2014 Rensselaer CATS / CEG Advanced Manufacturing Conference

Troy, New York
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Registration Type:


Full Conference
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
 
Conference Check-In and Badge Pick-up Begin at 8:00am

 


Morning Activities: 8:30am-12:00pm  

FuzeHub Solutions Forum  (details)
FuzeHub Solutions Forum

FuzeHub Solutions Forums provide in-person meeting opportunities for manufacturers with selected groups of business and technical experts. Registered manufacturing companies have one-on-one consultations with each attending resource to analyze, problem-solve and identify potential solutions that may assist them with their specific company needs or goals.

Session Chair:  Everton Henriques – NYS Regional Innovation Specialist, FuzeHub
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Sage Ballroom - 2nd Floor

Open House: Advanced Manufacturing @ RPI  (details)
Open House: Advanced Manufacturing @ RPI

Rensselaer's Advanced Manufacturing Facilities and Labs including the CATS Robotics, Advanced Composites Engineering and Additive Manufacturing Labs, the CATS High Bay and the Manufacturing Innovation Learning Laboratory (MILL) be open for Advanced Manufacturing Conference attendees to tour from 8:30am to 12:00pm on April 22.  Presentations in each of these areas will be ongoing throughout the morning.

Shuttle busses will depart from Conference Headquarters, near the main entrance of the Hilton Garden Inn, on a regular schedule to transport attendees a short distance to the RPI campus where CATS students will guide Open House participants to facilities and labs showcasing advanced manufacturing activities and research at Rensselaer.

Open House participants must first register at the Advanced Manufacturing Conference Headquarters to obtain an official Conference Badge and an Open House Ticket to board the Shuttle.  Upon returning to the Hilton Garden Inn after the Open House, the Poster Session, Exhibits and Networking will be underway.

8:30 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: RPI Campus - meet shuttle at hotel main entrance


Lunch Buffet  
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Ferris Ballroom Foyer & Ferris Ballroom


Workshop I: 1:00-2:30pm  

Ia. Industrial Automation  (details)
Workshop Ia.  Industrial Automation

Implementing automation projects in manufacturing often involves a Systems Integrator. The Systems Integrator is typically tasked with developing the final automation concept, implementing it on the factory floor and supporting it after the sale. This Workshop will focus on best practices for working with a Systems Integrator, pitfalls to avoid and recommendations for successful automation project completion.

Workshop Co-Chairs:

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Sage II - 2nd Floor

Ib. Global Sales: Not Just About Growth, but Survival  (details)
Workshop Ib.  Global Sales: Not Just About Growth, but Survival

Selling your product globally is increasingly necessary for survival. 80% of the world market is outside of the US, and it is difficult to weather downturns if all of your sales are only in the US market. Join us for a panel discussion and workshop with experienced exporters who have seen the impact of going global on their companies, and can describe how to be successful in international markets. The workshop will include an assessment that allows you to gauge your company’s international sales potential.


Moderator:  Michael Stone - President, Stone & Associates

Confirmed Panelists:
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Sage I - 2nd Floor

Ic. NYSERDA Funding Opportunities for Manufacturers  (details)
Workshop Ic.  NYSERDA Funding Opportunities for Manufacturers

NYSERDA will speak about a range of opportunities for manufacturers, including R&D programs, assistance with energy audits, incentives to purchase energy-efficient technologies, and the new Green Bank, which is dedicated to overcoming obstacles in clean energy financing markets and increasing overall capital availability through various forms of financial support such as credit enhancement, project aggregation, and securitization.


Workshop Chair:  Miriam Pye – Senior Project Manager and Team Leader of Manufacturing Technology Development, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)

Confirmed Panelists:
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Osborn Amphitheatre - Lower Level


Workshop II: 2:50-4:20pm  

IIa. Programmable Logic Controllers  (details)
Workshop IIa.  Programmable Logic Controllers

Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) have long been at the heart of most industrially hardened automated equipment and systems, but as system complexity increases, it is helpful to have a development environment that integrates PLC programming with programming of Human Machine Interfaces (HMI), servo drives, control networks and other sensors and actuators.  This talk will provide an overview of Siemens Totally Integrated Automation (TIA) Portal - an intuitive, efficient and proven software tool that provides for engineering time and cost savings of up to 30% over traditional methods.  This includes PLC Logic development, HMI development, Industrial network configuration, AC Drive and motion control application development and monitoring and troubleshooting of the installed hardware.  A working demonstration of the software using Siemens hardware is included and video clips of customer applications will be presented.  A Q&A session will follow and local Siemens distribution Representatives from Control Associates of Clifton Park will be in attendance.

