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Sensor Advancements for Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 and the power of the smart factory is the most disruptive change to manufacturing since the Industrial Revolutions. But it is only made possible by innovation in sensor technology and applications.

Originally presented: June 16, 2021
Duration: 1 hour
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The process analytics and resultant efficiency gains that constitute Industry 4.0 are made possible by one key electronic component - sensors. Since Industry 4.0 has taken hold in many manufacturing and production processes, the variance in sensor technology and parameters monitored is endless. Temperature. Torque. Pressure. Velocity. Proximity. Environmental. Electrical. And many more. Add in layers of networking and software to turn this data into cohesive, actionable data. Suddenly busy manufacturing engineers are wading through mountains of data and a sea of equipment.

Navigate Industry 4.0 with GlobalSpec and our team of sensor experts. We'll cover the productivity and bottom-line benefits enabled by the smart factory. The technologies that are driving this engineering revolution. And the near-term and long-term future of Industry 4.0 and manufacturing in general. Then discuss some of the primary considerations when planning new or retrofitting existing manufacturing operations with smart, connected technologies.


Barry Manz, Technical Editorial Expert / Owner, Manz Communications, Inc.

Founded Manz Communications, Inc., in 1986 to provide editorial and media relations services for companies with a highly-technical message to convey. Since then, the company has provided these services for more than 120 companies and Barry Manz has written more than 1,000 technical, product-related, opinion, and application-type articles for more than 50 online and print trade publications. Other services include white papers, technical papers, ap notes, blogs, and Web content.

Adonis Evangelista, Product Manager Photoelectric Sensors and Limit Switches, Rockwell Automation, Inc.

Product Manager for Photoelectric sensors for the past 6 years. Supported the development and introduction of smart sensors with IO-Link by identifying which initial features would add the most value to customer applications. Adonis has extensive experience in different types of sensing technologies ranging from inductive to condition monitoring sensors (temperature, flow and pressure)

David Lafferty, President, Scientific Technical Services

With over 40 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, David provides business development, pre-sales support, advisory services, and digital transformation consulting for the oil and gas segment, emphasizing the energy sector's digitalization.

Before STS, David was at the BP Chief Technology Office (CTO), where he spearheaded a wide range of innovative projects, including:

• Developing the "Digital Umbrella" concept and the resulting ISA100.15 effort
• Wireless Measurements systems including WirelessHART, ISA100, corrosion and passive sensors
• Predictive Analytics
• Mobility projects

David serves on the Leadership Team for Global Energy Mentors - a volunteer organization that mentors startups in the energy sector to obtain their first formal funding round.

David has a BS in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse

Edgar Sotter, Senior Director of New Product Technology, CSA Group

Edgar Sotter is a Senior Director of New Product Technology in the CSA Group. His team looks to the technology horizon for new developments and applications that could present opportunities for CSA's Test, Inspection and Certification business.

Prior to joining CSA, Edgar worked as Senior Director, Product Strategies & Client Solutions at Systems with Intelligence Inc. (SWI), a manufacturer of monitoring products for the electrical sector.

Edgar has 20 years of combined academic, technical and business experience. He has a PhD in electronic engineering from Universidad Rovira I Virgili (Spain), an Executive MBA from the University of Toronto (Canada) and a Bachelor's of Science in electronic engineering from Universidad del Norte (Colombia).

Russ Waddell, Managing Director, MTConnect Institute

Russ Waddell is the Managing Director for the MTConnect Institute, the ANSI-accredited standards developer for the MTConnect standard with 400+ members. He is responsible for day-to-day business operations and standards development activity. Prior to this role, he worked at AMT as an Industry Economist where he provided statistical research for sales and marketing in the manufacturing technology industry. He holds a BA in Economics from The College of William and Mary.