On July 22, 2019 FCDI is hosting the Manufacturers Summer Institute at AMRoC Fab Lab, a day long professional development experience for Tampa Bay area manufacturers.  Our speakers and presenters hail from diverse backgrounds and represent extensive fields of expertise.  We’ll be taking a closer look at each of our presenters in the days leading up to the event.  Our first featured speaker is Dr. Byron Clayton, CEO of ARM, a Manufacturing USA Institute headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, and  dedicated to accelerating the advancement of transformative robotic technologies and education to increase U.S. global manufacturing competitiveness.

Dr. Clayton will be speaking on “De-Risking the Adoption of Robotics for Manufacturing – A Step-by-Step Process” , exploring the need for today’s manufacturers to adopt various forms of technology to stay competitive. In his talk, Dr. Clayton will lay out a  five-step process that greatly reduces the complexity, uncertainty and risk of implementing robotics and related technologies.

We asked Dr. Clayton to tell us more about why he’s joining us at the Manufacturers Summer Institute, and why he feels the event is important.

“The competition for manufacturing is global, fierce and accelerating. Leveraging advanced manufacturing can improve a company’s ability to compete by helping them make better products for lower cost and deliver faster. However, implementing new technology carries operational and financial risk that can be catastrophic if something goes wrong, especially for small and midsize manufacturers. Fortunately, there are proven best practices that can de-risk the adoption of robotics and related technologies for manufacturing.

“The Tampa region has one of the largest manufacturing communities in all of Florida. Most of these manufacturers are small and midsize manufacturers (SMMs). De-risking the adoption of robotics and related technologies is particularly relevant for SMMs to significantly reduce or eliminate their financial and operational risk associated with implementing new technologies.

“This event will provide a lot of information in a condensed amount of time. The de-risking presentation will show you a step-by-step process for adopting robotics and related technologies in a manner that establishes realistic goals, then ensures successful achievement of those goals.”

You can see the full day’s agenda here,  and register to attend the Manufacturers Summer Institute at AMRoC Fab Lab at the link below.  The event includes lunch, sponsored by Adams , with ample opportunities for discussion and networking.


The Tampa Bay Advanced Manufacturing & Robotics Center Fab Lab (AMRoC) is a program of the non-profit Foundation for Community Driven Innovation. A public Fab Lab, the mission of AMRoC is to empower people with resources for creative self-expression and bridge the manufacturing and industry talent gap through robust project-based engineering education and training..