WORKSHOP #1: Factory of the Future

Manufacturers are entering the era of Industry 4.0. Thanks to sensors, computers and the Internet, networked machines can communicate with each other and their users in real time. Factory processes can become more visible and controllable. Web browsers can be used as dashboards to control equipment, identify snags, and make quick decisions that would have previously taken entire teams of people to handle. Supply chains can automatically adjust based on changes in demand or production capacity. Products can instruct machines how they should be processed. The technology promises to help manufacturers achieve terrific efficiencies. This workshop will help assemblers navigate the brave new world of data analytics, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, generative design and other cutting-edge technologies.

Tuesday, October 22 | 1:00 – 1:35 PM

Getting Started on the Road to Industry 4.0
Just as lean manufacturing is about more than eliminating waste, Industry 4.0 is not merely a matter of connecting machines and products via the Internet. Industry 4.0 will inevitably lead to new types of work and ways of working. This will necessitate changes to company structures and the relationships between companies. Businesses must understand what Industry 4.0 means to them and develop a corresponding implementation strategy. This session will provide will provide advice on how to get started.

Rodney Rusk, Industry 4.0 Business Leader, Bosch Rexroth Corp.

Tuesday, October 22 | 1:35 – 2:10 PM

Data Analytics, Machine Learning and Predictive Operations
Today’s assembly and test equipment can provide manufacturing engineers and managers with reams of data about their process. Until recently, however, most of that operational data could not be easily analyzed to improve quality. Now, that’s beginning to change. Operational machine learning discovers patterns hidden in existing operations data, applies predictive analytics and provides actionable insights, all without requiring data scientists. In this session, you’ll learn how data analytics and machine learning can help decrease material costs, increase equipment uptime, reduce maintenance planning time, and lower overall maintenance costs.

Sachin Andhare, Global Marketing Director, Falkonry Inc.

Tuesday, October 22 | 2:10 – 2:45 PM

Designing the Future with Generative Design Software
Generative design mimics nature’s evolutionary approach to design. Engineers input design goals into generative design software, along with parameters such as materials, manufacturing methods and cost constraints. Unlike topology optimization, the software explores all the possible permutations of a solution, quickly generating design alternatives. It tests and learns from each iteration what works and what doesn’t. This session explains this exciting new design tool.

Matt Lemay, Generative Design Adoption, Autodesk Inc.


Tuesday, October 22 | 2:55 – 3:30 PM

The Reality of Augmented Reality
Augmented reality (AR) is a technology whereby objects in the real-world are “augmented” by computer-generated perceptual information, including visual, auditory and haptic sensations. The primary value of AR is that it brings components of the digital world into a person’s perception of the real world. It can do more than just display data. It can include immersive sensations that are perceived as natural parts of an environment. Manufacturers can use AR to aid product design, preventive maintenance and assembly of complex systems. Already, manufacturers such as Boeing, Ford, BMW, Caterpillar, AGCO and Trumpf are taking advantage of AR in design rooms and on the assembly line. This session explains the technology and what it can do.

Chris Delvizis, VP of Product Management, Upskill