To be held alongside WESTEC in Los Angeles, California this seminar will focus on automation and robotics. Due to the rapidly advancing technology driven by the growing popularity of Industry 4.0 and smart manufacturing trends, industrial automation has experienced explosive growth in recent decades. From early relay logic, to the introduction of programmable logic controllers (PLCs), and now robotics, automation has provided significant opportunities to improve most manufacturing processes.
This seminar will connect industry peers to:
- discuss current trends in industrial robotics and factory automation
- explore lessons learned from manufacturers
- highlight new industries and business models fueled by robotics and automation
Don’t miss this opportunity to explore the future of manufacturing where streamlined and interactive production will encourage competitiveness in the global marketplace.
Check-In & Continental Breakfast (8AM)
Greeting & Opening Remarks
Augmented Reality for Manufacturing Applications
George N. Bullen, FSME, CPIM, Technical Fellow, Northrop Grumman Corporation
Adaptive Control for Aerospace Machining Aerospace machining often involves machining very difficult materials such as titanium and Inconel. Tools break down quickly, and the correct feeds and speeds are challenging to determine. The most effective technique is doing real-time feed rate adjustment, using adaptive control algorithms based on the measured cutting power. Adaptive control automatically adjusts the feed rate to maintain a constant tool load.
Rob Caron, PE, President, Caron Engineering Inc.
Aerospace machining often involves machining very difficult materials such as titanium and Inconel. Tools break down quickly, and the correct feeds and speeds are challenging to determine. The most effective technique is doing real-time feed rate adjustment, using adaptive control algorithms based on the measured cutting power. Adaptive control automatically adjusts the feed rate to maintain a constant tool load.
Flex Track: A Low-Cost, Mobile Automated Solution
Jeff Gantt, Senior Applications Engineer, Manufacturing Technology, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
The single rail Flex Track system provides the C-130J program an alternate manufacturing process to reduce manual drilling operations and increase quality assurance. The Flex Track equipment provides the program a low cost mobile automated solution that has the ability to provide Hours Per Unit (HPU) savings in multiple assemblies. The technology uses vacuum pressure generated by shop air to secure sections of track to the assembly. The machine rides on the precision rails and is equipped with a vision system that allows it to align to the part using index holes. Once calibration is complete, the Flex Track provides single sided clamp up, single pass drill and countersink ability, and can install temporary fasteners.
Technologies Guiding the Future of Robotics for Aerospace Manufacturing Applications
Matt Robinson, Program Manger, Robotics & Automation, Southwest Research Institute
Industrial robots, both stationary and mobile, have been used in manufacturing applications for decades and are most often employed based on requirements for dedicated and repetitive manufacturing operations. Industrial robot capabilities have continued to advance in areas such as payload, accuracy and speed. Looking to the near-future, the use of robots must also transition to operate in more dynamic environments with higher-mix lower-volume production. A variety of affordable technologies are emerging and blending to bridge the gap between the traditional use of industrial robotics and the future where robots react to consumer-driven customized product demands. This presentation will describe some of the new technical advances, new capabilities for industrial robots. Additionally, the presenter will provide some examples of internal and industry sponsored research efforts that are providing robots with greater intelligence and more flexibility for production applications.
Shaping Automation and Smart Quality for Aerospace Applications
Scott Everling, Product/Business Development, Custom Solutions Group, Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence
Don Manfredi, Development Lead, Integration Solutions Business Unit, Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence
With rising aerospace backlogs and ever-changing customer demand, Aerospace companies are reshaping their processes for greater automation and Smart Quality in manufacturing. During this presentation, manufacturers will learn from an automation viewpoint how to leverage flexible measurement technologies to validate processes and enable data-driven decision-making throughout the product lifecycle. Metrology and automation will be explored in terms of driving continuous improvement in every stage of the manufacturing process. The laser tracker, a long time productivity tool used by Aerospace, is now being applied to a myriad of applications from aiming machine vision sensors to tracker-guided robotic drills in an automated aerospace assembly. Laser tracker technology is also being combined with powerful scanning hardware and software to create accurate measurement systems for installation on the aerospace plant floor or into an automation cell.
CNC Root Accuracy Enhancements
Roger Hart, R&D Manager, Siemens Industry Inc.
