Manufacturing Summit brings knowledge leaders together

Industry experts on workforce development, asset management, energy efficiency and digital manufacturing will converge on Charleston, SC next month for the 2009 Plant Engineering Manufacturing Summit. The 2009 Manufacturing Summit will be held March 29-31 at the Charleston Place Hotel in Charleston, SC.

02/01/2009


Industry experts on workforce development, asset management, energy efficiency and digital manufacturing will converge on Charleston, SC next month for the 2009 Plant Engineering Manufacturing Summit. The 2009 Manufacturing Summit will be held March 29-31 at the Charleston Place Hotel in Charleston, SC. IBM is the Platinum sponsor of the 2009 Summit; Life Cycle Engineering and Schneider Electric are Gold sponsors; and Infor has now joined the Summit as a Silver sponsor.

“We write each day about the challenges facing manufacturing,” said editor Bob Vavra. “Our solution, as the Manufacturing Summit schedule indicates, is to meet those challenges head on with practical solutions that can be implemented in a manufacturing facility today. The small investment of time and money at this year’s Summit will pay huge dividends down the road for our readers.

Speakers for this year’s Manufacturing Summit include:

  • Monday, March 30, 9 a.m.: The Digital Plant, with Robert Shear of Autodesk

  • Monday, March 30, 11 a.m.: Energy and Sustainability, with Darren Wikoff of Life Cycle Engineering, Rod Ellsworth of Infor and Mary Bunzel of IBM

  • Monday, March 30, 1:30 p.m.: Workforce Development, with Elaine Seat of the University of Tennessee, Bill Wilder of Life Cycle Engineering and Eric Luyer of IBM

  • Tuesday, March 31 at 10 a.m.: Enterprise Asset Management, with Mary Bunzel of IBM and Mike Poland of Life Cycle Engineering.

    • The Summit opens on Sunday, March 29 with an afternoon of golf and historic tours of Charleston. A cocktail reception will greet Summit attendees on Sunday evening at the historic Charleston Place hotel, selected by Travel + Leisure magazine as one of the Top 50 hotels in the U.S.

      At 6 p.m. on Monday, March 30, a cocktail reception kicks off the 2008 Product of the Year award dinner. This event will honor the top 50 new products, as selected by Plant Engineering readers, and will culminate with the presentation of the Grand Award. U.S. Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) is the invited keynote speaker.

      On Tuesday, March 31, a 9 a.m. breakfast meeting will present the 2008 Top Plant winners, with presentations from Schneider Electric of Columbia, SC and Quality Float Works of Schaumburg, IL. The Manufacturing Summit will conclude with an afternoon tour of Alcoa’s Mt. Holly, SC plant, with a look at how one plant maintains a competitive edge in one of the world’s most competitive industries.

      The $395 registration fee for the Summit covers all meals and events except the Sunday recreation events and hotel fees.

      Reservations can be obtained at the Manufacturing Summit Website at www.plantengineering.com/Summit , or contact Susan Beck at (630) 288-8494 or at SBeck@reedbusiness.com .



      Lean maintenance Webcast is March 5

      Plant Engineering and Infor will present a discussion of ways you can use Lean maintenance strategies and Enterprise Asset Management to drive waste out of your manufacturing operation.

      The Webcast, “Lean Manufacturing: 5 steps to Implement Lean Maintenance” will be March 5 at 1 p.m. CST. Registration for the Webcast is now open at

      Milt Slagowski will provide practical advice based on his experiences at HJ Heinz, as well as an overview of the tools and process that help reduce specific maintenance waste items %%MDASSML%% and achieve Lean maintenance.

      Among the topics to be covered are:

      The elements of maintenance waste and the 5 steps to implement Lean maintenance

      How to identify maintenance waste elements and achieve efficiency improvement into the world of production equipment

      How Enterprise Asset Management can help in reduction of waste.

      “Lean manufacturing is all about driving waste out of your manufacturing processes,” said managing editor Jack Smith. “Any plant intending to start out on the journey toward Lean manufacturing must face the reality that waste steals efficiency and productivity from the manufacturing process. Lean maintenance is key; Enterprise Asset Management ties maintenance and manufacturing together.”

      The “Lean Manufacturing: 5 steps to Implement Lean Maintenance” Webcast is hosted by Plant Engineering and sponsored by Infor. To register, go to



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