Autonomous Mobile Robot Conference

2020 date and location coming soon

 

About the Conference

It's time to get moving!

From logistics to manufacturing to retail, Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs) are the perfect tool for dynamic environments and on-demand automation. AMRs are already playing a significant role in increasing productivity. Don't get left behind. Get moving.

Join us at the Autonomous Mobile Robot Conference.

  • TAKE ACTION: Learn how to deploy autonomous mobile robots in your enterprise.
  • MEET & GREET: Network with leading players in the AMR industry.
  • SURVEY THE MARKET: Understand how AMRs will change business across multiple sectors.
  • STAY AHEAD: Get an update on the upcoming mobile robot safety standard.
 

2019 Speakers

Melonee Wise
CEO
Fetch Robotics
Eric Harty
VP of Strategic Marketing
Honeywell Intelligrated
 Aaron Prather
Senior Technical Advisor
FedEx Express

 

Josh Cloer
Josh Cloer
Sales Director
Mobile Industrial Robots Inc.
Denise Ebenhoech
Regional Head of Advanced Robotic Applications
KUKA Robotics
Michael Gerstenberger
Michael Gerstenberger
R15.08 Chair
Roboticist
X

 

Norm Williams
Norm Williams
Director of Robotics
OMRON
John Cameron
John Cameron
Chief Robotics Engineer
IAM Robotics
Matt Rendall
CEO
OTTO Motors

 

Doug Wilmot
VP Sales
Humatics
Tony Melanson
Tony Melanson
VP Marketing & Strategy
Aethon
Product Manager
Material Handling Systems

 

David Clear
Vice President, Business Development
Vecna Robotics
Dave Ross
Vice President, Business Development
Brain Corp.
Botond Szatmáry
Head of Technology Partnerships
Brain Corp.

 

2019 Agenda

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17

8:00 am - 8:15 am
Welcome
8:15 am - 8:45 am
Understanding the Basics of AMR Technology: What You Need to Know
Melonee Wise, Fetch Robotics
Curious about introducing robotic automation but not sure where to start? Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs) have emerged over the past few years as a smart, flexible and affordable approach to incorporating robots in the workplace. But, what is the best robotic automation for you, how does it work and why should you care? Fetch Robotics CEO Melonee Wise will give an in-depth overview of the inner workings of AMRs so that the audience can learn how and why AMRs work and why such technical advances as obstacle avoidance, localization, and SLAM are important to understand before adopting them.
8:45 am - 9:15 am
5 Things You Aren't Considering (But Should Be) For Your AMR Installation
Matthew Rendall, Otto Motors
More information coming soon!
9:15 am - 9:45 am
Autonomous Mobile Robots in Diverse Work Settings
Denise Ebenhoech, Kuka
Faced with the growing demand for more personalized and varied products in a competitive global marketplace, today’s manufacturers are looking for faster, more creative ways to overcome space limitations and other complex production challenges. Many have turned to collaborative and mobile robotics systems to meet their needs. Combining the strengths of a collaborative robot with an autonomous mobile platform, these vehicles use intelligent software and sensors to navigate crowded factory floors and perform a number of tasks. But how does a manufacturer know if an autonomous mobile robot (AMR) is right for their application? Using real-world case studies, this presentation will show how autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) are being used to increase the flexibility of automation projects in different work settings. The speaker will walk attendees through the considerations and benefits of each project, as well as provide working definitions of industry-specific topics.
9:45 am - 10:15 am
BREAK & EXHIBIT TIME
More information coming soon!
10:15 am - 10:45 am
How Artificial Intelligence Will Increase the Performance and Capabilities for Autonomous Mobile Robots
Josh Cloer, MiR
In the past, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been more of a buzzword than a value driver in industry, but with recent advancements in sensor technology, cloud computing, and AI-focused processor architectures AI is now capable of adding value to the products used in industry.

Today, Machine Learning Algorithms used for visual detection and recognition have evolved to a point where wide market adoption has become viable. For AMR technology, this means we can now detect and classify objects from camera data. This allows robots to more efficiently and appropriately react to different types of obstacles within the environment.

AI-powered AMRs will help turn workplaces into organic, data-driven environments, in which robots share relevant data from onboard and remote sensors to help fleets of robots make informed decisions. Combining Artificial Intelligence with Cloud Computing and the adoption of the 5G network architecture will power the next industrial revolution by fully supplanting undesirable, laborious, and dangerous tasks.
10:45 am - 11:30 am
Panel Discussion: The Business Case for AMRs on the Factory and Warehouse Floors
Brandon Coats, Material Handling Systems
David Clear, Vecna Robotics
Harry Chase, GE Appliances
Moderator: Doug Wilmot, Humatics
Automated material handling in logistics is still the exception rather than the rule for most companies. AMRs are essential to the Industry 4.0 of smart, flexible factories and logistics center, however, many plant owners struggle to find the right solution to enable better efficiency, throughput and precise navigation in their space. The reality is, there is no one-size-fits-all solution and many industrial AMR applications require precise, robust and cost-effective positioning that can only be achieved with sensor fusion and technology/platform partnerships. In order to develop the right solutions and partnerships, AMR manufacturers need to start with the why: why is the end-user looking to automate their operation? What is the intended goal? Why are they coming to your company specifically?