Workshop Co-Chairs:

Confirmed Speakers:


2:50 PM - 4:20 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Osborn Amphitheatre - Lower Level

IIb. Funding Innovation and Growth  (details)
Workshop IIb.  Funding Innovation and Growth

In this session the Center for Economic Growth (CEG) and Brockport Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will discuss funding resources available for Innovation and Growth.  In particular CEG will discuss NYSERDA funding for renewable and energy efficiency technologies and Brockport SBDC will discuss federal funding resources.


Workshop Co-Chairs:
2:50 PM - 4:20 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Sage II - 2nd Floor

IIc. Tech Acceleration through Technology Driven Market Intelligence  (details)
Workshop IIc.  Tech Acceleration through Technology Driven Market Intelligence

Is your company considering launching a new technology based product or entering a new market?  Do you wish you had better real-world insight into the specific - technical and market - barriers and opportunities that exist for your product?  Could your company use this kind of insight to make better strategic, development, and investment decisions?  This session will provide an introduction to Technology-driven Market Intelligence (TDMI) which provides a systematic and comprehensive approach to focused market intelligence, and directly considers the benefits and market impacts related to your company's specific technology-based asset.


Workshop Chair:  Steve McManus – Innovation Advisor, RTI International

Confirmed Panelists:
2:50 PM - 4:20 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Sage I - 2nd Floor


Afternoon/Evening Activities: 4:20-8:00pm  

Poster Session, Exhibits and Networking  (details)
Poster Session, Exhibits and Networking

The Poster Session will showcase more than 40 posters from Rensselaer CATS students, faculty, and staff, many joint with industrial sponsors.  There will also be posters from other Research Centers at Rensselaer, the Center for Economic Growth and other partner organizations. In addition, exhibits from Conference sponsors will be featured.

Session Chair:  Daryl Ludlow, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Center for Automation Technologies and Systems (CATS), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

4:20 PM - 6:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Ferris Ballroom Foyer & Ferris Ballroom

Plated Dinner and Keynote Address:
Speaker: The Honorable Paul D. Tonko – U.S. Representative, serving New York's 20th Congressional District
 (details)
Keynote Speaker:  The Honorable Paul D. Tonko – U.S. Representative, serving New York's 20th Congressional District

Congressman Paul Tonko represents New York’s 20th Congressional District, including the communities of Albany, Schenectady, Troy, Saratoga Springs and Amsterdam. He represents all of Albany and Schenectady Counties and parts of Montgomery, Rensselaer and Saratoga Counties.

He is serving his third term, after first being sworn into Congress in 2009.

Paul serves on the Energy and Commerce Committee, the oldest standing committee in the House, created in December of 1795. He is the first upstate New York Democratic member of the committee since Leo O'Brien, who resigned the post in October 1966.

Paul previously served on the Science, Space and Technology Committee as the Ranking Member on the Investigations and Oversight Subcommittee, which oversees all non-military federal research investment. He was also a member of the Energy and Environment Subcommittee. In addition, he also used to serve on the Natural Resources CommitteeEducation and Workforce Committee and the Budget Committee.

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Ferris Ballroom


Wednesday, April 23, 2014
 
Conference Check-In and Badge Pick-up Begin at 7:30am

 


Breakfast Buffet and Panel Discussion:
The Technical Talent Pipeline
 (details)
Panel Discussion: The Technical Talent Pipeline

Panelists in this session from industry, academia, public education and professional societies will discuss ways to help NY State manufacturers hire qualified engineers, engineering technologists, technicians and tradesman from local universities, 4-year colleges, 2-year and community colleges, and high school vocational programs.  Questions will be posed by both the moderators and from the audience.

