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      Sunday, March 29

      12 p.m. Golf event at Charleston area golf course
      1 p.m. Concurrent guided historical tour of Charleston
      6 p.m. Cocktail reception at Charleston Place

      Monday, March 30

      7:30 a.m. Breakfast and registration
      9 a.m. Manufacturing Summit opening and welcome
      9:30 a.m. SESSION: Plant-to-Enterprise Connectivity
      Driving plant-floor information throughout the enterprise has never been more important. Thanks to an array of new tools and strategies, it's also never been easier. But how do you change not just your technology but also your culture to meet the challenges of collaborative manufacturing? Our experts will look at how to change the way your organization interacts, in person and online.
      Invited Speakers: Mary T. Bunzel, IBM
      10:30 a.m. Break
      11 a.m. SESSION: Energy and Sustainability
      There has been no more volatile issue for plant managers in the past two years than energy. The discussion continues to evolve past just energy usage into creating a sustainable manufacturing environment that utilizes all energy resources without creating waste. We'll look at how such plants turn energy from a cost center into a profit center.
      Invited Speakers:
      Darrin Wikoff, Life Cycle Engineering
      Rod Ellsworth, Infor
      12 p.m. Lunch
      1:30 p.m. SESSION: Workforce Development and Future 30
      Plant Engineering readers have identified workforce development as the number one issue facing them - ahead of energy, taxes and foreign competition. The issue is getting more attention, but it's also becoming more critical. The Plant Engineering Future 30 program recognizes young engineers age 40 and under to honor our future leaders, bringing together all the key stakeholders - manufacturers, educators and future leaders- to look at how this issue needs to be addressed.
      Invited Speakers:
      Bill Wilder, Life Cycle Engineering
      Elaine Seat, University of Tennessee
      Eric Luyer, IBM
      3:30 p.m. End of afternoon sessions
      2008 Product of the Year Awards Segment
      6 p.m. Cocktail Reception
      6:45 p.m. Dinner
      7:30 p.m. Keynote speech: Bobby Harrell, Speaker of the South Carolina House of Representatives
      8 p.m. Presentation of the 2008 Product of the Year awards

      Tuesday, March 31

      8 a.m. Breakfast
      9 a.m. Presentation of the 2008 Top Plant awards
      10 a.m. SESSION : Enterprise Asset Management
      It's never been more important to keep your plant running efficiently and effectively, especially if capital improvement budgets are being cut. We'll focus on the technology and strategy behind effective asset management, and how it can drive greater productivity and lower costs throughout your organization.

      Invited Speakers:

      Mike Poland, Life Cycle Engineering
      Mary T. Bunzel, IBM
      11:30 a.m. Box lunch and board bus to Alcoa Plant Tour
      Plant Tour: Alcoa's Mt. Holly facility produces primary aluminum and ingot products. It's one of the world leaders in efficiency and one of four facilities Alcoa has located in South Carolina. We'll tour the facility to get an inside look at this fascinating process and study how Alcoa maintains its facility and its standing as a world leader in aluminum production.
      3:30 p.m. Return from plant tour (approximate time)


    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...
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    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.
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