2014 Global Automation & Manufacturing Summit

Industrial Automation North America (IANA)

The convergence of manufacturing, technology, automation and information is driving a new way of analyzing and understanding what’s happening on the plant floor. Today, manufacturing takes place in real time, and the tools you need to improve productivity, safety and reliability have changed, and continue to change almost daily.

The 2014 Global Automation and Manufacturing Summit, presented by Control Engineering and Plant Engineering, in partnership with Hannover Fairs USA, will deliver a day of content and information focused on how manufacturers are using these tools and strategies today to affect change in their own plants. 

This peer-to-peer looking at modern manufacturing will discuss trends in productivity, maintenance, automation, mobility, and information management while offering attendees insights on how they can affect change in their operation to keep pace with the accelerating changes in manufacturing worldwide.

The 2014 Global Automation and Manufacturing Summit will take place Wednesday, Sept. 10 as part of the Industrial Automation North America (IANA) pavilion at the 2014 IMTS Show at McCormick Place in Chicago.

Sponsored by: MolexSAP 

2014 Global Automation & Manufacturing Summit Agenda:

8:15 a.m. Breakfast Keynote: Karen Kurek, McGladrey LLC: Manufacturing Monitor Report

  • Karen Kurek, principal at McGladrey, will discuss the firm’s exclusive Manufacturing Monitor Report, discuss the strengthening of the U.S. manufacturing economy, and highlight the trends and challenges for manufacturing in the next two years.

9:15 a.m. Tim Jager, DMC: How to get the most out of your system Integrator

  • With plant staffs stretched thin at a time of continuing manufacturing growth, system integrators have come into increasing prominence. Understanding what should you expect from your SI—and what he should expect from you—is critical to ensuring that your project is achieved on time, on budget and up and running on Day 1.

10:30 a.m. Eric Scott, Molex: Plant floor connectivity

  • Sometimes it’s about making sure the data connects to workers. Sometimes it’s about making sure the network itself is secure, connected and functioning. We’ll go in-depth at one manufacturing facility that has found the way to achieve both.

12 p.m. Luncheon Keynote: Mick Wilz, Sur-Seal: Building employee engagement, one Lego at a time

  • Expanding your manufacturing facility isn’t usually something that becomes a team project with all of your employees engaged. One Cincinnati manufacturer shows that employee engagement with such a project is like building a new facility: it happens one brick at a time.

2:00 p.m. Matt Puskawa, DMC: Mobility and network security

  • In an age when manufacturing is overrun with information, getting the right information to the right person at the right time is crucial. A new era of mobile devices has helped deliver the promise of greater productivity. With it comes the challenge of network security, achieving both is possible, as we’ll demonstrate.

3:15 p.m. Dr. Bill King, DMDII: Advanced Manufacturing in Chicago

  • Announced earlier this year, the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) is a Chicago-based manufacturing hub that will bring together public, educational and private interests to accelerate innovation and reduce development time and costs. Learn how all manufacturing will benefit from the research and development based at this digital lab.

For more information please visit:

Hannover Fairs USA, Inc.

Industrial Automation North America

International Manufacturing Technology Show


View the 2012 Global Automation & Manufacturing Summit on-demand

With the landscape of manufacturing changing on a continuing basis, information is needed on the best ways to adapt to those changes. The Global Automation & Manufacturing Summit provided strategic knowledge to attendees looking to get ahead on some of the most important issues in manufacturing.

Sponsored by Beckhoff, Molex, and SAP, the inaugural Global Automation & Manufacturing Summit took place Sept. 12-13, 2012 as part of the Industrial Automation North America (IANA) event at IMTS 2012 at McCormick Place in Chicago. The IANA event was presented by CFE Media and Hannover Messe.

Watch the three keynote presentations and six educational sessions from industry experts.


  • Control Engineering
  • Plant Engineering