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New products, new ideas take center stage

National Manufacturing Week will bring the newest ideas in manufacturing products and knowledge to Chicago's McCormick Place March 7-10. The event includes the Plant Engineering & Facilities Management Show, National Design Engineering, National Industrial Automation, National Enterprise IT, Cleantech Cleaning Technology, Enviro-tech, Micro Systems USA, and Aluminum USA.

By Staff February 10, 2005

National Manufacturing Week will bring the newest ideas in manufacturing products and knowledge to Chicago’s McCormick Place March 7-10. The event includes the Plant Engineering & Facilities Management Show, National Design Engineering, National Industrial Automation, National Enterprise IT, Cleantech Cleaning Technology, Enviro-tech, Micro Systems USA, and Aluminum USA.

For four days, attendees will see technology in action, touch and feel the latest products, meet new suppliers, and hear first hand how U.S. manufacturers are using plant operations to build profitable enterprises.

Show pavilions

The Plant Engineering & Facilities Management Show features five pavilions

Arc flash pavilion

Arc flash is causing safety and equipment problems for more and more facilities. Discover new ways to properly protect your employees. See the latest equipment for arc flash prevention and protective clothing.

Buildings & grounds pavilion

Your physical plant needs constant attention, inside and out. See the latest technology and solutions designed to make this critical maintenance task easier, faster, and more efficient. From flooring to roofing to coatings.

Materials handling pavilion

From storage and retrieval systems to shipping, tracking, and handling solutions, this pavilion holds the key to warehousing and distribution solutions.

Reliability pavilion

The pavilion is designed to provide visitors with a wide variety of world-class industrial maintenance and reliability products, services software, and training in one convenient location. New this year, the pavilion includes the Reliability Theater where leading-edge presentations will take place every 30 minutes. The Reliability Theater presentations will teach you how to keep your plant operating at peak availability. In today’s competitive economy, physical asset management requires reliability strategies that will keep you ahead of the pack.

Safety/health/environmental pavilion

If your job involves keeping your coworkers safe and healthy, here’s where you’ll find the latest products, services, and technologies needed to do so. This pavilion is a must-see for any maintenance or facilities engineer or anyone who needs to stay in compliance.

Keynote speakers

There are five keynote speaker events that are free to attendees of National Manufacturing Week

Monday, March 7

1-2 p.m.

Title: Aluminum…Turning Today’s Dreams into Tomorrow’s Solutions

Speaker: Alain Belda, CEO, Alcoa

Description: Mr. Belda became chairman and chief executive officer of Alcoa in January 2001. He had been president and chief executive officer of the company since May 1999. He joined Alcoa in 1969 at Alcoa Aluminio, Alcoa’s Brazilian affiliate.

Tuesday, March 8

1-2 p.m.

Title: Manufacturing Town Hall

Speakers: Don Wainwright, Chairman, U.S. Department of Commerce Manufacturing Council; Al Frink, Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing and Services, U.S. Department of Commerce

Description: National Town Meeting on Manufacturing features John Engler, President of the National Association of Manufacturers; Don Wainwright, former Chairman of the NAM and Chair of the Manufacturing Council; and Al Frink, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Manufacturing and Services (the “manufacturing czar”). The panelists will discuss their interpretations of the challenges facing manufacturing, and their agendas for action. The floor will be then be open for questions and comments.

Wednesday, March 9

10:30-11:20 a.m.

Title: Managing in the More-For-Less Economy

Speaker: James Champy, Chairman of Consulting, Perot Systems

Description: The more-for-less economy is upon us. That’s good news for customers: they will get more product, service, and quality for less money. But companies will be challenged as they strive to lower costs while, at the same time, deliver more value. Champy challenges companies to remain competitive by delivering new value, not just by reducing costs. In his keynote address, he will explain how to innovate to create more business value, how to move work to where it can be most efficiently and effectively done, and how to apply information technology to new business processes. Companies that develop these capabilities will thrive in the more-for-less economy.

1-2 p.m.

Title: Market Driven Innovation

Speaker: Jim Berges, President, Emerson

Description: Mr. Berges will discuss the key role innovation plays for companies in delivering cost-effective, market-driven solutions to customers so they can have a competitive advantage in the global marketplace.

Thursday, March 10

1-2 p.m.

