Schedule

Technology Workshops from 2018

Technology Workshops give attendees an opportunity to learn in-depth on a variety of timely topics. 16 sessions are offered each afternoon, with four concurrent Workshops in each time slot. Most Workshops are offered once on Tuesday and once on Wednesday. There is no need to sign up in advance; choose the sessions that are most relevant for your operation.

Philip Bard

Philip Bard

Applications Engineer, PTC

Integrate Legacy Equipment with Modern Assets for Industrial IoT

| 2:40 - 3:20 pm

Any manufacturer who hopes to stay competitive in today’s market needs a connected factory. But legacy machines—often critical to operations—can be extremely difficult to connect and integrate into an IoT ecosystem. Learn about the benefits and drawbacks of three different strategies for integrating legacy machines—as well as a framework for exploring which approach will best fit your unique needs. This session also includes in-depth examinations of factors (such as cost-effectiveness, connectivity efficiency, functionality flexibility, and more) to consider when integrating legacy data with modern smart manufacturing tools.

Who Should Attend? Anyone interested in:  

  • Exploring the business value—and competitive necessity—of integrating legacy machines with modern equipment for complete visibility into operations.
  • Evaluating the pros and cons of three integration strategies, and considering how each relates to connectivity, flexibility, scalability, cost effectiveness, and overall benefits to the enterprise.
  • Learning the questions you can ask to identify the right integration methodology for your organization’s specific goals. 
  • Investigating the different avenues and applications for the data collected from your legacy devices – from Visualization and Alarming to Mobile Application and Augmented Reality Experiences.   
     

 

John Kowal

John Kowal

Director, Business Development, B&R

“Want your customers back?” Automation user panelists discuss how batch size one machine technology can reinvent your business model.

| 2:40 - 3:20 pm

Millennials, digital natives, whatever you call today’s largest generation of consumers, they are used to shopping online and getting what they want, when they want it.  

Manufacturers that can cost effectively implement mass customization – batch size one – will hold a competitive advantage over those that don’t.  They’ll be able to reinvent their business model and reaffirm consumer loyalty.

And there is good news: a new generation of manufacturing and packaging technologies – collectively  categorized as the adaptive machine – is entering the marketplace, making batch size one a practical reality.

Attend this panel discussion with automation users to hear their business potentials, constraints, applications, enabling technologies and requirements.

Moderator: John Kowal, B&R Industrial Automation and chair of the Industrial Internet Consortium’s Smart Factory Task Group
Confirmed panelists: Paul Redwood, Church & Dwight; Tom Doney, Nestlé, and check back for others to be named
 

Colm Gavin

Colm Gavin

Digital Sales Specialist, Siemens

The Digital Twin and Its Effect on Automation Efficiencies

| 2:40 - 3:20 pm

Manufacturing companies today face many challenges to ensure their long-term competitiveness. The competition is fierce and customer requirements are becoming more and more individualized, resulting in increasing complexity of machine design and longer and more expensive commissioning time. To be able to respond appropriately, plant operators have to shorten their time-to-market and become more efficient and flexible, while maintaining or even improving their quality. So what should a company do beyond trying to optimize its normal automation processes?

The answer lies in Digitalization and the intelligent use of data generated from a common base to form a Digital Twin. The Digital Twin is a virtual representation of the machine which can be used to evaluate different automation concepts in the early phase of a project, reduce the commissioning time and accidents on site, and even assist with advanced training for machine operators. In this presentation, Mr. Gavin will discuss software tools from Siemens Totally Integrated Automation (TIA) portfolio and how their STEP 7 and TIA Portal SW are used to simulate and test the controller functions right at the configuration and engineering stages, with no need for real hardware. He will review the comprehensive simulation of Siemens controller functionalities with PLCSim Advanced, which allows connections to virtual models of machines and plant behavior via an open Application Program Interface (API).

