MPT Conference

MPT Conference2019-08-19T23:57:53+00:00

Motion + Power Technology Expo gathers thinkers and doers in the power transmission industry. Our conference is designed for these thinkers and doers. We are bringing you speakers who will provide you current information in two tracks:  Business and Emerging Technology. Check out our speaker line-up and learn from the best at this year’s MPT Conference.

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Presentation Topics

Each session has a 45-minute presentation with an additional 15-minute Q&A portion:

Know Your Business (business track)

  • Blockchain
  • Cybersecurity
  • Market info
  • Supply chain
  • Workforce

Be Prepared for the Future (emerging technology track)

  • 3D printed metal
  • Electric drive technology
  • IIoT
  • Robotics

MPT Conference Schedule

Wednesday, October 16:  9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Thursday, October 17:  9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Who Should Attend?

Anyone interested in the latest trends and information in the power transmission industry.

Watch a Video Teaser for the MPT Conference

Watch a short video from Russ Waddell, Managing Director of MTConnect, on the critical topics in interoperability in IIoT he will be covering in the 2019 MPT Conference.

MPT Conference Sessions

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Supply Chain — Improve In-Transit Visibility to Reduce Supply Chain Risk

9:00 am – 10:00 am
Jeff Newman, VP, Supply Chain Visibility Solution Sales, CalAmp
Business Track

Advances in IoT technology provide greater visibility and insights through real-time data and monitoring to eliminate tracking blind spots across providers and modes. These smart sensors and devices continually log data in transit and transmit the information to a cloud portal that is accessible anywhere. You will learn how a supply chain with embedded IoT technology provides this key data for making critical decisions on improving your operations and reducing risk.

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IIoT — Simplifying Industrial IoT for Discrete Manufacturers

9:00 am – 10:00 am
Stacy Pease, Director of Customer Success, MachineMetrics
Emerging Technology Track

The IoT revolution is picking up speed and as it does, it is changing the manufacturing world forever. Of the many manufacturers in pursuit of digitization, a large number are unlikely to succeed. According to a 2017 Cisco study, 74% of companies that begin an IoT initiative fail, leading to a greater hesitation for manufacturers to embark on their digital transformation journeys. So what’s the secret sauce to Industry 4.0 success?

In this session, we explore how MachineMetrics is using data to drive down costs and increase revenue, as well as cover some of the ways data can be applied to drive your business ahead of your competition. Most importantly, this session will dispel some of the myths about the cloud and decode the buzzwords around “Industry 4.0” so you can enter Industry 4.0 with confidence.

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Market Info — Economic Outlook and Trends within the Industrial Fluid Power Market

10:30 am – 11:30 am
Chloe Parkins, Fluid Power Specialist, Oxford Economics
Business Track

The aim of this session is to provide an understanding of the economic backdrop faced by industrial fluid power manufacturers and purchasers. We will first set the scene with an overview of the global economy, highlighting key issues and trends affecting overall industrial activity. Then we will drill down to the U.S. economy, giving a forecast outlook for the macro economy, including factors affecting investment and capital expenditure and covering a couple of relevant scenarios around recent trends, events, and sources of risk. We will then delve deeper into the key drivers for industrial fluid power, focusing on key demand sectors that purchase and use fluid power equipment.

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Electric Drive Technology — The Future of eMobility in the Commercial Vehicle Space

10:30 am – 11:30 am
John Bennett, VP and CTO, Meritor
Emerging Technology Track

Commercial vehicles are currently undergoing a shift in powertrain technologies driven by the need for lower GHG emissions and the desire for lowest total cost of ownership. In this presentation, John will explore the current state of eMobility systems in commercial vehicles, the drivers and barriers for widescale adoption of electric commercial vehicles, the future outlook of the various architectures of electric drivetrains, and the impact to gearing technology in those architectures.

