Collaborative Robots For Manufacturing and Beyond Safely Working Beside People Without Barriers

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Starts: 10/14/19 6:00 pm
Ends: 10/14/19 8:30 am

GSPE - Atlanta Metro Chapter
Piccadilly Cafeteria
2000 Crescent Centre Blvd
Tucker , GA 30084

Atlanta Metro

Chapter Events:

The Atlanta Metro Chapter meetings of the Georgia Society of Professional Engineers are open to engineering professionals, students, and other interested members of the public.  They are held monthly, September through June, on the second Monday of each month. The meetings start with networking at 6:00 pm, followed by dinner and the speaker.

 October Monthly Meeting

of the

Atlanta Metro Chapter


Time:  6:00 PM

Date:  Monday, October 14, 2019

Location:  Piccadilly Cafeteria, Northlake

Presentation: Collaborative Robots For Manufacturing and Beyond
Safely Working Beside People Without Barriers


Speaker: Brian Powell, Vice President of Sales and Marketing and Darren Jacobs, Regional Sales Manager of Precise Automation


Science fiction robots running amuck stories make people uneasy. In the non-fiction world the growing use of industrial robots is real and worker injuries involving robots is all too common. A quick internet search gives an indication of the severity of the problem. An OSHA page has a list of numerous amputations and fatalities.

Robots are robust and move with precision as directed by their programs, which sometimes can have a glitch. People on the other hand are comparatively fragile, and often have a lapse of attention and judgement, and are susceptible to physical strain. An unexpected physical contact with a typical uncaring robot can be scary and tragic. Often robots are positioned behind fences, barriers, and light curtains to prevent “adverse events”. Industrial installation and operation standards and rules are in place for safety but accidents still happen.

Collaborative robotics is a relatively new technology that has its roots in industrial robotics, but implements robotic automation that permits the mechanism to operate next humans without safety equipment.  Cobots don't need safety fences, light curtains or the like to accomplish dull, dirty, and dangerous tasks helping workers avoid boredom, stress and repetitive injury.  Cobots also help lower corporate liability by avoiding hurtful collisions and accidental amputations.

Brian Powell, Vice President of Sales and Marketing and Darren Jacobs, Regional Sales Manager with Precise Automation will address the 6:00 PM, Monday, October 14th monthly dinner meeting of the Georgia Society of Professional Engineers at the Piccadilly Cafeteria, Northlake.  He will discuss "Collaborative robots, a new class of robots for manufacturing and beyond".  Collaborative robots, or "cobots" for short, are using advances in technology to push automation from the manufacturing floor into non-traditional automation applications in food service, farm operations, warehousing and medicine.  The presentation will cover the differences between collaborative and industrial robots, the standards that define cobots and applications of cobots in factories and beyond.  “Future production will have little in common with Ford's assembly line principles. In the 21st century, production must involve creativity to deal efficiently with highly complex challenges. Robots are playing a major role in this – on teams with people, or in groups with other robots,” Darren said. Currently registered Professional Engineers, those engineers aspiring to become PEs, and others engaged in engineering would benefit from the presentation. Members of the general public are also welcomed to learn about technology, engineering, and public welfare.

Mr. Powell has spent over 25 years delivering and selling factory automation to various manufacturers in automotive, consumer goods, disk drive, biosciences, semiconductor, and medical devices. Before joining Precise Automation, Mr. Powell served as Program Manager with Xyratex, a division of Seagate, delivering factory floor automation to manufacturing of disk drive. Brian was also one of the top sales managers at Adept Technology (now Omron Technologies) specializing in robotics as well as business manager for Adept Technologies Fiber Optics Automation group. Prior to concentrating on robotics, Mr. Powell gained experience in machine vision and symbolic identification systems at Microscan. Mr. Powell holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering and earned his M.B.A. (Summa Cum Laude) from Saint Mary’s College of California.

Darren Jacobs recently joined Precise Automation in January 2019 in the role of Regional Sales Manager, covering the North American cobot market. Prior to joining PA, Darren has had an exciting career spanning 30+ years in the industrial automation industry, transitioning from early robotics field service roles to a highly regarded business sales development professional. Most notable of Darren's roles were: Director of Business Development for Cenit North America, Inc. (software company), a Southeast Product Sales Manager for Reis Robotics (later acquired and became KUKA Industries), Hypertherm Inc - (plasma cutting automation manufacturer) and Genesis Systems Group - a large robotics system integrator focused on the industrial robotic welding, laser and cutting applications market. Darren graduated with a B.S. Degree in Business Management (Summa Cum Laude) from Franklin Pierce College in Keene, NH and also achieved three prior Associate Degrees from American River College, Sacramento, CA - A.S. Degree - Computer Engineering Technology, A.S. Degree - Electronic Communications Technology and A.A. Degree in Business Management.

Precise Automation delivers cutting edge automation technology and leverages years of experience in software, controls, electronic and mechanical design that assists end users and OEM customers to automate with ease.

About The Meeting

The GSPE Atlanta Metro Chapter meetings are open to engineering professionals, students, and other interested members of the public.  The meetings take place on the second Monday of each month, September through June.  The October 14th meeting will be at The Northlake / Tucker area Piccadilly Cafeteria, 2000 Crescent Centre Blvd., Tucker, Ga. 30084.  Many engineers enjoy the presentations as well as earn a required Professional Development Hour.  The meetings start with networking at 6:00 pm, dinner at 6:30 and followed by the speaker.  RSVP to Ken Quintana at 770-827-8627, or with GSPE RSVP in subject line or through is appreciated.

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Phone Number:
Ken Quintana
(770) 827-8627
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