Session Moderators:
  • Daniel Walczyk – Director, Rensselaer CATS and Professor, Mechanical Engineering, RPI
  • Sam Chiappone – Manager, Fabrication & Prototyping, School of Engineering, RPI
Confirmed Panelists:
  • Dawn Cairns Weaver – Associate Director and Director of Experiential Learning & Cooperative Education, Center for Career and Professional Development, RPI
  • Dennis DiDonato – Work Based Learning Coordinator, Questar
  • Anthony Kossman – Chairman, Department of Automotive, Manufacturing and Engineering Technologies, HVCC
  • Marty McGill – Vice President, Allendale Machinery Systems
  • Pete Bednar – Manager, Government & Education Group (GEG group), SME
  • Robert Soules – Director, Director, Becker Career Center, Union College
  • David Ulizio – Corporate Manager Organizational Development, RBC Bearings
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM (Eastern Time)
Location: Ferris Ballroom


Session I:  9:00-10:20am  

Ia. Additive Manufacturing  (details)
Session Ia.  Panel Discussion: Additive Manufacturing

This special session on Additive Manufacturing (AM) will focus on the key issues in modeling, control, process development as well as emerging applications of AM. We will have speakers from industry (including GE R&D, Stratasys) and academia in this session presenting their experience with AM industry and the trajectory this industry is likely to take in the next few years. There will be short presentations from all the speakers followed by a panel discussion on the history, the state-of-the-art, and the future of additive manufacturing.

Session Co-Chairs:
Confirmed Panelists:
9:00 AM - 10:20 AM (Eastern Time)
Location: Sage II - 2nd Floor

Ib. Manufacturing Process Modeling/Simulation  (details)
Session Ib.  Manufacturing Process Modeling/Simulation

Modeling and Simulation tools are now used regularly in process design to reduce the cost and time-to-market of new products, however, there remain many challenges because processes can be quite complex and the simulation tools may not be able to predict accurately all aspects of product quality.  In this session, leaders in the development and use of modeling and simulation tools for process design will discuss current and future development of these tools, including the application of high performance computing, to meet the needs of manufacturers.  Current research underway in the development of software tools will be described, and applications in extrusion and microelectronics packaging will be shown.

Session Co-Chairs:
Confirmed Speakers:
9:00 AM - 10:20 AM (Eastern Time)
Location: Sage I - 2nd Floor

Ic. Leveraging MEP Services  (details)
Session Ic.  Leveraging MEP Services

Many companies in the manufacturing sector are presented with supply chain challenges every day ranging from identification of new suppliers and materials through manufacturing transportation and distribution to customers.  It is not uncommon for both complex, multi-national original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and small or mid-sized manufacturers in the U.S. to be faced with challenges.  This session will provide an understanding of how to leverage MEP services ranging from reducing risk and volatility to identifying and collaborating with suppliers through understanding the true total cost of the supply chain.  Key information is derived from the NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program research to identify the critical needs of supply chains; through a two-phased Voice of the Customer survey, 12 competitiveness drivers were discovered and the six most critical gaps identified (a Voice of the Customer white paper will be made available).

Session Chair:  Mark Schmit – Manager, National Accounts, NIST MEP

Speaker:  John Remsey – Senior Manufacturing Specialist, Illinois Manufacturing Extension Center
9:00 AM - 10:20 AM (Eastern Time)
Location: Osborn Amphitheatre - Lower Level


Session II:  10:40am-12:00pm  

IIa. Continuous Processing  (details)
Session IIa.  Continuous Processing

The Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC; https://smartmanufacturingcoalition.org) is a non-profit organization committed to building a scaled, shared infrastructure for a Smart Manufacturing Platform. The SMLC supports the manufacturing industry by pursuing a comprehensive technology that no single company can afford to undertake alone. In this session, leaders from three process-oriented companies, that are members of the SMLC, will provide their experiences and perspectives on developing and implementing Smart Manufacturing systems.

