Interviews

Marcus Langeheine

Marcus Langeheine

Head of Sales

AKO Armaturen & Separationstechnik GmbH

Our constantly increasing sales worldwide in recent years has shown us that more and more plant construction companies, engineering offices and plant operators are convinced of the advantages of our pinch valves.

Marcus Langeheine is Head of Sales of the world’s leading manufacturer of pinch valve solutions, AKO Armaturen, located in Germany. In the last decades, he worked for different industrial manufacturers in France, Belgium, and Germany and joined AKO Armaturen at the end of 2017.

Lentin Joseph

Lentin Joseph

CEO

Qbotics Labs

In every technology, there are pros and cons. The main advantage of using AI is the possibility of automation. We can automate a lot of mundane jobs and save a lot of resources.

Lentin Joseph is an Author & Entrepreneur in Robotics. He has authored five books mainly related to robotics programming using Robot Operating System. He serves as a CEO and Co-founder of Qbotics Labs in India, which is majorly into robotics software development using ROS. He showcases more interest in new technologies like Robotics, Computer Vision and Artificial Intelligence. http://lentinjoseph.com

David Bruemmer

David Bruemmer

Founder and CEO

Adaptive Motion Group

The key is that we start with a universal position solution and a reusable AI software package that allows us to port to many different vehicles.

Mr. Bruemmer is Founder and CEO of Adaptive Motion Group which provides Smart Mobility solutions based on accurate positioning and autonomous vehicles. Previously, Mr. Bruemmer co-founded 5D Robotics – which he grew for eight years before it was acquired in 2018. Mr. Bruemmer has led large scale robotics programs for the Army and Navy, the DOE, and DARPA. Mr. Bruemmer has authored over 60 publications and has been awarded many patents in robotics and positioning.

Nayel Aughsteen

Nayel Aughsteen

Business Development Manager

UNIS Group

Our overall aspiration is to offer every company with industrial electronics worldwide the ability to continue using their existing systems as long as possible.

Our overall aspiration is to offer every company with industrial electronics worldwide the ability to continue using their existing systems as long as possible. Joined as a junior account manager at UNIS Group in 2005, I am serving as the business development manager and the sales leader of UNIS Group UK / EDMR Ltd (a UNIS Group member) now. I had targeted my first customers in the Middle East, which I found a tough market. Later, I promoted to a senior account manager and started developing the international market. I have helped our agents in their grow of turnover.

Francesco Ferro

Francesco Ferro

CEO and co-founder

PAL Robotics

In Industry 4.0 robots should undertake tasks that are risky or dangerous for people, so humans are prevented from suffering any health injury that conditions their life from that moment on. The idea of human-machine collaboration pursues the goal of having the fullest efficiency while adding value to the worker’s role.

Francesco Ferro is the CEO and co-founder of PAL Robotics, one of the top service robotics companies in the world, and a euRobotics asibl Board Director. He received a BSc + MSc degree in Telecommunications Engineering at Politecnico di Torino in 2002 (Italy), a Master at ISEN (Lille, France) and an Executive MBA at the University of Barcelona (Spain) in 2011. Since 2004, he develops cutting-edge humanoid service robots at PAL Robotics.

Samuel Bouchard

Samuel Bouchard

CEO

Robotiq

The adoption of collaborative robots technologies is growing, but is still a bit shy. The main challenge we face is mostly that manufacturers hesitate to put robots to work in their factory because it’s still too costly and too complicated.

Samuel Bouchard is the CEO of Robotiq, a company that he co-founded in 2008. Robotiq today serves manufacturers globally and has become a dominant voice in the fast-growing collaborative robots industry. The Robotiq team has helped thousands of manufacturers overcome manufacturing challenges using robots: from car component makers to electronics contract manufacturing firms; from first-time robot users to robotic experts looking at new ways to automate; and from Fortune 500companies to family-owned machine shops. Robotiq has also been recognized by Robotics Trends as one of the Top 50 most influential companies in robotics. Bouchard holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and a Bachelor’s in Engineering Physics from Laval University.

Marc von Waldkirch

Marc von Waldkirch

CEO

SENSIRION AG

Beyond being a supplier of sensor products, we work strategically with many of our key customers to devise sensor solutions that meet their requirements and specifications.

Marc von Waldkirch has been serving as the Company’s CEO since 2016. Before becoming CEO, he held a variety of management positions in the Group from 2005 to 2016, including Head of Research & Development Liquid Flow Sensors and Vice President Research & Development. Before joining the Group, he worked as a research assistant at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH, where he previously studied physics and received an MSc in Physics and a PhD in Electrical Engineering.

