The 56th Advanced Technology Think Tank (ATTT 2018) is now being organized for June 1-3, 2018 to provide a forum to provide leading experts and specialists in productivity-enhancing technologies an opportunity to meet annually in an informal setting to share concepts and new technologies among fellow colleagues on how industry can become more productive and meet and beat the challenges of global competition.
For more than 50 years, delegates have gathered from around the world to share their insights and experiences. The focus is on technology, education and manufacturing. Today with the exciting news of the Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster coming to Southern Ontario, we see this discussion of even greater importance. From the German Fraunhofer Institute (Fraunhofer Link), to the US Digital Manufacturing and Digital Innovation Initiative (DMDII Link) - Canada will soon have its' manufacturing technology driving engine with NGM Canada (NGM Canada).
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ATTT Mission: To provide leading experts and specialists in productivity-enhancing technologies an opportunity to meet annually in an informal setting to share concepts and new technologies among fellow colleagues on how industry can become more productive and meet and beat the challenges of global competition.
· 1962 – First meeting, called the Authors Annual Meeting, was initiated by three authors (Steve Krar, Bill Oswald, and Joe St. Amand *) along with three potential authors.
· 1965 - The first time an invitation was extended to three industrial experts from Cincinnati Milacron, Inc. This practice has been continued to the present day.
· 1965 – Present: In the past invitations have been extended to manufacturing specialists in Canada, United States, England, Germany, Australia, Holland, Japan and Switzerland.
· 1962 – Present: About 30 authors have produced 80 texts and have written 75 magazine articles on the latest advanced industrial practices with a circulation of 1.8 million copies worldwide.
· 1970 – Renamed the Advanced Technology Think Tank (ATTT) to more accurately describe the proceedings.
· All ATTT conferences have been held at various locations on the west arm of Lake Nipissing; the last 15 years until 2007 at Samoset Lodge in Monetville, ON.
· Generally the attendance for each Conference ranges between 18 and 24 - a workable group.
· 2008 – This was the 46th year of the Advanced Technology Think Tank and the Conference was held at Chippawa Cottage Resort in Barry’s Bay from June 1 to June 4 with 23 attendees. It was one of the most interesting and we hosted local politicians and held a Public Seminar on the benefits of technology on their lives and the economy of their region and the country as a whole.
· On March 31, 2009, the ATTT Founder Mr. Steve F. Krar was inducted into the Canadian Manufacturer’s Hall of Fame in Windsor, ON for his special contribution to educating people around the world about technology and manufacturing.
· In June 2012 we had the 50th ATTT Conference was held in Barry’s Bay Ontario with over 25 leaders of business, education, media, academia and youth attending. Mr. Steve F. Krar was honoured for his contributions and vision at that time.
Todd Phillips, Editor Advanced Manufacturing magazine Report
For the first 44 years, they have come to Lake Nippissing from across North America and other parts of the world for this Annual Retreat now held at the spectacular Samoset Lodge (www.samosetlodge.com). A cross-section of American, Canadian, and World business and manufacturing leaders, educators, entrepreneurs, researchers and writers gather to take stock of what is new and discuss what is relevant. The ringleader for this prestigious event is Steve Krar, one of the most prolific and talented writers I have met in the publishing business. Although he is now more than a decade past the age when most dream of retiring, he remains a tireless force. When Steve invited me to take part this year, I readily accepted. I am sure the fishermen drinking their morning coffee were scratching their heads in bewilderment when delegates got up to talk about things like Lean manufacturing, new product design process, nanotechnology, and emerging technologies.
Brian Malloch, President, The Plant Engineering and Maintenance Association of Canada
Global competitiveness and economic pressures are driving our industrial leaders to expand their thinking beyond the constraints of day-to-day business. Steve Krar is a true visionary who has emerged to create an environment that for 44 consecutive years, has allowed other futurists to contribute and share knowledge and experience with the goal of finding effective and sustainable solutions. Mr. Krar’s annual Advanced Technology Think Tank (ATTT) is one of the most unique, innovative and effective forums that I have ever witnessed and I am very honored to have been part of ATTT. North American industrial advancement will benefit from Steve Krar’s annual think tank for all future generations. The advanced thinking of all of those that I met at this year’s event could only be described as “imagineerging”.
Over the years, the many delegates have freely shared their knowledge and experiences with other delegates to make this a better world in which to live. Many have made personal friends that will last a lifetime with knowledge being exchanged for many years to come.