Session Co-Chairs:

Confirmed Speakers:
  • Larry Megan – R&D Director for Global Productivity, Praxair Technology Inc.
  • Jeff Ahrens – Manager, Advanced Controls Innovation Group, Corning Incorporated
  • Mojgan Moshgbar – Director/Team Leader, Advanced Manufacturing Technology, GTS, Pfizer Inc.
  • Saly Romero-Torres – Manager, Advanced Manufacturing Projects, Pfizer Inc.
10:40 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Sage II - 2nd Floor

IIb. Supply Chain Development  (details)
Session IIb.  Supply Chain Development

Most economist and policy makers have come to the realization that having a strong (advanced) manufacturing base is important to the health of our overall economy and requires a robust, secure supply chain with access to innovation for both products and manufacturing processes.  A fundamental question and challenge we face today is how to connect all size manufacturers in the US supply chain…and how to facilitate and promote innovation.

Session Moderator:  T. Ravichandran - Associate Dean for Research and Professor, Information Systems, Lally School of Management & Technology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Confirmed Panelists:

10:40 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Sage I - 2nd Floor

IIc. Maximizing Enterprise Value  (details)
Session IIc.  Maximizing Enterprise Value

The session will focus on understanding the value of operational excellence.   In the format of a CEO Roundtable, we will use technology to uncover, analyze and discuss the operational health of session participant companies as a group (data remains anonymous).  Each participant will receive a summary report on their company.   Please bring a laptop or tablet (iPad or similar).

Session Chair:  George Sandmann – Vice-President, CoreValue Software

Speaker:  Louise Aitcheson – Director, Business Development – Business Growth Services, Center for Economic Growth
10:40 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Osborn Amphitheatre - Lower Level


Lunch Buffet and Address:
Speaker: Alexander H. Slocum – Assistant Director, Advanced Manufacturing, Technology & Innovation Division, Office of Science, and Technology Policy of the Executive Office of the President and Neil and Jane Pappalardo Professor of Mechanical Engineering, MIT  (details)
Speaker:  Alexander H. Slocum – Assistant Director, Advanced Manufacturing, Technology & Innovation Division, Office of Science, and Technology Policy of the Executive Office of the President and Neil and Jane Pappalardo Professor of Mechanical Engineering, MIT

Alexander H. Slocum is the Pappalardo Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT, and is currently on leave as the Assistant Director for Advanced Manufacturing in the Office of Science and Technology of the Executive Office of the President.  Alex is an inventor on nine dozen+ patents, and has helped create 11 products that have been awarded R&D 100 awards, each for annually being one of one hundred most technologically significant new products. Dr. Slocum received the Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award in 1999, the SME Frederick W. Taylor Research Medal, and the ASME Leonardo daVinci and Machine Design Awards.  He is an author of eight dozen+ journal articles twelve dozen+ conference papers, and is also the author of text/reference books Precision Machine Design (Dearborn, MI, SME 1985) and FUNdaMENTALS of Design (Cambridge, MA, MIT 2005, http://web.mit.edu/2.75/resources/FUNdaMENTALS.html ).Dr. Slocum has completed numerous Ironman triathlon events and marathons, is a certified rescue SCUBA diver, an avid snowboarder, woodworker, and has for many years helped advise a FIRST robotics team coached by his wife Debra.

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Ferris Ballroom


Session III:  1:30-2:50pm  

IIIa. Collaborative Robotics for Manufacturing  (details)
Session IIIa.  Collaborative Robotics for Manufacturing

Robots have been introduced into manufacturing environments for over four decades. Though they have been used extensively in some industries, most notably automotive, they remain time consuming to program, limited to repetitive and structured tasks, and unable to work along side human workers. Robotics is now moving towards a new paradigm of human collaborativeness: easier to program, adaptive to the environment, and safe to work with humans – the so-called co-robot. This evolution will require new robot design, software architecture, and human interface. This session will present the views and experience of leading robotic experts in industry. Audience input will be welcomed and encouraged.