Title: Demand Driven Manufacturing

Speaker: Phil Wilmington, Co-President, People-Soft

Description: PeopleSoft, a leading provider of enterprise software for the real-time enterprise, has been at the forefront of the demand-driven manufacturing movement, a business philosophy with a basic tenet that customer-demand signals should drive manufacturing plans and operations for maximum profit. Current macro-economic trends including global recession and outsourcing, coupled with increasingly stringent customer demands, require manufacturers to become demand driven in order to survive. With more than 5,700 manufacturing customers, PeopleSoft understands the threats and opportunities facing manufacturers today. Join People-Soft CEO Craig Conway as he explores one of the most significant new chapters in manufacturing since the Industrial Revolution, and declares his own “call to arms” for manufacturing companies.

Conference highlights

The Plant Engineering & Facilities Management program consists of 48 sessions. Here are brief descriptions of key sessions scheduled for the Plant Engineering & Facilities Management track

Monday, March 7

8:30-9:20 a.m.

Title: Cooperative Programs, The OSHA That Works for You

Speaker: Paula White, Director of OSHA’s Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs, U.S. Department of Labor/Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Abstract: This session will enhance your understanding of and appreciation for OSHA’s cooperative programs by showcasing examples of OSHA collaborations with businesses in high-hazard industries. The goal of this session is to demystify OSHA and provide information about the broad array of services available to both large and small businesses.

Title: Energy Management

Speaker: Carl Dodson, CPE, Manager, City of Kankakee

Abstract: Energy Management presents information to help managers decide whether their organization needs to establish an energy management program or if the program they have is sufficient. Components to consider are equipment operation, preventive maintenance, and purchase of equipment designated as energy efficient.

8:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m.

Title: How To Successfully Turn Maintenance Into a Profit Center Using a Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS)

Speaker: Kris Bagadia, President, UNIK Associates

Abstract: This workshop will teach attendees how to turn maintenance into a profit center with the help of a computerized maintenance management system (CMMS). You will learn how to determine objectives, features, and benefits of a CMMS. The workshop will demonstrate how to justify a CMMS for your organization.

9:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m.

Title: OSHA: An Overview of What’s New and Working for You

Speakers: Michael Connors, CIH, Regional Administrator, Region V, U.S. Department of Labor/Occupational Safety and Health Administration; Howard Eberts, Assistant Regional Administrator of Cooperative and State Programs, Region V, U.S. Department of Labor/Occupational Safety and Health Administration; James Murphy, CIH/CSP, Director of Crisis Management and Business Continuity, U.S. Department of Labor/Occupational Safety and Health Administration; Paula White, Director of OSHA’s Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs, U.S. Department of Labor/Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Abstract: This session will be presented in three segments and will first feature an overview of OSHA’s compliance assistance and cooperative programs highlighting the benefit of public/private collaborative relationships.

11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m.

Title: Maintenance Performance Measurements

Speakers: Jack Ellex, Director of Technical Support Services, UNICCO Service Company; Larry Good-pasture, Vice President, Business Development, UNICCO Service Company

Abstract: Performance measurements are key to the success of any outsourcing relationship. Yet measurements often are not given the attention they deserve. The result is inappropriate expectations, unclear objectives, and disappointing results. By establishing performance measurements up front with clear baseline data and specified improvement standards, all parties to an outsourcing agreement understand what’s expected.

Tuesday, March 8

8:30-10:20 a.m.

Title: Getting Top Returns From Motor Management

Speakers: Thomas H. Bishop, P.E., EASA Technical Support Specialist; Chris Cockrill, Department of Energy; Michael J. Kozak, P.E., Electrical Engineer, Reliability Engineer, Six Sigma Black Belt, The Boeing Company; Ilene Mason, Program Manager, Motor Decisions Matter; Jack Smith, Senior Editor, Plant Engineering Magazine

Abstract: Motor management has become an important new tool for saving energy, money, and time. It involves taking an inventory of all motors and spares in the plant and recording parameters such as efficiency, hours of service, current readings, enclosure type, and level of protection. Opportunities for replacing inefficient motors with more efficient models are identified as well as possibilities for using adjustable-speed drives. Speakers will address the hows and whys of developing a motor management program, and a successful case study at Boeing will be presented.

8:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m.

Title: The Key to Maintenance Success – Planning, Planning, Planning

Speaker: Lee A. Peters P.E. F.ASCE, Peters & Company Project Management and Engineering, Inc.

