Conference Prepares Industry For The 21st Century


Over 50 application and technical programs, plus several workshops, are designed to provide attendees with the information, technology, and skills needed to integrate new products and ideas into their operations in order to meet the challenges of the 21st century. The following listings provide a brief overview of the key technical sessions offered during the four-day conference.

Monday, March 16

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

How To Design an Optimum Worldwide Supply Chain

Speaker: Paul Bender, Bender Consulting

Abstract: This strategy relies on symbiotic relationships among all the partners in the global supply chain, which cuts costs and maximizes profitability and can make the difference between tomorrow's winners and losers. Attendees will learn the eight steps in the design process.

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

How To Install a Reliability-Centered Maintenance Program

Speaker: Robert Harrington, Maintenance Consultant

Abstract: Attendees will learn how to prepare and install the RCM program, use a decision tree to analyze failures, and discover the benefits achieved by RCM.

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Deregulation: Are You Ready?

Abstract: Transition to a deregulated power marketplace may create uncertainty, but provides opportunities for energy-savvy end-users. Several key industrial energy managers will provide insights and offer their perspectives on managing risk in a competitive powerscape.

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (repeated Tuesday)

Reliability Engineering Principles

Speaker: H. Paul Barringer, Manufacturing, Engineering, and Quality Consultant

Abstract: Engineers know how equipment should be configured, but often lack the tools needed to justify their decisions to management. This course will introduce reliability concepts encompassing business and engineering that will assist in achieving managerial approval.

9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Material Management for the 21st Century

Speaker: Dr. Tom Landers, PE, University of Arkansas

Abstract: Future material management will integrate shop supplies as a link in the global supply chain through point-of-use delivery and storage, pull replenishment, and real time tracking. Attendees will hear case studies concerning how companies instituted this type of program and saved millions of dollars.

9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Java in the Manufacturing Enterprise

Speaker: Sun Microsystems personnel

Abstract: Java and the new computing paradigm are applied in areas such as supply chain management, design automation, enterprise resource planning, and plant floor control. Attendees will learn how Java works and the benefits it returns.

9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Negotiating Power Costs

Speaker: Phil Rosenberg, UTIL

Abstract: Not available at press time.

9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Measuring and Managing Equipment Effectiveness

Speaker: John Mitchell, MIMOSA

Abstract: Maintenance costs, availability, reliability, and life-cycle costs are measurement criteria for making crucial management decisions. Attendees will learn to prioritize facility responsibilities and gain an objective basis on which to prioritize scarce resources.

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Synchronous Manufacturing and ERP

Speaker: Neville May, Computer Associates

Abstract: Capacity management and material control are not well integrated within most MRPII/ERP systems, yet are inseparable. Synchronous manufacturing, which is achieved by combining the best of MRPII/ERP and the newer advanced planning/scheduling systems, will be explained.

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Multi-Skilled Maintenance: Design and Implementation

Speaker: Sam Don Sing, The Clorox Co.

Abstract: Attendees will be taken through a step-by-step process that provides a road map on how to develop a transition plan that takes them to a multi-skilled maintenance organization. Real-world examples will be shared.

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Making Money with Data Warehousing

Speakers: Philip Quigley and Bob Clappison, IBM

Abstract: Data warehousing is an information system technology that allows an organization to take a vast amount of data and transform it into information used to gain strategic competitive advantage. Attendees will discover the steps to take in designing and implementing this concept.

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p..m.

Next Generation Manufacturing Capability

Speaker: Rusty Patterson, The Agility Forum

Abstract: The integration of people, technology, and business processes will be key factors in next-generation manufacturing. Attendees will receive a renewed sense of the forces likely to shape their competition in the next century.

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Power Quality Investigations

Speaker: Rod Hageman, Prit Service

Abstract: Presentation will use actual situations to show how to solve power dilemmas, such as problems experienced with variable speed drives, motor and fuse failures on an air compressor system, and a UPS inverter that failed periodically causing fuses to blow.

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Zero Downtime Manufacturing: How To Get There

Speaker: Mike Williamsen, Ultraviolet Devices

Abstract: In order to attain world-class status, companies must aim for zero downtime. Attendees will hear about four techniques to help a manufacturing organization reach zero downtime.