Session Co-Chairs:

  • John Wen – Head, Industrial Systems Engineering Department, RPI
  • Balajee Kannan – Senior Scientist, Distributed Intelligent Systems Laboratory, GE Global Research Center
Confirmed Panelists:
1:30 PM - 2:50 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Sage II - 2nd Floor

IIIb. Precision Manufacturing  (details)
Session IIIb.  Precision Manufacturing

Precision micro-scale mechanical manufacturing technologies have recently emerged as a viable manufacturing platform to bridge the nano and macro worlds. This session will present an overview of this emerging technology-space with special emphasis on machine tool design, ultra-high-speed spindle technologies, and ultrasonically-assisted micro-machining processes.

Session Co-Chairs:
  • Johnson Samuel – Assistant Professor, Mechanical, Aerospace & Nuclear Engineering and Director, Manufacturing and Material Design Laboratory, RPI
  • Said Jahanmir – President and CEO, MitiHeart Corporation
Confirmed Speakers:
  • Andy Philip – President and Co-Founder, Microlution Inc.
  • Said Jahanmir – President and CEO, MitiHeart Corporation
  • Glenn Saunders – Senior Research Engineer, Rensselaer CATS
1:30 PM - 2:50 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Osborn Amphitheatre - Lower Level

IIIc. Chief Executives Network for Manufacturing: CEO Panel Discussion  (details)
Session IIIc.  Chief Executives Network for Manufacturing: CEO Panel Discussion

Manufacturing CEO panel discussion of current issues facing manufacturers and advice on how to address from a network of peers.

Moderator:  Gary Balfour – Chairman, Chief Executives Network for Manufacturing and Co-Founder and President, Solid Sealing, Inc.

Confirmed Panelists:
1:30 PM - 2:50 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Sage I - 2nd Floor


Session IV:  3:10-4:30pm  

IVa. Advanced Digital Manufacturing  (details)
Session IVa.  Advanced Digital Manufacturing

The panelists will make short presentations on data formats for additive and subtractive manufacturing and how they can be used to represent the results of each stage of a manufacturing process.  The presentations will be followed by a discussion on the strengths and weaknesses of each format, and its potential role in a next generation digital manufacturing framework.

Session Co-Chairs:
  • Martin Hardwick – Professor of Computer Science, RPI
  • Charles Gilman – Mechanical Engineer, GE Global Research
Confirmed Speakers:
  • David Odendahl – Associate Research Fellow, Boeing Commercial Airplane
  • Dean Robinson – Manager Model Based Manufacturing, GE Global Research
  • Daniel Finke – Research Associate, Penn State University
3:10 PM - 4:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Sage II - 2nd Floor

IVb. Sandler Sales: Give Me a BAT and I'll Give You Results  (details)
Session IVb.  Sandler Sales: Give Me a BAT and I'll Give You Results.

Your selling Behaviors, Attitudes and mastery of Technique (BAT) are the life force of all selling success. When combined in the right measure they will propel your people to consistently achieve beyond all expectations and attain unimagined results.  The Behaviors, Attitudes and Technique in Sandler's Success Triangle provide a potent blueprint for your success and the achievements of your sales reps. Learn how the combined elements of the Success Triangle can become your secret weapon in winning big and winning often.

Session Chair:  Lorraine Ferguson – President, Direct Impact Associates LLC
3:10 PM - 4:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Osborn Amphitheatre - Lower Level

IVc. Managing the Innovation Pipeline  (details)
Session IVc.  Managing the Innovation Pipeline

Innovation Engineering transforms innovation from a random art into a reliable, scientific system for profitable growth. A report to the National Academy of Science in Washington D.C. found: Companies using the Innovation Engineering system have created and defined, on paper, over $4.1 Billion worth of ideas for their Innovation Pipelines. Innovation Engineering companies are realizing a 250% improvement in the success of ideas that they put into development, saving them significant time, energy, and money. Innovation Engineering Black Belt training dramatically increases confidence and capability. Certified Black Belts coach 24 times more projects with a valuation that is 28 times greater.

Session Chair:  
Patricia Giavara – Assistant Center Director & Innovation Black Belt, Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center

Confirmed Speakers:
3:10 PM - 4:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Sage I - 2nd Floor


 

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