Motion, Drive and Automation Conference

Conference Date: Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014

Motion, Drive & Automation Conference 2014

On Sept. 9 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 US office of the organizer of the world’s largest manufacturing technology tradeshow HANNOVER MESSE.


  8:00 - 8:55 am  

On-Site Registration

  9:00 - 9:55 am  

Trends in Industrial Communications for the Factory of the Future
Peter Lutz, Managing Director, Sercos International
As a real-time Ethernet solution, the current generation of automation buses is making an important contribution towards “Smart Factory”, the factory of the future. These automation buses allows machines, machine modules and peripheral devices such as control systems, servo drives, I/O modules and intelligent vision systems to be both flexibly and robustly connected to each other. Even safety-related machine data can be transmitted over the same network infrastructure, so that additional wiring is not required any more. Hard real-time capabilities play a key role as they guarantee that information is always available at the right time in the right place. Comprehensive, consistent and standardized profiles for different devices such as hydraulic, pneumatic or electric drives, encoders, control systems and I/Os enable facilities, production lines and individual machines to adjust to new demands in a short time and therefore increase machine performance by using 'Plug and Play'.
The presentation covers the following topics:

  • Evolution of industrial communication
  • Ethernet-based communication systems – capabilities and realization examples
  • Trends in industrial communication in the context of a smart factory
  10:00 - 10:55 am  

Practical Application of 3D Machine Vision in Robotic Guidance, Motion and Inspection
David Dechow, Staff Engineer, Fanuc America
This conference session will present a thorough discussion of the application of 3D machine vision for industrial automation including robotic guidance, control of motion, and in-line inspection of parts and assemblies. The session will educate attendees in the theory of 3D machine vision, and will examine the differences between various 3D imaging techniques as currently used in industrial applications. The speaker will detail several classes of 3D machine vision components available in the marketplace. The presentation will provide real-life examples of 3D imaging for machine vision, and how the technology is used in various applications. The speaker will also present some advanced 3D concepts and components that have yet to be widely applied, but have potential for the future. The presentation will be targeted for engineering professionals and project/corporate managers with some experience in machine vision and a further interest in 3D technologies.

  11:00 - 11:55 am  

Best Practices for Specifying Linear Actuators
Bob Ward, Product Manager, Rollon Corporation
Despite the performance improvement of control electronics and algorithms over the past decade or so to help mask deficiencies in linear actuator selection and application, it is still incumbent on the automation engineer to try to identify and provide the right set of parameters to better assure project success. To that end, the mnemonic A.C.T.U.A.T.O.R. has been created to aid and assist the system designer to remember to check for the minimum basic set of specifications to define a linear actuator. The mostly quantitative values that A.C.T.U.A.T.O.R. develops are independent of the primary motive force of the product and apply equally as well to conventional industrial hydraulic, pneumatic or electric linear actuators.

  12:00 - 1:10 pm  

Lunch Break

  1:15 - 2:10 pm  

Integrated Robotic Control into Machine Controllers
Matt Lecheler, Motion Specialist, Beckhoff Automation
Through the convergence of well known controls principles, new machine designs are now possible that result in game-changing advantages for machine builders and manufacturers.
These benefits include reduced wiring, network and software platforms that are shared with the overall machine automation system and a significantly reduced machine footprint. This has led to the advent of higher performance mechatronic solutions for numerous applications including product packaging with variable product flow, complex material handling lines and many more.

  2:15 - 3:10 pm  

“Function Integration” – How It Saves Time While Increasing Productivity
Sean O'Grady, Product Manager, Festo Corporation
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.

  3:10 - 4:10 pm  

Inertially Optimized Motion Control System Drives New 3D Printer
Mike Everman, Founder and CEO, Bell-Everman
Learn about the development of a new 3D printing system based on an inertially-matched variant of a parallel Delta mechanism. Robots based on the low-inertia, high-stiffness Delta mechanism have a proven track record in pick-and-place applications requiring high speeds, accelerations and positioning accuracies. The same basic design principles have now been applied to additive manufacturing, though not without novel mechanical modifications that optimize the inertial mass of the entire Delta mechanism.


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Conference Contact

Hannover Fairs USA, Inc.
Lloyd Guiang