NY Manufacturing Extension Partnership

New Technologies and Valuable Insights to Thrive Through Challenges

Monday, August 24 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EDT

Virtually test a safe (and efficient) factory layout before moving equipment, improve product quality with advanced analytics, and learn about cutting edge research from universities in New York. The fourth industrial revolution is happening, and manufacturers need to stay abreast of current and future technologies. Join New York MEP for a virtual event on August 24th for a keynote address by MEP Director Carroll Thomas, along with presentations from Industry 4.0 experts.

Then stick around and network with other NY manufacturers using Remo’s unique virtual event platform! How did you manage the challenges of the pandemic? We want to hear from you! Along with the added benefit of learning about the great Industry 4.0 resources available in NY State.

What you will learn about

  • Virtual Twin case study: using digital models to optimize factory layout.
  • The use of Manufacturing Analytics to improve productivity and quality.
  • Current research – RIT Center of Excellence in Advanced and Sustainable Manufacturing.


Ms. Carroll A. Thomas, Director of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) leads a nationwide network of centers focused on helping U.S. manufacturers strengthen their supply chain integration and access new technology thereby helping them to compete globally. MEP is a $300 million public-private partnership program providing assistance to small and medium-sized manufacturers leveraging federal support by teaming with industry as well as state and local organizations. With over 375 manufacturing extension offices located in all 50 states and Puerto Rico, MEP provides companies with services and access to resources that enhance growth, improve productivity and expand production capacity.

Prior to being selected as the MEP Director, Ms. Thomas was appointed as the Associate Administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Office of Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) in November 2012. At SBA, Ms. Thomas was responsible for program and policy development, implementation and oversight of the $113 million grants program that funds the Small Business Development Centers located in every state plus the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, American Samoa and the U.S. Virgin Islands in more than 900 service locations.


Ajay Khaladkar

Technical Program Manager of Advanced Manufacturing and Industry 4.0 Solutions

Golisano Institute for Sustainability

Amanda Moore

Business Development

Design Systems, Inc.

Paul Birchmeier

Engineering Manager, Industry 4.0

Design Systems, Inc.



2:00pm to 2:20pm – Keynote

Carroll A.  Thomas, Director of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP)

2:20pm to 3:00pm – Presentations and Case Studies

3:00pm to 3:30pm –  Focused Virtual Networking Discussions

This is not your typical virtual event.  Everyone will get a chance to share their best practice and learn from others on individual networking tables.   After the presentations, everyone will be able to go to virtual networking tables of about 4 to 6 people and have conversations on topics such as:

    • Remote Robotic Welding Research (Edison Welding Inst)
    • Managing Supply Chain Disruptions
    • Reshoring & Calculating True Product Cost
    • Planning for Future Crises
    • Manufacturing and the Virtual Workforce
    • Social Distancing in the Factory
    • Compliance with COVID Related Regulations
    • Dealing  with Store Closures and Abrupt Changes in Demand
    • Pivoting Production for Emergency Needs
    • Robotics Implementation and Remote Management
    • Cyber Security
    • COVID-19 Hindsight
    • The Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII)