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Tuesday, Dec. 12th, 2017. Professional Development Event, "Robotic Automation and how it relates to the APICS Body of Knowledge",

December 12, 2017
5:15 PM - 7:30 PM

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Volvo Communication Center
7900 National Service Rd.
Greensboro, NC 27409

Tuesday, Dec. 12th, 2017

Where: The Volvo Communications Center  with Holiday DInner!

“Robotic Automation and how it relates to the APICS Body of Knowledge

Presented by Chris Urbane  CSCP

Christopher Urbane, Industrial Engineer, will present Robotic Automation and how it relates to the APICS Body of Knowledge. He will discuss how automation affects capacity, process, flow, LEAN, and adds value to an organization’s complex manufacturing processes. Christopher will use a recent robotic installation at Volvo Trucks North America Body in White as the launching point for this discussion. Talking points will tie directly into the APICS Body of Knowledge as it pertains to an industrial manufacturing setting. Learn how APICS principles apply directly across organizations in different industries, no matter what your role, function, or business you are in.  Chris is very active APICS member out of the Roanoke Chapter!  More on Chris on our Professional Development Page

Things you will learn:                               

  • How Industrial Automation improved material flow, eliminated parts handling, and reduced WIP.

  • How automation was leveraged in designing the Element of Human Error out of the process or Poka-yoke.

  • How robots deliver sustainable and reproducible results consistent with LEAN and Six Sigma Thinking.


  • The point of automation is not to take away jobs although that may seem like the immediate result.

  • How to run and implement a successful program by discussing best practices as experienced along with what not to do.

  • The long-term effects of automation on the manufacturing industry in general

Who should attend?

  • Professionals, students, stake-holders, and others that may be directly influenced by automation in the workplace.

  • Those who would like to learn more about what it is like working as an Industrial Engineer in the automotive industry.

  • Process owners that are considering or struggling to implement automation in their business unit.


Menu:  Holiday Dinner: Farmer’s Harvest Salad: Roasted butternut squash, ancient grains, diced apple, fennel, toasted pumpkin seeds, kale, ginger-turmeric vinaigrette, Prime Rib with Au Jus and Horseradish, Cheddar Scalloped Potatoes, Grilled Asparagus with Grape Tomatoes and Mushrooms, Yeast Rolls, served with butter, Cinnamon Apple Pear Crisp, Sweet Tea and Un Sweet Tea, Bottled Soda and Water, Starbucks Coffee service.


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