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March 13, 2019
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- Lynne Murr, Engineer DENSO Manufacturing of Tennessee
"This was a very worthwhile event for people in charge of developing a strategy to automate a manufacturing process" 
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Discover what's working now from a hand-picked lineup of robotics and integration experts and those who have successfully implemented a robotics strategy. 
The Role and Responsibilities of Executives Assigned to Implement a Robotics and Automation Strategy
A recent IDC survey found that for 37% of companies surveyed, lack of a champion and support from top management was a top challenge during their robotics project. This point helps to emphasize the need for the Chief Robotics Officer (CRO) role to support an increase in the number of robotics related initiatives across industries. Companies of all sizes: large, mid, and small are looking at robotics and automation to help propel the operation into the modern era. As we have only just started this journey, this session will discuss:
  • What is the role and responsibilities of a robotics champion?
  •  How does the role fit into your overall organization chart? Who will they report to? Who will report to them?
  •  What skill set is required for this role to implement an effective robotics strategy?
  •  How to recognize the pros and cons of having a dedicated robotics champion within your organization.
  •  What are the characteristics required of this executive to be effective with fellow team members and other departments?
The Business Case for Automation: The Financial Considerations
Learn how to impress your CFO with an insightful business case for your automation project. The speaker will highlight the key decision criteria and financial analyses you will need to get his or her approval. In a nutshell, you just need to know how to speak the language of finance- cost of money, NPV, and payback. Discussion points will include:
  • How to gain approval for WA projects by understanding how to perform financial analyses.
  •  The key criteria to focus on to gain project approval.
  •  How to integrate analyses and the language of finance to present a business case to win a project approval.
Formulating a Workforce to Adopt and Support Your Initiatives
The labor shortages that retail, fulfillment, and manufacturing industries face today are likely to get worse before they get better. Aging baby boomers are leaving the workforce and according to a study conducted by The Conference Board, this impact will be seen over the next 10 to 15 years. Businesses are having a hard time finding reliable and dependable people for the repetitive tasks these industries need in order to meet increasing consumer demands. With not enough people today to fill these positions, including robotics in the labor force, it is quickly becoming a necessity to find ways to remain competitive. Business executives need to start building a culture that accepts people and robots working together. Investing in a robotics program now will keep your business scalable and allow you to remain competitive. The speaker will discuss the following:
  • How the global labor market is trending. How will a robotic workforce make your business competitive?
  •  Why it is important to build a culture to incorporate robots into the workforce?
  •  Why should businesses invest in robotics now?
Transforming Material Handling at Lockheed Martin with Collaborative Robotics
Inventory optimization needs across the multi-echelons of a risk averse, complex and mature supply chain drove Lockheed Martin to invest in the most recent advancements in robotic technologies. In this session Corey Cook will explain how robotics is co-enabling the defense supply chain of the 21st century. Corey will detail the unique requirements and challenges he overcame and how metrics change as you move from conventional to robotic material handling equipment. During this the presentation attendees will:
  • Get a sneak peek into Lockheed’s roadmap, which includes onboard aircraft diagnostics sending part requirements to the warehouse in real-time. The part will be picked by a robot and delivered to a technician prior to the aircraft landing.
  •  Learn the metrics used when moving to robotic automation.
  •  Gain an understanding of the unique requirements of the defense industry
The Workforce: Design for Them or Fail at Industry 4.0
Automation is essential to survival in the Industry 4.0 economy. However, manufacturers have been challenged by adopting robotics and automation that could substantially improve their processes. Many solutions available today are cost prohibitive and require expensive facility modifications, new technical staff, and outside robotics experts. Robots (especially autonomous mobile robots) have historically been defined by their limitations - complex, inflexible, and expensive.

The key to helping businesses leverage robotics technology is to make robots fully accessible to the existing workforce. This requires designing solutions with a workforce-first mentality where empathy with the end user is the primary factor for design and engineering decisions. The resulting products solve real problems and make lives easier. When technology serves to empower rather than replace people, magic happens as workers creatively use these advanced tools to improve their work experience and become better, faster, and more efficient. 

