3D Machine Vision Bin Picking Solutions Comes to AME 2017

3D Machine Vision Bin Picking Solutions Comes to AME 2017

Advanced Manufacturing Expo (AME) signs Canon USA to exhibit featuring 3D Machine Vision to allow robots to grasp assorted parts from a bin.  Using a structured blue laser light, Canon identifies the parts on the top surface stack and delivers the coordinates to the robot for pick up.

The vision software uses a 3D CAD model of the bin, part, and robot gripper to mesh all three CAD models into one point cloud.  The software then requires you to define two grip points for the part.  

Virtual Reality Comes to AME 2017

Virtual Reality Comes to AME 2017

Advanced Manufacturing Expo (AME) signs Externa CGI as a new exhibitor featuring Virtual Reality and how industrial applications can be used.

Externa CGI uses animation and visualization into a premier CG animation, rendering, and Virtual Reality studio in order to understand processes, products, and services. “Whether still images or full animated production, Externa maintains focus on your story and how best to tell it.”

Advanced Manufacturing Expo 2017 to be held in Grand Rapids and metro Detroit, expands to include a new Hall of Metalworking

The AME-East expo is scheduled to run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Aug. 22 at the Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave. in Novi, MI.  The show will feature 110 booths spread throughout 30,000 square feet of space for companies involved in additive manufacturing, machine vision, automation, quality control gaging, metalworking, and other technologies.  

The AME-West expo is scheduled to run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Aug. 24 at the DeltaPlex Arena and Conference Center, 2500 Turner Ave. NW in Grand Rapids.  The show will feature 170 booths spread across 43,000 square feet of space for companies involved in all aspects of advanced manufacturing methods.  

MIBiz: Q&A Mark Ermatinger, Vice President of Sales, Industrial Control Service Inc. Host of the Advanced Manufacturing Expo

Published by MIBiz on Sunday, August 7th, 2016

West Michigan’s Advanced Manufacturing Expo is going big for 2016. 

Now in its second year, the annual event will host more than 100 vendors and cover 29,000 square feet of the DeltaPlex Arena & Conference Center in Walker. The expo runs Aug. 10 and 11. 

In addition to the latest automation, lean manufacturing and other technologies, the Advanced Manufacturing Expo will also feature events geared to supporting manufacturers, including a job fair held in collaboration with Michigan Works! and the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center–West.

Wood Radio West Michigan Live Interview with Mark Ermatinger

On August 3rd, 2016 Mark Ermatinger was interviewed on WOOD radio show called West Michigan Live with Justin Barclay to discus the Advanced Manufacturing Expo next week.  This event has over 90 exhibitors and 112 booths to help manufacturers learn about technology for factory automation, network with state organization, universities, machine builders, and integrators.  

Lt. Governor Brian Calley and former Perrigo Co. CEO Michael Jandernoa to speak at Advanced Manufacturing Expo in Grand Rapids in August

ZEELAND, MI – April 27, 2016 – Lt. Governor Brian Calley and former Perrigo Co. CEO and current Board Member Michael Jandernoa are headlining the slate of speakers at the Advanced Manufacturing Expo to be held Aug. 11 at the DeltaPlex in Grand Rapids.

Calley, currently the youngest lieutenant governor in the nation, will address the importance of skilled trades for Michigan and the manufacturing sector. Jandernoa will be speaking on how Perrigo empowered employees to drive world leadership in store brands.

Snyder Looks to Boost Funding for Popular Skilled Trades Training Program

Gov. Rick Snyder is asking state lawmakers to increase funding for the popular Skilled Trades Training Fund program as part of his budget for the 2017 fiscal year.

Now in its third year, the STTF resulted in more than 2,900 jobs created and 6,400 jobs retained last year, according to the state. Snyder is asking for an additional $10 million, bringing the total program funding to $35.6 million since its inception.

The STTF is a competitive grant program allowing employers to apply for funds to train existing or new employees for hard-to-fill vacancies.

“The lack of the right kind of skill set is one of the biggest challenges we face as we want to grow the economy in Michigan,” said Stephanie Comai, director of the Michigan Talent Investment Agency, which oversees the program. The STTF “is one of the most effective tools we have to provide Michigan’s employers and workers with the opportunity to up-skill.”

A new funding year begins at the start of the fiscal year on Oct. 1, and Comai said the program is typically full within a couple months.

Read full article here.

Robot Revolution: Manufacturers embrace automation to hedge against future downturns

 

Backed by a string of profitable years, many West Michigan manufacturers are investing in labor-saving technology and providing themselves a hedge against future softening in the market. 

That’s translated into brisk business for automation equipment manufacturers and technology consultants, who say they’ve been flooded with orders as clients seek out ways to lean their operations and add flexibility to their shop floors. 

