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Industry 4.0 and the Rise of the Cobots

Business is booming and smart manufacturing is blazing the trail. The smart manufacturing focus at Plastec Minneapolis takes the current and future impacts of the fourth industrial revolution and puts them into perspective for two days of industry immersion. Dive into the latest thinking in data collection, machine learning, AR/VR, medtech manufacturing, and more to understand the big picture when it comes to manufacturing's smarter future.

Did you know in the next 5-10 years:

  • The worth of the global smart manufacturing market by the end of 2024 will be 548.14 billion — that's up from $159.05 billion in 2015
  • The compound annual growth rate (CAGR) in the global collaborative robot (cobot) market alone will be 60.04% by 2022 — rocketing from $110 million in 2015 to $3.3 billion by 2022
  • The predicted worth of the IoT market will be $661.74 billion by 2021 — growing from $157.05 billion in 2016 and resulting in CAGR of 33.3%

You'll access top players and exhibitors at the Expo, take in expert-led education at free sessions throughout the show, and network with experts changing the manufacturing landscape for good.

Smart Manufacturing Exhibitor Showcase

Discover how leading companies are releasing next-gen robots from their cages while increasing efficiency, productivity, and safety on the factory floor. Covering robotics, automation, assembly, IoT software, and sensors, get insider insights on tomorrow’s trends and technologies. Top names include:

Free Show Floor Content Highlights

The Digital Twin: How Innovation is Improving the Packaging Line
Tom Doney, Expert Engineer, Nestle
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The Virtual and Augmented Future of Engineering
Chris Wiltz, Senior Editor, Design News, UBM
Dr. Aaron Bryden, Senior Vice President of Software Development/Co-Founder, Praxik LLC
Laura Hall, VR Consultant, The Virtual Realtiy Girl LLC
Lloyd Moore, Senior Embedded Systems Engineer, FS Studio
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State of the Industry: Robotics
Dwight Morgan, Vice President of Robots & Applications – USA, ABB Robotics & Motion Division
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Human-Machine Interface (HMI) in the Industrial Internet of Things
Charles Lord, President, Blue Ridge Advanced Design
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Creating AI That Thinks and Feels
Chris Wiltz, Senior Editor, Design News, UBM
Jim Cherian, Senior Research, Nanyang Technological University
Justin Grammens, Co-Founder, Lab 651 LLC
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Smart Manufacturing Content at the ESC & MD&M Conferences

Panel: Using Cross-Pollination to Drive Medtech Smart Manufacturing
Jon Coons, Global Blackbelt - IoT/Technical Solution Professional, Microsoft
Jim Wetzel, Interim CEO, Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII)
Carlos Melendez, Co-Founder & COO, Wovenware
Steve Schmidt, Founder & CEO, Resolution Medical
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Using Sensors, Robotics and AI to Bring IoT to Medical Device Manufacturing
John Gonsalves, AVP – Healthcare & Life Sciences, Connected Products Cognizant
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Working Together with Humans: Deploying Collaborative Robots to Improve Manufacturing Operations
Daniel Moore, Technical Supporter, Universal Robots
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Deep Learning Accelerators for Client Systems
Vinesh Sukumar, Director, Intel
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The Functional Safety in Autonomous Vehicles Is Not an Afterthought
Daniel Aceituna, Requirements/Functional Safety/Test Engineer, DISTek Integration
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Perception, Learning & Systems for Underwater Human-Robot Collaboration
Junaed Sattar, Assistant Professor, Computer Science & Engineering, University of Minnesota
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Raise Your Smart Manufacturing IQ With our Free eBook

Cobots, AI, big data, machine learning — what do they really mean for the future of manufacturing? From understanding today's trends and technologies to grasping industry 4.0 linchpins, we've wrangled everything needed to get up to speed before the show.