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
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
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
End of afternoon sessions
2008 Product of the Year Awards Segment
Keynote speech: Bobby Harrell, Speaker of the South Carolina House of Representatives
Presentation of the 2008 Product of the Year awards
Tuesday, March 31
Presentation of the 2008 Top Plant awards
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.
Mike Poland, Life Cycle Engineering Mary T. Bunzel, IBM
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.
Return from plant tour (approximate time)
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