2012 Global Automation & Manufacturing Summit

Two-day global event attracts industry leaders

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.


Keynote presentations

Links to the presentations from the individual sessions are on this page, below the keynote presentations.

There were three keynote addresses during the two-day conference. Billy Taylor, recently named director of commercial tire manufacturing for Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., opened the conference on Wednesday, Sept. 12 with a look at his career at Goodyear’s Fayetteville, N.C. plant and its successful transformation in the last two years.

Keynote 1: Billy Ray Taylor

The Sept. 12 luncheon keynote, Karen Kurek, is a partner and managing director with McGladrey and head of the firm's National Manufacturing & Distribution Practice. She discussed global manufacturing trends. She is considered the "voice of manufacturing" for McGladrey and its manufacturing professionals across the nation.

Keynote 2: Karen Kurek

The Wednesday, Sept. 13 sessions opened with a keynote speech from Doug Woods, president and CEO of the Association for Manufacturing Technology, the host organization at IMTS 2012. Woods presented his views on manufacturing, and its strengths and weaknesses heading into the rest of 2012.

Keynote 3: Doug Woods

Individual Presentations

Manufacturing executives and plant floor leaders who attend the Global Automation & Manufacturing Summit received a chance to hear from some of the top experts in their field. Those experts included Rick Griffin of Molex, Joey Stubbs of EtherCAT Technology, Avi Bedi of SAP, Meeta Kratz of Grainger, Robert Bruce Lung of the Alliance to Save Energy, Chuck Edwards of Lenze Americas, Corey Morton of B&R Automation, Raj Batra of Siemens, June Ruby of Motorola, Mary Bunzel of IBM, and Peter Esparrago of Maverick Technologies.

They discussed six key topic areas that readers of Control Engineering and Plant Engineering have identified as areas of interest. Presentation links are available inide each session:

  • Treating energy as a raw material
    Understanding the true cost of energy in all its forms throughout your plant helps manage product prices and plant profits. Speakers: Robert Bruce Lung, Alliance to Save Energy (ASE); Eric Pettersen, Dover; Mark Liston, Schneider Electric

  • Integrating operator knowledge
    There is a tremendous amount of information stored in your workforce. Experts will look at “downloading” that knowledge to your systems so that it is available to everyone today and in the future. Asset management needs to include workforce expertise and processes. Speakers: Franz Gruber, FORCAM; Joey Stubbs, EtherCAT Technology; Meeta Kratz, Grainger

  • Stay ahead of the technology curve
    Remember when the I/O was the biggest technological breakthrough? What’s coming next, and how should you prepare now to take advantage of the technology and get ahead of the next wave of innovation. Speakers: Chuck Edwards, Lenze Americas; Corey Morton, B&R Automation; Rick Griffin, Molex

  • Gaining, training and retraining the next generation of workers
    With a worker shortage looming, America is waking up to the need for skilled workers to manage the technology-based manufacturing platforms. How can manufacturing take the lead on this critical issue? Speakers: Greg Jones, Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT); Raj Batra, Siemens

  • Empowering the mobile worker
    Smartphones, iPads and wireless systems put knowledge in the hands of your line operators. Top mobility experts will examine when and how to make the data available and which systems should be employed to empower a more productive employee in a safer and more profitable plant? Speakers: June Ruby, Motorola; Mary Bunzel, IBM; Avi Bedi, SAP

  • Securing your data
    If your data is available and mobile, it’s available for viral attack and corruption. Protecting your data is the same as protecting any other physical asset, and experts will look at the most effective ways to safeguard your data to increase safety and security and lower the risk. Speakers: Greg Hale, ISSSource; Peter Esparrago, Maverick Technologies