NOVEMBER 5-8, 2018
Blaine Alderks is a product development engineer with Windings Inc. In this role, Blaine helps some of the world's most innovative companies develop new motor designs and meet their cost, quality and delivery expectations. With extensive manufacturing experience in stator, rotor and motor assembly, Blaine is knowledgeable in design for manufacturability, motor topography and project management. Blaine holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering and a minor in medieval history from Iowa State University.
Dr. Atef Massoud is the Automation Engineer Manager for Omron Automation Americas, based out of the Chicago area. He and his team apply their combined 100+ years of experience in industrial automation to solve the needs of Omron’s top and most challenging customers. Dr. Massoud himself specializes in design, development, and implementation of motion control and servo systems across multiple industries such as printing, packaging, and manufacturing. Leveraging advanced control algorithms, custom kinematics, real-time programming and vibration testing/control techniques, Dr. Massoud has led his organization to over 8 years of growth in the motion market across the Americas. Dr. Massoud attained his Ph.D. in Dynamics, Control and Robotics, from McMaster University (Canada). He also has a M.Sc. and B.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cairo University (Egypt). He is affiliated with the IEEE Robotics and Automation Association, and EtherCAT Technology Group. He has 4 patents and more than 15 industry publications.
Thomas J. Burke is the OPC Foundation President & Executive Director. Mr. Burke has a bachelor’s degree in theoretical mathematics, John Carroll University (Ohio) and a master’s degree in computer engineering, University of Dayton (Ohio). Mr. Burke has spent most of his career developing hardware, software and firmware for industrial automation, beginning his career at Rockwell Automation. He is the founding father of the OPC Foundation (1995) and spearheaded the vision of OPC and has pioneered OPC UA as the foundation and solution for multivendor multiplatform secure reliable information integration interoperability from the embedded world to the enterprise.
Steve is a graduate of Alfred University in Ceramic Science. Prior work experience includes 12 years with Corning Inc. involved with glass ceramics, combustion systems design, passive electronic components and manufacturing management systems. He then joined tungsten carbide manufacturer, GTE Valenite, and was responsible for modernization and operation of over 40 vacuum and atmosphere heat-treating furnaces at factories in the USA, Canada and France. In 1988 he joined Crucible Magnetics as Manager of Technology and Quality Assurance in the manufacture of Neo, SmCo and Alnico magnets. From 1992 through 2016, Steve performed process development, product research, engineering and project management for Arnold Magnetic Technologies’ permanent and soft magnetic materials businesses. He was Director of Technology at Arnold from 2005 through 2016. In January 2017, Steve formed Magnetics & Materials LLC, a management and engineering consultancy with business description available at magmatllc.com.
Dr. Giulio Corradi is ISM (Industrial Scientific Medical) System Architect based in Munich, Germany. He brings 25 year of experience of management, software engineering and development of ASICs and FPGA in industrial, automation and medical systems specifically in the field of control, communication, machine intelligence, DSP algorithms, and functional. In the years 1997 – 2005 he managed several Research European Funded projects for train communication networking and wireless remote diagnostic systems. From 2000-2005 he headed the Train Communication IEC61375 Conformance Test standard. In 2006 Giulio joined Xilinx Munich where leading the technical activities on Industrial Networking, Motor Control Xilinx reference platforms, certifying Xilinx tools on IEC61508 and ISO26262, providing customer guidance on functional safety applications. More recently Giulio interests focused in providing analytics for Xilinx edge platforms and RealTime mixed criticality systems. Giulio is a recurrent keynote speaker at IEEE conferences. In his spare time he practices swimming and playing piano.
Jeremy Drury is Vice President at IoT Diagnostics who is "connecting prediction to production" with the Industrial Internet of Things. In 2018, Jeremy has been featured on 151 Advisers' "Real World IoT" podcast, was a keynote speaker at the National Fluid Power Association's Annual Conference, provided a key learning session at Noria's Reliable Plant Conference, and was most recently featured as an IoT Ecosystem though-leader at the Sensors Expo Conference in San Jose. His experience solving complex industrial problems with simple, niche solutions has bolstered business for end-users, distributors, and OEMs around the world.
Mr. Frustaglio is a graduate of Michigan Technological University and a registered professional engineer. He has 18 years of experience with YES ™ as an electric motor designer, motor design course instructor, electric motor tester, and software developer. Mr. Frustaglio is a member of MCMA, NSPE, and is a contributor to the Handbook of Small Electric Motors. He is the on-going software developer and software trainer of YES software, an electric motor design tool. He has design expertise in BLDC, PMSM, Single and Polyphase AC Induction, Stepper, Universal, PMDC motors, linear actuators and specialty electromagnetic devices. His design experience includes numerous applications from aerospace, household appliances, industrial, automotive accessory, automotive traction, medical, and specialty high temperature motors and actuators.
Michael Giunta is an experienced Sales Manager and degreed Mechanical Engineer with 20 years of experience in the automation industry. Deeply involved in the industrial automation industry, process control market, and military and aerospace. Michael joined Macron after many years as a Regional Sales Manager/ Managing Partner for Exlar Corporation and Stober Drives, Inc.