Robots that are flexible, accessible and designed specifically for the people who put them to work enable companies to grow with their existing workforce, leveraging years of invaluable experience, loyalty, and know how. Companies get the advantages of automation while expanding the capabilities of their valued employees. The company, the workforce, and the economy all benefit together. Talking points that will be discuss include:
  • What are the pain points that keep adoption rates low such as workforce resistance; disruption to operations; infrastructure modification requirements?
  •  How easy use of robotics enables accessibility, improves adoption rate and empowers your valued workforce.
  •  How robots with a user-centric design can improve workforce retention and make recruiting easier.
Automating Your Inventory Management With Drones So It’s 100 Times Faster
According to MHI and Deloitte, there are two primary forces driving investments in technology, and in the supply chain and logistics industry: Customer demands and workforce shortage. To the company that is still using clipboards, spreadsheets, and outdated manual electronic readers to track inventory, it’s time to wipe the slate clean and get up to speed with digital inventory that is powered by advanced technologies like robotics, drones, and artificial intelligence. This presentation will discuss how organizations that have invested in digital inventory technology are gaining an edge in understanding inventory levels and being able to move inventory faster throughout the supply chain. These companies are also redirecting their staff to handle high value activities and empowering their teams with rich information, which can then be revisited at any point in time and can be used to make better decisions.
Collaborative Robotics and the Supply Chain of the Future
Learn how today's innovative retailers and 3PLs are implementing collaborative, autonomous robotics technologies to dramatically improve fulfillment warehouse productivity, speed, and efficiency in the supply chain. These proven technologies have created unprecedented efficiencies that easily and seamlessly scale to meet the growing demands of today's e-commerce, retail, and omni-channel fulfillment, while minimizing labor costs and availability. Discussion points for this session include: 
  • How collaborative robotic are being integrated into today's warehouses.
  •  Hear real-world examples of successful implementations. 
  •  Learn how key metrics are being used to evaluate success.
The Shift to Flexible Automation
Following the transition in warehousing and logistics from rigid and fixed automation to flexible solutions using robotic technologies. This session will focus on goods to person order fulfillment systems and robotics technologies and how they are changing supply chains around the world. The idea is to showcase how technologies in order fulfillment have changed. Points to be discuss include: 
  • How robotics is changing warehouse design.
  •  The difference between flexible and rigid automation. 
  •  Order fulfillment system design and changes through the years.
John Santagate
Research Director
Corey Cook
Solutions Architect
Lockheed Martin
Jason Walker
CEO & Co-Founder
Waypoint Robotics
Matt Yearling
Tom Galluzzo
Founder & Chief Technology Officer
IAM Robotics
Troy VanWormer
Director Warehouse Automation, West Coast
OPEX Corporation
Karen Leavitt
Locus Robotics
Jerome DuBois
6 River Systems
Chris Barber
CEO, North America
What You’ll Learn 
  •  Who a Chief Robotics Officer is, what they do, the skills needed to get the job done, and how that applies to your organizational structure
  •  How to identify that you need to implement automation in your organization
  •  How to successfully begin an installation in your warehouse
  •  Ways to obtain buy-in from management
Why Should You Attend This Online Summit?  
LEARN FROM EXPERT PRESENTATIONS given by industry experts and those who have successfully completed an installation, addressing today’s most critical challenges. 
GET ACCESS TO PRACTICAL HOW-TOs to get your road-map to a successful installation and implementation
STAY COMPETITIVE Find out what you need to do to stay competitive in this fast evolving industry.
GET A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE to increasing efficiencies in your warehouse with automation.
YOU'LL LEARN FROM WORLD CLASS EXPERTS, all from the convenience of your office or anywhere else. All you need is a computer or a smartphone and an internet connection.
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