Virtual models of the machine can be created with Siemens NX Mechatronics Concept Designer (MCD) software, and these models are far more than just 3D representations of the machine. The models can be animated to simulate the real behavior of the machine as it can be controlled by the program running in the virtual controller via PLCSim Advanced. In addition, the MCD software contains a physics engine which can be configured to allow for the effects of gravity, torque and friction on the machine and parts moving through the machine. The result is a high quality simulation of the machine which can bring the following benefits:

  • Improved quality via optimizing the controller project and machine functionality in a virtual environment
  • Reduced time to market via parallel operation of mechanical and automation engineering, and less time for commissioning at end-customer plant
  • More flexibility in creating alternative control concepts in the design phase
  • Reduced costs and risks because of reduced commissioning time and fewer faults during the real commissioning
Craig Lentzkow

Craig Lentzkow

IIoT Business Development Manager, Hilscher North America

Implementing IIoT with an Industrial Raspberry Pi: Rugged, Secure, and Made for Innovation

| 2:40 - 3:20 pm

The Raspberry Pi computer platform has taken the developer world by storm. And now, Hilscher introduces a rugged version that will revolutionize the Industrial Internet of Things.

Hilscher’s netPI Edge Gateway packages the Pi 3 quad-core ARM CPU with its own patented netX multiprotocol communications co-processor in an industrially hardened enclosure. With netX, the netPI can monitor and collect device data over fieldbus and real-time Ethernets, creating a flexible IoT infrastructure. Features such as a secure Linux OS, a thicker, larger circuit board for improved reliability and heat dissipation, and a Docker Container to run third-party software applications bring Raspberry Pi innovation to IIoT.

Join us for a technical demonstration of how the netPI Edge Gateway puts the Internet of Things and edge computing within reach of any developer, integrator and end-user manufacturer.

Melissa Topp

Melissa Topp

Senior Director of Global Marketing, Iconics

Adding the "I" to Your OT

| 3:25 - 4:05 pm

In this session, you will learn best practices for implementing a hybrid cloud SCADA solution that delivers secure yet personalized, role-based visualization and analytics to improve operational efficiency and reduce maintenance costs. Discover new techniques to connect existing on-premises control systems quickly and securely for Web-based insight and correlation with your management information systems. We will discuss IoT connectivity technologies such as cloud-enabled historians, machine learning, and digital twin with augmented and mixed reality. Get answers to questions like:

  • How do I connect existing controllers with IoT technology?
  • How do I contextualize the data to make it meaningful?
  • How can I configure an IoT system from the “cloud”?
  • How do I justify the investment in an IoT system?
  • How can I be assured that my IoT system is secure?

 

Robert Jackson

Robert Jackson

Global IIoT Partner Program Manager, Moxa

Cloud Convergence at the Network Infrastructure Edge: Where the Rubber Meets the Road in IIoT

| 3:25 - 4:05 pm

Presented by Moxa – This session will delve into the how critical data from edge devices and assets can reliably and securely be connected to cloud and AI platforms for IIoT implementations. Whether Azure, AWS, or Google Cloud, overcoming the challenges of IT/OT convergence between cloud and control system networks is imperative to IIoT success.

Kent Melville

Kent Melville

Sales Engineer, Inductive Automation

IIoT 101: Getting Started with MQTT

| 3:25 - 4:05 pm

Presented by Inductive Automation – The lightweight, open, and efficient MQTT messaging protocol has become a favorite among developers for IIoT applications. In this session, learn about the three components you need to build a basic MQTT architecture: the broker, the publisher, and the subscriber. Speaker Kent Melville, Sales Engineer for Inductive Automation, will also demonstrate how to use Ignition to publish data from edge-of-network devices and subscribe to the data from industrial and business applications.

Jeremy King

Jeremy King

Product Manager, Bimba Manufacturing Co.

Empowering Cobots and Traditional Factory Automation with Vacuum

| 3:25 - 4:05 pm

Learn how to add value and flexibility to your factory automation by employing vacuum technology. This session will teach you all about vacuum technology and its use with collaborative robots or other robotic applications. Today’s collaborative robots offer affordable, easy-to-use, and flexible material handling solutions to manufacturers. Speaker Jeremy King will walk you through the core of vacuum technology, the differences in types of vacuum pumps and cups, and how effective vacuum powered end effectors can be when paired with your preferred automation solution. Join us in learning how vacuum technology can offer a simple solution that adds new flexibility to your production and how the technology has evolved to integrate seamlessly with today’s latest collaborative robotic technology.

Lee Burk

Lee Burk

Training Manager, Pilz

Risk Assessments - Your First Step in Machinery Safety

| 4:25 - 5:05 pm

Risk assessments are the key to machinery safety. They pave the way for a level of risk reduction that's both effective and economical. It takes just a few factors to cause an accident.

