John Ahart, Regional Sales and Application Engineering Manager at Wittenstein, Inc., has extensive experience in the application of servo motion control systems in industrial applications. Wittenstein is an internationally recognized leader in the manufacture of precision, servo duty gearboxes, specialty servo motors, and linear systems for motion control applications.
Dr.-Ing. Torsten Becker is the managing director of BOGEN Electronic GmbH in Berlin, a magnetic measurement specialist for highest accuracy and customized scales. Before joining BOGEN he spent many years in high tech operations consulting with PRTM(now a part of PWC Strategy) and BESTgroup. He started his career in the Daimler-Benz group of companies and was a plant manager in Kiel.
George Bennett is the president of Optimal Motion Inc., where he works on complex motion systems. He is well known in the world of ‘new and different’ with 54 patents in motor driver circuitry, sensors, digital and power circuits and motion control. George has a BSEE and a BSME from the University of Michigan. He has worked with over 50 different companies in various management positions, as a consultant, as an employee and as a founder, including 5 startups He now works to help others drive innovative ideas into existence.
Michael Bonner is the Vice President of Engineering & Technology for Saint Clair Systems, Inc., a leading supplier of process temperature control equipment for industrial fluid dispensing systems. A degreed electrical engineer, over the years he has spent time in a wide variety of industries including audio systems, medical equipment, HVAC and appliance controls, metal stamping, even the manufacture of gasoline pumps. For the last 20+ years, however, he has focused on the science of point-of-use temperature and viscosity control in fluid dispensing processes.
Tim Brennan has more than 25 years of motion control and engineering experience, and is the North America subject matter expert for application of the Galaxie(R) gearbox, actuators and drive systems. He holds a BS Degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign.
Nathan Brown is Vice President of Engineering for ALIO Industries, where he works on the development, manufacturing, and testing of precision motion systems with a focus on 4, 5, and 6 degree of freedom motion systems applications. Nathan has worked with NIST, ASPE, and ASME in developing next generation testing standards for precision motion systems to push the industry to focus from legacy individual axis tests to system level test methods that better represent actual performance customers will observe on multi-axis systems. Nathan joined ALIO in 2005 and has nearly 20 years of experience designing and testing motion systems. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. Giulio Corradi is Xilinx’s Industrial Vision & Healthcare Principal 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 safety. 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 Scientific and Medical. Giulio leaded the safety certification of Xilinx tools on IEC61508, ISO26262, and ISO13849. More recently Giulio interests focused in providing analytics for Xilinx edge platforms and RealTime mixed criticality systems. Giulio holds 5 patents with Xilinx and he is a recurrent keynote speaker at IEEE and other major conferences.
Experienced engineer with a demonstrated history of working in the industrial automation industry. Skilled in control systems design, automation languages, electrical wiring, graphical display interface, motion control, machine communication protocols, project management and industrial engineering.
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.
As AMT's Director of Advanced Engineering Solutions, Jason is focused on customer satisfaction, technical objectives and tactical program management in the areas of automation consulting, operational manufacturing services and safety standardization for large turnkey automated systems integration. He has more than 25 years of manufacturing applications experience, including expertise in system integration and program management.
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.
Jason has worked with ACS Motion Control since 2007 and is currently the North American General Manager and Global VP of Marketing. Jason holds a Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering and is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Management of Technology. He resides in the greater Minneapolis area with his wife and two children.
Jim Grosskreuz has over 30 years of automation experience, from designing and developing new automation products, application engineering, and global product management. Jim is a TUV certified Functional Safety Engineer for Machinery and has specified and developed motion/safety products for the general motion market for over the past 10 years. Jim has practical knowledge of motion safety systems and applications, and knows the risks and rewards of deploying modern safe motion controls.
Matt graduated with a BS in Mechanical Engineering in 2012 from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He has held various engineering roles in his career including design work with superchargers, aftermarket suspension, universal joints, and hub assemblies. He is currently an Applications Engineer with CW Bearing USA. Matt has 6+ years engineering experience with bearings. The last 3+ years have been focused on industrial deep groove ball bearings. As an applications engineer, he works with OEM engineers to optimize bearing performance in applications they are developing. During his time at CW, he has spent a significant amount of time designing bearings for use in electric motors with projects varying from robotics, power tools, HVAC systems, actuators, and automotive applications.
