2017 Global Automation and Manufacturing Summit

Tuesday, November 7 | McCormick Place | Chicago, IL

Under the theme “Empowering Manufacturing Future,” CFE Media will produce its 2017 Global Automation and Manufacturing Summit (GAMS) on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. The now-annual GAMS event will be colocated with Hannover Fairs USA’s Industrial Automation/MDA Pavilion at the 2017 FABTECH Show at McCormick Place, Chicago.

The event will begin at noon with a networking luncheon on the show floor. Three sessions will follow, focusing on three key aspects of the adoption of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) in manufacturing. The event will conclude with a cocktail reception and networking event.

The three GAMS sessions include:

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm: CYBERSECURITY: HOW FAR DO WE NEED TO GO?

The problem of security for (IIoT) is one of the most discussed issues as manufacturers look to deploy this technology solution. We’ll look at the real issues, perhaps debunk a few myths, and talk about the common-sense ways manufacturers can secure their data and their operational integrity.

The presentation will be led by Dr. Richard Soley, chairman of the Industrial Internet Consortium, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of OMG (Object Management Group) executive director of the Cloud Standards Customer Council.

2:15 pm to 3:15 pm: IIoT IN DISCRETE MANUFACTURING: MANAGING THE PROCESS

When it comes to IIoT, manufacturers in discrete industries, particularly in the metalforming and CNC industries, have a different set of expectations from those in the process industries—and a different set of challenges. We’ll talk with industry experts to look at how to get the most out of IIoT, and how to use data to improve operations, supply chain and safety.

Speakers will include Kevin Lewis, vice president, digital factory, factory automation at Siemens, Aurelio Banda, CEO and president, Beckhoff Automation North America and Derek Harper, vice president of information technology at Faurecia North America.

3:30 pm to 4:30 pm: MAINTENANCE AND IIoT: FOLLOW THE NUMBERS

The data generated by IIoT can point a maintenance professional to a problem on the plant floor—if he’s looking at the right numbers at the right time. More sophisticated analytics are helping maintenance teams focus on the right data at the right time, and we’ll talk with them on how this strategy can lead to more uptime and better safety.

The presentation will be led by Sal Speda, research director for discrete manufacturing for ARC Advisory Group and will include Mohamed Abuali, disruptive technology executive at FORCAM Inc. and Scott C. Hibbard, vice president of technology, industrial applications for Bosch Rexroth Corporation.

Registration opening soon! 


For more information please visit:

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2016 Global Automation and Manufacturing Summit

View the 2016 Global Automation & Manufacturing Summit sessions on-demand

The 2016 Global Automation and Manufacturing Summit (GAMS), presented by CFE Media, brought together experts from all areas of the Industrial Internet of Things (lloT) to look at not just the current state of lloT but also at the potential benefits of deployment for the manufacturing industry.

Control EngineeringPlant Engineering and Hannover Fairs USA hosted the Global Automation and Manufacturing Summit, part of the Industrial Automation North America (IANA) pavilion at the 2016 IMTS Show at McCormick Place in Chicago. This one-day summit was designed to bring plant managers, control engineers, and manufacturing business leaders together to highlight plant improvement opportunities and deliver strategies that manufacturing personnel could take back to their plants and implement immediately. Sponsored by: BeckhoffAdvanced Technology Services, Inc.FORCAMSAP and Radwell International, Inc.

2016 Global Automation & Manufacturing Summit Agenda

12:30pm – 1:15pm: Keynote

  • Jack Nehlig, President of Phoenix Contact USA and winner of the 2015 Plant Engineering Top Plant Award, will discuss his company’s initiatives on the Industrial Internet of Things (lloT), both as an industry supplier and as a manufacturer.

1:30pm – 2:30pm: Session 1: Cloud-Based Manufacturing: Who Will Rule the Clouds?
An overview of industry attitudes toward and adoption of lloT in manufacturing.

  • PANELISTS:
    • Rob McGreevy, VP Operations, Schneider Electric
    • Rich Carpenter, Product general manager, GE Automation and Controls

2:30pm – 3:30pm: Session 2: Robotics: Rise of the Machines
An industry overview on the adoption and use of robotics in manufacturing.

  • PANELISTS:
    • Jose Rivera, CEO, Control System Integrators Association
    • Rick Vanden Boom, automation systems group manager, Applied Manufacturing Technologies
    • Michael Lindley, vice president, business development, Concept Systems Inc.

3:45pm – 5:00 pm: Session 3: How Maintenance and Big Data Can Coexist

  • PANELISTS:
    • Sal Spada, analyst, ARC Advisory Group
    • Franz Gruber, CEO, FORCAM
    • Aurelio Banda, CEO, Beckhoff Automation North America
    • Chris LeBeau, Global IT director, ATS

Access the 2016 Global Automation & Manufacturing Summit Sessions.


For more information please visit:

Hannover Fairs USA, Inc.

Industrial Automation North America

International Manufacturing Technology Show


View the 2014 Global Automation & Manufacturing Summit on-demand

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, delivered a day of content and information focused on how manufacturers are using these tools and strategies today to affect change in their own plants. 

Sponsored by MolexSAP, and iQagent the 2014 Global Automation and Manufacturing Summit took place Wednesday, Sept. 10 as part of the Industrial Automation North America (IANA) pavilion at the 2014 IMTS Show at McCormick Place in Chicago.

2014 Global Automation & Manufacturing Summit Agenda

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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
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