If you build, retrofit or interlink machinery, a competent risk assessment is the most important basis on which to design machinery safely or determine the necessary protection measures.

This session will focus on how to:

• Recognize and define hazards and risks
• Prepare for a risk assessment
• Understand the steps involved in a risk assessment
• Eliminate or reduce risk exposure
• Know when you reached an acceptable risk level
• Verify risk reduction applications

Benson Hougland

Benson Hougland

Opto 22

Overcoming IT Obstacles with Edge Computing

| 4:25 - 5:05 pm

You have an idea about how to reduce unplanned downtime, generate new reports, provide dashboards to your systems, and harness the power of cloud computing, including machine learning and predictive maintenance.
 
However, you just realized you’re going to need a lot of help from your Information Technology (IT) department to see your project through. Databases, firewalls, ports, VPNs, API keys, and cloud connections can be obstacles to getting started and ultimately achieving your goals.
 
But there’s another way: apply edge computing and associated technologies like MQTT, Node-RED, and cloud platforms like Amazon Web Services.
 
This workshop is designed for automation engineers, managers, and developers who need or want to move data from control systems and devices into company software applications and online services (and vice versa). In this workshop, you’ll learn:

  • Where the “edge” is on your network
  • What edge computing looks like and how it can be securely applied to automation and controls
  • How to use industrial MQTT to exchange device data freely among devices and applications, with little or no IT involvement
  • When to move data to an on-site database, and when to consider cloud platforms
  • Why edge computing makes sense for automation projects now and into the future
Kyle Kidwell

Kyle Kidwell

Technical Application Development Engineer for the Great Lakes Region, Universal Robots

Cobots in Vision Applications

| 4:25 - 5:05 pm

Automation is an intriguing industry which presents some of the most innovative technologies in use, however with these technologies arise a set of challenges in integration and implementation when focused around robotics and machine vision.  Universal Robots (UR) focuses on making automation easier to bring to fruition by providing easily deployable robotics systems.  The company has launched UR+, a unique ecosystem of 3rd party developers collaborating with UR in developing products certified to work seamlessly with the UR robots. Vision systems are a major part of the new UR+ product portfolio that has aided UR in providing vision guided co-bot systems that are fast to integrate and deploy. 

This workshop will address critical factors in vision guided robotics deployment:

  • Calibrating the vision system and robot such that the data each produce is “usable” by the other system
  • Setup of a vision system
    • Acquiring an image
    • Setting up inspection tools (part location)
    • Sending/receiving data
  • Programming a robot
    • Basic Programming (Teaching waypoints, pick and place, etc.)
    • Sending/receiving data with a camera
    • Moving based on positional feedback from a camera

 

Karen Webster

Karen Webster

Principal Analytics Engineer, Seeq

Leverage Your Data to Increase Efficiency and Optimize Profitability

| 4:25 - 5:05 pm

Presented by Seeq – DRIP – Data Rich, Information Poor – defines the reality of many process manufacturing companies that lack the time or solutions to find insights in their data to improve asset availability, yields and quality metrics, and production KPIs. This session will present use cases demonstrating how self-service data analytics can accelerate the work of engineers and analysts to deal with DRIP, saving time and money for their organization.

Attendees will learn:

  • How engineers can leverage their expertise and experience to rapidly find root causes for process anomalies, monitor process and asset performance, and predict future performance and outcomes
  • How machine learning and big data technologies enable engineers to quickly build models of production processes with Google-like search, advanced visualization, and data cleansing features.
  • How to rapidly connect to enterprise data historians—such as OSIsoft PI, Honeywell PHD, and GE Proficy—and contextual production data with other data sources
  • How integrated knowledge capture, collaboration and publishing capabilities enable all levels of an organization to benefit from improved access to insights and underlying data.

Who should attend:
Specialists and engineers responsible for analysis, reliability, and optimization of control systems, assets, and processes; engineering leads, managers, and directors; and analysts driving continuous improvement initiatives and projects.
 

Michael Brand

Michael Brand

Logistic Solutions Specialist, Steute

New Tools for Enhancing Production Logistics: Wireless Data Collection Networks

| 5:10 - 5:50 pm

Manufacturing and warehousing operations are increasingly making use of automation to lower costs, increase productivity, and improve customer service.  This is evidenced by the growing use of integrated KANBAN and ANDON systems to improve product flow.  However, in selected environments and applications  - such as those involving mobile inventory racks, AGVs, and areas difficult to conveniently access with wired control components - production and logistics optimization has been challenging or hampered.

