The Industrial Design Engineering & Automation Conference

The Industrial Design, Engineering & Automation (IDEA) Conference will focus on emerging trends and innovations in the design and engineering community that will enhance the future of manufacturing operations for industry leading engineers and managers.

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In-Person Conference Tracks

Automation & IoT IDEAs 

Connected systems, sensors, analytics software and data management. Putting a modern connected plant together requires not just the quality of the individual components but also the way those components are networked together to deliver the insight manufacturers need to improve their operation. Produced by Machine Design.

Digital Transformation: Practical Application.

Panel discussion with Digi-Key, Sonic and Orbweaver Each party will discuss the basics on how to get started and how to follow through on a digital transformation journey based on real-world experiences.  We’ll share requirements, common mistakes, and a basic framework on how to be successful.

Driving Excellence Through Diversity and Inclusion

Driving Excellence Through Diversity and Inclusion

IoT Roundtable Discussion

Key executives from industry-leading manufacturers and groups will review the current state of IoT adoption, what is limiting IoT adoption, and strategies to overcome those barriers.

Zero-Downtime, Zero-Defect Manufacturing Case Studies
Case studies will discuss how to build a stronger manufacturing outcome using IoT and data management.

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Advanced Manufacturing IDEAs

3D printing, CAD/CAM software and AR/VR. The emergence of additive manufacturing, augmented reality and virtual reality and sophisticated CAD/CAM software give designers and manufacturers a deeper insight into how to turn ideas into products. It also allows designers to optimize their designs and shorten the time to market. Produced by Machine Design.

Advanced Manufacturing and Connected System

A series of lab demonstrations focused on how to build, manage and optimize connected systems.

Advanced Manufacturing Roundtable Discussion
A look at how additive manufacturing, robotics and other cutting edge technologies are being adopted, how to ensure such technologies also consider the human element, and how to train and prepare all aspects of your organization for the transformation.
Connected Systems-A Case Study

A case study looking at how advanced manufacturing implementation can drive cost savings and improve safety and quality.

How to automatically quote for additive manufacturing processes

Additive manufacturing is no longer a nice-to-have option but has become a critical strategy for reducing time-to-market. It is now an essential part of early-stage development, tightening the time for functional prototypes and drastically reducing the turn-around of physical testing. This early confidence in the design further drives downstream time savings by providing insight on manufacturability and reduction and elimination of late-stage errors.

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Power & Motion IDEAs

Motors, drives, electrical systems, electrohydraulic systems, hydraulics and pneumatics. Driving effective motion control can be achieved through a variety of power sources. Picking the correct solution for the application requires a thorough knowledge of operational goals and cost management. Produced by Machine Design and Hydraulics & Pneumatics.

Extending Bearing Service Life and Uptime in Severe Service Operating Conditions

Often times conveyance system operating conditions including heavy impact or shock loading, aggressive contaminants and debris, moisture and washdown, and/or high operating temperatures set up conditions which cause premature failure of standard rolling element bearings.

Fluid Power Lubrication Fundamentals
A look at how lubricants can most effectively be deployed in fluid power settings to improve productivity, prolong component life and maintain health and safety standards.
Using Linear Actuators in Automation – 5 Steps for Design Success

The specific type and size of actuator that a design engineer needs depends on the application's nature. With an innumerable combination of stroke sizes, speeds, and voltage options – it can be difficult to determine the correct linear actuator components for your specific needs. Follow these five steps to achieve linear actuator design success.

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Laser Assisted Processing IDEAs

This conference deals with the science and technology of smart laser materials processing which Offers an efficient, non-contact method for working with a wide variety of materials. It plays a critical role in best manufacturing practices for not only macro-products such as airplanes, but also micro-products such as implantable medical devices. The technology is essential to modern smart manufacturing strategies such as additive manufacturing and helps manufacturers produce higher quality products at lower cost. 

