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Bringing the Smart Lab to Life with Intelligent Automation

14th April 2016, Boston

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Venue: Fleming’s Steakhouse


When implementing intelligent automation into your smart lab, decisions are made of whether to make a product internally or to utilize outsourcing.  There are many items to consider to come to the right conclusions.  Festo is here to share our own internal experience and offer guidance as to the considerations that should be made.


6:00 – 6:30 pm – Welcome Reception & Cocktails
6:30 – 6:40 pm – Introduction from Master of Ceremonies
6:40 – 7:00 pm – Keynote Speaker
7:00 – 9:00 pm – Three-course dinner complemented with table discussion points
9:00 – 9:30 pm – Wrap up & closing remarks from Festo Corp.

Discussion Topics:

  • Evaluating total costs and organisational strengths
  • How do you shorten your time to market?
  • How do you maximise your value to your customer?

Keynote Speakers:

Tom Geiger

Tom Geiger – Head of Electric Automation, Festo Americas

Tom Geiger is an Engineer with a passion for automation, and has had various roles including: managing engineering teams, directing application and sales as well as purchasing automation as a plant engineer. Having worked in industries from semi-conductor to life science to automotive, this gives him a unique perspective when discussing automation.Tom believes that “automation can only be optimized when there is a clear understanding of the process. Once this is understood, there can be the correct balance between people, machines and robotics. By having the right conversation, you can bring creativity and blend various technologies for the best solution.”He is a graduate of Ryerson with a degree in Industrial Engineering Technology and has worked in the automation field for 28 years.

Master of Ceremonies:

Steve Fitterer

Steve Fitterer – Medlab Industry Segment Manager

Steve Fitterer is currently the Medlab Industry Segment Manager focusing on business development in the areas of Medical Device and Lab Automation. Steve has represented Festo in multiple areas in business development. He started his career in Application Engineering where he reviewed applications and specified motion control products with an emphasis on controls integration. His business development was focused in the Midwest where he supported a cross section of industry segments which included: Food and Packaging, Semiconductor, Printing and Paper, and Medical specializing on OEM’s. Steve obtained a degree in Robotics / Flexible Automation. Certificate awarded: CFMGT (Certified Manufacturing Technologist) from Ri/SME (Robotics International Society of Manufacturing Engineers).

About Festo Corp. :

To win, manufacturers need partners they can trust to help them build better products. To streamline production. And of course, to continuously cut costs. It’s all about innovation.

For over 40 years in the US and 80 years globally, Festo has been a positive force for manufacturers. Our passion is automation — intelligent automation solutions that transform the way people work — and the way companies compete. Ultimately, it’s about continuously stimulating progress. In big ways and in small ways.

We are driven by a desire to always be helpful. We observe.

We analyze. We inspire. We engineer with an intense focus on every last detail.

We operate with a simple, yet powerful manifesto: That intelligent automation isn’t just about movement – it’s movement with purpose. And it’s not just about innovative products. It’s about products that come with expert advice and differentiated customer support. Our aim is to help our customers make their products faster, smarter and more precisely. That’s how they thrive instead of just survive. And when our customers win, we win.

We are Festo. And our purpose is to help people turn the power of intelligent automation into a catalyst for transformation.

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