“I’ve been in the automation side of the business since 1999 and I don’t think I’ve ever seen it this busy,” said Mark Ermatinger, vice president of sales at Zeeland-based Industrial Control Service Inc. “I’ve worked harder in the last three weeks than I have in the last five years.”  

Industrial Control serves as a consultant for manufacturers looking to automate their processes. 

While manufacturers have turned to automation technology for multiple reasons ranging from quality issues to navigating a shortage of skilled labor, they also see the technology as a way to remain lean and profitable in the face of the next economic downturn, Ermatinger said. 

Read the full article here.

Advanced Manufacturing Expo Appears in "Street Talk" on GRBJ

Mark Ermatinger, show organizer and vice president of Industrial Control in Zeeland, said he expects the expo to go from this year’s 70 exhibitors to 120 at next year’s.

Exhibitors will represent a wide range of advanced manufacturing technologies.

“West Michigan has a remarkable number of machine builders and manufacturers that are on the cutting edge of applying the latest technologies,” Ermatinger said.

Also new this year, the Advanced Manufacturing Expo has teamed up with West Michigan Works, a state-sponsored program covering a seven-county region that links qualified talent with employers, which will help organize the onsite job fair.

West Michigan Works said companies would be looking to attract skilled tradespersons, engineers and others acquainted with manufacturing.

“This is the largest commitment of floor space and booths to date for the agency,” said Deb Lyzenga, the agency’s regional director of business solutions.

Ermatinger said the Advanced Manufacturing Expo is the largest of its kind in the state.

“There are a couple sponsored by large vendors for their customers, but there aren’t any this size that are free and open to the public to drive networking among manufacturers, vendors and educational institutions,” he said.

Read the full article here.

Robotics Tomorrow Covered AME 2016

Advanced Manufacturing Expo Moves to DeltaPlex, Joins Forces with West Michigan Works! to Hold Largest Public Technology Show in Michigan

Visit http://www.AdvancedManufacturingExpo.com for further information

Advanced Manufacturing Expo has moved to the DeltaPlex in Grand Rapids and joined forces with West Michigan Works! to hold the largest public show in Michigan that showcases technology solutions and talent for manufacturers and vendors.

12/29/15, 06:41 AM 

Advanced Manufacturing Expo has moved to the DeltaPlex in Grand Rapids and joined forces with West Michigan Works! to hold the largest public show in Michigan that showcases technology solutions and talent for manufacturers and vendors. 

Organizers for the show to be held August 10-11 said they needed more than triple the floor space from this year's show held at the Pinnacle Center in Hudsonville to accommodate demand from exhibitors representing a wide range of advanced manufacturing technologies and a job fair for employers that want to attract skilled tradespersons, engineers and other local talent. 

The exhibition and job fair will take a total of 33,000 square feet of space at the DeltaPlex with room for 190 booths. Admission to the event is free to the public. 

"West Michigan has a remarkable number of machine builders and manufacturers that are on the cutting edge of applying the latest technologies," said Mark Ermatinger, show organizer and Vice President of Industrial Control in Zeeland. "People don't realize how strong manufacturing is in our area." 

Ottawa County had the highest percentage of people employed in manufacturing in the entire state last year, Ermatinger said, and Kent, Allegan, Muskegon and Kalamazoo counties all have very high percentages of residents employed in manufacturing. "With all that talent, it's only logical that we would hold the largest show of its type in Michigan right here," he said. 

The first Advanced Manufacturing Expo held last August was a solid success with 70 exhibitors, so the event has nearly doubled the number of booths to 120, Ermatinger said. Floor space was more than doubled from 11,000 square feet to 24,000 square feet to accommodate exhibitors that represent additive manufacturing, machine vision, automation, quality control gaging and other technologies. 

West Michigan Works!, a state-sponsored program covering a 7-county region that links qualified talent with employers, will be holding a job fair with 70 booths for companies looking to attract skilled tradespersons, engineers and others acquainted with manufacturing. "This is the largest commitment of floor space and booths to date for the agency that covers Allegan, Barry, Ionia, Kent, Montcalm, Muskegon and Ottawa counties," said Deborah Lyzenga, the agency's regional director of business solutions. 

"We see this as a wonderful pairing of our two organizations," Lyzenga said. "A lot of attention is paid to the ‘hard' side of manufacturing -- new equipment and technologies. But this expo and job fair is serving a dual purpose -- providing solutions for talent and technology." 

