On February 2nd, 2023, MassRobotics hosted a Robotics in Manufacturing in-person event. The event, sponsored by the Consulate General of Canada, included a panel discussion around the U.S. government, the state of MA, and Canadian government programs that help manufacturers innovate with robotics and automation solutions. 

The  purpose of this event was to discuss challenges that today’s manufacturers face in North America, raise the awareness of the latest robotic-enabling technologies that are available and, most importantly, encourage an exchange of ideas to help drive solutions.

Rodger Cuzner, Consul General of Canada welcomed the crowd and set the stage for the discussions.

Attendees then heard from Sarah Mendelowitz, Sr. Manufacturing Innovation Engineer from New Balance as she kicked off the session with a brief keynote. 

You can learn more here about Sarah’s presentation as reported by Cesareo Contreras, associate editor at Robotics 24/7.

The audience enjoyed a panel discussion “Government Initiatives in Manufacturing“ with some Q & A at the end. The panel was moderated by Peter Russo, MassRobotics VP for Manufacturing, and included insights from: Jay Douglass from the Arm Institute, Jayson Myers from NGen and Christine Nolan from MA Center for Advanced Manufacturing. 

The speaking portion of the event concluded with a lightning round of presentations from companies showcasing their technologies and potential solutions for advancing manufacturing. Attendees heard from Volkan Efe and Liem Tran – Nano Dimension; David Askey – Ascend Robotics; Tom Fuhlbrigge – Scalable Robotics and Onder Ondemir – Ubiros. 

A networking social was held immediately following the presentations. Watch the recording here on MassRobotics YouTube channel. 

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