Meeting Information
Wednesday December 23, 2020
3:00pm - 4:00pm
ZOOM Meeting

TIME: US and Canada Eastern Time

You must register on The FENG website by NOON - Tuesday, December 22nd to receive the zoom instructions. They will be sent later that day.

If you miss the deadline or do not receive the link (check your SPAM FOLDER), please write to:

John Chrystal
International SIG Chair
[email protected]
Cell: 203-240-2686

Meeting capacity:


Suggested Donation:

Topic: Changing the Economics of Automation

Speakers: Amar Hanspal, CEO and Co-Founder, Bright Machines and Pat O'Malley, CFO, Bright Machines

For decades companies have been tackling automation in manufacturing with inflexible, expensive machines that take months to install and configure. Bright Machines is taking a software first, machine agnostic approach – favoring inexpensive and easily reconfigurable hardware to vastly simplify automation. Amar will discuss how his team is building the next generation of automation by bringing flexibility, scalability and resilience to factories to improve yield and quality. The only way to reshore manufacturing is to make automation cost-effective, and until recently, that hasn’t been feasible. He’ll also describe that with today’s automation, we can drive high prices out of the process because deployment, configuration, reconfiguration, and management of lines are simplified with modern technology, making the cost of reshoring a reality.

Speakers' bios:

Amar Hanspal
Amar is the CEO and Co-Founder of Bright Machines, where he leads a team focused on changing the resiliency, flexibility and economics of manufacturing through intelligent, software-based automation. He is a senior business leader with 30+ years of experience driving business and technology transformation. Before joining Bright Machines, Amar was co-CEO and chief product officer at Autodesk, where he oversaw the company’s move to the cloud and the development of its innovative manufacturing and construction applications. In addition to sitting on Bright Machines' board, he sits on the boards of Aspentech and BeyondTrust and advises early-stage companies.

Pat O'Malley:
Pat is a seasoned finance and business executive with over three decades of experience. Most recently, as SVP and CFO at Avaya, he led the financial transformation of the company as it sought to restructure its financial position and transition to a publicly-traded company. Prior to this he had a 30-year career with Seagate Technology, where he served in a variety of roles, including as CFO from 2008 to 2015. Pat served on the E2open Inc. board in the role of Audit Committee Chair. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Notre Dame.

About Bright Machines
At Bright Machines, we believe there is a better way to manufacture products. We leverage technology advances in computer vision, machine learning, cloud computing, and adaptive robotics to fundamentally change the flexibility, scalability, resilience, and economics of the manufacturing industry. Today we’re focused on the backend of production – assembly, testing, and inspection – but our ambition is to apply our software-defined approach to a platform to automate the entire production line. Partnering with industry leaders, we’re excited to help accelerate the development of intelligent factories.
For meeting information, please contact:

John Chrystal

(203) 240-2686
Please login/register in order to RSVP and see the participants list.