MESA’s P2E attendance rises sharply


A record number of attendees (240, 43% of whom were end-users) congregated for three days to expound on one of the hottest topics in manufacturing today: real-time synchronization of Plant Operations to Enterprise (P2E) Systems. This year’s conference emphasized training, shared experiences and best practices that surround a topic that obviously resonated with manufacturers and vendors, as well as industry analysts. Kevin Roach, MESA’s Chairman and President of Rockwell Software, claims that the converging factors of globalization, systems maturation and customer expectations have stimulated market demand for “real-time” manufacturing information in business and planning systems.


To wrap up Tuesday morning’s agenda, Boston Scientific’s Chairman and CEO, James Tobin described the organizational transformation that helped his company become a market leader in the medical device industry, providing a boardroom view of P2E. Greg Gorbach of ARC Advisory Group said that Tobin

“made a compelling case for using appropriate systems on the plant floor. Faced with regulatory pressures, growth expectations, and a huge, complex manufacturing environment, Tobin described how his plant-floor perspective helped him convert $300M in production efficiencies into R&D funding and propel Boston Scientific to the top of its market.”

Education was a strong theme this year with ISA and World Batch Forum (WBF) chipping in to host heavily attended “hands-on” S95 and B2MML training sessions. Industry analyst firms Aberdeen, AMR, ARC, Industry Directions and IDC Manufacturing Perspectives provided a unique opportunity for many attendees to participate in roundtable discussions focused on key aspects of P2E. Case-studies were presented with either “enterprise-down” or “plant-up” perspectives by a number of international, world-class manufacturers such as Saudi Aramco, Whirlpool and Nestle Purina.

MESA also announced new board members for the 2005-2006 year:

  • Chairman: Karsten Newbury, Siemens Energy and Automation, General Manager, Process Automation Systems and Manufacturing Execution Systems

  • Vice-Chairman: Sudipta Bhattacharya, SAP, Senior Vice President, Manufacturing & PLM Solutions

  • Treasurer: Vivek Bapat, Rockwell Automation, Director, Business Development

    • Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association (MESA) International is a not-for-profit organization of manufacturers and information system providers focused on leveraging technology to achieve business goals.The organization is a community of manufacturing end-users, technology suppliers and consultants %%MDASSML%% focused on improving the flexibility and agility of manufacturing production.For more than a decade, MESA has been a premier venue for the manufacturing community to share and create unbiased information on the topic of solving business issues with technology. For more information about MESA, visit

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.
Doubling down on digital manufacturing; Data driving predictive maintenance; Electric motors and generators; Rewarding operational improvement
2017 Lubrication Guide; Software tools; Microgrids and energy strategies; Use robots effectively
Prescriptive maintenance; Hannover Messe 2017 recap; Reduce welding errors
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

Maintenance and reliability tips and best practices from the maintenance and reliability coaches at Allied Reliability Group.
The One Voice for Manufacturing blog reports on federal public policy issues impacting the manufacturing sector. One Voice is a joint effort by the National Tooling and Machining...
The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals an organization devoted...
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
Maintenance is not optional in manufacturing. It’s a profit center, driving productivity and uptime while reducing overall repair costs.
The Lachance on CMMS blog is about current maintenance topics. Blogger Paul Lachance is president and chief technology officer for Smartware Group.
The maintenance journey has been a long, slow trek for most manufacturers and has gone from preventive maintenance to predictive maintenance.
Featured articles highlight technologies that enable the Industrial Internet of Things, IIoT-related products and strategies to get data more easily to the user.
This digital report will explore several aspects of how IIoT will transform manufacturing in the coming years.
Maintenance Manager; California Oils Corp.
Associate, Electrical Engineering; Wood Harbinger
Control Systems Engineer; Robert Bosch Corp.
This course focuses on climate analysis, appropriateness of cooling system selection, and combining cooling systems.
This course will help identify and reveal electrical hazards and identify the solutions to implementing and maintaining a safe work environment.
This course explains how maintaining power and communication systems through emergency power-generation systems is critical.
click me