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Blockchain — Blockchain: The Future of Manufacturing

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Joel Neidig, CEO and Co-Founder, SIMBA Chain
Business Track

Blockchain has many manufacturing applications. Automotive supply chains are one of several use cases that will be discussed for this topic. A few appealing applications of blockchain for automobile manufacturers are the ability to record the transfer of individual parts from suppliers to a manufacturing facility, which parts are on a specific automobile, the completion of an automobile on the assembly line, the delivery to the dealership, and all final sale information. While tracking may be in place inside the manufacturer, blockchain could play a crucial role in transparency with suppliers and consumers. It could also streamline the tracking of parts, recalls, and repairs done by the serviced department.

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3D Printing — Processes and New Machines for 3D Printing Metal

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Kirk Rogers, PhD, Senior ADDvisorSM, The Barnes Group Advisors
Emerging Technology Track

The additive manufacturing/3D metal printing scene has exploded in the last three years with several new players and several new technologies. Kirk will outline the seven different additive manufacturing technologies, as defined by ASTM Committee F42. He will discuss how these technologies can be used to manufacture complex geometries and how it can reduce gear systems inertia through the use of advanced designs that are difficult to manufacture conventionally. He will also provide the most up-to-date information on new players from the eyes of someone who has spent more than 20 years in this space.


Supply Chain — Effective Contract Negotiations: The Path to Commercial Success with Large OE Customers

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Tom Rouse, Founder, Rouse Contract Consultants, LLC
Business Track

In this session, you will learn to:

  • Manage OE agreements to assure profits are maximized and risks reduced
  • Improve your quotation process to help with future customer negotiations
  • Identify all the value issues and risk issues of a customer agreement
  • Understand the roles of each person in effective contract negotiations
  • Identify the priority points for negotiation
  • Understand the timing considerations in negotiating an OE sales agreement

With this knowledge, you will be able to more effectively negotiate sales agreements with your large OE customers, thereby maintaining the business value, and reducing risks over the life of the contract.

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Robotics — The End of Fear: How Collaborative Industrial Robots Will Change Durable Goods Manufacturing

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Alberto Moel, PhD, VP, Business Development, Veo Robotics
Emerging Technology Track

At present, most tasks in durable goods manufacturing are either fully manual or fully automated — there is no safe in-between. But automating tasks that are better done by humans and, conversely, adapting tasks that are better done by machines for human workers is suboptimal — it either over-complicates manufacturing in the case of full automation, or requires humans to perform tasks for which they are ill-suited in the case of a fully manual process.

In this presentation, you will about the pressing need to make our existing big, fast, and strong industrial robots collaborative. With modern sensors and computing platforms, we are now able to develop algorithms that allow industrial robots to understand where they are in a workcell, identify workpieces and the people working around them, and take safe and effective actions.

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Market Info — The Evolution of the Automotive Powertrain

9:00 am – 10:00 am
Casey Selecman, Director – Advisory Services, IHS Markit
Business Track

By now, everyone has heard the noble truth about the future of powertrain development around the globe: “This is the last generation of ICEs ever to be built!” While the shift to electric vehicles may be inevitable, the journey to make them a reality is going to be very complex and time consuming. Is there enough capacity to build the battery packs required? Will oil producing countries give up producing a critical natural resource to protect the health of the planet? Will the technology advance quickly enough to enable faster charging and greater range necessary to get customers to choose electrons over oil? This presentation will provide a critical assessment of the changing powertrain offerings and the potential impact on the industry.

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IIoT — Standards for IIoT Interoperability

9:00 am – 10:00 am
Russ Waddell, Director, MTConnect
Emerging Technology Track

Manufacturing data and information systems are rapidly evolving to enable myriad new technologies around software and networking. Underlying this evolution is a set of standards and protocols developed by industry, academia, research organizations, and governments around the globe. Motion and power, like many other industry verticals, has unique needs and business requirements. Yet, there is much to be learned from previous standards development efforts and neighboring segments in manufacturing.

Watch a short video from Russ Waddell, Managing Director of MTConnect, on the critical topics in interoperability in IIoT he will be covering in the 2019 MPT Conference.

