The Waypoint team is gearing up for the upcoming 2019 PROMAT Show and we are excited to tease a BIG onsite announcement. Stop by Waypoint’s booth # S3588 to see what the buzz is about and while there get a live demo of Vector, Vector 3D and our ever expanding family of omnidirectional autonomous mobile industrial robots. Schedule a time to meet with us or just come by at your convenience.
This year’s conference is shaping up to be the best yet with many excellent talks and activities to choose from. Here are some of our top picks including two from Waypoint CEO, Jason Walker:
Closing the Supply Chain Gender Gap
At Waypoint, we believe strongly in the importance of a diverse tech community and look forward to hearing from Reshma Saujani, Founder & CEO of Girls Who Code on her ideas to graduate more women into supply chain leadership roles:
Tuesday April 9, 2019- 8:45 AM – 9:45 AM, Room S100
Reshma Saujani, Founder and CEO, Girls Who Code
Talk Info: It’s no secret that manufacturing and supply chain industry has a serious gender imbalance. We live in an era in which girls are told they can do anything, so why aren’t there more women in supply chain leadership roles to look up to? In 2012, Reshma Saujani founded Girls Who Code with the mission of correcting the disparity in the tech industry.
The Real World Impact of Robotics and AI on the Industry
We work hard to design robots for the workforce that will positively impact the workers, their companies and Industry 4.0 as a whole. We anticipate a lively discussion among industry supply chain leaders regarding their perspectives on both the implications and opportunities around AI and robotics:
Monday, April 8, 2019 – 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM, Emerging Technologies & Sustainability Theater
Panelists: Rian Whitton -ABI Research; Kevin Vliet – Target Corporation; Randy Tucker – GEODIS; Matt Wicks – Honeywell Intelligrated; Mike Futch – Tompkins Robotics; Omer Rashid – DHL Supply Chain
Panel Info: The industry is in the midst of the fourth industrial revolution driven by technological advancements in hardware, software, robotics, AI, machine learning, and the automation of manufacturing and warehousing processes. This power panel of industry leaders will discuss and debate the implications of robotics and AI, and their opportunities in the manufacturing and supply chain industries.
The Workforce: Design for them or Fail at Industry 4.0
We believe there’s a strong responsibility for us as technology providers to close the skills gap by making advanced but easy to use products that workers of all levels can use today. Waypoint CEO Jason Walker will address this during his Tues morning talk:
Sponsored by Robotics Business Review (RBR)
Date Tuesday, April 9, 2019- 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM, RoboBusiness Theater
Jason Walker – CEO and Co-Founder – Waypoint Robotics, Inc.
Talk Info: Automation is essential to survival in the Industry 4.0 economy. However, small manufacturers have been challenged by adopting robotics and automation that could substantially improve their processes. The key to helping businesses leverage robotics technology is to make robots fully accessible to the existing workforce. This requires designing solutions with a workforce-first mentality where empathy with the end user is the primary factor for design and engineering decisions. The resulting products solve real problems, make lives easier and enable companies to grow with their existing workforce, leveraging years of invaluable experience, loyalty, and know how.
Jason will also be speaking at AUTOMATE (co-located with PROMAT) on Wednesday, April 10th 1:30-2:30pm. His talk titled “How Ease of Use Will Enable Workforce Adoption and Unleash Company Growth” is part of the Collaborative & Mobile Robotics Track within the AUTOMATE Conference Agenda.
Following Jason’s talk, head over to AUTOMATE’s Launch Pad Startup Competition at Wed. at 3pm on the Expo floor. Be sure to cheer on our wireless charging partner WiBotic as they compete for the top prize with wireless charging and power optimization solutions that feature their patented Adaptive Matching technology built into every system that improves upon established methods for magnetic resonance and inductive power transfer.
We look forward to seeing you at PROMAT in a few short weeks!
Please contact us today if you have questions or would like to schedule a live demo of Vector and our growing family omnidirectional, autonomous industrial robots designed to empower your manufacturing workforce.