On Sept. 9, 2014, at MDA and IMTS, the 2nd MDA Conference will once again bring industry experts in order to discuss best practices in motion control, power transmission, and fluid power. Helping manufacturing professionals to increase efficiency and productivity, this year’s program will cover industrial communications, robotic control, guidance and inspection, linear actuators, 3D printing and 3D machining.
The MDA Conference is co-organized by GIE Media and Hannover Fairs USA, the U.S. office of the organizer of the world’s largest manufacturing technology tradeshow HANNOVER MESSE.
MDA Conference Schedule - Tuesday 9/9/14
9:00 – 9:55
Trends in Industrial Communications for the Factory of the Future
Sercos International e.V., Sussen, Germany
Peter Lutz, Managing Director
10:00 – 10:55
Practical Application of 3D Machine Vision in Robotic Guidance, Motion and Inspection
Fanuc America Corp.
David L. Dechow, Staff Engineer
11:00 – 11:55
Best Practices for Specifying Linear Actuators
Bob Ward, Product Manager
12:00 – 1:10
1:15 – 2:10
Integrated Robotic Control into Machine Controllers
Beckhoff Automation LLC
Matt Lecheler, Motion Specialist
2:15 – 3:10 (SEE BELOW FOR MORE DETAILS)
“Function Integration” – How It Saves Time While Increasing Productivity
Sean O’Grady, Product Manager
3:15 – 4:10
Inertially Optimized Motion Control System Drives New 3D Printer
Mike Everman, Founder and CEO
"Function Integration" - How It Saves Time While Increasing Productivity - Sean O'Grady, Product Manager, Festo Corp.
As modern production machinery becomes more complex it’s natural to assume that the conversation between control systems and the devices that comprise these machines would also become more complex. In fact, innovative component manufacturers are simplifying these conversations by employing a philosophy called “function integration”. These “smart” devices often integrate the functions of several legacy devices, simplifying design, ordering, assembly, commissioning and maintenance. More importantly, they bring the data that these devices produce and consume together in a way that is intuitive for the users of the device. Additionally, the inherently integrated nature of these devices invites the application of more detailed, intuitive diagnostic systems. Detailed, plain text, real time descriptions of errors can be presented at the HMI level with very little additional programming work.
These features can result in increases in productivity for the end user. We will examine the various time savings that “function integration” can provide.