Mazak to Host Several Presentations at Discover 2019
The event will take place November 5-7 and 12-13, 2019, at Mazak’s Kentucky headquarters.
Scheduled for November 5-7 and 12-13, 2019, at Mazak’s North American headquarters and manufacturing campus in Florence, Kentucky, the Discover 2019 technology and education event will feature presentations from Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), University of Cincinnati, Lockheed Martin, GE Aviation, Cisco Systems, AMT – The Association for Manufacturing Technology and others on such industry-critical topics as automation, workforce development, hybrid manufacturing, digitally connected factories and cybersecurity.
Dr. Lonnie Love of ORNL will discuss the lab’s collaboration with Mazak. Working on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy, ORNL and Mazak are further developing the use of hot wire deposition (HWD) in additive manufacturing part production operations. Also from ORNL, Chief Manufacturing Officer Dr. Thomas Kurfess will speak about his and Mazak’s work in Adaptive Learning and Smart Machines. Within that same category, Dr. Jay Lee of University of Cincinnati’s College of Engineering and Applied Science will explain work being done to achieve “worry-free” machining via advanced sensors and process monitoring.
Jan de Nijs of Lockheed Martin and Matthew Foister of GE Aviation will discuss how digital connectivity has led to significant manufacturing changes at each of their respective companies. For Lockheed Martin, that has manifested through an increase in building and production agility via the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT); for GE Aviation, it has meant optimized machine utilization using real-time collected and analyzed process data.
Bryce Barnes of Cisco will speak about today’s “Connected Factory.” He will discuss the benefits of digital connectivity for equipment monitoring along with data collection and analytics. Mazak worked with Cisco in the development of the Mazak SmartBox.
Addressing the so-called skills gap in manufacturing, Greg Jones of AMT’s Smartforce Development will present on the association’s efforts to build a better educated and trained workforce for the advanced manufacturing industry.
For those seeking to increase the output of their existing workforce, Michael Cicco of FANUC America Corp. will discuss the latest advancements in automation. In particular, he will touch upon how articulated robots can provide automation for multiple machines as well as part transfers to peripheral operations while also eliminating the challenges of handling large, heavy or cumbersome parts.
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