CONFERENCE PROGRAM

NORTHWEST MACHINE TOOL EXPO

Wednesday, September 1, 2021
8:55 AM - 9:55 AMSession 1: Maximize Cutter Life with Advanced Optimization SoftwareDan Scott - , CGTech
Mounting pressure to make parts better, faster, and more affordable is an ongoing challenge in the manufacturing industry. In order to gain a competitive advantage, many companies seek optimization strategies to reduce machining times and get parts to market faster. Advanced optimization software not only reduces machining times by 25% or more, it also drastically reduces cutting tool costs by increasing tool life up to 2x or more. Learn the details in this informative presentation.
10:25 AM - 11:25 AMSession 2: 3D Scanning for 3D PrintingMarcio Adamy - 3D Scanning Specialist, Indicate Technologies, Inc.
Learn how to use 3D scanner technology to create files that can be 3D printed. This presentation will cover different scanning technologies as related to different industries, from new products to prototypes and functional replacement parts.
1:00 PM - 2:00 PMSession 3: Accessible and Affordable Manufacturing Technologies for Oregon ManufacturersWes Beecroft - Advanced Technology Consultant, OMEP
Implementing the right technologies at the right time and applying them to the right processes in your manufacturing facility will make you more competitive in the marketplace. Yet how do you identify what technologies make sense for your business and how do you know if they will ultimately be a time-suck, or a value-add? In this session the speaker will discuss how small- and medium-sized manufacturers can implement simple technologies to achieve superior product quality, improve process efficiency, and increase productivity. He will discuss the enhancements technology can make to workforce retention and training, the value of the cloud, and much more.
2:30 PM - 3:10 PMSession 4: Special Film: BMW USA Plant TourSpecial Film: BMW USA Plant Tour - , BMW USA
This high-interest, behind-the-scenes look at the huge BMW USA plant in Spartanburg, SC, is filmed in a plant-tour format, with a BMW guide and an experienced automotive-industry journalist describing the many impressive features of the plant and its operations. Focusing on the “Plant 10” Assembly Hall, where the BMW X3, X4, X5 and X6 models for the entire world are produced, the tour includes looks at the state-of-the art robotics, ergonomic accommodations for workers, lean manufacturing practices, and more.
Thursday, September 2, 2021
8:55 AM - 9:55 AMSession 5: Additive Manufacturing Technologies for End Use ProductionChirag Kapoor - Additive Manufacturing Specialist, Indicate Technologies, Inc.
Additive manufacturing is moving forward at an impressive pace. Over the past three decades, 3D printing has developed a reputation as an essential manufacturing process for prototype parts. Now, AM is encroaching on machining, injection molding, and other conventional manufacturing processes. This presentation will discuss new technologies, new materials, increased use cases, market acceptance and growth ,which are made possible by a handful of 3D printing technologies.
10:25 AM - 11:25 AMSession 6: How Small to Medium Enterprises Are Becoming More Competitive by Utilizing RobotsLarry Bergren - , SCHUNK
Traditionally automation is generally employed with specific tasks in mind. Users of automation look for specific processes that can be enhanced using robots and other advanced manufacturing methods to boost efficiencies and product quality. This presentation will focus on various technologies used with robots, from EOATs to machine table components, helping robot users gain maximum utilization and payback for their automation investment. Examples are EOATs and clamping components for low volume/high mix production and quick change solutions for both the end of arm and machine table.
1:00 PM - 2:00 PMSession 7: The Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center – How Local Companies Can Benefit From This State-of-the-Art FacilityCraig Campbell - , Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center (OMIC)
Grant Kirby - , Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center (OMIC)
OMIC R&D is a manufacturing research facility that is continuously pushing the bounds of manufacturing best practices. OMIC innovations include cross-disciplinary project development and additive manufacturing as a viable alternative to subtractive manufacturing. Also: new ways to provide just-in-time training that comprehends best practices on the latest tools through augmented and virtual reality training. These new training tools allow workers to learn new best practices on state-of-art machines. Hear about what new best practices OMIC R&D has invested in to help other manufacturers learn about and embrace the most effective technologies rolling out into the manufacturing sector.