Klas Lange

Klas Lange

CEO

Weda AB

We aim to further develop products for new applications and preferably we would like to do this in cooperation with companies that already are active in the specific application.

I have a Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technolgy in Stockholm. I first worked for four years with the Swedish Trade Commission in Toronto, Canada and thereafter for three years at the Weda subsidiary in Bridgeport´, CT, USA. Then back to Sweden to Manage Weda for a few years before taking a position as business area manager in a Swedish Industrial Group called Componenta AB, having Weda as one of the companies within the business area.. At first based in Holland and after about one year in Malmö Sweden after Componenta´s fusion with Svedala Industries AB. In 1991 I became a share holder in Weda AB and has since then been the CEO based at the Head Office in Södertälje, Sweden.

Bob Doyle

Bob Doyle

Vice President

RIA & A3 Mexico

We continue to look at new and innovative ways to ensure we are serving the industries we represent in robotics, machine vision, motion control, and motors. Industry 4.0 and artificial intelligence are new areas that we are ensuring that our members are educated on and take advantage of.

Bob Doyle is Vice President – Robotic Industries Association (RIA) and A3 Mexico at the Association for Advancing Automation (A3) in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He directs and manages the day-to-day activities of RIA, the leading trade association for the robotics industry in North America with over 470 member companies. Doyle also played a lead role in launching the association’s A3 Mexico operations, growing the organization's reach internationally.

Mike Wilson

Mike Wilson

UK & Ireland Business Development Manager

ABB Robotics

In countless applications worldwide, robotic automation has proven its ability to help manufacturers in a wide range of industries transform their productivity and efficiency.

Mike Wilson has over 35 years of experience in the application of automation to manufacturing across a broad range of industry sectors throughout Europe, Asia and America. Previously he has worked for both users and suppliers of automation and also as an independent consultant providing automation expertise to industry. He is widely recognised as one of the leading authorities on the application of industrial robot systems in the UK.

Joe Jones

Joe Jones

Cofounder and CTO

Franklin Robotics

The objective is neither simple nor straightforward but it is within reach. It’s a very exciting time in agricultural robotics!

Joseph Jones is cofounder/CTO of Franklin Robotics. His primary interest is the practical application of robotic technology to real-world problems. Previous experiences include cofounding Harvest Automation, proposing and developing iRobot’s Roomba, and serving on the research staff at the MIT AI Lab. A graduate of MIT he holds 60+ patents.

Cesar Cassiolato

Cesar Cassiolato

President & CEO

Vivace Process Instruments Ltd

Vivace technology means transformation. Transformation of people lives, companies and society makes the difference for us every day.

Cesar Cassiolato, the President & CEO at Vivace Process Instruments at Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, Brazil. He is a Committee Member of Information Technology & Industrial Automation and serves as a board member for Regional Profibus Association in Latin America, where is one of founders and was President for several years. Expert in fieldbuses like Profibus, HART, wirelessHART, FDT/DTM, EDDL technologies and an expert for field devices for pressure, temperature, level, position, density measurements and valve positioners. He has more than 800 technical articles in Brazilian and worldwide publications in the automation and electronic segments.

Joe Kaeser

Mr. Joe Kaeser

President and Chief Executive Officer

Siemens AG

With its massive shale gas resources, the US has the opportunity to get re-industrialised in a big way with energy-intensive industries

I’m one of 386,000 dedicated Siemens employees worldwide. Together, we’re making real what matters. For us, “Ingenuity for life” means working relentlessly to create value for our customers and employees as well as for society – because I believe that companies must contribute to the welfare of society in a sustainable way. Joe Kaeser has been President and CEO of Siemens AG since 2013.

Katy George

Katy George

Director, McKinsey’s New Jersey office

McKinsey

The advances in manufacturing technologies that we are seeing are more exciting and potentially more disruptive than anything we’ve seen in a long time

Katy serves as the Managing Partner of the Mid-Atlantic Office and is a leader within the Pharmaceuticals & Medical Products Practice. She is also a member of the McKinsey Global Institute Council, which advises on MGI's research on global economic, business, and technology trends.

Martin Schefter

Martin Schefter

CEO

First Sensor AG

I think there is no portal in the world that will reach all of our potential and existing customers. However, we are very satisfied...

Under his watch, First Sensor AG embarked on a healthy growth trajectory by pursuing a consistent strategy. Today, the company concentrates on the growth markets Industrial, Medical and Mobility via its three business units. The global business was systematically expanded, central processes were optimized, and the productivity was noticeably enhanced.

Michael Ziesemer

Michael Ziesemer

Chief Executive Officer

Endress+Hauser Group

The impact of digitalization is being felt deep in the value chain structures and it’s changing the business models.