The development and recent introduction of a range of industrial-grade wireless switches, sensors, command devices and network gateways has enabled a number of companies to address these challenges and provide valuable “real-time” production/inventory information to their ERP systems. In so doing they have been able to:

  • Increase productivity
  • Reduce downtime
  • Lower costs
  • Speed decision making
  • … without the expense or inconvenience of running cables to the data collection points.

This interactive, hands-on Workshop will provide an overview of this wireless technology, present a number of successful applications, and allow attendees to experience a simulated installation.

Nathan Eisel

Nathan Eisel

Regional Product Specialist, Electronic Products Group, SMC Corporation of America

New Product Intro: Ethernet/IP Wireless Serial Interface IP67 Pneumatic Valve Manifold

| 5:10 - 5:50 pm

Come learn how a major Japanese car manufacturer achieved Wireless Communication across multiple pneumatic control valve manifolds by partnering with SMC Corporation in product development.

Steve Mulder

Steve Mulder

OEM Packaging Segment Leader, NA, Rockwell Automation

Smart, Flexible Manufacturing: Advance in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

| 5:10 - 5:50 pm

Brand Owners are increasingly challenged with meeting changing market demands, regulatory compliance, rising commodity costs, and access to skilled workforce.  Today, a manufacturer's success is dependent on its ability to adapt in an environment of continuous change. This session will use customer success stories to illustrate how Brand Owners are utilizing contemporary technology to meet these market challenges. Join us and learn how smart, flexible manufacturing and the ability to redeploy across an organization is making digital transformation a reality.

Ralf Moebus

Ralf Moebus

Head of Product Management, Lapp

Increase productivity and reduce cost of automated production with new industrial communication standards and the IIoT

| 5:10 - 5:50 pm

This educational session will cover:
What is IIoT? Use cases, opportunities and challenges

  • Industrial data communication as enabler for the IIoT
  • Increasing data rates vs. reduction in installation and communication interface costs for the IIoT
  • New physical layer for industrial Ethernet - Single pair Ethernet; Ethernet to the edge; status of standardization; use cases in production and installation, including cables and connectors
  • Old and new open communication protocol standards for IIoT:  OPC/UA, MQTT and TSN
  • Decentralized control systems and change of the automation pyramid

Steve Mulder

Steve Mulder

OEM Packaging Segment Leader, NA, Rockwell Automation

Smart, Flexible Manufacturing: Advance in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

| 1:40 - 2:20 pm

Brand Owners are increasingly challenged with meeting changing market demands, regulatory compliance, rising commodity costs, and access to skilled workforce.  Today, a manufacturer's success is dependent on its ability to adapt in an environment of continuous change. This session will use customer success stories to illustrate how Brand Owners are utilizing contemporary technology to meet these market challenges. Join us and learn how smart, flexible manufacturing and the ability to redeploy across an organization is making digital transformation a reality.

Nathan Eisel

Nathan Eisel

Regional Product Specialist, Electronic Products Group, SMC Corporation of America

New Product Intro: Ethernet/IP Wireless Serial Interface IP67 Pneumatic Valve Manifold

| 1:40 - 2:20 pm

Come learn how a major Japanese car manufacturer achieved Wireless Communication across multiple pneumatic control valve manifolds by partnering with SMC Corporation in product development.

Michael Brand

Michael Brand

Logistic Solutions Specialist, Steute

New Tools for Enhancing Production Logistics: Wireless Data Collection Networks

| 1:40 - 2:20 pm

Manufacturing and warehousing operations are increasingly making use of automation to lower costs, increase productivity, and improve customer service.  This is evidenced by the growing use of integrated KANBAN and ANDON systems to improve product flow.  However, in selected environments and applications  - such as those involving mobile inventory racks, AGVs, and areas difficult to conveniently access with wired control components - production and logistics optimization has been challenging or hampered.

The development and recent introduction of a range of industrial-grade wireless switches, sensors, command devices and network gateways has enabled a number of companies to address these challenges and provide valuable “real-time” production/inventory information to their ERP systems. In so doing they have been able to:

  • Increase productivity
  • Reduce downtime
  • Lower costs
  • Speed decision making
  • … without the expense or inconvenience of running cables to the data collection points.