1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Using SCOR Metrics and Benchmarking To Frame and Justify Supply Chain Improvement Programs

Speaker: David Kennedy, PRTM

Abstract: Benchmarking performance on industry-standard metrics provides management with an understanding of shortcomings and the value of closing them. Attendees will learn about industry-standard metrics identified in the Supply Chain Operations Reference model and a benchmarking study.

1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Creative Problem Solving: Root Cause Failure Analysis

Speaker: Dean L. Gano, Apollo Associated Services

Abstract: This session will discuss the conventional wisdom that limits problem solving effectiveness, as well as exploring new skills that help us break out of old paradigms. Procedures for finding the root cause of problems to ensure they do not recur will be presented.

1:30 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.

Reduce Your Energy Costs:Explore Emerging Technologies in Power Monitoring Systems

Speakers: Wayne Stebbins, Hoechst Celanese; and William Howe, E Source

Abstract: This presentation will address the seven reasons why facilities should incorporate electrical submetering into their energy management strategies.

1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Productivity Enhancements Through Electronic Parts Imaging Systems

Speaker: Ron Kuykendall, Applied Image Technology

Abstract: EPIS eliminates the "paper chase," solves the information search problem, and recaptures lost productivity. Attendees will find out how to retrieve maintenance data instantaneously through networked PCs and printers.

1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Conducting Effective Safety Inspections

Speaker: Joseph Kelbus, CSP, National Safety Council

Abstract: This workshop will provide an overview of the safety and health inspection process with specific techniques for improvement. Participants will learn about what and where to inspect, recording observations, inspection reports, and analyzing inspection data.

3:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Reliability and Maintainability Through Process Improvement

Speakers: Scott Bryan, and David Goss, Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center

Abstract: This presentation will focus on predictive maintenance, as well as the facility infrastructure to increase the bottom line. Attendees will learn effective solutions to achieve world-class quality for their maintenance organization in an environment of manpower resource reductions.

3:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Proven Energy Conservation Strategies for Plant Engineers

Speaker: James Lorenzen, Lorenzen Engineering

Abstract: Successful energy conservation techniques will be presented, with case histories relating to electricity, natural gas, and domestic water systems.

3:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Realities of Computerized Maintenance Information Management Systems

Speaker: Christopher Winston, HSB Reliability Technologies

Abstract: Why does implementation take so long? Why are the benefits only temporary? Where can you go most wrong in using a consultant? Attendees will find the answers to these questions and learn the next steps to take.

3:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Successfully Implementing Total Productive Maintenance

Speaker: John Monaco, Productivity, Inc.

Abstract: Emphasis of this session will be on the importance of TPM in the drive toward world-class performance. It will include an implementation model.

Tuesday, March 17

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Improving Inventory Performance and Bottom-Line Profits

Speaker: Gary Gossard, IQR

Abstract: This session will explore a new way to measure inventory performance and improve cash flow, inventory returns, and profits. Participants will see how a dollar focus works with an existing MRP/ERP system to increase the effectiveness of operations and financial management.

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Linking an Effective Maintenance Strategy to Business Goals

Speaker: Cheryl White, Johnson Controls

Abstract: Attendees will learn a six-step approach to developing maintenance strategies that will help maximize business goals.

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

A Practical Guide to Document Imaging Systems and Services

Speaker: Mark Liset, Speedscan

Abstract: Most organizations are inundated with paper. Where do you store the ever-increasing volumes while easily retrieving important documents when needed? Attendees will see how document imaging stores thousands of pieces in electronic form, on CD-ROM, or other optical media.

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Understanding the Link Between Gasket Tightness and Fugitive Emission Leak Definition

Speakers: Charles C. Miskell, and Jeff Kuo, Inertech

Abstract: This presentation will address the missing link between the flange and gasket tightness by showing how to detect the amount of leakage and avoid fines from EPA.

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Increasing Uptime: DuPont's Success Story

Speaker: David Staat, and Al Lawler, E.I. DuPont Specialty Chemicals

Abstract: One way of increasing operating hours is to extend the time between major shutdowns, while not increasing the shutdown lengths. This session will examine how a DuPont plant eliminated 21 shutdown days over a 3-yr period.

9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Using the Web To Manage Your Supply Chain

Abstract: Companies wanting to gain greater control over their supply chain are using Internet technologies to better link with vendors. This seminar will provide an insight into what works so you can implement an Internet or "Extranet" solution.

