Manufacturing Summit drives knowledge, honors excellence.

Cutting-edge knowledge at PLANT ENGINEERING event.


PLANT ENGINEERING ’s Manufacturing Summit brought together industry leaders and manufacturing managers from around the country and overseas this past Monday and Tuesday in Chicago for two days of information on cutting edge issues.

It also brought together the 2006 PLANT ENGINEERING Product of the Year and Top Plant award winners. During a gala banquet, Baldor Electric received the 2006 Grand Award as the outstanding Product of 2006, as voted on by readers. Toyota of Georgetown, KY; Square D of Lincoln, NE; and BMW of Spartanburg, SC, received their Top Plant awards for 2006.

The banquet’s 140 attendees heard from keynote speaker Dave Petratis, president and CEO of Schneider Electric North America, about the challenges and opportunities in manufacturing in the coming years. Petratis cited the pace of change in manufacturing, the competitiveness of American manufacturing in a global economy and the need to provide abundant and sustainable energy sources as key issues for manufacturing moving forward.

The Manufacturing Summit highlighted hot topics including manufacturing execution systems, wireless monitoring and energy efficiency. Panelists from companies such as Invensys, Apprion, Atlas Copco, Baldor, Rockwell Automation, GE Fanuc and others discussed those issues in roundtable formats. Coverage of the presentations will be available in print and online in the May issue of PLANT ENGINEERING magazine.

Coverage of the awards dinner and a recap of the 2006 Product of the Year awards will appear in print in the April issue of PLANT ENGINEERING and online at .

The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2015 Top Plant.
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
Each year, a panel of Control Engineering and Plant Engineering editors and industry expert judges select the System Integrator of the Year Award winners in three categories.
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The cloud, mobility, and remote operations; SCADA and contextual mobility; Custom UPS empowering a secure pipeline
Infrastructure for natural gas expansion; Artificial lift methods; Disruptive technology and fugitive gas emissions
Mobility as the means to offshore innovation; Preventing another Deepwater Horizon; ROVs as subsea robots; SCADA and the radio spectrum
Research team developing Tesla coil designs; Implementing wireless process sensing
Commissioning electrical systems; Designing emergency and standby generator systems; Paralleling switchgear generator systems
Natural gas engines; New applications for fuel cells; Large engines become more efficient; Extending boiler life

Annual Salary Survey

Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.

There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.

But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.

Read more: 2015 Salary Survey

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