Here Come the Robots: Join Innovate>Forward at a Leading Robotic Manufacturing Facility April 16, 2012 RICCentre By: Neil Menezes How has one company managed to increase productivity across virtually every industry—automotive, plastics, metal fabrication, foundry, electronics, pharmaceutical food and beverage? Look no farther than ABB, a world leader in power and automation technologies. Although industrial robots have played a role in manufacturing for over 25 years, ABB Robotics has incorporated innovations such as vision and touch sense, enabling the company to branch out to other industries such as food, aerospace, paper and consumer goods. To date, the company has installed over 190,000 robots world wide for applications as diverse as packaging, assembly, metal fabrication, arc welding, foundry machining, plastics machine tending, painting, solar cell and panel manufacturing and stamp press automation. Attendees at the next Innovate>Forward session on April 17 get to experience first hand industrial robotic technology at the ABB manufacturing facility in Brampton. A change of venue from the first four sessions, Piloting Innovation features an onsite demo—with robots— of course—and hear from industry expert, Nick McDonald, an 18 year veteran of the company. ABB is known for working directly with its customers to solve issues specific to their industry or application. In his current role as Business Development Manager, McDonald is responsible for promotion and development of the entire ABB robotics product range including metal fabrication technologies and customer service. As manufacturing techniques and new products are introduced into industry, McDonald assists the industrial community in researching and adopting new methods of automation, involving robotic vision, force sensing and robotics communication. The ABB Group of companies operates in approximately 100 countries and employs about 120,000 people. In Canada, ABB employs over 2,500 people in 40 locations from coast to coast and generates revenues of 1.2 billion. Piloting Innovation, April 17, 7.30 Am-9.30 AM Location: ABB Robotics. 201 Westcreek Boulevard, Brampton, ON Neil is the business analyst at the RIC Centre. He works with entrepreneurs in residence and RIC clients on a regular basis. He is currently pursuing an M.B.A from the DeGroote School of business at McMaster University. The RIC blog is designed as a showcase for entrepreneurs and innovation. Our guest bloggers provide a wealth of information based on their personal experiences. Visit RIC Centre for more information on how RIC can accelerate your ideas to market.