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Engineers: Apply Automation to Increase Quality, Speed to Market

When: Thursday June 13 | 11:15 am - 12:00 pm 
Where: Room 45 - Team Development Track
Level: Beginner
Participant Type: Research & Development, Product Development, Quality Control




We live in the age of machine learning, artificial intelligence and other automated systems. Why, then, are we performing tedious tasks that we can streamline during the product development phase? First, there is Design Verification testing. Second, there is Design Validation testing. Some of these tests use simple pass/fail attribute data, while others use continuous data. We will focus on ways to automate the analysis of that continuous data, which can ensure more accurate and timely results. Specifically, we will share a macro that was built for Minitab 18 to provide automated data analysis. You will leave with a motivation to apply automation to your workflow, a better understanding of what is possible with macros and steps to develop a macro that works for your specific business.

Attendee Takeaways

  • Learn the best tasks to automate
  • Learn how R&D teams use automation to record data for compliance
  • Understand how automation improves productivity and quality, while reducing time to market


Edward Jaeck is Vice President of Strategic Growth and Business Development at Lowell. Prior to his current role, Mr. Jaeck led quality and manufacturing groups. Over three years of doing so, he utilized a hybrid strategic policy deployment plan to execute a brand makeover and enable several key Lowell developments such as a new best-in-class dimensional inspection laboratory, machine automation and Monte-Carlo based cost modeling. Prior to Lowell, Mr. Jaeck worked for Medtronic in Santa Rosa, California and Intel in Chandler, Arizona where he had various roles in R&D, materials, design quality and supplier quality. Mr. Jaeck has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, a Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Engineering Management. In addition, he is a Six Sigma Black Belt and has been certified to the ASME GD&T Standard at the Senior Level.