Is Industrial Autonomy the Next Generation of Automation?
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The way we work is changing, accelerated by the impact of COVID-19, and as a result industrial autonomy is moving to the forefront in efforts to improve worker safety, productivity and quality. In fact, 64% of end users are now planning to establish autonomous operations over the next decade. As companies embark on this journey process improvements and workforce augmentation, this webinar investigates how new technologies are meeting current business challenges, applications that are being enhanced through Industrial Autonomy, and the challenges to be overcome.
The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion with industry experts from Yokogawa, where topics of discussion will include:
- Industrial autonomy case studies, and how these are evolving?
- Best practices and considerations for how and where to get started on an Industrial Autonomy journey?
- How the workforce will change as part of this transition
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Name: Dr. Tom Fiske
Company: Yokogawa Corporation of America
Title: Principal Technology Strategist, U.S. Technology Center
Bio: Dr. Tom Fiske, Principal Technology Strategist, is part of Yokogawa’s Global Strategic Technology Center. Dr. Fiske’s primary focus is on digital transformation, autonomous operations, and Yokogawa’s overall automation strategy. Dr. Fiske has more than 30 years of hands-on experience in research, product development, project management, and process engineering. Throughout his career, he has actively been involved in simulating and optimizing complex production processes. Dr. Fiske has consulted with end-users to address key issues concerning selection, adoption, implementation, and use of manufacturing, automation and control, and production and engineering technology.
Dr. Fiske is an active member in the Standards Development Organizations, including ISA, ANSI, and IEC. His main focus is on smart manufacturing standards development. Dr. Fiske is a graduate of Stevens Institute of Technology with a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering. He also holds a Master of Science in the Management of Technology from the Sloan School at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Name: Duncan Micklem
Company: Yokogawa Corporation of America
Title: Executive Vice President, Strategy & Marketing
Bio: Duncan Micklem is Executive Vice President at KBC (A Yokogawa Company) and Yokogawa Corporation of America. Mr. Micklem started his career in the engineering industry with AMEC (now Wood). After moving to KBC in a technical consulting role, he has held business management roles focused on business development, energy economics, strategy, restructuring and planning. Mr. Micklem holds degrees in biology and geography from the University of Exeter, UK, and MBA from Cass Business School in the UK.
Name: Patrick Kools
Company: Yokogawa Europe B.V.
Title: Consultant Manager Europe, Advanced Solutions and Energy Transition Business
Bio: Patrick co-creates new directions in complex environments. His passion for and vision on changes are refreshing. Working from the belief that care and connection lead to excellence he brings people together to create new directions and high performance. Care, compassion and non-judgement are central themes in his approach.
As European Consultant Manager and Energy Transition Business Executive he is working with his team to support clients in the energy and process industries to implement the new technologies that will define the future.
Patrick was educated at Cambridge University, and has spent 30 years working in industry implementing technology and helping people work safer, more efficient and with more meaning.
Name: Alex West
Title: Senior Principal Analyst, Industrial Technology
Bio: Alex West leads Industrial IoT and Industry 4.0 research at IHS Markit.
As part of the Manufacturing Technology group, Mr. West tracks the impact of transformative technologies on the industrial sector. This includes analysis of both end-user trends and requirements, as well as market sizing analysis, and vendor and ecosystem solutions. He has over fifteen years of experience tracking the development of manufacturing technologies, including industrial connectivity, machinery and automation. He is also a regular speaker at industry events, trade shows and conferences worldwide. Mr. West holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in physics from the University of Bath, United Kingdom.