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21st Annual Robotics Industry Forum

Conference Agenda

*Schedule subject to change.                                                                                        Back to Robotics Industry Forum

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
6:45 am to 2:00 pm A3 Golf Outing Scramble
Grand Cypress Golf Club- The New Course
Optional activity - additional fee required

Each year A3 hosts a Golf Outing Scramble in conjunction with the annual collocated AIA Business Conference, MCA Business Conference and Robotics Industry Forum.  It is a fun and relaxing networking opportunity for experienced and novice golfers alike. This one-day event includes: round trip transportation to the Grand Cypress Golf Club; practice balls; a cart and green fees; a buffet lunch; and the chance to win great prizes.
10:00 am to 8:00 pm Conference Check-In & Badge Pick-Up
4:30 pm to 5:15 pm First Time Attendee Primer
This primer will introduce first time attendees to the conference and match them with guides who can help them maximize the value of the the conference.
5:15 pm to 5:30 pm Official Welcome and Conference Overview
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm OPENING KEYNOTE
Creating a World Class Service Organization
Dennis Snow, President, Snow and Associates

Related Article: 5 Costly Customer Service Mistakes Businesses Make, and How Your Company Can Avoid Them
6:30 pm to 6:45 pm Better Customer Support with Beam
Erin Rapacki, Director of Marketing, Suitable Technologies
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm A3 Networking Receptions
Join fellow AIA, RIA and MCA members for the opening networking reception at the 2014 Annual Conference. This is the perfect opportunity to get to know new members, meet up with old friends and enjoy food, beverages and fun!
Thursday, January 23, 2014
7:00 am to 5:00 pm Conference Check-In & Badge Pick-Up
7:00 am to 8:15 am Networking Breakfast
8:30 am to 8:45 am Welcome and Board Member Introductions
8:45 am to 9:45 am OPENING KEYNOTE
From Leading A High Performance Team to Landing on Mars
Adam Steltzner, Lead Landing Engineer, NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover Project
9:45 am to 10:30 am Networking Break
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Competitiveness, Innovation and Productivity: The Global Race for Advantage
Robert Atkinson
, President, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
11:30 am to NOON Shock and Awe - Getting Students Excited About Science and Engineering
Larry Bock, Founder and Principal, Science Spark, Creator and Executive Director, USA Science and Engineering Festival
Health Care Reform – What Companies Need to Know
Jason A. Russell, Senior Director, Michigan Chamber Services
Lisa Blake, Regional Sales Director, Medcom

1:45 pm to 2:15 pm

2:15 pm to 2:45 pm

2:45 pm to 3:00 pm

3:00 pm to 3:30 pm

3:30 pm to 4:00 pm

4:00 pm to 4:15 pm

4:15 pm to 5:00 pm

AIA Breakout Sessions

Vision Technologies to Watch
Machine Vision with Depth:  Time of Flight Imaging
Ritchie Logan, VP Business Development, Odos Imaging Ltd.

Vision Technologies:  From Inspection to Intelligence
Jon Sobel, Chief Executive Officer, Sight Machine

Update on AIA Standards

Bob McCurrach, Director, Standards Development, AIA

Opportunities and Challenges for Vision in Pharmaceutical Applications
Jeff Najarian, Senior Engineer, Merck & Co., Inc.

AIA Networking Break

Presentation of AIA Achievement Award

Vison + Imaging Market Update
Alex Shikany, Director, Market Analysis, AIA
Keith Reuben, President, Teledyne DALSA Asia-Pacific

1:45 pm to 2:15 pm

2:20 pm to 2:30 pm

2:30 pm to 3:30 pm

3:30 pm to 4:00 pm

4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

MCA Breakout Sessions

Using Total Cost to Justify Automation for Reshoring
Harry C. Moser, Founder and President, Reshoring Initiative

MCA Business Conference Introduction
John Hegel, MCA Chairman, President American Control Electronics

Motion Controls: A Global Market Update

Michelle Figgs, Senior Analyst- Motor Controls & Switchgear Electronics & Media, IHS

MCA Motion Control Market Update
Food and Beverage Packaging Industry Study
Alex Shikany, Director, Market Analysis, MCA

MCA Networking Break

Industry Trends to Watch
Collaborative Automation – How Collaborative Robotics will Change the Way we Approach Automation
Andy Larson,  Motion Control Product Manager, Cross Company

Integration of Robots and Motion – The Benefits and Technical Challenges
Edward Nicolson, Senior Director, Development, Yaskawa America Inc.

1:45 pm to 2:15 pm

2:15 pm to 2:45 pm

2:45 pm to 3:15 pm

3:15 pm to 3:30 pm

3:30 pm to 4:00 pm

4:00 pm to 4:30 pm

4:30 pm to 4:45 pm

4:45 pm to 5:00 pm
RIA Breakout Sessions

Using Total Cost to Justify Automation for Reshoring

Harry C. Moser, Founder and President, Reshoring Initiative

Robotics In Healthcare (Angiography): One Opportunity
Dr. Joachim Reiss, Vice President R&D, Siemens AG

Code Rosie: Robotics in the Operating Room
Christopher Prentice, SVP America & VP Global Marketing, Mazor Robotics

Update on Standards for Collaborative Robots
Pat Davison, Director, Standards Development, Robotic Industries Association (RIA)

RIA Networking Break

Update on National Robotics Initiative
Richard Voyles, Assoc. Dean for Research, College of Technology, Purdue University

Theory of Constraints
Robert J. Axtman, Executive Director Business Development, Visual Components

Continuous Motion Automation – The Factory of the Future
Stephen Derby, Automation Design, Pack Flow Concepts LLC
7:00 pm to 10:00 pm A3 Group Dinner and Sports Party
Back by popular demand, our Sports Night is sure to be one of the highlights of the week! You will not want to miss this perfect opportunity to have dinner and drinks while networking and playing pool, foosball, air hockey, and more with your business partners, friends and new connections in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.
Be sure to wear an article of clothing that shows your favorite sports team!
Friday, January 24, 2014
7:00 am to Noon Conference Registration Desk Open
7:00 am to 8:00 am Networking Breakfast
8:00 am to 8:15 am
Welcome and Tribute to the History of Our Associations
8:15 am to 8:45 am Opportunities for Automation in Contract Manufacturing
John Dulchinos, Vice President for Global Automation, Jabil Inc.
8:45 am to 10:00 am
2014 Global Economic Forecast
Alan Beaulieu, Institute for Trend Research
10:00 am to 10:15 am
Official Closing of A3 Business Forum Closing Remarks
Jeff Burnstein, President, A3
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Post Forum Marketing Workshop on Social Networking
Neal Schaffer, Author, Speaker, Maximize Your Social
NOON to 5:30 pm A3 Networking Airboat Excursion and Lunch
This excursion takes you into the seldom visited heart of natural Florida.  You will see natural, protected wetland hammocks, walk through ancient Flatwoods, and travel by airboat into sections of fresh water marshes and upriver, into the bald cypress swamp - home of the Florida alligator, American bald eagle, and a myriad of wildlife. Optional activity - additional fee required


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