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Robotics & Japan

June 24, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Free – $20.00


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About the Event

Japanese  companies have been using and producing industrial robots for decades now and currently produce over 50% of the world’s industrial robots, a large percentage of which are sold in the United States.  A Japanese robot was even used in the original Jurassic Park movie 28 years ago to turn over the Raptor eggs in the laboratory at the park.  Why have the Japanese staked out such an impressive position in robot development and supply and what does the future hold, particularly as the pace of innovation and change increases?  This virtual event brings together some of the industry’s experts here in the US to answer these questions in a panel-style format, a manufacturer, a system integrator, and an end-user of robotics.  Time will be left for questions from the audience as well.


About the Speakers

Harris “Lee” Cohen – Lee is currently the General Manager of Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella and is responsible for all operational, financial and manufacturing aspects of the business. He spent 9 years in investment banking in structured credit and financial institutions investment banking at Barclays Capital and Morgan Stanley before joining Setton. Lee received his BA in economics from Boston University and an MBA from NYU.

Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, a family owned business located in the Central Valley of California, is the 2nd largest pistachio processor in the world and has embraced technology and automation, including robotics, to boost productivity and generate industry-leading product quality.


Marlow Knabach – Marlow has been with Mori Seiki for 30 years and is currently, Chief Technology Officer, DMG Mori USA with responsibility for the engineering and automation departments.  In his role he evaluates technology relevant to the US market including robotics while determining how best to incorporate them to the benefit of DMG MORI customers.  Marlow has a bachelor’s of science in industrial technology from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from Benedictine University.

DMG MORI is a major machine tool provider to the global market in virtually all industry verticals while also providing ancillary automation solutions including robotics for machine tending and other applications.


Dan Hasley – Dan is the Senior Director of Sales & Marketing at Kawasaki Robotics (USA), Inc., where he joined in 2017.  Dan is responsible for Sales and Marketing of Robot and Systems for Kawasaki in North and South America, including Automotive Bodyshop, Paint and General Industries Segments.  Dan has worked in Automation since 1994 and has a BA in Finance from Michigan State University and an MBA from the University of Michigan.

Kawasaki is a leading supplier of industrial robots and robotic automation systems with a broad product portfolio, able to service a wide range of applications across diverse industries. Kawasaki Robotics has incorporated 50 years of experience as a robot industry leader into the development of the most technically advanced controllers and the highest quality robots.


Scott Summerville (moderator) – Scott is currently the President & CEO of Mitsubishi Electric Automation based in the Chicago area and has been in the industrial automation industry for over 30 years.  He has a bachelor’s degree in environmental design from Miami University and an MBA from Northwestern University.

Mitsubishi Electric Automation, Inc. is part of a $40 billion global company serving a wide variety of industrial markets with a family of automation products including programmable logic controllers, variable frequency drives, operator interfaces, motion control systems, computer numerical controls, industrial robots, servo amplifiers and motors, and


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Robotics & Japan



June 24, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Free – $20.00
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