Can Robotics Really Move the Needle in Manufacturing Productivity?
BY KATHY WEBSTER, CORRESPONDENCE FOR MT360
“Much like advances in farming machinery in the 1800s led to a bonanza in food production and freed people from the necessity of growing their own food, we stand on the cusp of another industrial revolution,” says Ben Gibbs, co-founder & CEO of READY Robotics. “From 3D printing to AI to advances in robotics, we now possess the tools to power another massive leap forward in manufacturing productivity.”
Gibbs will be one of more than 25 speakers at the upcoming MT360, a new event connecting manufacturers to software developers and investors, taking place May 12 – 14, 2020, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, Calif. Gibbs will discuss the need for common software architectures in industrial robotics. They’ll also touch on business partnerships and evolving business models.
“MT360 brings together a diverse group of thought leaders to discuss the impact of transformative technologies on the manufacturing industry,” says Gibbs. “It’s a great platform for exposure to how great minds and novel technologies push the boundaries of the possible.”
In his role at READY, Ben has visited hundreds of factories and seen first-hand the common issues faced by manufacturers all over the world. He previously ran a team at Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures that focused on commercializing novel technologies created at one of the country’s largest research universities. During his time there, he helped spin out technologies ranging from organic electronics to immuno-oncology to (of course) robotics. Gibbs holds a degree in economics from Johns Hopkins University.
“Technology forms the foundation of productivity gains, empowering us to lift more and more people out of poverty,” says Gibbs. “Technology holds the promise of creating safer, more efficient factories with the flexibility needed to achieve both mass production and mass customization. Such smart factories will help propel humanity to new heights of success and prosperity.”
MT360 brings traditional manufacturers, non-traditional tech companies, and venture capitalists into one conference to learn about transformative technologies that will intersect all three worlds.
Cognitive Automation – A spectrum of AI or data-related tools that enable automation systems to sense and react to information.
Additive Manufacturing – Several related technologies that enable manufacturers to create complex parts and fixtures through 3D printing.
Augmented Reality – Technologies that use digital displays to assist with manual tasks.
Digital Thread – Electronic connections that allow manufacturing information to follow a product through its entire production process.
In addition to the speakers and panel discussions, MT360 will host a Virtual Factory, which will showcase companies involved in every aspect of these technologies. Attendees can visit and interact with software companies, hardware companies, complete AR-platform providers, and smart manufacturing.
Space is limited. Register today at mt360conference.com.
MT360, May 12 – 14, 2020, Santa Clara, Calif.
MT360 is produced by AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology, which produces IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show, the largest and longest running manufacturing technology trade show in the United States held every other year at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill. IMTS 2020 will run Sept. 14-19.