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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Learn more about how you can attend the hybrid 2021 event  & book your seat now!

Register with confidence: We understand that the future is uncertain due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so all registrations will be fully refundable for any reason until October 15, 2021.  Register with confidence knowing that if your plans change, you're fully covered.

Keynote Speakers

Conference Speakers

In-Person Conference Tracks

 IoT & Advanced Manufacturing IDEAs 

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. A modern, connected plant requires the individual components to deliver a single vision of the operation. This requires a network that connects innovative technologies such as 3D printers, CAD/CAM software and sensors. It also allows designers to optimize their designs and shorten the time to market. Produced by Machine Design.

Wednesday, November 10, 2021
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Diversity and Inclusion management process embraces the differences in people, thoughts, and activities to foster innovation within the company culture. Learn how to build a diverse and inclusive operating culture with robust accountability systems to amplify inclusion at every level of the organization. 

Billy Taylor
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Following COVID-19, it will be even more crucial for the industry to adapt and change to help ensure that future resilience and adoption of the Factory of the Future (FoF) is key. Your business needs to be equipped for the now, next and beyond, taking immediate steps to safeguard business continuity and initiate crisis planning while developing a resilient enterprise going forward. This will allow you to reframe your future, operate a “new normal” and transform to succeed.

Scott Dixon
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

While the factory automation industry continues steady growth, mechatronic linear solutions are getting smarter. Can they help you be faster to market?

Richard Vaughn
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Manufacturers are still talking about digitizing their manufacturing floor and deciding if they should invest or not. In this presentation, Mo Abuali has some key messages for the attendees:

  • Act now and build the business case for Industrial IoT and Industry 4.0, and get started.
  • Data first! Digitalization is from the past; Predictive Analytics and Artificial Intelligence is the future.
  • Industry 4.0 is all about people, process, and technology. Empower your operators and personnel with paperless human-machine interfacing and improve their productivity.
  • Think big, start small, and think ROI (return on investment). Take a systematic path to drive the right technology adoption, and scale your digital maturity.
Mo Abuali
Thursday, November 11, 2021
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Whether it's for prototyping or mass commercial use, the time and energy spent setting up your manufacturing production impacts your team's ability to meet deadlines, ensure quality, and account for supply chain disruptions. In this talk, Xometry's Aaron Lichtig will cover how Manufacturing as a Service (MaaS) expedites the rate of your engineering and design team's innovation capacity, as well as protects production timelines from external vulnerabilities. Walk away from this session with expert knowledge on how to outpace your competition through cutting-edge digital manufacturing strategies.

Aaron Lichtig
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

As consumer demands continue to climb, material handling automation has become a proven must-have for manufacturing facilities. However, a successful automation project goes beyond the hardware. In this session, discover how to define success metrics, promote user adoption, use data to prove a strong ROI today and prepare for tomorrow, while making a case for expansion across your enterprise.

Jeff Christensen

*All session details subject to change.

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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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