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Lights Out Manufacturing: Exploring Full Automation

Drawing on practical knowledge, panelists consider the benefits, trade-offs, technical burdens of achieving “lights-out” production.

Date: Friday, July 21, 2023
Time: 11:00 AM ET / 10:00 AM CT / 8:00 AM PT / 3:00 PM GMT
Duration: 1 Hour

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Machine Design invites a panel of experts to discuss the “lights-out” production concept and its application in real terms. Subject matter experts draw from firsthand experience to consider the feasibility of widespread lights-out implementations. By highlighting enabling technologies and referencing tried-and-tested models, panelists frame the value of lights-out operations to the manufacturer. Viewers will come away with refreshed knowledge of current automation tools, the benefits and costs, along with what challenges need to be overcome in pursuing lights-out production.  


Rehana Begg | Editor-in-Chief | Machine Design 

Rehana Begg is the editor-in-chief of Machine Design. Her beat focuses on industrial manufacturing, engineering, operations and management. Begg has spent the past decade in the trenches of industrial manufacturing, focusing on engineering, operations and management. Her career has taken her from corporate boardrooms to plant floors and underground mining stopes, covering everything from IIoT/software and continuous improvement and maintenance in industrial plants, to MRO for the automotive and food and beverage industries. She is the former editor of Machinery and Equipment MRO, Canadianmanufacturing.com, CleanTech Canada, Resource Engineering and Maintenance (REM) and Plant Engineering and Maintenance (PEM) magazines at Annex Business Media. Begg holds a master’s degree in journalism and an MBA in project management.  

Kevin Cradduck | Director of Operations | Fabco-Air (Festo) 

Kevin Cradduck has operating responsibility for FESTO’s Fabco-Air business unit in Gainesville, Florida. Fabco-Air manufactures pneumatic actuators & controls, providing standard products and custom solutions serving the North American food & packaging, medical, semi-conductor, energy, automotive and industrial automation markets. 

Jerry Perez | Executive Director - Global Accounts and Manager of Business Development | Fanuc America Corp. 

Jerry Perez is tasked with consulting with global corporations on topics such as automation roadmap fulfillment, workforce development, and value stream transformations. Over the past 20 years, Perez has been a leader in the expansion of robotics in multiple markets from defense and automotive to electronics and medical device manufacturing. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.S. in Engineering.

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