Manufacturing Technologies Conference Comes to Detroit


Manufacturing in America, a two-day conference on manufacturing technologies in the automotive and related industries, returns to Detroit later this month.

“U.S. manufacturing has made a tremendous comeback, and few areas of the country demonstrate this more so than Michigan,” says John Billings, vice president of automotive, aerospace, and turnkey solutions for Siemens Digital Factory U.S., a sponsor of the event. “The Detroit area has always played a significant role in the advancement of U.S. industry, which is now being driven by innovation and new technologies such as automation and digitalization.”

Billings says more than 2,500 manufacturing executives and engineers are expected to attend the event held at Ford Field on March 23-24. He says the event will include more than 100 seminars and 50 exhibitor booths, with the seminars focusing on automation and controls engineering; drives and motion; energy and facilities management; and plant engineering and maintenance. He says attendees will learn about advances in digitalization, sensing, controls, wireless networks, and user interfaces.

“The Holy Grail in manufacturing technology is a factory where human and machine intelligence come together in a fully integrated environment that is efficient, responsive, comfortable, sustainable, and profitable,” says Richard Laramee, president and COO of Electro-Matic Ventures, a manufacturing technology firm that’s also a sponsor of the event. “It’s being done, and Manufacturing in America is the place to find out who is doing it and how.”

Speakers include Gregg Sherrill, chairman and CEO of Tenneco Inc., a manufacturer of clean air and ride performance products; Michael Molnar; leader of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s manufacturing program office; and Mike Bastian, global controls manager of Ford Powertrain, along with the keynote speaker Jim Carroll, a consultant and author on innovation and trends.

To register for the free event, click here.