Schedule of Events

HM-USA Integrated Industries

Times, sessions and speakers are subject to change.

Please note: The live broadcast times will all take place during central time.

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM CT
Faster, Smaller, Smarter: Linear Transport Systems Move Material Handling Processes Forward
Sponsored By

As motion control advances accelerate, controls engineers and plant operations managers need motor and drive technologies that provide greater functionality using less space. Embedding linear transport technologies, such as the eXtended Transport System (XTS) from Beckhoff Automation, directly into machines creates a clear path to eliminate enclosures, reduce machine footprint and readily integrate robotics. These dynamic mechatronic systems offer the flexibility and scalability that systems in many industries require, such as for complex assembly lines, material handling and distribution, packaging machines, high-throughput filling lines and more.

Although linear transport systems are becoming far more integrated with machines, other emerging technologies can boost performance, increase uptime and speed up changeovers. These include new servomotor and drive systems, high-powered Industrial PCs, gigabit communication via EtherCAT G and one-cable automation via EtherCAT P. This presentation will explore how to use these technologies to reduce maintenance effort and increase overall efficiency in motion control and mechanical engineering.


11:30 AM – 12:30 PM CT
Robot Cable Management for the 21st Century
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Robot cable management has gone largely unchanged over the last several decades, yet the demand on robots has greatly increased. Just like computers, that require increased memory and processing speeds to handle large amounts of data, robots require more dynamic cable management to withstand the speed and severe programming today's manufacturing requires.

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM CT
5G and the Digitization of Manufacturing
Sponsored By
The manufacturing industry supports more than 13 million jobs, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Eight years from now, ABI research predicts that this industry will account for nearly 25% of all revenue for 5G ultra-reliable low-latency use cases (URLLC). Join us to learn how IIoT is driving productivity for customers and business models for OEMs.

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM CT
Cynalytica Securely Enabling Industrial Control Systems (ICS)/Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industry 4.0
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In recent years, we have seen the ICS threat landscape rapidly broaden as industries increasingly adopt smart technologies and transition to Industry 4.0. Despite the increase in cyber-attacks, vulnerable legacy serial-connected devices continue to play a crucial role in our critical infrastructure ICS environments and will continue to do so for many years. This increase in interconnectivity poses security risks to networks that were not designed with security in mind and, if compromised, can have cyber-physical effects such as asset destruction or even loss of life.

This presentation will outline serial communications vulnerabilities and how SerialGuard™ and AnalytICS Engine provide secure visibility and stronger data integrity to legacy OT networks. SerialGuard™ is a fail-safe and fully passive serial packet sniffer that monitors serial communications between field devices and controllers, helping to identify equipment failures, human errors, loss of operational data, misuse of systems and malicious cyber intrusions. AnalytICS Engine is an IDS providing the ability to securely capture, baseline, analyze trends and create simple to complex alerts on anomalous activities in serial traffic behavior. Combined, they offer ICS operators a holistic solution to monitor devices that inherently lack visibility and mitigate the threats associated with legacy systems. The platform also seamlessly integrates with third-party SIEMs to provide ICS/SCADA operators maximum visibility across their IT/OT networks.


11:30 AM – 12:30 PM CT
Predictive Maintenance as an Evolving Innovation
Sponsored By

Innovations in smart and connected products, machine learning, and big-data analytics have profoundly transformed equipment lifecycle management via predictive maintenance. Predictive maintenance is a paradigm shift in equipment maintenance from the days of “fixing equipment when there is a failure breakdown” to now “predicting and addressing future equipment failure before it happens”.

Predictive maintenance offers the competitive advantages of reduced operation downtime, lower maintenance cost, extended equipment life and increased productivity.


10:00 AM – 11:00 AM CT
New Generation of WBG Based Power Electronic Converters and their Implications in Motor Drives: Opportunities and Challenges
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Emerging trends toward high efficiency and high power density power electronic converters (PECs) necessitates decreasing the value and size of the employed passive components by utilizing very high frequency wide bandgap (WBG) based PECs. The emergence of a new generation of power electronic devices named as wide-bandgap (WBG), such as Gallium-Nitride (GaN) and Silicone Carbide (SiC) transistors offer many promises based on their properties of low RDS(ON), fast switching and low switching loss.

These properties can find direct application in motor drive where they can improve the energy efficiency while also increasing the signal quality of drives. Which, in turn, has been demonstrated in peer reviewed articles to result in high motor efficiency, fast control response, lower motor torque ripple, smaller filter size, etc. However, employed very high switching frequency in WBG based PECs leads to extra electromagnetic interference (EMI) and higher common mode (CM) current and voltage. Moreover, the high cost and limited voltage of existing WBG transistors compels new challenges in designing commercial motor drive, but the mentioned issues can be solved by selecting new optimized inverter configurations and modulation methods as well as target applications where the added value outweigh the added cost.

In the proposed presentation, Mr. Abarzadeh will perform the comparison between GaN and SiC transistors and traditional Silicone MOSFETS and IGBTs. Then, he will explain the opportunities and challenges of utilizing WBG devices in motor drive, electric vehicles and other applications. He will present the review of the market and scientific literature for what exists today in terms of demonstrated lab-based and commercially ready solutions. Finally, he will present possible and suggested solutions to overcome the mentioned challenges of WBG based PECs.


11:00 AM – 11:30 AM CT
Helix Series Industrial Computers by OnLogic with 10th Gen Intel Processing
Sponsored By
Join us as we provide an overview of the Helix series, our newest line of industrial computers. With their 10th generation Intel® Comet Lake processing, Helix will help you stay ahead of the ever-increasing computing demands of Industry 4.0. With the highest performance density we've ever offered in a fanless system, and a range of expansion options, this compact powerhouse can help you solve any computing challenge across your organization.


11:30 AM – 12:30 PM CT
The Industrial Impact of Emerging Automation Technologies: How to Transform Your Operations for the Better
Sponsored By
In recent years, the manufacturing sector has been transformed by Industry 4.0 and the addition and influx of various emerging automation technologies. These technologies have paved the way for companies to begin focusing on improving their efficiency and reliability in any situation. One of these technologies, machine vision, strives to make manufacturing systems more productive than ever by giving machines eyes with which to see and also a mind with the ability to comprehend its newfound sight. With its recent technological progressions, it is not only just a versatile technology capable of advanced collision detection, 3D point cloud creation, and path planning, but also one that aims to reduce system costs throughout the factory with near immediate results. In this session, we will examine the various ways it has impacted companies around the world through a variety of real-world case studies and examples while simultaneously taking a deeper look into the technology behind it.

12:30 PM – 1:00 PM CT
How Single Pair Ethernet Unlocks Communication at the Plant Floor
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Single Pair Ethernet is changing communication in Industrial markets by enabling Ethernet connection to every device on the plant floor, including sensors, visions systems, and individual IO points.

- Learn the current state of Single Pair Ethernet
- The steps to begin implementing Single Pair Ethernet into your architecture
- How Single Pair Ethernet enables IIoT