Abstract: It is not the will to win that counts; it is the will to prepare to win. Planning is of paramount importance to total availability of our equipment, facilities, and processes.

10:30-11:20 a.m.

Title: Better Motor Management is as Easy as 1-2-3

Speaker: Emily Dahl, Communications Associate, Motor Decisions Matter

Abstract: With the current economic climate putting a squeeze on capital budgets, now is the time to improve the efficiency and productivity of existing motor systems, such as pumps, fans, and air compressors. According to a DOE study, electric motor-driven systems consume 23% of the electricity sold in the U.S. The same study indicates that industrial motor energy usage could be reduced up to 18% through the use of mature, cost-effective technologies and practices.

11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m.

Title: Investing in the Future: Using Maintenance as a Strategic Business Asset

Speaker: Mike Laszkiewicz, Vice President, Asset Management, Global Manufacturing Solutions, Rockwell Automation

Abstract: Contrary to what some may believe, plant floor maintenance activities can have a profound impact on business performance metrics. Trapped in a cycle of reacting to internal and external pressures, many maintenance managers and supervisors have failed to either recognize or effectively communicate to corporate decision makers the important role proactive maintenance can have in achieving an organization’s overall mission and goals.

Wednesday, March 9

8:30-9:20 a.m.

Title: Lessons From the 2003 U.S. Blackout – Access to Accurate Technical Documents to Quickly Restore Operations

Speaker: John Libert, Product Marketing Manager, Cyco Software

Abstract: During 2003’s blackout, 50 million people were without power in eight states and parts of Canada. The Anderson Economic Group estimated that the blackout reduced U.S. earnings by $6.4 billion. This included waste, spoilage, emergency service cost, and property damage.

9:30-10:20 a.m.

Title: Using RFID to Improve Asset Tracking in Facility and Maintenance Management

Speaker: Patrick Conroy, President, MicroMain Corporation

Abstract: RFID (Radio Frequency Identification), which continues to receive accolades in retail and other industries, is now ready for prime time in manufacturing, particularly in maintenance and facility management. Facility managers store user-defined asset information directly on RFID tags, which are then placed on equipment. Handheld RFID readers access and modify the information, which typically includes maintenance history and model, serial number, and other nameplate data.

11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m.

Title: Maximizing Plant Operations and Savings Through Holistic Engineering

Speaker: Charlie Fischer, Director of Business Development, Modern Engineering

Abstract: The majority of manufacturing and supply plants operating in America today are not realizing their full capability. Most plants are fragmented by departmental boundaries and internal power struggles that disconnect overall plant operations and lead to miscommunication, isolated operations, and wasted time and dollars.

Title: Enhancing the Value Stream Using Lean Maintenance Concepts

Speaker: James Ross, PE, President and Principal Consultant, Resource Management Systems (RMS Inc.)

Abstract: Session includes discussion of traditional measures of productivity and efficiency, an overview of lean concepts, avoiding the perception that lean means job loss, key maintenance objectives, and maintenance and operational excellence.

Thursday, March 10

8:30-9:20 a.m.

Title: NFPA 70E and the Electric Arc Update: Providing Training and PPE for the Electric Arc and Shock Hazards in Industrial Settings

Speaker: Hugh Hoagland, Technical Consultant,

Abstract: The presentation includes training requirements and PPE requirements for both shock and arc hazards, practical guidance for doing hazard assessments in an industrial setting, and a guide for PPE selection for the arc and shock hazards.

9:30-10:20 a.m.

Title: Protective Devices Maintenance as it Applies to the Arc Flash Hazard

Speaker: Dennis Neitzel, Director, AVO Training Institute, Inc.

Abstract: This paper addresses the basic requirements for protective devices maintenance and testing as recommended by the equipment manufacturers, as well as several consensus standards. Also addressed is the proper maintenance and testing required to assure the reliability and integrity of electrical distribution systems, equipment, overcurrent protective devices, as well as the protection of equipment and people.

10:30-11:20 a.m.

Title: Machine Guarding – A Case Study on OSHA, the Client, and the Consultant

Speaker: Michael Wright, PE, CSP, CPE, President, Safety through Engineering, Inc.

Abstract: Hazards associated with machine guarding are among the top-10 citations issued by OSHA. Attendees will learn and discuss the criteria used for the identification of machine guarding hazards and how these workplace injuries and fatalities can be eliminated or controlled to create a safer work environment.