After completing my mechanical engineering degree from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, I’ve embarked on a career in the electrical and automation industries for the past 24+ years. I’ve held positions in application engineering, product marketing, and technical sales at various automation and control companies. I’ve been at Balluff for the last 5 years in technical sales roles and now lead a sales team focused in specific market industries and product solutions.
Kevin Kurtz is a magnetics applications engineer in Louisville, KY, working in magnetic design for over 5 years. Electrical engineer by education, graduating with a Master of Engineering and a Bachelor's of Science from the University of Louisville, minoring in physics. He is currently pursuing his PhD.
BSEE Purdue University / MBA Indiana University. 35+ years experience in process and plant automation, motion control and information technology. Supporting customers with a unique blend of technical expertise and sales professionalism, my passion at this point in my career is to transfer knowledge and experience to our sales force and align our product development effort with customer needs to ensure meaningful and successful new product introductions to the market.
Glenn Luckinbill Founder & CEO, Swarm Robotix Glenn started his career in manufacturing and supply chain optimization in the Automotive (GM) and Oil and Gas (BP) Industries. Subsequently, he started Optimal EPC, a construction management company, and Optimal Supply, an ecommerce company. Most recently he has been involved in two new start-up companies; EagleRail Container Logistics provides an efficient and greener method of transporting international shipping containers and Swarm Robotix develops multi-robotic systems. In addition, Glenn is founder of Hub88 and The Modern Schools Initiative and is an Advisory Board member for KidsMatter in Naperville. Glenn earned a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Eckerd College in St Petersburg, Florida, and a Master's in International Management from Thunderbird, The American Graduate School of International Management, in Glendale, Arizona.
“Is this machinery safe?” Functional Safety standards and principals provide concise methods to answer this question, and also the means to demonstrate that functional safety has been achieved. But functional safety compliance can also provide significant improvements to the bottom line by streamlining machinery access, reducing Mean Time To Repair (MTTR) and by removing incentives to bypass safety procedures or technologies. Functional Safety principals provide tools to improve both safety and productivity, and this is fundamentally changing the way manufacturers are applying safety systems today.
I was born and raised in electric motor repair and manufacturing industries. I have spent the past 10 years working in electrical steel, both in sales and technical roles. Most recently I have helped build a new division for the Cogent business which is inclusive of electric motor lamination and prototype manufacturing for specialty applications.
Derrick has been working in the manufacturing industry since graduating from Virginia Tech as a Mechanical Engineer in 2010. His love of technology and robotics led him to join B&R Industrial Automation. He has been involved with automation for the past 3 years while working for B&R. His focus there is on new technology and R&D efforts, primarily B&R’s openROBOTICS platform and Next Generation Industrial Transport Technology. Derrick helps to introduce these technologies and products to the North American market and provide feedback from the market to R&D for future design iterations. His efforts with robotics and industrial transport technology have led to several technology demonstration systems that have been featured at the Hannover Messe 2016, Automatica Munich 2016, IMTS 2016, PackExpo 2016, and SPS/IPC Drives 2017.
Leo Stocco is the co-founder and Director of R&D of Orbitless Drives in Vancouver Canada. He developed the Orbitless drive in 2014 which has had its first US patent issued in 2018. He is currently working with micro-motor and tier-1 automotive companies to bring the technology to the medical device and automotive markets. He as also a professor of electrical engineering at the University of British Columbia where he specializes in robotics, control, rapid prototyping, and bio-medical technology.
Robert B. Trask, PE is a Senior Systems Architect with BECKHOFF. Trask has worked at Beckhoff since 2003 and facilitates high level automation systems planning for leading machine builders and manufacturers. A seasoned presenter on new automation technologies, Trask has led numerous leading edge technological projects at Beckhoff North America, including the advancement of innovative concepts such as object-oriented programming (OOP), Industrie 4.0, Industrial Internet of Things, cloud-connected manufacturing systems and more. Trask is also the North American Representative for the EtherCAT Technology Group. Trask holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University and has nearly 30 years of experience with automation, industrial controls and systems planning. Trask is a registered professional engineer.
A senior degreed engineer in both, electrical and mechanical engineer with 30 years practical experience in design, fabricate and test electrical motors. Dr. Vasile is the (co) author of more than two dozen of technical articles and several books for student use in electrical motors and related fields. His past employments included titles as a Faculty Professor and Engineering Manager among others.
Marcel joined B&R over 8 years ago at their Midwest regional office in Chicago, IL as Application Expert for Packaging. In his current role as a Solutions Architect, he works closely with the sales and engineering team reviewing customers' application requirements and provides technical expertise on new and existing B&R technologies. He also works very closely with R&D at the global B&R headquarters in Eggelsberg, Austria to specify new technologies, functionality and software to meet the needs of the North American market. More recently working on projects focused on virtual commissioning, simulation and the digital twin.