E-mobilty Applications Autonomous VehiclesRising demand from the auto industry as electric vehicle usage grows exponentially, and the advantage of laser energy is factored into battery design has led to the development of more cost-effective lasers and beam delivery concepts.
Micro-Machining/Drilling of Glass and CeramicsMicro- and Nano- applications at compatible laser wavelengths now enable the 'cold processing' of thermally challenged materials. The manufacture of displays for mobile communication products such as smart phones and medical devices such as used in knee replacements are examples of this laser attribute.
Laser Systems for Various Non-Metal Materials ApplicationsLaser energy at output wavelengths compatible with non-metals are now widely used in production processes that require a low total heat input to reduce secondary post-treatment operations, such as glass cutting, packaging identification, medical device processing and wood engraving.
Additive Manufacturing with Selective Laser MeltingAdditive manufacturing using high-power lasers is revolutionizing today's manufacturing operations. Moving from a prototyping process to a serial role has been facilitated through the development of adjustable beam control laser energy. Now on -demand, large parts can be fabricated cost effectively, allowing manufacturers to rapidly respond to market conditions.
Laser Assisted Production TechniquesLasers today, represent more than 10% of annual machine tool sales, showing a 10% CAGR compared with 1% CAGR for machine tool sales over a five-decade span. An overview of the cost-effective applications that have driven this growth will describe technology features that have changed how users utilize laser power.

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Machine Vision IDEAs

Properly deploying machine vision technologies in industrial settings improves product quality and process control, increases productivity, and saves on cost.  Automotive, food and beverage, and semiconductors and electronics are just a few examples of manufacturing environments that rely heavily on machine vision systems today. This conference will cover all aspects of machine vision, from introductory descriptions, definitions, and concepts; to the latest innovations in enabling technologies such as artificial intelligence, non-visible imaging, and 3D imaging technologies. 

Eradicating Production Defects with Artificial Intelligence

Manufacturing environments are unique and deeply customized, supported by small IT teams and legacy technology and skill sets. Successful implementation of artificial intelligence in this environment requires customization, consideration for privacy protection, and easily-understood, actionable outputs. Both the hardware and software frameworks for machine learning and computer vision are now at a point to meet this challenge. Where implementation used to be a major undertaking, it is now a feasible cost. The result: manufacturers must harness this technology now to remain competitive. Using machine learning for computer vision, manufacturers can catch twice as many defects on their production line, in a fraction of the time, improving on the accuracy and speed of human quality inspection by several orders of magnitude. Lloyd Clark is an expert in artificial intelligence and machine learning and co-founder of BlueRidge Al, a visual inspection and defect detection solution for manufacturing.

Machine Vision Trends in Industrial and Embedded Vision Components

In the last few years, the suppliers of image sensors have produced new products that have put much pressure on the manufacturers of camera components. The trend is relentless, and in many cases, the machine vision engineer is no longer satisfied with a USB3 or Ethernet camera. I will present machine vision trends and the newest interface technologies. Machine builders and OEM customers are now very skilled, and they expect a high standard from camera suppliers and camera components. They are not interested in receiving the image, but they need pre-process images in the cameras and to use only the data for image processing analyses. Come and join me to see benefits of high-end industrial cameras and how they can cost-effectively save bandwidth and even reduce of cameras in the application.

Reducing Inspection Costs with Hybrid AI

This presentation will introduce the concept of “hybrid AI” and discuss how it can help manufacturers more cost-effectively deploy advanced machine learning skills in existing applications. One of the key challenges for manufacturers evaluating AI is cost concerns related to replacing existing infrastructure and proven end-user processes. In comparison, a hybrid approach integrates AI with existing vision algorithms, infrastructure, and end-user processes to help reduce deployment costs and complexity. This session will highlight how machine learning differs from traditional machine vision and the advantages and drawbacks of the two approaches. In particular, we will highlight on how a hybrid approach combines the best of traditional vision algorithm and machine learning capabilities reduce inspection errors and costs. We will close the session with a real-world case study of a global consumer goods manufacturer now deploying hybrid AI in a consumer good inspection applications, and discuss some of their concerns, challenges and benefits as they have migrating to a hybrid inspection approach.

Speaker: David Dechow, Principal Vision Systems Architect, Integro Technologies

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Virtual Conference | December 7-8, 2021

The virtual event will include a mix of top sessions from the live event and customer virtual-only content presented December 7-8, 2021. All in-person full conference passes will include access to the virtual event as well. Details on the full virtual program coming soon! To learn more about your registration options, go here.

Who Attends | Job Titles

  • Manufacturing/Production Engineering
  • Manufacturing/Production Management
  • Corporate Management
  • Design/Application Engineering
  • Research & Development
  • Purchasing/Procurement
  • Laser Technicians
  • Trade School/Education
  • Engineering Management
  • Product Designer
  • Equipment Design Engineer
  • Manufacturing & Design Students

Date/time conference schedule & registration coming soon!

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