11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m.

Title: Breaking the Cycle of Risky Behavior

Speaker: Gary Higbee, Electrolab

Abstract: Traditional safety attempts to eliminate or reduce the potential for injury, through a combination of employee training and engineering controls. Matters are taken a step further through a process of observing workers and telling them when they are doing the work safely or unsafely.

Mini puller

Harrington Hoists offers a LX mini puller equipped with standard features such as nickel-plated, corrosion-resistant load chain and strong hook latches with safety tips. Features include a compact and lightweight design and very low pulling force for operation. Additional load chain lengths are now available on

Harrington Hoists, Inc. Booth 1031

Self-cleaning filter

Auto-Vac filter removes virtually all suspended solids from liquid slurries. With the aid of a diatomaceous earth filter media, solid particles as small as 0.5 micron are removed from the liquid being filtered. Solids are continuously removed from the surface of the filter media by a stellite knife blade and then deposited into a receptacle for easy removal.

Alar Engineering Corporation

Energy-efficient fan

Powerfoil high-volume, low-speed fan provides 35% more cubic feet per minute (cfm) than the Wickerbill airfoil fan. With an astounding 400% increase in energy efficiency over the Wickerbill, it costs 50% less to operate, making the Powerfoil the solution to destratify air in the winter to substantially lower heating bills by 25% or more.

Big Ass Fans Booth 819

Nitrogen generators

Nitrosource nitrogen generators feature a unique design that provides for low cost added output capacity. Product is easy transported through standard size doorways and offers flow rates from 20 scfm up to 120 scfm with nitrogen gas purities from 95% to 99.5%. Paybacks can occur in less than 2 years with very little maintenance required.

Parker Hannifin Corporation Filtration and Separation Division Booth 1441

Handheld labeler

IDXPERT handheld labeler is an on-demand printer designed to meet specific identification needs of maintenance, safety, and electrical experts. Two convenient keyboard layouts are available, and the professional user can chose from 100 labeling options. Indoor/outdoor grade materials, wire markers, and other general-purpose labels are offered.

Brady Corporation

Scissor lifts

Pro-Fit series provides longer duty cycles, higher capacities, and larger platforms for greater productivity. Machines use an electric drive system with two independent electric motors for the drive wheels. Scissor lifts have a hydraulic system that combines the hydraulic lift pump, reservoir, and motor with a lift cylinder into a single assembly.

JLG Industries, Inc. Booth 616

Audible signal

Adaptatone Millennium Mini-Mi compact audible signal delivers the solution for any application where audible devices are appropriate: speaker amplifier, stand-alone tone generation, or field-recorded voice operation. Mini-Mi is weatherproof and available with RS485 connectivity and a UL 1971 rated strobe.

Edwards Signaling & Security Systems Booth 619

Framework system

GATORJAW framework system makes building with industrial-strength aluminum easier than ever, allowing the user to easily create enclosures, workstations, laminar flow units, carts, barriers, and more. Kits can be shipped complete, or components are available as raw materials for cutting and fabricating on site.

Simplex Isolation Systems Booth 948

Arc flash software

EasyPower 7.0 is integrated power system engineering software that you configure to the tasks you most frequently perform. EasyPower EasySolv allows you to model your power system and perform the complex calculations required for arc flash compliance. EasyPower Safety Tracker lets you view the electrical system one-line, print arc flash warning labels, develop energized work permits, and hyperlink safety, maintenance, and operations information to the facility one-line.

ESA, Inc. Booth 1063


DS 100C plug/receptacle and disconnect switch is UL switch-rated, horsepower-rated, and has a dead-front construction that prevents exposure to live parts while meeting NFPA 70E safe workplace requirements. Switch actuation disengages contacts before plug can be removed from the receptacle. Shutter mechanism ensures that no electrical contacts are exposed upon plug removal.

Meltric Corp. Booth 5441

Industrial doors

Rytec offers a complete product line, including the Spiral door with an opening speed of up to 60 inches per second for high-traffic situations. The crisp lines give the door a stylish look, and because its anodized aluminum will not corrode, you can count on that look to last for many years, even under the worst weather conditions.

Rytec Corporation Booth 621

Flow meters

HTTF ultrasonic flow meters are a reliable solution for machine tool coolant lines and other industrial processes where contaminants can cause inaccurate readings. Non-invasive meters are not affected by suspended solids or gas pockets and provide accurate, bi-directional flow measurement. They simply clamp onto the outside of the pipe for easy installation.