This interactive, hands-on Workshop will provide an overview of this wireless technology, present a number of successful applications, and allow attendees to experience a simulated installation.

Ralf Moebus

Ralf Moebus

Head of Product Management, Lapp

Increase productivity and reduce cost of automated production with new industrial communication standards and the IIoT

| 1:40 - 2:20 pm

This educational session will cover:
What is IIoT? Use cases, opportunities and challenges

  • Industrial data communication as enabler for the IIoT
  • Increasing data rates vs. reduction in installation and communication interface costs for the IIoT
  • New physical layer for industrial Ethernet - Single pair Ethernet; Ethernet to the edge; status of standardization; use cases in production and installation, including cables and connectors
  • Old and new open communication protocol standards for IIoT:  OPC/UA, MQTT and TSN
  • Decentralized control systems and change of the automation pyramid

 

Lee Burk

Lee Burk

Training Manager, Pilz

Risk Assessments - Your First Step in Machinery Safety

| 2:25 - 3:05 pm

Risk assessments are the key to machinery safety. They pave the way for a level of risk reduction that's both effective and economical. It takes just a few factors to cause an accident.

If you build, retrofit or interlink machinery, a competent risk assessment is the most important basis on which to design machinery safely or determine the necessary protection measures.

This session will focus on how to:

• Recognize and define hazards and risks
• Prepare for a risk assessment
• Understand the steps involved in a risk assessment
• Eliminate or reduce risk exposure
• Know when you reached an acceptable risk level
• Verify risk reduction applications

Benson Hougland

Benson Hougland

Opto 22

Overcoming IT Obstacles with Edge Computing

| 2:25 - 3:05 pm

You have an idea about how to reduce unplanned downtime, generate new reports, provide dashboards to your systems, and harness the power of cloud computing, including machine learning and predictive maintenance.

However, you just realized you’re going to need a lot of help from your Information Technology (IT) department to see your project through. Databases, firewalls, ports, VPNs, API keys, and cloud connections can be obstacles to getting started and ultimately achieving your goals.

But there’s another way: apply edge computing and associated technologies like MQTT, Node-RED, and cloud platforms like Amazon Web Services.

This workshop is designed for automation engineers, managers, and developers who need or want to move data from control systems and devices into company software applications and online services (and vice versa). In this workshop, you’ll learn:

  • Where the “edge” is on your network
  • What edge computing looks like and how it can be securely applied to automation and controls
  • How to use industrial MQTT to exchange device data freely among devices and applications, with little or no IT involvement
  • When to move data to an on-site database, and when to consider cloud platforms
  • Why edge computing makes sense for automation projects now and into the future
Kyle Kidwell

Kyle Kidwell

Technical Application Development Engineer for the Great Lakes Region, Universal Robots

Cobots in Vision Applications

| 2:25 - 3:05 pm

Automation is an intriguing industry which presents some of the most innovative technologies in use, however with these technologies arise a set of challenges in integration and implementation when focused around robotics and machine vision.  Universal Robots (UR) focuses on making automation easier to bring to fruition by providing easily deployable robotics systems.  The company has launched UR+, a unique ecosystem of 3rd party developers collaborating with UR in developing products certified to work seamlessly with the UR robots. Vision systems are a major part of the new UR+ product portfolio that has aided UR in providing vision guided co-bot systems that are fast to integrate and deploy. 

This workshop will address critical factors in vision guided robotics deployment:

  • Calibrating the vision system and robot such that the data each produce is “usable” by the other system
  • Setup of a vision system
    • Acquiring an image
    • Setting up inspection tools (part location)
    • Sending/receiving data
  • Programming a robot
    • Basic Programming (Teaching waypoints, pick and place, etc.)
    • Sending/receiving data with a camera
    • Moving based on positional feedback from a camera

 

Karen Webster

Karen Webster

Principal Analytics Engineer, Seeq

Leverage Your Data to Increase Efficiency and Optimize Profitability

| 2:25 - 3:05 pm

Presented by Seeq –  DRIP – Data Rich, Information Poor – defines the reality of many process manufacturing companies that lack the time or solutions to find insights in their data to improve asset availability, yields and quality metrics, and production KPIs. This session will present use cases demonstrating how self-service data analytics can accelerate the work of engineers and analysts to deal with DRIP, saving time and money for their organization.

