MODEX 2020

MODEX 2020, held March 9-12 in Atlanta, is one of the world’s largest supply chain expos, showcasing the best material handling and logistics solutions the industry has to offer.  We are excited to exhibit at MODEX and demonstrate how our robotic solution automates long-tail order fulfillment, enabling businesses to offer more product choices and grow without adding labor. Visit us at booth 9204 to see our robots navigate warehouse aisles, find, pick, and transport products.

In addition to sharing our solutions and insights, we also are looking forward to checking out the nearly 1,000 other exhibitors and learning from the more than 150 educational seminars and keynote presentations. Below are just a few sessions we are especially looking forward to, and we think you may find them valuable as well. We also recommend the MODEX 2020 Survival Guide to help you get the most out of your participation.

Keynote: The Neurogeneration – The Future is Closer than you Think
Tan Le, Founder & CEO of EMOTIV
Tuesday, March 10, 8:45 a.m.

A refugee from Vietnam at age 4, Tan Le entered college at 16 and has since become a leader in her home country of Australia. Tan Le is the Founder & CEO of EMOTIV, a bioinformatics company that’s working on identifying biomarkers for mental and other neurological conditions using electroencephalography (EEG).  She will take the stage at MODEX 2020 to discuss how automation and AI are not competitors to humans but are part of an extended, augmented human organism and how that could impact supply chains.


Keynote: Preview the 2020 MHI Annual Industry Report
George W. Prest, CEO of MHI
Wednesday, March 11, 8:45 a.m.

Named the  Chief Executive Officer of Material Handling Industry of America in 2011, George Prest has more than 30 years of experience in both managing and owning material handling manufacturing companies.  He will lead a panel discussion on the findings of the MHI Annual Industry Report, including supply chain trends and technologies that are transforming supply chains.  Panelists include: Wim Appelo, Worldwide Vice President of Supply Chain Strategy, Innovation & Deployment, Johnson & JohnsonRandy V. Bradley, Assistant Professor of Information Systems and Supply Chain Management, Haslam College of Business, The University of Tennessee; Arpana Brahmbhatt, US Industry Solutions – Manufacturing, Microsoft; and Rick Faulk, CEO, Locus Robotics


On-Floor Seminar: MAG of MHI Presents
“AGV/AMR Safety and New Regulations”
Randall Vogtman, Sr. System Engineer, Oceaneering AGV Systems
Tuesday, March 10, 3:00 p.m.

There have been significant safety standard developments in the AGV/AMR industry to support new technologies. For emerging technologies, such as industrial mobile robots that work and interact with humans, efforts are ongoing to further define safety protocols for the proper application of risk reduction measures to provide a safe working environment for employees


On-Floor Seminar: TRG of MHI Presents
“Warehouse Automation ROI: Calculation Tips and Tricks”
Bryan Knott, Head of US Consumer Segments & Service Robotics, ABB, Inc.
Tuesday, March 10, 3:30 p.m.

Calculating ROI for warehouse automation projects can be a data-intensive endeavor. This panel of experts from The Robotics Group (TRG) will discuss the potential benefits from implementing automation in warehousing and distribution applications and give examples of how to incorporate labor variables such turnover, absenteeism, and onboarding into ROI calculations. 


On-Floor Seminar: AS/RS of MHI Presents
“How to calculate AS/RS ROI: Key metrics that often get overlooked”
Andy Lockhart, Vice President of Sales Integrated Systems, TGW Systems Inc.
Wednesday, March 11, 10:30 a.m.

Building an ROI model with all the pertinent factors that address the needs of your audience will make the justification of the AS/RS investment easier. The seminar will look at how to include direct and indirect expenses, along with using sensitivity analysis to understand how different factors can affect the results of the ROI. 


Of course, be sure to stop by booth 9204 to see Swift in action and talk with the IAM Robotics team. Learn more about our own presentations taking place at MODEX and our solutions that allow you to grow your business without adding labor.