May 28-29, 2025
Music City Center | Nashville, TN


Offering “Path to Industry 4.0” Panel Discussion and Meet & Greet Networking Event 


NASHVILLE, TN-August 27, 2019ALUMINUM USA today announced a collaboration with the Future Aluminium Forum, an international technology conference covering all topics surrounding aluminum and the importance of industry 4.0. The Future Aluminium Forum will host a session focused on how the industry is developing smarter technologies across the supply chain. Panelists will highlight how different sectors are developing digital processes and the challenges manufacturers are experiencing in the race to become industry 4.0 compliant. Following the panel discussion, session participants are invited to Meet & Greet the panelists to gain a deeper insight into the solutions available and the next steps to be taken in adopting digital initiatives. ALUMINUM USA offers exhibition and conference for all things aluminum in the United States. ALUMINUM USA takes place September 12-13, 2019 at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

“Path to Industry 4.0”
Thursday, September 12, 2019; 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

Moderator: Nadine Bloxsome, Program Director, Aluminium International Today


“A Truly Autonomous AGV System for Free Path Navigation is Essential to AL Industry”

Presenter: Maarten Meijer, Sales Manager, GLAMA Maschinenbau GmbH

Several AGV solutions have been introduced to the AL market already that all have in common that the path description is rather fixed. In order to become a truly industry 4.0 solution our new transporting methods should be as flexible and interactive as todays solutions. In this short presentation we will demonstrate the behavior of such a solution and discuss the future advantages of knowing precisely the time it took to complete a process and bring materials to it.

“How Metals Companies are using Digital Technology to Navigate Today’s Turbulent Waters”

Presenter: Thomas Higgott, Digital Supply Chain Solution Engineer, SAP SE

The global metals business today is increasingly volatile and unpredictable with frequent changes in tariffs, prices, transportation costs, competitive pressures and more. Companies are turning to digital technology and integrated information to gain cross company visibility to produce safely and profitably, collaborate with their supply chains and deliver differentiated products and services. Hear how a platform approach helps companies collaborate across all areas of the business and learn about industry cases.

“AI in Aluminum Production: How to Adopt the Technologies?”

Presenter: Alexander Khaytin, CEO, Mechanica AI

While overall applicability of the AI technologies for metal production is no longer doubted, many companies are still unable to leverage them successfully. Challenges appear at all stages of the process - from defining the initial use case to putting a developed model for actual production use. This last aspect is often underestimated: even a highly accurate predictive system still has to be successfully integrated in the existing business process and decision-making approaches. Optimal solution design, managerial and organizational aspects are highly important to actually derive value from the technology. Based on successful experience of deploying AI for production optimization in aluminum companies, Mr. Khaytin will explain how to approach this question and ensure successful adoption of AI across the enterprise.

“Robotization in the Casthouse: Challenges, Solutions and Possibilities”

Presenter: Patrice Cote, President, Dynamic Concept

Register today for ALUMINUM USA 2019 and save the onsite fee. ALUMINUM USA offers the opportunity to network with leading suppliers and industry professionals, see the latest advancements and have face to face discussions with subject matter experts.


About Future Aluminium Forum

The Future Aluminium Forum was initially developed to assist manufacturers and processors in adopting digital technologies and the challenges associated with implementation.

Now in its third year, the Forum has established itself as the key event to show case studies, discuss optimisation through machine learning and examine robotics, automation and augmented reality across the value chain.

Taking place in Québec City, a hub for innovation, the 2020 Forum will bring together major industry players to present and develop the future of aluminium manufacturing.



About Aluminium International Today

Aluminium International Today is an English language journal dedicated to the production and processing of aluminium. It contains a digest of global news, events, and statistics as well as more detailed technical articles, company and country profiles, conference reports and regular regional economic briefings.

The target readership are managers and CEOs in the aluminium industry, but it is also widely read by members of research organisations, technical consultants and business consultants.



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