Attendees will learn:

  • How engineers can leverage their expertise and experience to rapidly find root causes for process anomalies, monitor process and asset performance, and predict future performance and outcomes
  • How machine learning and big data technologies enable engineers to quickly build models of production processes with Google-like search, advanced visualization, and data cleansing features.
  • How to rapidly connect to enterprise data historians—such as OSIsoft PI, Honeywell PHD, and GE Proficy—and contextual production data with other data sources
  • How integrated knowledge capture, collaboration and publishing capabilities enable all levels of an organization to benefit from improved access to insights and underlying data.

Who should attend:
Specialists and engineers responsible for analysis, reliability, and optimization of control systems, assets, and processes; engineering leads, managers, and directors; and analysts driving continuous improvement initiatives and projects.
 

Melissa Topp

Melissa Topp

Senior Director of Global Marketing, Iconics

Adding the "I" to Your OT

| 3:10 - 3:50 pm

In this session, you will learn best practices for implementing a hybrid cloud SCADA solution that delivers secure yet personalized, role-based visualization and analytics to improve operational efficiency and reduce maintenance costs. Discover new techniques to connect existing on-premises control systems quickly and securely for Web-based insight and correlation with your management information systems. We will discuss IoT connectivity technologies such as cloud-enabled historians, machine learning, and digital twin with augmented and mixed reality. Get answers to questions like:

  • How do I connect existing controllers with IoT technology?
  • How do I contextualize the data to make it meaningful?
  • How can I configure an IoT system from the “cloud”?
  • How do I justify the investment in an IoT system?
  • How can I be assured that my IoT system is secure?

 

Robert Jackson

Robert Jackson

Global IIoT Partner Program Manager, Moxa

Cloud Convergence at the Network Infrastructure Edge: Where the Rubber Meets the Road in IIoT

| 3:10 - 3:50 pm

Presented by Moxa – This session will delve into the how critical data from edge devices and assets can reliably and securely be connected to cloud and AI platforms for IIoT implementations. Whether Azure, AWS, or Google Cloud, overcoming the challenges of IT/OT convergence between cloud and control system networks is imperative to IIoT success.

Kent Melville

Kent Melville

Sales Engineer, Inductive Automation

IIoT 101: Getting Started with MQTT

| 3:10 - 3:50 pm

Presented by Inductive Automation – The lightweight, open, and efficient MQTT messaging protocol has become a favorite among developers for IIoT applications. In this session, learn about the three components you need to build a basic MQTT architecture: the broker, the publisher, and the subscriber. Speaker Kent Melville, Sales Engineer for Inductive Automation, will also demonstrate how to use Ignition to publish data from edge-of-network devices and subscribe to the data from industrial and business applications.

Jeremy King

Jeremy King

Product Manager, Bimba Manufacturing Co.

Empowering Cobots and Traditional Factory Automation with Vacuum

| 3:10 - 3:50 pm

Learn how to add value and flexibility to your factory automation by employing vacuum technology. This session will teach you all about vacuum technology and its use with collaborative robots or other robotic applications. Today’s collaborative robots offer affordable, easy-to-use, and flexible material handling solutions to manufacturers. Speaker Jeremy King will walk you through the core of vacuum technology, the differences in types of vacuum pumps and cups, and how effective vacuum powered end effectors can be when paired with your preferred automation solution. Join us in learning how vacuum technology can offer a simple solution that adds new flexibility to your production and how the technology has evolved to integrate seamlessly with today’s latest collaborative robotic technology.

Philip Bard

Philip Bard

Applications Engineer, PTC

Integrate Legacy Equipment with Modern Assets for Industrial IoT

| 3:55 - 4:35 pm

Any manufacturer who hopes to stay competitive in today’s market needs a connected factory. But legacy machines—often critical to operations—can be extremely difficult to connect and integrate into an IoT ecosystem. Learn about the benefits and drawbacks of three different strategies for integrating legacy machines—as well as a framework for exploring which approach will best fit your unique needs. This session also includes in-depth examinations of factors (such as cost-effectiveness, connectivity efficiency, functionality flexibility, and more) to consider when integrating legacy data with modern smart manufacturing tools.

Who Should Attend? Anyone interested in:  

  • Exploring the business value—and competitive necessity—of integrating legacy machines with modern equipment for complete visibility into operations.
  • Evaluating the pros and cons of three integration strategies, and considering how each relates to connectivity, flexibility, scalability, cost effectiveness, and overall benefits to the enterprise.
  • Learning the questions you can ask to identify the right integration methodology for your organization’s specific goals. 
  • Investigating the different avenues and applications for the data collected from your legacy devices – from Visualization and Alarming to Mobile Application and Augmented Reality Experiences.   
     
Sari Germanos

Sari Germanos

Business Development Manager, B&R

Automation user panelists explain “why we aren't doing IIoT -- and what you need to do to get us interested.”

| 3:55 - 4:35 pm

Everyone is talking about IIoT, so why aren’t they doing it?  This panel discussion with automation users is a reality check.

Learn firsthand the obstacles facing corporate IT/OT architects, and what manufacturers need from automation suppliers to accelerate adoption.

You’ll hear it all, from the security conundrum, to the IT/OT cultural barrier, from interoperability prerequisites like OPC UA TSN and PackML OPC UA, to strategic business imperatives in an era of operational priorities.

Moderator: Sari Germanos, B&R Industrial Automation and chair of the Industrial Internet Consortium’s Networking Task Group
Panelists: Paul Redwood, Church & Dwight; Tom Doney, Nestlé, and check back for others to be named

Colm Gavin

Colm Gavin

Digital Sales Specialist, Siemens

The Digital Twin and Its Effect on Automation Efficiencies

| 3:55 - 4:35 pm

Manufacturing companies today face many challenges to ensure their long-term competitiveness. The competition is fierce and customer requirements are becoming more and more individualized, resulting in increasing complexity of machine design and longer and more expensive commissioning time. To be able to respond appropriately, plant operators have to shorten their time-to-market and become more efficient and flexible, while maintaining or even improving their quality. So what should a company do beyond trying to optimize its normal automation processes?

The answer lies in Digitalization and the intelligent use of data generated from a common base to form a Digital Twin. The Digital Twin is a virtual representation of the machine which can be used to evaluate different automation concepts in the early phase of a project, reduce the commissioning time and accidents on site, and even assist with advanced training for machine operators. In this presentation, Mr. Gavin will discuss software tools from Siemens Totally Integrated Automation (TIA) portfolio and how their STEP 7 and TIA Portal SW are used to simulate and test the controller functions right at the configuration and engineering stages, with no need for real hardware. He will review the comprehensive simulation of Siemens controller functionalities with PLCSim Advanced, which allows connections to virtual models of machines and plant behavior via an open Application Program Interface (API).

Virtual models of the machine can be created with Siemens NX Mechatronics Concept Designer (MCD) software, and these models are far more than just 3D representations of the machine. The models can be animated to simulate the real behavior of the machine as it can be controlled by the program running in the virtual controller via PLCSim Advanced. In addition, the MCD software contains a physics engine which can be configured to allow for the effects of gravity, torque and friction on the machine and parts moving through the machine. The result is a high quality simulation of the machine which can bring the following benefits:

  • Improved quality via optimizing the controller project and machine functionality in a virtual environment
  • Reduced time to market via parallel operation of mechanical and automation engineering, and less time for commissioning at end-customer plant
  • More flexibility in creating alternative control concepts in the design phase
  • Reduced costs and risks because of reduced commissioning time and fewer faults during the real commissioning
Craig Lentzkow

Craig Lentzkow

IIoT Business Development Manager, Hilscher North America

Implementing IIoT with an Industrial Raspberry Pi: Rugged, Secure, and Made for Innovation

| 3:55 - 4:35 pm

The Raspberry Pi computer platform has taken the developer world by storm. And now, Hilscher introduces a rugged version that will revolutionize the Industrial Internet of Things.

Hilscher’s netPI Edge Gateway packages the Pi 3 quad-core ARM CPU with its own patented netX multiprotocol communications co-processor in an industrially hardened enclosure. With netX, the netPI can monitor and collect device data over fieldbus and real-time Ethernets, creating a flexible IoT infrastructure. Features such as a secure Linux OS, a thicker, larger circuit board for improved reliability and heat dissipation, and a Docker Container to run third-party software applications bring Raspberry Pi innovation to IIoT.

Join us for a technical demonstration of how the netPI Edge Gateway puts the Internet of Things and edge computing within reach of any developer, integrator and end-user manufacturer.

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