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Monday, May 13, 2019 from 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM CDT
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Minneapolis Marriott Northwest
7025 Northland Drive N.
Arbor Lakes Room
Brooklyn Park, MN 55428

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Marni Hockenberg                                                952-500-9542

Robotic Solutions to Manufacturing Challenges 

Monday May 13, 2019 

          3:30 pm - 4:00 pm: Registration/Networking
          4:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Program, Audience Q & A
          5:00 pm - 6:30 pm: Networking Reception
                             Hot appetizers and cash bar 

Pew research tells us that even though there is a fast uptick in automation, over 70% of American’s are still wary and concerned about robots in our workplace replacing American jobs. Our May Gears & Gadgets features a panel of manufacturing business owners and robotics experts who will discuss the role of robotics/automation and provide valuable insights from their own experiences.
  • How do you know when it’s time to invest in robotics?
  • How can robotics solve problems such as the skilled labor shortage and quality issues?
  • How do you take that first step toward robotics automation?
  • Integration – internal or external?
  • ROI on your robotics investment
  • What is the future of robotics in manufacturing?

You won’t want to miss our 30th Gears & Gadgets program!

Panel moderator:   

 E.J. Daigle; Dean of Robotics & Manufacturing; Dunwoody College of Technology



Kevin Mashuga Manufacturing Technology Manager; Graco, Inc.

Carl Doeksen Global Robotics/Automation Leader; 3M

Todd Bauernfiend President; Summit Machine Inc.  

Matt Peick Director of Engineering-Automation Development Department; Tesla.

To qualify for attendance at Gears & Gadgets, one must be a manufacturing business owner or currently employed manufacturing Executive.   This focused approach will enable Gears & Gadgets attendees to engage in conversations that directly pertain to industry issues within their respective manufacturing companies. 

Registration ends Friday, May 10!

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Thank you to our generous sponsors for making this Gears & Gadgets event possible!

About Minnesota Manufacturing Executive & Gears & Gadgets 

Minnesota Manufacturing Executives

Founded in 2012, Gears & Gadgets is an exclusive quarterly event for Minnesota Manufacturing Executives to discuss industry trends and develop synergistic connections. A typical event showcases a manufacturing industry speaker followed by a networking reception with hot appetizers and cash bar. Manufacturing business owners and executives are eligible to attend.

This program is 'by invitation only'. To receive invitations, contact the founder, Marni Hockenberg at or 952-500-9542.