Mr. Holcomb studied at the University of Buffalo, receiving his Master of Science degree in 1994. Mark began his professional career at CSA Engineering in Palo Alto, California (now Moog). While at CSA, Mark worked on active systems product development, including active isolation platforms and reaction mass cancellation devices. In 1997 Mr. Holcomb started his own consulting company, focusing much of his work at KLA-Tencor. From 1997 to 2009, Mark consulted for KLA-Tencor doing modal testing, and servo loop modeling, tuning and testing. In 2009, Mark joined AeroJet Corp in Sacramento CA, where he modeled actuation devices used on board kinetic warheads. Two years later in 2011, Mark returned to KLA-Tencor, assisting in development of a 450 mm stage. In October of 2015, Mark joined Celera Motion where he is working with Engineering, doing servo tuning for motors and mechatronics hardware, with manufacturing, writing automation test software, and also with sales and application engineering, writing motor analysis software and assisting customers in finding the best solution for their motion control needs.
Kristian has been involved in automation since the birth of collaborative robotics, and worked for years in the European industry as part of a leading collaborative robot manufacturer. Since then, he has lived in the middle east, an latest and latest moved to USA where he leads the operation of OnRobot in the Americas.
Ryan Klemetson is a Business Development Manager at Tolomatic. Over the past 15 years he has worked on custom actuator application projects around the world spanning a variety of industries from oil and gas to medical, food processing and industrial printing. Prior to joining Tolomatic, he spent five years in the mobile hydraulics industry. Ryan has an AAS degree in manufacturing engineering from Alexandria Technical College. Tolomatic is a leading supplier of linear actuators, both electric and pneumatically driven. Company expertise includes linear actuators, servo-driven high-thrust actuators, servo and stepper motors, drives, and configured linear systems. Tolomatic also manufactures right-angle gear drives, caliper disc brakes, and clutches.
Keith H. Knight is currently the Manager – New Product Innovation for HaydonKerk Motion Solutions. In addition to his current management role he has taken the lead on a new focus in systems level projects for Ametek’s MCS division, and Ametek has recently promoted three of his white papers; “Navigating The Complexities of Motion Systems from Definition to Completion”, “Supporting Linear Motion: A Complete Guide to Implementing Dynamic Load Support for Linear Motion Systems”, and “Lead Screws 101: A Basic Guide to Implementing a Lead Screw Assembly for Any Design”. Prior to his current role, Keith was the Engineering Lead for HaydonKerk and has spent his entire career in the arena of motion control. Prior to his professional career Keith graduated with honors from Wentworth Institute of Technology of Boston MA with a BS in Electromechanical Engineering.
John Kowal is Marketing Director, for B&R Industrial Automation, a global supplier of advanced machine control solutions, where he is responsible for North American IIoT/I4.0 strategy, standards proliferation, market development and customer specifications.
Chris Laudando has spent his career helping audacious visionaries fulfill their vision. Starting his own company, Robodondo LLC, in 2016, he invented labor-reducing, modular systems that incorporate robotics, machine vision, deep learning, and adaptive tooling to solve ubiquitous food processing challenges. Now bringing this experience and passion to Motivo, Laudando looks to creatively disrupt industries and markets the world over.
With a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, Matt Pelletier has been with Yaskawa America since 1999. Matt has worked extensively with Product Engineering to develop interactive hands-on training for Servo Tuning, IEC 61131, PLCopen, and advanced programming workshops for Rotary Knife applications and PackML. Matt has also created a library of training videos with hands-on access to remote servo and controller equipment. These courses are available free of charge on Yaskawa’s website (www.yaskawa.com). Otherwise known as "Matt Servo", he is a specialist in the application of Yaskawa Servos and Motion Controllers in a variety of industries, authoring several articles in various publications.
Mircea Popescu is Chief Technology Officer with Motor Design, Ltd., leading software and consultancy company headquartered in the UK, and has more than thirty years of engineering experience. He received DSc degree in electrical machines from Helsinki University of Technology, Finland. His consultancy contributions for industry are incorporated in many state-of-the-art products. An IEEE Fellow, Dr. Popescu acted as Officer of the IEEE IAS Electrical Machines Committee between 2010-2018 and Prominent Lecturer IAS 2014-2015.