9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Management Strategies for Maintenance Process Improvement

Speaker: Thomas A. Westerkamp, Productivity Network

Abstract: This session will explore how to audit and evaluate the maintenance process, determine improvement potential, and get from where you are to where you want to be.

9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Conducting an Environmental Due Diligence For an Acquisition

Speaker: Richard Wiedman, Eckert, Seamans, Cherin & Mellott, LLC

Abstract: This presentation will examine the most efficient and cost-effective way to conduct environmental due diligence and develop cost effective and efficient strategic solutions to compliance problems.

10:30 a.m - 12:00 p.m.

Ultimate Capacity and Peak Utilization: How To Achieve and Measure

Speaker: Lee Peters, Peters & Co.

Abstract: This presentation will examine how to achieve ultimate capacity by incorporating metrics into the maintenance system and looking at the importance of facility audits.

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

New Relationships in Supply Chain Management Yield Excellent Results

Speaker: Bob Burrows, Intrinsics

Abstract: Using a third party logistics supplier for managing freight and warehouse costs has become an accepted practice. This session looks at third party inventory management, which can provide significant benefits to members of a local network in the supply chain.

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Professional Competency and Marketability: Preparing for Your Future

Speakers: Bruce Medaris and Bradley Lima, Association for Facilities Engineering

Abstract: Speakers will explain how to become more proactive in advancing your own career. They will also discuss how to take advantage of certification program opportunities available through AFE.

1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Internet in Plant Automation

Speakers: Wayne Thorpe, Cummins Engine; and Mark Fondl, Schneider Automation

Abstract: The Internet/Intranet provides a mechanism for remote terminal logins, data transfer over great distances, graphic visualization of data, ability to adjust process parameters, and diagnosing problems in remote locations. This session will show how to apply these activities.

1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Operating Dynamics Analysis: Workshop for Vibration Analysts And Reliability Engineers

Speaker: Keith Mobley, Integrated Systems

Abstract: This workshop will provide comprehensive, practical understanding of a new diagnostic technology -- operating dynamics analysis. The focus will be on the proper use of vibration data as part of a plant optimization program.

Wednesday, March 18

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Advantages of Creating Your Own Workforce

Speaker: Thomas Malott, Siemens Energy & Automation

Abstract: This presentation will explain how companies can start to build their future workforces by working with community and educational leaders to develop successful apprenticeship training programs.

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Improved Productivity Through Machine and Network Diagnostics

Speaker: Robert Bradley, Cutler-Hammer

Abstract: Wondering what machine life cycle benefits PC-based control and device level networks offer? This presentation will provide the answer by discussing the technology behind the advances in network and machine diagnostics.

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

PC-Based Control Systems Using Fieldbus

Speaker: David Glazer, Fieldbus Foundation

Abstract: The fieldbus system allows closed-loop control and data acquisition functions to be performed directly in the fieldbus instruments. This session will examine maintenance, diagnostics, and human/machine interface that can be performed by PC-based systems.

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Fundamentals of Effective Project Engineering

Speaker: Tom Davis, McDermott Technology

Abstract: Engineers in most small companies or start up organizations have limited training in project engineering or project management. This session will provide a review of the basic or fundamental elements of this concept.

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Managing a Corporation's Other Valuable Asset: Knowledge

Speaker: Nickolas R. Ionadi, Xerox

Abstract: A manufacturer's key assets are less likely to be tangible (plant and materials), but more intellectual (people and document management). This program will present ideas for getting a sustainable competitive advantage by optimizing intellectual assets.

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Basic Motor Theory, Operation, and Application

Speaker: William H. Yeadon, PE, Yeadon Engineering Services

Abstract: This tutorial will introduce concepts and terminology necessary to understand electric motors. Fundamental electricity, physics, magnetics, torque, and basic motor construction will be reviewed.

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Accident Investigation: Strategies for Prevention

Speaker: Thomas Danko, National Safety Council

Abstract: This workshop will examine accident investigation and analysis as a means of preventing injuries, property damage, and financial losses while focusing on information collection techniques and objective data.

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Fasteners: A Designer's and User's Guide

Speaker: Thomas L. Bever, PE, Permea

Abstract: This comprehensive course emphasizes the practical aspects of fastener selection by detailing a variety of types and applications.