The Expo was expanded in 2016 to include a new sneak preview evening event on Aug. 10, longer show hours, and a golf fundraising event to support First Robotics high school programs. 
The DeltaPlex is an ideal venue for the Expo because it has spacious and free parking and easy north and south access to U.S.-131, Ermatinger said. The main show will be held for one day on Aug. 11 to make it convenient and affordable for exhibitors outside of West Michigan. 
There isn't a larger show of its type in Michigan, Ermatinger said. "There are a few expos held in the state that address a particular industry such as automotive powertrain, defense work, or contract manufacturing. There are a couple sponsored by large vendors for their customers. But there aren't any this size that are free and open to the public to drive networking among manufacturers, vendors and educational institutions. It's a great place to see new automation first-hand and network with local employers." 

For more information on the exhibition side of the show, interested individuals can access the website at http://www.AdvancedManufacturingExpo.com or contact Ermatinger at mark(at)industrialcontrol(dot)com and (616) 836-5536. For more information on the job fair side of the show, interested individuals can contact Lyzenga at (616) 336-5148 or dlyzenga(at)westmiworks(dot)org.

Read the full article here.

Advanced Manufacturing Expo Moves to DeltaPlex, Joins Forces with West Michigan Works! to Hold Largest Public Technology Show in Michigan

ZEELAND, MI December 18, 2015 – Advanced Manufacturing Expo has moved to the DeltaPlex in Grand Rapids and joined forces with West Michigan Works! to hold the largest public show in Michigan that showcases technology solutions and talent for manufacturers and vendors.

Organizers for the show to be held August 10-11 said they needed more than triple the floor space from this year's show held at the Pinnacle Center in Hudsonville to accommodate demand from exhibitors representing a wide range of advanced manufacturing technologies and a job fair for employers that want to attract skilled tradespersons, engineers and other local talent.

The exhibition and job fair will take a total of 33,000 square feet of space at the DeltaPlex with room for 190 booths.  Admission to the event is free to the public.

"West Michigan has a remarkable number of machine builders and manufacturers that are on the cutting edge of applying the latest technologies," said Mark Ermatinger, show organizer and Vice President of Industrial Control in Zeeland. "People don't realize how strong manufacturing is in our area."

Ottawa County had the highest percentage of people employed in manufacturing in the entire state last year, Ermatinger said, and Kent, Allegan, Muskegon and Kalamazoo counties all have very high percentages of residents employed in manufacturing. "With all that talent, it's only logical that we would hold the largest show of its type in Michigan right here," he said.

The first Advanced Manufacturing Expo held last August was a solid success with 70 exhibitors, so the event has nearly doubled the number of booths to 120, Ermatinger said. Floor space was more than doubled from 11,000 square feet to 24,000 square feet to accommodate exhibitors that represent additive manufacturing, machine vision, automation, quality control gaging and other technologies. 

West Michigan Works!, a state-sponsored program covering a 7-county region that links qualified talent with employers, will be holding a job fair with 70 booths for companies looking to attract skilled tradespersons, engineers and others acquainted with manufacturing. "This is the largest commitment of floor space and booths to date for the agency that covers Allegan, Barry, Ionia, Kent, Montcalm, Muskegon and Ottawa counties," said Deborah Lyzenga, the agency's regional director of business solutions.

"We see this as a wonderful pairing of our two organizations," Lyzenga said. "A lot of attention is paid to the 'hard' side of manufacturing -- new equipment and technologies. But this expo and job fair is serving a dual purpose -- providing solutions for talent and technology."

The Expo was expanded in 2016 to include a new sneak preview evening event on Aug. 10, longer show hours, and a golf fundraising event to support First Robotics high school programs.

The DeltaPlex is an ideal venue for the Expo because it has spacious and free parking and easy north and south access to U.S.-131, Ermatinger said. The main show will be held for one day on Aug. 11 to make it convenient and affordable for exhibitors outside of West Michigan.

There isn't a larger show of its type in Michigan, Ermatinger said. "There are a few expos held in the state that address a particular industry such as automotive powertrain, defense work, or contract manufacturing. There are a couple sponsored by large vendors for their customers. But there aren't any this size that are free and open to the public to drive networking among manufacturers, vendors and educational institutions. It's a great place to see new automation first-hand and network with local employers."

For more information on the exhibition side of the show, interested individuals can access the website at www.AdvancedManufacturingExpo.com or contact Ermatinger at mark@industrialcontrol.com and (616) 836-5536. For more information on the job fair side of the show, interested individuals can contact Lyzenga at (616) 336-5148 or dlyzenga@westmiworks.org.

 

 

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Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 25, 2015

Contact: Mark Ermatinger, 616-836-5536, info@advancedmanufacturingexpo.com

Inaugural Advanced Manufacturing Expo helps businesses through networking and automation.

Building a business to withstand the next 5 or 50 years takes an investment of time, people, resources, and automation. The Advanced Manufacturing Expo is designed to accelerate growth with local manufacturing by assembling talented people and new technologies for every aspect of business. This Expo allows manufacturers to quickly network and gain insight on many aspects of their business, in one location.