Hedland Flow Meters Booth 916


Threadlocker Gel with Gel Twist pin-point applicator is made from a formula that is just as reliable and much easier to use than conventional liquid and solid stick threadlocking methods. Gel eliminates messy clean ups and costly waste, while the applicator puts the gel precisely where you want it and gets you into the most hard-to-reach and vertical applications.

Permatex Inc. Booth 419

Clamp meters

Series 1000A and 800A clamp meters are available from Extech Instruments. Each 1000A clamp features a built-in, non-contact infrared thermometer with laser pointer to monitor temperature and locate hot spots on motors and electrical devices. Each meter in the 800A series measures AC/DC voltage and AC current, while the EX730 also measures DC current.

Extech Instruments Booth 136

Water heater

TYTAN water heater is designed for industrial inline water heating requiring precise temperature control and optimum cleanliness. Heated water improves cleaning effectiveness and reduces rinse time in most processes. Water heater is more than 99% efficient and features rugged heavy wall element construction that ensures trouble-free operation and long life.

Process Technology Booth CT1855

Maintenance management software

AMMS 10i web-based CMMS is a user customizable, no nonsense maintenance, inventory, and labor program that is both browser and pocket PC/Palm accessible with barcode, imaging, e-mail/pager, audit trail, calibration, FDA 21CFR, fleet, and other options. MicroWest Software provides tech support, expert training, implementation, custom software, and interfaces.

MicroWest Software Systems, Inc. Booth 143

Butterfly valve

An inflatable seated butterfly valve is designed for dry bulk solids or liquids slurry applications and ideally suited for abrasive materials such as sand, feldspar, fly ash and most other dry, granular materials. Inflatable seat design achieves a better seal by utilizing air pressure to expand the seat against the disc, providing more sealing area and even pressure distribution against the disc every time.

Posi-flate Booth 831

Instrumentation training

Instrumentation training materials are ideal for technicians working in all types of manufacturing and process operations. Instrumentation in CD-ROM format presents full-color illustrations and explains how instruments work as part of a control system. Real-world applications are detailed. A comprehensive workbook and instructor’s resource guide are available with the Instrumentation book.

American Technical Publishers Booth 312

Safety display system

Displayguard safety-information system merges protective steel guardrail, used for various industrial safety barrier applications, with a highly visible computer-directed electronic display. Users can create and transmit safety, emergency, general instructions or production and shipping information immediately to plant operating personnel and visitors.

Herwin, Inc. Booth 557

Modular spreader system

Modulift modular spreader system is highly portable and lightweight enough to be transported in a small van or pickup, helping to cut transportation costs. Spreader dimensions to suit all sizes of crane (both mobile and crawlers) with virtually any load are available.

Lifting Gear Hire Corporation Booth 1230

Safety program

Safetyplus program provides plant engineers and maintenance personnel with valuable information on increasing workplace safety and decreasing arc flash hazards in one convenient package. Safetyplus features a PowerPoint presentation, safety brochure, technical articles, arc flash hazard calculators, warning labels, and the latest edition of NFPA 70E Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace.

Littelfuse, Inc. Booth 1116

Shutdown planning and management

IMMPOWER and IMMPOWER SP are industry-leading enterprise asset management (EAM) and CMMS applications for shutdown planning and management solutions. IMMPOWER’s robust design meets the needs of multiple industries, including pulp and paper and manufacturing. IMMPOWER SP allows users to build, maintain, and access a comprehensive library of scenarios for shutdowns.

Revere, Inc. Booth 324

Powered air system

PRO-AIR is a belt-mounted powered air system designed to provide purified forced ambient air through filters/cartridges that remove contaminants. Unit can be used with PRO-WEAR arc flash protective clothing and PRO-HOODs. PRO-AIR kit consists of a blower assembly with attached cable and breathing hose, battery and battery charger, belt with comfort pad, instruction manual, and case.

Salisbury Booth 1012

Work gloves

Mach 5 Impact and Wrenchworx Impact feature 100% silicone gel-embedded palm designed to dampen energy from impact tools and protect users from the collision energy caused by their tool use. Gloves offer Ironclad’s standard protection against stretching, shrinking, and hardening, even when washed.

Ironclad Performance Wear Booth 1118