Mr. Michael Ziesemer served as a Member of the Executive Board and is an In charge of Sales & Marketing and Member of the Executive Board at Endress+Hauser Canada Ltd. Mr. Ziesemer is the Founder of Systemplan Gmbh. He serves as an Executive Director of Finesse Solutions, LLC.

Raphael Binder

Raphael Binder

Head of Product Management

Syslogic GmbH

Plant Automation Technology has a very global presence and offers a tremendous service. And as a bonus, we are able to reach a very interesting target group.

" Over the last 25 years Syslogic has become synonymous in its industry with embedded industrial computers and HMI systems without compromise. In recent years, Syslogic expanded its product assortment to include embedded computer and HMI systems for mobile uses. "

Subir Pal

Subir Pal

Head of Discrete Automation and Motion Division

ABB India

Indian solar energy space is under-exploited. ABB India Ltd, a power and automation engineering company, is positioning itself for a bigger role in the solar energy space.

" Indian solar energy space is under-exploited. ABB India Ltd, a power and automation engineering company, is positioning itself for a bigger role in the solar energy space. India has an installed capacity of around 2,500 MW of grid-connected solar power, while the sector expects to add about 1,500 MW this year. The potential to grow in solar in India is very high as the Government aims to achieve a target of 10 GW by 2017, says Subir Pal, Head of Discrete Automation and Motion Division at ABB India. Subir Pal talks about the potential of India’s solar power sector and the company’s plans for the country. "

Takuichi Shimizu

Takuichi Shimizu

President

Omron Management Centre of India

The outlook for India’s economy is far better than a lot of other nations in many aspects and so, as a corporate, we are very positive about our performance – both as a team and as individuals

A self-confessed fan of butter chicken and halwa, Takuichi Shimizu, President, Omron Management Centre of India, is on his first stint in the country.

Roland Wagner

Roland Wagner

Head of Product Marketing

3S-Smart Software Solutions GmbH

Automation technology improves work and product quality by transferring manually performed repetitive activities to machines or plants

" Automation technology improves work and product quality by transferring manually performed repetitive activities to machines or plants. Ultimately, this means that automation technology improves the quality of life of many people. "

Joseph Reger

Joseph Reger

Chief Technology Officer

Fujitsu

The infrastructure piece, the information piece, the big data piece, I would say all these are similar to other companies like Fujitsu,” says Reger. “The differentiator is the final piece

With a PhD from the University of Cologne in Germany, Reger has worked in the fields of theoretical physics and computer sciences at institutions in Europe and the US. He joined Fujitsu in 1998 as head of technology marketing, having previously been executive consultant and chief IT architect at IBM.

Soren Berg lorenzen

Soren Berg lorenzen

Managing Director

Danish Geothermal District Heating

Nothing beats knowledge and experience in making sure a geothermal project is well planned and executed

The red thread through my professional life is renewable energy. I am passionate about the green transformation of the energy sector. I have increasingly gained this opportunity to combine with my interest in management and work with people and development

Valerio Micale

Valerio Micale

Senior Project Manager

Climate Policy Initiative

Setting ambitious deployment targets can act as a signal to international private developers, investors and technology providers

I am an environmental professional with almost 10 years of experience in climate finance and sustainability and I currently work as senior analyst in the CPI Europe office, with a focus on clean investment, policy analysis, and risk analysis

Loay Ghazaleh

Loay Ghazaleh

Advisor

Ministry of Works, Bahrain

Many projects find that pre-stressed concrete provides the lowest overall cost, considering production and lifetime maintenance

Loay Ghazaleh, a 1986 Civil Engineering graduate from Texas A & M with Global MBA - Finance from Thunderbird , Arizona is backed by over 22 years diverse experience in government and private businesses spanning many sectors in several countries. Currently I work as the Advisor to H.E. Undersecretary of Works in Bahrain

Issam Ezzeddine

Issam Ezzeddine

Director-Architectural Design

National Engineering Bureau

The traditional construction system is gradually disappearing and new innovative methods will be welcomed by the industry in near future

33 years of design experience in the gulf region and the middle east..UAE, QATAR, KUWAIT, KSA and Lebanon.Experience in designing High rise buildings/ Towers,,Clients and developers awards in Designing Hospitality projects ( Hotel and resorts).

Ziad Hissoiny

Ziad Hissoiny

Assistant Vice President

DAMAC Properties Co.

As per my own experience I see that Middle East is still lagging behind the acceptance of the PCM in the construction comparing to what in the international market

A Competent Civil Engineer, 25 years of hands-on work experience.I have accumulated wide internationally recognized experience in many facets of the construction industries.

