systems Design Innovators Awards

Vision Systems Design Innovators Awards

Editor-in-Chief Linda Wilson recognizes the 2023 Vision Systems Design Innovators Awards honorees.

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Unlock Machine Potential with Industrial Edge

Unlock Machine Potential with Industrial Edge

Chris Liu, Siemens Industry, Inc Gus Gremillion, Siemens Industry Software, Inc.

Industrial Edge brings edge computing to the manufacturing industry. With Industrial Edge for Machine Tools, end-customers have a simple, proven, and secure means of determining and evaluating the machine’s data during operation. This allows them to unlock the full potential of the machine while reducing quality costs and even downtime. Now you can finally use this data to optimize production workfl

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Simplification of Advanced Motion Control Systems

Simplification of Advanced Motion Control Systems

Andrew Zucker, Harmonic Drive LLC In modern robotic applications, space comes at a premium. This session explores how to simplify the design of a robotic joint without compromising performance, reliability, or advanced motion control features that normally come at the cost of bulky cabling and electronics by utilizing actuators with integrated servo drive technology.

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Identify Smart Factory 5G-Enabled Use Cases

Identify Smart Factory 5G-Enabled Use Cases

David Hart, Ericsson When embracing 5G connectivity-driven smart manufacturing, the first question that comes to mind is, “Which use cases shall we implement first?” At an initial glance, this may seem straightforward, but much consideration needs to be made in selecting the cases that will make the largest impact with the simplest implementation. This session explores the journey Ericsson went through to select, prioritize, and deploy impactful cellular-enabled use cases in its U

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The Phoenix Contact Startup Challenge

The Phoenix Contact Startup Challenge

Hosted by Phoenix Contact See today’s hottest new companies in robotics and automation—all in one place. Ten finalists go head-to-head pitching their technology solution and vying for a $10,000 cash prize! In the opening fireside chat, Oliver Mitchell of ff Venture Capital and Eliot Horowitz of Viam explore the idea of building a robotic unicorn that can go from a startup to having an initial public offering.

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Potential for Humanoid Robots to Automate Industry

Potential for Humanoid Robots to Automate Industry

Apptronik CEO, Jeff Cardenas presents on humanoid robots and their potential as an automation solution. He emphasizes that humanoid robots are not limited to their current capabilities but have the potential to do much more in the future. Jeff discusses the advancements in robotics and control theory, highlighting the progress made in understanding how to control humanoid robots with legs. The presentation focuses on the goal of developing a mass-manufacturable and affordable humanoid robot s

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