Wednesday, June 12, 2019 from 8:30 - 11 a.m.

One of the biggest problems we are facing in manufacturing and food processing is a lack of workforce. This is a problem that is not going to go away. We know that one solution to this issue is automation and robotics. But for many of us in northwest Ohio, understanding where to start and to what scope it can help can present a challenge.

To address this, CIFT/Ohio MEP are hosting an "Introduction to Automation in Manufacturing Workshop" where experienced leaders from APT Manufacturing Solutions, Robotic Technical Support Services, and Allied Automation will provide interesting presentations and information, as well as demonstrate some of the latest in automation and robotics. We will have experienced leaders from those companies, along with our CIFT team, to help answer the questions you have, as well as demonstrate some of the latest in automation and robotics.

Whether you are a plant operator, a operations manager or another role this workshop will help you get started. This event will provide actionable information to allow you to begin ideating and planning projects to address your labor issues through automation.

Featured Speakers

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Ben Nighswander

Vice President
APT Manufacturing Solutions

APT is a custom machine builder and specialized manufacturer of robotic packaging equipment. Over the last 23 years, APT has established itself as a leading FANUC robot integrator and assisted countless food manufacturers in the automation of filling, case packing, cartoning, sleeving, and palletizing operations.

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Bethany Nowowiejski

Robotic Technical Support Services, Inc.

RTSS provides manufacturers a competitive edge in the marketplace by engineering, servicing and upgrading automated systems.  They are committed to creating innovative solutions to help you achieve your manufacturing goals.  In all aspects of their expertise, RTSS customers see their core values of being reliable, respectful and responsible come through.

Matt Gonso

Business Development and Sales
Allied Automation

Allied Automation is committed to the cutting edge of technology since their founding in 1981. They are a trusted leader for the most advanced solutions available, and partner with world class brands to offer the best products on the market.  Allied Automation is partnered with Universal Robots which is the world’s #1 cobot with 34,000 deployed robots which are used in several thousand production environments every day.


CIFT; 5555 Airport Hwy., Ste. 100, Toledo, Ohio 43615

Cost to Attend

$20 for CIFT members

$30 for non-members

Reserve your seat now, as space is limited.  Continental breakfast will be provided.  Questions?  Contact Troy Wildermuth, Director of Manufacturing, at 567-225-3302 or