April 27-28, 2020
InterContinental Saint Paul Riverfront
St. Paul, Minnesota

About the Conference

The RIA Robotic Grinding and Finishing Conference, presented by 3M, is the premier event in North America for learning best practices, key parameters for success, implementation techniques, tooling, and more for your robotic grinding and finishing processes. Join us in St Paul for exciting sessions that will help you successfully implement or improve your robotic grinding and finishing system!

Call For Speakers Open!

We are seeking industry leaders to present at the Robotic Grinding & Finishing Conference on interesting topics which include, but are not limited, to:

  • Case Studies of Successful Robotic Grinding & Finishing Systems
  • Robotic Grinding & Finishing Applications
  • How to Design a Robot Cell
  • Robotic Sanding and Polishing
  • When to use Collaborative Robots for Robotic Grinding & Finishing
  • Programming & training: Keeping your robot cell running through product changes and other challenges

Conference presentations should be educational and non-commercial. We encourage you to share examples, experience, and information for the benefit of industry and robotics practitioners in general.



Questions? Contact Bob Doyle at bdoyle@a3automate.org.

  RIA Robotic Grinding and Finishing Conference

Why Attend

Attending the Robotic Grinding and Finishing Conference will equip you with the knowledge you need to successfully implement your next robotic grinding or finishing system:

  • Get a comprehensive look at the factors, technologies and processes that yield success in robotic grinding and finishing
  • See live demos of real-world applications
  • Meet a range of robotic grinding & finishing experts in one place, covering abrasives, system integration, and equipment
  • Discover real-world implementation stories
  • Attend in-depth sessions on key technologies, best practices and example processes
  • Address your project questions with experts in 3M’s robot lab
  • Discover the best tools and equipment at the tabletop exhibits
  • Network with experts in the industry

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Who Should Attend

  • Engineering Managers and Directors
  • Advanced Manufacturing Personnel
  • Process engineers
  • Robot Application Engineers/Techs
  • Designers
  • And other manufacturing automation professionals

Exclusive Opportunity to Tour 3M's Customer Innovation Center and Robot Lab

All attendees will be able to tour 3M's Innovation Center, a playground for engineers!

Attendees will also have the opportunity to visit 3M's CAM Center, home to one of the company's robotics labs to see real-world demos and to discuss project questions in an operational setting.

Attendees choosing the Monday tour/demo option will have the opportunity to visit 3M's CAM Center to view multiple material removal robot demos AND have the option of touring 3M’s Innovation Center.

Due to the sensitive nature of innovation discussions at the 3M CAM Center, 3M reserves the right to restrict participation in this portion of the tour of abrasive manufacturer representatives who attend the conference.

3M's Customer Innovation Center and Robot Lab


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InterContinental Saint Paul RiverfrontThe Robotic Grinding and Finishing Conference will be held at the InterContinental Saint Paul Riverfront in St. Paul, MN.

InterContinental Saint Paul Riverfront
11 E Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55101

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Andrew Cook Andrew Cook
Product Manager - Grippers
Applied Robotics
Bob Doyle Bob Doyle
Vice President - RIA and A3 Mexico
Robotic Industries Association
Brandon Berth Brandon Berth
Project Analyst
Kohler Co.
Charles C. Gales, P.E. Charles C. Gales, P.E.
Manager of Automation Sales
Weldon Solutions
Cody Larson Cody Larson
Account Manager, Weld Process Engineer
MESH Automation
Dan Merritt Dan Merritt
Material Removal Product Manager
ATI Industrial Automation
Dominic Sinibaldi Dominic Sinibaldi
York Exponential
G. A. G. A. "Fritz" Carlson III
President & CEO
Acme Manufacturing Company
Gordon Arnold Gordon Arnold
Business Development Manager
Encore Automation
Jay Douglass Jay Douglass
ARM - Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing
Joe Gemma Joe Gemma
KUKA Division Industries
Kevin Barry
Program Manager
Lockheed Martin
Matthew C Morrison Matthew C Morrison
Senior Design Engineer
Marshalltown Company
Matthew M. Robinson Matthew M. Robinson
Program Manager ROS-Industrial Americas
Southwest Research Institute
Maximiliano Falcone Maximiliano Falcone
Business Development Manager
PushCorp Inc.
Pat Duda Pat Duda
Senior Sales Application Engineer
Prabhakar Pagilla Prabhakar Pagilla
Texas A&M University
Ron Potter
Director of Robotics Technology
Factory Automation Systems
Ronald Naderer Ronald Naderer
FerRobotics Inc.
Scott Barnett Scott Barnett
Lab Manager
Scott Harms Scott Harms
MetalQuest Unlimited, Inc.
Simon Whitton Simon Whitton
Regional Division Manager, North America
Steven Becroft Steven Becroft
Encore Automation
Thomas Koch Thomas Koch
Executive Vice President Sales
SHL Automation Inc.
Virgil Wilson Virgil Wilson
Staff Engineer Material Removal
FANUC America