The co-located Fluid Power Industrial Consortium (FPIC) seminar and Milwaukee Regional Meeting brought together over 40 fluid power professionals for networking and presentations on robotic automation at the InterContinental Milwaukee on September 7.
The morning seminar presentations covered an array of use cases for robotic automation, including several types of collaborative robots, robots with specific applications such as food processing or medical plasma coating, and use of robotics in small-to-medium manufacturers.
- State of the Art in Industrial Robotics: Ease-of-Use, Adaptive Technologies, IIOT-Connectivity | Bryan d’Ouville, Senior District Manager, Fanuc America-Robotics
- Robotic Automated Solutions for Manufacturing Fluid Power Components | Peter Gratschmayr, VP of Sales and Marketing, Midwest Engineered Systems Group
- Robotics for SMB Manufacturing: Small-batch, Mixed Product Assembly, Materials Handling and More | Dan Kara, Robotics Business Unit Leader, WTWH Media Group
A smaller group stayed beyond the networking lunch for the Milwaukee Regional Meeting, which featured presentations by Thomas P. Heraly; Instructional Chair, Electronics Department, School of Technology and Applied Sciences – Milwaukee Area Technical College, and Mike Shiels, Dean, School of Applied Technologies—Waukesha County Technical College. Their presentations, under the topic of Robotics in Manufacturing & Distribution: Collaboration, Communication & Creating the Future Workforce, covered the ways these local technical schools are preparing students for careers in robotics.
The next FPIC seminar will take place December 7, 2018 (location TBD) and will cover Advanced Sealing Technologies and Materials for Improving System Reliability, and the next Regional Meeting will take place November 8, 2018 at the City Club in Cleveland. Watch for announcements about these free events as dates get closer.