In this panel discussion get an inside look into how Vecna (a self-guided vehicle partner), MHS Global (leading material handling systems company), GE Appliances and Humatics (maker of the full-stack microlocation platform to deliver ultra-precise, robust navigation in the built environment) weigh the use case with the technology considerations to build a feasible business case on the factory and warehouse floor.
11:30 am - NOON
A Preview of the Upcoming Mobile Robot Safety Standard
Michael Gerstenberger, R15.08 Chair, Roboticist, X
More information coming soon!
NOON - 1:30 pm
LUNCH & EXHIBIT TIME
More information coming soon!
1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Advancements in Autonomous Mobile Manipulation
Norm Williams, OMRON
With advancements in technology, the feasibility of mobile manipulation in real world applications is becoming a reality. Autonomous mobile manipulation is the integration of autonomous mobile robots and manipulator devices along with vision components into systems that can perform meaningful work in dynamic work environments. This presentation will cover:
  • The basics of autonomous mobile robot technologies (hardware and software including mapping in highly dynamic environments, workflow definition and safety concerns)
  • Manipulator integration options including fixed mechanics and 6 axis collaborative arm integration with autonomous mobile robots
  • How integrated vision cameras are making mobile manipulation systems easier to deploy
  • Discussion of a few real world applications of autonomous mobile manipulation
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Mobile Manipulation for the Real World - A Case Study for Robotic Unloading
Eric Harty, Honeywell Intelligrated
In this presentation, we will review the challenges of designing and developing a mobile manipulator for the purposes of unloading trucks, trailers and shipping containers in the retail/distribution markets. Designing a robotic solution has enough challenges and when adding mobility to the equation, the issues can add up exponentially. This presentation will cover these challenges and how Honeywell Robotics has developed a unique robotic unloading solution that is capable of unloading a wide range of products autonomously.
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Understanding the Difference Between AMRs and Mobile Manipulation Systems
John Cameron, IAM Robotics
Whether its mobile manipulation systems overseen by operations managers or AMRs used to assist existing floor personnel, the modern robotics market offers a variety of capabilities never before seen. When businesses are seeking the best option for their facility it is not always clear which is best. What are the key differences between mobile manipulation systems and AMRs? Should I use a mobile manipulation system, or pair an AMR with fixed manipulation systems? What industrial engineering considerations do I need to make when integrating these different technologies? This session focuses on autonomous robots and understanding the fundamental differences between mobile manipulation platforms and AMRs. John Cameron, Chief Robotics Engineer from IAM Robotics, will present these differences, share how organizations may best leverage this new generation of mobile robotic solutions, and provide insights on what you need to consider when evaluating these autonomous solutions for your business.
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
BREAK & EXHIBIT TIME
More information coming soon!
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Powering Autonomous Robots, Empowering Their Builders
Dave Ross, Brain Corp.
Botond Szatmáry, Brain Corp.
Learn how to evaluate your need for robotics and deploying a time saving strategy. Key takeaways include IDing time-consuming and repetitive tasks that could benefit from robotics, evaluating the opportunity cost and entire workflow, including enabling next-generation data applications that share, leverage, and analyze this IoT data.
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Know Your Robots - What You Need To Know About Mobile Robots and Your Applications
Tony Melanson, Aethon
The use of mobile robots is increasing throughout multiple industries and geographies and this has resulted in a significant expansion of the needs and expectations by the end user. These demands are resulting in applications with very specific requirements, price-points, end-points and user interaction needs. The challenge is that no one mobile robot can do all things or serve all markets – so how do you choose and evaluate for your situation? To achieve success it is imperative that buyers know their robots. In this session we will discuss the issues and considerations facing organizations who seek to incorporate mobile robots into their process flows and workforce and even interact among their customers, guests or patients.
4:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Roadmaps and Roadblocks for AMRs in Logistics
Aaron Prather, FedEx
With nearly 15 million packages being delivered every day, FedEx uses numerous types of equipment to get a package from Point A to Point B. Each year FedEx buys close to 5,000 new pieces of powered transportation to make sure that packages makes it on time. In those nearly 5,000 new pieces of equipment, new AMRs are joining the FedEx fleet each year. Aaron Prather will talk about some of the AMRs that have joined the FedEx fleet and where he sees areas of opportunity for the AMR industry as FedEx and other Logistic firms continue to grow their AMR fleet.
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
NETWORKING RECEPTION & EXHIBITS
More information coming soon!

 

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18

9:00 am - 11:00 am
Post-Conference Tour
See Material Handling Systems' state of the art R&D facility featuring mobile and collaborative robots.

 

2019 Exhibits

Visit our tabletop exhibit area open throughout the day, and meet with the below companies offering the latest in mobile robots and robotic accessories.

AGILOX North America
Air Hydro Power
Brother
Cognex
Cornerstone Specialty
DreamVu, Inc.
Encoder Products
Fetch Robotics
Glide-Line
Harmonic Drive
Hokuyo
Humatics
Kaarta
KUKA
MHS
MiR
Nidec-Shimpo
OTTO Motors
Precise Automation
QMI Robotics
SCHUNK
SEW-Eurodrive
Aspina
SICK
Stäubli
Tapeswitch
Timken
Universal Robots
Vecna Robotics
Waypoint Robotics
WiBotic Inc.
WITTENSTEIN

If you are interested in exhibiting, please fill out our tabletop reservation form or contact Jim Hamilton with questions.

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