Curt Lindroth

Curt Lindroth

Area Sales Director

ELEMATIC

A good and thorough design will enable fast production, optimize cost efficiency and provide best possible quality of buildings

Providing investment goods for the building industry in the form of complete production plants, precast concrete machinery, precast manufacturing solutions for all needs to match highest standards for buildings considering the structural and architectural design.

Christopher Tebb

Christopher Tebb

BIM Practice Leader

Mott MacDonald

It (BIM) also allows for potential site logistical challenges to be modeled and mitigated prior to construction commencement

Chris is a chartered civil engineer with over ten years' experience working as project, information and design manager for projects using BIM within built environment and transportation sectors including for multi-discipline projects at all life-cycle stages of a scheme.

Lalit Dhamija

Lalit Dhamija

Team Leader (Procurement Process)

ADCO

Logistics challenges especially for Over Dimensional Consignments needs to be addressed during the procurement for prefabrication construction projects

Lalit Dhamija is team leader (procurement process) at ADCO and the chairman of the CIPS UAE Abu Dhabi branch. He has more than 35 years experience in the procurement and supply chain profession, working in both the public and private sectors.

Sean McQue

Sean McQue

ALEC

: The whole intention of introducing modular construction methodologies in construction projects is to make construction quicker and more efficient. These benefits should be shared by both the developers / clients as well as the contractors in a win / win arrangement

An experienced, successful Project Director with a track record of delivering large, complex construction projects as well as effective introduction and execution of innovative business wide operational initiatives.

Shapour Mehrkar

Shapour Mehrkar

Kling Consult

If elements of the building can be built earlier in a factory and provided their weight and size are such that the transportation of them is not too costly plus placement of these elements in the building is possible, then significant time can be saved and to some extent cost

Have over thirty years of experience in the analysis and design of structures. I started working in 1976 in Iran on the design of steel and concrete buildings against earthquake until 1984. After further education in UK, I jointed Gifford in 1988.

Marco Cau

Marco Cau

Vice President

Novasina Switzerland

Our long-term strategy and mission is to provide high-end products, which excel in quality and longevity and always having a clear focus on customer's needs

Since its establishment more than 50 years ago, the company Novasina has specialized in the accurate measuring of air and material humidity. The basis was the world’s first, self-developed electronic measuring sensor for humidity measurement.

Amr Mohamed Elsayed Metwally

Amr Mohamed Elsayed Metwally

Head of Architecture Division PMC

Hamad Medical Corporation

Modular construction must come with well-developed Building Information Modeling (BIM) as this will minimize the risk of design errors during the manufacturing process and will allow for a design to be properly tested for clashes and clearance zones

Amr Metwally as Lead Architect Designer for the MENA Region has been a key figure in the region for the past 12 years in developing both sustainable and visionary architectural award winning healthcare.

Jayakumar

Mr. Jayakumar V

Director

Autosys Engineering Pvt Ltd

Labor cost reduction is no longer the key deliverable of Automation. It has been replaced by consistency, accountability repeatability and measurability

Director at Autosys Engineering, Autosys Control Systems, Kore Mechatronics - Project Management Process Control and Automation Operational Excellence Personnel Ethics.

Nader Elhajj

Nader Elhajj

Director

Framecad Solutions

Greater use of prefabrication, preassembly, modularization, and off-site fabrication techniques and processes has led to widespread deployment and use of interoperable technology applications.

Nader Elhajj – Director of Middle East and Africa, FrameCad Solutions, Upper Marlboro, MD - Prior to his current position he was a project manager at the National Association of Home Builders Research Center, overseeing the research and development of alternative building materials and emerging technologies.

Mr. Charles Wemyss

Mr. Charles Wemyss

CEO

Litre Meter

Accuracy is always specified by suppliers but, surprisingly, is of less importance to users. The customer wants to know the reading will be correct day after day, year after year, so long term repeatability is the key metric

Specialties: Oil & Gas flow measurement and especially chemical injection measurement over the last twenty five years; positive displacement meters and coriolis mass meters.

Captain Hung Nguyen

Captain Hung Nguyen

Former U.S. Coast Guard Captain Co-chair

Deepwater Horizon Joint Investigation Team

The most significant lessons learned from the oil-spill incident applied to the casualties – as well as increased compliance with the International Safety Management Code

Since his retirement from the Coast Guard, Captain Nguyen has served as a Transportation Security Executive and Director, Global HSE Programs. In these capacities, Captain Nguyen successfully developed and implemented many process safety management tools that enhanced his organizations' performance excellence.

Kaila Haines

Ms. Kaila Haines

Marketing and PR Director

Nidec ASI