Helge Hornis

Director Technology, Factory Automation

Pepperl+Fuchs, Inc.

As the technology director at Pepperl+Fuchs, Inc., Dr. Helge Hornis focuses on expanding the use of IIoT methods in factory automation to simplify automation tasks and enhance system uptime. In this capacity, he is responsible for the startup Neoception USA, a Pepperl+Fuchs company that designs and implements software interfaces between proven automation hardware and secure cloud infrastructures. Another one of his key focus areas is the use of novel LIDAR solutions in robotics, material handling, and mobile applications. Over the past two decades, he has held a number of technology-oriented positions at Pepperl+Fuchs, including as the product manager responsible for industrial bus communication and RFID. Helge has published numerous articles in both peer-reviewed scientific publications and industrial trade publications in North America and Europe. He is a frequent contributor to staff-written articles on a range of topics, including safety networking, RFID solutions, and Industry 4.0. He provides regular inter-company training seminars and is a lead instructor for AS-Interface Organization North America, where he also serves on the board of directors. He recently joined the University of Akron’s Electrical and Computer Engineering advisory board. Before joining Pepperl+Fuchs, Helge worked at the University of Missouri Research Reactor and the National Synchrotron Light Source at Brookhaven National Labs. He graduated in 1994 from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Ph.D. in physics and a minor in material science.