The 3rd Annual Internet of Manufacturing South is a very important conference for the construction and support of the industrial ecosystem. It’s a great pleasure to come and compare new ideas.

In the build up to Internet of Manufacturing South 2019 we caught up with Arnie Kravitz the CTO of Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) to discuss Digital Twin Technologies, AI, & Automation and its benefit for manufacturers.

What are your views on Digital Twin technologies? How do you think they will affect manufacturers’ operations in the future?
We are big advocates of digital twinning; a first reason is better visualization of the material flow through a line and during a process, especially the physical aspect of material and equipment handling and motion, and then to optimize the line. As issues are discovered in the material handling, the twin is a great tool to coming to a better understanding of what is causing the issue and exploring the advantages and intricacies of various solutions.

What automation technologies are you currently employing? How have they benefited your business?
We use some of our members’ tool suites. They are key to the operation of our testing and prototyping facility, which is a place to shake out a robotic work cell prior to line incorporation for revenue production. We always start with the digital twin model to better understand the requirements and the kinematics of the robot and material motion. We then use it to generate a baseline of the robots operational programing (fined tuned in the physical) and to better visualize the process and investigate ways to shake out issues and streamline the process. As issues are discovered in the physical work cell, we use the twin to trouble shoot the issue and explore fixes and other solutions.

How are you deploying AI and Machine Learning in your business? How did you introduce these technologies to you team?
As an institute, we fund projects that develop the technology for robotic manufacturing operations spanning from supply chain and logistics AGVs and robots, fabrication robots of all kinds, and warehousing and delivery AGVs and Robots. Our AI and machine learning focus areas include AGV Simultaneous location and mapping (SLAM) algorithms with object ID and tracking, advisor robots for QA (defect decisions), PMO robotic aids for metrics and data collection and analysis, vision understanding, and edge-based AI for vision-based collision avoidance/path planning, and manipulator motion control /path planning (for example, applications such as putting a twist lid on a bottle are very difficult for a robot).

Why are you taking part in the 3rd Annual Internet of Manufacturing and what lessons will you gain from the event?
These conferences are very important for the construction and support of the industrial the ecosystem. It’s a great pleasure to come and compare new ideas and projects and to meet with and discover new suppliers and manufacturers.

If you’d like to learn more then register for Internet of Manufacturing South today.

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About Internet of Manufacturing
Internet of Manufacturing South 2019 takes place on 19-20 November 2019 in Dallas, Texas, as the USA’s leading event for the Industrial Internet of Things. The end user led conference program, is split into three streams of content for business strategists and technical wizards. From tried and tested knowledge on building the business buy-in for new digital applications, real-life examples Edge, Cloud and Data Analytics, building technology to deliver your business dreams and the capabilities of data analytics, AI, AR, VR, robotics and more; Internet of Manufacturing is your one stop shop to drive your organization forward. This is the destination for you to build on your competitive edge, engage with other manufacturing leaders and meet the solution providers disrupting the market. 

About Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing
Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) is the nation’s leading collaborative in robotics and workforce innovation. Structured as a public-private partnership, we accelerate transformative robotic technologies and education to increase U.S. global manufacturing competitiveness. Founded in January 2017 in Pittsburgh, PA by Carnegie Mellon University, and funded by the Department of Defense, ARM is a stand-alone, non-profit entity that is part of the Manufacturing USA® network.

About Arnie Kravitz
Arnie Kravitz is the CTO of Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM). In this role, Arnie drives ARM’s technical vision to help the organization fulfill its mission of increasing U.S. global competitiveness by accelerating innovative technologies that make robots more accessible to U.S. manufacturers. He achieves this goal, in part, by convening experts and stakeholders from among ARM’s industrial, academic, non-profit and government partners.