The integration of machine tools and robots for handling and machining tasks controlled by a CNC is rising significantly. More frequently CNC operators program and operate a robot in the same way as a tool machine. The biggest challenge for robot vendors, system integrators and end users is the question “How accurate can a special workpiece be machined by a robot”.
Universal Metrology Automation
Rohit Khanna, BSE, MBA, President, 3D Infotech
Automation is a mega-trend that most organizations are adopting quickly. An area that is often neglected is metrology, for quality control of manufactured components. This presentation will review all the factors and options in implementing a universal metrology automation system.
Process Modeling: Understanding the Differences in Machining Composites vs. Metal
Dr. Peter Mueller-Hummel, Business Development Manager, MAPAL Dr. Kress KG, Aerospace & Composites
This presentation will characterize the special features of machining composites in comparison to machining metal. Simplified theoretic models will demonstrate how CFRP should be machined without delamination, burn marks and cutting tool breakages. Different strategies can be chosen depending on the material removal rate. Based on this analytical approach, how a drill should be designed to avoid the entrance, inner and exit delamination will be discussed. While entrance and exit delamination is well understood, the delamination inside the bore will be the focus. The appearance and the avoidance of the so called “Volcano Effect” and the reason why holes in composite becomes smaller after a couple of days will be explained. The comparison between 4 different cutting tool technologies will prove and give a better understanding how to use this theoretical approach.
Intelligent Automation Solutions for Aerospace Manufacturing
Rick Schultz, Aerospace Program Manager, FANUC America
This presentation will discuss some recent advances in intelligent robotic solutions that will further see robotics as capable tools for processes like drilling, fastening, sanding, sealing, painting, inspection, and general material handling including IoT. The technology enablers, application examples, and supporting data in order to help industry determine where they can best use this new technology will be discussed. Technological advances combined with an increase in demand for better cost-performance ratios for robotically automated equipment will drive double digit growth for industrial robots over the next five years in the aerospace industry.
Robotic Installation of Fastener Fill Material
Curtis A. Lemieux, Applications Engineer, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
There are over 25000 exposed fasteners on the F-35 Lightning II, and each of them must be covered with a thermoplastic smoothing material in order for the aircraft to meet critical performance requirements. The material is applied using a hot iron tool, which heats it until soft enough to manipulate into the area between the recessed fastener head and the outer mold line of the aircraft. Excess material is skived off using the same hot iron tool and the filled fastener is inspected for any missing material large enough to effect the aerodynamic properties. This process is not ergonomic, as well as inconsistent from both an application and inspection stand point. Manufacturing Technology is working to automate the fastener fill process using collaborative robots, which mimic the human process of installing and skiving the material.
Additive Manufacturing Process Automation: How to get from lab to production scale!
Frank Speck, Vice President, International Business Development & Partner Development, Authentise, Inc.
Attendees will gain an understanding of the complexities that are involved in production-scale additive manufacturing operations, as well as the opportunities for properly planning and automating additive manufacturing operations. Attendees will learn how modern additive manufacturing needs, designed for production, differ from those designed for the lab.
Questions to ask when Purchasing Automation
Kevin Sekerak, Automation Systems Manager, Mazak
Automation cells are often customized to achieve maximum benefit. Questions addressed early in the purchasing process can eliminate safety, function and performance issues before they get out of hand.
|Pricing||SME Members||Non-Members||Academia Government/Military*
(15% discount as shown below)
Member / Non-Member
(50% discount as shown below)
Member / Non-Member
|One Seminar||$595||$695||$505.75 / $590.75||$297.50 / $347.50|
|Two Seminars||$535.50 (each)||$625.50 (each)||$455 / $531.75 (each)||$267.80 / $312.80 (each)|
|Three Seminars||$476 (each)||$556 (each)||$404.60 / $472.60 (each)||$238 / $278 (each)|
*Academic, Military & Government Pricing: To qualify for the reduced rate you must submit a letter on appropriate military/government letterhead signed by your Commanding Officer or supervisor to the SME Registrar. Educators may submit either a letter on university letterhead signed by the dean or registrar confirming status or a class schedule inclusive of the institution/year/instructor.
**Full-Time Students: To qualify for student rates, submit a letter on university letterhead signed by the dean or registrar confirming full-time student status or provide a copy of your student I.D. to the SME Registrar.
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Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90015