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Workforce — Workforce Development Using a Farm Team Approach

10:30 am – 11:30 am
Tony Velotta, Organizational Development Leader, Scot Forge
Business Track

There is a significant deficit in the number of workers needed and the number available to most companies. Scot Forge Company has a program to develop the future workforce to be ready when needed similar to major league sports teams using a farm team concept. The farm team is a ready-to-go supply of talent that is called to the big league when needed. Scot Forge starts with high school students and develops their skills and most importantly, their culture, to be hired full-time when ready and needed. The program consists of two key components: organizational development and employee ownership that involves high school student learners, college internships, apprenticeships, and associate and bachelor’s degrees, and in-house training such as leadership, supply chain management, and sales training programs.

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Electric Drive Technology — Losing Teeth? The Future of Gear Trains in the Age of Electrification

10:30 am – 11:30 am
Jeff Hemphill, CTO, Schaeffler
Emerging Technology Track

The rate of electrification seems to be accelerating every day. Major OEMs make regular announcements about battery electric vehicles and Tesla continues to disrupt its segments. But where does that leave a gear supplier or engineer? In this session, we’ll take a look at some of the new challenges and new applications and see where the gears and bearings of the future will be deployed.

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Cybersecurity — Cybersecurity Hygiene in Motion

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
James McQuiggan, CISSP, Chapter President, (ISC)2 Central Florida Chapter
Business Track

When it comes to hygiene, we grew up understanding what is good hygiene, washing our hands before dinner, brushing our teeth before bed, and taking a shower at least every other day. In cybersecurity, similar hygiene can be applied to our daily lives that can help not only at home, but also in the places we work. Within the company and as it relates to cybersecurity, leaders are unsure of that hygiene in the standards they need to follow, what technology they need to purchase, and how to protect against an attack. In motion or standing still there are simple things that we can do to protect ourselves online, at home, and at the office.

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3D Printing — Materials Challenges and Solutions in Additive Manufacturing

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Jeff Grabowski, Materials Specialist, QuesTek Innovations, LLC
Emerging Technology Track

Much of the research in additive manufacturing (AM) has focused on a relatively small set of legacy and commodity alloys, such as stainless steel, Ti-6-4, and castable Al alloys. Often, the same alloy chemistry and standard heat treatment practices developed for forged bar are used, resulting in material performance issues.

This talk will provide recent project updates to optimize legacy alloys and design, develop, and deploy novel high-performance alloys for Additive Manufacturing processes, leveraging an Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME) approach, and showing improvement over current commodity alloys. Alloys covered will be relevant to gear and power applications.

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Workforce — Hire Like Nobody’s Business

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Todd Palmer, Founder and President, Diversified Industrial Staffing
Business Track

Companies cannot locate enough of the talent they need today. This translates to missed deadlines and to company leaders trying to do more with less. The battle to attract and retain top talent is going to continue. There is a solution.

In this presentation, you will learn:

  • Culture is key — know why employees want to work for you and not someone else
  • How to create a sustainable and repeatable model to source and attract top talent resulting in a full talent pipeline
  • How to screen out the contenders from the pretenders with interview questions designed to dig deep
  • How to use the People Analyzer to decide if an employee isn’t the right fit for your culture

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Robotics — Collaborative Operation in Industry Today

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Rick Maxwell, Collaborative Robot Team, FANUC America Corporation
Emerging Technology Track

Collaborative operation and more generally the collaborative robot is a very popular topic in the automation industry. In order to successfully implement and use collaborative technology, it is important to understand what collaborative operation is and how it can fit into your facility. Looking at the safety standards for collaborative operation is a great start; however, it is highly recommended to review the technical report guidelines for integrating collaborative operations in the RIA TR15.606 and validating force and power limited collaborative operation in the RIA TR15.806. Choosing a good application for your first collaborative robot will help integrate this technology into your factory and introduce your employees to the exciting world of shared work spaces between people and robots.

MPT Conference Pricing

Price includes admission to all 16 presentations, plus admission to the Expo Hall.

Member Early Bird* Non-Member Early Bird* Member Regular** Non-Member Regular**
MPT Conference $295 $295 $395 $395

*Early bird rates apply through September 13, 2019.
**The regular rates apply after September 13, 2019.