A wealth of information
This year's summit showed attendees how to improve and grow globally
With an emphasis on maintenance, automation, safety, and economic growth, the 2011 Manufacturing/Automation Summit delivered a wealth of information to attendees.
The wide range of topics included:
- How to turn maintenance from a cost center into a profit center
- How Ford and GM turned their operations around
- How automation and maintenance cooperate
- How to take advantage of the world of manufacturing
- How to keep your electrical workers safe
The content was so good that we’ve created a synopsis of the two days of sessions. More of that content will be available this month at PlantEngineering.com with a series of session videos that will show the speakers and the presentations. More knowledge can be gained in September at the 2011 Manufacturing/Automation Virtual Summit, a live online event that will bring these presentations to life in a global interactive format.
Jack Smith, a former Plant Engineering managing editor and the president of BIT Writing and Editing Services, sat in on the two days of knowledge and produced the articles that follow. We thank Jack for his persistence and effort in capturing the essence of the Manufacturing/Automation Summit.
We’ve also provided Talking Points for your organization: key takeaways from the sessions designed to get the discussion started in your own organizations.
Perhaps the biggest lesson from the Manufacturing/Automation Summit is that manufacturing is leading the rebound in the U.S. economy. Those manufacturers poised to reduce operational costs, better manage their operations, and look for opportunities in the global market will be the ones best equipped to grow along with the market.
2011 Manufacturing/Automation Summit: Voices of experience
Annual Salary Survey
After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.