Kumar Rajasekhara started his professional career as a Machine Design Engineer for the packaging and steel industries. For the last 33 years, he has been working in the coil and motor winding industry in engineering, sales, and operations positions. Furthermore, his career has been focused on working for manufacturers of winding and automation machinery. He has led Marsilli North America since 2004 and has launched subsidiaries in India (2006) and Mexico (2016) for the Marsilli Group of companies, headquartered in Castelleone, Italy. He has made several technical presentations, including one at the ITEC 2016 conference in Michigan. Kumar holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering-Machine Design Concentration from the Univ. of North Carolina-Charlotte and an MBA from Loyola College in Maryland.
Justin is Cofounder and CEO of C-Motive Technologies, a University of Wisconsin-Madison spinout that is pioneering a breakthrough electric motor and generator technology for high torque, low speed applications. A graduate of UW-Madison's power research program (WEMPEC), Justin's technical expertise lies in multi-level power converters and electromechanical power conversion. He has authored or co-authored over a dozen technical papers and is an inventor of patented and patent-pending core C-Motive technology.
Michael graduated with honors from Michigan Technological University in 1990 with a BSEE and specialization in Electric Machines and Power Systems. His technical interests include the development of variable speed, power-dense electric machines for the electrification of mechanical systems and their application in distributed electrical power generation. Michael has led new product development programs and conducted applied research in electric machines at diverse industrial firms including Hamilton Sundstrand, Joy Global, Baldor Electric, Nidec Drive Systems, and Generac Power Systems. He is Principal Consultant and founder of Electric Machine Specialists, an engineering consultancy specializing in creating topology agnostic, application focused, high performance electric machine designs. Michael shares his passion for electric machines by leading training courses in the theory, design, and application of electric machines and providing technical support for Motor-CAD® software.
Kirk Smith has over 30 years of experience in embedded and end-to-end automation and advanced control system design across the continuous, batch and discrete process industries. As a practicing principal engineer and control systems architect in Intel's Industrial Solutions Division Internet of Things Group, Kirk is chartered to direct the creation of end-to-end architectures and solutions that enable the realization of scalable, open and secure, software defined industrial systems for today's IoT automation landscape.
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.
Stan’s professional life, just over forty years, has been almost evenly divided between the permanent magnet and rare earth industries. For the last fourteen years, he has run a consultancy called Spontaneous Materials serving clients in these industries on a wide variety of technical and commercial projects. His previous employers include Molycorp, Magnequench, Hitachi Magnetics, Crucible Magnetics and Recoma. Dr. Trout is a registered professional engineer, in Pennsylvania and Colorado, holds a B. S. in Physics from Lafayette College and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in Metallurgy and Materials Science. He is a member of the MC&MA, EMERF, the UK Magnetics Society and a senior member of the IEEE Magnetics Society.
Marissa K Tucker is responsible for Parker Electromechanical Division's Control and HMI product portfolio where her duties include creating alignment between key market segments, new product development, and product messaging. Marissa has experience within the controls industry for 5 years with a rich history in both the technical and business side. As graduate in mechanical engineering, she gained both her electrical motion control knowledge beginning as an applications engineer at Galil Motion Control. Marissa’s interests lead her into distribution where she gained both customer-facing and field application exposure during her tenure at Steven Engineering. In Marissa’s current position she continues to work directly in the market to produce control and HMI products that focus on both capability and ease of use.
Aleta Wilder is a Research Scientist with the Center for Energy & Environmental Resources, Process Energetics Group, The University of Texas. She is also CEO of Wilder Innovations LLC, a consultancy that specializes in materials-related testing and process development. She serves on the Board of the Electric Motor Education & Research Foundation (EMERF) and presents the Motor & Motion College course Fundamentals of Materials for Electric Motors. Aleta develops fundamental materials science and characterization techniques for addressing magnetic, dielectric, and conduction issues as required for advanced electromechanical machine design. She received the B.S. in Materials Science & Engineering from U.F., the M.S. in Ceramics from Penn State, and the Ph.D. in Ceramic Science from SUNY-Alfred University.
Jim Wiley is a Product Manager for servo and stepper drives with Parker Hannifin Corporation's Electromechanical and Drives Division, where he has spent his entire twenty-year motion control career. After graduating from Carnegie Mellon University with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Jim joined Parker’s Daedal Division as a sales application engineer, then moved into marketing and product management roles for the precision linear mechanics products. Jim spent three years in Asia doing market and business development before moving to Parker’s Compumotor facility, taking on roles in product management for controls and then as application engineering manager. Throughout his career, Jim has led hundreds of technical and product training classes for distributors and customers.