AP NEWS

Industry 4.0 seminar series continues May 22 at RCBI

May 13, 2019

HUNTINGTON — The Robert C. Byrd Institute’s (RCBI) next installment in its series of Industry 4.0 seminars on technology in today’s industrial sector brings in speakers who can offer solutions to these workforce challenges. Robotics: The Evolution of Automation takes place from 1 to 3 p.m. May 22 at RCBI’s Huntington location at 1050 4th Ave.

Speaking at the seminar will be Rob Goldiez, founder and CEO of Hirebotics, and a pioneer in robotsas-a-service. He will be on hand to talk about how companies can take advantage of automation to solve workforce issues by hiring a robot.

Jay Douglass, COO of Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM), a national Manufacturing USA Institute, will provide an update on the state of manufacturing nationally and how ARM and its members are working to improve the global competitiveness of U.S. manufacturers through the funding of robotics and workforce programs.

Also presenting at the seminar will be Gary Daniels, with Amtek Co. Inc. Amtek provides educators from elementary schools to universities with engineering, workforce and technical educational solutions and equipment. The company’s service area includes Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware and Washington, D.C. Daniels will speak on new operator certifications for the new NOCTI/FANUC models of lightweight robots offered by the company.

The presentations will conclude with a look at how cybersecurity threats can affect robotics and automation by Bill Gardner, professor of digital forensics and information assurance at Marshall University.

“Robotics and automation are a large part of our local manufacturing community. As the technology continues to progress and become affordable, more manufacturers have access to its benefits. Our goal for bringing in these national experts is to help our manufacturers explore some of the options available to them,” said Jamie Cope, deputy director of RCBI.

For more information about the seminar or to register to attend, visit www.rcbi.org/go/robotics.