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6th Annual Manufacturing Summit – 2020

March 3, 2020 @ 7:30 am - 12:30 pm


The Northern Michigan Manufacturing Summit hosted by the Grand Traverse Area Manufacturing Council  will be held on Tuesday, March 3, 7:30 – 12:30 p.m., at the Hagerty Center in Traverse City.

This year’s summit will continue on with last year’s theme of technology in industry.  Look forward to live demonstrations of co-botics, industrial use autonomous vehicles, aftermarket digital sensing systems and more.  This year’s event will focus on interaction with technology, so that attendees can understand the different technologies, and their applications.  We look forward to seeing you there!

This years’ speakers and breakout sessions include:

Dan Burseth – Eckhart USA – “Escaping Pilot Purgatory: How Some Companies are Deploying Industry 4.0 at Scale” – Dan Burseth is the Vice President of Business Development at Eckhart, a leading integrator of advanced automation and Industry 4.0 technologies. Dan works with Fortune 500 manufacturers like Ford Motor Company, John Deere, Boeing, and Stryker Medical to transform manufacturing processes to be more efficient, safe, and profitable through the use of robotics, autonomous guided vehicles (AGVs), and vision systems. Dan resides in Chicago and is a graduate of the engineering schools at both Northwestern University and MIT.

Michael McGray – The Center (Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center) – Live Demonstration, Collaborative Robots – Michael McGray from the MMTC team will demonstrate the use of collaborative robots (UR-5) in manufacturing applications.  This new technology allows industrial robots to work side by side with human counterparts, without the traditional needs for safety fencing and complicated programming.  Many manufacturers re-deploy their collaborative robots to different tasks around the facility due to their versatility, ease of programming and minimal infrastructure requirements.  Discuss use cases, potential returns on investment and learn about the new technology disrupting the industrial robotics space.

Dawn White – Perisense – Live Demonstration, Digital IoT Sensors and Analytics Software – Dawn White, President of Perisense will demonstrate the use of internet enabled sensor packages to unlock new information about equipment and process performance.  These small sensors are designed to be installed on legacy equipment as an upgrade, and generally can be installed within 15 minutes, even while equipment is running.  They provide a new way of understanding equipment performance, enabling users to truly understand their Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE), and proactively manage maintenance and performance issues.  These new sensor systems provide a cost effective way to transition your current equipment into state of the art machines reporting their performance in real time.

Cody Kangas – Michigan Technological University – Supporting Your Engineering Needs via University Partnerships – Cody Kangas, Director of Industry Engagement at Michigan Tech University will present opportunities to work alongside Michigan Tech faculty and students to support your engineering needs.  With a fresh re-commitment to manufacturing, a host of knowledgeable faculty and students who perform hands on work while learning the technical aspects of the engineering trade, Michigan Tech is poised to help manufacturers take the next steps in their business.  Cody and his team will outline the Michigan Tech senior design program, which could be used to help your business advance the implementation of new Industry 4.0 technologies.


March 3, 2020
7:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Rob Summers
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