9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

MES to Controls: Looking at PC-Based Control

Moderator: Maryanne Steidinger, Allen-Bradley

Abstract: This presentation will address what exactly MES is, how it can be implemented, and what the key functions of MES to controls are.

9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

A Look at Both Sides: PC-Based Control vs PLC

Speaker: David Chapman, Schneider Automation

Abstract: Description not available at press time.

9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

The 21st Century Manufacturer: Capital and Personnel Deployment Technology

Speaker: Dr. Richard Coleman, Coleman Consulting

Abstract: In today's economy, many businesses have embraced TQM. However, proper use of time is a multi-million dollar resource many manufacturers have not used properly. This session will show how to realize the full potential of round-the-clock operation.

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Global Business and Engineering Opportunities

Chairperson: Tom Libertiny, Aeroquip

Abstract: Many Asian and European businesses demand that U.S. companies have a local presence. This session will present data on whether it is financially worthwhile to enter foreign markets, and identify major barriers to market entry.

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

PC-Based Control and Device Networks

Speaker: Jeff Fisher, Steeplechase Software

Abstract: Device networks offer their maximum flexibility and become more valuable when they are integrated with PC-based control software. This session will examine successful customer applications.

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Project Management That Works

Speaker: Bob Naquin, Coherent

Abstract: This session will focus on the human element of project management. It will present ideas on how to get a team motivated to exceed the cost, schedule, and performance requirements of a project.

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

High Performance Industrial Busses

Speakers: John Rupp and Mike Bryant, PTO

Abstract: This presentation will contrast the high performance field busses, which are the best candidates for motion control applications.

1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Open Automation Networks

Speaker: Jay Warrior, Hewlett-Packard

Abstract: Ethernet links at the control level are now being used to download control programs and perform normal data acquisition and control. This session will examine issues regarding Ethernet and other open control networks.

1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Maintenance Teams: A Way of Conducting Business

Speakers: Wayne Bartolo, Ron Koroscil, Stu Steer, and Belinda Tinnix, Pitney Bowes

Abstract: Multi-skilled maintenance teams can have a dramatic impact on efficiencies, productivity, and customer perception. This session will focus on team-based maintenance, which is a continuously evolving process.

3:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Benchmarking: Curse or Cure?

Speaker: Terry Wireman, TSW

Abstract: Is maintenance really a core business function? Can the maintenance function be benchmarked? This presentation will explore these questions and highlight common mistakes made in benchmarking.

3:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Benefits of Implementing Activity Based Costing

Speaker: Susan Connor, Marcam

Abstract: This presentation will explain how ABC can be used for a product design or field service at the customer site. It will also present data supporting the idea that implementing ABC can become the starting point for continuous improvement.

Thursday, March 19

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Open Architecture Control Systems

Speakers: Ken Crater, Control Technology Corp.; Jim Ramming, Eaton Cutler-Hammer; Vladmir Kostadinov, Intellution; and Dan Miklovic, Gartner Group

Abstract: This presentation will address the issues in open architecture control, such as machine to enterprise communication and open control in 2010.

8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m

Nontraditional Thinking for Year 2000

Speaker: Bill Maggard, International Paper

Abstract: Corporate management must learn to rethink the concepts of maintenance and realize this task will play a major role in achieving total quality. Session will discern the differences between "multiskilling" and "multicrafting" and show attendees how to calculate overall equipment effectiveness.

8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m

Comparing Control Strategies: DCS vs PLC vs PC

Speakers: Jean-Luc Jouas, Schneider Automation, and John King, Foxboro

Abstract: Description not available at press time.

9:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Strategic Outsourcing: Challenges and Successes

Speaker: Don Opperthauser, RDI Software Development Labs

Abstract: Intelligent outsourcing has become a critical management issue. This presentation will explore the issues facing engineering and product management when deciding whether to outsource application development.

9:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Why You Can't Afford a PLC, Even if You Get It Free

Speaker: Mike Klein, Steeplechase Software

Abstract: Benefits of using a PC-based control solution over traditional, proprietary PLCs are tremendous. This session will look at PC-based control technology and provide testimonials from users who made the switch from PLCs to PC-based control.

Conference listings were complete as of press time. Please check the official NPEM Show guide for any changes regarding conference sessions.

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